Charlie’s Review of AleSmith Speedway Stout
Having been in the beer and wine business for 17 years, it’s become increasingly rare for me to get the thrill one gets from finding a special bottle of beer or wine. If I want something, I basically just grab it off the shelf and take it home with me. I know many people that will use on line ordering for that rare bottle, but nothing has replaced the high I get from stumbling across that special bottle. Especially if it’s beer! No matter where I go, I do a little research and find the small, locally owned shop and try and spend a couple of minutes there, scouring the shelves looking for something that will make me squeal like a child on Christmas morning. Of course that’s what happened when I came across a bottle of AleSmith Speedway Stout. I’d read about it for some time and literally held my breath when I saw it on a shelf in North Canton, Ohio a little over a year ago, when visiting an aunt.
noun, chiefly historical
a small cask used chiefly for liquids, butter, or fish.
• a unit of liquid volume equal to half a kilderkin (about 11 gallons or 41 liters).
ORIGIN Middle English ferdekyn, probably from the Middle Dutchdiminutive of vierde ‘fourth’ (a firkin originally contained a quarter of a barrel).
The first Thursday of every month is Firkin Thursday at Fireworks Pizza. Each month, this gourmet, wood-fired pizza joint in the middle of downtown Leesburg offers a different cask-conditioned craft beer.
A few years ago I had a chocolate stout dubbed “Chocolate Doughnut Stout” from Shenandoah Brewery. And it did indeed taste just like a chocolate cake doughnut with glaze. Sweet and chocolatey…and if I remember correctly, I got nice buzz as well. So, I’ve been on a quest for a similar, easily accessible, sweet chocolate stout. I was hopeful when I popped the top of the Young’s “Luxury” Double Chocolate Stout nitro-can.