Ice Cream + Beer = Deliciousness

It’s Friday and you’re watching the clock tick.  Waiting.  Hoping.  Waiting until that clock ticks to the end of the day and your weekend can begin..  And what better way to start your weekend than to have some deliciousness in your life!

[This deliciousness happens to be for those of you who are 21 and over.]

This deliciousness is called a beer shake.

What is a beer shake?

Unlike the “What is bad kimchi?” question that was posed, this is a much easier answer to explain.  A beer shake is exactly what it sounds like, but took me about 25 years of life to finally discover.  It is beer and ice cream blended together to make an alcoholic, wonderfully flavored, best-friends-forever concoction of milkshake goodness.  Yes folks, it is DEE-LISH!

Where was this beautiful discovery made?

Who knows?  If you do a search on the internet, you will actually find some recipes.  If you happen to peruse the random menu of a pub or small restaurant in your neighborhood, you may be surprised to find it pop up on their menu.  But Kelson and I would like to credit our first beer shake in Portland, Oregon.  It was during our visit that our friends introduced us to our first beer shake.  And I’m sure most of you reacted like we did with, “Wow!  Why didn’t I think of this???”

Now “beer shake” is a very broad term.  In essence, the term itself implies any type of beer put with any type of ice cream.  The combinations are endless.  I am not about to experiment and make some crazy combinations (although that sounds AMAZING, but that’ll have to be another time).  Instead, I would like to create a simple, delicious “standard” beer shake.

Beer Shake Time!

Serving: 2 conservative glasses of goodness


  • Guinness.  1 bottle.  Dark, stouty beer is the way to go for this one.
  • 4 scoops of French vanilla ice cream
  • Optional: Whip cream and chocolate syrup
  1. Take your ice cream out of the freezer and let it sit out for 5 minutes (soften up a bit).
  2. Time to whip out the blender!  (Did you know some blenders have a “milkshake” setting?  Love it!)
  3. Scoop out 4 scoops of ice cream and put into the blender.
  4. Pour about half a bottle of Guinness (6 oz.).  Add less if you want a thicker milkshake or if you’re not sure.  Remember: It’s always best to add less.  You can’t subtract once it’s in!  (Same goes for salt!).
  5. Pop the top onto the blender and mix!  It only needs a few seconds to get nice and frothy.
  6. Pour two glasses.  Top it off with some whipped cream, chocolate syrup, and a straw and you’ve got yourself a beautiful beer shake!


If you’re more into pale ales, I would suggest a beer float instead.  You still get that creamy texture, but more of the beer flavor comes through (you’ll find it a bit mild in the shake).

Remember as much as ice cream and beer is pretty amazing on the deliciousness scale, it’s not for everyone.  Our cat, Mochi, does not seem impressed…Again, we’re only recommending this for those 21 and over and for those who enjoy the flavor of beer.  If not, sub the beer out with milk and just join in with the creamy goodness of a good milkshake!

Hi-Five for a great way to start a weekend!!!




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