So the annual celebration of Stout has come and gone….Thursday, November 2 was International Stout Day…..and as Mrs. Stoutwhisperer so appropriately asked, “Why is it on a Thursday?” Good question….wouldn’t a celebration of Stout be more appropriate on a Friday or Saturday? As I write this, I’m enjoying a 2016 Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout…..which is a 14.3% ABV Stout. That’s best savored on the weekend, wouldn’t you agree? Well, no matter the day of the week, I think it’s great that the Craft Beer community comes together for one day to salute the Stout and give this amazing style of beer the due that it deserves.
While we’re talking about saluting the Stout, when in the heck are we going to get a Stout emoji? The good people at Guinness have tried to start a movement on social media to influence the emoji makers to create a Stout emoji. Apple just released an update that included 70 new emojis…..but no Stout emoji. Really, how hard is it? Take a tulip glass and put a dark liquid in it….and you have a Stout emoji. C’mon, let’s get a Stout emoji!!!
As you may have noticed, it’s Stout season. As I comb through social media, I see a lot of Stout releases in the coming weeks…..it’s great to see!! For a Stout devotee like me, it’s a wonderful thing….I wish I could get a bottle of every release! That would cover me for the entire year – even during the warm summer months when there is a “Stout Drought”!
That’s my quest for the rest of the year….I’m looking for those local breweries who release those amazing under the radar Stouts! Send me your Stouts and I’ll determine if you stack up! Reach out to me – comment on this blog or contact me via my social media outlets (@stoutwhisperer) and we can work out the details. Some breweries have already agreed to send me their Stouts….but I’m looking for more!!
If you are a brewer of Stouts, I want you to send me your Stouts and let me give them the Stoutwhisperer review! How does it pour? How does it smell…I love the aroma of Stouts! How does it taste? What about the swallow? Is it smooth? Does the taste change as it warms?
If you are a homebrewer or a larger brewery, I want to taste, smell and enjoy your Stout!! Reach out to me!! If you earn it, I’ll give you the love you deserve!
Make your week at Stoutstanding one!