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Real Talk: I LOVE Stout Season, Yinz.

A pint of the 412 Brewing, Hop Farm, and Mon Aimee Collab called Chocolat Oblivion
Chocolat Oblivion by Hop Farm Brewing, 412 Brewing, and Mon Aimee Chocolat, Pittsburgh, PA. Photo credit: Hop Farm Brewing

    Yes, it’s the most wonderful time of the year, folks. And I’m not talking about Christmas. Holidays are great and all, but now that winter is hopefully here (let’s go snow!!), I am EMBRACING and LIVING for all of the dark beer greatness occurring right now. Hazies are great, don’t get me wrong, but it’s dark brew season and I am HERE FOR IT. 

    The best part of dark beer season is that the ABVs rise. I love a light,crushable later, but a potent big boi of a brew also has my heart! There’s nothing better than cracking a barrel aged brew after a big week at work. While I finally opened one of my precious BYS brews this week from Eleventh Hour, this week has been scouring the beer releases for something dark and tasty to sate my soul.

    I’ve already blogged about the first brew I want to mention, but I adored the 412 Brewing and Hop Farm collab from Drink the Cookie Table called Chocolat Oblivion. It’s 13% and fabulous. It goes down way too easily and gets even better as it starts to warm up. The best news? It’s still available to-go at Hop Farm and they’re open on Mondays! Do it tomorrow! With a brew this tasty, you only need one or two to get the right kind of warmth building! 

Gearing up for #waxwednesday is really important. Cinderlands this week released another one of their Douse variants that I will need to add to my collection. Douse: Blend 001 is a blend of three imperial stouts aged in American Oak Barrels that previously held all things Buffalo Trace. A straight up stout, this is a simple, potent, and perfect brew. Check out this 11%er ASAP. 

Yup, I’m addicted to all things barrel-aged and awesome. I attended a beer share this weekend and this last brew literally blew my mind. Barrel Aged Triple Shakes from Hitchhiker Brewing is probably one of the best beers I’ve had this year. An imperial porter conditioned in a four roses barrel, this is stupid good. I’m a massive fan of the shakes series, and this one elevates it to a whole new level. The barrel aging adds a sweet note at the end with a slight boozy taste that reminds you this one packs a punch! The best part- you can still grab it at Hitchhiker’s Mount Lebanon Location! Run, don’t walk to grab this one. 

Stout season is here, yinz! I can’t wait to embrace all things barrel aged and not feel like a total weirdo because my favorite type of beer is now seasonally appropriate. Time to drink up! 

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