i've some catching up to do today. before keg of nails opens with their magnificent unaged founders breakfast stout, to warm up, i'm going to enjoy a 22 ounce bottle of guinness extra.
international stout day was to have been celebrated november 3.
it's well nigh time to load up the mp3 player with real music, not the corporate freeze dry spew you folks call music, find an empty stool, kick back and check out.
If you’re into social media these days, there is a modestly good chance you heard of IPA Day back in August. But you don’t need to wait another 10 months to celebrate the glory of craft beer and boast about it on your twitter feed. November 3rd has officially been proclaimed International Stout Day! It’s been announced by founder Erin Peters (The Beer Goddess), who decided that November 3rd is the perfect time of year to enjoy some crisp autumn air. It’s also in time for pumpkin pie season. It’s also my birthday. She probably didn’t know that, but it’s appreciated all the same. I was definitely going to drink a stout anyway.
To celebrate, brewers and bars and restaurants and homes across the social media world will participate by offering some of that black stuff. You may have, by now, noticed some of your favorite establishments post event/special tappings on their twitter and/or facebook pages. If not, you can always check out the events page of the Stout Day website (above).
I don’t want to bother too much with the history of such a beloved style, as any beerian worth a pint knows the story; so for the unenlightened, suffice to say that a dark roasty beer style emerged in England in the 1700′s called Porter. ”Stout” in that time only connotated a beer’s strength (i.e., “stout porter” > “porter”), but eventually morphed into it’s own style. Think of it as Porter’s bigger brother. But then in the 1800′s, Stouts were being sent to the Russian Czar, who had a particular taste for the stuff. In order to survive the trip from Britain to Moscow, the beer needed to be bigger to prevent expiration–and the Russian Imperial Stout is born.
no, it's NOT like Guinness
And it’s pretty much caught on fire from then on. Today, there are a plethora of Stout styles to choose from. Frankly, nowadays you’d be hard pressed to find a straight-up regular stout. Besides classic normal Stout, you’ve got:
- Dry Stout
- Foreign Stout
- Oatmeal Stout
- Imperial Stout
- Milk Stout
- Wheat Stout
- Fruit Stout
- Oyster Stout