The beer painting of the day is of Perle ai Porci Oyster Stout. Brewed with oysters and clams by Birra Del Borgo, this Italian stout is a beer crafted with unique ingredients. Black as night with a bit of a briny flavor, this beer is remarkable in its own way. Oysters have their place in brewing history. During the Victorian era in England many northern pub patrons would consume copious amounts of oysters and wash them down with English stout. The stout came to be called Oyster Stout because between sips of beer they would shoot oysters. Then around the early 1800s brewers discovered that adding oyster shells made the beer clarify faster. There are several claims that in 1929 in New Zealand the meat of the oyster was included in the boiling process for the first time. So, to my surprise, oyster stout has a long history leading up to the Perle ai Porci.
So what did I think of the Oyster Stout from Italy? It was an excellent stout with a slight salty flavor at the end of each sip! I liked it better than oyster ice cream, but still think the best way to eat oysters is to barbeque them, or to simply shoot ‘em raw!
Cheers to the Perle Ai Porci! One of the most unique beers you will find in the world! I hope you get a chance to taste this oddity, as there is probably a limited quantity available!