By David Diehl
While brewery tasting rooms can tend to mellow out in the month of January—resulting from the fussy weather, but also, this year, the current state of the cranky pandemic—Frequentem Brewing Co. Owners David and Meagan D’Allesandro are introducing a business antidote to Canandaigua with “Stout Month.”
For the entire month, six Canandaigua breweries will be offering custom stouts at their location. As you enjoy these concoctions at each site, your “Stout Month” Passport’ will get stamped, once completed you will receive a limited-edition snifter glass. The six breweries are Frequentem, Twisted Rail, Three Huskies, Square Knot, Peacemaker, and Naked Dove.
This week, Frequentem will be showcasing an Italian Breakfast Imperial Stout, and we couldn’t be more excited.
“I have done five small-batch Imperial stouts, so it’s something that I have been having a lot of fun with, I have my half barrel homebrew system at the brewery now, and I have been putting out experimental kegs,” says David D’Allesandro, also Head Brewer. “And we say, come get it before it’s gone. We thought for January, we would put one on every weekend.”
“The stout that will be on this week is made with espresso, hazelnut, and cocoa nibs. It’s ten percent alcohol by volume, and it was inspired by the Italian Breakfast—like an espresso and Nutella,” D’Allesandro describes. “We bottled two cases of each of the small-batch stouts. They are 500-milliliter bottles that we will sell out of the tasting room. I’m really hoping that it can drum up some business and bring some beer drinkers down from the city—especially with all of the current shutdowns that we are still experiencing.”
Frequentem’s Italian Breakfast Imperial Stout will be available to enjoy on draft and in the limited bottles at the their Canandaigua tap room.
Frequentem Brewing Co. 254 S. Main St., Canandaigua. frequentembrewing.com.
It was always a goal for David Diehl to return to the Finger Lakes and make an imprint on the beer culture of the region. A Hobart & William Smith Colleges graduate, Diehl spent over a decade in Brooklyn and is excited to be back and taking on Finger Lakes craft beer reviews and commentaries for EdibleFingerLakes.com. He has also been published in Inked Magazine, YRB Magazine, Nerve.com, and The Finger Lakes Times. You can follow his work at FLXWORDS.com.