Big, dark, and roasty, stouts are the perfect way to help you keep warm during our blistering cold SoCal winter. And while it’s true that I celebrate stouts throughout the year, they’ve gone ahead and gotten themselves a real life day of their own. That’s right! Today is the second annual International Stout Day, which sounds like the perfect reason to crack one at your desk right now!
And while you’re part of the party no matter where you choose to imbibe, the founder and organizer of this glorious holiday, Erin Peters, is hosting an official Stout Day celebration tonight at The Surly Goat. Glasses of Deschutes Obsidian Stout are $4 a pop, and they’ll be tapping an aged keg of FiftyFifty Totality Imperial Stout and Port Brewing’s slick and boozy Santa’s Little Helper.
Because “social drinker” has taken on a whole new meaning in the 21st century, fellow craft beer geeks will be pleased to know that there is a special International Stout Day badge for those who check in to their beers today using the smartphone app Untappd. And for those same geeks that may be as interested in “edutoxication” as much as I am, I penned a neat little history lesson on this delightfully opaque beer style that’s chock full of information and homebrew recipes.
International Stout Day | Thursday, November 8 | 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.
The Surly Goat, 7929 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood