Rachel's Table

Hope Floats

Last week was a little intense over here on the blog, so I’m bringing some fun to the table today.

In the form of beer.

And ice cream.

Because no matter how bad life gets or how much stress the day brings, hope floats.

And so does ice cream.

In a glass of beer.

I present to you, faithful readers, the perfect remedy for your winter blues, or better yet, the ideal no-time-to-think-about-it, last-minute dessert for a holiday dinner.

Hope and Beer Floats

1 12-ounce bottle of Sam Adams Cherry Chocolate Bock (or any stout or porter with chocolate or coffee flavors)

2 scoops vanilla ice cream (local preferably)

Scoop ice cream into a tall glass. Pour beer over the ice cream slowly.

Sip at a leisurely pace whilst watching someone else wrap Christmas presents. See? Hope really does float.

Layers of sweet creamy hope

Layers of sweet creamy hope


  1. I was looking at your post this morning and Jim walked by and glanced over. He stopped dead in his tracks and said, “What in the hell is THAT beer??”

    I’m with Don. Does it really taste good? I love chocolate. I love ice cream. I love beer. But somehow it seems unnatural that the three should meet? (looks delish though)

    • It is so, so good. It’s got the bite of alcohol, the slight bitterness of beer, and the velvety-ness of a float. If you find the right beer, it’s magical. You and Jim need to try it.

      Trust me….

  2. Hmmmm. I’m not a fan of that beer, but am willing to try this. The ingredients in Irish Car Bombs (Guinness, Baileys, and Jamesons Irish Whiskey) don’t sound like they’d mix, but they taste like shakes. I’m a little concerned that if I don’t like it, I’ll try to slam it down. Which, of course, equals brain freeze.

  3. I see you have some beer float skeptics. I will vouch for you — THIS IS YUMMY AND GOOD! (And, as a side bonus, you don’t have to share it with your kids. Or, at least, you shouldn’t.)

  4. I totally have your back on this one. While I haven’t tried it with cherry chocolate bock, I have made many a Guinness float in my time and IT IS SPECTACULAR. It goes great with a burger and fries on a frosty winter’s night (I first encountered a beer float at a tiny little burger joint in my old neighborhood in Brooklyn and it changed my life).

  5. LOVE beer floats. I first had one at a Brooklyn restaurant called the Chocolate Room (yes, it’s just what you think it is and MORE!). They did it with the Brooklyn Chocolate stout which I believe has no actual chocolate in it but is one of the richest chocolate stouts I’ve ever had. We replicate it at home–often and have tried other beers too. In fact I find myself at bars or festivals often thinking, hmm, this stout/porter/lambic is good, but it would be much better with ice cream!

    • I work at a brewery and we have a porter and a stout that are both so great with ice cream or paired with ice cream sandwiches (which we do at the restaurants). The Sam Adams I mentioned is GREAT in a float. I highly recommend!

      I need to get up to Brooklyn. Someone else on here mentioned having a beer float with a burger and fries in Brooklyn.

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