The beginning of sweet stouts and milk stouts goes back to the early 1800’s in England, when milk was actually blended with darker beer in effort to make milder more nutritious ales. These beers became popular do to their unique ability to be full, rich, and sweet. The claims of sweet stouts being nutritious were of course eventually unfounded because the milk sugar that was being used did not have the nutrition of whole milk. British authorities even passed a law in 1946 forbidding the use of “milk” in beer labeling, because of the false perceptions it gave customers.
This beer style has survived into the new world of craft beer. Up until recent years, it has stayed in its classical English form. It has paved a new wave of culinary beers now referred to as adjunct stouts or pastry stouts. These beers cover a wide range of flavors, sweetness, and balance.
Most brewers find inspiration from treats of their childhood or favorite desserts. These concepts come in many forms from German chocolate cake to Almond Joy to just exploring a combination of dessert flavors. Common ingredients in these beers are a wide range of sugars: honey, maple or birch syrup, dark molasses, lactose, maltodextrin, etc. Combine selected versions of these sugars with a sturdy malt base, then add a diverse range of other exotic ingredients such as, cacao, coconut, graham cracker or sugar cone, Oreos, vanilla beans, cinnamon, cherry puree, etc. to shape a sweet inspired beer. The result is a culinary inspired beer that may bring you back to your childhood or help you finish your night by a warm fire. These imaginative beers can be a fun palate mix change up the ever-evolving world of craft beer.
pFriem Coconut Stout began as a rich, semi-sweet Milk Stout. Then we added over three hundred pounds of fresh, toasted coconut flakes and left them to steep for five glorious days. The result is like a dark chocolate coconut candy bar you can drink.
Pours a charred black walnut with foam like golden sand. Cozy aromas of dark chocolate, toasted coconut, toffee, macaroons and hazelnut open the door. Comforting flavors of praline, brownie batter, mounds bar, and mocha invite you in, and a satisfying finish, balancing toast and roast ensure you’ll stay for just one more.
Oysters, Mussels, Lobster, Crab, Cams, Scallops, and Calamari. Ham, Prosciutto, Pancetta, and Bacon. Hearty Beef Stews, Short Ribs, Root Vegetables, Potatoes, Stuffing. Chocolate based desserts, such as truffles, crème brulee, raspberry or strawberry tart.