19 March 2013
Stout for Summer
A fanatic of Brooklyn's Black Chocolate Stout -- I was pretty skeptical about their Dry Irish Stout. As good as Chocolate Stout is, and it's amazingly good, the alcohol clocks in at 10% a bottle while adding 300 calories. Fat and drunk is no way to go through life... or dinner.
Dry Irish is a very dry stout. Bone-like, and if you like dry white Burgundy, Manzanilla Sherry or dry Scotch, you'll connect to this in a big way. I've never been a dry beer guy but this stout manages to deliver some decent mouth feel with each sip. Granted, it's not Chocolate Stout, but at 117 calories, that's seven more than Natty Light, it's a great compromise. At 4.2% alcohol it's considered a "session" beer. That's where you sit around with a bunch of guys, drink beer and tell lies for hours while staying sober enough to remember what you lied about.
I've mentioned my friend in Florida who only buys beer on sale. It usually works out to porter and stout in Summer -- Pilsner and weiss during Winter. For the same reason, I'm hoping Dry Irish will go on sale this Summer. It's light enough for a basket of steamed Old Bay shrimp or a nice piece of grilled Salmon. Stout enough for pulled pork BBQ or marinated flank steak.
Here's where I usually tell you that, by being a contrarian, you can score this stuff for spit. Sorry. It's $12 a six pack. I can get a 30 pack of Natty Light in New Jersey for $15. Maybe someone's trying to tell me to drink less but better. Or, if you're coming over to my place...now you know what to bring. Beer enthusiast details found here.