Beer Cocktails? Cheers! Porters, ales, stouts, pilsners all OK with a little mixing By Will McCahill, Newser Staff Posted Mar 21, 2010 1:35 PM CDT 8 comments Comments A Shandy Gaff is ale plus ginger beer. (Wikimedia Commons) (Newser) – The week of St. Patrick’s Day is always big on the drinking front, and perhaps you’re ready for something other than plain old beer. Esquire suggests some beer-based cocktails: Porteree: Take a quarter-pint of porter, add superfine sugar, then fill with ice before topping off with more porter. A little grated nutmeg, and you’re golden. Black Velvet: “The most elegant and delicious of beer drinks,” David Wondrich raves about this concoction—a champagne flute filled with half stout, half brut bubbly. Shandy Gaff: Pour half a pint of a good, well-chilled American pale ale, and top with ginger beer. Berliner Weisse mit Schuss: Pour an ounce of raspberry syrup into a wheat-beer glass, top with said brew. Groundskeeper: Start with 1 ounce of a smoky single-malt Scotch, then fill the rest of a pint glass with chilled American pilsner. Yes, even Bud.