Tonight Yards Brewing Company will prove that there’s no truth to the old adage, “you can never go home again,” when it brings a firkin of its newly released Love Stout to Center City’s Oyster House. Once a recurring seasonal specialty, the rich, chocolaty brew has been seldom seen in Yards line-up in recent years. For the latest batch that’s being unveiled tonight, Oyster House owner Sam Mink donated a bushel of oysters, the stout’s key ingredient, to Yards. “Many years ago my father donated oysters to Yards for the very first batch of Love Stout,” Mink told Grub Street. “We wanted to be a part of that tradition and a part of creating a real oyster stout from Philadelphia.”
Each time Yards brews a batch of its acclaimed version of oyster stout, freshly harvested oysters are added to the brew kettle, which imparts oyster liquor (the liquid inside the shell) and calcium from the shells, both of which help create the stout’s deep and complex flavor.
“Hopefully we’ll continue to offer them the oysters for the Love Stout going forward,” Mink added.
For tonight’s tapping of Love Stout, the Oyster House will offer pints poured from a firkin of Love Stout for $3 and pair them with $1 oysters.