Forget Irish coffee. How about a little hooch in your milkshake?
Swensen’s Grill & Ice Cream Parlor in Coral Gables, a local favorite for its rich milkshakes, teamed with Wynwood’s J. Wakefield Brewing to create a series of beer shakes that will have even non-beer lovers licking their milk mustaches.
They will release three milk-brew concoctions at an event Friday, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., at the brewery.
“The best part about the shakes is you don’t even have to like beer,” said Swensen’s operator/owner Saud Rai said. “The combination is so refreshing.”
Rai experimented with several JWB beers and settled on three combinations. They blended JWB’s 24th Street Brown Ale with Nutella and vanilla ice creams, crushed white chocolate and a shot of Cuban coffee to create the 24th Colada Street.
The Hefecito combines El Jeve Coconut Hefeweizen wheat beer with vanilla ice cream, coconut almond candies, coconut shavings, white chocolate and banana. The glass is rimmed with coconut shavings and topped with chopped almonds and bananas.
The Shake & Bacon is Wakefield’s UJP Smoked English Porter with caramel, coffee-rubbed candied bacon and vanilla ice cream, plus a caramel-maple sauce made with El Jefe wheat beer. The glass is rimmed with brown sugar/coffee and garnished with (what else?) bacon and cinnamon sprinkles.
Rai, a craft beer lover who has visited the beer-aficionado Mecca of Belgium — “It was like a religious experience,” he joked — started serving the shakes several months ago after fiddling with local craft beer and their signature Swensen’s ice cream. They serve several combinations at their restaurant including a blueberry beer with vanilla ice cream and Tampa’s Cigar City Brewing‘s Jai Alai India Pale Ale with vanilla ice cream.
They will soon have 12 locally brewed craft beers on tap at their location, 1586 S. Dixie Highway, Coral Gables, Rai said.