Flavor of the Week

Beer: Pike Brewery Post Alley Porter

Location: Seattle, WA

Background:

Seattle’s Pike Brewery philosophy is a rather simple one; use the best ingredients with very few inputs. The brewery strictly follows the German Purity Law and source their ingredients from Washington State barley and hops farmers. Their brew kettles are heated by Seattle Steamworks, a private sauna and bath house, keeping energy inputs and costs very low. The Post Alley Porter is named for the old brick alley beneath Pike Brewing that winds upward to Pike Place Market.

Tasting Notes and Recommendations:

I am a huge believer in Gastronomic Identity; the notion that if something grows together it goes together. In the Puget Sound area of Washington State, there are plenty of oysters, chocolatiers and, of course, craft beers. After evaluation of Post Alley Porter, this philosophy of pairing local with local was soundly reinforced.

The first and most obvious of the flavors that jumped out to me were baker’s chocolate as well as coffee; specifically that of a chocolate covered espresso bean. There is also a light and refreshing quality to this Porter that lends itself to local oysters. The briny tasting mollusks are deliciously complimented by the earthy, dark toasted bread aromas and flavors of the beer. These flavors echo an earthiness to the oysters as well as provide a subtle malty sweetness to compete with the dominate salinity of this particular seafood.

But wait, it gets even better! This Porter also pairs extremely well with a bittersweet flourless chocolate cake. The robust bitterness of the beer on the pallet lends itself to the bittersweet chocolate in the dessert. The coffee notes are released with each bite and subsequent drink making this a delicious and decadent conclusion to dinner.

Nitty Gritty:

The beer smells and tastes of dark toasted bread, baker’s chocolate, caramel and chocolate covered coffee beans. It is light on the pallet for a Porter and effervescent with a lovely, lingering aftertaste suitable to provide a feeling of comfort on a chilly Winter evening or a refreshing pick-me-up on a warm Summer afternoon.

6.0% ABV
O.G. 1.060
IBU: 32

Pairing Suggestions:

Olympia Oysters, English Farmhouse Cheddar or Flourless Chocolate Cake

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