Best Beers For Cooking And Hot Ale Flips

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Warming beer for making flips or cooking is not something everyone has done, and most likely, they are grossed out by the idea of warm beer, but I’m here to change that. I’ve made many of these, and the taste varies considerably based on the beer used. So this will be a list that I will maintain and continue to update, ranking beers as flips. Taste is subjective, so there will be beers I like heated up that others may not, but I think I have a pretty middle-of-the-road taste in beer. Every beer on this list I like cold. This is just my opinion of them heated up. So take this list as what it is, one man’s opinion, but I will try and be fair.

I will be using a traditional toddy rod, or as it is also called, a loggerhead, to warm the beers for a constant test. A stove works too, but a toddy rod imparts a slightly toastier final flavor. Check out this fantastic article about early American toddy culture to learn more.

S Rank: (Amazing When Flipped)

  • Fat Tire (nice malty flavor with light sweetness) – Amber Ale (USA)
  • Blue Moon (light and cider-like) – White Wheat Ale (USA)
  • Miller Highlife (light and sweet almost mead-like) – Pale Lager (USA)
  • Ladenburger Weizenbock Hell (beautiful balance of banana, citrus, and spice) – Wheat Bock (Germany)
  • Schwarzbräu Marie Hausbrendel Hell (light and sweet almost mead like) – Pale Lager (Germany)
  • Modelo Negra (nice malty flavor with light sweetness) – Dunkle Lager (Mexico)
  • Kartäuser Doppelbock Dunkel (Clove, banana and spice, kinda Christmas like, really really good) – Doppelbock Dunkel Lager (Germany)
  • Samuel Smith’s Chocolate Stout (Unreal how good this is warmed, like chocolate milk but beer. Honestly, WAY better warmed than cold) – Stout (UK)
  • Hofbräu Hefe Weizen (Really lovely light malty sweetness with a more robust citrus flavor) – Hefeweizen Ale (Germany)
  • Budweiser (Oddly really good heated. Thin maltiness, light sweetness. Thin but great taste. reminded me of a Japanese Highball) – Pale Lager (USA)
  • Zywiec Beer (Thin maltiness, nice flavor, fairly sweet when heated) – Pale Lager (Poland)
  • New Belgium Trippel (light sweetness, spiced apple cider flavor) – Belgian Tripel (USA)

A Rank: (Makes A Good Flip)

  • Samuel Adam’s Boston Lager – Amber Lager (USA)
  • Grantler Hell – Pale Lager (Germany)
  • Corona Extra – Pale Lager (Mexico)
  • Stella Artois – Pale Lager (Belgium)
  • Blau Weisse – Hefeweizen Ale (Germany)
  • Wittmann Urhell – Pale Lager (Germany)
  • Sierra Nevada Brewing Pale Ale – Pale Ale (USA)
  • Samuel Adams Cold Snap – White Wheat Ale (USA)
  • Flötzinger Bräu Hell – Pale Lager (Germany)
  • Ettl Bräu Teisnacher 1543 – Pale Lager (Germany)
  • Husaren-Trunk – Oktoberfestbier Lager (Germany)
  • Redd’s Hard Apple – Apple Cider (USA)
  • Harp by Guinness – Pale Lager (Ireland)
  • Spaten – Pale Lager (Germany)
  • Kona Big Wave – Pale Ale (USA)
  • Carlsberg – Pilsner Lager (Denmark)
  • Foster’s Lager – Pale Lager (Australia)
  • Sapporo Premium Beer – Pale Lager (Japan)
  • Goose Island Neon Beer Hug – IPA (USA)
  • Hitachino Nest White Ale – White Wheat Ale (Japan)
  • Anchor Steam Beer – hybrid Style (USA)
  • Lucky Buddha – Pale Lager (Australia)
  • Big Sky Brewing Moose Drool – Brown Ale (USA)
  • Colorado Brewing Salty Crew – Blonde Ale (USA)

B Rank: (Not A Bad Flip But Not Good)

  • Cali Creamin’ – Cream Ale (USA)
  • Newcastle Brown Ale – Brown Ale (UK)
  • Kirin – Pale Lager (Japan)
  • Peroni – Pale Lager (Italy)
  • Zwönitzer Rauchbier – Amber Lager (Germany)
  • Landgang Brauerei – Pilsner Lager (Germany)
  • fürst carl kellerbier – Keller Lager (Germany)
  • Pizza Port Brewing Bacon & Eggs – Imperial Porter (USA)
  • Hoegaarden – White Wheat Ale (Belgium)
  • Beck’s – Pilsner Lager (Germany)
  • Kauzen Pils – Pilsner Lager (Germany)
  • Kurpfalz Bräu Helles – Pale Lager (Germany)
  • Landbrauerei Ludwig Erl – Pale Lager (Germany)
  • Lagunitas IPA – Indian Pale Ale (USA)
  • Herrnbräu Kellerbier – Pale Lager (Germany)
  • Perlenzauber IPA – Indian Pale Ale (Germany)
  • Smithwicks Red Ale – Amber Ale (Ireland)
  • Duvel – Strong Pale Ale (Belgian)
  • Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin – Indian Pale Ale (USA)
  • Foster’s Premium Ale – Bitter Ale (Australia)
  • Coors Light – Pale Lager (USA)
  • Leffe Blonde – Abbey Ale (Belgium)
  • Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout – Stout (UK)
  • Delirium Tremens – Strong Ale (Belgium)
  • Warsteiner Oktoberfest – Marzen lager  (Germany)
  • Taj Mahal – Pale Lager (India)
  • Weihenstephaner – Hefeweizen Ale (Germany)

