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COCKTAILS ON TAP will be the definitive book of beer cocktail recipes, bringing spirits and beer together in the same glass.

Nearly three years ago, my friends and I came up with the idea of hosting a night of cocktails all featuring beer as an ingredient. Though people were initially skeptical, the drinks won them over, and the three of us -- myself, beer blogger Ezra Johnson-Greenough, and bar owner Yetta Vorobik -- have gone on to put on beer cocktail events from Vancouver, Canada to New Orleans, Louisiana. In the time since our first "Brewing Up Cocktails" event, I've noticed beer cocktails appearing increasingly often on menus in the some of the best bars around the country.

Having imbibed, researched, and created numerous beer cocktails over the years, the time is right to create the definitive book on the subject. Cocktails on Tap will feature approximately fifty recipes, culled from historic documents, my own menus, and contributions from talented bartenders all over the world.

Beer and Loathing
Beer and Loathing

Though beer may seem like an unusual cocktail ingredient, mixing with beer is a centuries old practice. Wassail, the festive, warming winter drink, is an old-time mixture of ale, wine, spirits, sugar, and spices. Early recipes for the flip called for beer and rum. Charles Dickens records a character enjoying a few too many pints of Dog's Nose, a combination of porter, brown sugar, and gin, in his serial novel The Pickwick Papers. In the Basque region, imbibers enhance plain lagers with Amer, while in Mexico they use hot sauce, citrus, and savory flavors in the Michelada. With Cocktails on Tap in hand, readers will be able to recreate these and other vintage recipes.

Beer has become a favorite ingredient for bartenders and Cocktails on Tap features the best of these of contemporary creations too. Drinks like the Mai Ta-IPA and Hopped Up Nui Nui put hoppy twists on a classic tiki cocktails with the addition of India Pale Ale. The Green Devil boosts the powerful Belgian beer Duvel with juniper-forward London Dry gin and a rinse of aromatic absinthe. The Averna Stout Flip is one of many rich and creamy beer cocktails perfect for a winter night.

Zelda
Zelda

The recipes in Cocktails on Tap demonstrate why beer is a versatile and delicious ingredient. Different styles of beer stimulate our basic senses of taste. Dark roasted malts and aggressive hops add bitter notes to a drink; sour ales like lambic and Berliner Weisse provide tartness; fruit ales and beers with residual sugars bring sweetness to the table. The full spectrum of beer styles finds its way into cocktails, used in ways that range from simply pouring them into the glass to reducing them into flavorful syrups.

Averna Stout Flip
Averna Stout Flip

With more than fifty breweries and a vibrant cocktail scene, it's no surprise that this book hails from Portland, Oregon, home to our entire creative team:

Jacob Grier, author, is the lead bartender at Metrovino and a consultant for several spirits brands. His first recipe guide, The Cocktail Collective, was published in 2010. He writes the long-running weblog Liquidity Preference, now in its tenth year, and has written for The Atlantic, Reason, The Oregonian, and other publications. His Portland Rickey -- made with saison ale, gin, lemon, and Chartreuse -- has been named the official drink for this year's Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans.

David L. Reamer, photographer, is a food and lifestyle photographer whose images have appeared in Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, and GQ. Born and raised in New Jersey,  David cooked for thirteen years before finally trading his chef's knife for a camera. The first cookbook he shot, Pure Beef by Lynn Samson Curry, was released last April. He is currently shooting cookbooks for acclaimed Portland chefs John Gorham (Toro Bravo) and Gabe Rucker (Le Pigeon). David lives with his wife, Meredith, their dog and cat, and two chickens.

Melissa Delzio, designer, is an independent designer, creative adventurer, and publisher of Our Portland Story. She enjoys creating beautiful and functional designs for happy clients and has over nine years of experience designing printed and interactive experiences for international and local consumer brands alike. Through her book Our Portland Story Volume 1 (and the forthcoming Volume 2), Melissa hopes to create a greater sense of community identity and pride through storytelling and design. She gives back to her community by serving as the Design for Good Chair on the Board of Directors for AIGA Portland (the professional association for design).

Ellee Thalheimer, publisher, is an accomplished freelance travel writer, guidebook author, owner of Into Action Publications, and citizen of Portlandia. Her most recent book projects include Cycling Sojourner: A Guide to the Best Multi-day Tours in Oregon and Hop in the Saddle: A Guide to Portland’s Craft Beer Scene, by Bike.

The funds raised by this Kickstarter will allow us to make Cocktails on Tap a reality and ensure the highest levels of quality production.

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Publishing a book is never easy, but everyone on our creative team has pulled it off before. We have all the resources we need lined up and ready to go. The only source of delay would be me not writing -- and I'm not going to let that happen. In fact, many of the recipes have already been thoroughly tested and written, so the work is well on its way. We just need funding to get us to the finish line.

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