Beer Ice Cream: Cranking Out A Cool, Creamy Treat

Beer Ice Cream
Jim Quist @ACCTheQ –

You scream, I scream, we all scream for….wait….beer ice cream? Why not? Those dog days of summer are kicking into high gear. It’s a nobody wants to move any further than the front porch kinda hot. Why not combine a great way to keep cool with something delicious. And, if you happen to like beer, well, we’ve got a few recipes that you can make at home. It’s a win-win.

At first glance, the picture above looks like a Root Beer Float. Close, and you can’t go wrong with that choice. Actually, it’s a frozen dark stout beer float with ice cream. You’ll find it surprisingly tasty.

First things first, you’ll need an ice cream maker if you want to do this at home. Whatever you do, don’t go for the truly old-fashioned model where you have to crank it by hand. After all, you do want to enjoy the frozen treat sometime this month, right?

Beer Ice Cream

Beer Ice Cream

One of these electric units will cost just under $45 through Amazon. You’ll need plenty of ice (go grab some at the local convenience store) and some rock salt. You may have some rock salt stashed from last winter (if you live where it snows) and that’s okay to use as well.

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Now, here’s where the fun begins. The recipes. Wait, you didn’t think this was already whipped up and ready to go did you? Well, for those of you who don’t want the experience of cooking up some beer ice cream here is an alternative.


Enough distractions, let’s head into the kitchen and whip up something for the grown ups.

Guinness Stout has been pleasing the palate of beer drinkers for many a year. One of those individuals thought to themselves one day, gee, this would make a rather tasty ice cream. And behold, we have Guinness Ice Cream. Watch the video for instructions.

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In case you don’t like Stouts and Porters why not try this recipe using a Bacon Maple Ale. Granted, you may not access to this specific beer but with a little look-see via the interwebs, I think you find something similar. Click for the recipe.

Here are a couple of suggestions and a recipe geared toward the home brewer. Click for the video and recipe.

How Do These Sound?

Before we go dipping our toes too deeply into all of the assorted beer ice cream recipes we’ll wrap things up with this article from At the end of the article they feature five recipes.

  • Pumpkin Beer Ice Cream
  • Ale Ice Cream with Espresso, Walnut, Brownies and Coconut
  • Gingerbread Ale Ice Cream
  • Coconut Maple Porter Ice Cream
  • Lambic Beer Sorbetto

Summer weekends are running out as we transition into Fall and football. But, for many the heat will continue into early October. If you don’t find the time for beer ice cream soon why not add it to your tailgating experience? Sounds like a great addition to burgers, dogs and BBQ.

Drop us a line (, share your favorite beer ice cream recipe let us know how everyone liked it.

Jim Quist is Managing Editor of ACC Nation and Co-Host of ACC Nation Podcast. He’s a member of NSMA (National Sports Media Association), FWAA (Football Writers Association of America) and USBWA (U.S. Basketball Writers Association). He is enrolled in the Beer Brewer Professional Certificate program at the University of Richmond and is somewhat of a ‘foodie’. Follow him on Twitter @ACCTheQ

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