Bell’s Rye Stout
Where Spotted: Rodman’s, 5100 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Rye Another Day: I can’t help it: I’ll buy any bottle that says “rye.” Mixing this grain in with the barley gives beer a rich, toasty malt backbone that you find in pale ales, where it adds prized dryness. In this creative blend, rye transforms a wintry stout into a chewy, barely sweet slice of pumpernickel.
Live and Let Rye: Stouts are commonly paired with hearty dishes like pot pie, but beer food is more than meat and cheese. A beefy stout like this can hold its own at the center of the plate—oven-roasted veggies and dark bread with butter make a warming midweek meal and complement the beer’s roasty maltiness. Buck tradition; burnt cauliflower is the new popcorn.