Concocting with Craft Beer: Dark and Stormy Beer Cocktail

As a craft beer fan through and through, I simply cannot resist sipping on a nice, dark porter or stout. I absolutely love this beer cocktail for any season. Now, some may say mixing beer with anything is sacrilege, but I just look at it as another way to experience craft beer! You may notice many popular beer halls across the city are experimenting with their own beer cocktail recipes – definitely check them out!

I’m a big ginger beer fan, so naturally my go-to brew for mixing is just that. The dark and stormy beer cocktail is a Bermudan classic made with ginger beer, dark rum and a wedge of lime. I’ve learned to switch up this recipejust ever so slightly to give it a spicy kick. The first and most important ingredient is a nice, dry, and very ginger beer. My favourite beer to use in my dark and stormy cocktail is Phillips Ginger Beer, and it’s by far the most ginger-forward beer I’ve tried. It’s crisp with an incredible ginger aroma and a definite bite. Instead of mixing the ginger beer with dark rum, I use bold spiced rum such as Sailor Jerry or Kraken Black Spiced Rum. Spiced rum in substitution for dark rum is much more complex, and with warm vanilla and spice notes, it really mellows out the beer.

Try out the Dark and Stormy cocktail, and if you love it as much as I do, enjoy it now and during any season. Experiment using different rums, and maybe even garnish with candied ginger for a twist! 


Lemon or lime wedge


10 oz. Phillips Ginger Beer

2 oz. Sailor Jerry or Kracken Black Spiced Rum


  1. Muddle a lime or lemon wedge in a tall glass or simply squeeze in the juice. Add in ice, rum, and top with ginger beer. Top with an extra lemon or lime wedge if you choose, and stir.

Looking for a non-alcoholic version?

The best ginger soda for cocktails is made by Fentimans. Fentimans classic ginger beer is botanically brewed and provides all the satisfaction of the alcoholic version! Serve this over ice with a muddled lemon or lime, eliminating the dark rum.

Meaghan O’Brien is a self-proclaimed beer enthusiast with a passion for hunting down and tasting the most unique brews. Check out her blog at and follow her on Facebook at

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