Beer Floats


Depending on whom you talk to, making ice cream floats with beer is either a genius idea or a horrible mistake. The key is to choose a beer on the toasty, malty, sweeter side and stay away from beers that are too hoppy, dry, and bitter. Here I offer two recipe versions: coffee ice cream with stout and vanilla ice cream (the safest option) with a Belgian raspberry sour (or any fruity beer). I'd make a small test glass first to ensure it works for your palate.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
5 mins


  • 1 cup chocolate stout beer

  • 1 scoop coffee ice cream

  • 1 pinch unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1 cup Belgian-style raspberry sour beer

  • 1 scoop vanilla ice cream


  1. Version 1: Pour stout into a British pint glass and scoop coffee ice cream on top. Garnish with a dusting of cocoa powder.

  2. Version 2: Pour raspberry beer into a pint glass; top with vanilla ice cream.

  3. Add a straw to each float and serve with spoons alongside.

    close up view of a Beer Float in a glass with a straw, next to a spoon
    Chef John

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

256 Calories
10g Fat
22g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 256
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 12%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 61mg 20%
Sodium 56mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 90mg 7%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 63mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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