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New Craft Beers with Bold Cocktail Flavors

New Craft Beers with Bold Cocktail Flavors

The Latest Trend in Craft Beers: Cocktail Flavors


The craft beer industry is constantly evolving, and one of the latest trends is beers that are inspired by cocktails. That’s right, beer that tastes like your favorite cocktail. Bartenders and brewers are teaming up to create brews that are infused with the flavors of classic cocktails such as Margaritas, Bloody Marys, and even Old Fashioneds.

The Process

The process of making cocktail-inspired beers involves using a combination of hops, malt, and other ingredients to mimic the flavors of popular cocktails. For example, a Margarita-inspired beer might include lime juice, sea salt, and agave nectar, while an Old Fashioned-inspired beer might incorporate bitters, orange zest, and a touch of bourbon.

The Flavors

The range of cocktail-inspired beers is vast and varied, with some breweries using traditional cocktail recipes as a jumping-off point and others taking a more adventurous approach. Some of the flavors you might find in cocktail-inspired beers include:

  • Margarita flavors: lime, sea salt, agave nectar
  • Bloody Mary flavors: tomato juice, hot sauce, celery salt
  • Mimosa flavors: orange juice, champagne
  • Old Fashioned flavors: bitters, orange zest, bourbon
  • Sour flavors: lemon, lime, grapefruit
  • Mojito flavors: mint, lime, rum

The Breweries

A number of breweries are experimenting with cocktail-inspired beers, and the trend shows no signs of slowing down. Dogfish Head in Delaware has released a line of beer called “Scratch-Made Cocktails” that includes flavors like Berry Bramble Sour and Strawberry Daiquiri, while New Belgium’s Lips of Faith series features a Mojito-inspired beer called “Tart Lychee.” Other breweries that are getting in on the trend include Harpoon Brewery, Stone Brewing, and Prairie Artisan Ales.

The Verdict

So, what do these cocktail-inspired beers actually taste like? The answer is, of course, that it depends on the beer and the cocktail it’s inspired by. However, in general, these brews tend to be tart, fruity, and refreshing, with a hint of the cocktail flavors that inspired them. If you’re a fan of both craft beer and cocktails, these beers are definitely worth a try.


Cocktail-inspired beers are a fun and creative addition to the craft beer scene. Whether you’re a fan of classic cocktails or just looking for something a little different to try, there’s bound to be a beer out there that will hit the spot. So grab a pint of your favorite cocktail-inspired brew and raise a toast to the innovative minds behind this unique trend.


Dustin is a writer about craft beer and a professional brewer in the city of Chicago. He has written for several magazines and has over a decade of experience in the beer industry. He is currently working on a book about the history of beer in Chicago.

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