Breweries often eschew darker beers at summer beer festivals, thinking lighter and brighter to beat the heat and humidity. At the recent Northern Virginia Summer Brewfest, Randy Philip and John Anderson —the Two Dudes of Scootyman Productions— went searching for dark beers ... and found some.
- TallGrass Brewing (Kansas): Buffalo Sweat 'Milk' Stout
- Highland Brewing (North Carolina): Oatmeal Porter
- DC Brau (Washington, D.C.): Penn Quarter Porter
- Duck Rabbit (North Carolina): 'Milk' Stout
- and Oliver Ales (Baltimore, Maryland): Bishop's Breakfast Stout, served cask-conditioned. As brewer Steve Jones had just left the festival for the drive north, I did the video 'honors.'
- View on YouTube: here.
- In defense of breweries, the 'lighter' beers they bring to summer festivals may be lighter but that's just the hue. Hoppy IPAs and soured beers do not lack in flavor or alcohol. And even the lighter-flavored styles, such as Kolsch or wheat beers, still have abundance of character.
- Caveat lector: As a representative for Select Wines, Inc. —a wine and beer wholesaler in northern Virgina— I sell the beers of Oliver Breweries.