As we prepare to say goodbye to our winter-friendly porters, stouts and strong ales, one local brewery has decided to host a last hurrah – and from the looks of things, Mother Nature is keen to cooperate.
On Saturday, April 23, Butcher and the Brewer
(2043 E. 4th St., 216-331-0805) is putting on its inaugural Stout It Out Loud festival, a late-season celebration of dark beers and their most famous culinary partner: oysters.
“We're getting to the end of what most people consider ‘dark beer season’ so we're honoring it with a festival of specialty stouts and porters,” says owner Jason Workman. “Our brewer friends are bringing some of their most prized and rare wares, some of which you may never see again.”
Participating breweries include Fat Heads, Brew Kettle, Portside, Great Lakes, Willoughby, Thirsty Dog, Platform, Market Garden, JAFB, Rocky River, Brick and Barrel, Griffen and Buckeye.
For its part, Butcher and the Brewer will offer up their flagship Albino Stout, a deceiving looking brew with the flavor and mouthfeel of a stout but lacking the customary deep, dark hue. That beer also will be dished up in eight unique forms, infusions built around atypical flavors like Green Coffee & Cardamom, Creamsicle on Vanilla & Oranges, Spicy Mexican Mole and Tiramisu.
“We thought it would be a hell of a good time to take our beloved Albino Stout and infuse it with off-the-wall-flavors,” adds Workman.
Approximately 14 local breweries will be on hand pouring two different dark specialty beers. As for the food, there will be a dozen different varieties of oysters on the half shell, plus oyster shooters, oyster Po’ Boys and Johnny Cake fried oysters.
Tickets are $40 and include a souvenir tasting glass, tasting tickets and food. A non-food ticket is available for $35 and designated drivers get in for $10. The event runs from noon to 4 p.m.
Click here to register