Jailhouse Breakout Stout
Jailhouse Brewing Co., Hampton.
$5.99/22-ounce bottle at metro beverage stores; also on draft at select beer bars.
Profile: One of the most pleasant surprises of 2010, Breakout Stout from tiny Jailhouse Brewing Co. in Hampton is a rich, dark beer made with a blend of caramel and chocolate malts and roasted barley. Notes of cocoa and espresso are enhanced by robust bitterness and fruity aromas and flavors from additions of Chinook and Cascade hops.
Pair with: Jailhouse owner-brewer Glenn Golden suggests pairing Breakout Stout with desserts such as cheesecake or brownies, or with spicy savory dishes such as chili, steak burritos or fajitas.
Bob Townsend is editor of Southern Brew News, a bimonthly beer publication distributed throughout the Southeast. www.brewingnews.com/southernbrew