Once again, darkness descends on Peaks & Pints during Thanksgiving week, and it promises to be an eventful week with at scarce and salient selections from the dark side. Starting at 11 a.m. today and running through 11 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24, some of the elusive elixirs that will course their ways through Peaks & Pints draft lines including darkness from AleSmith, Alaskan, Block 15, Breakside, Double Mountain, Fremont, Goose Island, pFriem, Stoup, The Bruery, and others. Peaks and Pints will be really dark Thanksgiving Day as we’ll be closed. In addition to the dark drafts, as well as daily dark in-house flights, Peaks & Pints will invade our dark cellar, which kicks off today as Peaks and Pints Beer Flight: Dark Days of Thanksgiving.
Ranger Chocolate imports all its beans from three regions of Peru, making a bar with each: San Martin (70 percent), Tumbes (73 percent) and Chulucanas (80 percent). Our guess Double Mountain Brewery picked the Chulucanas when they collaborated with Ranger Chocolate on their Chocolate Stout. We get dark fruit notes in the stout, as well as baker’s chocolate, molasses, and dark bread. Yes, it’s chocolatey, but first and foremost it’s a stout.
Stoup Whiskers Out Export Stout
Stoup Brewing brewed Whiskers Out Export Stout in support of Movember, an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men’s suicide. Proceeds of this stout go toward supporting UW Men’s Health. In regard to the beer, expect aromas and flavors of dark roasted malts, molasses, and a hint of chocolate.
Old Stove Dark Passages
Old Stove Brewing’s Dark Passages American stout is a rich and full-bodied dark beauty with bold notes of roasted coffee and dark chocolate. A late addition of Willamette hops provides a pleasant bitterness that balances the sweetness of the malt.
A repeated Gold Medal winner at the Great American Beer Fest, Alaskan Brewing‘s Smoked Porter nearly as old as the brewery itself, dating back to 1988 when it debuted as one of the first smoked beers in the States. A testament to the beer’s lifespan, Alaskan releases Smoked Porter in limited yearly vintages, each with their own unique identities. Relying on techniques derived from Alaskans who brewed more than a century ago, Alaskan uses direct heat from local alder wood to malt its barley — a process also recognizable to those who love smoked salmon. And the water for the beer comes from a nearby glacier. That’s all fine and dandy, but let’s get to drinking. A robust woodsmoke aroma backs up the beer’s name even from a distance. Smoked Porter’s flavor follows suit on the smokiness, though less intensely than the smell. Roasted malts, molasses, plums, and a puckering charcoal all swim up from this complex brew.
AleSmith Barrel-Aged Heavy Forge: Pancakes In Paradise
Forged in 1995, AleSmith Brewing’s ales have continued to garner national and international awards and acclaim, as well as a loyal and rabid following among beer enthusiasts. In 2008, AleSmith was recognized as the Great American Beer Festival “Small Brewing Company of the Year”. Their Heavy Forge Imperial Stout is aged in rye whiskey barrels with vanilla caviar, maple syrup, and macadamia nuts.