New Belgium Brewing (Ft. Collins, CO) spring seasonal is now available.
New Belgium Portage Porter, is a tribute to Cache la Poudre River (a source for water for the brewery) which can get intense when the snow melts in spring. For that reason, kayakers and thrill seekers make Cache la Poudre a destination.
The name of the river means “Hide the powder” in French. There apparently was an incident in the 1820s when French trappers got caught in a snowstorm, and were forced to bury part of their gunpowder along the banks of the river.
Portage Porter takes the buoyant aromas of roasted coffee, chocolate and almonds, and steers them toward a silky-smooth mouthfeel, rolling one sip into another. This American porter rings true to traditional style expectations, with a New Belgium twist. Added American-style hops further the original rich, roasty complexity while keeping the hop bitterness in balance.
New Belgium Portage Porter is available in 12oz bottles and draft until March.
Hops: Target, Nugget
Malts: Black, Chocolate
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. Jan-March, 2015