ORIGINAL DRAUGHTS: FORT GEORGE BOURBON BARREL CAVATICA STOUT

ORIGINAL DRAUGHTS: FORT GEORGE BOURBON BARREL CAVATICA STOUT Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Sometime’s a beer’s so thick that you need a knife to cut it and a fork to eat it. These beers, we call stouts.

And it’s quite possible that the stoutest of all stouts comes to us from some the folks at the Fort George Brewery, who make some of our favorite beers just a couple of blocks off the Oregon coast in historic downtown Astoria.

We’ve come to expect from them not just well-made traditional beers, but beers that are adventurous, playful and always surprising.

And their Bourbon Barrel Cavatica Stout, on tap now, is an ideal example of what they do best: taking a good beer and making it better by tweaking it just so.

Like all stouts, it’s plenty malty and as black as black coffee, but this special batch of stout has been stored for two months in oak barrels procured from the distillers of Maker’s Mark Kentucky Bourbon, which give this thick quaffable a slight vanilla twist.

The best part is that this beer pairs really well with rich foods, which we’ve got in spades. Pair it with our Beef Stroganoff or our Lasagna Bolognese and see if your mouth won’t sing in eight-part harmony.

Or maybe just want to kick back and enjoy the beer’s mingling flavors, as is. If you do, we suggest you go slow, because at 8.8 ABV, a pint this black stuff’ll sneak up pretty quickly on an empty stomach.

Cheers!