Your Beermonger: Milk Stout Nitro

by ARLnow.com January 25, 2013 at 12:30 pm 18 Comments

Editor’s Note: This sponsored column is written by Nick Anderson, beermonger at Arrowine (4508 Lee Highway)

Most of the time, it works like this: I get word of an upcoming release from a brewery; the brewery starts getting word out through the press, the beer is released, and then within a certain number of weeks/months a distributor clears it for Virginia and then I get it for stock. Some of the time, a beer from a brewery popular in Virginia is made in small enough quantities that it never makes it here. Then there’s the case of Left Hand’s Milk Stout Nitro.

In early 2011 I started hearing about a project Left Hand Brewing of Longmont, Colorado was working on. The rumor was Left Hand was developing a new version of its popular Milk Stout, and over that summer word got out; Left Hand had been spending a lot of money in an effort to impart a nitro-tap feel into the bottles of Milk Stout, a la Guinness Draught. In September 2011, Milk Stout Nitro officially arrived with the bold proclamation of Left Hand’s intentions to “take America back” from Guinness’ popularity.

Milk Stout Nitro made its way to Chicago and Boston while I kept my ear to the ground. As a long-time Guinness fan and someone who’s always enjoyed Left Hand Milk Stout, my excitement grew as I read review after review of Nitro — yet none was arriving for us in Virginia. In all honesty I had reached the point of giving up when earlier this week I was woken up by a text from my representative of Left Hand’s distributor in Virginia: “Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro bottles have arrived!!!”

By the time this column runs, Milk Stout Nitro will be in stock at retailers around Virginia, including Arrowine. I still will have not tried it by then, so I can’t speak to its greatness personally but from what I’ve read the Nitro indeed has the thick head and creaminess of a true nitro-tap Stout. Also, most reports have the sweet vanilla notes from the lactose used a bit muted in comparison to the standard Left Hand Milk Stout.

So yes, I’ve devoted a good chunk of my week and this column space to a beer I haven’t even tried yet. But I trust the crew at Left Hand, and am looking forward to the first of what I hope will be many Milk Stout Nitro bottles this weekend. If you happen to be in the neighborhood of Arrowine this Friday night, you might just be able to check it out yourself.

Until next time.


Nick Anderson maintains a blog at www.beermonger.net, and can be found on Twitter at @The_Beermonger. Sign up for Arrowine’s money saving email offers and free wine and beer tastings at www.arrowine.com/mailing-list-signup.aspx. The views and opinions expressed in the column are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of ARLnow.com.

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  • CrystalMikey

    Hmmm…sounds like it could be a winner. May have to stop by Arrowine!

  • DCBuff

    A milk stout to go with the Sand Creek Oscar’s Chocolate Stout I’m drinking these days. Chocolate milk stout! Yum.

  • Spackle

    I was in Steamboat CO this week and found Left Hand Milk Stout on Nitro at a bar…I went back every night.
    I hope the bottled version gets close!

  • Alex

    Goose Island Bourbon County Stout is also fantastic.

  • Mike

    You think you can take 90 seconds and try the beer before writing an article about it?? Sweet Maria.

    Thank you in advance.

    • TheBeermonger

      Most of the time it’s no problem. This time I wasn’t even receiving the beer until earlier today, but I wanted to talk about it and get the word out, so that’s what I did.

      I could always lie, but you can go anywhere online for that sort of thing.

  • joey zaza

    Has Hopslam shown up in the area yet? Anyone got an ETA?

    • TheBeermonger

      ChurchKey just posted that they’re getting kegs on Monday, so it looks like this week coming up.

  • joey zaza

    Has Hopslam hit Virginia yet? Any word on an ETA?

  • joey zaza

    whoops. (is there an echo in here?)

  • JohnM

    @DCBuff In fact, Terrapin has a chocolate milk stout…better at the brewery, but still tasty in the bottle.

    • DCBuff

      Thanks! I’ll have to try it out. May your glass always be full and your bartender forget to charge you for the last two rounds.

      • TheBeermonger

        It’s called MooHoo, and I’ve still got some in stock. A cold-weather favorite.

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  • TheBeermonger

    Ok, we’re about to lock up at Arrowine for the night, and I’ve tried Nitro so here goes:
    The sweetness is cut a bit, but not so much that it’s unrecognizable. It’s every bit as smooth as I hoped it would be; I foresee many of these in my near future.

    • Another Mark

      Great recommendation! I tried it last night. Very smooth, like you said. My wife thought it was amusing that the bottle comes with pouring instructions.

  • Jay

    Tried bottled Milk Stout Nitro in Loveland CO. this summer. LOVED IT.
    Got a six pack delivered to Total Wine before Feb. Should be available in Feb at various locations in VA. BRIXX Pizza in Woodbridge has it on tap.


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