Oysters and Beer

OystersOysters and Beer

He was a bold man that first ate an Oyster

Jonathan Swift

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

http://www.pangeashellfish.com/blog/introducing-our-pangea-oyster-flavor-wheel

http://www.penncoveshellfish.com/oyster-types/

Oyster Book Reviews

Deskiewicz, Dana Appreciating Oysters: An Eater's Guide to Craft Oysters from Tide to Table

Jacobsen, Rowan The Essential Oyster: A Salty Appreciation of Taste and Temptation

Jacobsen, Rowan A Geography of Oysters: The Connoisseur's Guide to Oyster Eating in North America

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

Agate Pass Oyster 1-4-19

Alpine Bay Oysters 9-28-18

Arcadia Oysters 10-13-18

Barron Point 8-14-18

Blue Point Oysters 9-9-18

Bras d'Or Oysters 9-13-18

Calm Cove Oysters 11-17-18

Chelsea Gem Oysters 11-4-18

Chincoteague Oysters 1-4-19

Church Point Oysters 11-3-18

Davenport Oysters 9-1-18

Eagle Rock Oysters 12-7-18

Forest Creek Oysters 12-10-19

French Kiss Oyster 2-14-19

Glacier Bay Oysters 8-15-18

Hurricane Harbor Oysters 12-17-18

Katama Bay Oysters 9-1-18

Kumamoto Oysters (WA) 1-4-19

Kusshi Oysters 1-4-19, 12-17-18

Lieutenant Island Oysters 11-17-18

Little Skookum Inlet Oysters 8-22-18

 

 

Malpeque Oysters 10-13-18

Miyagi Oysters 9-4-18

Nautilus Island Oysters 10-12-19

Old 1871 Oysters 2-14-19

Onset Oysters 12-17-18

O'Scanny Oysters 9-13-18

Pemaquid Oysters 9-9-18

Plymouth Champagne Oysters 12-10-19

Polar Pond Oysters 11-17-18

Red Raider Oysters 8-19-18

Royal Amethyst Oysters 11-17-18

Sea Siren Oysters 8-21-18

Sunken Meadow Gem Oysters 1-4-19

Sweet Neck Oysters 9-13-18

Thunder Cap Oysters 11-3-18

Wellfleet Oysters 9-2-18

WiAnno Oysters 12-10-18

Wildcat Cove Oysters 12-10-18

 

 

 

 

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