Beer Floats – Ice Cream Floats with Beer – Food Wishes

By Brian Lemay 100 comments

hello this is chef john from food wishes
comma with beer floats that’s right i hear this guy who’s drinking an ice
cream float say there’s no way this can get any better so i was like hold my
beer and then i was like actually give me that beer back i’m gonna need that to
make these floats better and while the thought of combining beer and ice cream
might sound crazy it really does work surprisingly well especially if you’re a
huge fan of beer like i am so with that let’s go ahead and get started and i’m
going to be showing you two different approaches here starting with by far the
most popular version and that would be your stout based beer floats and what
we’ll want to do first is fill our glass about two-thirds of the way up and i’m
thinking probably any stout would work including that very popular irish one
that you see in all the stores but something like a milk stout would also
work as would what I’m using a chocolate stout and then once that set we’ll go
ahead and scoop in our ice cream and while Vanel would be the classic
choice I’m actually gonna use a coffee ice cream and yes of course chocolate
would work as well and by the way the first rule of flow Club is that the ice
cream is always placed on top and never placed in the glass before the beverage
is poured otherwise you’re gonna miss out on these incredible visuals alright
by placing the ice cream on top it’s going to slowly mount and kind of travel
down through the beverage from top to bottom creating this incredible gorgeous
scene and then we’ll also want to grab a spoon and of course straw
and if you are gonna take some pictures maybe just a little coke over the top
but if you’re not don’t total waste of time and speaking of time in just those
few moments that took me to take some pictures our melting coffee ice cream
had overtaken the stouts which is kind of what it would look like
if we had started with the ice cream in the class first but anyway let me go
ahead and give this a try and the reason that Stout works so well is because in
addition to the normal bitter notes beer always has it also includes toasting
multi kind of sweet notes that makes it pair so well with ice cream and if
you’re new to the beer float game don’t judge it on the first sip okay because
despite the creamy look those first few sips are still gonna be mostly beer but
is that ice cream melts and gets mixed in the flow gets creamier and sweeter
and it will continue on that trajectory till the last super spoonful although
even then there’s a chance you’re not gonna like this in fact you might hate
it which is why you should probably start out with a little test class so as
not to waste ice cream or more importantly waste beer and I would
actually have some root beer around just in case this isn’t your thing oh and if
you’ll notice those magazine quality drips going down the side of the glass
you’re probably gonna want to serve these with coasters or at least some
cocktail napkins but anyway that was version number one but I did want to
show you one more version which is probably the second most popular and
that would be your fruity beers paired with vanilla ice cream and right here I
have a Belgian style raspberry sour that’s gonna pair amazingly well with
some vanilla ice cream and usually these fruity style beers are not very bitter
which is one thing that makes them work so well here but they also tend to be a
little bit on the acidic side and as you well know sweet and sour is always a
great combo whether we’re eating or drinking or both now speaking of the
acid I think that’s why this version tends to foam up a lot more than the
stout so chances are you’re going to get a much more impressive head with this
one and while I’m just showing you two of the most popular approaches with this
there are countless hundreds of combinations you can do with all the
different beers and all the different ice creams and deciding on exactly what
to use is half the fun so I encourage lots of brainstorming and experimenting
I mean you guys are after all the goats of your floats and it’s going to be up
to you to figure out which beer and ice cream pairing is the greatest of all
time but anyway that’s it how to do real beer floats these are basically just the
same thing as a regular ice cream floats except unlike the ones made with soda
these can make your friends seem a little more interesting so for that
reason and many more I really do hope you give these a try soon so head over
to food whooshes calm for all the ingredient amounts of more info as usual
and as always enjoy you you



Feb 2, 2019, 11:36 am Reply

All Caribbean people know Guinness ice-cream is life, but Stout and coffee ice-cream?

Yes please!

Tomasz Yeager

Feb 2, 2019, 2:30 pm Reply



Feb 2, 2019, 2:34 pm Reply

Make mine a root beer 🙂

Nostalgia For Infinity

Feb 2, 2019, 3:34 pm Reply

Man, I thought only Japan was into this weird combination of a drink with a scoop of ice cream on top (cream soda).

Zoeb Abbas

Feb 2, 2019, 3:42 pm Reply

How does this even qualify as work… I wish i get paid for doing this

Tyler Simonson

Feb 2, 2019, 3:50 pm Reply

natty light + mcdonald’s soft serve does not yield a desirable result.

