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About Stout Beer

Stout beer is usually related to creamy strong, dark beer. And a lot of times people will think of Guinness when stout becomes the conversation. And whilst many types of stout beer are creamy, dark and strong, a lot of varieties of stout are quite different to one another. For example; did you know Guinness isn’t very high in alcohol content?  That’s right, and it’s actually the same as Bud Light beer at 4.20%. Amazing!

The number one thing that makes a stout beer from other stout beers is the roasted flavour that comes from roasted barley traditionally made by highly kilning barley grain that has not been malted.

Let’s take a look at the history of the stout style to better understand and contribute to a stout conversation the next time it comes up.

Stout Beer – A little history

The word “stout” has been around for a long time and was used to refer to strong beers as far back as the late 1600s and early 1700s. And they were stronger varieties of porters which became known as “stout porters.” Porters first got it’s origins in London and became popular amongst you guessed it, porters! And because the flavour was so strong it tended to last longer and didn’t go bad as quickly as other beers. Plus it had a great tasted in warmer weather and was cheaper than other beers, The word “stout” was used to describe strong versions of all different types of beers back in the day and wasn’t actually a beer style of it’s own. For example, some people would refer to a Stout pale ale, but it eventually developed in to it’s own style people are more familiar with today.

When porters made went to Ireland the St. James’s Gate Brewery (Guinness) first started brewing it’s “porter” in the late 1700s. And it was was not at all like the  Guiness is know for in regards to being smooth, creamy and thick. Instead, it was a complex, big bodied and really strong beer with an alcohol content level at 7.5%. The brewery decided to use the name “stout porter” as a way to describe their stronger porter which after time became known as stout.

English brewers in the 1700s from the Baltic started brewing a stout called they name the Russian imperial Stout. It became a popular beer and very strong in alcohol content between 8 and 11%.  The Russian Imperial Stout was also aged for years and became very popular in the Russian Imperial Court.

Porters were very popular so breweries made them at different strengths which continued to promote the word stout. However there is still some confusion over different stouts and porters and often it simply depends on the beer’s strength.

Below is a list of some common stout styles.

Dry Irish Stout

This particular style of stout is often the one that people think of when referring to stout. Dry Irish Stout beers include tha famous Guinness beer, Murphy’s and Beamish beers in the UK. But a lot of people make the mistake of thinking these beers have a high alcohol content because of their dark colour when usually they are 3.5-5.5% ABV which makes them easy to drink. In most cases, a Dry Irish Stout is a medium bodied beer with a deep black colour associated with stout.

Russian Imperial Stout

Russian Imperial Stout was brewed in the 1700s for the court of Catherine II of Russia.And it sounds amazing doesn’t it? And to ensure this type of beer lasted it was loaded up with hops. It is a really strong beer typically ranging from 8 to 11% ABV and has a bitter taste with fruity notes.

Oatmeal Stout

As the name suggest Oatmeal stouts are brewed with oatmeal, surprise, surprise. And the oatmeal gives them a fuller body, smoothness and an extra note of sweetness than other stouts. Alcohol levels usually range between 4 and 7%.

Sweet (or Milk) Stout

It doesn’t sound very enticing, because the name suggest its flavour, which is true, because the sweet stout usually contains more residual dextrin and unfermented sugars than other stouts contain. And as a direct result this style of stout provides drinkers with a sweet profile along with the roasted flavour associated with stout. Milk stouts are another variation of sweet stout and usually have lactose and milk sugars in the brew.

Depending on your taste there’s usually a style of stout for you. And so we recommend going beyond the famous Guinness and trying some of the other varieties of stouts brewed across the world. And yes, Australian craft breweries are doing a stellar job brewing stout including this months Beer of the month club selection.

Watts River Brewing – Dry Roast Stout (Pictured above).

Cheers!

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Beer Of The Month Club. Watts River Brewing

Hi folks,

Long time between cheers! At least in blog terms.

We continued our never ending search for the best craft beer every month to deliver to our members and it was by chance my parents ran in to one of the Watts River Brewing family at a local bowls club.

So when Mum told me the story I wanted to know more about the two brewers who used to work at the famous White Rabbit brewery in Healesville, Victoria and thought.. these guys must know what they’re doing! I say this because the White Rabbit Dark Ale was one of the first craft beers I had the pleasure of tasting back in the day and was so impressed I started drinking more and more and..anyway back to Watts River Brewing.

