2015 Alaskan Smoked Porter Hits Shelves This Week

November 6th, 2015 · No Comments · Beer Releases

alaskanspAlaskan Smoked Porter, which hits shelves this week, will always be one of my favorites. In addition to trying a fresh bottle, I highly suggest buying a bottle or two to throw in the cellar. It ages very well, and having a vertical tasting across several years is a fine way to spend an evening with friends (I have ’08 to ’15 I’m saving for a rainy day!).

Press Release:

Juneau, Alaska (November 4, 2015)- The limited edition 2015 vintage of Alaskan Brewing Co.’s Alaskan Smoked Porter officially releases this week on draft and in 22 oz bottles throughout the 17 states where Alaskan beer is sold.

“As far as we know, Alaskan Smoked Porter has no real end to its shelf life. We are still enjoying vintages from our cellar that date back to 1993, when we started leaving some yeast in the bottle for better aging,” explains Alaskan Brewing cofounder Geoff Larson.

The first release of this now vintage-dated beer was called “Alaskan Seasonal” in the late 1980s – a hearty winter seasonal brewed as a nod to the malting and brewing practices of the turn-of-the-century brewers in Alaska who had to malt their own barley using local alder wood for direct-fired heat. While the name officially changed to Alaskan Smoked Porter a couple of years later, the Alaskan Brew Crew still employs the same smokehouse used for the first batch those many years ago.

“Alder adds a traditional smoke character to our Porter that is true to the Alaskan landscape. Due to natural flavor changes in the wood and malt each year, no two vintages will taste the same when brewed, and they will not age in exactly the same way,” says Alaskan Brewing Plant Manager Curtis Holmes, “That’s what makes each year’s release so exciting for us.”

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