Beer Release: Ghost Note Schwarzbier

We just released Ghost Note, our Schwarzbier (black lager). You may have been a fan of the Schwarzkölsch, a darker, roastier version of the style. Ghost Note is a more traditional version of the style, falling somewhere between Altbier and Schwarzkölsch in terms of grain sweetness and roast character. It is incredibly easy to drink, dark brown in color, and has a cream colored head. It is full of balanced, clean malt character and mocha-like roasty notes. It’s perfect for fall, and right now it’s Friday, so get thee to Standard and drink up!

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TAPS:

  1. Menomena
  2. Altbier
  3. Chooglin’ Oat Pale
  4. Ghost Note
  5. Kalakalaka IIPA
  6. Kölsch
  7. Berliner Weisse
  8. West Coast IPA
  9. Norma, dry hopped Saison
  10. Spelt Saison
  11. War Pig, Milk Stout on Nitro
  12. Elemental Blood Orange Cider

Watch the debate on our new projector!

Our big 80″ projection screen has always been a great place to watch games in the evenings, but it hasn’t performed great when the sun is out … until now! We just got a new 4200 lumen projector and an ambient light rejecting screen set up so that you can watch crisp and bright pictures while you drink fabulous beers. Come on down tonight and check it out while taking in the sights and sounds of the presidential debate that will no doubt be a bit of a circus. Bring your favorite drinking game rules. Show starts at 6pm and goes until 8pm.

New Beer! Chooglin’ Oat Pale and Spelt Saison

We’ve got two new beers for your thirsty fall evenings.

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Chooglin’ Oat Pale makes use of Azacca hops and their citrus notes to bring you an easy drinking, 5.4% pale ale that won’t end your evening prematurely. It’s creamy body, combined with a dry finish, and pleasant hoppiness, will help you keep on chooglin’. If you need a soundtrack while you drink, try here.

 

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Our Spelt Saison uses both spelt and dark wheat to provide extra body in a tart, dry finishing beer. The fullness in this 5.9% beer makes it a perfect fit for a fall day. This one doesn’t come with a soundtrack, but we’ll have Monday Night Football on tonight if you need something to drink to …

 

The taps right now:

  1. Menomena
  2. Altbier
  3. Chooglin’ Oat Pale
  4. Schwarzkölsch
  5. Kalakalaka IIPA
  6. Kölsch
  7. Berliner Weisse
  8. West Coast IPA
  9. Norma, dry hopped Saison
  10. Spelt Saison
  11. War Pig, Milk Stout on Nitro
  12. Elemental Blood Orange Cider

Open early for Seahawks & some great press!

So it’s here … the NFL hath been kicked off. We watched a rematch of the Super Bowl on Thursday and it wasn’t shy on storylines and drama. What will happen with our Seahawks? There is so much to anticipate. Was Rawls a flash in the pan last year, or is he really the new Beast? Is C Mike’s “awakening” going to last into the regular season? Will Jimmy Graham be everything everyone wants him to be? Will Russ continue looking like an elite passer and drop deep-ass bombs betwixt corners and safeties into the sure-gripping hands of Angry Doug and TyLo? And will the Hawks do that thing where we forget to show up for the first quarter of the season and have to fight insurmountable odds to recover and make a post season run? There are a lot of reasons to pay close attention to this team, which we have great reasons to believe may be as dominant as 2013, and you can do it all at Standard Brewing.

We will be open for all Seahawks games that don’t start at 10am (Oct 2nd and 30th). For any 1pm game, we will open up at 12:30pm. The game will be on the big screen, and the game sound will be on. That means we’ll be open tomorrow (Sunday) at 12:30pm. All other NFL games we deem to be worth a damn will be shown, but the game sound will be reserved for Seahawks games.

Lastly, a big thanks to Paul Clarke and The Daily Beast for a great write up on the West Coast IPA, which you can read right here. If you’re looking at the picture of the West Coast IPA in the article and you’re thinking about the last blog post and saying, “you liar, that IPA is crystal clear”, let it be known that the West Coast IPA yeast flocculates faster than the Galaxy Pale and Kalakala IIPA strain. It starts cloudy, but drops clear eventually. So there.