Check out the Watts River Micro Brewery in the Yarra Valley on Google maps >

Watts River Brewing call Healesville their home in the Yarra Valley, Victoria - and use the Watts River right next to them as one of their main supplies of brewing water. In other words, it’s a great foundation for producing fresh locally produced Australian craft beer.

“Why did you leave White Rabbit?” I said to Ben (Watts River Brewing Co-founder), “We wanted to brew our own beer without the quality being watered down.” Okay, enough said. But I still love the White Rabbit Dark Ale.

This months Beer of the month selection is the Stout aka Dry Roasty Stout from Watts River Brewing.

Dry Roasty Stout

Dry Roasty Stout

Quote from the Watts River Brewing website.

“A dark, dry, roasty stout built on flavours of coffee and dark chocolate as well as a tiny hint of smoke drifting around in the background. Perfect to savour by yourself or share with an old mate.”

So instead of a roast, I propose a toast to the Watts River Brewing family and say cheers to a job well done. P.s we loved it :)

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Best Beer Clubs

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“Well look no further,” says Max from the Beer Of The Month Club, “you’ve found the original and best beer club in Australia!”

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Best Beer Club

Best Beer Club

It’s a beer club where members receive a different pack of the best craft beer selected from small micro breweries every month,” said Max. 

Monthly memberships at the best beer club in Australia run for 3, 6 and 12 months or ongoing until cancelled.

Some of our monthly beer club members just keep renewing their membership every month by automatic payment until cancelled.

And for craft beer lovers why would you want to cancel when you’re a member of the best beer club that finds and selects a beer of the month every month.

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GABS Best Craft Beers Australia

The GABS 100 best craft beers made in Australia has just been released.

Craft beer tasting paddle

Craft beer tasting paddle

The poll is supported by Dan Murphy’s, Crafty Pint, Australian Brews News and The Local Taphouse which attracts thousands of Australian craft beer fans voting for their top 5 Australian craft beers.

So here it is. Chug, chug..err I mean drum roll please..

