Beer Ice Cream

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Eating this delicious ice cream is much more satisfying than just drinking beer straight out of the bottle and would taste absolutely amazing sandwiched between two cookies or served on top of chocolaty brownies. For the ultimate ice cream, try sprinkling bacon bits on the top or covering the ice cream with decadent chocolate shell, yuuum!

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Step 1: Gather Ingredients

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  • 5 egg yolks
  • 12 oz of beer (one bottle)
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • about 1/4 cup sugar
  • a pinch of salt (optional)
  • a splash of pure vanilla extract(optional)

For this recipe you will need one bottle of beer. I asked Bricobart himself and he suggests using a dark beer because the end result will be sweeter. You should use a malty beer versus a hoppy beer because the hops in the beer will turn bitter when cooked whereas malty beers become sweet. Think of a malt shake or Whopper malt candies, they're all very saccharine. I highly recommend asking an employee what beers that they recommend when shopping. I went to my local Whole Foods and picked up this Vanilla Porter that the employee recommended to me because he said it was very sweet and is great for desserts.

Since all beers are different, you might need more than 1/4 cup of sugar. I would start off with 1/4 cup and then add more as needed. Same is for vanilla and salt. Vanilla and salt can definitely enhance the flavors of the ice cream but sometimes they aren't necessary. I didn't need any vanilla extract when making ice cream with Vanilla Porter because it already contains some vanilla flavor. However sugar, salt, and alcohol can inhibit freezing so I would definitely rather use too little than too much. The main flavor of the ice cream should be beer, not sugary vanilla, so don't overdo anything.

Enough talking, let's get started!

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Thederpyninja (author) 7 months ago

Hello everybody, as you may not know, someone has used my photos and posted them to their own website without giving me credit. They even added their own watermark to the pictures. Please help me!

stargazer424 made it!6 months ago

I love my ice cream maker and have also made beer ice cream. I've made 3 kinds. Newcastle's Cabbie Black Ale, Shocktop's Chocolate Wheat, and a homemade Alaskan Amber.

I've also made Margarita ice cream, Chocolate and Scotch, Sangria...and a few non-alcoholic, but still unusual flavors, including Candied Bacon! :)

In addition, I used the Shocktop Chocolate Wheat Ice Cream to make a Beer Ice Cream Float! YUM!

Thederpyninja (author)  stargazer4246 months ago

All I can say is OMG! Not only do you seem like an ice cream pro, your ice cream creations look and sound delicious. You definitely get my approval (and that Candied Bacon ice cream sounds amazing). Plus, I have never heard of using homemade ice cream to make a float, I will have to try that soon. Thank you stargazer424 for the comment :)

Sorry I didn't see your reply until now. I try and make a new ice cream every month. Some day I hope to open up a shop with my unusual flavors. Other flavors I have done:

Vanilla bean
Mint with Thin Mint cookies
Mint Chip
Frozen hot chocolate with Oreo cookies
Chocolate & Blueberry
Date and walnut
Corn pop cereal
Lemon basil sorbet
Apple pie
candy corn
Sweet Potato Casserole (Sweet Potato and toasted marshmallows)
Maple Walnut
Vanilla Rum and Pumpkin

SnazzyBot6 months ago

Congrats on the win! You did an amazing job, and I love your screen name, lol.

Thederpyninja (author)  SnazzyBot6 months ago

Thanks Snazzybot! Yours too :)

shodai-soke6 months ago

I made it last night, its all gone already! AMAZING flavor, thanks for this.

Oh, to anyone attempting this ... keep an eye on the pot when you are reducing the beer, it can easily boil over and make a huge mess! I would suggest starting the beer reduction first, as it takes the longest.

Thederpyninja (author)  shodai-soke6 months ago

Thanks for the advice and the nice comment :) Enjoy the ice cream!

wji26 months ago
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gravityisweak6 months ago

Congrats on your win! I can't even begin to imagine what this would taste like. But I trust that it's good. Anyone who owns an ice cream maker must know a thing or two about ice cream. Also, glad your stolen photo issue seems to have worked out. Cool username by the way, it reminds me of the ninja shirts they have on Woot! that I can only describe as derpy.