THE FOLLOWING IS THE CURRENT TAP LIST:

  1. Menomena
  2. Altbier
  3. Galaxy Pale
  4. Schwarzkölsch
  5. Kalakalaka IIPA
  6. Kölsch
  7. Berliner Weisse
  8. West Coast IPA
  9. Norma, dry hopped Saison
  10. Edith, Saison
  11. War Pig, Milk Stout on Nitro
  12. Elemental Blood Orange Cider

Two new beers, but why your beer so ugly?

We’ve been so busy making and selling beer that blog timeliness kind of took a hit recently. We’re back to tell you that if you’re a hop lover, there are two beers you should try, and they’re going quickly. Galaxy Pale Ale, and Kalakala IIPA are here for your hop lovin’ quaffs.

Galaxy Pale Ale highlights the danker side of Galaxy hops, a favorite of the Australian hop persuasion. It’s fruity and full of pungent intensity. Nothin’ but British pale malt, yeast, and Galaxy hops, with 5.4% ABV.

Kalakala IIPA (spoken with the accent on the 2nd and 4th “a”s) is named after our favorite modern, deco styled ferry that used to live on Lake Union’s shores. Look it up, if you want to fall in love with maritime design inspired by 1920s airplane design. Just be prepared to shed a tear when you find out that it was chopped up and sunk a couple years ago. Feel free to make boat-loads of requests for Washington state to make all of our ferries look like this again. The beer is a balanced combination of hop spice and fruitiness, with a little alcoholic heat to back it up. It’s 8.6%, so be careful, or your former grandeur will be sunk as well.

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This post is also a public service announcement on what we brewers call “turbidity”, AKA “cloudiness”. There was a time when American beer commercials touted the word “filtered” as though it was second only to godliness. Clarity seemed to mean a beer was better made, or at least that it tasted better. Some beer styles call for this clarity, and require by tradition and good design that it be crystal clear on serving. In lighter beers, this often makes a beer taste cleaner, more defined, and can be a marker of maturation.

There are a few things that cause a cloudy beer, but for the purposes of this post, I’m  focusing on yeast in suspension. Like the olive oil in your salad dressing, yeast separates from beer and forms a cake in the bottom when it sits in cold temperatures for a time. Leave any beer long enough and the yeast grow tired and metabolism stops. It will fall by gravity’s effect on it’s own minuscule weight to the bottom of a fermenter, leaving a clearer beer above it. A brewer can use fining agents, which use ionic bonding, clumping to yeast cells to make them heavier, quickening the drop-out, or they may use a filter to remove yeast. Fining agents can get you close to the appearance of filtering, and we use this method on our Kolsch, Altbier, as well as a few other light styles of beer. But our hoppy pales and IPAs are cloudy. Why?

Sometimes you want yeast in the beer, and some strains of yeast refuse to drop out, or “flocculate”. Poor flocculation can come from a hyper-active yeast strain that continues to metabolize slowly, long after fermentation is done. It can also come from a yeast strain whose cells are naturally smaller in size. This makes them lighter, dropping more like a feather than a brick. Saison strains and dry, clean finishing American strains are often poor flocculators. British strains, and those used for maltier beers tend to flocculate better, and naturally clear up brilliantly without getting much colder than 50 degrees.

But how does yeast taste? You may have noticed a “chewiness” in cloudy beers. Often, back-of-the-tongue bitterness comes with yeast cloudiness. If your beer is dry and aromatic, this can enhance the overall perception of it, and a brewer may want it in there. Clear up a super dry IPA, and it may lack character and body, even if the light looks really sexy glimmering through your pint. We typically do not fine or filter our IPAs because we value the flavor of yeast in suspension. The yeast in these two beers absolutely refuses to drop out on it’s own, and we like how it tastes, so in it stays!

Three New Beers!