Guru Gregory Place

Feb 2, 2019, 4:17 pm Reply

Add Bailey's Irish creme..


Feb 2, 2019, 4:17 pm Reply

No, John, this was not one of my Food Wishes. Surprisingly, I didn't unsubscribe, but still thumbed up just cause you're so fun.


Feb 2, 2019, 4:21 pm Reply

Tried coffee ice cream with duck rabbit milk stout. Not a fan, tbh.

Russ Russ

Feb 2, 2019, 4:30 pm Reply

It sounds heavenly

Todd’s Tropicals

Feb 2, 2019, 7:18 pm Reply

Ivanka puke, sounds gross.

Jheanelle Anderson

Feb 2, 2019, 8:42 pm Reply

Needed a superbowl prediction video.. Please!!!!

Pan Darius Kairos

Feb 2, 2019, 10:07 pm Reply


laurens b

Feb 2, 2019, 10:25 pm Reply

Great to see Chef John not only loving good beer, but also knowing about beer.

How about some more beer recipies? I make a whole weat no-knead bread with a Belgian Double. I make a coq au vin with a dark style beer. Even a beef or pork stew can work with good beer. Beer batter for frying is awesome. Chocolate cake with stout is also a winner. Any other tips/recipies?

Dutch guy that realizes all too well how spoiled he is with all the quality beers available


Feb 2, 2019, 11:44 pm Reply

would this work with a lighter beer and sorbet? or is the foamy cream the best part?

Jessica D’Aulerio

Feb 2, 2019, 12:56 am Reply

this looks like my dream dessert


Feb 2, 2019, 1:30 am Reply

Café Glacé
Centuries long and keto friendly.
Guiness is the proper substitude for coffee though. Thanks!


Feb 2, 2019, 1:51 am Reply

Chef this is really fantastic. Thank you! I would have never tried this were it not for your video. Great job as usual!


Feb 2, 2019, 3:18 am Reply

As a beer judge I must say this is a fantastic video! Good coverage of a couple of styles that are will work well and also setting expectations.

Terri Light

Feb 2, 2019, 6:52 am Reply

I drooled. I admit it.

Raymond Simpson

Feb 2, 2019, 6:53 am Reply

My friend in the late 70s mixed beer with ice cream

Tim Holmes

Feb 2, 2019, 9:19 am Reply

Chef John loves beer so much that he drinks it with a straw


Feb 2, 2019, 9:36 am Reply

I tried this with Michelob Ultra Gold. Not terrible, but not impressed.


Feb 2, 2019, 12:33 pm Reply

Have u been drinking….this looks unhinged….and no cayenne!!!


Feb 2, 2019, 12:37 pm Reply

The ice cream scoop was the perfect diameter for the beer glass.

Eugen Black

Feb 2, 2019, 2:40 pm Reply

Thank You, Chef John! Amazing idea!)


Feb 2, 2019, 3:30 pm Reply

Try lemon ice cream (good lemon ice cream, not cheap crap) with champagne. Not a lot of champagne, just enough to make a fun slurry. It's freaking amazing. You can get drunk without even liking champagne and without even feeling the alcohol.

Jack Otheshadows

Feb 2, 2019, 3:33 pm Reply

…..Try Not Your Fathers Root Beer it is actually a Beer that does taste like Root Beer soda and is good…. If you want the classic float…..


Feb 2, 2019, 3:58 pm Reply

Chef John, can u make beer at home? 😀 Or mead may be?

Jose Velazquez

Feb 2, 2019, 4:54 pm Reply

Thanks. I loved it without the ice cream.

Scooter Magee

Feb 2, 2019, 7:43 pm Reply

Yesterday during the SuperBowl game this was a good idea. Today (hangover) I cant even think about ?. Please god, I promise not to do that again. Just make me feel better. Lol.

Isaac Miranda TRO

Feb 2, 2019, 9:08 pm Reply

first: ridiculous, then : 1:25 must try this!


Feb 2, 2019, 9:28 pm Reply

I've had the stout and ice cream combo, and disliked it quite a bit. So. Yeah try it before buying or making a full one.

Nadir Dbouk

Feb 2, 2019, 9:59 pm Reply

Best video yet.

Doc Holiday

Feb 2, 2019, 10:11 pm Reply

german here. I am confused..

