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 International Stout Day!. The traditional beer calendar associates Fall with cooler temperatures and the transition to darker, stronger, more warming beers….and that’s the obvious sweet spot of Stouts! Stouts from every brewery are either brewed or, if they are barrel aged, they are awakened from their boozy slumber to be bottled, canned, or kegged. Stouts are being released almost every day of the week….and Stout lovers are standing in lines for those hard to get releases. For some, entire “Days” (or weekends) are being held – take a look at Surly Brewing and their Darkness Day extravaganza! Perhaps the most well known release is yet to come, with Goose Island releasing their Bourbon Country Brand Stout and variants being released on Black Friday!
For me, it’s a time to celebrate the Stout! I may be biased, but I think Stout lovers are the most ardent and dedicated devotees of any style of beer! Tell me what you will be doing to celebrate International Stout Day! I believe I will have a Stout to salute and honor the most Stoutstanding style of beer! Go to your local brewery or bottleshop and enjoy your favorite Stout! Leave me a comment and let me know what you will be drinking to celebrate International Stout Day!