Stone Brewing Co, Escondido, CA
From the most unlikely yet intensely imaginative trio that is actor and uber-geek champion Wil Wheaton, alternative news website Fark.com creator Drew Curtis and Stone CEO/Co-founder Greg Koch, comes an imperial stout unlike any ever made. Brewed with rye, wheat malt and pecans and partially aged in Bourbon whiskey barrels, this viscous yet silken brew erupts with an oaky, nutty bouquet and rich flavors of vanilla, toast and bitter chocolate. Enjoy now or cellar this celebration of nth degree passion and geekery applied most gracefully to the craft of brewing.” – RateBeer
Baden Baden Stout
Despite the German sounding name, it’s made in Campos do Jordão, up state São Paulo, Brazil.
How I came to know about this beer, simply, I saw it on the supermarket shelf yesterday. Horribly expensive when compared to most Brazilian beers, but the sight of the name “Stout” was enough to trigger my impulse buying senses… I am such a weak person; as a result, two 500ml bottles at R$13 each ($5.50) ended up in my shopping cart.
They’re in the fridge, and will probably feature in my lunch.
There will be an update, good or bad. Generally, beers like this when made in Brazil are not good, I hope that I am pleasantly surprised.
Halfway through my first handle.
I am not pleasantly surprised.
It’s barely palatable. Sweet caramelised brown crap. A brown head instead of the near white of Guinness.
It is not even remotely stout-like.
In fact to call it ‘stout’ is a crime.
The chances are that I will finish this bottle, the other will be removed from the fridge and put on the shelf; where I suspect it will remain for a long time.
Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout
Wynkoop call it “small-batch liquid art”
Guess what it’s made with?
“A meaty foreign-style stout, Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout is made with Colorado base malts, roasted barley, seven specialty malts, Styrian Goldings hops, and 25 pounds of freshly sliced and roasted bull testicles.“ – Wynkoop
Stout and Hops
Crème Brûlée (Imperial Milk Stout)
For details and food pairings visit:
I missed last week; can’t remember why, but I having been thinking. Having said that…
Alarm bells should be ringing!
The current series of “Do they have beer in…” has just about run its course, there’s simply not enough strange places in the world left to surprise you with.
Which leads me to this juncture; a new theme.
Taking a look at individual beers with strange names, bottles, cool photos, etc. Just because the beer features here does not mean that I have tried it, or indeed approve it. In fact it doesn’t even mean I have any idea what I am talking about… ah let’s move on.
First up: Dogfish Head Craft Beers
Cool name, makes you think.
“Dogfish Head? An unconventional company? No way …..
Okay, so maybe we are a little nuts! We brew strange concoctions of beer, sell silly accessories with our name on it and have our own music group, The Pain Relievaz!
We like to keep it a little kooky and wacky around the Dogfish joint!” – Quote from the Dogfish site.
Please let me know, via comments, if you like/dislike/couldn’t care less about the new theme.
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Until next Friday…
Lion Brewery Ceylon Ltd
Now one of the most pleasant surprises about any trip to Sri Lanka is that the local Lion beer is amazing. It has such a smooth full bodied flavour that you want to keep ordering another but you cant as they are all strong. It comes in three types. There are two blonde larger beers. One just called Lion Beer at 4.8% alcohol and then Strong Lion Beer at 8.8%. If you like Guinness or British style brown ales then you will love Lion Stout at 8.8%. The Sri Lankan Government place a high excise tax on beer so it is not as cheap as you would expect.
Source: MooreTravelTips Read a little about the history of beer there
So, yes they have beer in Sri Lanka
This is probably one of the wold’s most famous images.
Although Guinness is not strictly a beer, it is rather a stout. But stout isn’t the only Guinness product.
Check the post on: Best Beer Ever to find out more.
And here’s 10 things you didn’t know about Guinness
Now here’s something really cute…
Yes, Guinness cupcakes!
Full recipe on My Baking Addiction
Yes, I know! Where’s Suriname?
It’s one of those smaller countries tucked away in the northeast corner of South America.
Originally Dutch, Suriname is the smallest independent country in South America.
But the question remains, do they have beer?
And they have stout…
And other beery stuff…
So, yes, they have beer in Suriname!
If your eyes are like mine, click on the image to enbiggenate
Have you ever noticed that the bubbles in a pint of Guinness, or any stout fall, yes, they descend down the glass…
Falling stout bubbles explained
Irish mathematicians may have solved the mystery of why bubbles in stout beers such as Guinness sink: it may simply be down to the glass.
Simulations suggest an upward flow at the glass’s centre and a downward flow at its edges in which the liquid carried the bubbles down with it.
But the reasons behind this flow pattern remained a mystery.
Now a study on the Arxiv server reports simulations and experiments showing the standard glass’ shape is responsible.
Many stout beers contain nitrogen as well as the carbon dioxide that is present in all beers.
Because nitrogen is less likely to dissolve in liquid, that results in smaller and longer-lasting bubbles.
But it is the sinking bubble that has confounded physicists and mathematicians alike for decades.
Like many such “fluid dynamics” problems, getting to the heart of the matter is no easy task; only recently was it proved they actually sink rather than being the result of an optical illusion.
Now the University of Limerick’s William Lee, Eugene Benilov and Cathal Cummins have discovered the simple answer to the problem – and a test that can be carried out by consumers as well.
The team has been generally interested in the formation of bubbles in liquids.
“One of the things we found was it’s actually very easy to see bubbles forming in stout beer rather than in, say, champagne where the bubble formation process is much more violent,” Dr Lee told BBC News.
But as has happened to a generation of like-minded scientists before them, the question of falling bubbles became their focus.
The team had the idea – borne out by calculations carried out by Mr Cummins – that the relative density of bubbles and the surrounding liquid could be behind the phenomenon.
“If you imagine your pint is full of bubbles, then the bubbles will start to rise,” Dr Lee said.
But the bubbles in a standard pint glass find themselves in a different environment as they rise straight up.
“Because of the sloping wall of the pint, the bubbles are moving away from the wall, which means you’re getting a much denser region next to the wall,” Dr Lee explained.
“That is going to sink under its own gravity, because it’s less buoyant, and that sinking fluid will pull the bubbles down.”
The bubbles, that is, are “trying” to rise, but the circulation that creates drives fluid down at the wall of the glass.
“You’ll see sinking bubbles not because the bubbles themselves are sinking, but because the fluid is and it’s pulling them down with it.”
The same flow pattern occurs with other beers such as lagers, but the larger bubbles of carbon dioxide are less subject to that drag.
Mr Cummins carried out calculations using a simulated pint and “anti-pint” – that is, the upside-down version of a pint glass – showing the effect at work; in the anti-pint, the bubbles rise as expected.
For those interested in experimenting in the pub, the effect can be best seen if a pint of stout is served in a straight-sided, cylindrical glass (not quite filled up).
If the glass is tilted at an angle while the pint settles, the side in the direction of the tilt represents the normal situation of a pint glass, while the opposite side is the “anti-pint” – and bubbles can be seen to both rise and fall in the same glass.
Source: BBC News
Something completely different.
Read this report on the Lakefront Brewey’s coffee stout.