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Stouts and Porters for Winter

Cold nippy weather is the perfect season for warm hearty ales like stout and porter. Hugh makes a survey of some of his favorites. Click the link to purchase Cellar Notes recommendations at Kenilworth Wine & Spirits.


The Beers

Quality key:  * = decent wine   ** = very good wine   *** = superb wine   ****= elite 

All beers listed below are less than $15 per six/four  pack.

Bell's "Robust" Porter***       

Sam Smith "Taddy" Porter**   

Sam Smith "Oatmeal" Stout **1/2       

Guinness "Extra" Stout***

Left Hand "Nitro" Milk Stout**1/2        

Heavy Seas "Peg Leg" Stout **1/2

North Coast "Old Rasputin"  Russian Imperial Stout**1/2

Troegs "Java Head" Stout  **           

Heavy Seas "Blackbeard's Breakfast" Stout ***  

Founder's "Breakfast" Stout**

All of these beers can be purchased at Kenilworth Wine and Spirits.

Click on the bottle for direct ordering and home delivery.

Al Spoler, well known to WYPR listeners as the wine-loving co-host of "Cellar Notes" has had a long-standing parallel interest in cooking as well. Al has said, the moment he started getting serious about Sunday night dinners was the same moment he started getting serious about wine. Over the years, he has benefited greatly from being a member of the Cork and Fork Society of Baltimore, a gentlemen's dining club that serves black tie meals cooked by the members themselves who are some of Baltimore's most accomplished amateur cooks.
As General Partner of Clipper City Brewing Company, L.P., Hugh J. Sisson is among Baltimore's premier authorities on craft brewing and a former manager of the state's first pub brewery, Sissons, located in Federal Hill. A fifth generation Baltimorean, Hugh has been involved in all aspects of craft brewing.