Stout Day: A Day for Dark Beers

International Stout Day has been a hallmark of November for the last seven years, the same way that IPA Day has become a big part of August each year.  These “beer holidays” are a great day to branch out and try something new, something you may not have tried otherwise.

Be careful, and do not underestimate stouts – they can carry a larger alcohol presence, depending on which style of stout the brewer decides to brew.  Even the beers listed in this article begin at 5.2% ABV and rise all the way up to 10.2% ABV – so drink slowly and share with friends, if you like.  Or if sharing a bottle is not an option, bring enough for the whole party.

Here are a few suggestions of beers to warm your November – on International Stout Day and beyond:

Swamp Head Brewery Udderly Calm Milk Stout

 

 

 

Swamp Head Brewery Udderly Calm (5.2% ABV): Gainesville’s Swamp Head Brewery chose this milk stout (stout brewed with lactose, or milk sugar) as the wintry entry in the Migrational Series of beers.  Imagine candy bar chocolate, milk chocolate, and chocolate cookies in beer form, then wake up and enjoy a can of this dessert-forward limited beer.

 

 

 

 

Captain Jack's Stone Crab Stout Label

 

Coppertail Brewing Captain Jack Stone Crab Stout (8.3% ABV): One of the few of these stouts that can boast a bit of Florida in every bottle, Coppertail Brewing’s Captain Jack’s Stone Crab Stout starts with a boatload of Florida Stone Crabs. “Our Brewmaster Casey drives to Key West and loads up a couple of hundred pounds of fresh-caught stone crab from the legend himself, Captain Jack.  Meanwhile back at the brewery, the crew times the brew day just right for Casey’s arrival. Minutes later the crab is added to the stout boil.”  These crabs give a briny edge to the roasty, earthy, and chococlatey stout that bears the name of the legendary Key West boat captain.

 

 

 

Infinite Ale Work Into the Dark Roast

 

 

Infinite Ale Works Into the Dark Roast (9.0% ABV): Dark, black, and viscous, Infinite Ale Works’s Into the Dark Roast brings layers of coffee and roasted malts to bear on the palate in this sipping beer. Into the Dark Roast is available all year long, but it is especially delicious in the dark months of Florida winter, where the air is cold and the nights are long. This stout is at home with a piece of chocolate cake or a robust cigar – for best results, bring some to share with friends.

 

 

 

 

 

Sierra Nevada Narwhal 2019

 

 

 

Sierra Nevada Brewing Narwhal (10.2% ABV): When the beer dictionary is written, and the entry about imperial stouts is written, Sierra Nevada’s Narwhal will be the picture that illustrates the style.  Inspired by the mysterious creature that lives in the depths of the oceans, the Narwhal is a beast that loves to share its nuances of espresso, baker’s cocoa, roasted grain and a light hint of smoke. Narwhal brims with malt complexity and a warming alcohol presence that can stand up to even Florida’s winter chills.

 

 

 

 

Abita Brewing Company Office Party Stout

 

 

 

Abita Brewing Office Party (6.8% ABV): Just like an office party brings people out of their shells to celebrate the holidays, Louisiana’s Abita Brewing Company’s Office Party Stout brings all of the different flavors present in dark beer out to play. Generous amounts of cocoa nibs, cinnamon, vanilla, and nutmeg are added to infuse the spirit of the holidays into this limited release.

 

Enjoy some great Labor Day beers!

As the season of summer comes to an end on the calendar, Labor Day offers one last chance to get together with friends and family at the pool, the beach, the river, or the park before September and October rattle through into winter time and relatively cooler temperatures.  In preparation for those final pool parties, beach days, picnics, and tubing sessions, choosing the right beer can make Labor Day shindigs that much better and brighter.  The right ale or lager can add depth and complexity to any dish and the Labor Day cookout is no exception.

 

Here are a few ideas for Labor Day beers that can endure the Florida sun and keep the party going:

Samuel Adams Oktoberfest on ice

 

For the Grillmasters: Samuel Adams Oktoberfest (5.3% ABV) The toasty malt in this amber-colored lager will be enough to match flavors with burgers, dogs, and pulled pork while maintaining a relatively low alcohol content.  Try one with your favorite bacon cheeseburger, slider, or sausage and see how many layers of flavor this beer really shows.

Coppertail Brewing Independent Pilsner

 

For the Football fans: Coppertail Brewing Independent Pilsner (5.5% ABV) College football is finally kicking off for the season – watch parties and football days are back.  Why spoil these events with inter-team rivalries?  Tampa’s Coppertail Brewing has a beer that doesn’t take sides!  Independent Pilsner is light in body but with a touch of hops and a clean finish.  And those tater tots, nachos, or jalapeño poppers?  Independent Pilsner will not get in the way of any savory halftime snack.

 

Dogfish Head SeaQuench next to the pool

For the Pool partiers: Dogfish Head SeaQuench (4.9% ABV) For those who want to get a few days poolside, SeaQuench has you covered.  This beer is a hybrid of three light-bodied styles of beer and has a citrus presence and touch of salt.  Those of who might like a low-country boil and/or cedar-plank salmon are in luck also – SeaQuench was specifically designed to pair with seafood.

 

For the Beachgoers and boaters: Swamp Head Brewery Hydroslide Kolsch (4.9% ABV) For those who’re looking to get in touch with mother nature in the motorboat, canoe, kayak, or water shoes, Gainesville’s own Swamp Head Brewery’s summer classic Hydroslide Kolsch is made for weekends like this.  Dry-hopped for aroma, this light-bodied ale will quench a thirst and go well with virtually any picnic or cookout food.

Abita Purple Haze

 

For the Bonfire/ Mallow roasters: Abita Brewing’s Purple Haze (4.2% ABV) While some insist that a s’more has to be roasted over a campfire, the oppressive heat of Florida summer cannot be understated.  Whether you decide to roast marshmallows outside or make indoor s’mores in the oven, try some chocolate and sweetness with Abita Brewing’s Purple Haze.  This wheat lager has an addition of raspberries added to it so that anything sweet and chocolatey will gain the berry flavor.  So basic chocolate s’mores become raspberry chocolate s’mores.  Chocolate bars become raspberry chocolate bars, and so on.

 

To find these fine ales and lagers, please click over to our Beer Finder.

 

Cheers to Labor Day, football season kicking off, and enjoying a day with friends and family.  Please enjoy the day and enjoy it responsibly.