PW's Year of Beer: Flying Fish Exit 1 Bayshore Oyster Stout

By Eric San Juan
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We love beer. That's why we're devoting an entire year to discovering (and drinking) cold ones from near and far. Know of a beer worth shouting out? Send us a note at tips@philadelphiaweekly.com.

Let’s get this out the way right up front: This beer does not taste like oysters. (It’s made with the shells, not the gooey bits.) Oyster stouts were inspired by the Irish tradition of pairing a hearty Irish stout with a meal of oysters. With Exit 1, New Jersey’s Flying Fish adds a little potency to the mix but otherwise adheres close to tradition. This is an “export style” stout, richer in flavor and higher in alcohol than your usual Irish stout, but falling short of imperial stout territory. The Jersey Shore-sourced shells impart a briny, salty tang that plays wonderfully off the creamy chocolate sweetness and roast malts. The finish is sharp and dry. Though quite tasty on its own, this is a beer that begs to be paired with a meal. It’s on draft all over the city right now, including at Varga Bar, Wishing Well, Field House and Time.

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