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

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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 StoutDay-Untappd-2018celebrating 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 most2018-09-29_15-14-32_068 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!

 

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International Stout Day!

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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 “Stout Drought”) to the cooler seasonal Stout releases. Now for me, everyday is Stout Day, but I do appreciate the focus that having a day to celebrate Stouts can bring to the greater craftbeer population. Most of the local bottleshops and breweries are having some type of event to celebrate the day, from Tap Takeovers to special tappings to special releases. The only downside of the day is that it’s on a Thursday…..it’s tough to fully and appropriately celebrate International Stout Day when there is a work day right in front of you! (Note to self – take Friday off next year!). 

Take a moment today and celebrate the Stout, either by enjoying one today or delaying your enjoyment by 24 hours as you head into the weekend! I’ll be celebrating it all weekend, as I am headed to Asheville with my 2 sons to visit the best that Asheville’s brewing community has to offer……starting with the BA TENFIDY release event at Oskar Blues on Friday evening! It should be a great weekend! Watch this space for some pictures and a full write up of our journey in the coming days!!

In the meantime, Happy International Stout Day!