Phew, I’m tired. Looong day of yard work for the kid today, including pulling up yards of weed blocker buried under several inches of soil and doing battle with a root that had pushed up a bunch of bricks in my back yard. The thing was a monster, but I had a hatchet, so I won.
Now, time to chill the hell out. On my way back from a Home Depot run, I stopped into Port City’s tasting room. I know, I’m a total homer and have reviewed pretty much all of their beers – but they had a limited edition stout brewed with oysters on tap, so picking this week’s review beer was kind of a no-brainer.
Port City’s Revival Stout is brewed with oysters from War Shore Oyster Company, another local outfit. They steep War Shore’s oysters in the brewing water to add minerals, and add the oysters plus their brine to the brew while it boils. Sounds awesome, right?
The Revival pours dark and thick. Literally no light passes through the beer, even if held up to a light, and the foam head was frothy and tall. There isn’t much of an aroma, but I got some indistinct blend of roasted malts and saltwater. My interest is officially piqued.
Taste-wise, this is an interesting brew. I don’t think I’ve ever tasted a stout brewed with oysters, but it comes across as quite mellow and balanced. I get lots of minerals on the front, a roasted malt backbone through the middle, and some briny smokiness on the end.
It sounds weird, but somehow it all works. Unlike lots of stouts, this is quite light and crisp, and eminently drinkable. It’s got a 5.5% ABV, so you won’t get banged up if you have a few…which is what I’m about to do.
If you’re in the DC metro region, check this brew out. It’s only available on tap at Port City or selected oyster houses in DC, Maryland, and Virginia, and five percent of all proceeds go to an environmental charity to revive oyster populations in the Chesapeake Bay. So, beer that tastes good and does good – a true win-win!