C Rank: (Not A Good Flipping Beer)

  • Boddingtons – Amber Ale (UK)
  • Founder’s Dirty Bastard – Scotch Ale (USA)
  • Der Schwarze Bock – Bock Lager (Germany)
  • Guinness – Porter/Stout Ale (Ireland)
  • Schlossbrauerei Rheder –  Pilsner Lager (Germany)
  • hoamat weissbier – Hefeweizen Ale (Germany)
  • Lindemans Framboise – Raspberry Lambic (Belgium)
  • Black Butte Porter – Porter Ale (USA)
  • Alms Hell – Pilsner Lager (Germany)
  • Dos Equis – Pale Lager (Mexico)
  • Kona Longboard – Pale Lager (USA)
  • Old Speckled Hen – Pale Ale (UK)
  • Cusqueña – Pale Lager (Peru)
  • Grolsch – Pilsner Lager (Netherlands)
  • Bud Light – Light Lager (USA)
  • Corona Familiar– Pale Lager (Mexico)
  • Red Stripe – Pale Lager (Jamaica)

D Rank: (Bad, Absolutely Undrinkable When Flipped)

  • Kirta – Dunkelweizen Ale (Germany)
  • New Belgium Accumulation – Indian Pale Ale (USA)
  • Propeller Turbo Prop – Imperial Pilsner Lager (Germany)
  • Wiener Lager –  Vienna Lager (Germany)
  • New Belgium Voodoo Ranger – Imperial IPA (USA)
  • Miller Lite – Pilsner Lager (USA)
  • Pizza Port Itinerary – Indian Pale Ale (USA)
  • Angry Orchard Hard Cider – Apple Cider (USA)
  • Michelob Ultra – Light Lager (USA)
  • Pabst Blue Ribbon – Pale Lager (USA)
  • Elysian Contact Haze – IPA (USA)
  • Goose Island 312– Hefeweizen Ale (USA)
  • Maui Brewing Coconut Hiwa Porter – Porter (USA)

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Site and app update 9/18/2021

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I pushed an update I am super excited about. I added large volume punch and pitcher measurements to the app. I’ve wanted to do this for maybe a year, but I couldn’t find a way to do it that I was happy with, but it hit me the other day how to do it. I came up with a way that I think is super cool, introduces no new possibilities for errors, and is instantly applied to all cocktails, and I did it with only one new variable added to each recipe. Again I am super proud of it and hope you like it.

Site and app update 5/26/2021

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Every time I finish something on the website or update some type of structure, I learn something new that requires me to go over the whole site and update it again. I keep getting closer to how a recipe website should look and be structured, but I’m sure I am still a ways off. So far, I have tried to improve my SEO, site speed, and how to answer the questions people ask on google about my topics, and now I have just finished adding structured recipe data to all my cocktails. That took forever as I have 200ish cocktails, but I finally finished it, and that should help folks find me on google and bing better. I can see how running a website is a full-time job for people, and I still need to improve the site structure. I didn’t know that I needed to make articles as posts and not pages, so I had to convert all my 200+ pages into posts. That took some time.

So next, I will be working on adding a big Tiki update to my app and website. I know my app lacks in tiki drinks right now because Tiki cocktails and culture are something I’m not the most familiar with. It doesn’t fit the theme of my vintage cocktail app and site, but I will put the effort in to add more recipes and do it well. I’ve been made aware that my garnishes are not the most obvious on the app or site either, so I will update the apps to display garnishes similarly to an ingredient. Those are the significant changes, but here is a complete list of the stuff I plan to address or change.

  1. Add many more tiki cocktails.
  2. Make garnishes look similar to an ingredient in the recipe.
  3. Improve the mixing instructions a bit more too.
  4. Add an ad to the android version similar to the iPhone one.
  5. Add an in app purchase to the android version similar to the iPhone one.
  6. Add calories and a setting page to display calories if the user wants to the android version similar to the iPhone one.

Wish me luck! I’m willing to bet a total of 0 people will read this, lol. I guess it’s just more for me to keep track of my plans and thoughts.