We?re totally in an Oktoberfest frame of mind. But sometimes we?re in the mood for something a little lighter than a pint of stout.
Behold the beer cocktail. While combining suds and booze isn?t entirely new, bartenders here are putting refreshing new twists on the mix. Here are four of our current favorites:
The Blackheart at Dogpatch Saloon The beloved dive bar recently overhauled its menu, and the best new addition just might be the Blackheart ($8), which mixes Anchor Porter with Buffalo Trace bourbon, maple syrup and fresh strawberries for a taste that?s robust yet refreshing. 2496 Third St.
The Yerba Buena 75 at Two Sisters Bar and Books The sisters behind the Hayes Valley haunt are reimagining a classic French 75 by making it with ginger-infused gin, citrus syrup and a splash of white wheat ale ($10). 579 Hayes St.
The Claim Jumper at Southside Spirit House Go hyper-local at SoMa?s most spacious bar by ordering this hoppy, bright drink made with Anchor Distilling?s Hophead vodka, slightly bitter Aperol, lime and a splash of Speakeasy Brewing?s Big Daddy IPA ($11). 575 Howard St.
The Grand Tour at Pesce The Venetian seafood restaurant, which recently relocated to the Castro, uses gin and cucumber-infused scotch as the base for the effervescent Grand Tour. The drink is accented with lemon, Dimmi (an Italian herbal liqueur) and a splash of white beer ($10). 2223 Market St.