Thederpyninja (author)  gravityisweak6 months ago

Thanks Gravityisweak for the nice comment! The ninjas on those shirts definitely are derpy :)

bricobart6 months ago

Congratulations on your win my friend. You had definitely the most original project in the contest. And the best coach. Oh yeah! ;)

Thederpyninja (author)  bricobart6 months ago

Thanks Bricobart! You were a great coack ;)

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bricobart6 months ago

You did it, this looks just fantastic! You gave me a reason to spend a few bucks on an ice cream maker and make a few twists with our local brands ;) Simple and - apparently - delicous, you have my vote!!!

Thederpyninja (author)  bricobart6 months ago

Thank you Bricobart, I wouldn't of been able to make this Ible without your advice :). Enjoy the ice cream!

cdstudioNH made it!6 months ago

I also modified it and made strawberry/vanilla!

Thederpyninja (author)  cdstudioNH6 months ago

Not only does that look delicious, your cat is beautiful! Enjoy the ice cream :)

Upir made it!6 months ago

I used Brown Castle's Werewolf Blood Red Ale. I lost the "beer" flavor but kept the good flavors in the beer, if that makes sense. I had to make the custard twice though. First time I used home made vanilla extract, but the alcohol in it curdled everything, so I left it out the second time. Also, I used fat free half and half and 2% milk.

Upir Upir6 months ago

Correction, it was New Castle Werewolf Blood Red Ale, not Brown Castle...

Thederpyninja (author)  Upir6 months ago

Oh, it stinks that you had to remake the custard but it sounds like you were successful the second time :). I've never heard of fat free half and half before. The higher the fat content, the creamier the ice cream is, do you think that the fat free half and half works as well as normal half and half texture-wise? I might have to pick up some the next time I go grocery shopping! Thanks for the comment Upir :)

I've not had a problem with creaminess or any complaints, and most people are surprised when I tell them that it's with fat free and 2% milk.

Thederpyninja (author)  Upir6 months ago

That sounds amazing! Next time I try making ice cream I'll use some fat free half and half. Thank you Upir :)

prushik7 months ago

It looks and sounds amazing, but I would be worried that reducing the beer would remove all the alcohol very quickly. Since the alcohol content of typical beers is not high, I would think that freezing shouldn't pose too much of a problem. Have you tried without reducing the beer?

Upir prushik6 months ago

Most of the alcohol will still be intact. It takes around 3 hours of boiling to burn off the alcohol in a beer, if I remember right.

Thederpyninja (author)  prushik7 months ago

No I have not, but I'm sure that it would work :) try mixing one cup of beer into the custard base before chilling. If you do try it, tell me how it was!

I've made beer ice cream before just using the one cup method and it worked great. Trying a batch with Harpoon's Black Forest Chocolate Cherry Porter for some Labor Day parties this weekend!

Thederpyninja (author)  theWB7 months ago

Well, there you go prushik! Thank you theWB for the info :)

Thederpyninja (author)  Wroger-Wroger7 months ago

Haha thanks for the comment :D

Hmm... I have a bottle of NOT The Stoic I've been aging. Might have to break it open and make it into ice cream. I have one of those ice cream ball things that I have yet to try out.

Thederpyninja (author)  NitroRustlerDriver7 months ago

Oooh, if you do decide to make it, share a pic :)

airdrummer7 months ago

i'd rather have a beer frostee...i've always preferred a good thick
head...all the taste, little alcohol/calories...& wished it were

Thederpyninja (author)  airdrummer7 months ago

A beer frostee sounds delish! Thanks for your comment :D

Thederpyninja (author)  GloriaG17 months ago

Woah... Those are my photos... You can see that I posted it before them...

Thederpyninja (author)  Thederpyninja7 months ago

they stole my photos and added my watermark

notoriouslev7 months ago

I'm thinkin Sameul Smith's Strawberry Ale would work great in this recipe too!

Thederpyninja (author)  notoriouslev7 months ago

You're right! I've heard great things about Sameul Smith's Yorkshire Stingo but it's a bit too pricy at $13 a bottle D: but I bet the SS Strawberry Ale ice cream would taste delish!

BlueJinxie7 months ago

I am so doing this, I'll be a queen among my friends ! I need to think of an appropriate beer (since I don't have the same brand in my country - but living next to the belgian border sure brings a lot of benefits =D )

Thederpyninja (author)  BlueJinxie7 months ago

Awesome! Make sure to leave a picture if you do decide to make it and good luck finding a good beer :)

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