Flying Dog Oyster Stout

Flying Dog Oyster Stout

The history is murky, but legend has it that brewers in Victorian England discovered that the calcium carbonate in oyster shells made for a great clarifying agent in beer. Why anyone would be so pre-occupied with clarifying a pitch black brew is anyone's guess. Over time, brewers began adding the actual oysters to their beers with the logic that the bivalves would add a subtle brininess and make the roasty flavors pop. In Flying Dog's Pearl Necklace, the addition of oysters from the Rappahannock River lends a subtle note of maritime. Bonus: Proceeds from the beer benefit oyster recovery efforts in the Chesapeake Bay. [flyingdogales.com]