No Fry… What you really need is beer.
An impending snow storm is descending upon the Northeast and in my area we are looking to get at least a foot of snow. That means everyone is running out to get the three necessary food items before huddling inside: Bread. Milk. Eggs.
But beer drinkers have their own unique needs and I have three for you.
Bread: Toaster Pastry by 21st Amendment is an India Style Red Ale brewed to celebrate their big expansion into a former bakery that made toaster pastries (read: Pop Tarts). I had this beer about a month ago. It is hard to find and it was a little on the pricey side but worth every penny. 21st Amendment uses biscuit malts that gave the beer a great bready flavor. Balanced between malty and sweet juicy hops left me in love with this beer. The mouth feel was thick with a great long finish. Toaster Pastry is an absolute killer.
Milk: Lancaster Milk Stout by Lancaster Brewing Company. I feel like in the Central PA beer scene the folks at LBC sometimes gets forgotten. LBC has been around making great local craft beer for so long now that they easily get forgotten among a culture that puts a high price on “new.” This beer, LBC Milk Stout, has been standout for a great Lanacster brewery for years and I every time I have one I wonder why I don’t order these more often. Hints of chocolate and coffee, but it is really all about the thick and creamy mouthfeel. A slight sweetness comes in the finish to compliment the pleasantly bitter notes from the front. It’s a great example of how to properly brew a milk stout and properly represents the brewery’s namesake, Lancaster County.
Eggs: The Martians Kidnapped Santa Egg Nog Stout by Spring House Brewing Company is a sweet stout and one of my favorite beers in Lancaster County. Spring House has a knack for making great stouts. I think they have a great stout base and that they play off this with an impressive number of variations, each one better than the last. Kerplunk! Coffee Stout, Satan’s Bake Sale Mint Chocolate Chip Stout, the transcendent Blood Lust RIS, and the twin killers Big and Lil’ Gruesome Stout. Martians Kidnapped Santa is still available at Spring House and in the Central PA area. If you have yet to enjoy some this year, get on it as it is a fantastic winter stout. The flavors of heavy cream, vanilla, nutmeg with a whiff of cinnamon come through from nose to finish.
If you can’t find any of the above or want the easy choice, grab a case of my absolute favorite Central PA beer, Nugget Nectar (in the cans). Nothing will beat tilting a couple of these back with a bowl of chili after shoveling the drive way.
Now, have a beer and enjoy the snow…