Reece Barnes

Feb 2, 2019, 12:11 am Reply

Terrible beer pours!

John Foley

Feb 2, 2019, 5:49 am Reply

Coors light and cookie dough ice cream.

ok ?

Feb 2, 2019, 6:31 am Reply

John… its not even spring yet.

wellington z

Feb 2, 2019, 9:23 am Reply

He probably earns more than all the top level chefs hahaha.

Meteor Media

Feb 2, 2019, 10:04 am Reply

Omg ice cream in beer, this is such an incredible perversion. Blasphemy.


Feb 2, 2019, 6:32 pm Reply

You are the goatse's of your floatsies.

Frysta Nudlar

Feb 2, 2019, 8:22 pm Reply

Anything that makes my friends more interesting is always a good thing.

GT’s Barbeque and Cuisine

Feb 2, 2019, 8:33 pm Reply

Beautiful. I’m trying this asap

Fredrick Nietzsche

Feb 2, 2019, 10:09 pm Reply

"The first rule of Float Club" LOL

Growth Curve Marketing

Feb 2, 2019, 10:18 pm Reply

Um… no.


Feb 2, 2019, 10:30 pm Reply

Now i have an excuse to buy guiness

Louis Leoncini

Feb 2, 2019, 10:54 pm Reply

Best with home brew.

Jean Laubenthal

Feb 2, 2019, 11:22 pm Reply

Everything is better with icecream!


Feb 2, 2019, 12:28 am Reply

First rule of float club lol!

James Dooling

Feb 2, 2019, 9:59 am Reply

Made four. Two Russian Imperial stout, two Old Speckled Hen. All consumed…

I shared half of one…

Sharon Finlayson

Feb 2, 2019, 1:49 pm Reply

I've done it with "not your father's root beer " sooooooo yummy


Feb 2, 2019, 6:00 pm Reply

Dragonmilk Stout with a scoop or two of a high butterfat French vanilla is a winner.

Aragorn Stellar

Feb 2, 2019, 7:17 pm Reply

Just yuk!!


Feb 2, 2019, 8:25 pm Reply

This would have been a Wonderful Subplot with Norm and Cliff in a Cheers Episode.

Harke Juice

Feb 2, 2019, 8:29 pm Reply

Fruity Hefeweizen with vanilla or a complementing fruit is very refreshing. Recently went to a place that served a Blueberry-Lemon gelato which paired nicely with a Blood Orange Hefeweizen.


Feb 2, 2019, 8:46 pm Reply

You will probably hate this, but I really do hope you give it a try soon!

DFB Altintop

Feb 2, 2019, 11:46 pm Reply

Possibly the worst recipe / video in the last time … I tried this and it was disgusting as hell …

Maybe the first and only Video I really dislike, sorry Chef 🙁 Else I've been liking all other vids.


Feb 2, 2019, 1:22 am Reply

My wife and I are avid homebrewers, must try this with a Lambic or Kriek. Good one John. Cheerz


Feb 2, 2019, 5:35 am Reply

I made a root beer float once, but I didn't have any ice cream so I had to use ice, and I didn't have any root beer so I had to use Scotch whisky. Man after a couple root beer floats I was hammered. Switching over to this might be easier on the liver.

Ralph A

Feb 2, 2019, 6:47 am Reply

I'm so glad you didn't use ice cold gnats piss for this. Try a porter.

Thomas M

Feb 2, 2019, 4:23 pm Reply

Ice cream+root beet schnapps+root beer=world's best root beer float. The alcohol content of the schnapps stops the ice from forming around the ice cream, making it far creamier than a regular float.

Will have to try the beer float some time.

Greg Viau

Feb 2, 2019, 8:38 pm Reply

I like you, but you're crazy


Feb 2, 2019, 10:22 am Reply

But where’s the cayenne?? ?


Feb 2, 2019, 6:48 pm Reply

Anytime Chef John posts an alcoholic recipe, the trick is to play it back at .5 speed, so you can hear Drunk Chef John tell you how to make it.

Amanda Geyer

Feb 2, 2019, 9:35 pm Reply

My darling husband has been enjoying the occasional Guinness Float… a pint of Guinness and a scoop of French Vanilla ice cream. He started having them in the early 90s.


Feb 2, 2019, 5:08 am Reply

Any IPA mixed with a fruit sorbet could be an interesting combo.

