If you happened to be at the weekly Green Dragon Brew Crew beer release on Wednesday night you may have had a sneak peek into the new collaboration beer that the brew crew brewed with Rogue Brewmaster John Maier. If not, Velvet Smoke – Smoked Porter, will officially be launched on Friday, October 7th at Green Dragon when John Maier will be in town for a Meet the Brewer event.
So kick start the weekend with John “More Hops” Maier and the Green Dragon Brew Crew at the Green Dragon on Friday from 5:00 to 7:00pm to be one of the first to drink this rare and very limited collaboration beer. To make this event even more special, John Maier will serve this collaboration Velvet Smoke with Rogue Creamery cheeses, selected by John himself.
Here are more details provide to us from Rogue Ales on Velvet Smoke.
After nearly 25 years and over 20,000 batches at Rogue, John has pushed a lot of buttons on the big iron so we wanted to go back to the beginning with John and brew a single barrel of a special beer on the nano system. We asked John what kind of beer he wanted to make and without hesitation he replied, “a smoked porter”. We started with a simple Robust Porter recipe, and substituted in 70% Beechwood smoked malt, with a touch of home-roasted Alder smoked Munich malt prepared by “More Hops” himself. Horizon and Bullion hops were added and give the beer spicy notes of black currant as well as balancing the smoke and dark malts.
This is an incredibly smooth, velvety rich, smoky porter that will only be available for a short time so don’t miss your opportunity to try this one-of-a-kind creation from the Green Dragon Brew Crew and the beard himself, John Maier.
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 20 years under his belt of drinking beer at festivals across America and the world, he has developed a strong appreciation and understanding of craft beer and the industry that surrounds it. He can be found in any of the great breweries or beer bars that make Portland the best beer city in the world. His writing can also be found in Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter at @hopapalooza.