Boulder Beer Company - Planet Porter
- ABV: 5.5%
- Int’l Bittering Units (IBUs): 26
- Serving Temperature: 45-50°F
- Suggested Glassware: Pint Glass or Mug
- Malts: Pale, Crystal, Black
- Hops: Nugget, Mt. Hood
This beer is Boulder's oldest recipe, dating back to 1979, and its longevity is testament to its quality. It's among the darkest porters we've sampled recently, pouring a nearly impenetrable, almost black color. On the nose, we picked up roasty dark chocolate notes along with some espresso and a touch of earthy, herbal hops. The flavor follows suit. Expect a nice roasty core from the black patent malt, augmented with deep caramel notes and a mild residual sweetness that contributes creaminess and smooth balance to the bitter, mildly ashy, roasted malt. Look for notes of molasses, chocolate, espresso, and a wisp of licorice, along with a bit of a plum-like fruity character that lurks in the mix too, building with warmth. That earthy and herbal hop aroma presents on the palate as well, adding extra depth and dimension to this brew and helping to dry out the finish nicely. Pair this porter with anything off the grill; we'd recommend pork ribs with a smoky BBQ sauce. Cheers!
Boulder Beer Company became Colorado’s first microbrewery when it was founded in 1979, blazing a trail for all of the other great breweries that have sprung up across the state in succeeding years. Founded by two Colorado University professors, David Hummer and Stick Ware, the brewery was originally situated on a small farm outside Boulder. Their single barrel brewing system was famously forced to share space with the resident goats! (The brewery itself notes that “When a company is founded by guys named ‘Hummer’ and ‘Stick’ in a goatshed, you know it’s gonna be crazy.”) Within five years, Boulder Beer’s following had grown dramatically and they had outgrown the capacity of the farm, so a proper brewery building was built in Boulder to house their expanding business.
The company went public in 1980, but in 1990 it came into the private ownership of Gina Day and Diane Greenlee who brought on brewmaster David Zuckerman from Portland, Oregon’s well-regarded Bridgeport Brewing Company. Various upgrades were implemented throughout the brewery, including the transformation of their diminutive tasting room into a full-scale brewpub and restaurant. Boasting a 50-barrel brewing system, the brewery can produce upwards of 43,000 barrels of beer each year. In 1993 the company changed its name to Rockies Brewing Company, but they embraced their roots in 2005, switching it back to Boulder Beer Company. It was also in that year that they introduced their annual “Goatshed Revival” beer festival, an outdoor summer celebration that is equal parts company birthday party and charity fundraiser, and celebrates their very humble origins among the nation’s first craft breweries, and their contributions as one of the most influential breweries in Colorado’s rich brewing culture.
To learn more about the brewery, the brewpub, and scheduled tours, call 303-444-8448 or check out their web site at www.boulderbeer.com.
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