Perrin Brewing releases Imperial Fudge Cake Stout

Perrin Brewing releases Imperial Fudge Cake Stout

Michigan-based Perrin Brewing Company went big on its first specialty release in its 2022 Side Hustle Series, brewing up a fudge cake-infused (really!) pastry stout in collaboration with Beer City Bread Company of Grand Rapids: Imperial Fudge Cake Stout.

Details from the press release:

Perrin Brewing Company announces the first release in the Side Hustle Series for 2022 – Imperial Fudge Cake Stout, a creamy, chocolatey Stout made for winter sippin’. Find Imperial Fudge Cake Stout at the Perrin Pub starting January 27 on draft and 6-packs of 12 oz cans, with Michigan statewide distribution to follow.

Imperial Fudge Cake Stout (8.5% ABV) was brewed in collaboration with local Grand Rapids bakery and restaurant, Beer City Bread Company. This beer was inspired by their mainstay dessert of Mackinaw Island Fudge cake. Several fudge cakes were dropped directly into the mash during the brewing process of this Stout. The addition of this extremely fudgy cake offers up notes of rich chocolate and sweet malty finish.

“It’s really fun working with something like Beer City Bread’s Mackinaw Island Fudge Cake. It’s such a delicious cake and emulating its flavors was a fun challenge – although throwing 10 cakes directly into the mash definitely helps!” stated Connor Klopcic, Director of Brewing Operations.

“Mackinaw Fudge Cake and Perrin Imperial Stout – what an incredible combination to make a must try winter beer!” commented Stefan Fahlen, Director of Restaurant Operations. “It’s awesome to be able to collaborate with Perrin again to make another exciting beer! I can’t wait for everyone to be able to experience the flavors that come through in this new stout.”

Imperial Fudge Cake Stout is part of the Side Hustle series, a small batch program that allows Perrin’s brewers to creatively explore new ingredients and techniques. Perrin releases a new Side Hustle Series beer every other month.

Treat yourself to this delicious dessert brew before it’s gone.

Actually adding fudge cakes to the mash is probably excessive and certainly rises to the level of “stunt brewing,” though that’s not a criticism—just an observation. It’s certainly a hook that catches attention, and makes me wonder if the other Side Hustle Series beers are similarly brewed or if this was a one-off.

And a quick note, just to help keep track. Perrin is part of CANarchy Craft Brewery Collective, which was recently acquired by Monster Beverages.