It’s almost December, and the holiday season is upon us. For beer lovers, that means holiday releases are on the shelves. And for Beer Pick readers, I’ll be featuring some classics and favorites all month.
This week, it’s Hardywood Gingerbread Stout, a highly regarded seasonal that lays claim to the title “the original gingerbread stout.”
Hardywood Gingerbread Stout
Hardywood Craft Brewery, Richmond, VA
Available 500 ML bottles and
In June, Virginia’s Hardywood Park Craft Brewery expanded of its distribution network into the metro Atlanta area. And now Gingerbread Stout, one its most highly regarded seasonal beers is hitting the market.
The winter warmer is an imperial milk stout, flavored with cinnamon, vanilla and local Virginia baby ginger and wildflower honey. As you might expect, the aromas and flavors are sweet and spicy, with a culinary bent. But at 9.2 percent alcohol, and 55 IBU on the bitterness scale, this is not a wimpy beer. In fact, the snappy finish reveals a nice dose of hops, along with a distinct bite of ginger.
Christmas cookies or gingerbread with a dollop of fresh whipped cream would be the obvious pairing for Gingerbread Stout. But I think it would make an interesting pairing for creamy Indian or Thai curry dishes, too.