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!”

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…..”

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!”

North Carolina Beer (Stout) Month!

This past Friday, April 7, was National Beer Day….as if one needs a “Day” to enjoy a Stout!   Not quite sure how this happened, but while Beer gets only a day, the entire month of April has been proclaimed North Carolina Beer Month! It’s a local celebration of all of the wonderful breweries and theirContinue reading “North Carolina Beer (Stout) Month!”

Is size important?

The Stout world seems to be confused about size.  If you go to your favorite bottleshop or taproom, you’ll see Stouts in 12oz cans, 16oz cans, 19oz cans (BA TENFIDY), 11.2 oz bottles,  12 oz bottles, 16oz bottles, 500ml bottles, 22oz bombers and 750ml bottles, and in rare cases, 1 liter bottles (yes, Rogue I’mContinue reading “Is size important?”

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!”

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!”

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”