Each week on the Tavour app, we highlight top-notch beers from independent craft breweries across the U.S. — and sometimes even from abroad! Here are just a few of the sought-after Stouts we shared with beer lovers recently. Have you scheduled your beer delivery yet? 

Tired Hands x Casita Brewing Company - Trapper Pi3 Imperial Stout

Casita is a new North Carolina brewery quickly making a name for itself by collaborating with craft beer giants like Tired Hands. They teamed up to create this innovative Pastry Stout. 

Yes! Tired Hands — the crew that helped introduce many creative flavor combos and style hybrids that rocked the scene. 

Prepare to be rocked yet again, as these two brewery stars bring you Trapper Pi3 Blueberry Lemon Crumb Cake Stout!  

Yes! OMG, it tastes like dipping a blueberry-lemon crumb cake in mocha fudge. 

They used tons of oats and secret specialty malts to give this baby a thick and silky mouthfeel. Then, they conditioned it on a generous helping of blueberry puree and lemons, as well as a pinch of cinnamon and whole Madagascar vanilla beans.

Somewhere buried in all of that decadence is an 11.3% ABV. Good luck trying to taste it. We sure couldn’t, but we definitely had a ball trying. 

Energy City Brewing - Bâtisserie Chocolate Covered Oranges Imperial Stout

The brew experts at PorchDrinking.com affirm, “If you’re purchasing beer somewhere and see an Energy City Brewing can available, do yourself a favor and grab it. Any brewery that can make a beer taste like blueberry pancakes is doing something right.”

After indulging in today’s Bâtisserie Chocolate Covered Oranges Imperial Stout, we’d add, “they can also masterfully craft a beer that tastes like a break apart chocolate orange blended into a smoothie!”

Illinois locals lucky enough to catch the release score it an admirable 4.27 on UT.  They love how closely the silky-smooth, lactose-laden, 10% ABV dessert beer resembles the flavors of those citrus-kissed chocolate bars shaped like orange slices. 

Sadly, since PorchDrinking’s advice only applies if you’re near Illinois, this may be your only shot at snagging this decadent favor. And, if you’ve never had the pleasure of munching on a break apart chocolate orange, this could be a great time to try these two treats side-by-side!

Wolf's Ridge Brewing - Dire Wolf Coffee Joy Russian Imperial Stout

Grab yourself a mug and put on a happy face — it’s time to pour up some Dire Wolf Coffee Joy!

This decadent Imperial Stout is fit for the mightiest of morning meals. The crew at Ohio’s Wolf’s Ridge Brewing crafted it specifically so, supercharging the cacao nib, toasted coconut, and vanilla bean-infused base with heaps of locally-sourced espresso.

Every swig carries the chocolatey richness of a melted Mounds bar swimming in a roasty cup of Italian espresso!

And, while this fudgy beast pairs excellently with a plate of maple syrup-drenched french toast, it doubles as a devilishly good nightcap. It’s luxuriously soft and seriously chocolatey — so much so that you’ll hardly notice the 10.4% ABV as it creeps in.

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery - Bourbon Barrel Raspberry Stout With Vanilla Beans (2020)

Packed with chocolate malt, cacao nibs, and late-season red raspberries from a local Virginia farm, Bourbon Barrel Raspberry Stout with Vanilla Beans (2020) is a desserty sipper right out of the gate! 

Maturing in bourbon barrels adds drizzles of molasses notes to the berry chocolate torte-like decadence, while finishing on Madagascar vanilla beans gives it a dollop of whipped cream. At 11.5% ABV, it comes with a booziness to keep you smiling long after the bottle is empty.

Plus, there’s the brewery. Even in the beer-saturated Mid-Atlantic, Hardywood Park stands out. Their big, boozy brews routinely land on “Best of” and “Must-try” lists from the likes of VinePair, Paste Mag, Hop Culture, and the Wall Street Journal. 

And just last year, Thrillist declared Hardywood the Best Brewery in Richmond. That’s even more impressive when you consider Thrillist named the area “America’s Beer City,” thanks to the high amount of nationally recognized breweries!

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