I’ve never been an oatmeal guy. Warm, lumpy goo replete with such treasures as apple and cinnamon, blueberries or *shudder* raisins. I mean really, it does nothing for me – not even in cookie form. The pie form, complete with white icing, does very little for me. Not even Wilford Brimley’s Quaker Oats Commercials could convince me to give it a fair shake.
Eat some oatmeal … it prevents diabeetus.
Now, that being said, make a beer with the stuff and you have my attention. Oatmeal Stouts are generally medium to full bodied and sport an unreal smoothness to them from the addition of oats to the mash. It pours a dark dark brown with ruby highlights, and the nose is grainy dark oats, coffee and chocolate (giving way to an almost licorice wafts as it warmed). You know I repeatedly tell you how much more enjoyable a GOOD beer is when it is enjoyed out of a glass … the aromas and complexity of this brew does not disappoint. The color, the aroma, the gorgeous tan head that leaves gorgeous latitudinal lines of lacing as you sip. Magical stuff!
My kinda oatmeal
The oats not only add a lot of smoothness to the mouth feel but give a touch of sweetness that is unlike any other type of stout. Think chocolate, oatmeal, molasses along with cereal grains. The finish is dark fruit: dark cherry, plum and grapes. If you’re a fan of porters or stouts, you owe it to yourself to try this one. Lastly, if you need further convincing, it sports an impressive rating of 99 at ratebeer.com. Bazinga!
The first sip of a freshly opened beer is the closest that anyone can get to understanding a brew master’s true intention. The fragrance of the hops, the tingle of the carbonation and the depth of the flavor consume your senses — it is almost as if the tipple is whispering brewery secrets into your taste buds. This fleeting moment is the wedding of wet to whistle and, for the true beer enthusiast; the honeymoon should last as long as possible.
If you’re sitting with a 12-ounce of Coors, you probably won’t need to pop open the top then close it back up before finishing. But the size of regular beer bottles are getting larger and craft beers, lambics and ciders are sometimes sized for more than one sitting. This bottle opener and resealer is a great pocket-sized gadget to have in order to make sure that not a drop of that dear brew goes to waste.
Once the resealer is slid into place, the seal is tight enough that none of the liquid will spill even if tipped completely upside down.
$8.95 at kaufmann-mercantile.com
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If one peruses this blog (and I hope one does) one may notice that I have an unabashed love for all things malt. Dark, syrupy, inky stouts and porters are my forté. While many beer enthusiasts consider such dark fare to be “winter beers,” I enjoy them all year round. That being said, i’m also “hip to hops.” I enjoy a bitter, hoppy brew as much as the next guy. That’s why this week, I’ve searched out a hip, hoppy beer to review. Luckily, Stone Brewing had me covered.
I call this one “Hip Hop”
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There are plenty of reasons to be scared of the dark:
- The troll that lives under your bed.
- The coat on the hook that looks like the boogieman.
- The piece of furniture that you stub your toe on.
- Stephen King
They all float down here …
(you’re welcome for reminding you about Pennywise) Read more ›
How to cool a beer with a slingshot – Guyism.
If you’re ever stuck on a desert island with a supply of hot beer and dental dams, you’re all set … and you will have EARNED that damned cold beer!
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I know … I KNOW i’ve been dragon my tail (DRAGON MY TAIL … get it?) when it comes to posting our Beer of the Week lately.
A home purchase, and the subsequent move took up most of my time for the past few weeks, but this beer i’m returning with is worth the wait. Trust me. Read more ›
As part of a bill proposed to the Illinois House of Representatives this week, Anheuser-Busch has agreed to sell its 30 percent stake in City Beverage, the brewer’s largest Chicago-area distributor, according to The Chicago Tribune. The agreement alleviates concerns by some that Anheuser-Busch’s stake in the distributor would decrease the variety of beer sold to retailers. Read more: Anheuser-Busch to Divest Stake in Chicago’s City Beverage : Brewbound.com.
The Brewers Association Top 50 of 2012 : Brewbound.com.
Louisiana’s own Abita Brewing Co. shows up in The Brewer’s Association Top 50 of 2012. Congrats, guys! I’ll be picking up my six pack of Lemon Wheat today to celebrate!
Boston’s Craft Beer Community Rallies to Support Marathon Victims : Brewbound.com.
Members of New England’s craft beer community are coming together and organizing community events to help victims ofyesterday’s attack on the Boston Marathon.
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SweetWater Brewing expands distribution to Louisiana
SweetWater Brewing recently underwent an expansion and Louisiana will be one of three new states they bring their beer to, along with Kentucky and Virginia.
This announcement is on the heels of the news that New Belgium has arrived and Southern Tier should start arriving next month. We’re a couple of years behind the curve down here, but we’re slowly catching up! Click here for the full press release.
Thanks to BeerBuddha and AleRunner!
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