American Craft Beer delivers craft beer news, entertainment and lifestyle 24/7 and we’re occasionally sent books to review. We recently received a book on “beer cocktails” that’s a game-changer if ever there was one!
Cocktails on Tap: The Art of Mixing Spirits and Beer by Jacob Grier is the first book that we’ve reviewed that combines two uber-hot trends, craft beer (of course) and the growing world of craft cocktails.
Grier’s an accomplished writer, a Portland, Oregon-based bartender (and magician!) and a true apostle of the amazing art of crafting cocktails with beer. And his book is a complete and essential primer on the subject.
You see although we know beer here at ACB, we’re almost clueless when it comes to cocktails and know very little about the world of spirits…but no matter. Smartly written with both the novice and the more seasoned cocktail aficionado in mind, Cocktails on Tap is wonderfully accessible and more importantly fun.
Who knew that the over last decade, beer would become a favorite ingredient for top bartenders around the world, and that their precise co-mingling could create something mind-blowingly complex, unique and delicious?
Cocktails on Tap offers up more than 50 recipes for drinks using beer and features contemporary creations alongside vintage classics. Its photographs by David L. Reamer are intoxicating and the introduction by the Canadian beer writer Stephen Beaumont is worth the price of admission alone.
Published by Stewart, Tabori, and Chang, Cocktails on Tap is a wonderful guided tour to “the art of mixing spirits and beer.”
It’s also a tremendous barroom resource and a wicked good time!