What the hell is a baltic porter?

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So, you know about our world famous Prairie Creek Porter (try it with a shot of Groundwire Cold Press Coffee, by the way). And you know about our Snowcrush Mole Porter, which is quickly headed for the history books. Supplies on the spicy porter are dwindling, so you’ll want to get one of those while you still can. And now this weekend, we’re introducing our Reported Sightings Baltic Porter.

See, it’s Yeti Fest this weekend, so we’re calling it Reported Sightings. Get it? Yeti-Reported Sightings… Right? See what we did there? We’re clever.

Anyway, as a non-porter drinking fellow for most of my life, I had no idea there were so many different variations on the porter theme. When Randy (Randy Clay. He’s the Brewmaster. If you somehow don’t know Randy, you can look him up elsewhere on this website under Imminent Crew. He’s one of the partners.) told me we were going to offer a Baltic Porter, my first question was “What’s a Baltic Porter?”

To which he answered, “It’s a Lager.”

You’re probably as confused as I was at that point. A little while later, Randy put a magazine in my hand with an article detailing the storied history of the Baltic Porter. I’m not going to go into the whole thing, but suffice to say that the Baltic Porter came about because way back in the day, the Imperial Tsar of Russia fell in love with the famous stouts and porters being produced in England. The brewers of the day found that the alcohol content in their normal porters would fade on the long trek as they were shipped to Russia, so they began brewing the shipments for the Tsar with much higher ABV.

However many of those shipments never made it all the way to Russia and somehow found their way to Iceland, Scandinavia and the Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The brewers in those areas loved this beer, and copied it as close as they could, using the ingredients they hade at hand like licorice, molasses and dark stone fruits like prunes, plums and elderberries. The result was a smooth beer that would start out sweet, but would finish dry. The deep dark color belies a lightness to the brew – it is indeed a lager, after all.

And that’s what we have tapped just today (Thursday). As Randy puts it, the Reported Sightings offers “burly notes of prune, toffee, and molasses” in a “mouthful of malty goodness.” This thing has been hanging out in the back of the brewhouse for months and, true to it’s roots, it packs a wallop, coming in at a full 8.0% ABV. We’re proud to unveil this thing in honor of Yeti Fest this weekend, and we know you’re going to love it.

Come on down tonight. Russell’s Traveling Kitchen will be here shortly with their famous Pho French Dip and fried Brussel sprouts. No music tonight, but we’ll have the Wild game on at 7. And the people behind the bar will be happy to give you a little taste of the Reported Sightings so you can see why we’re so proud of yet another great beer.