We like to drink seasonally and so should you, so a few changes are hitting the @MGFD_MIA beer list today reflecting what some of our favorite brewers are putting out there right now. To keep it simple, we are ricocheting some info that arrived in our inbox care of Beverage Director Ryan Goodspeed here for your beer edification, and have also elaborated with some fun facts and suggestions of what to eat with the new brews from our menus at home base. For up-to-the-minute beer list changes that may not always be posted on the blog, please follow @MGHomeBrew, the Twitter handle of our American Ale that will transmit them exclusively moving forward! Cheers to the Miami winter #oohlala.
Brooklyn Brewery Black Chocolate Stout 8
This is the famous Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, the award-winning rendition of the Imperial Stout style, once made exclusively for Catherine the Great. Michael and I visited the brewery last month when brewmaster Garrett Oliver tasted us on Black Ops, its cousin aged in Woodford Reserve Barrels as well as a few other special Ghost Labels not commercially available. For Black Chocolate, three mashes are used for each batch, achieving a luscious deep dark chocolate flavor through a blend of specially roasted malts. It is delicious when newly bottled, but also ages beautifully for years. The brewery makes it every year for the winter season.
Style: Imperial Stout
Malts: American two-row pale malt, caramel malt, malted wheat and a blend of American roasted malts and barleys
Alcohol by Volume: 10.0% IBUs: 51
Drink it with: Wood Oven Roasted Harris Ranch 22 oz Bone-In Ribeye beurre gascogne, roasted garlic. For dessert, anything chocolate from Hedy’s pastry station, of course!
Great Divide Hibernation Ale 7
A celebrated winter tradition of the Brewery since 1995, this robust, dry-hopped ale has a malty richness balanced with a complex hop profile and hearty, warming character.
Awards: 1997 Great American Beer Festival, Gold Medal, Strong Ale/ English-Style Old Ale; 1998 World Beer Cup, Silver Medal, Strong Ale/English-Style Old Ale ; 2003 Great American Beer Festival, Silver Medal, Old Ale; 2006 Great American Beer Festival, Silver Medal, Aged Beer
Alcohol by Volume: 8.7%
Drink it with: Pan roasted 1/2 “poulet rouge” chicken parsley, capers, red onion, or our cheese of the week this week, the moses sleeper (vermont a bloomy rind cow’s milk cheese with a bright and buttery flavor and a creamy texture) served with grilled walnut raisin bread and golden heirloom tomato chutney
Bear Republic Red Rocket Ale 7
When Racer 5’s last keg is kicked, Red Rocket Ale will go on next to Home Brew. This bastardized Scottish style red ale traces its origins to the Brewery’s homebrew roots. This full bodied and hoppy beer finishes on the palate with sweet, caramel malt flavors.
Style: American Amber Ale
Alcohol by Volume: 6.8%
Drinks well with: Lunch! Slow Roasted Berkshire Pork Pizza with mission figs, grilled onions, fontina cheese & fresh arugula, and Harris Ranch Black Angus Burger house ground & served on a brioche bun (add the vermont white cheddar and house smoked bacon!)