Beer or Liquor? Now you don’t have to choose.
Words by Erin McWilliams Photos by Thamica McCook
Stella Public House is putting a spin on cocktails by adding a little beer to the mix. For those who are scared off by the term “beer cocktail,” head bartender Charles Czech assures, “There’s more cocktail than there is beer; it’s more of a splash-in than anything else.” The three cocktails—Backwoods Barbie, Meridian Sting, and the Eclipse—are made by mixing the liquor cocktails, then adding the beer to top it off. The end result is a cocktail unlike any other, built for beer lovers and non-beer drinkers alike.
Backwoods Barbie brings to mind the warmth of a cozy fire inside when brisk weather blows outside. With its sweet combination of whiskey, chamomile, and honey, topped with IPA, bitters, and crushed black pepper, it pairs best with a savory or spicy pizza like the Spicy Italian Sausage or East Side Pepperoni. Perfect for spring, Meridian Sting is a twist on the French 75. Meridian Hive’s Rhapsody Mead offers a flowery hibiscus taste that is matched with gin. Garnished with thyme, it even looks the part. The Eclipse cocktail has crushed strawberries and blueberries that make this tequila-take on a mojito feel like a sweet and savory summer day. Both of these cocktails pair perfectly with the Roasted Beet & Pistachio Pesto Pizza or one of Stella’s seasonal salads layered with flavors. All three of these drinks can be enjoyed year-round, and each has a seasonal flare to satisfy a variety of pallets.
Stella Public House is a farm-to-pizza restaurant concept, “centered on farm to table food practices and the development of strong partnerships with local growers, ranchers and purveyors.” They never have the same beer on tap twice, and everything on the menu but pizza rotates with the seasons. Their unique small plates and layered salads are the perfect introduction to a wood-fired pizza (baked in an Italian Modena oven) and the ideal complement to a beer cocktail.
Did you know?
Stella has a killer brunch menu available on Saturday and Sunday from 10am-2pm, complete with a $10 mimosa flight—pick 5 different mimosas to accompany the stuffed French toast. If you’re feeling coffee instead of mimosas, Stella serves coffee from Halcyon, right next door.
1905 Aldrich Street, #110