If you haven’t been around for a couple weeks, we’ve got a lot of new options for you right now:

Norma is a juicy, fruity and spicy saison, dry hopped with tropical Galaxy hops. The hop aromas work well with the spice notes of the saison yeast, making for a fantastic middle ground for hop lovers that want a refreshing saison style beer. It’s 6.0% and ready for chuggins.

Menomena is a delicious sour with a clean lactic tartness balancing dark crystal malts with a very dry and crisp finish. Notes of figs, red fruits and grapes skins come through in this little number. At 5.2%, it’s easy drinking and full of flavor.

War Pig is a nitro milk stout that’s chock full o’ roast character and creamy mouth feel that balances it all out in a 4.9% beer. If you like your stouts creamy and black as night, give this one a shot.

Here’s a shot of all the new kids on the block:

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TAPS

  1. Menomena
  2. Altbier
  3. coming soon
  4. Schwarzkölsch
  5. coming soon
  6. Kölsch
  7. Berliner Weisse
  8. West Coast IPA
  9. Norma, dry hopped Saison
  10. Edith, Saison
  11. War Pig, Milk Stout on Nitro
  12. Elemental Blood Orange Cider

Beer Release: Edith Saison

We just tapped Edith, our peppery, slightly tart, soft and refreshing Saison, and it’s a great day for it. We used Pilsner malt, wheat and oat along with Cascade and Mt Hood hops to leave you with a 5.7% thirst quencher. Come and get it!

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Taps:

  1. Mosaic Kölsch
  2. Altbier
  3. El Dorado Extra Pale
  4. Schwarzkölsch
  5. Druthers Session IPA
  6. Kölsch
  7. Berliner Weisse
  8. West Coast IPA
  9. President Camacho IPA
  10. Edith, Saison
  11. Snuffleupagus, Imperial Stout on Nitro
  12. Elemental Pomegranate Cider

Beer Release: El Dorado Extra Pale

Hey everyone! We just tapped an extremely seasonable beer, and you should come and get some. El Dorado hops are a delight, with their grapefruity, orange candy vibes, and we did a big pale ale with them. On their own, they tend to almost be sweet, and they benefit from the structure of a more aggressive hop with a little backbone. We added just enough Simcoe to the boil to counter the sweet El Dorado late hopped citrus party, and blended pale, Pilsner, caramel malt and flaked oats for a subtle, light and satiating summer hop nugget. It’s on tap, and the mister fan is blowing heat relief all over the patio. Come and get it!

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The taps be all like:

  1. Mosaic Kölsch
  2. Altbier
  3. El Dorado Extra Pale
  4. Schwarzkölsch
  5. Druthers Session IPA
  6. Kölsch
  7. Berliner Weisse
  8. West Coast IPA
  9. President Camacho IPA
  10. Citra Pale
  11. Snuffleupagus, Imperial Stout on Nitro
  12. Elemental Pomegranate Cider

Beer Release: Crate Digger IPA

If you love Galaxy hops (and what self respecting IPA lover doesn’t), come on down and try Crate Digger, the summer jams IPA that just hit the taps at Standard. We’re super excited about this soft and easy drinking 6.3% IPA. We used pilsner and wheat malts with a touch of caramel malt to get a subtle, grainy backdrop. Australian Galaxy hops are hightlighted, with a little Mosaic thrown in for good measure. You’ll find notes of pineapple and passionfruit in this little guy. Grab a growler to go while the sun is still out, or come chill on the patio.

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We also just put the Altbier back on tap, so if hops aren’t your thing and you haven’t had an Alt, it’s high time you drink a pint of this complex, clean German style. Munich malts make this a really pleasant beer to drink with a crisp, cool fermentation profile.

Here’s your current tap list:

  1. Mosaic Kölsch
  2. Altbier
  3. Crate Digger IPA
  4. Schwarzkölsch
  5. Druthers Session IPA
  6. Kölsch
  7. Berliner Weisse
  8. West Coast IPA
  9. President Camacho IPA
  10. Citra Pale
  11. Snuffleupagus, Imperial Stout on Nitro
  12. Elemental Pomegranate Cider

Salare Beer Dinner!

