2 oz Gritty McDuff's Black Fly Stout (Irish Dry)
1 oz Sassafras Syrup
Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass or goblet rimmed with sassafras sugar.
The other drink I had at Stoddard's last Saturday night was the Savannah, for the combination of beer, Bourbon, and sassafras intrigued me. When I asked bartender Tony Iamunno how they were able to source sassafras which was deemed toxic and carcinogenic back in the 1960s, he told me that they can get sassafras root that has had the worrisome saffrole compound removed (*). Apparently, they got the idea to use this safe sassafras from a drink one of the bartenders tasted at Central Kitchen in Cambridge; there they were informed that they could source the treated root at Christina's in Inman Square.
(*) There is evidence that the ill effects of sassafras were exaggerated.