In keeping with our vow to (almost) never make the same dark beer twice, here comes our latest, “Standard Porter”. It’s is a dark-chocolately-brown-colored brew of medium heft, featuring bittersweet-cocoa notes, restrained fruitiness, and a refreshing touch of acidity, courtesy of black malt. The finish is dry and crisp, with a subtle persuasion that says, “hey, c’mon, take at least one more sip. You know you want it.” 5.5% alcohol by volume, 36 BU.
About the name: we’ve made our share of relatively big and/or assertive dark beers over the last year-and-a-half, so by comparison’s sake…you get the picture. After a month of pounding weather and all-round uncertainty, we figured people might be in the mood to settle down with something laid-back and approachable — something you might want to commune with all night. Sound good? We thought so too.
Standard Porter will be available at the Taproom now through January, and on tap at your fave local beer bar starting January 6, for a limited time.
Also want to give everyone the word on our New Year’s Eve live music double bill here at the Taproom. Hitting the stage at 8pm is the reunion of local faves Mile Marker 6, known far and wide here in Hood River County for their catchy roots-rock hooks and charming good looks. (!) Squint hard and you might recognize the banjo player, our own Matt Swihart.
After MM6, Portland “world-twang” pioneers TapWater will hit the stage and party until it’s 2009. The TapWater folks have built a nice little following here in HR with their energetic performances in the garage over the past year…should be a blast. As always, no cover.