This winter, nothing is as it seems at Steamworks Brewing Co. with the release of their new Winter White Stout. Yes, that’s right. A white stout.
Steamworks’ newest concoction boasts a rich body with roasted espresso and chocolate flavours appropriate for the dark winter months. However, drinkers will be forgiven for being a bit surprised when they actually see the beer, as it pours a beautiful light gold with a dense white head. Steamworks’ Winter White Stout takes the rich typical stout flavours imparted from oats and barley, but without the dark coloured, roasted malts traditionally used in a stout. Instead, these roasted notes come from first aging the beer with whole espresso beans, and then with whole cacao beans. The result is a deliciously unexpected brew perfect for the West Coast Winter.
Despite its unconventional appearance, the Winter White Stout is sure to please stout lovers and casual drinkers alike. Brewmaster Julia Hanlon has taken great care in sourcing high quality, local ingredients for this winter treat. The espresso beans are supplied by Pallet coffee roasters, an upstart small batch coffee roaster based in East Vancouver which takes great care in sourcing seasonal coffee beans from the best producers possible. While the whole Madagascar cacao beans are supplied by East Van Roasters. They operate a non-profit social enterprise providing training and employment to women residents of the Rainier hotel, while making delicious organic and ethically sourced chocolate.
Great beer starts with great ingredients.” Says brewmaster Julia Hanlon, “We wanted to work with local, independent suppliers that not only make exceptional quality ingredients, but also who are a big part of their community. We found that with these two great companies, and to top it all off, they are our East Van neighbours.”
This Imbibable embodiment of an oxymoron is now available in a 650ml format in private liquor stores across the province and on tap at the Steamworks brewpub, Steamworks tasting room and select locations across the lower mainland.