On the darkest days of the year, some are raising glasses of dark beers.
Fiddler’s Hearth,127 N. Main St., South Bend, celebrated Winter Warmer on Monday, but the taps can still provide tastes of the hearty stouts.
The celebration of beer included a range of stouts and barley wines. Five-ounce snifters made their way from tap to glass to table to lips in the full pub Monday night as musicians played Irish music.
The list of stouts available was impressive:
- 2013 Boulevard Imperial Stout
- 2013 Dark Horse Plead the Fifth Imperial Stout
- 2013 Dogfish Head World Wide Stout
- 2014 Founders Backwoods Bastard Scotch Ale
- 2013 Goose Island Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine
- 2014 Goose Island Bourbon Barrel Stout
- 2014 Great Divide Oak-Aged Yeti Imperial Stout
- 2014 New Holland Dragon’s Milk Reserve with toasted chili peppers
- 2013 People’s Bourbon Barrel Ardelle Barley Wine
- 2013 Upland Bourbon Barrel Warmer Barley Wine
While Guinness is a dark, malty beer that’s low in alcohol, these beers are heftier, richer and higher in alcohol. The Dogfish beer actually has more alcohol than most wine and was one of the highest-alcohol beers produced.
If you’re unsure of dark beers, they may not be the place to start. However, the range of flavors is richer and fuller than what you expect from beer. The snifters are $2.50 to $5, depending on the beer.
If you’re a fan of dark beer, Fiddler’s Hearth has a nice array until they’re gone.