A very well known American porter is brewed by Wasatch in Salt Lake City, Utah. Brewery founder Greg Schirf came up with the name in 2001, and shortly after the beer hit the market and has been a Utah staple ever since.
Soon, the brewery will make a move toward the nitrogen side of life, with Polgamy Nitro Porter bottles. Left Hand Brewing in nearby Longmont, Colorado was the first craft brewery to debut nitro bottles (in the spirit of Guinness) back in 2011.
Why have just one? Polygamy Porter is a smooth, chocolatey, easy-drinkin’ brown porter that’s more than a little naughty. Take some home to the wives!
Look for an official Wasatch Polgamy Nitro Porter bottles announcement in the future.
Style: Nitro Porter
Availability: 12oz bottles
Odell Brewing Company has just shipped their Milk Chocolate Stout, Lugene.
By the looks of it, the brewery is adding a nitro version of this popular, chocolately, milk offering. As if chocolate milk stouts are creamy enough.
Style: Imperial Milk Stout (w/ Chocolate)
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. Nitro. February – April.
Everyone’s favorite outlaw brewery Lonerider (Raleigh, NC) is looking to release a nitro stout bottle this year. Left Hand Brewing made a craft beer splash with the release of Nitro Milk Stout bottles at 2011’s Great American Beer Festival.
Weaver Trail is an irish style dry stout, absolutely meant to be poured into a glass.
Weaver Trail is a nitro beer. Turnt he bottle completely upside down and pour to the bottom of the glass to expose the natural cascading bubbles and frothy head that everyone loves in an Irish Stout. Nitrogen bubbles will not rise over your glass like a normally carbonated beer. Don’t be afraid! Be an Outlaw!
Style: Irish Stout (Nitro)
Availability: 22oz bottles
5% ABV, 30 IBUS
Terrapin Beer Co. (Athens, GA) is soon to release Full of Balarney Irish Stout. Can’t imagine for what occasion though. It will be draft only, and nitro tap only! (Yes, just like the Irish stuff)
Irish eyes will smile on you with this special draft-only release just in time for St. Patrick’s Day! With a rich but light body, roasty aroma, and clean dry finish, this treat is no balogna. And to add to this stout’s charms, it’s meant to be served on nitrogen!
Style: Dry Stout
Availability: Draft Only
Arrival: March, 2013
Nitro Stout has everything to do with their other stout offering, Dark Star Stout but with a difference in gas – i.e. nitrogen. A little technical info – CO2 dissolves very well into beer. Thus, where the head and carbonation in your pour comes from. In order to push some of the nitrogen into the stout, Crawford pressurized the keg to 40 psi for a few days. ( Regular kegs pressured at 14 PSI or less , or pounds per square inch) This pushes some nitrogen into the stout. Final piece of the process is the nitro tap nozzle. You’ve seen them, they look like a black cone on end of the tap. It’s job is to separate the nitrogen from the beer, essentially foaming and fluffing up the beer. It’s that process that gives the nitro tapped beers the big foamy head, and creamy body.
5 seasons West’s Nitro stout is just that. Rich, creamy with a nice, full mouthfeel. There are hints of coffee, but not from coffee – from roasted malts. Dark Star doesn’t present with the coffee tones, but after the nitrogen tap, coffee shows up in full force. Willamette hops are used in both beers (well, same beer.)
Nitro Stout is tapping now at the 5 Seasons West Skybar, typically open Wednesday – Sunday. My mouth is watering as I sit here writing this. I’ve only had one pint to date, and have wanted it again ever since. I think that might kick off my weekend.
1000 West Marietta Street Northwest
Atlanta, GA 30318-0524