Big Bay Introduces New Seasonal Craft Beer

In celebration of winter and the festive winter holidays, Shorewood-based Big Bay Brewing Co. is introducing its newest craft beer, Portside.

In celebration of winter and the festive winter holidays, Big Bay Brewing Co. is introducing its newest craft beer, Portside.

“Porters are a good fit for long, cold winters like the ones we have in Wisconsin. While all of our beers are meant to be enjoyed year-round, we wanted to offer a distinctive, hearty beer that’s well-suited for the coldest months,” said Jeff Garwood, Big Bay Brewing Co. co-founder and managing partner.

“Portside is a perfect complement to winter festivities — whether it’s a holiday gathering with family and friends, a ski weekend up north, or a relaxing evening by the fire,” added Garwood.

The porter style beer is the third limited edition brew to be introduced by the Shorewood-based craft brewer.

Porters, known for their dark color and slight sweetness, originated in 18th century London when it was common to experiment with combinations of various beer styles. According to legend, a particular combination became popular with the porters around Victoria Station who began drinking it as a lunchtime meal. A local brewer took notice and began brewing and distributing that specific combination.

Like its British ancestors, Big Bay Brewing’s Portside features an aromatic malt flavor with hints of chocolate, toffee and coffee, and a deep brown color. It’s a well-balanced, drinkable brown porter for those who appreciate the carefully crafted combination of sweet roasted malt notes and East Kent Golding hops.

It will be available through the winter. Previously, the company introduced Long Weekend™ IPA and Summer Tide, a wheat beer, as limited edition beers.

“We know that craft beer drinkers actively seek out new flavor profiles and our limited edition beers allow us to meet the needs of craft beer consumers with various beer styles throughout the year," Garwood said. "Our distinctive Portside brown porter is a great addition to our Big Bay Brewing family for craft beer drinkers looking for a bit maltier beer during winter."

Last winter, Big Bay Brewing rolled out Portside draft on a limited test basis. Due to the strong favorable response, the company is now introducing it to beer drinkers across Wisconsin. Portside is available in select retailers (primarily liquor stores and supermarkets), bars and restaurants across Wisconsin.

It is also available for sampling, along with other Big Bay Brewing beers, at the Big Bay Brewing Co.’s Tasting Room and Retail Center, 4517 N. Oakland Ave. in Shorewood, Wis.

Developed from unique and exclusive recipes that feature proprietary yeast and the highest quality ingredients, Big Bay Brewing beers offer the distinctiveness of Wisconsin’s microbrews with a clean finish. They’re brewed slowly and methodically resulting in a well-balanced, robust, drinking experience. The company has relationships with multiple brewing partners.

Big Bay Brewing‘s Portside, Boatilla Amber Ale, Long Weekend IPA and award-winning Wavehopper Kölsch Style Ale are available at select retailers, bars and restaurants across Wisconsin. They are sold at retail in six-packs of 12-oz. bottles, as well as in draft form in ¼ barrel slim kegs and ½ barrels. Big Bay products are sold by local distributors across Wisconsin, including Beer Capitol Distributing Inc., Frank Beer Distributors Inc., CJW Inc. and Kay Beer Distributing.

Bob McBride December 21, 2012 at 05:31 PM
I heard there was someone there attempting to hand craft a seasonal micro-brew of his own near the fireplace the other day...
CowDung December 22, 2012 at 01:23 AM
It saddens me that the porter is only seasonal. Certainly I can't be the only person that drinks that style of beer year round...


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