Bluegrass Brewing Company - Dark Star Porter

Bluegrass Brewing Company - Dark Star Porter

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Country:

United States

Alcohol by Volume:

5.7%

Bluegrass Brewing Company - Dark Star Porter

  • Alcohol by Volume: 5.7%
  • Bottle Size: No
  • Int’l Bittering Units (IBUs): 35
  • Serving Temperature: 40-45° F
discover our four clubs Breaking out of the gate as the 1997 Real Ale Fest Winner, this robust porter was named after the 1953 Kentucky Derby winner. It’s color is very dark and head retention moderate. This traditional English style ale has a robust, yet smooth flavor. Note the subtle hint of chocolate malt tones in the nose combined with a coffee-like roasted flavor. Look for sharp characteristics derived from the dark roasted grains that are balanced nicely with a pleasant spicy hop finish. A fantastic selection to pair up with some hearty foods and strong cheeses such as blue or sharp cheddar.

Flying Fish Pizza Crust (16 inch)

  • 2 bottles Flying Fish ESB Ale
  • 1 1/3 teaspoons salt
  • 3 ½ tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 1/3 cups flour
  • 3 ½ teaspoons sugar
  • 1/8 oz. active yeast (dry)

  • A Chicago-style thick-crusted pizza dough. Open one bottle of Flying Fish and pour into glass for your consumption. Add all ingredients as listed, at room temperature, including the second bottle of Flying Fish. Let rise three or four times, beating down between. Roll out for 16" pizza pan. Add tomato sauce, cheese and other ingredients to your liking. Bake in preheated oven set at 425º F for 15 minutes or until crust is golden brown.

    For an interesting twist substitute 1/3 cup fresh ground sunflower seed for 1/3 cup flour. Whatever you are cooking up, chances are it will taste better with a pinch of love and a generous pour of Flying Fish beer.

Dear Murl,

Although I’ve never tried one, I’d like to know your opinion of “Ice Beers”. What makes them different?

Rosie Cooncatte - Lake Thompson, ME

Dear Rosie,

In a word, Yuk … Yukko … Ptuiiii! It’s marketing 101 baby and I’m pretty sure that this peculiar attempt to build market share by the big boys did a major belly flop-a-roonie on the Success-o-meter. Ice beers are simply taken to a temperature just above freezing while lagered which has little to no effect (unfortunately) on the taste in this mutts opinion.

I once had a true “ice beer” produced by the Hair of the Dog Brewing Company in Portland, OR. Though not commercially available as the alcohol content was out of this world, the boys at the brewery with my favorite name took a batch of their triple Belgian, exceptional in its own right, took it to a temp where water ice crystals did in fact form, and then removed them. The end resultant? Nectar, my friends, pure nectar. Not much like any beer I could compare. Mucho flavor. Very thick, almost syrupy and overall, a truly delightful experience. Think I’ll send them a copy of this newsletter and try to mooch another sample! Again, you can’t buy the stuff. It was made for the brewer’s personal consumption only. Hope that helps Rosebud.

Woof!
Murl.
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