Creamy milk stouts are a delight all on their own, what with their cotton candy sweetness and Lando Calrissian smoothness, but add a heap of chocolate to them and you’ve just created heaven in a glass.
Oysters used to be a staple in taverns there, and in the 18th century, when dry stouts became popular, drinkers discovered that the salty brine of the oysters paired perfectly with the dry sweetness of the stout.
Biscuit-driven malts with light caramel are cut through with hops that mix herbs and peaches in a soft, subtle but pleasing way.
The crisp-skinned beauties luxuriated in a shimmering, salty-sweet-spicy glaze, and each bite was a study in the importance of balancing high-wire levels of sweetness, saltiness and heat.
I headed on over to The Bottle Shop and enlisted the help of Gena Montebello, its deeply knowledgeable, supremely helpful owner. The five brews we settled on represent an excellent, delicious range of late-summer-appropriate canned beers
When Jim Koch, founder of the Boston Beer Co.—producer of the Samuel Adams brand—dropped in on Philly Beer Week last Wednesday, it wasn’t as much a visit as it was a homecoming. See, the roots of Samuel Adams’ success are almost as interwoven with Southeastern Pennsylvania as they are with Boston.
Never tried craft beer? Here are some great ones recently spotted around town. Sometimes they’re on tap—sometimes they’re not. The hunt is part of the fun.