Stouts make so much sense as temperatures drop and the nights get longer. And American craft brewers are addressing the season with exciting new offerings you’re gonna want to chase down this weekend.
Thanksgiving Ready (Baltimore, MD) – The Guinness Open Gate Brewery in Baltimore, is getting ready for the holidays with the newest release from its barrel-aging program which is now in its fourth year. Guinness Chocolate Milk Stout is a festive 10.8% ABV Stout which was aged to perfection in Kentucky bourbon barrels, and then conditioned with pure cacao and mint.
“With each new beer from our barrel-aging program, we look to challenge ourselves with flavor combinations and tastes that most people wouldn’t expect from Guinness,” said Sean Brennan, Head Brewer at the Guinness Open Gate Brewery in Baltimore. “And that’s exactly what we’ve got here with our Chocolate Mint Stout Aged in Kentucky Bourbon Barrels. Chocolate and mint are a classic flavor combination, and the way those flavors interact with the bourbon character leads to something really special. It’s the perfect beer to sip on after a solid meal with family and friends over the holidays.”
Stout Stuff (San Diego, CA) – AleSmith Brewing is celebrating the winter holidays with the final quarterly limited-release from its Speedway Stout Series. A delicately indulgent rendition of AleSmith’s signature original, AleSmith Speedway Stout Variant #4: Madagascar Vanilla & Ceylon Alba Cinnamon is a 12% ABV Imperial Stout with a subtle milky sweetness interlaced with notes of chocolate, roast and a gentle spiciness.
“We always look forward to these quarterly releases, so I’m thrilled to bring this next variant to Speedway Stout lovers everywhere,” says Ryan Crisp, Head Brewer and Director of Brewery Operations at AleSmith. “We know our Imperial stout has a large following that look forward to trying these new creations, which makes it that much more rewarding.”
Schlafly Returns A Winter Favorite (St Louis, MO) – The original, independent craft brewery in St. Louis, Schlafly Beer, has returned a seasonal favorite, showcasing a 25-year partnership with local St. Louis roaster, Kaldi’s Coffee. Available now in generous 16oz cans Schlafly Coffee Stout is a 5.7% ABV limited release with big roasted barley, chocolate and French coffee notes and a subtly sweet finish that lingers.
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