Another great reason to have a beer — Stout Day!

Even in Cordova, the beer aisle is getting more and more complicated, and dark beers are starting to take over the front row.  But if you’re new to Microbrews and Craft Beers, making the jump to DARK might be a little daunting.  Break out of your beer safe soon, and try something new!  STOUT DAY at The Reluctant Fisherman on Friday, November 4th is a great time to do so.  Jessyka from Let’s Talk About Beer will be there to educate and imbibe everyone on the joys of Stout.  Adam and Paul from the Reluctant have also put together some delicious menu options that would taste great with the dark deliciousness of Guiness’ baby.  Don’t miss it!

You can stop by after work for a quick brew or stay for dinner and then some.  Stout Day lasts from 4pm-Midnight, and The Reluctant will have 3 stouts on tap to test your pallette:

Alaskan Brewing Perseverance Ale, Denali Brewing Chuli Stout, and Kassik’s Roughneck Stout

They’re all Alaskan and they’re all tasty!  Try all three for only $6 with one of their Taster Trays, filled with a 5oz sampler of each.

Here are some interesting tidbits about Stout, courtesy of epinions.com, so you can impress Jessyka with your beer know-how:

History of Stout:

Stout is a relatively young style of beer. It was first introduced to the world by Guinness, in 1759, as an “extra stout” version of its porter. The name “stout” referred to the fact that this beer was a little more assertive than the regular porter. This new beer was, indeed, darker, hoppier, and richer than the porter, and it eventually overtook porter in popularity, becoming a style of beer in its own right.

Types of Stout:

This style of beer is brewed using roasted unmalted barley, pale malt, and sometimes caramel malt, along with generous amounts of hops. Stouts are often divided into four separate categories, based on sweetness level and alcohol content. The categories are:

1. Dry Stout: This type is dark black in color and often has a coffee- like taste and a roasted character. Guinness is the most popular of all dry stouts. The majority of stout produced in Ireland is of the dry variety. The alcohol level in these stouts varies, and people are often fooled into thinking that, because they are flavorful, there must be a high alcohol content. This isn’t always the case. Guinness, for example, actually has less alcohol than many popular American beers.

2. Milk Stout: These stouts also have a dark color. They usually are a little lower in alcohol than dry stout. Their main characteristic is the addition of milk sugar (lactose) in the brewing process, making the stout taste sweeter and smoother than dry stout.

3. Imperial Stout: Again, Imperial stout is dark in color, but it can sometimes be more of a dark brown than black. The thing that sets this stout apart from the others is the stronger alcohol content, which usually ranges between 6 and 11 percent by volume. Originally, this type of stout was brewed for consumption by people in Russia, to help them stay warm during the frigid winter months. The high alcohol content is evident in this type of stout, especially in the finish.

4. Oatmeal Stout: This type of stout is similar to milk stout, but it’s even more sweet and silky and it usually has a bittersweet finish. The addition of oats makes it this way. The sweetness of this beer makes it a good companion with sweet desserts. Oatmeal stout was first recognized for its nutritional value and it was popular in England with nursing mothers and athletes.

Great Brands of Stout to Sample:

There are many excellent stout beers that are available in most parts of the country. Some of my personal favorites include Guinness Stout; Beamish Stout; Sam Smith’s Imperial Stout; Sam Smith’s Oatmeal Stout; Sierra Nevada Stout; Rogue Shakespeare Stout; Sam Adams Cream Stout; and Gray’s Oatmeal Stout. And if you live near a brewpub, you can usually find some excellent stout beer, brewed and sold only on tap.

Ever thought about brewing your own Stout?  Check out this video to find out all you need to know.

Hope to see you at STOUT DAY at The Reluctant Fisherman on Friday, November 4th! Follow Let’s Talk About Beer on facebook for more info!

Last night I had quite the tasty Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout, but I think I’ll always be a die-hard for New Belgium‘s Dunkelweiss.  What’s your favorite dark beer?

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