If you haven’t heard of Salare yet, you’ve been missing out. The highly regarded restaurant by chef Edouardo Jordan has been collecting heaps of praise from just about any publication that writes about food, and we are thrilled to be putting together a beer pairing dinner with them this Wednesday! The dinner will be 4 courses for $100, and it’s going to be fantastic. We’ll be featuring both beers you know well, and beers that aren’t even released yet. Call Salare at 206.556.2192 to make a reservation while there are still spots!

Beer Release: Kölsch

What can possibly be more of a summertime beer than Kölsch? The regional style of Köln, Germany is light and subtle. It’s fruitier than a lager fermentation, but with a similar thirst quenching, clean and crisp body that makes it hard to drink fewer than two. Ours uses Pilsner malt, a little wheat malt and Hallertau hops. It’s light and clean, and begging to be drunk while the sun is out, and it is, so come get some.

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THE TAPS GO THUSLY:

  1. Mosaic Kölsch
  2. Oaked Altbier
  3. Truck Stick, Strong Ale
  4. Schwarzkölsch
  5. Druthers Session IPA
  6. Kölsch
  7. Berliner Weisse
  8. West Coast IPA
  9. President Camacho IPA
  10. Citra Pale
  11. Snuffleupagus, Imperial Stout on Nitro
  12. Elemental Pomegranate Cider

Open normal hours today!

While many of your beer drinking/growler filling options are closed for the holiday, Standard Brewing is open today! We will be operating our normal hours tonight, and the always awesome Scott will be filling your growlers and pouring pints from 4:00 pm till 8:00 pm. Come satisfy your beery needs. Here’s what’s on tap:

  1. Mosaic Kölsch
  2. Oaked Altbier
  3. Truck Stick, Strong Ale
  4. Schwarzkölsch
  5. Druthers Session IPA
  6. Belgian Black
  7. Berliner Weisse
  8. West Coast IPA
  9. President Camacho IPA
  10. Citra Pale
  11. Snuffleupagus, Imperial Stout on Nitro
  12. Elemental Pomegranate Cider

Beer Release: President Camacho IPA

Here you go, hop lovers. We just tapped a 9% hop bomb made with Pilsner, Maris Otter and wheat malts, using mostly Azacca and El Dorado hops. It comes off with a ton of orange and grapefruit candy vibes, and it’s on tap now!

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Tap list:

  1. Mosaic Kölsch
  2. Oaked Altbier
  3. Truck Stick, Strong Ale
  4. Schwarzkölsch
  5. Druthers Session IPA
  6. Belgian Black
  7. Berliner Weisse
  8. West Coast IPA
  9. President Camacho IPA
  10. Citra Pale
  11. Snuffleupagus, Imperial Stout on Nitro
  12. Elemental Pomegranate Cider

Medals, Citra Pale Release, NBA Finals!

We’ve got some great news, guys. Winners were announced yesterday for the WA Beer Awards, and we brought home two more medals! Our Imperial IPA took home bronze, and the yet-to-be-released brettanomyces conditioned bière de garde “Brett Earl” took silver in the brett beers category. We’re pretty fired up to be flanked by gold and bronze winners E9 Brewery in that category. It’s nice to be in good company, and congrats to E9! Look for Brett Earl at our next bottle release …

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Also, we just released our Citra Pale Ale, a hazy, 5.0% Citra hop stinker. It’s fruity and really aromatic, and full of intense mango and tropical fruit vibes in a lower alcohol beer. It’s a pretty great compliment to the first really sunny day we’ve seen in a while. Welcome back summer.

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Lastly, we’ll have the NBA finals (last game, tied at 3-3!) on the screen tonight at 5pm. Come on down and check it out with us. It should be a really fun game to watch!

