Wow. Long time, no blog eh?
Although I've been in blog hibernation for the past few months, I've hardly been sleeping otherwise. I've been on the road and working like a dog (actually, I'm sure dogs don't work as hard as I've been working).
But as I've discovered, piloting Southern California's First Filipino food truck does have its perks, as well as provides much inspiration for blog posts (many of which I hope to cover here some time down the road).
For instance, a couple weekends ago I had the great opportunity to park The Manila Machine at the Los Angeles Beer Float Showdown II. Not only was I able to serve hungry bar flies some Filipino food, but I too was able to enjoy in the beer and ice cream festivities.
I Spy The Manila Machine
This year's Beer Float Showdown featured four teams/bars (Boneyard Bistro, Ladyface Alehouse, Simmzy’s and Tony’s Darts Away) that each created a single beer float. I was so inspired by the boozy ice cream floats that I decided to make my own Pinoy-ified beer float at home. But before I get to my own concoction, let's take a look at what went down at the L.A. Beer Float Showdown II.
Ladyface Alehouse Beer Float
The first beer float I tried that evening came from Ladyface Alehouse that featured a dark and choclatey Weizenbock, a scoop of cherry and chocolate ice cream, and topped with a porter reduction drizzle and a beer brittle. Although it was my first beer float of the night, I knew it would be one of my favorites overall.
Tony's Darts Away Beer Float
My second float of the night was the "Lime Surprise" courtesy of Tony's Darts Away. The Lime Surprise featured Eel River Brewing Co.'s Acai Berry Wheat beer with a scoop of housemade vegan lime sherbert. The tart lime sherbert paired very well with the wheat beer, definitely a very refreshing beer float.
Boneyard Bistro Beer Float
Next up on the docket was Boneyard Bistro's beer float of Floris Apple lambic beer with a scoop of Bourbon-salted caramel-cinnamon ice cream, and a green apple garnish coated with a caramel cinnamon crumble. Although Boneyard Bistro's beer float was deemed as the winner of the night as voted by all the attendees of the Beer Float Showdown, it wasn't my favorite (shows how much I know).
Simmzy's Beer Float
My favorite beer float of the night came from Simmzy's Pub and featured a cherry lambic kriek beer, brown sugar and cherry ice cream, and a snickerdoodle cookie garnish. It was like drinking a cherry pie, but in a good way, a very good way.
Ok, so with all the beer float goodness I was privy to that night, I decided to try my own hand at concocting a beer and ice cream treat at home. I ended up pairing one of my favorite porters (Maui Brewing Co.'s Coconut Porter) with one of my favorite Filipino ice cream flavors--Macapuno Ice Cream.
I love the coconut porter because while it does taste of toasted coconut, it's only a faint hint of coconut that doesn't overpower the rest of the porter's flavors (i.e. smoky chocolatey malts, coffee, caramel, mmmm.). And while I've made my own Macapuno Ice Cream in the past, I don't exactly have all the time in the world these days. So I went ahead and used Fosselman's Macapuno Ice Cream--the next best thing to homemade.
To make any beer float, certain steps must be made in order to prevent disastrous overflowing and bubbling over.
Step 1: Fill beer glass halfway with beer,
and wait till head subsides.
Step 2: Gently place 1-2 scoops of ice cream into beer glass.
Step 3: Slowly pour in the rest of the beer,
and insert spoon and festive straw. Enjoy.
So how did my Macapuno Ice Cream/Coconut Porter beer float taste? In my opinion, it's an awesome coconut pairing. While it's definitely coconutty goodness in a glass, the more complex chocolate, smoke, and coffee flavors of the beer are still at play.
I've already made three of these floats in the past few days and I only have one can of porter left. I think I'll go for my fourth float now.