Whitstable Bay Black: New Oyster Stout Joins Range

Posted: 13 August 2014

Whitstable Bay Black Oyster Stout is the newest addition to the Whitstable Bay Collection from the Faversham Steam Brewery. 

It is a silky keg stout brewed using a unique blend of four coloured malts which impart a rich, complex flavour, balanced by the finest Admiral hops, and finished with a smooth, creamy head.

The introduction of Oyster Stout follows the huge success of the collection - comprising Whitstable Bay Pale Ale, Whitstable Bay Blonde Lager and Whitstable Bay Organic Ale - since it was launched last July.

All the beers are handcrafted using 100% natural ingredients, including chalk filtered mineral water from the brewery's own artesian well. The contemporary lens design for Whitstable Bay Black features a white oyster dredger silhouette on a black background, reflecting its namesake – the popular coastal town of Whitstable.

The name was chosen to complement the existing Whitstable Bay range, by adding a stout drawing upon the heritage of the town and its famed oysters. When stouts first emerged in the 18th century, oysters were not the delicacy they are today, but a common snack served in pubs, and proved an excellent pairing.

Marketing manager Mark Miller said: “This beer reflects the historic association between oysters and stout.  “The Whitstable Bay range offers a great breadth of choice, and we decided that a stout would fit well within the portfolio. Our brewers have come up with a delicious full-flavoured stout, with a 4.2% ABV.  “It is available on draught only, and we recommend a cold dispense of 3.5⁰C. It uses a gas mix of 70% nitrogen and 30% CO2, as the high nitrogen content gives a smoother and creamier head.”