What follows is the January 29th edition of my weekly column, The Drink, written for DIG Magazine.
New Orleans’ NOLA Brewing is fond of naming their beers after locally relevant places. From their Hopitoulas IPA to their 7th Street Wheat, most of their brews have New Orleans themed names – Irish Channel Stout is no exception. Named after the neighborhood where the NOLA brewery is located, this American style stout has been around on draft for a few years, but has just been released in cans.
With an aggressive pour from the can, Irish Channel Stout pours a deep black color with a beautiful creamy head that sticks around for a while. You’ll immediately notice a big roasted malt aroma. Coffee flavors hit the palate to begin, before settling into a nice chocolate finish. There is a touch of bitterness on the back end, which comes from a combination of hops and roasted barley.
Irish Channel Stout weighs in at 6.8-percent ABV, and is packaged in beautiful 16-ounce black cans with gold trim. The cross shaped logo is identical to the tap handles you see in restaurants and bars all over town. Try this easy drinking stout with roasted meats or any kind of dessert.
Find NOLA’s Irish Channel Stout at The Beverage Store, as well as specialty grocers and bottle shops. Also look for it on draft at your favorite restaurant or watering hole.
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