A beermosa is the perfect way to highlight the virtues of fruit flavored craft beer.
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What is in a Beermosa?
Beyond the obvious fact that a beermosa is a mimosa made with beer, you’d want to consider your options for mixing one.
The key to mixing a beermosa is to select a well-suited craft beer. The more flavorful it is, the better.
A great beermosa appeals to all the senses and at its core is a flavorful, fruity ale.
With a few exceptions, ales, rather than lagers are typically used to make mimosas with beer.
The reason is that lagers are fermented by clean, bottom fermenting yeast strains which do not add fruity esters. The opposite is true of ales – many styles among them, especially Belgian ales and both German and Belgian wheat ales are fermented by yeast strains that contribute wonderful fruit aromas.
Additionally, fruit conditioning is much more common with ales, so when you are selecting a fruity beer the overwhelming majority of your options will be ales.
How to make a Beermosa
To mix the perfect beermosa follow the steps below.
Step 1. Choose a fruit flavored ale that appeals to you.
For this post I selected an imperial raspberry saison and a blood orange gose.
The spicy, fruity saison yeast esters, the aggressive fruit conditioning in combination with the dryness and the high ABV were beyond ideal for a beermosa.
The blood orange in the gose imparted a more mellow, nicely fruity tartness to the base ale and seamlessly integrated with the orange juice. And…the hibiscus ice cubes I used in this beermosa version really took it over the top.
TIP: If planning a beermosa bar consider making creative ice cubes in advance. You can use fruit pieces, dried edible flowers petals or certain compatible herbs.
Not only will they add to the visual appeal of the cocktail but as the ice cubes melt the aromas of your chosen ingredients will be released and will add to the flavor experience of the beermosa.
Step 2. Place an ice cube at the bottom of each glass.
Step 3. Add a little orange juice to each glass.
When making beermosas you literally need a splash of OJ in each glass, no more. As in less than an ounce.
Remember – the goal is to let the flavors of the craft beer shine through. If you simply cover the ice cubes with juice that is enough.
Step 4. Fill the rest of the glass with ale.
The Blood Orange gose did get a tiny bit of red color boost once the hibiscus ice cube started melting, but very slight…it was pretty much balanced by the OJ’s yellow, so all in all…blood orange.
A beermosa is a beautiful thing:) If you’ve never tasted one before – do try.
Disclosure: I did have a glass while taking these pictures. It is part of my job description to taste everything I make in real time.
Best Beer Styles to Use for Beermosa
Before you venture into your own beer and orange juice mixing adventures, I wanted to leave you with this handy list of most suitable craft beer styles to make a good beermosa.
- Gose (clearly:)
- Saison (especially if fruit conditioned)
- Belgian Witbier (wonderful yeast esters and typically conditioned with orange)
- Belgian Trippel
- Belgian Golden Strong Ale
- Weissbier/Hefeweizen (highly effervescent, refreshing signature yeast aromas)
- Berliner Weisse
- Citrusy/tropical fruit IPA’s, especially if dry-hopped
- Brutt IPA – these dry and fragrant ales are an excellent choice
- White IPA
- Hazy IPAs (NEIPA)
Here is a (perhaps) shocker. Certain dark ales make great contenders to the styles listed above. Think orange filled chocolates.
Sweet chocolaty ones – many porters and English stouts come to mind, and even chocolate stouts where the bitterness of the roasted barley in the grain bill in combination with some OJ will evoke almost edible images of dark chocolate covered orange peels.
There is also the added benefit that a beermosa is not overly sweet and contains less alcohol than a traditional mimosa. So you can drink several without feeling tipsy. Which makes them a viable, refreshing day-drinking option on summer weekends…
Other beer cocktails you may enjoy:
Grapefruit Ale Paloma
- 2 12 oz fruit flavored craft beers, choose a style such as a gose (or another sour, saison, kolsh or wheat beer)
- fruit pieces or dried flower petals for garnish, make into ice cubes, optional
- orange juice, to taste
- Start by placing an ice cube (if using) at the bottom of a champagne glass, add a splash of OJ and fill with chilled craft beer. Enjoy!
Fruited conditioned ales really shine through in beermosa cocktails - do not be afraid to experiment.
Nutrition information is for guideline purposes only given that different beer styles have significantly different grain bills. A further complication is presented by attenuation based on the type of yeast used.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 449Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 17mgCarbohydrates: 78gFiber: 10gSugar: 27gProtein: 10g