We're used to swigging pints, cans and bottles of the stuff but beer also makes a rather useful cocktail ingredient. Check out our ideas below.
Best beer cocktails
This lagerita takes the tequila from a classic margarita and adds beer. Make this quick and easy cocktail recipe for a simple drink this summer.
We've revived and updated a classic dating back the the 17th century with our recipe for a chocolate porter flip. Serve this hot or cold.
An imaginative twist on a classic beer shandy that uses rum, yellow chartreuse and blonde ale for a deliciously thirst-quenching drink.
Forget cider and wine, mulled beer is the thing to be drinking over winter – our recipe has warming flavours of cinnamon, cloves, star anise and clementine.
4 more easy beer cocktails
Fans of a bloody mary will love this easy Mexican cocktail, which is perfect for brunch and summer barbecues. Add a little hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce and lime juice to a glass with a chill-salt rim. Fill with ice and top up with ice-cold light lager and gently stir.
– Beer-Aperol Spritz
Add some ice to a collins glass and pour over 50ml of Aperol. Top up with either a citrussy IPA or Belgian-style wheat beer, stir briefly and garnish with a slice of orange.
– Campari and IPA spritzer
Top a glass of chilled IPA with a little Campari for a drink that is hoppy, bittersweet and refreshing.
– Beer shandy
A classic drink but open to lots of twists – try topping lager with elderflower cordial, IPA with grapefruit soda and pale ale with ginger ale.