Photos courtesy of Grist House
The snow is here, the temps are normal for Wintertime, settle in – it’s dark beer season! My favorite of the beer genre, stouts and porters are complex, loaded with flavor, and perfect for settling in at the end of a cold day.
This week, it’s #StoutSaturday (can we make this a thing?) at Grist House Brewing. They’ve got two amazing releases today that I’m setting a timer for literally right after I make this post. Snuggle up in your favorite blanket and you’ll definitely stay warm with these brews!
First off, the beer that made me stand up and take notice of tonight’s release. Forest to Table is one of the most unique releases I’ve seen in stouts recently. A collaboration brew with Howles Maple Farm and Riverside Brewing Company, this is a beer for the ages. Brewed and housed in Buffalo Trace Bourbon barrels and rum barrels for 21 months, the beer was then blended 50/50 and canned. All my BA fans, you need this beer.
How’s it taste? The brew opens with notes of bourbon, vanilla, raisin, allspice and graham cracker. Then, the taste continues with crazy flavors of maple, bourbon, coconut, raison jam, dark rum and brown sugar. To say this beer is loaded is a total understatement – it’s simply beyond. At 12.5% (whoa, nelly), this beer is sold by the 2-pack with a limited of 3 of them per order.
But that’s not all. A Grist House mainstay, Black in the USSR, also launches tonight with the release of Forest to Table. A Russian Imperial stout at 9.5%, this will melt all of your holiday stress away. Pitch black in color and roasty in taste, this is a lovely counter point to those sweeter pastry stouts we all (or just me?) drink too much of. With bittersweet chocolate notes, expect a bold and complex beer.
The dynamic duo makes for an excellent Saturday release! Beers go live tonight (12/19) at 8pm. Set your alerts now, and let’s make it a Stout Saturday!