Trust me, you’re in the wrong place! Over the next few days, beer will be dominating LF&B! Tonight’s dinner is beer themed and St. Patty’s Day is this weekend.
In the spirit of St. Patty’s Day, and my new found love for the almighty Stout, I decided that today would be Stout Day. I wanted to do Stouts as my Beer of the Week a few weeks ago, but I’ve been to lazy I have not had a chance too.
Today, I’ll give you a little description of the Stout and share the recipe for these babies.
(BTW, I’ve been watching what I eat the past few weeks and having an oven full of sweets is dangerous!! Luckily, we have friends coming over to help take care of them.)
First the boring stuff.
About the Brewery- Southern Tier
I used Southern Tiers Double Milk Stout 2X today. Southern Tier Brewing Company was founded in 2002 by Phineas DeMink and Allen Yahn in Lakewood, New York. They currently produce around 50,000 barrels of beer every year. One neat fact I found about them, their bottling line can fill, label, and cap 10,000 bottles per hour at full speed. That is 2.8 bottles a second That is a lot of beer people!!
Style- Sweet Stout (Milk Stout)
Stouts are a very dark beer. I remember before I liked beer I thought, from appearance alone, they were gross. Boy was I wrong. Stouts are usually mild in bitterness and high in sweetness. The dark roasted grains used in the brewing process can add coffee and chocolate flavors, too. They have a creamy taste and a tan/thick head.
Milk Stouts get their name from the lactose that is added. The milk adds extra sweetness to the beer. This probably isn’t the best beer for the lactose intolerant people.
Stouts are broken down into 6 categories: Dry, Sweet, Oatmeal, Foreign Extra, American, and Russian Imperial. Milk and Oatmeal are two of my favorite. The Dry Stout (Guinness) isn’t sweet enough for me. I like Stouts for the flavor. They remind me of dessert in a glass.
Stouts are by far my favorite beer to cook with. I’ve made everything from cookies to marinades. If pairing a milk stout with dinner, I would recommend a chocolaty dessert. The Chocolate will enhance the flavor of the beer. Dry Stouts work well with meats and of course oysters. Remember my post on the Oyster Stout?
Now it is time for the food!! How can I have Stout day and not share a sweet dessert?
I’m going to be honest. Each components does not work well on its own. The frosting is too sweet, the chocolate drizzle is bitter, and the cupcakes are not as sweet as normal cupcake. But together, it’s heaven!! If I tried to make the cupcakes sweeter, then everything would be too sweet. Same with the bitterness. If I balanced out the bitterness with more sugar, it would throw everything off. Go ahead and try the chocolate sauce while you are making it, but just remember, everything will balance out.
Once I finished my cupcakes, I think every dish in the house was dirty. Baking is not my thing, but I’m really proud of these cupcakes. This was my first time baking them from scratch. Huck isn’t a fan of sweets, and he even ate one!
Now, I’m off to make beer bread and check on my Corn Beef. That post is coming tomorrow! Stay tuned!