Port Brewing Nelson the Greeter is the latest hoppy offering by the San Marcos, California based brewery.
Apparently named for a well-known clothing optional surf spot, Port Brewing Nelson The Greeter features Denali, Lemondrop, Mosaic and of course – Nelson Sauvin hops. In 2017, the brewery added Nelson into the recipe and loved the bold tropical fruit flavors it produced, prompting a second release of this beer.
Notes of Gooseberry and passion fruit dominate the nose with clean tangerine and freshly cut stone fruit notes leading to a smooth bitter citrus finish.
Port Brewing Nelson The Greeter is available both at the brewery and across Port’s distribution network in late March 2018.
Hops: Denali, Lemondrop, Nelson Sauvin, Mosaic
Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft
Debut: Mid-March 2018
Port Brewing Mongo, the brewery’s flagship imperial IPA, is now available in 16 ounce cans.
At this point there is very little need to reiterate how popular the trend is for breweries to transition into cans. Port had earmarked both Mongo and High Tide to be canned releases in 2016.
Port Brewing Mongo features Columbus, Centennial, Cascade and Simcoe hops. Those that crave a resiny burst of hops will love having Mongo by their side.
Mongo begins with a massive resinous aroma created by the judicious use of Columbus, Amarillo and Cascade hops. The initial taste reveals notes of Orange, Mango and citrus fruits with a piney bitterness and hoppy spice with some mild malt flavors on the finish.
Port Brewing Mongo is available in 16 ounce cans in California first. National distribution will continue in 2017.
Style: Imperial IPA
Hops: Columbus, Centennial, Cascade and Simcoe
Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft. Year-round.
Debut (Cans): December, 2016
Port Brewing and The Lost Abbey have spent the last 8 years building two unique brands/portfolios. Starting in 2015, expect a third concept – The Hop Concept Brewing.
The Hop Concept Brewing will focus on India Pale Ales, released quarterly.
“The team and I are pumped to create four new hoppy beers, working with hop combinations that we’ve never tried before” said Matt Webster, Lead Brewer for Port Brewing and The Lost Abbey. “IPA’s have historically been a specialty of ours, so the chance to hone our skills even more has all the brewers fired up!”
First up is the Hop Freshener Series, subtitled “Uncomplicated Hoppy Beers from the people who know how to make them.” For each release, the names are the flavors and aroma of the beer. The release lineup for 2015 looks like this:
- Dank and Sticky IPA (February)
- Citrus and Piney IPA (May)
- Lemon and Grassy IPA (August)
- Tropical and Juicy IPA (November)
Each release is quarterly, meant to be purchased and consumed fresh in 22oz bottles, and limited draft. The brewery hopes this new ambitious lineup helps people understand the nuances and flavors of craft beer’s most popular style, IPA.
Look for The Hop Concept Brewing and The Freshener Series across Lost Abbey and Port Brewing’s distribution network starting in February, 2015.
Port Brewing and The Lost Abbey have signed with distributor Wilson-McGinley to cover the Pittsburgh market. The brewery will hit the ground in the steel city in November, 2014.
“We certainly did our homework and due diligence to find the right wholesaler partner to represent our brands in the Western PA region” Said Brian Sauls, National Sales Manager for Port Brewing and The Lost Abbey. “We feel Wilson-McGinley represents the same core values as Lost Abbey / Port Brewing and that contagious passion and enthusiasm for great craft beer, shared with our current amazing group of distributors, makes this a partnership we are looking forward to”
The market will get a the full Port Brewing/Lost Abbey core and seasonals.
Port Brewing/Lost Abbey (San Marcos, CA) will release Bourbon Barrel Aged Santa’s Little Helper again on July 19th, 2014.
This year, the boozy beer will arrive in 12.7oz bottles. A good move too, as the beer is aggressive and the smaller format makes it more manageable. Plus, small bottles allow for wider distribution.
A robust beer with tones of sweet malt, dark cocoa and notes of deep bourbon, Santa’s Little Helper is the perfect accompaniment to fruitcake during a California Christmas in July.
Port Brewing Company (San Marcos, CA) just under went a little rebrand this week. The idea is to better disseminate their logos from local Pizza Port Brewing.
There is a relationship between to the two breweries. Long story short, Port/Lost Abbey co-founder Tomme Arthur started at Pizza Port Brewing in 1997. In 2006, Arthur joined forces with Pizza Port founders Vince and Gina Marsaglia to form Port Brewing Company.
Port Brewing & Pizza Port’s logos have looked very similar since Port Brewing’s inception. (Both have pint glasses and circle logos.)
Seen above, the new logo features flip flops, congruent with Port Brewing’s tap handles.
Port Brewing (San Marcos, CA) will soon be bringing Summer Pale Ale to 22oz bottles. This is the first time the brewery has released the offering in bombers.
Our massively hoppy West Coast-style pale ale, we use Chinook, Cascade, Amarillo, and Simcoe hops to really put our mark on the beer. An initial nose of dankness with some subtle pine, SPA starts with an initial bite from the hops and finishes with a refreshing tangerine-like bitterness. Our SPA is the perfect accompaniment to any summer night activities!
Style: Pale Ale
Hops: Chinook, Cascade, Amarillo, Simcoe
Availability: 22oz bombers, Draft