Stouts are the beer to drink during the fall and winter months. Breweries often release stouts around Christmas, meaning they’re at the peak of freshness at this time of year. Their dark and robust flavorings pair well with savory stews, and as the popularity of stouts has expanded beyond true beer nerds, breweries are getting more and more creative with their stout stylings. Here are some must-haves to add to your beer list.
Hardywood Gingerbread Stout
A Richmond local, Hardywood is hailed by beer lovers everywhere for being one of the first breweries to experiment with stout ingredients beyond the basic four (grain, hops, yeast and water). The Gingerbread Stout features the flavors of Casselmonte Farm’s baby ginger and Bearer Farm’s wildflower honey, making it a truly unique brew.
Grand Teton Black Caldron
One of the most widely available specialty beer releases on the market, the Grand Teton Black Cauldron is the perfect stout for beginners. It has a slightly smoky flavor, with hints of coffee, chocolate, raisins and dates.
Foothills Sexual Chocolate
What’s in a name? This North Carolina–based brewery has created a triumphant stout notorious for flying off the shelves. If you see it, it’s best to snatch this one up. It has notes of chocolate, espresso, blackstrap and dark fruit.
Voodoo Brewery Big Black Voodoo Daddy
The Big Black Voodoo Daddy from Voodoo Brewery is legendary. With more than a decade of influence and sought-after releases, this stout has stood the test of time. It comes in several barrel-aged variants and has notes of black licorice, vanilla bean and nutmeg.
The greatest thing about stouts is their almost immeasurable variety. With such strong and unique flavor profiles, all it takes is trying a few stouts to find the perfect one for you.