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Beer Float Recipes From Florida Brewers, Bartenders, and Beer Aficionados

Can you remember the first time you had a root beer float? It was probably summer, and your mom decided to give you a special treat. Just one taste of that combo of carbonated, sugary-sweet soda with cold, creamy vanilla and you were hooked.

No matter how old you are, it's still a damned good combo -- and a damned good way to enjoy real beer. After all, the best way to drink alcohol is when you pair it with food that helps to bring out the subtle nuances of each craft selection. And what better pairing than with dessert, like -- say -- a mug of beer spiked with whiskey and topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream? It couldn't be easier to make and replicate at home. Just a pint of ice cream, a six-pack of your favorite beer (and maybe a shot or two of liquor) is all you need. Done: a drink for those of us who like their dessert, and prefer to drink it, too.

So we asked several Palm Beach and Broward County establishments specializing in craft beer what they thought would make the best pairing -- no Guinness allowed. They were kind enough to give us their favorite tips and recipes for serving a beer float, and while not all of them have this awesome drink on the menu, we think it might have given them some food for thought. Thanks guys!

5. Pair With a Stout or Porter

At local breweries including Boca Raton's Funky Buddha Lounge and Brewery and Due South Brewing Co. in Boynton Beach, the staff suggests pairing ice cream with porters and stouts -- dark, rich beers that make for the most authentic float. While it's tempting to imagine Due South's caramel cream ale would be a natural for making one sweet-ass float, owners Mike and Jodi Halker suggest using the roasted cocoa stout for its richness, gravity and its strong chocolate flavor imparted by natural cocoa nibs. Just a few scoops of your favorite ice cream should do the trick. At The Funky Buddha -- which has been making beer floats for several years now -- a favorite choice continues to be their own espresso piiti milk porter. Brewed with coffee, maple syrup, cocoa nibs, vanilla beans and coconut, it's a treat all its own even without the shot or two of vanilla ice cream.

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Nicole Danna is a Palm Beach County-based reporter who began covering the South Florida food scene for New Times in 2011. She also loves drinking beer and writing about the area's growing craft beer community.
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