For its latest beer release, PCT Porter, Crux Fermentation Project has the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) hikers in mind. The PCT stretches over 2,600 miles from the Mexico border through California, Oregon and Washington until it reaches Canada. It’s with PCT Porter that Crux honors the hikers that take the challenge of this trail whether for a short distance on the long haul. At 5.5% ABV and 30 IBUs, PCT Porter is the perfect nourishing post hike beer.
Since Crux opened its doors in Bend, Oregon nearly five years ago, the brewery’s taproom has seen its fair share of hikers. It here where they heard the hikers stories and felt a connection and decided to brew a beer that can help support the trail. Since Crux is distributed in all three states this made perfect sense.
Here’s more from the brewery’s press release…
We wanted to celebrate the Pacific Crest Trail in a very real, authentic and human way. We wanted the imagery to convey the human experience of the trail so that those who would eventually enjoy this beer could gain a little bit of a deeper appreciation for the trail itself. We conducted online research for PCT hiker blogs and journal entries looking for examples that went beyond words to include illustrations that captured their experience. It didn’t take long to discover thehikeguy.com and our very own local PCT enthusiast, Kolby Kirk. We immediately fell in love with the stories (both verbal and visual) that the pages of his journal shared. It turns out that Kolby was a fan of Crux and loved the idea of celebrating the trail experience in a collaborative way with us.
“I’m honored that my journal artwork is featured on the PCT Porter can. To me, the label represents so many great things about Bend and the Pacific Crest Trail. It provides a visual reminder of how important the PCT is in my life and how it needs to be protected for generations to come.” Kolby Kirk, aka “Condor,” said. “Since Crux opened, I’ve shared many beers with friends at the brewery and have met quite a few thru hikers there, as well.”
As for the beer itself, Crux founder and brewmaster, Larry Sidor, finds porters to be the ultimate “comfort beer”. “Every time I have one, I wonder why my last beer wasn’t a porter,” Sidor says. “When brewed well, a porter has a smoothness combined with layers of complexity that never disappoints. I think we achieved that and more with PCT Porter“
Crux Fermentation Project is proud to sponsor the Pacific Crest Trail Association’s effort to care for and protect the trail. The nonprofit PCTA is based in Sacramento California. Through a partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, the PCTA raises private money to finance trail maintenance and protection programs for the trail, one of 11 National Scenic Trails. In 2016, PCTA volunteers gave 104,269 hours to the trail. www.pcta.org
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 25 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 the archives of Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter and Instagram at @hopapalooza.