He was a bold man that first ate an Oyster
Trips to Ireland first triggered the idea that oysters and beer might go together and in Ireland the beer of choice is stout and the oysters I had were wild caught Irish Flats (Ostrea edulis) from Galway Bay.
Annually as August creeps to a close and the months start getting spelled with an "r" I develop a craving for oysters and begins sampling ouysters and beer. This year I re-read Patrick McMurray Consider the Oyster: A Shucker's Field Guide and learned first the the whole thing about not eating oysters in a month without an "r" in the spelling is BS and second that the flavor profiles for many oysters and beer styles, meads, ciders and sakes over lap, contrast or complement each other. Check out the links to oyster flavor wheels below. Lights went off: "Oysters - not just for stout anymore."
Oyster Flavor Wheels
Oyster Book Reviews
Kurlansky, Mark The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell
McMurray, Patrick Consider the Oyster: A Shucker's Field Guide
Sewall, Jeremy and Marion Lear Swaybill Oysters: A Celebration in the Raw
I get most of my oysters from Coastal Seafoods in Minneapolis. They also have a store in St. Paul.
Oyster and Beverage Reviews