Alaska sends porter to England
Alaskan Smoked Porter heads to country where style was born
Mar 11, 2003 - For the first time ever, Alaskan Brewing is releasing its limited edition Smoked Porter in England this March. The success of Alaskan Smoked Porter at international competitions and persistent inquiries from England, led to the distribution agreement.
"We are very flattered to be approached by prestigious UK retailers who want to make our product available to their customers," said Alaskan founder-brewer Geoff Larson. "We hope people enjoy our interpretation of what porters may have tasted like a hundred years ago in Alaska."
Alaskan Smoked Porter showcases alder smoked malt in a rich strong porter. Porters originated in England and the style was later brewed in Juneau, Alaska during the 1880 gold rush. Historical evidence suggests smoke was part of the porter flavor profile brewed in Alaska due to the necessity of direct roasting barley malt over open fires.
"Some breweries in Alaska had their own malting companies. They would roast or dry their own malts over fire, hence the smoky flavor and aroma," says Larson. "From our research we believe that our Alaskan Smoked Porter is representative of what was available in Juneau at the turn-of-the-century using indigenous woods," says Larson. Alaskan Brewing uses a commercial smokehouse at Juneau's Taku Smokeries, to prepare the malt.
Alaskan Smoked Porter is one of the most award-winning beers in the United States with 11 medals to its credit at the Great American Beer Festival. It has earned a bronze in 2002 and a silver in 2000 at the Brewing Industry International Awards in Burton-on-Trent, England and 2 silvers (1996, 1998) and a gold medal in 2000 at the World Beer Cup.
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