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Posts Tagged ‘Stout’

Fantastically Fruity

by Colin McElroy

Fruit beers have never been my thing. I don’t have an innate aversion to fruit and most certainly not to beer, but I have had some past experiences with fruit beers which I might compare to cough syrup. Widmer Brothers Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout does not draw this comparison.

To call this solely a fruit beer would be to overlook so many of it’s other qualities. This beer is a stout at heart, having its roots in Widmer Brothers KGB Russian Imperial Stout. With slight raspberry fruit tartness balanced by a toasty chocolate aroma you get the sense that the brewer really didn’t want this to be categorized as a fruit beer. The addition of Midnight Wheat to the boil adds smoothness and an extra layer of complexity.

The Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout is the second offering from Widmer Brothers recently launched Alchemy Project. Though the beers in the Alchemy series can be consumed immediately, they are designed to develop with age.

While this beer has helped partially mend my fear of fruit beers, I continue to be understandably weary. The toughest thing about trying this beer last night and taking a few bottles home is knowing that I have to (er, should) wait to drink them.

Learn more about this beer from Widmer Brothers brewer, Ben Dobler:  Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout. You can find 22-ounce bottles of Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout at your local beer retailers.

February is Stout Month at Fort George!

Celebrate your favorite high gravity beers during several events that Astoria’s Fort George Brewery has planned over the next month. And don’t make it to March without trying the brewery’s Stout Month Stouts: Spank Stout (Hot Pepper Stout), Bourbon Barrel Cavatica Stout, Polish’s Roasted Walnut Stout and Mexican Chocolate Stout.

February 9: Fort George Night at the Highland Still House in Oregon City AND Pint Night at Brother John’s Public House in Bend.

February 15: Stouts and Oysters Dinner at the brewery

Local “oystermen” will share stories with guests and describe each course, all of which feature oysters, including dessert. Fort George co-owners Chris Nemlowill and Jack Harris will share their thoughts on each paired beer.

February 18: The Festival of Dark Arts

This day-long stout carnival will feature more than 15 stouts to taste, as well as belly dancing, fire dancing, fire eating, a live blacksmith forge, tattoo artists, dark cuisine, music, tarot card reading, and an art showcase of local compositions.

February 25-26: Brewvana Tour of Astoria

Brewvana is celebrating all of the great stouts coming out of Northern Oregon with an overnight tour of the city. Start at Rogue, then head to Astoria Brewing for appetizers, followed by dinner at Fort George. You’ll make one more stop at Bill’s Tavern and Brewhouse on your way out the next day.

February 23: Sunrise Oatmeal Pale Ale Can Release Party at Portland’s Liberty Glass Bar & Grill