Shock Top drinkers and Corona die-hards often complain that stouts are simply too heavy for their delicate palates. Luckily, the Newport Beach Brewing Co. has a stout to ease newbs into this delicious territory. One of the grandaddys of OC's brewpub scene, Brew Co. is a cozy little spot along the Newport Peninsula filled with coastal accoutrements: surfboards, big screens to satiate Super Bowl fiends, wall art featuring Hawaiian babes straddling palm trees. Upon closer inspection of its colorful chalkboard of featured beers, you'll see the Lil' Cowboy Stout with “NITRO” scrawled next to it–perfect for the Corona crowd and lovers of stout alike.
from the keg to the tap. When your bartender says a beer is on “Nitro,”
they're letting you know that nitrogen is mixed in with the CO2 (usually
72% to 25%) and as a result, the nitrogen artificially displaces the
CO2 to create a thick head and smooth texture. That's how it is with
Lil' Cowboy, which features a tight foamy head and particularly flat
taste. The flatness and relatively low IBU compared to most stouts make
the Lil' Cowboy the perfect intro beer for newcomers.
While the drink
carries a mild chai-like kick, the flavors are light and low in
bitterness with a subtle chocolate aroma. And come on: who doesn't like