Brau Brothers Moo Joos Oatmeal Milk Stout
Drinkable and ale aren’t always two words that can be used to describe the same beer. Brau Brothers Moo Joos Oatmeal Milk Stout, made in the small town of Lucan, Minn., combines the smoothness of an oatmeal stout with the sweet taste of a milk stout. Batches are brewed with British ale yeast, roasted malts, flaked and toasted oats, and locally-sourced milk sugar to create the chocolate and coffee flavors that will tempt even the strictest lactose intolerant drinker. It’s time to put all sporting rivalries aside and thank these Gopher-territory brewers for each and every unforgettable swig. Available on tap.
Find it: el Bait Shop, 200 S.W. Second St., 284-1970
Cost: $4.75 for a 16-ounce draw
Court Avenue Brewing Company BlackHawk Stout
For stout lovers who like their beer local, Court Avenue’s BlackHawk Stout is a must-taste. Six malts are used to create the chocolaty, coffee-leaning flavors of this dry oatmeal stout. It’s carbonated with a mix of nitrogen and carbon dioxide, allowing the head to build like a Guinness when poured. Brewed right here in Des Moines, it would be a crime not to sample this dark, complex stout, one of CABCo’s core brews.
Find it: Court Avenue Brewing Company, 309 Court Ave., 282-2739
Cost: $5.25 for a 16-ounce draw
Bell’s Kalamazoo Stout
Licorice can be a divisive flavor with sides stalwart about their love or hatred for the stringy treat. But captured in beer? Now that’s too unique to pass up. Try Kalamazoo Stout, made by Bell’s Brewery Inc. It’s available at GT Lounge on Ingersoll Avenue. The robust beer offers drinkers a winning trifecta of flavors: licorice, coffee and dark chocolate. Vegetarians rejoice: The brewer’s licorice used to make Kalamazoo Stout is gelatin-free. The 6 percent alcohol by volume it offers is nothing to sneeze at, either.
Find it: GT Lounge, 3013 Ingersoll Ave., 279-6444
Cost: $4 per bottle