Much like a brewer and even a chef, a mixologist is both an artist and a scientist. Like a scientist, a mixologist must understand the chemistry of his ingredients. Like a painter, a mixologist must first conceptualize an idea in his mind, and then recreate it in a tangible form. The finest cocktails, like the finest artwork, convey vision and creativity and exude emotion and passion.In this featured beer mixologist series we introduce you to the mysterious place between time and space where the dark secrets and inner workings of the brilliant minds driving the beer cocktail trend are revealed.
Today, we introduce you to Angelo De Ieso, one of BeerMixology.com’s rockstar contributors.
Angelo De Ieso
Founder of Brewpublic
Do you work in the booze biz? If so, please describe your involvement?
I am an event coordinator, keg wrangler, and a bartender at By The Bottle in Vancouver, WA
How did you get into beer mixology?
The love of my life, Ashley Routson got me into it. I like to blend teas, herbs, and spices and this seems to right up my alley
In your opinion, what uniqueness does beer, as an ingredient, bring to mixology?
I think every ingredient is unique, but what I like about beer is its body, mouthfeel, and the balance of sweeter maltiness and crisp and floral hops bitterness
What is your favorite beer cocktail, of the moment?
For anyone visiting your city looking for a kickass beer cocktail, where would you send them?
I’d probably send them to Circa 33, Interurban, the Grain & Gristle, or Beaker and Flask
What are your 3 favorite booze websites/ blogs?
If you were given a magic carpet that would take you on a bar crawl to three different bars, anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I’d hit up Beale Street Taproom in Memphis, Pat O’Brien’s on Bourbon Street in New Orleans, and Vodka Bar in Moscow, Russia
If you were stuck on a desert island with an unlimited supply of only one beer and one spirit, which of each would you choose to be stranded with?
Probably a nice lager beer such as Perla Chiemlowa from Poland or DAB Dortmunder from Germany and a nice vodka
If you were a classic cocktail, what would you be and why?
A Bloody Mary because it is fitting for any time of day and it is nutritious.
If you could design a beer cocktail for anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would you make it for and what would you make?
I would make a cocktail for Paul Revere. It would be called Midnight Run and would feature a dark lager, a hoppy light lager, a splash of dry cider and a bit of whiskey