These days, it seems like everybeer gets a day. International Beer Day – which fell on August 1 – was easy: find a beer, drink said beer, check it in to Untappd. On #IPAday on August 7, we earned even more Untappd badges one floral, bitter, hoppy-as-hell IPA, DIPA, session IPA and even black IPA at a time.
On this day, however, we are encouraged to take a walk on the darker side of the proverbial tracks in celebration of International #StoutDay – your 24-hour window to get your mitts on a nice, roasty stout (and then proceed to check it in to Untappd and earn a badge). ‘Tis the season for dark drinking, after all.
If your understanding of stouts consists of – and is limited to – Guinness (which, all things considered, isn’t that bad of a thing), then here’s a quick rundown of some of the region’s breweries and the stouts they make.
Available: limited draft
Tröegs tapped its “colossal, palate-numbing Imperial Stout” today, and it’s only available at the Tasting Room in Hershey at the moment, although its website lists that a bottle release is TBA. First introduced as a Scratch beer, Impending Descent was bottled in December 2012 in advance of that whole end of the world thing that, well, didn’t happen.
This one won’t last much longer. The limited release pumpkin stout from Spring House is on tap at the downtown Lancaster Tap Room, offering a smooth and chocolaty alternative for pumpkin beer fans.
Pizza Boy – the brewing arm of Enola’s Al’s of Hampden – teamed up with Harrisburg coffee roasters Little Amps to help flavor this big ol’ double coffee stout.
This here Fat Dog is part of Stoudts‘ aptly-named big beer series. Smooth and rich like an oatmeal stout, hoppy like an imperial stout. It’s got all the makings of a solid stout: roasty and chocolaty with a coffee-like finish.
The award-winning year-round option from Spring House is big and bold, and offers a heck of a flavor combination thanks to being aged on whole vanilla beans and raw cocoa nibs. And then there’s the peanut butter…
Available: draft; 12 oz. bottles (6-packs)
LBC‘s Milk Stout is an OG in the brewery’s beer profile. You’ve had it before, so why not mix #IPAday and #StoutDay together for a what those in-the-know adoring refer to as “Hog’s Milk”. It’s delicious.
Mudhook‘s bold and rich stout with a deep body and a frothy foam.
ABC‘s Susquehanna Stout is brewed in the classic tradition of an Irish Dry Stout, with a balanced hop profile and strong roast characteristics, all of which wraps up with a smooth espresso-like finish. Stop by
For those tired of regular ol’ pumpkin ales, Iron Hill‘s Great Pumpkin Stout is your bridge from fall to winter. It’s rich and chocolaty, with pumpkin and brown sugar and a healthy dose of vanilla and pumpkin spice.
Swashbuckler‘s oatmeal stout is dark and roasty – just like ol’ Capt’ Rude himself – featuring chocolate and coffee accents.
What’s your stout of choice? What did we miss? We’ll allow non-regional options, too…