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The 1st International Stout Day ~ 2011

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Glasses were raised in unison across the world on November 3rd, the first International #StoutDay. Together, about 1.3 million people across the U.S., England, Canada, Brazil and Ireland celebrated this historic and iconic beer style and toasted to the craft beer revolution.

The beer app, Untappd, launched a special edition badge for their community to unlock by checking in to any style Stout on the 3rd. They saw a tremendous turn out. With nearly 5,000 people unlocking the badge, Untappd users paid tribute to the honored style. The most popular stouts of the day were the ever popular Guinness Draught, the coffee lover's consummate choice, Founders Brewing Breakfast Stout, North Coast’s Old Rasputin, Left Hand’s Milk Stout and Brooklyn Brewery’s Black Chocolate Stout. The top five cities in the U.S. that showed their Stout Day love via Untappd was Chandler, Arizona, Kansas City, Missouri, Chicago, Illinois, New York, New York and Denver, Colorado.

Amsterdam Brewing Company had previously offered their Tempest Imperial Stout during the summer when they first brewed it. Their 50 cases sold out in about one week. They still had a couple of cases that were saved in their fridge so they decided to release them on November 3rd. They put two cases of wax dipped 500mL bottles in their retail store, sent out a few tweets and sold out by 3pm. A fantastic #StoutDay response from such a limited release!

Blue Hills Brewery put on a Stout Day event by releasing their Three Peak Holiday Stout. TPHS is a milk stout that is fermented on oak chips, to put a unique twist in the style. Blue Hills had roughly thirty people attend the event in their tasting room. They tapped a fresh keg of Stout for guests, along with some comestibles. Since then, the beer has been selling briskly.

Dogfish Head also got in on the Stout Day action. There were 12 states represented according to eventbrite (DE, MD, PA, VA, OH, AZ, FL, IL, IN, NJ, CT, CO). DFH even had a family visiting from Germany! They had around 75 people here for the event between 6pm and 8pm. Treehouse tours, stout floats and some vertical WWS tastings made for a fun filled night. Theobroma was also poured to establish the special pairing of Askinosie Chocolate. Dogfish Head’s season artist, Dave Plunkert, also was on hand to sign his chicory artwork.  They even brought in ambiance, with an instrumental guitarist. Nice work, DFH.

Portsmouth Brewery Stout Social was hugely successful. Space was limited to about fifty people but the reservations sold-out within a week of them opening up, which is a record for a beer social that doesn't involve Sam Calagione. Joshua M. Bernstein, author of the new book, Brewed Awakening, was on hand to sign books and meet the attendees. The farthest travelled award goes to a group of four who travelled nearly four hours from Goshen, CT just for the stout social! Our socials are usually four courses, each paired with a beer. Check out the four courses offered:

-Butter-Poached Oysters with salsify, leeks and chive sour cream paired with our Milk Stout

-Bison Slider with extra sharp cheddar and smoked onion relish paired with Black Cat Stout, our dry stout

-Pulled Szechuan-Roasted Duck on crispy wonton paired with Oatmeal Stout

-Black Cherry Strudel with dark chocolate sauce paired with Le Chat Noir, our Belgian Stout

Another highlight was a surprise cask-consitioned pin of Kate the Great, their very highly sought-after Russian Imperial Stout. This particular volume of Kate was aged on oak chips that were soaked in Lagavulin scotch.  Minister of Propaganda, JT Thompson said, “One of the best parts of the night for me, was when a woman came over and said that she was so happy to be able to come to an event that was all stouts because she doesn't like hops and most special events have hop intensive beers.”

Big Sky Brewing had about 20-25 people come to their Stout Day tasting. Joe Petrilli made a Stout stew and a Stout bread and got some great cheeses to pair with the stouts. The two favorites of the night were Port Brewing’s Santa’s Little Helper and their own Ivan the Terrible Imperial Stout. Founders KBS was also a big hit.

It was a fantastic event Montana style with a fire out back that we would go hang out around during breaks between flights.

International Stout Day has quickly become a valued day of delicious celebration, saluting the recognizable rich and complex style and the brewers that craft the style for the masses.

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