Diamond Bear Brewing Company - Pig Trail Porter
Int’l Bittering Units (IBUs):36
Serving Temperature:45-52º F
Suggested Glassware:Pint Glass or Mug
Malts:2-Row, Crystal 80, Chocolate, Black Patent
Hops:Centennial, Nugget, Cascade
Expect the color of deep cola with flashes of garnet when held to the light. On the nose, this porter is very true to style: Look for roasted malts, touches of dark chocolate and coffee, black currants, spicy hop notes, and a hint of licorice. The aroma profile comes through on the palate as well, although the hint of licorice seemed to fade away in favor of a plum-like note. While there are many “shades” within the porter styles, roasty notes are usually fairly prominent, and Pig Trail is no exception, presenting strong, roasty, coffee-like flavors. This brew finishes with a bitter kick from the hops and the black malt, and there’s a spicy, roasty final note that comes through with a certain lager-like cleanliness and floral, earthy, and lightly citric hops. A great example of the style, we think this would be a great beer to enjoy over a campfire and s’mores, or as the perfect accompaniment to steak or pork chops from the grill. Cheers!
Built within what was once a Studebaker dealership, Diamond Bear Brewing Company became the first production brewery in Little Rock in more than 15 years when it opened in the fall of 2000. For a state that was not known for its craft beer culture, this small brewery became quite a treasure trove for lovers of good beer. With multiple gold medals from the World Beer Cup and Great American Beer Festival, Diamond Bear managed to put Arkansas on the craft beer map, bringing the region quality beers just as tasty as those of any other state in the union.
Arkansans have Germany and Russ Melton, the brewery’s founder, to thank for the beer oasis that is Diamond Bear. It was during Russ’ four year stint in the military in Germany that he picked up a taste for high-quality beer (a story we’ve seen repeated numerous times with other microbrewery founders). In 1999, Russ and his wife Sue, both Little Rock natives, developed the idea for a local microbrewery. With the help of seven other owners, Russ and Sue built the brewery and began production in September of 2000. Their mission statement: “To provide the people of Arkansas and the surrounding region with their own local brewery, which produces great premium all natural beer products, which reflect favorably on Arkansas and the surrounding region.” In 2013, the team moved production to a new, larger facility in North Little Rock, and opened an on-site restaurant, the Arkansas Ale House, the very next year. To learn more about the brewery and scheduled tours, contact them at 501-708-2739, or visit their website at www.diamondbear.com.
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