Friday, September 25, 2009

8 oz. Burger Bar's New Mixed Beer Menu

courtesy of BurgerBeast.com

Starting today 8 oz. Burger Bar will be introducing it's new mixed beer menu.

8 oz. Burger Bar Blended Beer Menu

Black Velvet

Shipyard Bluefin Stout layered with Moet Chandon
$ 10.00

Prima-Lada
Prima Pilsner with Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur, ginger Beer and candied ginger
$ 10.00

Shocktop Citronage
Shocktop Belgian Style Wheat Ale with Citronage Orange Liqueur
$ 10.00

Choco Berry
Young's Double Chocolate Stout layered with Lindeman's Framboise
$ 10.00

Zacapaneca
Shipyard Bluefin Stout with Zacapa Dark Rum and brown molases can cacao nibs
$ 10.00

Honey Suckle Rose
Boulder Brewery Hazed and Infused wih Blue Head Reposada, honey salt rim and rosemary
$ 10.00

Sweet Wine
Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA, Housemade Sangria, Cherry Herring served over ice
$ 10.00

Mixed Berry Beer Float
Lindeman's Framboise, Seadog Bluberry Wheat Ale, Grand Marnier and Vanilla Ice Cream
$ 10.00

Drunken Monk
Chimay Triple Grand Reserve with St. Germaine Elder Flower Liquor served with fresh mint
$ 10.00

Boiler Maker
Victory Prima Pilsner and a Shot of Maker's Mark
$ 10.00

The Premier Cup
Dogfish Head 60 minute IPA, Pimms, Hendrik's Gin, salt and pepper Rim served with sliced cucumber
$ 10.00

Pumpkin Bomb
Shipyard Pumpkin Head Ale, Goldschlager with brown sugar cinnamon and star anise
$ 10.00

Black and Blue
Seadog Blueberry Wheat Ale layered with Shipyard Blufin Stout
$ 8.00

Snake Bite
Youngs Double Chocolate Stout with Kelly's Hard Cider
$ 8.00

Chavela
Prima Pilsner, clam juice and house ceyane tomato juice over ice with celery salt rim and lime
$ 8.00

Black and Tan
Shipyard Bluefin Stout layered with Boulder Brewery Hazed and Infused
$ 8.00

Ok, I know what you are already thinking because it was the same thing I thought when I first heard about this. Mixed beer? Sure, we have all heard about Black N' Tans, Snake Bites, maybe even a Dirty Hoe but those are all beers mixed with other beers. The mixed beer menu at 8 oz. is made up of beers mixed with everything from liquors, sodas, sugars, herbs, veggies and anything else 8 oz. thinks might be edible.


They have greatly expanded their draft beer selection with the addition of 12 new draft lines. Although the beer prices always seemed a little high the addition of the new draft system now gives me more of a reason to use the bar section of the restaurant. With a new happy hour running Monday-Thursday from 4pm-7pm starting October 1st, you can even get half off all of these draft beers. This past Tuesday, Jackie from the New Times invited me to try out some of these new creations with her. Eric, the owner of 8 oz., sat us down at the bar and gave us a taste of the new mixed beer menu. It went a little something like this...

Shocktop Citronage

Shocktop Citronage- I was scared that this was what we were starting with since I am not a fan of Shocktop beer. After tasting it though it actually made the Shocktop into what it should be, a citrus drink. The mix tastes less like a beer and more like an citrus mixed drink which was actually a good thing. At least Shocktop now has a purpose as a mixer.

Prima-Lada

Prima-Lada- You couldn't taste the beer in this drink much either. It was very similar to a shandy - nice and light tasting. This would be great drink for sitting on the beach all day.

Honey Suckle Rose- With this one, the first thing you get is the great herb aroma from the rosemary which mixes well with the sweetness that hits your lips as you taste the Agave nectar and natural brown sugar rim. Just when you think you are going to go into sweetness overload you get a nice hoppy finish that reminds you that this is a beer drink. I think that maybe this drink could do without the simple syrup but overall was one of my favorites on the menu.

Drunken Monk- Eric said that he had been working on this one for a while and wasn't sold on how it was coming out. They changed things up a bit from the original recipe and it came out pretty good. All the components came through with the elder flower giving it a perfume-like overtone that made the drink drier than most of the other drinks. It also had a sweetness about it from the simple syrup and malt from the Chimay balancing it out in the end.

The Premier Cup

The Premier Cup- Eric started out with making the drink with the 60 Minute but I thought the hops in the 90 minute would compliment the pepper on the rim best. Once we tried it with the 90 Minute I thought it made the drink perfect. It had bite from the pepper in the beginning, was nice and smooth in the middle and the taste of hops at the end. Hopefully they end up making this with the 90 Minute. If not, I think it is worth asking for the 90 Minute upgrade.

Sweet Wine, Honey Suckle Rose and Snake Bite

Sweet Wine- Once again, another one that I didn't think I was going to like as much as I did. This is like having a fruity 90 Minute. The fruity upfront taste with the hoppy bite at the end made this quite enjoyable. This would be a nice way to get your friend that doesn't like hoppy beers to ease into them. Plus 8 oz. makes a mighty fine sangria.

Snake Bite- Ah, a Snake Bite's a Snake Bite. The addition of Young's Double Chocolate Stout instead of Guinness gives a bit more dimension to your usual Snake Bite but it was by far, one of the most unadventurous drinks of the night. Definitely a safe choice if you are looking to try something on the menu without straying too far from what you know.

Zacapaneca

Zacapaneca- Ok, if you are going to order just one drink from this menu this would be my choice. I could drink this all day. Even if you aren't a fan of stouts this drink will change your mind. The cacao nips on the glass' rim pair perfectly with the roast from the stout and the sweetness from the rum. My mouth is watering now just thinking about it. This is the perfect drink with dessert or just for dessert by itself.

Choco Berry- Do you like chocolate covered raspberries? Then you will probably like this. The two beers balance each other out with the fruitiness from the Lindeman's and the roast chocolate from the Young's. Again, not the most creative beer mix on the menu but a good standard for those playing it safe.

Mixed Berry Beer Float- Yes, that is right, a beer float. And it is damn tasty. This is another one on the menu that sounded scary because of the thought of ice cream and beer together but the end result was nothing short of delicious. The fruitiness from the Seadog Blueberry and the Lindeman's Framboise mix nicely with the creaminess from the ice cream making for a big glass of beautiful, creamy, fruity, beery goodness. If you get one of these at your table I guarantee everyone else will order one as well. Skip the other desserts on the menu and just get this.


Overall, I was highly impressed with the drinks that 8 oz. came up with. This is the first time I have seen drinks like a lot of these. I'm sure there will be imitators in the future but just know that in South Florida, 8 oz. was the originator of the mixed beer menu.

8 oz. Burger Bar
1080 Alton Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 397-8246
www.8ozburgerbar.com

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