Beer Floats

Where to go for malty, adult versions of that beloved childhood treat.
Posted September 16, 2011
Pike's perfect pairing: A scoop of vanilla afloat in Extra Stout

The Pike Pub (Pike Place Market, 1415 First Ave.; 206.622.6044; serves its Pike XXXXX Extra Stout with vanilla or chocolate gelato ($3.50 schooners, $6.50 pints).

Elliott Bay Brewhouse and Pub (two locations, including West Seattle, 4720 California Ave. SW; 206.932.8695; makes coffee stout floats (with its No Doubt Stout; $3.95), so you can get an after-work caffeine buzz and sweet tooth fix in one nightcap.

Bluebird Homemade Ice Cream & Tea Room (Capitol Hill, 1205 E Pike St.; 206.588.1079;, collaborated with neighbor Elysian Brewing Company, floats any of its ice creams with your choice of Elysian beer ($6). We hope the soon-to-open Greenwood location will do the same.

Full Tilt Ice Cream serves your choice of ice cream with any of its beers on tap (it recommends darker brews, like stout) at its Columbia City and White Center locations (White Center, 9629 16th Ave. SW; 206.767.4811; Columbia City, 5041 Rainier Ave. S; 206.226.2740;; not available at the University District location).

And Maritime Pacific Brewing Co. (1111 NW Ballard Way; 206.782.6181; makes a beer float with Jolly Roger Christmas Ale (served year-round) and seasonal ice creams, such as vanilla macadamia nut.

Bonus for a Beer Lover with a Sweet Tooth:

Chocolate and wine have always made a pretty couple—but maybe you’re not a fan of the grape. Check out Theo Chocolate's “Chocolate & Beer pairing kit." The kit includes a selection of 2- and 3-ounce Theo bars, along with recommendations for which style of beer best complements each, so you can easily assemble a tasting. The $24 kit provides enough chocolate for six to 10 people; beer is not included.