By Terry Trucco
In John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row, the character Doc becomes obsessed with a fanciful drink he’s never tasted and has, in fact, never seen – the beer milkshake.
“He wondered what a beer milkshake would taste like,” Steinbeck writes. “The idea gagged him a bit, but he couldn’t let it alone. It cropped up every time he had a glass of beer.”
Beer isn’t Cointreau; it’s a self-contained, stand-alone drink. But like prosecco, bourbon and other staunch stand-alones, it can play nice with the right accompaniment. The new Beer Cocktail menu at The Pierre’s silky Two-E Bar shows just how nice.
The drinks sensibly sidestep ice cream, milk and sugar in favor of significant libations like Glenfiddich, pepper-infused vodka and gin. (Turns out Doc didn’t think much of the beer milkshake once he screwed up the nerve to try one.)
Was the Pierre trying to inject the earthy spirit of Oktoberfest into its posh Art Deco digs? Nice coincidence. “We’d never done beer cocktails before,” says Sachin Hasan, whose mixology team dreams up new specialty drinks menus six times a year. (more…)