My Dry January…..

As we exited 2019, I saw the social media chatter about “Dry January”. As I better understood what it was, I thought it would be a good idea to participate. It’s been some time since I took a break from the Stout circuit and figured that some time away would reset my palate, give meContinue reading “My Dry January…..”

The Stout of the Union!

With all of the recent hubub about the State of the Union address here in the US,  I thought I’d share a few hundred words about the STOUT of the Union!  I’m pleased to tell you that it has never been better!  The variety, the quality and the selection is the best in stout history!Continue reading “The Stout of the Union!”

Santa’s Stash is coming to town!

Until this year, whenever I hear Bruce Springsteen’s version of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” on the radio, I officially declare it the holiday season.  This year, I may have found something else to signify that the holiday season is here:  the nail pull pour of Santa’s Stash from Compass Rose! Compass Rose isContinue reading “Santa’s Stash is coming to town!”

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…..

Now for many of you, this is a seasonal holiday song made popular by both Andy Williams and Johnny Mathis  However, for the Stoutwhisperer and many other Stout lovers, the most wonderful time of the year is now.  It’s Stout season and we will raise our Stout glass this Thursday, November 1, by celebrating InternationalContinue reading “It’s the most wonderful time of the year…..”

Surly’s Darkness Weekend

This weekend was a big weekend in Minnesota….I mean Wisconsin.  The good people at Surly Brewing held their 11th annual celebration of Darkness, their renowned Russian Imperial Stout.   Because of the popularity of the event, they moved it from their brewery in Minneapolis to the Somerset Amphitheater in Somerset, Wisconsin.  Moving the celebration toContinue reading “Surly’s Darkness Weekend”

Is there still a Stout Drought?

In years past Stouts were considered cold weather beverages.  The summer months were reserved for the IPA crowd and the Stout lovers had to wait for the temperatures to cool before the tasty dark elixir made a triumphant return to the shelves and taps. Thankfully for those who consider themselves Stout aficionados, the annual “Stout Drought”Continue reading “Is there still a Stout Drought?”

Heads Carolina, Tails California!

I haven’t posted much lately so I’m going to combine a couple of ideas into one post! April was North Carolina Beer month which celebrates the 200+ breweries from the mountains to the ocean. There were beerfests across the state, in Asheville, Charlotte, the Triad, and here in the Triangle, where Brewgaloo was held.  The TriangleContinue reading “Heads Carolina, Tails California!”

Funky Carolina? North Buddha?

North Carolina has been the fortunate recipient recently of a number of breweries who have expanded their distribution footprint into the Southeast.  Cigar City and Firestone Walker have started sharing their lineup and the next one sharing their bottles, cans, and taps is none other than Funky Buddha Brewery from Oakland Park Florida, just northContinue reading “Funky Carolina? North Buddha?”

Nothing but Infinite Wishes at Smog City!

There are many positives associated with east coast living but one of the negatives is not getting exposure to many of the west coast Stouts.   There are only a few Stouts that regularly make the cross-country distribution journey – Speedway Stout from Alesmith Brewing comes to mind – while many other Stouts make itContinue reading “Nothing but Infinite Wishes at Smog City!”

Love that Maple!

I’m a big fan of maple syrup….the smell, the taste, the romanticism about tapping a tree and letting the sap drain into a bucket.  All in all, it’s quite a wonderful nectar of nature. Not surprisingly, maple has become the adjunct du jour in the Stout world, and frankly, I’m thrilled.  The addition of mapleContinue reading “Love that Maple!”