I think I have seen the future and I don't like it. It's not that I think that I am a particular cask-hugging purist or anything but this trend popping up at two Toronto beer bars just seems wrong somehow:
At Bier Markt on the Esplanade, beer cocktails started to show up on the menu as a way to entice female drinkers, says general manager Robert Medal...These drinks provide something "beerish," Medal explains. But it's not just for the women. Beverage co-ordinator and bartender Jon Sayder says "you'd be surprised" how often guys order beer cocktails. Men tend to order Root Bier, a mix of Paulaner Hefe-Weizen beer, Kaluha, Galliano and a splash of cola. And the Biermosa, a mix of refreshing Blanche de Chambly and orange juice is actually quite good...My first reaction is GAACK!!! But Donavan has been studying the question and I really should be more receptive and remember that I have no issue mixing beers and that my illicit youth included "boilermakers" of stock ale and rye whiskey (a wee bit hearty in retrospect) as well as shandies or beer and tomato juice. But adding soda? Hefeweizen and Kaluha? The inhumanity of it all.
The recipes are generally based on standard cocktails and have a limited number of ingredients. The Belgian fruit lambic beers lend well to mixing with spirits and juices, as do light-tasting, dry wheat beers. At Beerbistro on King St. W., they serve a pitcher of Quelque Chose Sangria ($24.95) made with Unibroue's cherry beer mixed with Cointreau, brandy, ginger ale and soda. Or you can try a Black Forest ($8.99), St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout with a shot of raspberry-flavoured Chambord. Bier Markt makes a similar cocktail, the Black Cherry ($5.60), with Guinness, cherry lambic BelleVue Kriek and cherry brandy.
GAACK!!! Can't help it.