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A Note on This Beer
Before 1700, smoky ‘Rauchbier’ dominated the Bavarian brewing scene. But, with the advent of new kilns that dried malt without smoke, those woodfired flavors practically disappeared from the beer world.
Today, you can experience the uber-traditional complexity of the classic Rauchbier style with a can of Crusher Destroyer Smoked Bock. It’s like sending your taste buds back in time to taste the origins of modern beer!
To make it, the Lager specialists and beer historians at Portland’s Wayfinder Brewing used Beechwood smoked Weyermann Malt, just like the brewmasters of old.
They also employed another all-but-forgotten brewing process called double decoction, where a portion of the mash is removed, boiled with very high heat, then added back to the main mash to create intensely malty flavors.
These traditional, labor-intensive techniques — combined with the GABF award-winning skills of Wayfinder Brewmaster, Kevin Davey — result in a beer that balances between earthy smoke, a bready body, and sweet, caramel-drenched malts. A truly traditional Bavarian-style brew!
If you want to experience beer the way it used to be — or you’re just a fan of all things smoky — grab a few cans of Crusher Destroyer and drink like an old-school Bavarian!
*Craft Beer & Brewing calls Wayfinder “a Lager geek’s dream!”
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