Lets face it, dark beer looks intimidating, it doesn't smell hoppy, and contains basically no carbonation – which is kind of everything Americans like about beer. However, in my attempt to stick to the NYE resolution of opening up my beer palate, my friend, the beer stocker at Whole Foods, suggested trying a Porter.
Unlike Stout, Porters are a good intro to crossing over to the dark side. And the Point Reyes Porter from Marin Brewing does a good job of opening up the universe of dark beer with its mild sweetness and drinkability.
This is a surprisingly drinkable beer without a ton of booze. It's not too heavy either, making it easy to enjoy more than just one on your own or with a loved one. Tomorrow, enjoy it with a Coffee Rubbed Steak and a Flourless Chocolate Cake a la mode.
Happy Valentines Day!