Freshness Sometimes you go to the produce section and what you need is just not that fresh. Insert sad face emoji. Unfortunately, supermarkets are trying to make money but I guarantee they have fresher produce in the back. Just ask and most will happily bring out a box of fresh stuff for you to select. It's easier than trying to reach the bell at the back of the shelf.
Not to be mistaken with it's older brother Velvet Merkin (with a "k"), Velvet Merlin is just an oatmeal stout. Yes, Firestone sells the same beer aged and unaged. But I shouldn't say it is just an oatmeal stout. It's one of the best stouts I've ever had the pleasure of consuming. While it doesn't have the alcohol content of other stouts, it still packs a punch of flavor with coffee and chocolate notes equal to other stouts brewed longer with a higher alcohol content. The shorter brewing time also makes it more drinkable as some stouts tend to be overpowering and bitter. I highly recommend drinking this beer in six packs when it is available during the Fall and Winter.