GABS Hottest 100 Australian Craft Beers.
1 ‘Pacific Ale’ Australian-style Pale Ale (Stone & Wood, NSW)
2 ‘Hop Hog’ American-style IPA (Feral, WA)
3 ‘IIPA’ Double American-style IPA (Pirate Life, SA) NEW
4 ‘Pale Ale’ American-style Pale Ale (Pirate Life, SA) NEW
5 ‘Pale Ale’ American-style Pale Ale (Little Creatures, WA)
6 ‘150 Lashes’ Australian-style Pale Ale (James Squire, NSW)
7 ‘Pale Ale’ American-style Pale Ale (4 Pines, NSW)
8 ‘Kolsch’ (4 Pines, NSW)
9 ‘Former Tenant’ American-style IPA (Modus Operandi, NSW)
10 ‘Karma Citra’ Black IPA (Feral, WA) GABS (2011)
11 ‘Throwback’ Specialty IPA (Pirate Life, SA) NEW
12 ‘Hop Thief 7’ American-style Pale Ale (James Squire, NSW) NEW
13 ‘Taco Beer’ Specialty Beer (Two Birds, VIC) GABS (2013)
14 ‘Milk and Two Sugars’ Sweet Stout (BrewCult, VIC) NEW / GABS (2015)
15 ‘Beechworth Pale Ale’ American-style Pale Ale (Bridge Road, VIC)
16 ‘Golden Stout Time’ Sweet Stout (Big Shed, SA) NEW / GABS (2015)
17 ‘War Hog’ American-style IPA (Feral, WA) NEW
18 ‘Pale Ale’ Australian-style Pale Ale (Coopers, SA)
19 ‘Summer Ale’ Australian-style Pale Ale (Mountain Goat, VIC)
20 ‘Steam Ale’ Australian-style Pale Ale (Mountain Goat, VIC)
21 ‘Dark Ale’ Dark Mild (White Rabbit, VIC)
22 ‘Ramjet 2014/15 (Whisky Aged)’ Russian Imperial Stout (Boatrocker, VIC) NEW
23 ‘Three Sheets’ Australian-style Pale Ale (Lord Nelson Hotel, NSW)
24 ‘Red’ American-style Amber Ale (Nail, WA)
25 ‘India Red Ale’ American-style IPA (Prancing Pony, SA)
26 ‘777’ Double American-style IPA (Riverside, NSW)
27 Noisy Minor ‘Admiral Ackbar’ American-style Amber Ale (Fortitude, QLD)
28 ‘The Chancer’ Blonde/Golden Ale (James Squire, NSW)
29 ‘Cloud Catcher’ Australian-style Pale Ale (Stone & Wood, NSW)
30 ‘Newtowner’ Australian-style Pale Ale (Young Henry’s, NSW)
31 Noisy Minor ‘ANZUS’ American-style IPA (Fortitude, QLD)
32 ‘Fat Yak’ American-style Pale Ale (Matilda Bay, VIC)
33 ‘Bright Ale’ Blonde/Golden Ale (Little Creatures, WA)
34 ‘Small Ale’ Specialty IPA (Colonial, WA)
35 ‘Indian Summer Pale Ale’ Australian-style Pale Ale (4 Pines, NSW) NEW
36 ‘Hangman’ American-style Pale Ale (Rocks, NSW)
37 ‘Copy Cat’ American-style IPA (Mash, WA)
38 ‘XPA (Extra Pale Ale)’ American-style Pale Ale (Wolf of the Willows, VIC)
39 ‘Vale Ale’ Australian-style Pale Ale (Vale, SA)
40 ‘Dog Days’ American Wheat (Little Creatures, WA) NEW
41 ‘Imperial West Coast Red Rye IPA’ Specialty IPA (4 Pines, NSW) NEW
42 ‘Praline’ Belgian Specialty Ale (La Sirène, VIC) GABS (2014)
43 ‘Return of the Dread’ Foreign Extra Stout (Little Creatures, WA) NEW
44 ‘Roger Ramjet 2015 (Bourbon Aged)’ Russian Imperial Stout (Boatrocker, VIC) NEW
45 ‘IPA’ American-style IPA (Hawkers, VIC) NEW
46 ‘Tusk 2015’ American-style IPA (Feral, WA) NEW
47 ‘IPA’ American-style IPA (Little Creatures, WA)
48 ‘Australian Pale Ale’ (4 Pines, NSW) NEW
49 ‘Fred’ American-style IPA (Murray’s, NSW)
50 ‘Growler’ American-style Brown Ale (2 Brothers, VIC)
51 ‘Fancy Pants’ American-style Amber Ale (Mountain Goat, VIC)
52 ‘Windjammer’ American-style IPA (Green Beacon, QLD)
53 ‘Pale Ale’ American-style Pale Ale (Hawkers, VIC) NEW
54 ‘Watermelon Warhead’ Berliner Weisse (Feral, WA) GABS (2012)
55 ‘Californicator’ American-style IPA (Big Shed, SA) NEW
56 ‘Pale Ale’ Australian-style Pale Ale (Kosciuszko, NSW)
57 ‘Citrus IPA’ Specialty IPA (4 Pines, NSW) NEW
58 ‘Golden Ale’ Blonde/Golden Ale (Two Birds, VIC)
59 ‘Temptress’ Porter (Holgate, VIC)
60 ‘Pale Ale’ American-style Pale Ale (Hawthorn, VIC)
61 ‘Calypso’ American-style Pale Ale (Odyssey, VIC)
62 ‘Two to The Valley’ American-style IPA (Newstead, QLD)
63 ‘F-Yeah’ American-style Pale Ale (Big Shed, SA)
64 ‘Kung Foo’ Pale Lager (2 Brothers, VIC)
65 ‘Garden Ale’ Australian-style Pale Ale (Stone & Wood, NSW)
66 ‘Pale Ale’ Belgian Pale Ale (White Rabbit, VIC)
67 ‘Sunset Ale’ American-style Amber Ale (Two Birds, VIC)
68 ‘Dark Red IPA’ Specialty IPA (Six String, NSW)
69 ‘Atomic Pale Ale’ American-style Pale Ale (Gage Roads, WA)
70 ‘Angry Man Pale Ale’ American-style Pale Ale (Murray’s, NSW)
71 ‘Winston’ American-style Pale Ale (Shenanigans, NSW)
72 ‘Hopsmith’ American-style IPA (Akasha, NSW) NEW
73 ‘Clout Stout 2015’ Russian Imperial Stout (Nail, WA) NEW
74 ‘Grizz’ American-style Amber Ale (2 Brothers, VIC)
75 ‘#010 West Coast IPA’ American-style IPA (Exit, VIC) NEW
76 ‘Draught’ Kölsch (Colonial, WA)
77 ‘IPA’ American-style IPA (Mornington Peninsula, VIC)
78 ‘ESB’ Extra Special Bitter (4 Pines, NSW)
79 ‘Yenda Pale Ale’ Australian-style Pale Ale (Australian Beer Co, NSW)
80 ‘Rogers’ American-style Amber Ale (Little Creatures, WA)
81 ‘Splice of Heaven’ Specialty IPA (Moon Dog, VIC) NEW
82 ‘West Coast IPA’ American-style IPA (Batch, NSW)
83 ‘Vanilla Milk Stout’ Sweet Stout (Thirsty Crow, NSW)
84 ‘Barrel Breed Barley Wine’ UK-style Barleywine (Mountain Goat, VIC) NEW
85 ‘Bling’ American-style IPA (Bridge Road, VIC)
86 ‘The Fox’ Vienna-style Lager (Rabbit & Spaghetti, SA) NEW
87 ‘Session Ale’ Australian-style Pale Ale (Mismatch, SA)
88 ‘Crankshaft’ American-style IPA (BentSpoke, ACT)
89 ‘Pale Ale’ American-style Pale Ale (Mornington Peninsula, VIC)
90 ‘28’ American-style Pale Ale (Burleigh, QLD)
91 ‘3 Quarter Time’ Australian-style Pale Ale (Newstead, QLD)
92 ‘White Ale’ Witbier (White Rabbit, VIC)
93 ‘Sly Fox’ American-style Pale Ale (Feral, WA)
94 ‘ESB’ Extra Special Bitter (Hargreaves Hill, VIC)
95 ‘55’ American-style Pale Ale (3 Ravens, VIC)
96 ‘Metamorphosis’ American-style IPA (KAIJU!, VIC)
97 ‘Sparkling Ale’ Australian-style Pale Ale (Coopers, SA)
98 ‘Zoo Feeder’ American-style IPA (Modus Operandi, NSW)
99 ‘Hopped Out Red’ American-style Amber Ale (KAIJU!, VIC)
100 ‘Hazelnut Brown’ UK-style Brown Ale (Bad Shepherd, VIC) NEW

