Beer Cocktails with a Northwest Story…
by Kristin Ackerman

Preview from our upcoming Spring “Beer Issue” of Sip Northwest Magazine.
Written By: Kathy Casey

Of course, as this is the beer issue, I wanted to feature a couple beer cocktails. The first tasty looking libation is the brainchild of the trio behind Portland’s Brewing Up Cocktails blog, Jacob Grier, Ezra Johnson-Greenough and Yetta Vorobik. Like its creators, the Cascadian CaipBEERinha has a ton of local cred—it features NW label Ninkasi Brewing Company’s Total Domination IPA and Novo Fogo Silver Cachaça from Dragos Axinte, a champion of sustainable spirits and local brew.

When he’s not blogging with the folks above, Jacob Grier is the lead bartender at Portland’s Metrovino, where he regularly shows love for beer cocktails. In his Harvey Weissbanger, Jacob replaces vodka with wheat beer (he likes Portland local Widmer Hefeweizen) to compliment the Galliano’s vanilla notes and the tangy OJ.

Cascadian CaipBEERinha

Makes 1 cocktail

2 wedges lime

2 wedges lemon

6 large mint leaves

2 oz. Novo Fogo Silver Cachaça

1/2 oz. agave nectar

Ninkasi’s Total Domination IPA or other Northwest IPA


In a cocktail shaker, press the citrus wedges and mint leaves with a muddler to release the flavors. Measure in the Novo Fogo Silver Cachaça and agave nectar. Fill with ice, cap, and shake. Pour into a large tall glass and top with beer.

Harvey Weissbanger

Makes 1 cocktail

1 oz. Galliano

2 oz. orange juice

6 oz. wheat beer, such as Widmer Hefeweizen

garnish: orange twist

Measure Galliano, orange juice and wheat beer into an ice-filled Collins glass. Stir gently and garnish with a twist of orange peel.


Kathy Casey’s latest book is Sips & Apps. Follow Kathy on Twitter (@KathyCaseyChef) and Dishing with Kathy Casey Blog; or catch her cocktail show Kathy Casey’s Liquid Kitchen at

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