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Each April, beer lovers celebrate our state’s more than 250 breweries during North Carolina Beer Month. All those breweries and all their brews make for a seemingly endless list of

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Each April, beer lovers celebrate our state’s more than 250 breweries during North Carolina Beer Month. All those breweries and all their brews make for a seemingly endless list of

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Each April, beer lovers celebrate our state’s more than 250 breweries during North Carolina Beer Month. All those breweries and all their brews make for a seemingly endless list of

Three Beer Cocktails to Toast North Carolina Beer Month

Each April, beer lovers celebrate our state’s more than 250 breweries during North Carolina Beer Month. All those breweries and all their brews make for a seemingly endless list of possibilities to enjoy, but this year, we’re adding even more options by using local beers to make North Carolina-flavored beer cocktails. Trust us: These creative concoctions are worth a shot.


Springtime Shandy

This Southern sister of a classic European refreshment, featuring a lager from our state’s resident lager experts, was made for porch sippin’. Try swapping out lager for a wheat beer or pilsner for a fresh twist.

Yield: 2 cocktails.

1 cup Red Oak Hummin’ Bird Helles Golden Munich Lager
1 cup lemonade
Lemon wedges, for garnish

Mix lager and lemonade in a pitcher. Pour into glasses over ice. Garnish with lemon wedges, if desired.


Black ’n’ Brew

Dating back to the mid-19th century, the Black Velvet cocktail — traditionally made using Champagne and Guinness — has noble origins. In our version, layers of local dry sparkling wine and stout hold their own.

Yield: 1 cocktail.

3 ounces chilled The Unknown Brewing Company Venture American Stout
3 ounces chilled Biltmore Estate Brut Sparkling Wine

Fill a champagne flute halfway with sparkling wine. Place an upside-down spoon over the top of the flute and fill the rest of the glass with stout to create a layered effect.


Carolina Chelada

With a little lime and a salted rim, Mexican-style lagers get an extra hit of tanginess in the Chelada. Feeling adventurous? Transform your drink into a traditional Michelada by adding Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, tomato juice, and assorted seasonings.

Yield: 2 cocktails.

2 cans Oskar Blues Brewery Beerito Mexican Lager
½ cup lime juice
Salt
Lime wedges

Moisten the rims of two pint glasses with the lime wedge, then dip into a bowl of salt and lightly coat rim. Add lime juice and beer to a pitcher; stir well to combine. Pour into prepared glasses over ice. Garnish with lime wedges, if desired.

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This story was published on Apr 03, 2018

K McKay

K McKay

K McKay was the digital content writer at Our State. She is a graduate of Elon University, and was the spring 2017 digital intern at Our State.