PW's Year of Beer: Moa Imperial 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

America isn’t the only country swept up in a craft beer revolution. Halfway across the world, the people of Middle Earth (better known as New Zealand) are enjoying their own explosion of amazing craft beers. Few of them reach our shores, but Philadelphia is now being treated to a few courtesy of Moa Brewing Company. Moa’s imperial stout has all the characteristics you’d expect from a beer of this type—notes of coffee, sweet cocoa, and roasty bitterness—but with a twist. They age this beer in pinot noir barrels, giving this imperial stout a vinous quality and a dry finish spiked with tannins. It’s sometimes subtle, but adds enough complexity to make this worth seeking out for fans of imperial stouts. You can try it right now at The Greeks Next Door.

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