You can toast William Shakespeare’s birthday with a Bard-inspired beer

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The Shakespeare Stout Nitro Can, $ 12.49 for a four-pack of 16-ounce cans The Backstory Happy 457th Birthday, William Shakespeare! The bard of Avon was born many years ago; The exact date is unknown, although it is believed to have been during this month. And if you’re looking to raise a glass in his honor, what better way than with a Shakespeare-themed infusion and a toast of “To the beer or not to the beer?” (Sorry, we couldn’t resist the pun.)

Oregon-based Rogue Ales, now one of the nation’s leading craft brewers, has been brewing its Shakespeare Stout for over 30 years. In fact, the beer dates back to the origins of the company, when it opened a pub in Ashland, Oregon, in 1988. The idea was to create a beer inspired by the idea that the city is also home to the famous Oregon Shakespeare Festival. So the Rogue team came up with an English-style oatmeal stout. The Shakespeare Stout has endured ever since, winning awards at brewing events. Of course, it’s not Rogue’s best-selling offering, that honor goes to their Dead Guy Ale. The independently owned brewery has also expanded its range lately. They introduced a line of sparkling craft cocktails just over a year ago and recently launched their Colossal Claude Imperial IPA. The company says its sales were up 10% in 2020. What we think about it Stouts can be rich and heavy beers, but attractive at the same time due to a certain malty sweetness. This oatmeal stout (yes, your breakfast cereal goes into the brewing process) has all of that going for it: The company says you should also choose “earthy dark roast malts flavors” and that adding nitro in the brewing process carbonation “provides a smooth and creamy mouth.” We might notice that if you’re a fan of Guinness DEO, + 1.97%, the ever-popular stout, this beer might seem a bit thin in comparison, but it’s still a satisfying sip. on its own, almost a dessert on its own. But Rogue’s team suggests both savory (shepherd’s pie) and sweet (s’mores) pairings.