On Monday, January 16th, Saint Arnold Divine Reserve 17 will hit shelves.
A Baltic porter has been chosen for this 17th edition of Divine Reserve – a style that dates back to the 18th century (at least.) Baltic porters are much more robust then your average porter, as well as higher in alcohol by volume is higher.
The Saint Arnold brewing team used Munich malt, plus chocolate wheat and brown malt in order to give this beer a roasty flavor that isn’t overly cloying.
This was all achieved using a combination of Munich malt as the base malt with Chocolate Wheat and Brown malt to give the color and roast and flaked oats to round out the body. A healthy amount of Perle hops creates a balancing bitterness that is disguised by the body of the beer. The Old Bavarian lager yeast used in this beer is the same yeast used in Saint Arnold 5 O’ Clock Pils, Spring Bock and Summer Pils, and is the first lager brew for the Divine Reserve series.
Saint Arnold Divine Reserve 17 is available in 12 ounce bottles and draft at select locations in Texas and Louisiana.
Style: Baltic Porter
Malts: Chocolate Wheat, Munich, Borwn
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft
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Terrapin Smoke on the Porter is now the brewery’s Side Project #28.
The base beer is a Baltic porter brewed with beechwood smoked malt, that the brewery will be been aging on French oak until this fall release. In case you have a song rolling around your head, the beer is a nod to Deep Purple’s classic Smoke on the Water, released in 1972.
Like music to your ears, “Smoke on the Porter” is that song you just can’t seem to get out of your head. Brewed with beechwood smoked malt and aged on French Oak, this old world lager will keep you humming that familiar tune.
What to expect? Smoke might turn some people off. To get that out the way now, there is just a hint off the beechwood smoked malt. There is a good bit of chocolate. So…smokey chocolate with a hint of fresh oak in the finish. A candidate for rich desserts, vanilla ice creams, or cheesecakes. Hell, even hot wings. Get weird.
Terrapin Smoke on the Porter is headed to shelves in 12 ounce cans – a very limited release.
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Dogfish Head & Shorts Brewing are collaborating. Sam of DFH and Joe of Short’s have been friends for years. Yesterday Shorts announced via their blog, details of the collaboration. Here’s the quick rundown. The beer would have ingredients from each of the brewery’s home states. You know Dogfish. The ingredient are to be “unusual” aka off-centered. The beer will be brewed in Bellaire, MI at Short’s.
Here’s what they came up with. A Baltic porter, featuring beach plums (Delaware), red popcorn (Indiana by way of Three Floyds Brewing), and horehound from Michigan. Horehound for you botanists is called Lamiaceae or Labiatae and is in the mint family. (Subsets= white horehound & black horehound.) Where Three Floyds got involved with the ingredients is a mystery to me.
The beer has yet to be named, but will have a tap debut at Shorts on July 4th. Around Michigan? Here are some deets:
Short’s is releasing the test batch of this beer at its Pub on July 4th. Then, on Wednesday July 6th, Joe and Sam will host a public reception at the lobby of the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa from 5-6:30 p.m. That evening, Sam will dine with the Short’s crew at the Aerie Restaurant on the 16th floor of the tower. Special kegs of Short’s and Dogfish Head will be featured at Aerie that night (a tap takeover to remember!). Short’s Brew will also be featured at Jack’s Sports Bar, which is located near the hotel lobby.
Bottles will be available though Shorts distribution network.
The second release of Left Hand Brewing’s Fade To Black series has arrived. Fade To Black has replaced Left Hand Brewing’s Snowbound Ale as the brewery’s winter seasonal. Last year, volume one was a foreign export stout. This year’s edition is a smoked baltic porter.
Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find a lot of detail on this. Either way, Volume 2 is here. Here’s what I know –
Style: Baltic Porter (Smoked)
Taste Expectations: Smokey, but not overwhelming. Touch of molasses shines through the smoke. Twinge of dark fruit. Slightly warming.
Availability: 12oz/6pks. Draft. Nov-March. Seasonal. Recipe changes each year.
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Truly a worldly beer. Baltic Thunder represents the Baltic Porter style admirably. Exhibiting the enticing, toffee roast of the British porter that originated the style in the 18th century, and the soothing, subtle fruit nuance of contemporary brews that flourish from Helsinki to Vilnius today, this dark lager honors the Baltic god of thunder. Ã¢â‚¬ Created by an inspired collaboration of brewers and tempered with a touch of turmoil, Baltic Thunder rolls on to bring you enchanting light as the darkness fades.
Style: Baltic Porter
Hops: European Whole flower
Malts: Imported German 2 row, roasted malts
Taste Expectations: Roasty. Flavors of coffee, bitter chocolate, dark fruit. Little bit of sweet malt finish.
Availability: 22oz bombers. Draft. Both limited seasonal.
One of the 2 newest beers in Great Divide (Denver, CO) post expansion days have arrived – Smoked Baltic Porter. Great Divide recently completed a $1.2 million dollar expansion that added cooler space and an expanded bottling line, plus 2 1oo-barrel fermenters. With those additions, Great Divide now has 7 fermenters, and can now bottle 125 more beers a minute. Another added feature is the ability to laser label a bottling date on the labels. These new releases add more depth to Great Divide’s portfolio.
From the label —
“Smoked Baltic Porter is the sultry sister of a storied style. Brewed with traditional German malts and hops, this dark lager gets its special twist from a hefty addition of Bamberg smoked malt. This smoldering, medium-bodied lager is sure to please.”
Taste Expectations: Flavors of smoke. Molasses. Darks fruits, roast malts. Light touch of cocoa.
Availability: 22oz Bombers. Draft