Beer is full of flavor possibilities, and there’s a lot of great beer in Columbia. Instead of just popping open a bottle of Blue Moon or Angry Orchard, mix it up, and pour those drinks into your Saturday night cocktail at these bars and restaurants around town.
Barred Owl Butcher & Table
Don’t Touch My Drumset, $8
Get in touch with your inner rockstar at Barred Owl Butcher & Table, and try the Don’t Touch My Drumset. Pimm’s No. 1, fresh-squeezed lemon juice and orange juice and Pamplemousse Rose, a grapefruit liqueur, are all shaken together with mint, then topped with Logboat Lookout, an APA. Bar manager Andrew Ruth says the cocktail has been on the visiting menu since it opened a year ago, and it doesn’t plan on getting rid of the cocktail anytime soon because of its popularity. Ruth says using beer in cocktails “opens up a world of flavor possibilities.”
That’s Inconceivable, $9
At Broadway Brewery, you can have beer added to any cocktail you’d like if you request it, bar manager Jared Zillig says. On its menu, the brewery offers a mixed drink called That’s Inconceivable, which is the perfect drink for the grapefruit and beer connoisseur. It’s made with grapefruit vodka, St. Germain, which is an elderflower liqueur, and is garnished with citrus and topped with Broadway's popular 11 Point IPA. This cocktail can be topped with practically any of its IPAs, Zillig says.
Kick back on the deck of Las Margaritas with a Coronarita. This popular off-menu drink is your classic marg with a Coronita, a smaller version of a Corona, says Julio Coronado, the manager at the north location.
On the Rocks
Lunch Box, $5; Angry Balls, $9
On the Rocks serves up jumbo shots, says manager Matt McGee. Order a round of the classic Lunch Box drop shot. A shot of amaretto is dropped into a mix of orange juice and Blue Moon. Ask for an Angry Balls (not listed on the menu) and get a pint of Angry Orchard with a shot of Fireball.
Michelada, $5; Lunch Box, $5; Dan Bomb, $5
Check out Tellers, and try the Michelada cocktail. This drink is made with Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat, Tellers’ Bloody Mary mix, lime and seasoning salt. If you know your stuff, impress your friends, and order an off-menu drink. Knock back Tellers’ version of the Lunch Box shot. This has a shot of amaretto mixed with orange juice, but Tellers uses Boulevard Wheat beer in its shot. While both of these drinks are staples at bars everywhere, the Dan Bomb is “very unique to Tellers,” bartender and lead day-server Tera Eckerle says. This shot, invented four years ago at the bar, is made with Crispin apple hard cider and Deep Eddy grapefruit vodka.