For fans of dark beers this is a great time of year. And if it’s a Porter that you’re looking for search no further than your local McMenamins location as today the longtime brewery officially releases its Black Widow Porter on draft and in 22 oz. bottles.
Originally brewed on October 15, 1991 at McMenamins Thompson Brewery in Salem, Oregon, Black Widow is now brewed at all McMenamins breweries for all within the reach of the storied chain to enjoy. This deep, black elixir brings forth strong roasted malts and a slight hint of licorice. Beyond these enticing flavors for cool fall evenings this beer leaves a strong Belgian lace. For fans of a big, bold Porter; look no further than Black Widow.
And to make the 24th year of Black Widow more appealing McMenamins is releasing a few different versions of this Porter. Here’s a listing of these upcoming releases.
Widowmaker Release (Black Widow aged in whiskey barrels) at the White Eagle in Portland, Oregon on 10/15 (24th anniversary of 1st brewing and official company-wide release date).
Widowmaker Release (Black Widow aged in whiskey barrels) at the Bagdad Theater Reel Beer Series in Portland, OR on 10/16.
Whiskey Widow Release (Black Widow 2014 vintage aged in whiskey barrels) at the Kennedy School in Portland, Oregon on 10/31.
If you’re looking for a more spirited option this Halloween, McMenamins is offering Halloween Scare Packs. Each package includes house-made coffee liqueur, McMenamins coffee, mummy cat footed glass, and recipes. The Scare Packs are currently available for $35 in McMenamins’ gift shops.
Black Widow Stats:
Malts: Bairds Pale Malt, Great Western Munich, Great Western Flaked Barley, Great Western Wheat, Bairds 135/165L Crystal, Bairds Roast Material, Bairds Black Malt
Hops: Ultra (Bittering & Flavor)
Additional Ingredient: Licorice Root
Don’t delay your visit to your local McMenamins as Black Widow Porter is available October 15 through Halloween.
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.