#ProperGlassware

When I started down this Stout road, my preferred glass of choice was a frosted pint glass.  I liked my beer cold because that’s what I always was told and frankly, that always how it was served.  The colder the better and having a frosted glass was even better. Fast forward to the present andContinue reading “#ProperGlassware”

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Stout and about…..

A few random observations: -I’m in the middle of my first beer trading “damaged shipment”.  I sent a full 6 shipper from North Carolina to California, had it refilled and it was sent back to NC by one of my good trading partners.  It made it all the way cross country back to western NorthContinue reading “Stout and about…..”

Stout Beer….and Ice Cream?

When I wrote the Brews to Beans article for BrewStuds, I was particularly intrigued with the local collaboration between Braxton Brewing of Covington, Kentucky and Graeter’s Ice Cream of Cincinnati, Ohio.  Braxton and Graeter’s worked together and recently released Braxton’s Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip Milk Stout.  I reached out to Jonathan Gandolf, chief of marketingContinue reading “Stout Beer….and Ice Cream?”

Why is February Stout Month… and the top ten reasons why I love Stouts!

February has been declared to be Stout Month.  I have a real problem with that…..why is the shortest month of the year Stout Month?  I would suggest that either December or January be Stout Month….that way we would get 3 more days of Stout Loving!  OK…enough of that. I’m actually glad that we have aContinue reading “Why is February Stout Month… and the top ten reasons why I love Stouts!”

Guest Blogging at Brew Studs

I’ve found that part of the fun and enjoyment of the craft beer experience is learning.  Learning takes various styles and forms – tasting and sampling different Stouts is one of them! – but another is reading about the world of craft beer and keeping up with new releases, industry trends, regulatory news, and otherContinue reading “Guest Blogging at Brew Studs”

Stoutography

When I decided to share my interest and passion for Stouts with the rest of the world, I didn’t realize the level of photographic genius that would be required.  Looking at Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook and all of the other social media options, it’s clear that there are those who have a knack for craftbeerContinue reading “Stoutography”

My new Stout toys: Eagle Cap-Off and Fizzics!

The holidays have come and gone…..and it’s now time to introduce you to the new toys I received for Christmas….well, actually I bought for myself!    They are…the Eagle Cap-Off and Fizzics Waytap! Truth be told, I bought the Eagle Cap-Off back in 2015.  It was a Kickstarter initiative and I thought it was cool, soContinue reading “My new Stout toys: Eagle Cap-Off and Fizzics!”

2016 – a Stoutstanding year!

The end of every calendar year brings a certain amount of rear view mirror reflection and windshield resolutions.  This year is no different.  I tend to look back, take stock of successes, failures, and learnings, and commit to improvement during the coming year.  As I look back at my stout life in 2016, this wasContinue reading “2016 – a Stoutstanding year!”

The Art of the Deal (Stout Trading)

While our President-elect may have written a best selling book about dealing, my guess is that he wasn’t talking about trading craft beer…..and this is the topic for today’s blogpost.   Trading beer is an art and a science;  it’s an art in the fact that one needs to know when to say yes (orContinue reading “The Art of the Deal (Stout Trading)”