Pastry stouts have turned into something quite specific: strong stouts mimicking flavor profiles of desserts, ranging from classic pastries to packaged sweet snacks often delivered with a heaping spoonful of irony. But there’s more to them than just that.
It could only happen on the Internet. Pastry stouts are beer memes, as valued for their concepts as for their actual taste, and the best ones do both well. But whenever we’re talking about a feeding frenzy, it’s not a bad idea to look for sharks jumping on the horizon. And yes, there are beers made from MoonPies and just about every kind of candy bar you’ve ever stuffed into your teenage mouth—fun to a point, but reflective of the inexhaustible nostalgia driving much of the marketplace today.