Pours out a dark brown to almost black. There's a slight twang sour smell, along with some roastiness.
Burnt coffee and dried fruit come through. There's a rich malty goodness and nice warming quality, perhaps from the chocolate malts. Also tasted is light caramel, mild English yeast and slight licorice flavor.
The hops presence is mild but exactly where it should be for the style. It's medium bodied, smooth and clean in the mouth. Overall, a very nice porter - one that I'll happily try again.
Pouring a clear, rich mahogany brown with amber highlights, there's a strong aroma of chocolate, with roasted malts and hints of coffee grounds.
The taste is more of the same, composed primarily of toasted malts, a bit of caramel and the faintest hints of dark fruit. A nice hop bitterness lingers in the finish with some faint molasses and brown sugar.
It's on the lighter side of medium body, with average carbonation. Really nice sessionability, especially for a Porter.
Its blend of roasted malts, dark chocolate, dark fruits, and alcohol yielded chicory and some vanilla on the nose. New World Porter is not your typical dark beer, as it’s dry hopped. Citric hops are evident and impart a slightly bitter bite, while splinters of woodiness, chocolate and coffee provide for an even balance.
Ross Steinberg is the focus of my first homebrewer highlight. Having lived in Los Angeles, it may come as no surprise that he now brews beer for bands such as Prong, Ministry and The Swingin' Utters. Cool.
The Maltose Falcons Homebrewing Society, the oldest homebrewing club in the United States, marks its 40th anniversary with a year-long celebration filled with two commercial collaboration beers with acclaimed craft brewers Eagle Rock Brewery and Firestone Walker Brewing Co., homebrew competitions, monthly brewing sessions, monthly meetings, and brewing education events.
Do your holiday spirits need some more lifting? These beers will keep you warm as roasting chestnuts with their holiday-ified ABV, spices and rich barrel aged flavors. These seasonally appropriate flavor profiles featuring chocolate, ginger, cinnamon and winter fruits are a welcome respite from ugly Christmas sweaters and that Neil Diamond Christmas album your mom insists on playing every year. Bring goodwill and joy to your fellow man with the gift of the following holiday beers.
“My sister, your grain – its beer is tasty, my comfort..” - Song of Songs; Sumeria, 2100 B.C.
Yep, you read that right. B.C. The creation of beer is credited to women!
I’d venture to say there are few women in the world that can claim they’ve been brewing beer professionally for nearly a quarter of a century. Before brewing was all the rage, Teri was a grain handling, wort boiling, carboy carrying, yeast pitching, beer fermenting, woman, in a male-dominated industry.
Dedicated to the preservation, presentation and interpretation of the Air Power of World War II, the Palm Springs Air Museumwas home to the 2nd annual Props & Hops Craft Beer Festival on Saturday, November 23rd. Sixteen breweries served their brews among Grumman A6 Intruders and McDonnell Douglas F4 Phantoms.
The veterans enjoyed the festival alongside the war planes, by volunteering to serve the beer.
As founder of Props & Hops, Brent Schmidtman, said, “…it’s an air museum, so there’s a lot of veterans that were pilots during wars, so that’s really where that whole thing started. And a lot of them volunteer and dedicate their time here all the time, whether it’s as mecanics to refurbish the airplanes, whether it’s in the snack shop…that’s kinda how it started and because they are volunteers here, they’re all very happy to volunteer to help in any way to help the museum. We’re very proud to have them here and honored.”
Among the 16 breweries were three Coachella Valley locals, Coachella Valley Brewing Co. (Thousand Palms), La Quinta Brewing Co. (Palm Desert) and Babe’s Bar-B-Que and Brewhouse (Rancho Mirage).
The other attendees included Black Market Brewing Co. (Temecula), Bootlegger’s Brewery (Fullerton), Firestone Walker Brewing Company (Paso Robles), Golden Road Brewing (Los Angeles), Hanger 24 Craft Brewery (Redlands), Lagunitas Brewing Company (Petaluma), The Lost Abbey (San Marcos), New Belgium Brewing Company (Fort Collins),Ninkasi Brewing Company (Portland), Packinghouse Brewing Company (Riverside), Refuge Brewery (Temecula) and Stone Brewing Co. (Escondido).
(San Diego, CA) – Karl Strauss Brewing Company is proud to announce the return of its cult-classic, Peanut Butter Cup Porter. The company first brewed Peanut Butter Cup Porter for San Diego Beer Week last year and fans went wild for it, with all 80 kegs running out in less than 5 days. This year, the company more than doubled production to keep up with demand. The company is experiencing 27% growth in the more mature San Diego off-premise market, and looks forward to eventually adding Peanut Butter Cup porter to its list of bottled offerings.