The holiday season is well underway, and with it comes a few of our favorite things: Christmas trees, gingerbread cookies, and seasonal winter beers. At Stuft Pizza Bar & Grill, we like to keep things fresh with our rotating beer taps. Our Palm Desert location is pleased to be currently offering two delicious seasonal beers: Old No. 38 Stout and Chasin’ Freshies.
Beer Name: Chasin’ Freshies: A Fresh Hop IPA
The Basics: This beer contains 7.4% alcohol by volume and 65 IBUs. It boasts an 87 BA (Beer Advocate) score.
Where it’s From: Chasin’ Freshies is a seasonal brew by Deschutes Brewery, offered only from October through December. Deschutes Brewery (named after the Deschutes River in Oregon) is located in Bend, Oregon, and has been brewing craft beers in the Pacific Northwest since 1988. As of 2014, they produce a wide range of 25 beers—from porters to barley wine—with some offered year round and a slew of rotating seasonal offerings.
How it Tastes: This is an American IPA, as distinguished by its prominent hops, bitterness (65 IBUs), and herbal character. It contains herbal and citrus notes, with hints of grapefruit and pineapple.
How it Looks: Chasin’ Freshies is a medium-bodied beer with a light golden or yellow coloring. It pours with a distinguished frothy white head.
What to Pair it With: This beer pairs excellently with spicy stew, smoked salmon, and green chilies. Try it today with Stuft Pizza’s Citrus Herb Atlantic Salmon. Our homemade citrus herb glaze will enhance the citrus flavors of your glass of Chasin’ Freshies.
Beer Name: Old No. 38 Stout
The Basics: A Dublin Dry Stout, this year-round beer contains 5.4% alcohol by volume and 53 IBUs. It, too, has an 87-point rating as its BA (Beer Advocate) score. It gets its name from a former California Western Railroad steam engine.
Where it’s From: North Coast Brewing Co., located on California’s Mendocino Coast, opened its doors in 1988 (coincidentally, the same year as our other featured brewery). The company produces 15 different beers, available in 48 states.
How it Tastes: Similar to Guinness, this stout has a relatively mild bitterness (53 IBUs). It is firm-bodied with undertones of coffee and roasted barley, as well as notes of sweet caramel. With its sweet and savory flavors, this beer goes down very smooth, with a surprisingly dry finish.
How it Looks: Old No. 38 Stout is a very dark beer. It pours out black with a very prominent light tan head.
What to Pair it With: This dry stout pairs well with both sweet and savory offerings, such as oysters with spicy sauce or a chocolate mousse cake. We highly recommend tasting it with our Ahi Tuna Poke Stack to accentuate the salty sweet nature of the appetizer or our Prime N.Y. Steak with a mushroom demi glace sauce, sautéed vegetables, and mashed potatoes to complement the roasted flavors of the stout.
For an even sweeter deal on these pairings, join us for Happy Hour from 3-6 p.m. daily for food and drink specials. Stop in and try our seasonal beers before they’re gone!