5 Stellar Stouts
Forget Guinness. Our region is overflowing with a variety of flavor-packed stouts that are crafted locally with love. Grab a growler to go or post up for a pint and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in style. In no particular order…
Auburn Alehouse Irish Dry Stout
True to style, with a beautiful deep mahogany hue and an off-white creamy head, this beer is nitrogenated to ensure a smooth, creamy experience. The pairing options are endless, too—from beef and oysters to cake and ice cream.
289 Washington Street, Auburn, 530-885-2537, auburnalehouse.com
Loomis Basin Brew Daddy Oatmeal Stout
This deep ebony brew with chocolate overtones is made with an abundance of oats to give it a smooth, creamy mouthfeel along with a gorgeous, fluffy head. A hint of roasted coffee comes through at the end for a great finish.
3277 Swetzer Road, Loomis, 916-259-2739, loomisbasinbrewing.com
Outbreak Brewing Waking the Dead
Don't let the high alcohol content of this imperial stout scare you. It drinks extremely smooth, while being well-balanced between malt, hops, chocolate, and roast.
640 Main Street, Placerville, 530-748-3258, outbreakbrewing.com
Tower Brewing Sendsquatch
A collaboration brew with Touchstone Brewing Company, this flavor-packed, holiday-spiced stout is made with seasonal ingredients like toasty notes of hazelnut, cinnamon, peppermint, and orange peel, ensuring you feel warm and fuzzy with every sip.
1210 66th Street, Unit B, Sacramento, 916-272-4472, towerbrewingcompany.com
Red Bus Vanilla Night Sky
Made with locally roasted cacao nibs from Cru Chocolate, Madagascar vanilla beans, milk sugar, and a hint of sea salt, Vanilla Night Sky is a smooth-drinking chocolate shake-inspired beer that’s good to the last drop.
802A Reading Street, Folsom, 916-467-7790, redbusbrew.com
Compiled by Megan Wiskus