Stout – it’s not only a polite way of calling someone short and fat – it’s also a delicious type of beer. Stout beers, which were developed from porters in the 1700s, have become some of the most beloved beers in many different nations. So beloved, in fact, that on November 3, 2011, stouts were given the recognition they deserve with the advent of the first International Stout Day. Like the name implies, stouts are typically strong and robust in flavor and, although they may be hard to chug, a stout is the perfect beer for sipping and savoring.
International Stout Day - History
November 3, 2011
First International Stout Day Held
Stouts are finally given their due credit and recognition.
Guinness Begins Brewing
After years of making porters, Guinness brews its first stouts, which are now the most popular in the world.
Stouts are Born from Porters
Stouts are differentiated from porters through the use of unmalted roasted barley.
International Stout Day Activities
1. Drink a Guinness
What better way to celebrate International Stout Day than with the world’s most famous stout? Since the early 1800s, Guinness has been making their world famous stout, and with history like that, you know they’re doing something right. And, while it may take years to refine the perfect pour, it only takes minutes to drink the perfect stout.
2. Drink a stout sampler
Say you’re new to stouts. With so many brands and varieties, it may be a little daunting to find out which stout is right for you. Luckily, many bars now offer beer flights — a tray of small portions of different kinds of beers. For the homebodies among us, you can also create your own stout variety six-pack at your local liquor store.
3. Make your own stout
Home brewing is all the rage these days, and a great way to celebrate International Stout Day is by creating your very own Frankenstout. Home brewed stouts make perfect gifts, and they're a great way to impress your friends when it’s your turn to host. And don’t worry — for home brewing beginners, there are many different stout-brewing kits available to make the process a little easier.
Why We Love International Stout Day
A. Stouts are classic
The stout as we know it today is like the little brother of the porter, which dates back to the Industrial Revolution. The word “stout” took on the meaning of strong in the 14th century and was applied to porters that were, well, strong. In the 1730s, the stout came into its own and was forever differentiated from porters through the addition of unmalted (instead of malted) roasted barley. So, in summary, stouts are older than the United States, so respect your elders and grab a refreshing stout.
B. Stouts are delicious
Stouts typically have a strong, roasted malt flavor and often contain notes of dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, and licorice. Stouts usually are on the thicker and creamier side of beers, which make them somewhat hefty and substantial. If this doesn’t sound tantalizing enough, there are also oatmeal, milk, and coffee stouts, which bring whole new flavors to the table.
C. Stouts are good for you?
Well, not really. In the early 20th century — which is scarily recent — stouts, and Guinness in particular, were thought to be nutritious. Blood donors, people who had just undergone surgery, and pregnant women were often advised by doctors to have a pint of Guinness. Hey, it was a different time.