Clarissa Stasinski

Feb 2, 2019, 1:17 pm Reply

U can always make pani puri, pupusas…

George Velazquez

Feb 2, 2019, 3:06 am Reply

Rolling Rock and lemon sorbet

Frances Brooks

Feb 2, 2019, 3:00 am Reply


Francesca Taphophilia

Feb 2, 2019, 4:19 am Reply

Ben and Jerry's made a beer icecream with salted caramel swirls, it was my favorite, but it is no more ? so, I would add a caramel drizzle and chocolate covered pretzels for garnish on the rim.

Scott Eakins

Feb 2, 2019, 6:31 am Reply

not sure about this. but my moto is. ill try it once. and go from there.


Feb 2, 2019, 2:25 pm Reply

Guinness Extra Stout (Canadian Brewed) and chocolate cashew ice cream for a vegan version……

Cara Smith

Feb 2, 2019, 7:40 pm Reply

I love root beer floats with a glug of rum, try it ?

Mr Mudcatslim

Feb 2, 2019, 1:30 am Reply

Nah. That's wrong. Oh so wrong. Your the man Chef John, but this is…………. wrong.

Al Gerbitz

Feb 2, 2019, 3:52 pm Reply

Whatever floats your goat I guess lol

Rusty SpyGoat

Feb 2, 2019, 5:32 pm Reply


Stunnershades _

Feb 2, 2019, 1:12 am Reply

You are the GOAT
of the malty beer float

Max Wylde

Feb 2, 2019, 7:48 pm Reply

You don't put a straw in beer. No matter if you put ice cream in it. It is just not done.

Ivan Ooze

Feb 2, 2019, 11:01 pm Reply

So just to make sure I haven’t been doing this wrong my whole life, it’s coke/root beer then ice cream gently placed in right.

gorilla glue

Feb 2, 2019, 2:15 am Reply

I'm thinking lemon shandy + vanilla ice cream + a sprinkle of cayenne


Mar 3, 2019, 6:23 pm Reply

this is quickly turning into my favorite dessert!


Mar 3, 2019, 2:58 am Reply

The only thing I can think of when I start your video is…

"Half in the bag. *clink*"

Rhythm In Life

Mar 3, 2019, 3:27 am Reply

Yes sir ?. Drink after my soul ??


Mar 3, 2019, 1:59 am Reply

Ooohhhh, I have a home brewed stout in my kegerator.


Mar 3, 2019, 12:20 am Reply

A stout and a cherry ice cream would go well together, or mint, or stout and nearly any good ice cream.

Michael Yasenchok

Mar 3, 2019, 9:48 pm Reply

Basically it’s Doc’s beer milkshake. Nice.


Mar 3, 2019, 1:37 pm Reply

A moment of silence for the beer.

Kalamazoo Cowboy

Mar 3, 2019, 11:45 pm Reply


Andrew Alaniz

Apr 4, 2019, 12:32 am Reply

I love you

Michelle English

May 5, 2019, 12:23 am Reply

And who doesn't love more impressive head?

Michael Halpert

May 5, 2019, 3:47 am Reply

Mint chip and orange blossom wheat tho any combo should be good

Debbie S Myers

Jun 6, 2019, 7:08 pm Reply

Has anyone tried this with "nitro coffee" — I bet it would be fantastic! Not sure if it would create foam however.


Jul 7, 2019, 11:12 pm Reply

I wanna try Corona and lime sherbert

Jack The muffin

Aug 8, 2019, 4:31 am Reply

If you don't think beer and ice cream is a good combo, then you aren't sad enough.

Sons of Atonement M.C

Aug 8, 2019, 3:27 am Reply

Alcohol and dairy should not be mixed. Diarrhea is the least of your problems!

Dakota Campbell

Aug 8, 2019, 7:52 am Reply

This is the only chef John recipe I have made 🙁

Manny De Leon

Aug 8, 2019, 5:22 pm Reply

Maybr a cider and strawberry ice cream?

Food Wishes

Oct 10, 2019, 5:50 pm Reply

Check out the recipe:


Nov 11, 2019, 4:37 am Reply

Kinda looked like a fleshlight before he took his first sip

Daniel Robinson

Nov 11, 2019, 4:05 pm Reply

This sounds like it would go good with Ave Maria. A super smooth beer brewed in bourbon barrels with cherry purée.

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