Alexandria's Port City Brewing Company has a bunch of items of note this week. No surprises here: they all revolve around beer. You'll have to keep waiting on that petting zoo announcement.
This Friday, October 12, Port City will debut the newest beer in its limited release, draft-only Lager Series, a Baltic Porter. A press release explains that the style was "born at the turn of the 19th century when exported British porter was incorporated into the Baltic states’ lager tradition" and describes the beer as "a strong, dark beer with a clean lager character and loads of malt flavor reminiscent of toffee, toast, chocolate, and Port wine. The perfect choice when the weather begins to cool, Baltic Porter pairs beautifully with stew, smoked meats, and rich aged cheeses."
“The Lager Series gives our brewers the opportunity to get creative and brew some lesser-known styles,” says founder Bill Butcher. “Sometimes people think lager is just one thing, so we’re excited to dissuade people of that notion with a diverse array of delicious lagers.”
The Tasting Room Release Party on Friday will feature live music and Rocklands BBQ. Other release parties include Thursday, October 18 (5-8pm) at Meridian Pint and Wednesday, October 24, (4-6pm) in Glen Allen at the Whole Foods (11173 W Broad St).
It's not all just lagers at PCBC. They'll follow up the Baltic Porter launch with the return of Tidings, a strong, spicy Belgian-style blonde ale brewed with local honey and Virginia-grown wheat, on November 2. A press release notes that "These local ingredients store away the essence of summer to warm you during the cold winter months" and describes the beer as "gently spiced with coriander, cardamom, fresh ginger, and grains of paradise." On a personal note, it's my favorite holiday beer, for what that's worth.
The win for Optimal comes on the heels of a silver at this year's Great American Beer Festival.
“We’re delighted to take home two medals from Stockholm,” says founder Bill Butcher. “There’s a lot of great beer at the festival, so being recognized for our quality is a great honor.” If you're wondering if anyone else from Port City ever gets quoted except for Bill Butcher, the answer is no. #Butcher2020
How does a brewery from Alexandria, Virginia wind up submitting beer to a Swedish beer festival? Port City is a member of the Brewers Association’s Export Development Program, which coordinated the shipment and registration of American beers for the festival. “We appreciate the work the Brewers Association does to promote high-quality American craft beer overseas,” says Butcher. “Having the opportunity to share our beers with an international audience and compete with the world’s best helps us to continue improving.” Port City currently exports to four international markets: Ontario, Canada; France; Singapore; and the United Kingdom. You don't have to go to any of these places though because you probably live around here. Pretty fortunate IMHO.