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Stout Fest 2012 Kicks Off a Rich and Thick Year at Quenchers

By Chuck Sudo in Food on Jan 4, 2012 8:40PM

Bell's Batch 10,000. (Image Credit: Chuck Sudo/Chicagoist.)
We are now in hearty beer weather: stouts, porters, barleywine-style ales, spiced brown ales and holiday selections. Which means bars across the country are loading up on them. They're perfect for shaking off the chill and enjoying in a warm bar, or by a fire.

Quenchers kicked off their Stout Fest 2012 on New Year's Day and the 24 beers they have featured over the month of January is a solid mix of everyday stouts and special selections. The first dozen stouts tapped Sunday include Lion Stout from Sri Lanka, Bell's Expedition Stout and Rogue Imperial Stout, among others, with premium choices such as Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti and Mikkeller Bourbon Black Hole.

But it's the second dozen beers set to be tapped Jan. 15 that have our attention. Revolution's Bourbon Black Power is among that number, as is De Molen Cease and Desist, Half Acre's Big Hugs, and Avery's Czar Imperial Stout.

Once these beers are gone, they're gone, and this is an ideal chance to work on your tolerance.