This is MN, land of 10,000 lakes, 10 billion mosquitos, and 3 zillion craft breweries. Okay, that's a wee bit of an exaggeration. Not about the mosquitoes or the lakes, we truly have that many...the craft breweries. Truthfully there are probably 50 or so craft breweries here in MN. Maybe 100? I dunno. Alot. I'm not complaining, at all. No, sirree. In fact, I'm quite proud of my state for this accomplishment in beer-making.
I know many other states are seeing a huge boom in micro-breweries, as well. (p.s. we would LOVE to hear about your local fave. Especially if there is a possibility of us finding it here in MN) A favorite weekend past-time of many of ours across the country is taking a drive to a new brewery and sitting down for a couple hours with a pint and great company.
The boom of micro-brewing has brought some crazy creative flavors, brews, and beer variations. I just can't take all the awesomeness and creativeness I have seen micro-breweries bring to their recipes! This chocolate stout float is a fun way to use some of the sweet, dessert-y beers in a way that shows off the fun sweetness their creators intended. Chocolate stout is my favorite of these sweet beers to use. I love using it in chocolate cakes, sauces, syrups, and in... floats. And...chocolate stout is easy to find (this one is from Trader Joe's) and usually quite inexpensive.
For absolutely no reason but because I think it's cheesy and therefore funny:
Where do monkeys go for a beer?
The monkey bars.
- 3 scoops of icecream
- drizzle of chocolate syrup
- small bit of vanilla extract
- 8 oz chocolate stout or so
- Put the ice cream, chocolate syrup, and vanilla in a cold mug.
- Pour the chocolate stout on top (slowly...it will try to spill over the mug).
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And if you are from Minnesota and love beer, our contributor Alice is the person you need to talk to! She knows EVERYTHING!