Today is International Stout Day. This annual tradition began three years ago and has quickly grown in popularity to rival even International IPA day. Today, throughout the world there are a collection of events designed to have lovers of this deep and dark style come together, share their favorite stouts and celebrate beer.
The only event published for Pennsylvania is at the Reliance Mine Saloon in Gettysburg but there will of course be unofficial events throughout many bars across the nation.
The Stout has a rich history with the first stouts being produced in the 1730s. The Russian Imperial Stout which is currently massively popular in the American craft beer culture was created in the early 1800s in trying to curry favor with the Russian Czar. A hardy, strong style created for a hardy, strong people.
Untappd is celebrating #StoutDay with a badge for any check-in of a stout today. On IPA day their servers were crippled by the enthusiasm of beer drinkers across the world checking in to their favorite IPAs. Today they are looking forward to a plethora of check-ins expecting to top the 18,027 stout check-ins of 1,126 unique stouts from last year. The most popular of which were Guinness Draught, Founder’s Breakfast Stout, Old Rasputin, Left Hand’s Milk Stout, and Brooklyn Brewery’s Chocolate Stout; all amazing yet disparate stout offerings.
Don’t miss out. Today is Friday and when you are eating dinner or out with friends or enjoying happy hour try a delicious stout and raise a glass in recognition and celebration of the darker (in color only) side of beer.
Have a stout, I know I will be having a few. #StoutDay