We are delighted to unveil... Alaskan Smoked Porter

9 August 2012

Alaskan smoked porter

Described as having a “dark, robust body and pronounced smoky flavour, this limited edition beer makes an adventuresome taste experience.”

So let's just recap on those clues...

1. The Stars and Stripes is an obvious starting point.

2. The mention of British Columbia on the tins of salmon was actually something of a “red herring”... What we were eluding to was that Alaskan Smoked Porter is a lovely partner to smoked salmon.

3. The 1,500 square-mile Juneau ice field is the main source of the Alaskan Brewing Co's water.

4. Juno. OK, so it's actually spelled “Juneau” but we couldn't resist the play on words for the Brewery's home town.

5. For those who know their Roman numerals, that's 1988 – the year this lovely Smoked Porter first appeared.

6. Alder wood, sourced locally to the Brewery, is used to smoke the selected malts in small batches.

7. Alaskan Smoked Porter is produced in limited "vintages" each year on November 1st and may be aged in the bottle and appreciated for years to come.

8. Our railway porter fellow. Possibly a little too easy as a final clue!

A limited consignment of the Alaskan Smoked Porter 2012 vintage shall be arriving with James Clay at the beginning of November and made available on (very) special order. We can't stress strongly enough how rare this beer is on these shores; in fact, it's practically impossible to get hold of in certain States of the US.

It's a beer which improves markedly with age – vertical tastings with different vintages are quite an experience – and we're suggesting to anyone who is lucky enough to secure an order to put a few bottles to one side for future enjoyment.

We're hoping to obtain supplies of Alaskan Smoked Porter as a regular addition to our “Specials” line-up each Autumn, with preference being to accounts who have ordered in previous years.

Keep an eye out for our regular e-newsletters for pricing details, availability and arrival dates.

Pre-orders accepted from September. Please contact the James Clay Team on 01422 377 560 for further details.