With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner, March is the perfect month to enjoy a warming stout beer. Most often made with roasted barley and malts, the word stout has evolved from being used to describe a strong beer to a synonym of dark beer. The deceiving dark coloring of stouts leave many with the false impression that they are filling and high in alcohol content. Quite the opposite, however, many (but not all) stouts are lower in alcohol by volume, lower in caloric value, and rarely leave the stout drinker feeling overly full.
One of the first and very well-known stouts, Guinness, has an alcohol by volume almost equivalent to that of the popular Coors Light. Guinness was first brewed in 1759 at St. James Gate Brewery in Ireland. Now brewed in almost fifty countries, Guinness is among some of the top-selling beers in the world. While Guinness belongs to the Dry Stout family, there are many other types of stouts including, but not limited to, Sweet Stouts, Oatmeal Stouts, Foreign Extra Stouts, American Stouts, and Russian Imperial Stouts.
Some of the fine stouts I recommend are: Adirondack Blackberry Oatmeal Cream Stout, Adirondack Imperial Mocha Coffee Stout, Ballast Point The Commodore, Blue Moon Cappuccino Oatmeal Stout, Brooklyn Chocolate Stout, Brown's Oatmeal Stout, Druthers Oatmeal Stout, Good Nature Oatmeal Stout, Guinness Draught, Ithaca Super Stout Nitro, Keegan Ales Joe Mama’s Milk, Keegan Ales Mother’s Milk, Long Trail Unearthed, Murphy’s Irish Stout, Otter Creek Couch Surfer, Sam Adams Cream Stout, Sam Adams Nitro Coffee Stout, Saratoga Death Wish Dream Pie, Saratoga PB&J Stout, Saranac Basking in Bourbon, and Sierra Nevada Stout.
I hope you will enjoy some of these wonderful stouts as much as I do. Sláinte!
Chris started in the beer industry in September of 1978 at Keis Distributing. He joined DeCrescente Distributing 23 years ago. When he’s not selling beer, he’s been know to enjoy a Guinness once awhile.