Hop & Kettle: Tell us how the idea to start an international beer holiday based on Stout came about?
Erin Peters: Beer is an integral part of the lives of many communities. There is an awesome trend where breweries use local, indigenous ingredients – food, spices, etc. These ingredients are grown right in that community. Sounds like such a throwback idea, it’s definitely nothing new, but it’s an idea that got lost along the way, and I’m excited it’s making a comeback.
I’ve always been intrigued with the idea of celebrating a beer style or local area. Just like 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, the brewers, etc. The camaraderie of the brewers, the industry and cities that get together to celebrate the craft of beer is nothing short of awesome. Families and friends have been sharing stories and creating a sense of community over beer for centuries, and this is just another way to celebrate and share your story in a more open way, everywhere! The power of the Internet has made this possible.
Hop & Kettle: Out of all the different styles of beer, why choose to celebrate Stout?
Erin Peters: Simply put, I love Stout. It’s not an easy or simple beer, comparatively. It reminds me of that line in Sideways: “I am NOT drinking any fucking Merlot!” Not to oversimplify, but it seems to me that Stout, like, say, a Pinot Noir, is a bit more complicated. It’s a handsome beer. The pairing possibilities are boundless, and it goes so very nice with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It also has a really interesting history – starting with river porters of London. Some high ABV stouts are also superb to age for a while.
What can I say? I’m Irish and I love drinking stouts when it’s brisk out. It’s in my genes. I think the question is, why not stout? Of course, all the beer styles deserve a day of world-renowned recognition. Don’t you think?
Hop & Kettle: International Stout Day is November 3rd. Was there a particular reason for picking that day?
Erin Peters: I wanted the day to be a crisp, cool day prefect weather for everyone to fully enjoy a few dark pints. It’s right after Halloween so spiced foods and beers will be available, which pair really well with malty, rich stouts.
Hop & Kettle: The official site for International Stout Day is http://www.stoutday.com/. What should readers expect to find on the site?
Erin Peters: Readers can register for the site and find out about exiting event being held in their area. Bars and Breweries can create an account and inform everyone of what they are doing to celebrate stout day. Of course, there will be more exciting news for next year.
Hop & Kettle: What would be the best way for the readers to help support International Stout Day?
Erin Peters: Register on the site, and tweet about #StoutDay (using the hashtag) on and around November 3rd and tell us what you’re drinking or brewing!
Hop & Kettle: With so many amazing Stouts on the market do you have a favorite that you will be drinking on Stout Day?
Erin Peters: That’s very, very hard to say because there are so many truly amazing craft stouts. It really all depends on which bars I will be celebrating Stout Day at and which stouts each of them has on tap.
Hop & Kettle: We agree with Erin! With so many great craft Stouts out there it is hard to choose. We at the Hop & Kettle would like to thank Erin Peters for taking time out of her busy schedule to answer our questions. For additional information about International Stout Day, check out the official web site: http://www.stoutday.com/.