Taking Stock of the Stout!

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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 is lurking in the back of the shelves and it also give you an opportunity to rotate your Stout Stock by moving some bottles/cans to the front of the line.  I’ve been guilty of sampling the most recent purchases when I could be enjoying some aged Stouts!

I found a few choice Stouts that I’ve moved to the front of the tasting line….and I’ve also realized that I need to enjoy some of the Stouts that I’ve been saving…Parabola, Abyss, even a Bourbon County Rare!  Now that I’ve updated my inventory list of what I have, I can plan my tastings and I can get back into the trading mode….

Have you taken inventory lately?

In other topics…this week was Raleigh Beer Week and aside from specials at all of the Raleigh based Breweries, most of the bottleshops are having specials – many are tappings of rare Stouts that don’t usually make it to Raleigh!!  I was fortunate to visit the Busy Bee Cafe in downtown Raleigh and was able to sample some of Terrapin Brewing’s finest – 2013 Wake-n-Bake as well as comparing Single Origin Stouts Sumatra and Guatemala.  Love the Wake-n-Bake!  There were a lot of enticing stout events this past week, kudos to the organizers and all of the participants of Raleigh Beer Week 2016!

Additionally, I received my monthly Premium Brewpublik delivery recently…..an amazing mix of local, national, and international Stouts!! 2016-09-17_171629343_7eead_ios Tasty Stouts from Twin Leaf Brewing in Asheville, NC, Double Negative from Grimm Artisan Ales (NY), 2016  WOOTStout, and a 3-fer of great 2016-09-10_203330000_02abe_iosStouts from DeMolen Brouwerij in the Netherlands.  The neat part of the DeMolen Stouts are that they are all dated from 2014…some great aging!  I already have enjoyed Cease and Desist this past week and really like everything I’ve had from DeMolen!   I also was pleasantly surprised at the MDXXI Mexican Chocolate Stout from Twin Leaf, a brewery out of Asheville, NC.  Very tasty and something I will seek out again!   Many thanks to my friends at Brewpublik – you too can get incredible beer of your choice delivered to your doorstep.  Give them a shout and let them know the Stoutwhisperer sent you!!

 

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Weekend Tastings

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December 27, 2015

This long holiday weekend was quite enjoyable.  Aside from celebrating Christmas with family, I was able to sample a couple of new stouts as well as visit some old “friends”.    I was able to bookend Terrapin’s Wake-n-Bake and Aviator’s Night Jump with a couple of Saturday morning Guinness stouts that were beautifully poured by Darren at the London Bridge pub in Raleigh, NC.  We watched Liverpool play (and defeat) Leicester City in English Premier League action (soccer).  The London Bridge Pub is the local home for the Raleigh chapter of the Liverpool Fan Club.2015-12-26_154923230_28E3B_iOS  It was a great environment to watch the match, as there were 50-60 Liverpool fans rooting for their team.  I also realized that while Guinness was my introduction to the world of stout beer, it made me realize that I’ve moved on and I concluded that I drink stouts to sample the various styles and flavors, not to get buzzed or drunk.  I enjoy the entire experience – the pour, the smell, the way it feels in my mouth, the taste and aftertaste, and the way stouts can change in taste as they warm.   The Guinness didn’t give me the satisfaction that Wake-n-Bake or Night Jump did this weekend.   Especially unfortunate was the fact that the restaurant that we ate lunch at had a couple of stouts that I would have loved to sample, but after 2 Guinness’s, my palate was a bit dulled and I couldn’t justify more beer.

How about you?  Have you had similar experiences?  I’d love to hear your stories?