I’m sure you’re wondering what on earth we mean by “sip in the dark”. It’s not a typo. Far from it, actually, as it refers to those delicious, silky, lovely dark brews that we’ve come to love and desire over time. Whether it is an American Black Ale, Chocolate Stout, or a luscious Porter, we absolutely adore dark craft beers from all over the globe.
The answer to why is not really something simple to give. Dark beer has just as much of a following as the lighter brews, yet when you ask folks why they love one brewing style over another, the answer is never simple. It comes down to taste, mouthfeel, bitterness, balance, and more. Often it is the culmination of all of these features that create the love for the brew. That is precisely the issue for us, as the complex simplicity of these brews keep us sipping away while the brew evolves in the glass.
In addition to that absolutely complicated simple answer, there is the fact that there are so many outstanding dark beers on the market today. Samuel Smith’s Organic Chocolate Stout is a great example of a dark beer that simply cannot be passed by. The brew is complex, yet very well balanced, plus the cost is reasonable enough to make it a “must-have” brew in our book.
There are plenty of oddball dark brews out there as well. With so many options for interesting ingredients, it’s no surprise that folks like the brewers at Cigar City, Funky Buddha, Founders, and many others are coming up with some seriously creative dark brews for us to try. Brews like Backwoods Bastard, a barrel-aged brew in the mid-range of color, have gained so much popularity that they are likely to be around for decades to come.
Consider trying a brew such as the luscious Porter from Founder’s Brewing Company, or perhaps the Neopolitan Porter from Funky Buddha would catch your attention instead. There are so many options out there that it is hard to say no when faced with the opportunity to try a new dark beer or an old dark beer that you’ve never tasted before. Sure, there are always going to be those brews that simply do not suit your tastes and end up as a drain-pour, but with hundreds of brews available, why not try something new?
Is there one dark beer you have tried that you absolutely loved? Perhaps there is one that really caught your attention, even though you prefer lighter brews on average. Leave us a comment and tell us about the experience and which brew it was! We’d love to hear from you and the brew just might be our next feature post! Don’t forget to include the brewery that created the masterpiece, as we’ll want to give proper credit to them as well.
In the meantime, we’ll be hard at work here in South Florida as we push to get ready for our opening later this year in the Warehouse District of West Palm Beach. Our doors will open to the public to offer great craft beer on tap and some very distinctive premium wines from Pankauski Wine Cellars in Napa Valley, California. We hope to see you all there and until then, happy tasting!
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