Bourbon Sour Porter
Almanac Beer Company
A Note on This Beer
The brewers at Almanac Beer Co. are like those couch-surfing friends who come to crash at your place for “a couple of days” – except these friends take out the trash, pick up your kids from school, and wake up at the crack of dawn so they can have a three-course breakfast waiting for you when you come downstairs in the morning.
Lacking their own brewing facility, founders Jesse Friedman and Damian Fagan have designed a “partner program” in which they collaborate with local breweries in the San Francisco area and use the facilities of these partners to bring their unique and playful recipes to fruition.
But the collaboration doesn’t stop there. In fact, you can taste it in every sip of the Almanac beer we are featuring this week: the Almanac Bourbon Sour Porter.
After creating their own transatlantic cocktail of Belgian wild yeasts and American ale yeast, the brewers add a touch of San Francisco sourdough-starter yeast as homage to their local roots. Then, post fermentation, the porter is transferred to old Kentucky bourbon barrels where it is left to quietly age. The interaction between the mild acidic bite produced by the wild yeasts and the smooth notes of oak and vanilla imparted by the bourbon barrels is makes a distinct porter that is to be sipped, savored, and shared.
In a short time, this limited release beer has accumulated rave reviews, and is difficult to find this beer sold individually.
The folks at Almanac recommend that this well-balanced porter be paired with winter stews or fresh oysters – and, at a modest 6% ABV, this ale is a great choice to accompany those festive holiday meals.
This intriguing porter can be enjoyed now or, if you’d like to wait for a future holiday season to share this brew with friends, it can be cellared for up to three years (unlike that loaf of sourdough sitting on your counter).
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