We’re celebrating International Stout Day by giving Stouts, a shout-out!
It all started back in 1677 when the word stout was first used to describe a beer that was not only “dark,” but “strong.” Before that, porter was the name given to “dark brown” beers made with roasted malts and barley, meant to warm your belly after a long, cold day on the job.
The two style-names became intertwined until brewers started experimenting with different strengths. That mainly led to the term, “stout,” for the strongest, or stoutest porters made by a brewery, that were typically 7% or 8% alcohol.
Fast forward to today, and brewers are still experimenting. Now, you’ll see varieties like: Milk Stouts, Dry or Irish Stouts, Oatmeal Stouts, Chocolate Stouts, Oyster Stouts, Peanut Butter Stouts, Vanilla Stouts, Russian Stouts, and Imperial Stouts.
Not only that, you also have your choice of gas (or no gas)…Stout on Nitro, CO2, or hand-pumped on Cask.
So how do you know which one to choose?
That’s up to you! Brewers experiment, so you have a variety of stouts to choose from to find your favorite. Your palate also changes over time, so if you loved sweeter stouts a few years ago, you my like a drier, more bitter stout now.
If you’re looking for a recommendation, try celebrating International Stout Day at home with a 6-pack of Obsidian Stout. If you’re looking for a night out on the town (Thursday is the new Friday), grab a friend, and find it poured on Nitro (super smooth, and creamy)… OR, step up your game and add a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream to make a STOUT FLOAT (yup, we just went there)!!
Don’t know where to look for this beer? Try our BEER FINDER
Want to try your hand at cooking with stout? Below are a few recipes…