According to the Brewers Association, there were 49 craft breweries in Missouri in 2013, and 20 more in the planning stages. Of that number, five breweries are in Columbia. The newest addition to the local brewing scene, Logboat Brewing Co., opened its doors in April.
Logboat’s taproom manager, Nick Hardy, has created a fun, fresh summer drink using America’s favorite alcoholic beverage: beer. The guys at Logboat are lifetime fans of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and so bestowed one of their IPAs bears with a name reminiscent of the reptile: Snapper. This American IPA is chock-full of El Dorado and Columbus hops and bears notes of pear, peach and pine. Snapper is well-balanced and refreshing, a welcome ingredient to this summer cocktail.
“This refreshing, summery cocktail would pair well with lighter meals such as a fresh-cut salad,” Hardy says.
When mixing, pay attention to the amount of St. Germain liqueur or bitters used, he notes. “It can change the flavor really quickly,” he says.
Nor should home bartenders add too much lemon juice or the drink will become too sour. And when adding the IPA, use a light hand.
“There’s a delicate balance with beer,” Hardy says. “With too little you won’t taste the flavor, and with too much the beer could overpower the other flavors.”
Hardy’s Turtle Power! cocktail is a summertime hit.
½ ounce fresh-squeezed organic lemon juice
2 ounces semisweet ruby red grapefruit juice
3 to 4 drops grapefruit bitters (Logboat makes its own in-house)
½ ounce St. Germain Elderflower liqueur
1 ounce Pickney Bend vodka
2 ounces citrusy India Pale Ale beer (Logboat Snapper IPA)
Grab a shaker pint. Add lemon juice, grapefruit juice, grapefruit bitters, St. Germain Elderflower liqueur and vodka to the shaker. Shake and strain over ice in a Collins glass (tall, skinny glass tumbler). Top with IPA. Garnish with a slice of fresh grapefruit.