Father’s Day in the Zucker clan is so traditionally heteronormative as to be almost laughable: The boys park in the yard, bequeath our patriarch a variety of dark, high-ABV beers and perhaps a domestic whiskey, then everyone begins drinking said presents while grilling meat over an open flame. After dinner someone goes out to score an ice cream cake.
This year, however, Elmsford’s Captain Lawrence Brewing Company has brewed up a joint venture with the founders of soft-serve, Westchester’s own Carvel ice cream, one that stands to turn Father’s Day celebrations on their heads.
Scott Vaccaro, Fudgie the Whale, and Scott Colwell
The concept was terrifyingly simple: What if we could have a beer made from an ice cream cake? Furthermore, what if we could have an ice cream made from a beer made from an ice cream? Well, the two refreshment giants put their creative teams together, and the results are in.
“Fudgie the Beer” is a maniacal creation only possible from a willingness to try something insane and succeed beyond all comprehension. The beer is a hardy stout with hints of cocoa, which makes perfect sense — it’s brewed from Carvel brand chocolate crunchies and fudge! Perfect for cooking and after-dinner or dessert pairings, the initial batch we were privy to sold out almost immediately. Don’t worry, though, a larger batch is scheduled for release just before Father’s Day on June 15.
Update 7/16: You can preorder the final batch of Fudgie the Beer online now for pickup starting on August 10.
Fudgie the Whale himself debuted the first cans, along with Captain Lawrence owner Scott Vaccaro and President of Carvel Scott Colwell. Fudgie wasn’t done though. As if at his cetaceous command, milkshakes began ushering forth from the kitchen.
Fudgie’s Father’s Day Float tastes amazing; let’s start there. As disconcerting as it may sound to blend beer and ice cream, whether it’s because of the base ingredients from the brew or the careful measuring of the combined Carvel-Captain crew, the float is a joy to drink. Made from a blend of Fudgie the Beer and original Fudgie the Whale cake and topped with fresh whipped cream and chocolate swirls, it carries enough of a kick to make you stop after one or two, but delicious enough to make you second-guess that decision. Flavor-wise, imagine a thick classic milkshake with stouty notes on the backend. If you need a point of reference, it almost perfectly replicates the taste of an Irish bomb shot, but without the need for whiskey or the unfortunate curdling affect of Bailey’s mixing with stout.
If you’re brave enough to taste the whale, Captain Lawrence and Carvel have generously supplied the following home recipe for Fudgie’s Father’s Day Float. Enjoy!
• Captain Lawrence “Fudgie the Beer” stout
• Fudsgie the Whale cake from your local Carvel shoppe
• Carvel Chocolate Crunchies
Optional: Whipped cream, chocolate syrup
In a blender, blend one 12 oz. can of “Fudgie the Beer” (or substitute stout of your choice) and 3-4 cups of Fudgie the Whale cake.
Rim the glass with Carvel chocolate crunchies.
Add shake to your glass.
Garnish with whipped cream, chocolate syrup, and more Carvel chocolate crunchies.
Serves approximately four people in 10 oz. glasses.