Suggested Glassware: Mug (clear or opaque), Chalice
Malts: 2 Row, Munich, Chocolate, 13/17, 70/80
Hops: UK Golding, Centennial
True to style, this porter is defined by chocolate malt, medium body, and a smooth mouthfeel. Expect a robust chocolaty aroma and flavor, with a note of coffee and a malty sweetness you might expect from a big-bodied brown ale. Look for a firmly bitter finish and just the slightest hint of citrusy hops. Winner of 5 medals between the GABF and World Beer Cup—most recently, the 2004 Gold Medal from the latter. Goes well with Thai beef salad, lightly spiced.
So you want to start a brewery… You know you’ve got the drive. You know you have the creativity to concoct and market your sweet brew. What else is there to consider? Well, plenty, but for starters: location, location, location. All breweries have to consider this critical issue, and when Frederick Bensch and Kevin McNerney started dreaming up their brewery plans, they quickly realized that their college stomping grounds in Colorado had plenty of beer on tap already. Since the early to mid 90s, Colorado has consistently ranked at the top of the U.S. market for microbrewed beers. So, what to do? Well, how about sell nearly everything they owned, pack up their few remaining worldly possessions and drive to a place with a little less competition; a state that until recently placed 48th in the nation in terms of beer production; a market as soft as a fresh Georgia peach: Georgia of course.
This cross country trek is exactly what Frederick and Kevin did in order to found the Sweetwater Brewing Company. Their ambition wasn’t simply driven by pie in the sky dreaming—these fellas worked at no less than 7 microbreweries in Northern California and Colordo—heartlands of microbrewed nectars—before making the journey.
The Sweetwater Brewing Company opened its doors on February 17th, 1997. Today a 25,000 barrel microbrewery, they were recognized in 2002 as Small Brewery of the Year at the Great American Beer Festival, and for 8 years in a row have been named “Best Local Brew/Brewery” by the readers of hometown publication Creative Loafing. Need more convincing? (Then you haven’t tried the beer yet!) They were the second most decorated brewery in the world at the 1998 World Beer Cup.
For those of you lucky enough to reside in or if you are planning to visit the sweet peach state, doors open at the Sweetwater Brewery on Monday afternoons at 4:20PM to the public. Yes, 4:20 on the dime… For more information about the brewery and scheduled tours, call (404) 691-ALES or check out their web site at www.sweetwaterbrew.com.
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