Brewery name: Flying Fish Brewing Company
Method (draft, can, bottle): Bottle
Description: When Flying Fish Brewery first brought us The Exit Series to explore the diverse state of New Jersey through the Turnpike exits, I knew we in for an interesting trip and history lesson. It also brought to light how little I knew about the state where I was born and raised. When I first saw Exit 1, I remember looking at the bottle and wondering why Oysters. Little did I know the southwest bayshore area of New Jersey has been supplying oysters to Americans since Colonial times. Until the 1950s, hundreds of millions of oysters were harvested there annually. I am not a huge fan of oyster stouts, but being a native of New Jersey and a Flying Fish supporter I wanted to give it a try. When we poured this Oyster stout it was a deep dark brown and we could smell some smoke, roasted malts, and, maybe I was imagining it but, a bit like the salty ocean. This is a very dry stout that is very smooth to drink and has an earthy roasted bitter finish. I am surprised that I really enjoyed this Oyster stout and could see this pairing well with a hearty seafood stew. Even if you are not an Oyster stout fan we would suggest trying to score a bottle of Exit 1 and give it a try,you may be pleasantly surprised with what you find.