Welcome to PW's 50-Beer Countdown to Philly Beer Week! Every day from now through the Opening Tap ceremonies on May 31, we'll be getting in the mood by spotlighting a different great craft brew that's been poured by one or more Philly Beer Week participating venues.
Over the last few years, Lakewood, N.Y.'s Southern Tier has turned itself into one of the best breweries on the East Coast, best known for creating monstrous, sweet beers like Crème Brulee and Pumking. Some of its best beers are part of what the brewery calls the Blackwater Series, a group of powerfully flavored stouts that seem designed push the art of the extreme to new levels. Extreme chocolate, extreme vanilla, extreme coffee. These beers are big on taste. The most “normal” of that line is the now discontinued Oat, an imperial oatmeal stout that is rich, thick and creamy as a bowl of oatmeal. It pours black as night and has a head so thick and frothy you could eat it with a spoon. And the taste? Wow. It’s pure velvet. Rich chocolate. Superb smoothness. Delightful sweetness. This beer is the best dessert you’ll have all week. Oat is available at The Institute Bar, but get it before it’s gone, because once it’s tapped out you’ll never see it again.
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