Small Batch releases have become a weekly event at Catawba Brewing, but their new Small Batch Milk Stout is no ordinary beer. This traditional English-style sweet stout marks the return to the brewhouse of Co-Owner and former brewer, Billy Pyatt, who had taken off his brewing hat for the past five years to focus on Catawba’s rapidly expanding business. Assisting him in their Asheville South Slope brewery was brother-in-law Bobby Flowers, who chose the beer style and helped execute Billy’s recipe.
The result is a beer steeped in history that is worthy of the long wait. Typical of this century-old style, Catawba’s Milk Stout features an addition of unfermentable lactose sugar that adds body and sweetness to bold flavor notes of rich dark chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts.
Excellent on its own or as a dessert course pairing, this decadent ale comes in at a surprisingly sessionable 4.9% ABV. Look for the Small Batch Milk Stout in Catawba’s three tasting rooms, and in limited distribution.