What follows is the February 5th edition of my weekly column, The Drink, written for DIG Magazine.
I rarely come across a beer that I can say is unlike any other that I’ve had. Most beers fit in a certain style or may use unusual ingredients to achieve a certain taste profile, but every so often you’ll find a beer that will leave you amazed at the brewer’s creativity. Such is the case with Tart of Darkness from The Bruery.
The Bruery is a newcomer onto the Louisiana craft beer scene. This Orange County, California, brewery was founded in 2008 by Patrick Rue – thus the play on words in the name. The brewery’s first shipment of beer to Louisiana came right around Christmas, and it has experienced initial success here.
Tart of Darkness is labeled a “sour stout aged in oak barrels.” It pours a dark brownish-black with medium carbonation. The aroma is roasty with hints of chocolate, not unlike many stouts, but the taste is where this beer differs from nearly every other. Tart is an understatement. This one is deliciously sour, and one that will leave your cheeks puckered. The finish has a light sweetness and brings to mind sour cherries and raspberries, with the roastiness still coming through. This is one fantastic beer, and at 7 percent ABV, relatively easy to drink.
Founder Patrick Rue will be hosting a tasting of various offerings from The Bruery at Cuban Liquor on Friday, Feb. 7 from 6-8 p.m. If you can’t make your way there, look for Tart of Darkness and other Bruery beers from at both Alexander’s Highland Market and Calandro’s Supermarket.
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