Happy Stout Day!
November 8th marks International Stout Day 2012, but where did the Stouts we love originate?
We need to thank Porter beers and the manipulation of the English language for giving us what we now know as the Stout. According to Wikipedia, Porters originated in London in the 1720s. In the 14th century, Stout meant “proud” or “brave”, but by the 18th century, it had come to mean “strong”.
Because of the update in the meaning of stout, it began being used as an adjective to describe the strong taste of the porter, ie Stout Porter. By the 19th century Stout had become synonymous with strong, dark Porters.
So on Stout Day 2012, let’s raise our glasses to London and the ever changing English language. Cheers!