International Stout Day 2022: History, Significance and Celebrations

International Stout Day is annually celebrated on every first Thursday of November which means this year it falls on 3rd November. This day is about celebrating stout one of the most delicious beer type! 

Stout Day is about celebrating the craft beer revolution, relishing in this historic beer style by 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.

Dark, malty and just a little boozy, stout beer offers a versatile way to enjoy beer in a hearty manner. After all, the word stout means “strong”! On International Stout Day, get ready to enjoy and appreciate everything related to this rich, creamy and generous beer.

Event International Stout Day
Date November 3, 2022
Day Thursday
Significance The day celebrates and honors one of the most delicious beer type.
Observed by World wide

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International Stout Day History: 

Before going into the history and description of Stouts, one must know about its predecessor, the Porter. Porters were a dark ale favored among London’s working classes, it was first developed in the early 1700s. Street and river porters provided an eager market for this new, filled-with-energy beer. The word “stout”, after the fourteenth century, had taken on as one of its meanings “strong”, and was used as such to describe strong beers, such as the Porter. “Stout” as in stout porter, was the strong, dark brew London’s brewers developed and the dark beer that gave us what we think of today as the typical stout style.

The first stouts were produced in the 1730s. The Russian Imperial Stout was inspired by brewers back in the 1800s 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. The adjective stout meant “proud” or “brave”, but it eventually took on the connotation of “strong”. The first known use of the word stout for beer occurred in 1677. The expression stout porter appeared during the 18th century.

Because of the huge popularity of porters, brewers made them in a variety of strengths. The beers with higher gravities were called “Stout Porters”. There is still division and debate on whether stouts should be a separate style from porter. Usually the only deciding factor is strength. “Nourishing” and sweet “milk” stouts became popular in Great Britain in the years following the First World War, though their popularity declined towards the end of the 20th century, apart from pockets of local interest such as in Glasgow with Sweetheart Stout.

Beer writer Michael Jackson wrote about stouts and porters in the 1970s, but in the mid 1980s a survey by What’s Brewing found just 29 brewers in the UK and Channel Islands still making stout, most of them milk stouts. In the 21st century, stout is making a comeback with a new generation of drinkers, thanks to new products from burgeoning craft and regional brewers. Erin Peters – aka ‘The Beer Goddess’ is the founder of International Stout Day. The global holiday was created by the beer writer in Southern California in 2011. It soon became a worldwide celebration; online, in breweries and bars worldwide.

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International Stout Day Significance: 

Stout is a dark, top-fermented beer with a number of variations, including dry stout, oatmeal stout, milk stout, and imperial stout. In the last couple of centuries, stout beers have continued to grow and evolve, with unique flavors that include the chocolate stout, coffee stout and even an oyster stout! The versatility of this type of dark beer offers an almost endless variety of ways that stout beers can be brewed and enjoyed and that’s it is making a comeback and becoming one of the top choice of drink among beer lovers around the world. 

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. That’s why stouts gives a completely different experience while drinking it compare to any other beers and that’s why having it can be very delightful experience especially to those who are not fans of the regular beer. So people are encouraged to drink stouts on this occasion especially when if they haven’t yet. 

There are many varieties of stouts which are available and all of them have been very popular throughout times. The most popular one is milk stout today which is a stout containing lactose, a sugar derived from milk. Dry or Irish Stout is another very popular version of stout. Then there is oatmeal stout which have a proportion of oatmeal upto 30%. Oyster and Chocolate stouts are quite popular as well. Imperial Stout also known as “Russian Imperial stout”, is a strong dark beer in the style that was brewed in the 18th century by Thrale’s Anchor Brewery in London for export to the court of Catherine II of Russia. 

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. And stouts have a lot to offer in this case and so it definitely deserves a day of it’s own encouraging people to take a interest in tasting this delicious beer! 

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International Stout Day Celebrations: 

What can serve as a 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 while it may take years to refine the perfect pour, it only takes minutes to drink the perfect stout. So make the use of this opportunity by having a delicious treat of Guinness stout on this occasion. 

Home brewing is one of the trend these days, and a great way to celebrate International Stout Day is by creating your very own delicious stout according to your taste. Home brewed stouts make perfect gifts, and they’re a great way to impress your friends when it’s your turn to host the event in celebrations of stout! Don’t worry about your brewing skills as there are many tutorial videos easily available on the internet about it. So get started by collecting the ingredients. 

Beer lovers in general, and stout lovers in particular, can get excited about celebrating International Stout Day by gathering friends, neighbors or coworkers for an event. Maybe it’s a simple backyard barbecue party where everyone brings their favorite stout for others to try or it can be a huge event hosted by you involving large community or your neighborhood celebrating the stouts on International Stout Day! 

Most Searched FAQs on International Stout Day: 

1. When is International Stout Day celebrated? 

International Stout Day is annually celebrated on every first Thursday of November. 

2. Who founded International Stout Day? 

Erin Peters – aka ‘The Beer Goddess’ is the founder of International Stout Day. The global holiday was created by the beer writer in Southern California in 2011.

3. Is stout more alcoholic? 

Stouts differ from porters because they use unmalted, roasted barley instead of malted, unroasted barley. Most stouts have higher alcohol contents and IBU scores than porters.

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