Beer a la mode

On Sunday, Kenley and I returned to Father’s Office gastropub, this time with our friend James Touzel from San Francisco.

Father’s Office is often cited as having the best burger in Los Angeles, and based on the other burgers we’ve tried so far, we find it hard to argue. (See my previous post with our top burger picks.)

But this time, I wanted to sample the new dessert menu, which debuted earlier this month.

I wasn’t brave enough to try the Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Foie Gras Ice Cream Sandwich just yet (Though I am curious. Maybe foie gras ice cream tastes a little like bacon ice cream, only richer?). Instead, we ordered the Chocolate Cupcake with Old Rasputin and Imperial Stout Frosting, along with a beer float! The dessert menu also includes a lemon shortbread buttermilk ice cream sandwich.

The cupcake won’t be voted best in the city, but it was good. The icing was light and not too sweet, so the cupcake wasn’t too heavy of a treat to pair with the rich FO burger. (Kenley found the cupcake a bit lacking … in sugar.)

But the beer float was worth the splurge and was an even better partner for the burger. The 22-ounce Ballast Point Sculpin IPA is presented in a  silver cooler as if it were a bottle of Champagne.You can order as many cups of homemade grapefruit sorbet as you like, but each is charged separately.

Ballast Point is a San Diego brewery, and according to their website, Sculpin IPA “showcases bright flavors and aromas of apricot, peach, mango and lemon.” The combination with the grapefruit sorbet was light and refreshing.

In keeping with Father’s Office’s strict no-ketchup-on-your-burger policy, there are also rules for their a la mode desserts, as outlined by Eater LA:

A la cart scoops of ice cream/sorbet are NOT available. No ‘cross-pollination.’ Each float is paired to complement flavor profiles, so no mixing and matching.

It would be fun to experiment with this concept at home. Obvious combinations include lime sherbet and Mexican lager, orange sherbet and Belgian ale, pumpkin ice cream with an Oktoberfest, or Bailey’s ice cream with Guinness.

Of course, the folks at Father’s Office know their beer way better than I do and have lots of craft selections to choose from. I look forward to their next seasonal float pairing.

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2 thoughts on “Beer a la mode

  1. If y’all come to G’town for Christmas, I will make my Chocolate Guinness Bacon Cupcakes. OR my Chocolate Stout Bundt Cake. OR BOTH!!

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