#StoutDay will be celebrated for the third year, on November 2nd. Just like wine vineyards tell the story of the people, the weather, the land and its history, beer, too, tells a story of the land, of the people and the brewers. Having a day dedicated to a beer style really has just accelerated the excitement in the craft brew circles as more learn about the intrigue regarding its history and the variety that the craft beer industry has to offer.
The first stouts were produced in the 1730s. The Russian Imperial Stout was inspired by brewers back in the 1800’s to win over the Russian Czar. “Imperial porter” came before “imperial stout” and the earliest noted use of “Imperial” to describe a beer comes from the Caledonian Mercury of February 1821, when a coffeehouse in Edinburgh was advertising “Edinburgh Ales, London Double Brown Stout and Imperial Porter, well worth the attention of Families”.
Guinness had been brewing porters since about 1780 and is famous for their Dry or Irish Stout. Oatmeal stout beer is one of the more sweeter and smoother of the stouts. And for proof that we live in an evolving society, there’s Oyster Stout and Chocolate Stout. The first known use of oysters as part of the brewing process of stout was in 1929 in New Zealand.
Fast forward to the modern day ‘craft beer revolution’ and you’ll find an amazing array of stouts, perfect not only for a chilly day, but for pairing with gourmet meals.
So, experiment with this glorious seasonal beer style and celebrate at your local watering hole, brewery or restaurant.
It’s about continuing to celebrate the craft beer revolution, relishing in this historic beer style, sharing your photos, tasting notes and events – with the world. International Stout Day has quickly become a valued day of delicious celebration, saluting the recognizable rich and complex style and the brewers that craft it for the masses.
And how can you not appreciate a mandated holiday advising to imbibe some of strongest and most flavorful beers in the world?