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The World Is Your Oyster Stout

While not for vegetarians, oyster stout has the power to raise eyebrows with its sheer oddity and unlikely compatibility of flavors. The stout base is ideal for brewers with any level of experience—but are you ready to play the shell game?

Annie Johnson Dec 16, 2022 - 9 min read

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The first time I encountered oysters in beer was on a trip to visit my family in Ireland back in 2004. I was there to meet aunts, uncles, and cousins—many for the first time in my life. My cousin Jenny—or J-Lo—thought it a clever idea to squire me up into the coastal headlands around Bray, south of Dublin on the Irish Sea, for some fresh air before the afternoon’s party.

After about an hour walking the beautiful Bray Head, she suggested (like good Irish folk) that we have a beer. Getting no argument from me, J-Lo took me to a pub in Bray that was operated by Dublin’s Porterhouse Brewing. And there, on the menu, was an oyster stout.

A what now?

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Annie Johnson is an experienced R&D brewer, IT specialist, and national beer judge. Her awards include 2013 American Homebrewer of the Year honors.