01 October 2010
I’m a firm believer that if you choose a beer you love, and you talk about why you love it…people with love that beer too. Now I know the word “love” appeared 3 times in the first sentence already, but I have to say, “I really Love Rogue Chocolate Stout.” Not only is this the standard by which all other Chocolate Stouts are judged, it simply achieves what Rogue brewmaster John Maier is know for achieving in all of his beers…”balance.” John balances malt, hops and other ingredients better than many other brewmasters, and so well that perhaps his brews seem to fly under the radar. In these days of big bold aggressive flavors, John’s brews are simply delicious without hitting you over the head.
I’ll admit the flavor in Rogue Chocolate Stout is big, but taste it again and you’ll find it is big in flavor, but subtle in taste. The chocolate is present for sure, but it melts into your palate like any good chocolate would, and leaves you wanting for the next sip.
A big thank you to Sebbie Buhler (the woman actually pictured on the bottle) from Rogue Brewing for coming on the air with us this morning. Sebbie has been with Rogue since 1991 and clearly knows a lot about the culture and beers of Rogue. Rogue beers were one of my earliest experiences with craft beer in our area, and still today I really enjoy all of their beers. Mrs. BeerBuzz and I met over a Rogue beer and John Maier was even nice enough to brew and specially label our wedding beer. Rogue brews a huge variety of regular, specialty and even uniquely packaged beers AND their beers are readily available in NEPA and still a very good value.
AND as if the Rogue Chocolate Stout wasn’t good enough on it’s own, we decided to launch the first Friday BeerBuzz beer and food pairing today. Other than Pizza and cheese-fries, I’ll admit I’m fairly new to true food/beer pairings…so today I decided to go for desert. Our pairing today included Mother BeerBuzz’s brown sugar drop cookies and our Rogue Chocolate Stout and it worked really well. Knowing that Mother BeerBuzz will never give up her recipe, I’d suggest trying Rogue Chocolate Stout with vanilla ice cream (like a root beer float) or even any other sweet cookies or cakes. Try it for yourself and please let us know your results.
I also want to say thank you to Beki Kosydar-Krantz from the home brewing Krantz Brewing Co. for joining us on the show today and sharing her Fuggles IPA. Be sure to check out Krantz Brewing Co beers at the Carbondale Pioneer City Oktoberfest tomorrow (10/2).
Another wild and crazy show!…
to Sebbie, Beki, John, Nancy, Joe & Bosco for yet another fun Friday.
The Friday Beerbuzz…bringing good beers and good people together.