A Journey to the Dark Side: The Benefits of Stouts and Porters
Nothing beats an ice cold, light brew on hot summer days. But when the temperature drops here in Alaska, it’s time to shift those taste buds for a more full-bodied, flavorful experience.
Here are a few reasons we love dark brews come winter:
They go great with food
Rich, warming winter foods are the perfect match for dark beers. The Northern California Old Rasputin Imperial Stout goes best with wild game and roasts, as well as buttery cheeses like Brie and Gouda. Craving seafood? Deschutes Black Butte Porter lives up to its Pacific Northwest roots, pairing with salmon and steamer clams just as well as it does crêpes and chocolate chip cookies.
And if the words “dessert beer” get you excited, try Southern Tier Choklat with angel food cake or a scoop of vanilla ice cream as a beer float.
They can taste like breakfast
If you have a thing for breakfast, stouts offer one more opportunity to experience your favorite meal any time of the day. Beer made with the darkest malts can take on the bitter flavor of coffee. Oatmeal stout also takes you back to the breakfast table, as it’s made with up to 30 percent oats.
Crave your morning brew later in the day? Pairing perfectly with savory roast meats and vegetables, and desserts alike, Midnight Sun Arctic Rhino Coffee Porter boasts a delicious coffee aroma and taste that can be enjoyed over dinner and into the evening hours.
They can be good for your health
Are you ready to get scientific? Dark beer is rich in flavonoids – which contain powerful antioxidants that can help protect against diseases. Stouts are also high in vitamin B, preventing the build up of certain harmful amino acids believed to cause heart problems. Denali Brewing Company’s Chuli Stout sure is a tasty remedy, featuring coffee-like flavors. As a bonus, it’s conditioned and served with nitrogen, amplifying smoothness and creating a rich and dense stout pour.
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