Southern Tier | Creme Brulee Stout
Late last summer as my youngest brother, Matt, was getting ready to ship out for his freshman year at Marquette University, our family had one last summer dinner at a local favorite: Beach Club Bistro in Euclid, OH. Known for their amazing pizzas and equally amazing beer selection, Beach Club has always been a great place to kick back, relax and share a meal. On this night in particular, as we gathered to celebrate Matt’s final days before school and chow on some pizza, a certain beer on Beach Club’s list caught my eye. Now, I’m normally a seasonal beer drinker: lighter seasonal ales, shandies, and IPAs in the spring and summer; porters, stouts, and darker seasonal ales in the fall and winter. It’s an M.O. I adhere to pretty consistently. But protocol had to be broken for one beer: Southern Tier’s Crème Brulee Stout.
I can’t remember if the name or the intrigue of a crème brulee-flavored beer struck me first, but I knew I had to try it. And I’m really glad I did: it became and has remained one of my favorite beers to drink. Part of Southern Tier’s Blackwater Series, with other bold stouts such as Choklat, Mokah, and Warlock, Crème Brulee touts a pronounced vanilla aroma and flavor, a subtle caramel tone, and a surprising, yet welcome, slightly smoky finish. Full bodied and lightly carbonated, it drinks very well, and its richness affords a relaxed, slow-paced drinking experience. As the name might suggest, it’s a beer best served after a meal as a dessert, but can be enjoyed at any time. Like the dessert, the Crème Brulee Stout’s vanilla flavor pairs well with strawberry and raspberry, which provide a cut of sweetness to the Stout’s more savory taste.
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Whether you’re gathered with family sharing a meal, or enjoying a relaxed evening in, I highly recommend Southern Tier’s Crème Brulee Stout to anyone looking for a smooth, flavorful brew. No matter the time of year.