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Celebrate International Stout Day with these BC Stouts

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It’s International Stout Day, folks! Time to get crazy with your favourite pint of The Black! But how does the discerning beer snob celebrate such a broad ranging holiday in British Columbia, a province that–despite the near perfect climate for stout–focuses more on Cascadian style beers?

Sure, you could just pick up an import. Deschutes, Green Flash, North Coast, Elysian and Alameda all make very high quality stouts, and they’re all generally available to people with either a fistful of cash or who are capable of running faster than the guy at the till.


Which, let’s face it, most of us are not.

However, I–and my readers–are much too snobby to admit to the need to import beer, regardless of its quality. Despite BC’s reputation for multiple attempts at cramming the entire hop harvest into a single glass of IPA, our breweries do manage to squeak out a few good heavies once in a while.

So here’s my list of Barley Mowat Approved ™ ways to enjoy International Stout Day. You can find everything you need here for a stout-themed tour of BC, from the mundane and widely available, to those more select gems, to rare one-offs that only exist in theory for most of you. Go forth and buy, loyal legions!

Aside: Yes, I know there are some missing stouts. That’s because I feel this list is complete as it is, and adding in those other stouts wouldn’t really add anything here. If you feel differently, or maybe even brew those stouts, vent in the comments. If you’re loud enough, I’ll likely cave, because I have no spine.

Beers you can buy today

Brewery Beer Style Notes
Parallel 49 Ugly Sweater Milk Stout Just out; I think I like it better un-nitro’d in bottle (LDB).
Steamworks Heroica Oatmeal Stout Freshly bottled!
R&B Dark Star Oatmeal Stout Not my favourite, truth be told, but it sure is widely available in the LDB.
Howe Sound Pothole Filler Imperial Stout A full litre at 9%? What could possibli go wrong? Who are you looking at? WHY DON’T YOU LOVE ME?!?
Hoyne Dark Matter ??? Sure, it’s not technically a stout, but it sure is dark.
Hoyne Voltage Espresso Stout Still a few kicking around.
Russell Rick August Russian Imperial Stout Legacy just pulled a stack of these out of storage.
Crannóg Backhand of God Dry Stout Only on tap, but oh so good.
Storm Black Plague Sweet Stout If you’re lucky enough to have this on tap at your local today, start drinking and don’t stop.

Beers what are in your cellar.

Brewery Beer Style Notes
Driftwood Singularity Russian Imperial Stout Silver cap (’11) or wax top (’12), both are pouring well right now.
Phillips Hammer Imperial Stout Best thing Phillips has done in a long time.
R&B Dark Snout Bacon Stout Okay, I don’t have any, but I bet it will age… interestingly?

Written by chuck

November 8th, 2012 at 10:26 am

Posted in Beers

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  1. Last time I was in Hastings Liquor store they still had a bunch of Rich August.

    PeeSeeGee

    8 Nov 12 at 13:09

  2. @PeeSeeGee – Yeah, that store is a bit of a time machine when it comes to craft releases…

    chuck

    8 Nov 12 at 13:18

  3. No love for Keepers?

    Jono

    8 Nov 12 at 13:54

  4. @Jono – While I do think Keeper’s is a decent stout, I’m not sure it really fills a roll in this list. The LDB appears to have dropped the listing, so it can’t replace Dark Star (but it would), and if you’re in an LRS already why not grab a Parallel 49, Steamworks, Pothole Filler, Voltage or Rick August, all of which are (IMO) better options?

    chuck

    8 Nov 12 at 15:10

  5. Well Keepers did win gold this year at the BC awards. πŸ˜‰

    I’m surprised Back Hand of God didn’t get it actually – that’s my favourite.

    Haven’t tried some of the others. I do like Pothole Filler but it’s not something you can drink a lot of and unapproachable for some people.

    Jono

    8 Nov 12 at 15:30

  6. I haven’t had it yet but am nevertheless absolutely certain that Red Racer Stout (available as of yesterday) deserves to be listed: http://www.centralcitybrewing.com/red-racer-gets-new-look-and-new-addition-to-its-roster/

    Larry Beast

    8 Nov 12 at 15:43

  7. @Larry – That’s the thing with reputations. You wind up loving the beer before you try it πŸ™‚ I have tried the CC Stout, and I’m going to be controversial here and say that I don’t like it. It’s not a horrible stout, but neither is it very good.

    I know, I know, I was just as shocked as you’d expect. CC producing something Not Great? But there it is, I’d rather have virtually every stout on this list, and some not (Keeper’s).

    chuck

    8 Nov 12 at 15:52

  8. “A full litre at 9%? What could possibli go wrong? Who are you looking at? WHY DON’T YOU LOVE ME?!?”

    I literally LOL’ed. As a fan of le stouts, I love this list… I just wish Howe Sound would hurry the hell up and start making Megadestroyer again soon!

    Dan

    8 Nov 12 at 17:25

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