For the first time, McMenamins is releasing Thundercone Fresh Hop Pale Ale and Black Widow Porter in 16 oz cans.
Thundercone Fresh Hop Pale Ale
This year's Thundercone was brewed with fresh (or wet) Cascade hops. Five pounds were added to each barrel in three separate additions. Fresh hop beers are are unique because the hops must be used within hours of being picked from the bine. Here's more of the story from McMenamins...
"Fresh, or wet, Cascade Hops were frantically delivered straight from the hop fields to over 20 McMenamins Breweries and each batch of Thundercone was brewed within hours of the hops being picked off of the vine. This beer starts with a smooth foundation and just a slight maltiness. The real star of this show is the fresh hops that’re used for both flavoring and aroma."
The brewery sent me a sample, which I quickly opened (these beers don't improve with age). Immediately after cracking open the can, I could smell the fragrant hops. In taste and aroma, grapefruit and pine are plentiful, and are layered atop a simple biscuity malt base which allows the hop flavors to shine. It finishes with light grassy notes. While Thundercone oozes hop goodness, it's not overly bitter.
If you haven't had a fresh hop beer this season, or are looking to try another, check out Thundercone Fresh Hop Pale Ale. It's available now for a limited time, until it runs out.
Black Widow Porter
If the cool, crisp weather has you craving a dark roasty beer, you'll be glad to know that Black Widow Porter is on the way.
"Originally created at the Thompson Brewery on October 15th in 1991, Black Widow’s web now envelops the entire company every year. Each sublime deep-black goblet is packed with the robust notes afforded by generous amounts of Black and Roast Malts, and further spirited with ethereal wisps of caramel and licorice."
Black Widow Porter will be available October 15 through Halloween. The 23rd Ave. Bottle Shop is holding a release party on 10/15 where you can sample 2016 and 2017 Black Widows side by side, as well as a coffee variant.
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