Frozen rosé (aka Frosé) was the breakout summer beverage of 2016 and continues to be a big seller at bars across the country. Why shouldn’t it be? It’s pink, fruity, frosty, and perfect on a hot day. But for those who prefer their frozen drinks on the drier, grittier side, this summer has something else to offer: frozen beer.
Frozen beer is certainly nothing new on a global scale—it’s a popular drink in Thailand, where it’s called bia wun (or jelly beer), as well as in Japan. But it’s only gained popularity in the U.S. over the past few years. And now, it’s becoming a summertime staple, with bars across the country serving frothy, frozen brews.
One of the latest places to add frozen beer to the menu is the just-opened Blue Ribbon Kanpai Garden (formerly the Blue Ribbon Beer Garden), which has its own dedicated frozen beer machine—one of only a handful in the U.S. designed specifically for Kirin Ichiban by an Italian company, the machine dispenses frothy, icy, snow white beer that looks a lot like vanilla soft-serve, but tastes like cold, crisp lager. Blue Ribbon doesn’t serve full glassfuls of the stuff, but rather curls it on top of fresh pints of Kirin. “The frozen beer keeps the beer below it colder longer,” says Blue Ribbon’s beverage director, Sam Ehrlich. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t chow down on that semi-solid brewski. “I would ask for a spoon, eat the frozen beer, then chug the beer below it,” he says. “We know that everyone who walks into our restaurants is bringing in baggage; our job is to help them set it aside and relax. And there’s nothing more relaxing than the coldest glass of beer in NYC.”
Here, more places across the country where you can get frozen beer, the world’s most refreshing drink.