“Farewell Darren, Welcome Matt” Party

Those of you who’ve been hanging around Standard since the first year remember how ridiculously tiny the operation was. 30 gallons at a time, I was making beer twice a week and pouring beer only 3 days a week. After picking up some gracious help from Laura #1, we expanded tasting room hours to 5 days a week, but brewing to keep this up required some extra hands. Darren Archer stepped in to work some long hours and take on brewing and taproom duties that eventually made it possible to expand the business into a more typical 7 barrel brewhouse and a more appropriate drinking space for the needs of the neighborhood. He did more than just brewing and taps. When it came time for hard labor, he stepped up and jack-hammered, hauled concrete, and scraped floors. After 2 and a half years of hard work at Standard, he’s moving on to pursue other interests. His contributions have a lot to do with where we’ve landed, and we want to give him some home town thanks for this.

To take his place at the brewery, we are welcoming Matt Petyo. He’s bringing brewing experience from Wildcard Brewing in Redding, CA, and cellar experience from Sierra Nevada. He rocks good taste in music and graphic design skills as well. He’s an all around good dude, and we’d like you all to meet him.

So come on down tomorrow (Saturday, 6/18) from 4-8pm to raise a glass and toast both Darren’s tenure and Matt’s arrival. We’ll be tapping a new beer, but you’ll just have to come down to find out what it is. See you then!

Beer Release: Berliner Weisse!

Howdy folks! We’ve always made an effort to keep a rotating style guide for Standard Brewing beers. Last I checked, we’d done about 160 different unique recipes. From Saisons and other phenolic Belgian styles to stouts and porters, to dry and hoppy beers that are beloved by northwestern palates. One style we’ve never really touched before is sours. We once made a tart ale, but the acidity was subtle and more supportive than featured. For those of you looking for a more puckering type of beer, you’re in luck, because we just released a Berliner Weisse. For you nerds out there, the pH of this beer is about 3.25, enough to squeeze those salivary glands on the first sip. Second and third sips bring on thirst quenching, light bodied 3.5% refreshment. It’s a terrific warm weather beer, so why not run down to the brewery right now for a glass, and say hi to Connor, who’s pouring beers and yucking it up. Check out how pretty it is:

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  1. Mosaic Kölsch
  2. Oaked Altbier
  3. Truck Stick, Strong Ale
  4. Schwarzkölsch
  5. Druthers Session IPA
  6. Belgian Black
  7. Berliner Weisse
  8. West Coast IPA
  9. Green Mountains IPA
  10. Tan Lines
  11. Snuffleupagus, Imperial Stout on Nitro
  12. Elemental Pomegranate Cider

Welcome Connor and new neighbors The Atlantic!

Come down tonight and welcome the newest member of Standard Brewing, Connor O’Brien! He also works over at Sun Liquor Lounge, but you can find him on the taps with us on Thursdays and Fridays. We’re super excited to have him serving pints and filling growlers, so come show him some love tonight and watch the NBA finals at 6pm! We’ll even turn the heaters on for you.

Also, we picked up some wonderful new neighbors across the street, when The Atlantic opened up earlier this week. Grab some food and then swing by for a post-dinner pint with us! Rumor has it that they have no problems doing orders to go, and if they’re slow, you might even be able to talk them into delivering your food across the street to our patio! See you soon …

  1. Mosaic Kölsch
  2. Oaked Altbier
  3. Truck Stick, Strong Ale
  4. Schwarzkölsch
  5. Druthers Session IPA
  6. Belgian Black
  7. Altbier
  8. West Coast IPA
  9. Green Mountains IPA
  10. Tan Lines
  11. Snuffleupagus, Imperial Stout on Nitro
  12. Elemental Pomegranate Cider

Beer Release: Schwarzkölsch

And again! It’s another new beer! In the spirit of Bam Bam, our cool fermented black beer, we just released Schwarzkölsch. The Schwarzbier concept is a beer that is roasty, but light, a great beer for appreciating malt complexity and aroma, but with a clean fermentation, and bright finish. The primary difference between Bam Bam and Schwarzkölsch, is the fermentation. As the name suggests, this one uses the hybrid Kölsch yeast, which ferments well at cooler temperatures, keeping the yeast qualities low in fruity esters. A nice compliment to yesterday’s release, Druthers, our Schwarzkölsch is a great backyard beer, and its ready for your growlers at 5.0% …

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TAPSTAPSTAPS

  1. Mosaic Kölsch
  2. Oaked Altbier
  3. Truck Stick, Strong Ale
  4. Schwarzkölsch
  5. Druthers Session IPA
  6. Belgian Black
  7. Altbier
  8. West Coast IPA
  9. Green Mountains IPA
  10. Tan Lines
  11. Snuffleupagus, Imperial Stout on Nitro
  12. Elemental Pomegranate Cider

Open Tonight! Releasing Druthers Session IPA!

