Summer Beer Cocktails

Cocktails with a sudsy side

Beer or a cocktail? Here are three summer drinks that don't make you choose sides:

At Jasper's Corner Tap & Kitchen, bar manager Kevin Diedrich presides over both the cocktail and beer lists. He blurs the line between the two with his Wiessen Sour ($11), a slightly effervescent, very thirst-quenching mix of Buffalo Trace bourbon, lemon juice, marmalade, orange bitters and Blanche de Bruxelles, a Belgian white beer. Jasper's Corner Tap & Kitchen, 401 Taylor St.; 415-775-7979 or

The Schooner ($10) is a by-request-only cocktail at Rickhouse. Though the frothy combination resembles a pilsner, the only beer in the drink is in the IPA syrup, made with equal parts sugar and Speakeasy Big Daddy IPA. The syrup is shaken with Bols genever, lemon juice, Velvet Falernum and an egg white, which gives the cocktail its impressive head of foam. Rickhouse, 246 Kearny St.; 415-398-2827 or

At Rye, the Tijuana Brass ($14), a robust combination of tequila, mezcal and jalapeño simple syrup, gets its fizz from a Tecate topper. The drink is served tall, over ice, with a spicy salt rim. It's the perfect San Francisco drink–it'll either heat up a typical freezing night or refresh you on the rogue hot day. Rye, 688 Geary St.; 415-474-4448 or