As we get ready to move into the best time of the year…Stout Season….I thought it was time to take an inventory of what is in the Stout Fridge and what is waiting to get into the Stout Fridge. Taking inventory does a couple things – it is a good reminder of what is lurking in the back of the shelves and it also give you an opportunity to rotate your Stout Stock by moving some bottles/cans to the front of the line. I’ve been guilty of sampling the most recent purchases when I could be enjoying some aged Stouts!
I found a few choice Stouts that I’ve moved to the front of the tasting line….and I’ve also realized that I need to enjoy some of the Stouts that I’ve been saving…Parabola, Abyss, even a Bourbon County Rare! Now that I’ve updated my inventory list of what I have, I can plan my tastings and I can get back into the trading mode….
Have you taken inventory lately?
In other topics…this week was Raleigh Beer Week and aside from specials at all of the Raleigh based Breweries, most of the bottleshops are having specials – many are tappings of rare Stouts that don’t usually make it to Raleigh!! I was fortunate to visit the Busy Bee Cafe in downtown Raleigh and was able to sample some of Terrapin Brewing’s finest – 2013 Wake-n-Bake as well as comparing Single Origin Stouts Sumatra and Guatemala. Love the Wake-n-Bake! There were a lot of enticing stout events this past week, kudos to the organizers and all of the participants of Raleigh Beer Week 2016!
Additionally, I received my monthly Premium Brewpublik delivery recently…..an amazing mix of local, national, and international Stouts!! Tasty Stouts from Twin Leaf Brewing in Asheville, NC, Double Negative from Grimm Artisan Ales (NY), 2016 WOOTStout, and a 3-fer of great Stouts from DeMolen Brouwerij in the Netherlands. The neat part of the DeMolen Stouts are that they are all dated from 2014…some great aging! I already have enjoyed Cease and Desist this past week and really like everything I’ve had from DeMolen! I also was pleasantly surprised at the MDXXI Mexican Chocolate Stout from Twin Leaf, a brewery out of Asheville, NC. Very tasty and something I will seek out again! Many thanks to my friends at Brewpublik – you too can get incredible beer of your choice delivered to your doorstep. Give them a shout and let them know the Stoutwhisperer sent you!!
It’s been awhile since I’ve posted….sometimes life gets in the way! I think I had my own “stout drought” with this blog! With the release of Founder’s Breakfast Stout, I took the opportunity to rededicate myself to posting on a more regular basis, which should be easier with stout season soon to be upon us. A few observations from the last couple of months:
- Prairie Artisan Ales is putting out the most interesting and tasty stouts. Aside from their franchise BOMB!, recent releases of Pirate BOMB!, Apple Brandy Barrel Noir, and most recently Paradise are all worthy of your wallet, no matter the cost. I was especially surprised at Paradise, which is a draught/draft/tap only release. Paradise is the most forward vanilla stout I have ever tasted. I’m a big vanilla fan and I’m usually disappointed when a brewery touts a stout with vanilla notes – but PAA delivered with Paradise! Just smelling this stout was worth the price of the pour but the liquid delivered as well…..and I just read a blog post that PAA will be selling a brewery only release of Pirate Paradise! No way I can make it to Krebs, OK, but if they are able to get this right, Pirate Paradise could the Stout of the Year. Just wish I had a way to get my hands on one (perhaps if someone from Prairie is reading this….)!
- Brewpublik, the beer delivery startup, is the real deal! I signed up for their premium concierge plan and I’ve been getting some amazing stouts delivered to my house! I’m able to select my “crate” and also take advantage of their Instagram flash sales of more scarce beers as well (see bp_reserve). If you are in their coverage areas (Charlotte, Raleigh-Durham, Charleston, San Francisco), I highly recommend them. If you aren’t, keep an eye on them (or drop them a note), as they are rapidly expanding into more markets.
- I enjoy visiting some old friends during the Stout Drought summer months and have reaffirmed my affinity for
- Founders Breakfast Stout
- Goose Island Bourbon County Stout (I was lucky – no infections)
- Oskar Blues Ten Fidy
- Dark Horse Brewing Plead the Fifth
- Raleigh Brewing Miller’s Toll
- Epic Brewing Big Bad Baptist
- I’ve been intrigued by Stouts from overseas. I’ve enjoyed some great Stouts from Iceland, Denmark, and Norway! In fact last night I had Garun from Borg Brugghus in
Iceland, which had the most licorice taste in any stout I’ve had. Really interesting taste which I liked in a 12oz. bottle…..any more and it would have been too much! If you are looking for some variety in your stouts, I would recommend looking across the pond and giving some foreign stouts some love…..
That’s about all for now….about to head into a Labor Day weekend. I’ll be back soon with some more news and musings about Stouts!