Brewery: Lancaster Brewing Company, Lancaster, Pa.
Beer: Milk Stout
Bottle, Can, or Draft: Bottle or Draft
Body: Dark brown almost black with a creamy light brown head
Flavor Profile: Like chocolate milk or coffee, slightly sweet and bitter, smooth
User Profile: Microbrew snob looking for a substantial drink
Occasion: Backyard Barbecue, especially if it’s in a barn
I’m usually a Belgian beer snob, but recently my drink of choice has been a little closer to home. As a matter of fact, it’s made just three blocks away from my house, at the Lancaster Brewing Company. You can’t get any more Lancaster County than this place, with names like Amish Fourgrain, Hop Hog, and my personal favorite, Rumspringa. For those of you who don’t know, Rumspringa is a period of time in the life of some Amish teenagers, when they are essentially given a free pass to experience life outside of Amish culture, before deciding whether or not they want to remain in the church. My hope is that they drink plenty of beer from LBC before going back.
While stouts are not a girly drink per se, this Milk Stout doesn’t seem to care. It’s sweet enough to be girly, but heavy enough to satisfy a guy’s appetite. At the brewery, you can get what’s called a Chocolate Covered Strawberry, half Milk Stout, half Strawberry Wheat beer, full delicious. I’ve also experimented with the stout on my own and found that it handles ice cream very well. A couple years ago, I became obsessed with beer floats and added a scoop of vanilla ice cream to the Milk Stout. The vanilla brought out the chocolate and coffee flavors of the beer, while taking away it’s bitterness. And unlike root beer floats that are way too sweet, the beer float was just right.
The name doesn’t sound too appealing. The thought of milk and alcohol together makes me queasy. But if you can get past that association, and the fact thatthere is a cow on the label, Lancaster Brewing Company’s Milk Stout is a pretty versatile booze. Heavy enough to provide a warm beer blanket in the winter and sweet enough to use in a beer float in the summer.
Alexia Detweiler studied abroad in Belgium her junior year of college where she became a beer and chocolate snob. She’s now living in Pennsylvania Farm Country, also known as Lancaster, right back where she started.