But first: some basic beer/ice cream-pairing tips
1) "Start by selecting a beer that has residual sweetness. Beers that finish too crisp, dry, or bitter without a hint of sweetness will clash with any assuredly sweet, frozen goodness you add to your float."
2) "The pairing principle most crucial in selecting your beer and [ice cream/sorbet] is 'matching intensity.' The more intense the flavor profile (and higher ABV), the stronger the flavor of your [ice cream/sorbet] needs to be. Don't try and counter-balance intense beer with softer flavors to contrast, [which is] a common beer-and-food-pairing approach."
3) "This next key is simple -- do not use ice cream or sorbet with floaty chunks and bits in it. Just don't!"
4) "Texture and temperature variance is paramount for a great beer-float experience. You want to be dropping a frozen 'brick' into your beer. Oozy, melty, soft frozen dairy/fruit is like a poorly mixed White Russian, with no discernible transition between cold and really cold."
5) If you're wondering where the heck to find all these seemingly bizarre ice cream or gelato flavors, Talenti makes a fair amount of them, and should be in your local supermarket. Or pick up some from your local ice cream/gelato shop. Here are some of our favorites across America.