By Catherine Dunwoody
“Put a bit of class in your glass,” so say the creators of Ascot Beer Cocktail Company – a unique new collection of beer cocktails using fresh, natural ingredients that offer the sophistication of a cocktail – as easy as cracking a cold beer.
Well known in Vancouver’s bar scene, Nick Devine is the creator of the brand; starting out behind the bar in the famous horseracing town of Ascot (hence the name), then on to tend bars in London and San Francisco, until settling in Vancouver. Here he won Vancouver Magazine’s Bartender of the Year.
A partner in Vancouver’s Cascade Company, which owns The Cascade Room, El Camino’s, The Union, Charlie’s Little Italian, as well as Main Street Brewing, Devine, is skilled in designing cocktails for a variety of tastes. “I set out to try bottling liquor-based cocktails years ago, but stalled after encountering logistical problems,” says Devine. “When we opened Main Street Brewing two years ago, my focus shifted to using beer as the base instead of spirits, and was so taken with the results, that I never looked back.”
Ascot Beer Cocktail Co. offers two varieties to kick it off –
No. 1 Mojito has Vancouver’s own fresh mint leaves muddled with cane sugar and fresh lime juice, then blended with premium craft beer. Yep. No rum here. And we’re delighted with this fresh, fizzy alterative.
No. 2 Paloma blends fresh pink grapefruit and lime juice, organic blue agave syrup and a pinch of salt, with premium craft beer. So pleasing to sip on your summer patio.
New flavours are on the horizon? Watch for the No. 3 Dark ‘n’ Stormy soon being added to the mix.
Here’s a tip from Devine: Ascot Beer Cocktails are designed to be enjoyed over ice, with the slight dilution creating the perfect balance.
Currently available exclusively at Main Street Brewing, both in the tasting room and retail store, located at 261 East 7th Avenue, Vancouver, BC.