Milk sounds like the last thing you want in your beer, right? But if you don’t want it in your brews, then what is milk stout?
Milk stout is actually pretty self-explanatory. It IS beer made with milk, just not in the sense we’re all familiar with. Milk stouts are made using lactose, a sugar found in cow’s milk. Lactose does not get turned into alcohol by yeast during fermentation, so it adds body, smoothness and sweetness to the end product.
In the 19th-century United Kingdom, workers often added whole milk to their stout porters to make them more nutritious and satisfying. Eventually, brewers separated stouts and porters and started adding the lactose at the beginning of the brewing process as opposed to adding it to the end product.
What is milk stout and where can you find it? Luckily, we can answer both of those questions! We’ve already covered the former, but your answer to the latter is at Frankenmuth Brewery, of course! Just this year we released our Sweet Tooth Stout that is a milk stout with robust and roasted malt flavors that are dark, rich and chocolatey. It has a sweet and smooth finish.
Now that you have an answer for “What is milk stout?” you’ll be ready to try this smooth and hearty style of craft beer. Stop by the brewery for a glass of Sweet Tooth Stout.
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