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Unique Christmas Gift Ideas

“We’ve got a bunch of unique Christmas gift ideas“, says Max from Gift Of The Month Clubs.

Unique Christmas gift ideas for him include..

Beer Of The Month Club
“This is a monthly beer club where members receive a different pack of craft beer every month for 3, 6 or 12 months!”

Unique Christmas Gift Ideas

Unique Christmas Gift Ideas

Unique Christmas gift ideas for her (and him) include..

Wine Of The Month Club
“This is a monthly membership club where members receive a different bottle or red wine or white wine every month from boutique wineries!”

Unique Christmas Gift Ideas

Unique Christmas Gift Ideas

Choose from over 14 different unique Christmas gift ideas at
Gift Of The Month Clubs Australia. Delivery is available around Australia including Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Darwin, Perth, Adelaide, Canberra, Hobart and more.

Christmas Gift Ideas for Men

Are you searching for Christmas gift ideas for men?

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Beer Of The Month Club
“It’s one of the best Christmas gift ideas for men I can think of!”
Says Rob from Gift Of The Month Clubs.

Christmas Gift Ideas for Men

Christmas Gift Ideas for Men

The Beer Of The Month Club is a monthly beer club where you can give someone a membership to receive a different pack of craft beer every month! Membership packages range from 3 month memberships to 6 months, 12 months and ongoing memberships until cancelled.

Wine Of The Month Club
A great Christmas gift idea for men and women is a membership to a monthly wine club! “It’s a great Christmas gift idea for men and women”, says Rob.

Christmas Gift Idea for Men

Christmas Gift Idea for Men

Wine club members receive a different bottle of wine delivered to their home or office every month!

“Selections range from red wine, white wine, sparkling wine and more from boutique vineyards around Australia and the world”.

Tie Of The Month Club
A tie used to be a boring Christmas gift but now thanks to the Tie Of The Month Club you can buy someone a membership to receive a different tie every month! “It’s another great Christmas gift idea for men”.

Christmas Gift Idea for Men

Christmas Gift Idea for Men

“We’ve definitely got some of the best Christmas gift ideas for men”.

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Unique Christmas Gifts Australia

Did you search for unique Christmas gifts Australia?

If yes, Gift Of The Month Clubs has some of the most unique Christmas gifts in Australia!

Here are 3 unique Christmas gifts in Australia.

Beer Of The Month Club
Do you know someone who loves beer? Of course! Well you can now give someone a membership to the Beer Of The Month Club where members receive a different pack of hard to find and award winning craft beer every month!

