Tonight, I went with a local brew -- Begyle's Flannel Pajamas Oatmeal Stout. Begyle was started a few years ago by some homebrewers, and they put out some pretty solid beers. I am honestly not sure if their beers are available outside of Illinois, but if you get a chance to sample some of their wares, I recommend them (although the website could use some updating). Flannel Pajamas is a nice, nutty, malty oatmeal stout that isn't too strong, so you can enjoy many of them on a cold winter's eve.
Name: Flannel Pajamas Oatmeal Stout
Brewery: Begyle Brewing
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Good for drinking if: you need something pleasant to drink to take your mind off the fact that your 21-month-old son has figured out how to get out of his crib, but is not mentally competent enough to handle a big boy bed, so he greets you with a smile and gibberish about eight times each night after you put him to bed
Rating (out of 5 stars): 4.25 stars