As the weather gets colder it's hard to beat a nice rich stout or porter. American craft brewers are famous for their ingenuity and you wouldn't believe some of the ingredients making their way into brew kettles these days. From old favorites to tasty new brews, here are some unique stouts and porters that are perfect for your next holiday get together.
Saugatuck Brewing Neapolitan Milk Stout
True to its name, one sip of Saugatuck's Neapolitan Milk Stout and you'll be transported straight back to your favorite ice cream parlor. Neapolitan makes one killer beer float, so we suggest you double down and add a scoop of your favorite ice cream. Don't forget the cherry on top!
21st Amendment Marooned on Hog Island
There is nothing like an oyster stout. Yes, you're reading that correctly, there is a type of stout known as Oyster Stout. Stout has long been considered the classic beverage pairing when slurping down a plate of fresh oysters and some audacious brewers decided to take that one step further. Sometimes they just use the shells, other times the whole mollusk gets tossed into the brew kettle. Marooned on Hog Island uses the shells to impart a subtle salinity to the finish of this incredibly complex and creamy oatmeal stout.
Abita Bad Mother Shucker Oyster Stout
It's hard to think of the delicious cuisine of Louisiana without mentioning oysters. Similarly, it's hard to beat a cold Abita Turbodog when you're munching on an oyster po'boy or slurping down a freshly shucked gulf oyster. Abita Brewing took this classic food pairing into whole new territory by combining fresh gulf oysters with a big bold brew. Fans of salted chocolate candies know that the salty sweet combination can really be something special. Bad Mother Shucker ingeniously recreates that magical combo in this big bad stout. Can you dig it?
Tallgrass Bourbon Barrel Vanilla Buffalo Sweat with Cinnamon
Tallgrass Brewing Company out of Kansas makes one of our favorite cream stouts. Brewed with oats for an even creamier mouth feel, Buffalo Sweat is a tried and true favorite. So how do you improve on a classic? How about aging it in bourbon barrels with vanilla beans and cinnamon? The aroma is incredible, like fresh baked cinnamon rolls and piping hot churros. Another brew that begs to be made into a beer float.
4 Hands Absence of Light
4 Hands made a tremendous splash with their Chocolate Milk Stout. They've begun to experiment with that classic recipe and we are happy to report that we are big fans of the results. Absence of Light combines chocolate milk stout with peanut butter for a richness that reminded us of that holiday favorite peanut butter blossoms.
Horny Goat Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter
The minute you pop Horny Goat's Chocolate Peanut Butter porter and the delicious aroma rises from the can you'll swear you just opened a package of chocolate peanut butter cups. This beer is truly a dessert in a glass.
Bell's Cherry Stout
Bells Cherry Stout showcases one of Michigan's richest treasures, the cherry orchards of Traverse City. Tart Michigan cherries pair perfectly with the roasty and chocolaty malt bill to produce a wonderfully balanced stout. Try this with cheesecake or French Silk pie.
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