Unique Christmas Gifts Australia

Unique Christmas Gifts Australia

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Flower Of The Month Club
A unique Christmas gift is a gift membership to the Flower Of The Month Club. It’s a popular flower club in Australia where members receive a different bunch of flowers every month. Florist designed flowers are delivered Australia wide to members homes or offices.

Unique Christmas Gifts Australia

Unique Christmas Gifts Australia

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Wine Of The Month Club
Give someone in Australia a unique Christmas gift this Christmas to a monthly wine club! It’s one of the most unique Christmas gifts Australia has to offer where members receive a different bottle of premium wine every month for 3, 6 or 12 months.

Unique Christmas Gifts Australia

Unique Christmas Gifts Australia

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Beer Of The Month Wins Best Beer Award

Two Birds Brewing has won the best beer award at the Wetherspoons Real Ale Festival. And what was the beer called? “Sunset Ale” which was selected by judges from over 50 craft beers.

Two Birds Brewing Sunset Ale

Two Birds Brewing Sunset Ale

“Our goal is to source and deliver the best craft beer available”, said Rob from the Beer Of The Month Club, “whether it’s a small hard to find micro brewery or an award winning beer, we’ll do our best to find it!”

The Two Birds Brewing Sunset Ale beat entrants from around the world including Australia, Netherlands, Britain, New Zealand and other craft beer brewing countries.

“It was the beer judges said they would have come back for another one and had the most distinctive flavour,” said Jayne Lewis. Jayne is one of two co founders from Australia’s first female owned micro brewery called Two Birds Brewing.

In addition the Two Birds Brewing Sunset Ale has won a number of awards at home in Australia in its short history of brewing craft beer. But is it the best craft beer in the world?

“Well it was the best beer at the festival”, said Jayne with a smile.

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Unique Christmas Gifts for Him

Are you searching for unique Christmas gifts for him?

Yes!

“Well look no further,” says Max from Gift Of The Month Clubs, “because we’ve got some of the best and most unique Christmas gifts for him”.

Beer Of The Month Club
A unique Christmas gift for him is a membership to the Beer Of The Month Club. It’s a monthly subscription club where members receive a different pack of craft and award winning craft beer from micro breweries every month for 3, 6 or 12 months!

Unique Christmas Gifts for Him

Unique Christmas Gifts for Him

Wine Of The Month Club
Does he like wine? If yes, give him a membership to the Wine Of The Month Club. It really is a unique Christmas gift for him that will keep on giving when other Christmas gifts are gone and forgotten.

Unique Christmas Gifts for Him

Unique Christmas Gifts for Him

Cider Of The Month Club
A new and unique Christmas gift for him that many couples enjoy is a membership to the Cider Of The Month Club. It’s a monthly cider club where members receive a different pack of boutique cider every month for the duration of their membership. Cider selections include sweet cider, draft cider, sparkling cider and more.

Unique Christmas Gifts for Him

Unique Christmas Gifts for Him

“It’s a unique Christmas gift for him that keeps on giving when other Christmas gifts are gone and forgotten.”

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Unique Christmas Gifts

Do you give boring Christmas gifts?

“Dont give boring gifts!” Says Max from Gift Of The Month Clubs.

You can now send unique Christmas gifts from one of 14 different Gift Of The Month Clubs.

“We’re a unique gift giving service where you can buy someone a membership to one of our amazing clubs!”

Top 3 unique Christmas gifts include..

Beer Of The Month Club
Do you know a beer lover? Well imagine their delight when they discover they have been given a membership to the Beer Of The Month Club! It’s a unique monthly membership club where members receive a different pack of hard to find and award winning craft beer every month for 3, 6 or 12 months!

Unique Christmas Gifts

Unique Christmas Gifts

Wine Of The Month Club
Do you know someone who enjoys a glass of wine? If yes, you can now give them a membership to the Wine Of The Month Club where members receive a different bottle of boutique wine every month for 3, 6 or 12 months!

Unique Christmas Gifts

Unique Christmas Gifts

Flower Of The Month Club
A wonderful and unique Christmas gift for women is a membership to the Flower Of The Month Club where members receive a different bunch of florist designed flowers every month delivered to their home or office for 3, 6 or 12 months! Or choose an ongoing membership until cancelled (minimum 3 months).

Unique Christmas Gifts

Unique Christmas Gifts

“It’s a unique Christmas gift that keeps on giving when other Christmas gifts are gone and forgotten”.

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