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Crafting Stout foundations

Our Journey

When it comes to crafting stout beer, there are some craft breweries that really have it figured out. The amazing stouts they brew are delicious and we’re happy to mention the brews we’ve found that really catch our attention.  We’ve featured a variety of craft breweries from around the world in the past, such as Samuel Smith’s Brewing Company whose Organic craft beers have gained enough interest to spark a following around the world.  Today we want to tell you about some of the amazing brews from around the United States that we think are great.

Crafting stout beer is not a singular defined method

Depending on the type of stout you prefer, the foundations of the brew could be very different.  For example, Russian Imperial Stout and Imperial Stout have slightly different foundations, even though they originated in the same area.  Many brew types were created during a time when brews were either consumed shortly after creation, aged in barrels for a short period, or in the case of Russian Imperial Stouts, they were brewed with the intent of shipping long distances.

Crafting stout beer is a popular practice that crosses not only several centuries, but also several countries and cultures.  This has resulted in a type of brew that varies in bitterness, texture, flavor, and ABV as well.  The ingredients used and the concentrations of each can greatly change the way each brew turns out and some are also great for aging further in the bottle.  This means that even if a brew doesn’t have quite the smooth texture you desire, it may have in a week or two after aging in the bottle, giving us the chance to taste a brew entirely different from the first bottle.

Crafting stout beer has become popular in the United States and around the world

There are some outstanding stouts on the market today that mimic the styles of old, as well as several that have taken a step or two further from the originals and really amped up the flavor profiles and creamy textures.  We’ve listed several breweries below, along with some of their creations that we think you just might love.  Perhaps there are brews missing from our list that you have found in your own travels.  Make sure to leave us a comment and let us know so we can either add them to our list or feature them in a future post!

  • Founders Brewing Company
    • Imperial Stout
    • Breakfast Stout
  • Funky Buddha Brewing
    • Nikolai Vorlauf Imperial Stout (with several variations on tap as specials)
    • I’m so excited, I’m so scared Coffee Stout
  • Cigar City Brewing Company
    • Vanilla Hazelnut Marshal Zhukov’s Imperial Stout
    • Marshal Zhukov’s Penultimate Push Imperial Stout
    • Marshal Zhukov’s Imperial Stout
    • Cafe Con Leche Sweet Stout with Coffee
    • Hunahpu’s® Imperial Stout
    • Raspberry Halo Imperial Stout
  • Samuel Smith’s Brewing Company
    • Organic Chocolate Stout
    • Oatmeal Stout
    • Imperial Stout
  • New Glarus Brewing Company
    • Road Slush
  • Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
    • West Coast Style Stout
    • Narwhal Imperial Stout
  • Boulevard Brewing Company
    • Milk Stout (Tasting room)
    • Oatmeal Stout (Tasting room)
    • Dark Truth Stout
  • Terrapin Beer Company
    • Lucille Blackstrap Molasses Stout
    • Moo-Hoo Chocolate Milk Stout
    • Wake n Bake Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout
    • Tart Cherry Oatmeal Imperial Stout
    • Moo-Hoochiato Chocolate Milk Stout
  • Papago Brewing Company
    • Papago Coconut Joe
  • Bell’s Brewery
    • Kalamazoo Stout
    • Expedition Stout Russian Imperial Stout
    • Java Stout American Stout with Coffee
    • Special Double Cream Stout
    • Black Note Stout
    • Bourbon Barrel-aged Expedition Stout Russian Imperial Stout
    • Cherry Stout

We hope you enjoy some of the many delicious offerings we have listed here.  Each of these breweries offers some pretty amazing craft beer to their patrons and we’re happy to share them with you.  If you’re into other types of brews, we’ve included links to each brewery so you can check out what else they have to offer as well.  As we said, leave us a comment with the stouts and breweries you have discovered and perhaps we’ll feature them in a future article!


Mar 7, 2017