Stouts & Porters - Internationally stout has become considered to be an Irish drink although its origins are from London, England in the 18th century. The most popular story was that this complex drink was made up of three different beers being pale ale, brown beer and aged beer which was mixed together at the pub. This process was called three threads. Brewers learned to re-create this effect by producing brown beer that was allowed to age before being sold. They called this ‘entire butt’ due to the process being carried out in one butt, or cask. This soon became known as porter and this is possibly because market porters drank so much of it! Stronger porters that were brewed then were known as stout porters and later this shortened to stout. Strengths range from 3% ABV upwards. Imperial stouts generally start around 7% ABV and were originally brewed with a high hop and alcohol content to survive shipping to the Imperial Russian court where Catherine The Great had allegedly instigated a fashionable demand for these British ales.