My 2nd Annual Epic Weekend!

Long time readers of this blog will recall my post back in May that reviewed the release of Epic Brewing’s Son of a Baptist, a non barrel aged version of Big Bad Baptist brewed with a assortment of local coffee beans.  Here in North Carolina, we were treated to the version made with Larry’s Coffee.  ThatContinue reading “My 2nd Annual Epic Weekend!”

The Thrill of the Bourbon County Chase!

It’s an annual event for us Stout lovers….the Black Friday release of Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout along with the variants that accompany it.  This year, Chicago based Goose released the original basic stout (BCBS),  a coffee variant (BCBCS), a Barleywine, and the Chicago only release of Proprietor’s Stout.  There was a Maple RyeContinue reading “The Thrill of the Bourbon County Chase!”

Aviator Brewing Night Jump release

For North Carolina locals, Aviator Brewing Company is one of the “older” breweries in the Raleigh area – they’ve been around for about 8 years!  Last year they released a bourbon barrel aged (13% abv) Stout called Night Jump.  Oh, and the other thing about Aviator is that they are a can only brewery, so aContinue reading “Aviator Brewing Night Jump release”

The Asheville Stoutcation!

As I wrote about in an earlier post, the 2 sons of the Stoutwhisperer and I traveled to Asheville for a 21st birthday weekend beercation (albeit a year late!).  We even had the blessing of Mrs. Stoutwhisperer!   One son rode with me and the other met us in Asheville as he was coming from Greenville,Continue reading “The Asheville Stoutcation!”

International Stout Day!

Today is International Stout Day. Now why it’s November 3, I can’t tell you but I can tell you that the Stout season is upon us. If you look at the various social media accounts related to craftbeer, it’s clear the tide has turned from the summer IPA season (also referred to as the “StoutContinue reading “International Stout Day!”

Planning a Stoutcation to Asheville, NC!

My youngest son turned 21 last year and he wanted to go to Asheville for a birthday present with his older brother and me.  Unfortunately, our schedules didn’t align and it never happened.  Well, he recently celebrated his 22nd birthday and we have been able to find time on our calendars during the weekend ofContinue reading “Planning a Stoutcation to Asheville, NC!”

No time like the present!

I have a few Stouts in my inventory that I would consider “baby whales”….not the KBBS or Morning Delight type of whales, but Stouts that I own that I consider tough to get.   Many of these are probably easy to get for others – depending on where you live – but they aren’t availableContinue reading “No time like the present!”

Trading Stouts – Part 2

A follow up from my last post on my Pirate Paradise trade with my new Tulsa friend, Michael Holland.  I received my package as promised on Monday.  Michael took a lot of time and effort to wrap and pack each piece – a sign of an experienced trader!!  As I gingerly unwrapped each piece, IContinue reading “Trading Stouts – Part 2”

Trading Stouts

The concept of beer trading is an interesting one.  While there are many online websites that discuss the how-to’s and enable trading, I want to spend a few minutes discussing the  emotions of a trade.  The basic premise to trading is to use your inventory to acquire beers that you otherwise couldn’t get, either becauseContinue reading “Trading Stouts”

Taking Stock of the Stout!

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 isContinue reading “Taking Stock of the Stout!”