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What makes a beer a stout?

When we think of creamy, dark, heavy and strong beers, we think of stouts. However not all stouts have these attributes. While many types of stouts are indeed as we have just described, the styles range from being very alcoholic and dry to being hoppy with a lower ABV. So, the question comes to mind: what makes a beer a stout?

As you all know there are different variations of stouts. We’ll go over the most common stouts after we dive into a brief history lesson and answer the big question.  

 

A Little History Lesson: Stout Beer

It is no wonder we think of heavy and strong beers when we think of stouts. The word ‘stout’ itself used to refer to strong beers in the late 1600s to early 1700s. Back then, they were usually called ‘stout porters’, because they just were stronger and full-bodied varieties of porters. Porters were very popular among porters (now you know where the name comes from) in England, where it has its origin.

The word ‘stout’ was used to describe strong versions of all types of beers, but wasn’t a style on its own yet. As porters made their way over to Ireland, there was a brewery called St. James’s Gate Brewery (Guinness), that started to brew a ‘porter’ in the late 1700s. However, this porter turned out to be a complex, big-bodied and very strong one at 7,5% ABV. This beer is nothing like the Guinness we know nowadays. The brewery called this one a ‘stout porter’, because it was so strong. This was later shorted into ‘stout’.

Somewhere in the 1700s, English breweries began brewing stouts for export, such as Russian imperial Stout and Foreign Extra Stout, which was brewed to send to the Caribbean. These beers were very loved.

Because of the porters popularity, breweries made them in different strengths, which led to popularize the word ‘stout’. This makes that there is still some confusion about the difference between stouts and porters.

 

What makes a beer a stout?

So, after this history lesson it is time to answer the question, before diving into the common styles. While not all stouts have a high ABV, they do all have a characteristic roasted flavor. This is what makes a stout stand out from other styles of beer. Like most beers, they are made with hops and yeast. However, stouts are heavy in roasted barley or other roasted malts.

There are a lot of variations of stouts. Each variation has their own characteristics. Time to go over the most common ones.

 

Russian Imperial Stout

This stout was brewed by the English for the court of Catherine II of Russia in the 1700s. To make sure that the beers lasted the trip, they loaded the stout with hops. Russian Stouts are known to be very strong beers, from 8 to 11% ABV. They have a bit of a bitter taste with fruity notes.

Oatmeal Stout

As you can probably guess, oatmeal stouts are brewed with oatmeal. The oatmeal gives the stout a fuller body, smoothness and a bit more sweetness. Usually these brews have an ABV of 4 to 7%.  

Dry Irish Stout

Because of the dark color, you might think that they have a very high ABV. However, these stouts are incredibly drinkable with a usual ABV of 3,5 to 5,5%. Are you having a medium bodied beer with the deep black stout color with a drinkable taste? It is probably a Dry Irish Stout.

Sweet/Milk Stout

Besides heavy and creamy, stouts can also be sweet. The Sweet Stout frequently contains more residual dextrin and unfermented sugars than other styles. Milk Stouts are a variation to this style and contain – you guessed it again – milk sugars and lactose. Both types of stouts have a sweet profile, alongside the characteristic roasted flavor.

 

In our opinion drinking a stout is the perfect way to end your day. There are so many tasty variations, that there is a stout out there for everyone. We’ve got some very special ones on our current menu from breweries such as Founders and Evil Twin.

 

What is the difference between an IPA and a Pale Ale?

Two of the most popular beer styles in the craft beer world are – without a doubt – the India Pale Ale (IPA) and the Pale Ale. While they actually are different beers, most people would struggle to identify the difference in a blind tasting as both are hoppy beers and have other similar characteristics. What is the actual difference between an IPA and a Pale Ale? Find out the answer by a little history lesson.

As you might guess (or know) the Pale Ale was born first. This beer finds its origin in the fact that somewhere in the early 1700s brewers began using lighter malts. The use of lighter malts led to the lighter color of the beer – pale – and a lighter flavor. Because of the lighter flavor, the hops were more prominent in these beers.

Around the 1820s the India Pale Ale saw the light of day. The myth goes that the British colonies in India brewed these beers because they desired the beers from home. Because of the long distance they had to pass during these six-month journeys, they increased the amount of hops and alcohol so that the beer wouldn’t spoil.

What does this mean? Because of this origin, you could say that the IPA is a more intense and stronger beer than the Pale Ale. It has a higher ABV and IBU. However this might be the origin, it is all relative nowadays. Brewers have their own recipes, which might make one’s IPA less strong than another one’s Pale Ale. Also, every person has different taste buds and breweries have a certain degree of freedom to classify a beer however they want to.
In the end, we can at least count on IPAs and Pale Ales to be hoppy and bitter.

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Als partner van ADO Den Haag en GroenGeelHart geeft Brody’s maandelijks bij één wedstrijd dit pakket weg tot het einde van het seizoen. Houdt de website in de gaten om te winnen. 

*Afhankelijk van het aantal deelnemers en correct voorspelde uitslagen worden één of meerdere winnaars geloot uit de juiste antwoorden. 

