Beer Review: Tropical Stout (Troegs Independent Brewing and Windy Bridges Brewing LLC)

Beer Review: Tropical Stout (Troegs Independent Brewing and Windy Bridges Brewing LLC)

Tropical Stout by Troegs Independent Brewing and Windy Bridges Brewing LLC

Stout Season

It is stout season all year long for me.  I would have tried Troeg’s new tropical stout anyway though.  This stout was brewed for the Barrel and Flow Festival in Pittsburgh and is a collaboration with the Windy Bridges Brew LLC.  Barrel and Flow Festival is a three-day festival held at the Stacks at 3 Crossings in Pittsburgh’s Strip district neighborhood.  It is noted at America’s first Black arts and craft brew festival. 

Barrel and Flow

Barrel and Flow is a three day festival in Pittsburgh, and is one of the premier events of the year. It has been voted the # 1 Brewfest by USA Today readers and fans. The Barrel and Flow Festival is aimed at helping and supporting African Americans. All of the breweries involved are either working in collaboration with an African American owned brewery – or are one themselves.

Can Art

The can art is noteworthy as well.  It sets you up for the mood of this beer.  I think my question to Social Living, as I should have asked other artists before: Did you taste this beer prior to creating the can art?  Artist credit to Social Living.  According to Social Living – “Social Living is a one-person artist-owned brand based in Pittsburgh that provides high-quality, empowering, “counter-culture” style wall art in various forms and artistic clothing with lifestyle goods. Each of the Social Living art pieces is my original design and are printed/produced by me in my studio.”

Beer Review: Tropical Stout

Tropical Stout and Pork Loin

Beer: Tropical Stout
Breweries: Tröegs Independent Brewing
Collaboration with Windy Bridges Brew
Style: Stout – American
ABV: 5.9%
IBU: N / A
Untappd Description: Our collaboration with Pittsburgh-based @windybridgesbrew is now available! Tropical Stout starts with dark grains and flaked oats, then the island vibes kick in with Sultana and Sabro hops in the kettle. Dry-hopping with Mosaic, El Dorado and Azacca adds aromas of sweet pineapple and stone fruit. Sweet and roasty, this easy-drinking 5.9% ABV stout is destined for tomorrow’s @barrelandflow festival – a celebration of Black breweries, artists and small businesses. We’re loving the artwork by Darrin Jamal of! Find limited 16-oz. cans here at the brewery now and during the event in the 412, Pittsburghers. #Troegs #BarrelAndFlow #Pittsburgh.

According to the Windy Bridges Brew LLC Facebook “Get ready for a tropical experience in a can.” And as noted on the can they are bringing “fruity dimensions to flaked oats and roasted barley for notes of sweet coffee” And somehow these flavors spring out and mesh so well together. 

It comes in on Untapped at a 5.9% ABV with a 3.74 average rating.  It comes at you with a tropical nose but a malty taste.  This is where you start out in the malty and subtle sweet coffee flavor.  It ends with hints of pineapple and coconut.  This stout isn’t the usual stout you drink during stout season.  It is nice and light. 

We just happen to be drinking it as dinner was about finishing up cooking.  So yes, half of it disappeared before the food was plated. The menu for dinner tonight was grilled pork loin, mashed potatoes and broccoli.  It seemed to pair nicely and you could still taste all the layers of this amazing tropical stout. 

Get it Fast

This one is only sold in 16 ounce cans in the taproom and general store at Troeg’s.  I highly doubt this will last very long. (As of 8 PM tonight they were down to less than 12 cases in the general store.)


Our delicious dinner tonight – pork loin, mashed potatoes, and broccoli

Dinner was grilled pork loin, broccoli from the air fryer, and mashed potatoes. We used some of the Tropical Stout to marinate / grill the pork loin. The stout really helped to bring out the flavors of the pork loin, and really made the meal pop.

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Windy Bridges LLC

According to Untappd, Windy Bridges Brew LLC is listed as a home brewer / non – commercial brewery. They have 3 unique beers with 7 ratings as of 8.13.23. Their Untappd description reads: Homebrewing at its finest!! Follow on insta & twitter to see the progress!

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According to Untappd, Troegs Independent Craft Brewing is a regional brewery with 148 unique beers listed (despite them nearing scratch 500). They have nearly 2.3 Million ratings and as of 8.13.23 have a global average rating of 3.79. Their Untappd bio reads:

Founded in Pennsylvania in 1997 by brothers John and Chris Trogner, Tröegs Independent Brewing is driven by a sense of adventure and curiosity. Our brewery has been built by family, friends and kindred spirits who share a love of great beer. Together, we all make Tröegs. You might know our Perpetual IPA, the best-selling IPA in Pennsylvania. Or the dark, malty and crisp Troegenator. You may have come across such iconic beers as Nugget Nectar or Mad Elf in your beer travels. Perhaps you’ve been lucky enough to try one or two of the hundreds of experimental Scratch Series beers we’ve brewed over the years. Whether you’re already a member of our extended family or you’re just getting to know our brewery, there’s always something new to discover with Tröegs.

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