The changing of the seasons often dictates what people consume. Besides the change in climate, people have to deal with both economical and environmental change. When these changes occur, certain items or ingredients crop up while others slip into hibernation. For example, autumn normally marks the time of pumpkins, sweet potatoes, yams, and eggplants. Throughout the rest of the year, different items rise up in supply while others drop. This may have an effect on what people crave during different times of the year. During the summer, people want refreshing things not so heavy. During the winter, people want richer things that can keep them warmer to avoid the frigid weather. While cold weather makes people incline towards hot beverages, cold beverages can hit the spot just as well. When it comes to beer, this generally means thicker richer beers like stouts and porters. Plenty of breweries create both of those types, and like snowflakes, each batch has something different than the last. For a great stout to try, look no further than Mad River Brewing Company.
Located off the coast in Northern California, Mad River Brewing Company has a history of brewing quality craft beer for over two decades. What started off as a small brewpub has expanded into a brewery and retail operation where they now distribute their bottles across the nation. While they may not have the same powerhouse effect as some of the larger breweries in the nation, Mad River sticks to their guns by focusing on quality, not mass production. Through rising success, Mad River has come up with the Steelhead series of brews, their signature line of beers. The Steelhead series contains a handful of standard beer types, of which it includes the Steelhead Extra Stout. Sitting at 6.5% abv, this black opaque stout tastes of rich creamy roasted chocolate with a very mild hop characteristic. Up front, it has a resemblance to coffee. Once finished, it tastes like smooth velvety chocolate. This makes Steelhead Extra Stout a great choice for a beer float – with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, you have a great dessert for any time of the year. Some daring souls even consider adding Steelhead Extra Stout to their breakfast – talk about a roaring way to start the day!