September 27th, 2008


Alaskan Smoked Porter

27 September 2008

Alaskan Brewing Company
2007 Edition Smoked Porter

It’s a dark, clear September evening. I stoked up a roaring blaze in the firepit... “firepit” sounds so outdoorsy-in-a-yuppie-return-to-nature sort of way, doesn’t it? Can’t you just see the half-naked guys sitting around, their sweaty painted faces reflecting the flames, as they hypnotically thrum their tom-toms? Okay, well, this isn’t that kind of firepit. More accurately, it’s a 2-foot by 3-foot fireplace built of grey cinderblocks and loaded up with cardboard cola boxes, yard trimmings, and some probably toxic lumber remnants from a kitchen remodeling project. Still, it makes for a nice fire. Nice and HOT. The chemical residue in those pressboard cabinet doors really puts out the heat!

I filled the chip bowl with baked pita chips and trendy yuppie Trader Joe's Veggie Chips and pulled the chilled bottle, a 22-oz nearly black glass bottle, of 2007 Edition Alaskan Brewing Company Smoked Porter from the refrigerator and allowed it to sit at room temperature for about five minutes. I allowed the surface frost to melt off of the freezer-chilled glass before pouring. Collapse )