On St. Patrick’s Day, the most often mentioned (and consumed) stout is Guinness Draught. As the most famous beer out of Ireland and a defining beer of the Dry Stout style, it’s only natural. It’s also the best selling stout and one of the most successful beer brands in the world. While we at Craft Beer Cellar love us a good pint of Guinness, we also love to poke around and see what’s happening on the local level. Since Stout is our Craft Beer Cellar Style of the Month for March, we’re excited to take a peek at what’s going on in the realm of stouts in the Hudson Valley of New York.
On Saturday February 28, 2015, the Head Suds Boss and Chief Hoptologist (Maggie and Mike Keller respectively) of CBC Warwick ventured to Rushing Duck Brewing Company in neighboring Chester, NY to check out their limited brewery only release of Ded Moroz Russian Imperial Stout. Both styles (Vanilla and Coconut) were on draught at the brewery and bottles were available for purchase.
As they entered the brewery the wonderful aromas of fresh beer greeted them. They were met hospitably at the tasting room bar by Josh, Rushing Duck’s charismatic beer geek! “The cold air dissipated and the fine aroma of beer started to make my mouth water” said Mike as they entered the brewery and the door slowly closed to begin the event.
“Truly fantastic” were the first two words that came to mind when Mike described the Coconut Ded Moroz (silver wax) and Vanilla Ded Moroz (white wax). Both were fairly light bodied for an 11.2% ABV stout and had a similar sweetness as they warmed. “I definitely smelled and tasted the vanilla up front” said Mike of the Vanilla Ded Moroz. “There was a bit of lovely lingering chocolate taste with a very slight hop flavor. They both finished off with really nice dark caramel notes. MOST DEFinitely worth the trip, YO!”
“It is terrific to see Nikki visiting our store as well” said Mike about a recent store visit by Rushing Duck Co-Founder Nikki Cavanaugh. “It brings me great joy every day to see the appreciation of people in the beer community when they come to visit our store. Although I always see places for improvement, I am so grateful when our new and returning loyal customers rave about our selection and hospitality.”
Craft Beer Cellar Warwick has had Rushing Duck’s Kroovy Imperial Red Ale and Beanhead Coffee Porter on draft in the past. As of 3/31/15, they have Baby Elephant Session IPA on draft for growler fills. Check the website HERE for the latest inventory as things are always changing!
Pictured below are Nikki Cavanaugh, Co-Founder, Operations Officer and partner of Rushing Duck’s Dan Hitchcock, the Founder and Head Brewer; Dan’s lovely mother, Mary; and Josh.