Friday, October 28, 2011

Beer Ice Cream: Part 1 of an Unintentional 2 Part Series

First Things First:  Please check your ID to make sure you are over the age of 18.  Or 19.  Or 21. Or whatever legal drinking age is in your neck of the woods.  (Just covering my butt, you understand.  Not that anyone under the age of 18 is likely to be reading this blog... unless it's some kind of natural consequence for some poor choice or something.  "Now, Tyler, because you told your mother that her healthy homemade granola bars "tasted like ass" you can just sit your butt right down here and google a recipe that you think will taste less like ass.  I'm sure that there is a nice blogger lady out there with a fabulous recipe that will do just the trick.  Once you've done that,  you can march yourself over to the kitchen and begin making those bars as soon as you apologize to your mother.  When the bars are done and you've cleaned up the kitchen, you are free to join your friends at the skate park to participate in the activities that, I'm sure, are already in progress.")

Second Things Second:  I would normally apologize at this point for my uses of the words "butt" and "ass".  However, as you presumably noted in the "First Things First" section, ID has already been checked so, in my opinion, no apologies are necessary.  I might throw one in for good measure later on, but I haven't decided yet.

Ok. Let's get down to business!!

Beer Ice Cream???  YES.  Stout, in fact.

The Handsome Husband is a beer snob.  That means that by proxy, so am I.  I love the stuff.  The GOOD stuff.  So when I'm going to make beer ice cream, I'm not going to use just any beer.  No Guinness here, folks!  No, siree!  And what's great about that is that when you use a really good stout, you don't need to add the molasses or vanilla beans or anything to flavour it up.  The beer does it all.  And so it should.

The reason that this is part 1 of an unintentional 2 part series is that, well... ok, you know how when you have a recipe there is the ingredients list and then the method?  Well, let's just say that the method part of this recipe didn't really go that smoothly.   Things were going great and then I left the beer/cream mixture on the stove while I left the kitchen for a minute.  DON'T DO THIS.  It's bound to end in catastrophe.  I came back into the kitchen to find my mixture boiling over everywhere.  There was screaming and running and even some crying and yelling.  But I managed to pull it together, salvage what was left and continue. 

In the end, the ice cream got made.  But it was a little on the "icy" side.  After the boiling over drama my head just wasn't in the game and I didn't cook it long enough.  Anyway, the flavour was delicious (H.H. loved it) even thought the texture was something other than smooth.  So, I will have to make it again.  And that, my friends, will be the part 2 of the 2 part series.  See?  Totally unintentional.

You can find the original recipe here, and of course you'll notice that I omitted the cocoa.  I chose Brooklyn Brewery's Black Chocolate Stout for this ice cream adventure.

 Stout Ice Cream


2 cups whipping cream
2 cups craft brewed stout of your choosing
1 cup sugar
8 egg yolks  


Bring cream and stout to a boil in a heavy-bottomed pot.  In a large bowl, mix sugar and eggs, blending thoroughly and make sure you don't leave the kitchen.   Add a small amount of the stout cream to the bowl, whisking quickly to temper the eggs.  Add egg mixture to the pot and cook custard until thick (!), whisking constantly.  Cool mixture and then process in an ice cream machine according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Stay tuned for Beer Ice Cream: Part 2 of an Unintentional 2 Part Series coming soon and see how it all turns out.  I have no idea when, but soon-ish.  I promise.

And I'm sorry, but I have decided not to apologize after all.

Disclaimer:  This is not a paid review.  We just like this beer.  Also, please note that if you don't like this beer, chances are you're not going to like the ice cream.  Therefore, I, the blogger, am not, nor will I be, liable or responsible for any damages you my incur due to the taste-buds, functioning or otherwise, on your tongue.


  1. hahahaha this made me laugh. i must try this one.

  2. Oh my! Butt, ass and beer ice cream... you've outdone yourself.

    I can't stand beer (I'm a wine kind of gal). Evan loves the stuff. In fact, last year for his birthday I bought him a beer-of-the-month club membership. I know... no need to say it, I'm an awesome wife.

    I may have to make this ice cream for him... hopefully somebody buys me an ice cream maker for my birthday or Christmas. That's the problem with a winter birthday... nobody wants to buy me an ice cream maker because it's winter. Now I have two ice cream recipes from you that I must, MUST try. Can we go back to pie (at least until I beg or borrow an ice cream maker from somebody)?

    Anyway... great posting. And Tyler... you listen to everything Natalie said or she may just kick your ass (she's one tough cookie).

  3. Ummmm Tyler FYI - I was just kidding about Natalie possibly giving an ass-kicking. Natalie's tough but she just needs to give you "the eye" to make you shake in your boots. She's apparently also the master at giving a cyber-scolding.

  4. Naomi - Glad to hear it! If you try this, make sure you let me know how it turns out!

    Oh, Jennifer! You ARE an awesome wife! And I will will do my darndest to stick to pie or other non-ice cream creations until you get an ice cream maker. But when you do finally get one, Jennifer, we MUST attempt MERLOT ICE CREAM. I'll try to hold off as long as I can. I'm not going to make any promises, but I WILL try!

    And poor Tyler... perhaps he'll make a better choice next time. ;)

  5. I second the "you've outdone yourself" post. Beer and butt and ass...oh my! Hilarious...and can I taste test the next batch?

  6. Oh, why yes! Yes you may taste the next batch! I just hope you read the disclaimer ;)


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