Thursday, June 9, 2011

OK, This Really Is The Last Reminder....

Cherry trees and Grand Traverse Bay, MI
The brewer put some Duck Rabbit Baltic Porter (a high-gravity, extremely rich take on a classic style) in 23 year-old Pappy Van Winkle barrels. The oak provided not only flavor, but a natural souring agent to give it a  bit of acidity. That sour aspect then is further enhanced by Montmorency cherries* from Michigan. Then this beer was put in a firkin, sent to Atlanta, and tonight we are going to tap it. To describe this beer as rare would be an understatement. A popular beer rating web site has only 3 reviews for it, one from Denmark, one from Massachusetts and one from Virginia. Comparatively, Duck Rabbit Baltic Porter has nearly 700 reviews. We will be tapping it around 6:00 tonight at The Fred Bar. Don't be stupid and miss it.

*The Montmorency cherry is a variety of sour cherry (Prunus cerasus) grown in the United StatesCanada and France, particularly in Michigan and in Door CountyWisconsin. Montmorency cherries are part of the lighter-red amarelle cultivar of sour cherries, rather than the darker-red Morello cultivar.