We got a lot of questions over the weekend about whether we are open tonight. The answer is a resounding yes! Our business hours are normal, 4pm to 8pm. On top of that, we are releasing Druthers Session IPA! If you love hoppy beers enough to have a few of them, you have probably turned one down from time to time, avoiding the high alcohol content they often bring. If I had my druthers, all my IPAs would be under 5%, so we made one to fit the bill. Druthers Session IPA is floral and hopped like an IPA with Huell Melon and Centennial hops, but only 4.5%. It’s a perfect beer for a your spring time barbecue growler fills. Here it is:

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The Taps:

  1. Mosaic Kölsch
  2. Oaked Altbier
  3. Truck Stick, Strong Ale
  4. Basil Saison
  5. Druthers Session IPA
  6. Belgian Black
  7. Altbier
  8. West Coast IPA
  9. Green Mountains IPA
  10. Tan Lines
  11. Elemental Pomegranate Cider
  12. Snuffleupagus, Imperial Stout on Nitro

Two Beers Released! Oaked Altbier and Green Mountains IPA!

It’s quite possible that you’re a little burned out on beer right now. Seattle Beer Week (and a half) was loaded with amazing beer releases, events and brewer’s nights. You’re probably feeling all, “The hop burps are finally gone, thank god!” Well, I’m here to tell you that you can easily put down 2 more glasses.

You’re gonna want to start with the Oaked Altbier, which is nothing more complicated than our Altbier, fermented in a third-use Woodford Reserve bourbon barrel. Still, the results are ethereal and lovely. Any spirit barrel repurposed for beer has a diminishing contribution to a beer with each use. The beer absorbs less of the flavor of the previous contents of the barrel with each pass, until it eventually becomes neutral. By the 3rd spin on a bourbon barrel, the flavor contribution is subtle, and the few weeks our Alt sat during fermentation was a perfect amount of time to lend a soft coconut/vanilla note it. The result is a lovely complexity added to the clean, grainy, cool fermented beer that is a kind of dark copper cousin to our Kölsch. Due to the limited availability, we aren’t selling growler fills, so come get a glass at the brewery!

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Once you’ve gotten used to how great beer can be again, get your palate ready for something a bit more aggressive. We collaborated with Chuck’s Hop Shop to make a Green Mountains IPA, in the style of Vermont’s finest IPAs. The IPA world is loaded with variations. Northwest IPA? Make it a clean fermentation with extra caramel malt and pine flavored hops. San Diego IPA? Keep it dry, high alcohol, and never stop adding hops (the more the merrier). East Coast/British IPA? Use a fruity yeast strain, pull back on the hops, and keep it malty. Like Bend, in Oregon, Vermont breweries have established themselves with a subcultural IPA style, utilizing a citrusy hop bill, tons of late hopping, and medium bitterness. The style is typically unfined and unfiltered, leaving it cloudy. This accentuates the contributions of the yeast, which is often distinct, stone-fruity, and a big part of what makes it unique. Green Mountains is 7.8%, and available now at the brewery!

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The taps:

  1. Mosaic Kölsch
  2. Oaked Altbier
  3. Truck Stick, Strong Ale
  4. Basil Saison
  5. Gravity Waves, Oatmeal Stout
  6. Belgian Black
  7. Altbier
  8. West Coast IPA
  9. Green Mountains IPA
  10. Tan Lines
  11. Elemental Pomegranate Cider
  12. Snuffleupagus, Imperial Stout on Nitro