Introduction: 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!

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!

Step 2: Making the Custard Base

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1. Start off by whisking the egg yolks and sugar together until they turn a pale yellow. At the same time heat the milk and cream in a saucepan on low heat, stirring occasionally. Once you notice the milk and cream mixture has formed a slight layer of "skin" like in the third picture, take it off the heat.

2. Pour a small amount of the hot milk mixture into the eggs and whisk at the same time. You want to spoon in a little bit of the hot milk mixture at a time and continue whisking or else you could be left with scrambled eggs instead of a creamy custard.

3. Once the two mixtures are combined, pour back into the saucepan and heat on low. This process thickens the custard and will make the ice cream more creamy, however you don't want the temperature to go above 185 degrees Fahrenheit or else you risk the egg in the mixture turning into small chunks. I recommend using a cooking thermometer and taking the mixture off of the heat when it reaches 180 degrees Fahrenheit. If you don't have a thermometer you can tell when the custard is done when it is thick enough to coat a wooden spoon. Congrats, you've just made some custard!

Step 3: Straining and Chilling

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1. Run your custard mix through a sieve to get rid of any chunks of egg that may have formed. This step is optional but highly recommended .

2. Place the custard in the refrigerator to chill while working on the next step.

Step 4: Reducing the Beer

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1. Pour one bottle of beer into a saucepan and heat on the lowest setting. This will reduce the amount of water and alcohol that is in the beer. You still want some alcohol to be in the ice cream but too much can keep the ice cream from freezing. I reduced my beer to a little more than one cup. If you are using any vanilla or salt, stir it in now.

2. Take the custard base and stir the reduced beer mixture into it. Place into the refrigerator and chill for at least 8 hours. I chilled mine for a full 24.

Step 5: Ice Cream Maker

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1. Now run the beer custard mixture through your ice cream maker. Every ice cream machine has different instructions so follow the ones that come with your machine.

2. Once the mixture gets bigger and looks like ice cream rather than a liquid, take it out of the machine and spoon it into an container with a lid and place it in the freezer for at least 5 hours. You could technically eat it right out of the machine but it will be very soft and not in my opinion, not worth it.

But wait, what if I don't have an ice cream machine?!

Unfortunately, you can't make beer ice cream without an ice cream maker if you're using my recipe. However you can pour the beer-custard mixture into popsicle molds and make creamy popsicles. If you are really interested in making ice cream I suggest going on Amazon and buying an ice cream maker. I got mine for less than $30.

Step 6: Enjoy!

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Spoon a few generous scoops of ice cream into a cone and enjoy! This ice cream would be a great addition to your next barbeque or just a treat to eat by the pool. If you enjoyed this Instructable please take a second out of your day to vote for me in the Beer Contest!

Eat your ice cream responsibly,



Thederpyninja (author)2014-08-27

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! (author)2014-09-03

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!

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

SnazzyBot (author)2014-09-21

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

Thederpyninja (author)SnazzyBot2014-09-22

Thanks Snazzybot! Yours too :)

shodai-soke (author)2014-09-21

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.

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

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gravityisweak (author)2014-09-12

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.

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

bricobart (author)2014-09-11

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

Thederpyninja (author)bricobart2014-09-11

Thanks Bricobart! You were a great coack ;)


bricobart (author)2014-09-05

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)bricobart2014-09-06

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

cdstudioNH made it! (author)2014-09-04

I also modified it and made strawberry/vanilla!

Thederpyninja (author)cdstudioNH2014-09-04

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

Upir made it! (author)2014-09-01

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 (author)Upir2014-09-01

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

Thederpyninja (author)Upir2014-09-01

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 :)

Upir (author)Thederpyninja2014-09-01

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)Upir2014-09-02

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

prushik (author)2014-08-28

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 (author)prushik2014-09-01

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)prushik2014-08-28

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!

theWB (author)Thederpyninja2014-08-29

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)theWB2014-08-29

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

NitroRustlerDriver (author)2014-08-28

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.

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

airdrummer (author)2014-08-27

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)airdrummer2014-08-27

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

notoriouslev (author)2014-08-26

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

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!

BlueJinxie (author)2014-08-26

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)BlueJinxie2014-08-26

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

BrianJewett (author)2014-08-26

While most porters are not sweet, this one from Breckenridge Brewery is an exception. It's too sweet to drink for my tastes but probably perfect for this. Chocolate stouts would also be a good beer variety for this. Youngs Chocolate Stout from England is pretty widely available. Otherwise, you might have to try several to find just the right one. ;-)

BrianJewett (author)BrianJewett2014-08-26

Some of the bourbon barrel aged stouts or barleywine beers might be really interesting too.

Great suggestions! Thanks for your feedback :)

Cabe (author)2014-08-25

This is the most beautiful and awesome thing I have seen in a long while.

Thederpyninja (author)Cabe2014-08-25

Haha your comment made my day!

Cabe (author)Thederpyninja2014-08-25

The convergence of Beer and Ice Cream is to be applauded. Both have made me the man I am today!

MsSweetSatisfaction (author)2014-08-24

That sounds delicious, especially with your suggested add ons! Thanks for sharing!

Thanks! Loving the rainbow wig, it's so colorful!

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