For years, the perfect mixer has been right under our noses, chilling in our fridge: beer. "We use these amazing ingredients," says Alex Gregg of Houston's Anvil Bar & Refuge, "and then you look at the taps and think, 'Why don't I play around with some of that great beer?'" Working with beer cocktails at home doesn't require a lot of skill, just a basic understanding of how to properly pair spirits and beers – like the pros did in these six recipes. Launch Gallery >>
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This is a higher-octane highball. It was created at New York gastropub the Breslin, where it is served with pubby dishes like beef and Stilton pie. The orange bitters are key, says Breslin bartender Katipai Wilson, because they add "flavor without volume, and orange essence without acidity."
0.75 oz Irish whiskey
0.75 oz Amaro
2 dashes orange bitters
2 oz Guinness
Pour over ice and stir.
Credit: Photograph by Jamie Chung: Liquid Styling by Karen Evans