“OMG it’s Black Friday! Did you see that deal for the 227-inch LCD HDTV for only nineteen dollars? What about that set of 4 bath towels for three cents? There’s a place selling blenders for two dollars. We could always use another blender...”
For millions of Americans this is a day filled with ungodly early mornings and a determination to store-hop all day long, searching for the best deals that only come once a year. A much smaller crowd bucks this trend and takes a stand against consumerism and pledges to purchase absolutely nothing on what has become known as Buy Nothing Day. And everyone else seems to fall somewhere in between these two groups.
I partake in this day in the only way I know how – by finding a beer correlation. And today, it’s all about the dark beers. These pitch black ales and lagers tend to showcase more roasted flavors, heavier coatings on the tongue, typically brewed with a higher ABV, and sometimes with hints of warming ingredients like coffee, chocolate, and bourbon.
Lakefront Brewery out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is also participating in the celebration of darker colored beers today as they are releasing a special Black IPA, appropriately named, Black Friday. If you’re not one of the lucky ones and won’t be able to make it to Milwaukee today, worry not, I have you covered. Below I have listed some of my favorite Black IPAs, Stouts, and Schwarzbiers, all excellent choices for drinking on this Black Friday.
Black IPAs – These beers are a contradiction to some. An India Pale Ale that’s NOT pale? Instead of using pale malts, this relatively new beer style uses roasted malts, which still give the beer the hop bitterness of an IPA but exchange the lighter color for a darker one.
Stouts – These pitch black ales run the beer gamut. They range in abv from 4% to well past 14% and some contain as little as four ingredients while others contain “the kitchen sink”. Stouts have become one of the more experimental beer categories with brewers aging them in anything from red wine barrels to tequila barrels.
What about you? How are you partaking in Black Friday and what is your favorite dark beer? Let me know in the comments below and cheers to a stress-free holiday weekend!