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Voorspel de wedstrijd tussen ADO Den Haag en FC Twente (14 april 2018) en maak kans* op een beertasting voor 2 personen.

Brody’s is officieel partner van ADO Den Haag en GroenGeelHart. 


Als partner van ADO Den Haag en GroenGeelHart geeft Brody’s maandelijks bij één wedstrijd dit pakket weg tot het einde van het seizoen. Houdt de website in de gaten om te winnen. 

*Afhankelijk van het aantal deelnemers en correct voorspelde uitslagen worden één of meerdere winnaars geloot uit de juiste antwoorden. 

Win beer credit! What was your favorite beer of 2017?

We are currently updating a few beers on our menu which made us curious. What was the best beer of 2017? Let us know which one is your favorite and win €35,- in beer credit.

What was your favorite beer of 2017?

*The beer doesn’t need to be on Brody’s menu: you can choose any beer from any brewery.

We’ll notify the winners by e-mail. 

  • You can only enter once. Let us know which beer you've liked the most. (Je kunt maar één keer deelnemen. Laat ons weten welk bier jouw favoriet was in 2017)

 

Super Bowl 52 LIVE! – PREDICT and WIN

On the 4th of February the highlight of the American Football sports will take place. The Super Bowl 52 is the grand finale of the NFL season. We’re live streaming Super Bowl 52 on a big 5K screen and several other screens in Brody’s. 

Think you’re good at predicting the game? Answer below and win!

We’re giving away beerflights and beer tastings for 2 persons.

We’ll notify the winners by e-mail and announce it on our social media event of Super Bowl 52 LIVE.
The winner of the first question (first score) will directly get a free beerflight when in Brody’s. 

 

 

These beers will match your Christmas dinner!

If you are reading this, you are a beerlover by heart. Somehow during Christmas people think that only wine can be drunk while having dinner. However, this is not true at all. We will list a few examples of beer and food matches. Just remember that there are no rules, just a few guidelines that will make your dish taste even better.

Fish and turkey/chicken

Are you having fish for dinner? Salmon for example? Match a light and refreshing beer with this with a slightly sour taste, such as saison or a pale lager. This will complement the slightly smoked taste of the fish perfectly. When having turkey or chicken, we would also go for a spicy saison. The spiciness and the yeasty depth will add even more flavor to your chicken or turkey.

Raw meats

Whenever you are having raw meats, we would recommend you have a blonde or a wheat beer. These are not to heavy and go well with these types of dishes.

Roasted meats and vegetables

Enjoying a tender steak? Go for a porter or stout. The taste of roasted malts will go perfect with the roasted taste of the meats. The same goes for roasted vegetables of course. Fruity stouts (such as cranberry stouts) can also be a great addition to your meat dish. Think of the dark and robust feel of the stout combined with fruitiness and the tenderness of the meat… we’re in heaven.

Last but not least: beer makes the perfect dessert. Go for whatever kind of beer you feel like having while (or after) eating this dish and enjoy it! For example, an IPA can be mouthwatering when combined with a carrot cake.

The most important thing while matching beers with your dinner is to keep in mind what type of dish is being served. Don’t have a stout with a goat’s cheese salad – a cherry beer will blow you away.

Brody’s Quiz Night: What Do You Know About 2017?

2017 is coming to an end. What a year it was! Trump started his role as president of the USA, Portugal wins the European Songfestival, House Of Cards says farewell to Kevin Spacey, and in The Netherlands a couple got arrested because they didn’t want to stop havin’ sex on their grandmother’s funeral.

How much do you think you know about 2017? We’ll be hosting a quiz night in American style with beer as your prices.

Eventdate: 30 december
Time: 20:00 – 23:00 o’clock
Prices: beer, beer, beer and more beer!
Entrance: Free

Register for the Quiz Night by filling out this form (it’s free)!

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Ben jij goed in het voorspellen van het wedstrijdverloop? Wij stellen het op de proef!

Voorspel de uitslag van de wedstrijd tussen Feyenoord en ADO Den Haag (28 januari 2018) en maak kans* op een beertasting voor 2 personen.

Brody’s is officieel partner van ADO Den Haag en GroenGeelHart. 


Als partner van ADO Den Haag en GroenGeelHart geeft Brody’s maandelijks bij één wedstrijd dit pakket weg tot het einde van het seizoen. Houdt de website in de gaten om te winnen. 

*Afhankelijk van het aantal deelnemers en correct voorspelde uitslagen worden één of meerdere winnaars geloot uit de juiste antwoorden. 

Kings Day Special: Win €50 beer credit! How many beer coasters do I contain?

What better way to celebrate Kings Day than with beer? We are giving away €50,- worth of beer credit because of this National Holiday! 

Show our King (‘Koning Pils’) how good you are at estimating? Answer below and win!

How many beer coasters are in the keg in Brody’s?

We’ll notify the winners by e-mail and announce it on social media on May 5th.

You can enter the competition until  May 4th.

Want to have a closer look at the vat? You can find it in Brody’s!

  • You can only enter once. Your first answer is the only one that counts. (Je kunt maar één keer deelnemen. Het eerste antwoord is het enige antwoord dat wordt meegenomen in de winactie.)
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