Gelato Messina is bringing out beer-flavoured gelato.

Beer. Flavoured. Gelato.

cold war

‘Nuf said.

When we first heard word that inner west brewery The Grifter Brewing Co. had teamed up with our favourite ice cream dessert bar Gelato Messina to create a beer-flavoured gelato our first reaction was: “holy bajeesus”.

Followed quickly by a craving for anything Messina.

Hold out until Friday the 23rd of May, and that craving will be satiated by this intrinsic marriage of beer and ice cream in what is called a Cold War Hopfen-Weizen gelato (named directly after the beer it’s based on).

FYI Melbourne, it’ll be available in Messina stores your way, too.

But back to business. The beer itself is a special batch release of Grifter Brewing Co.’s that takes the old, German style of brewing, and throws in a curve-ball modern-day Kiwi twist.

"Cold War is a pretty emerging style in the beer world," says Grifter's Matt King. "It's a traditional German-based recipe. The yeast strain used will give off flavours of banana mixed with a slight clove spiciness."

Mix these in with some New Zealand hops, and you get a real citrus kick. "I tasted a few trial batches of the gelato," says Matt, "And all of these flavours really do shine through."

But that's not all. Matt's only tried and approved the straight beer gelato. The version you'll taste will have one special Messina addition: a smashing of holy-bajeesus-this-is-delicious salted caramel.

Let’s face it: you had us at beer-flavoured gelato, Messina.


Address: 1/241 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst

Opening hours: Sunday to Thursday 12pm–11pm, Fridays and Saturdays 12pm–11:30pm

Phone number: (02) 8354 1223

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Stephanie Yip

Stef is the Travel Editor at and has been writing about travel for over a decade. She's visited over 50 countries and has had some incredible experiences, including hot air ballooning over Cappadocia, hitchhiking across Romania and seeing the Northern Lights (twice!). And while she’d never say no to a luxury escape, she's far more likely to stretch her travel dollars as far as they can go by keeping her ear to the ground for unbeatable travel bargains. And she'll tell you all about them, too! Stef has had articles featured on Travel Weekly, Escape and Hostelworld.

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