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 >>
The Boiler Room
Beer and bourbon have long gotten the job done for a hardcore happy hour. The Boiler Room, created by Gina Chersevani, shows how to make it refreshing.
1 oz bourbon
1 oz lemon juice
2 oz citrus tea (such as Lemon Zinger), cooled
1 oz honey, dissolved in warm water
2 oz Allagash White (or a similar Belgian-style witbier)
Fill pint glass with ice, add the measured ingredients, and top with Allagash White. Stir or mix gently.
Credit: Photograph by Jamie Chung: Liquid Styling by Karen Evans