Check for a shadow: It’s almost Stout Hog Day

Photo courtesy of Pisgah Brewing

Pisgah brews some excellent porters and stouts — and the company’s brewers love drinking dark beers as well. So in 2008, they decided to add “a beer connoisseur’s twist” to Groundhog Day, according to events and public relations director Benton Wharton.

“It’s our first self-established holiday, making it very dear to our hearts,” says Wharton. “Back when we first started the taproom, we were all in the middle of winter making and drinking a lot of stouts and porters. We talked about it and we’re like, ‘Hey, we can do whatever we want so let’s invent a holiday [for those beers].'”

This year, the eighth year of the event, Stout Hog Day will officially take place on Sunday, Feb. 1. Yep, that’s also Super Bowl Sunday. Don’t worry though: The action starts at noon and wraps up by 6 p.m., so there will be plenty of time to enjoy Stout Hog Day and the big game, if you’re so inclined.

The company plans to have 17 taps flowing, with seven of its own beers and 10 guest beers. Included in the lineup of Pisgah beers are a few specialties: the Great American Beer Festival medal-winning Chocolatized, an orange-infused version of Nitro Stout, Butcher Babe Smoked Porter and Cosmos, the first release in Pisgah’s 10th Anniversary Series. Pisgah will also have bottles of Cosmos available for sale for the first time when doors open at noon.

Guest beers will include French Toast Stout from Wicked Weed, Skillet Donut Stout from Burial and Narwhal from Sierra Nevada as well as stouts from Highland, New Holland, Birdsong, Fonta Flora and more.

Roots reggae band Chalwa will play throughout the afternoon starting at 2 p.m. However there are a couple reasons to get there early. Availability of the beers is limited, so there’s no guarantee of getting Chocolatized if you come on the late side. There’s also a Brewer’s Breakfast planned, which means free pancakes for all (while supplies last) courtesy of the brewers. D.O.G.S food truck will be on-site as well, preparing breakfast items for purchase either alongside the pancakes or once the pancakes run out.

For more information, check out Pisgah’s event page.



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About Thom O'Hearn
Thom O’Hearn is a writer, book editor and homebrewer. Twitter: @thomohearn

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