Beer School

What Is An Oyster Stout? – Is It Made With Real Oysters?

What Is An Oyster Stout? Do Oyster Stouts have real oysters in them? Read this article to answer your questions about Oyster Stouts and see what beers pair best with them!

What Is An Oyster Stout? – Is It Made With Real Oysters?

What is an Oyster Stout?

Oyster Stouts are a form of Stout Beer with the taste and aromas of Oyster. Stouts are dark, heavy beers that are semi-sweet in taste. They often carry chocolate, coffee, or caramel aromas. (Basically, liquified brownies.) Oyster Stouts are classified as “sweet stouts” of dark British Beers, much like cream stouts or milk stouts.

 

Food & Beer Pairings – Why Pair Oyster & Stout?

A lot of the time, Oysters are paired with a dry white wine, champagne or a pilsner. So, the thought of Oysters and a strong beer like a Stout, may seem a little off-putting. But really, Oysters & Stout are a classic beer and food pairing. Stout beers are usually a dark beer with chocolate, coffee aromas and a slightly mineral-like and bitter after taste. Oysters balance this out. The saltiness (brine) of the Oyster will complement the chocolate flavours in the Stout, making them pop. Then the sweetness in the oyster will reduce the bitter finish of the Stout.

 


Wondering what foods pair well with Stouts?
(Other than Oysters)

Check out 7 Foods That Pair Perfectly With Stouts and Porters


 

Does Oyster Stout Have Real Oysters In It?

Well, yes and no. Whether Oyster Stouts are made with real oysters, really depends on the brewer. Originally, Oyster Stout was made using oyster juice, but over time that changed. Now, during the production of Oyster Stouts, it’s common that brewers will opt to use either oyster shells or the entire oyster itself.

While real oysters are traditionally used in the brewing process to provide authentic flavour, some brewers will use artificial flavours in their Oyster Stout.

 

Now that you know what beer to pair with oysters, check out these other articles of food & beer pairings & BEER EDUCATION:

7 Foods That Pair Perfectly With Stouts and Porters

Beer & Food Pairings: The Best Beer and French Fry Pairings

What Is A Flight of Beer? – A Simple Guide To Beer Flights

Related Posts

Beer School

Ales vs. Lagers – What’s the Difference?

What is the difference between an ale and a lager? Are lagers a type of ale? If you find yourself asking questions about ale and lager beer styles every time you reach for one, this article will teach you the difference and about their different beer types!

Beer School

What Style of Beer Should You Drink? How to Choose a Beer You’ll Actually Like

Are you struggling to find a beer to be your “go to” drink? Are you usually asking yourself, “what should I drink tonight?” JustBeer has grouped popular beer styles into seven main beer profile categories to help you find beers you will like based on flavours you already know and love. Continue reading to find the right beer for you.

Beer School

What’s #DrinkLocal and Why is it Important?

An important grass-roots social movement, the #DrinkLocal tag creates awareness and support for local breweries, pubs and liquor stores.

Beer School

What are Beer Varieties? – The Origins

David Nuttall is an instructor at the Alberta Beer Festivals’ Beer School. He has worked in almost all aspects of the liquor industry. He is the current Judging Co-ordinator for Calgary International Beerfest and completed the Beer Judge Certification Program in 2012. He is passionate about beer and beer culture. This article is the first of a fascinating series on different beer styles.

Beer School

What is a Stout?

There are so many different stout styles, are the names of the style actually an ingredient contained in the beer?Let’s find out!