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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The Stout King of PA

When I started drinking beer several years ago, I first began to test the waters with "safe" offerings: wheat beers, nut brown ales and pilsners.  Then, once I got my first taste of hops, I moved into pale ales, then IPAs and finally DIPA territory.  So where do you go from there?  The dark, foreboding style we've all come to know and love: the stout.  I'm not talking about that flimsy Irish guy named Guinness.  I'm talking about full-flavored, rich and robust stouts that go perfect with your breakfast!  So, without further adieu, I hereby officially bestow upon Matt Keasey of Spring House Brewing Co. the moniker "Stout King of PA".  Here's why...

His first stout offerings (Kerplunk and Planet Bean) were great right out of the starting gate, but over time he tweaked each of them, and they got better and better with each subsequent release.  Planet Bean has now pretty much reached legendary status among coffee stout fans all across PA and beyond (check out the beer reviews on BA - they stretch across the country)!  Brewslut likes to mix these into a concoction she has dubbed "Kerplunkenbean".  Not sure I spelled that correctly, but it is quite delicious nevertheless!

Then came Big Gruesome, an insanely delicious and aromatic Peanut Butter and Chocolate Stout that begged the question, "Who put their peanut butter in my chocolate?"  Conversely, one could also inquire, "Who put his chocolate in my peanut butter?!"  Either way you slice it, this was an amazing beer.

Right now, you can enjoy two of Matt's sickest creations: a Chocolate Mint Stout and an Imperial Pumpkin Stout.  The former smells and tastes like a liquefied York Peppermint Patty, while the latter is a bold and spicy Autumn treat that will make your Jack-o-Lantern grin ear to ear. 

So do yourself a favor and hustle down to Spring House's Taproom in Lancaster, PA and sample these two delicious stouts before the are gone.