Blonde Stout - The Oxymoron of Beers

While “Blonde Stout” might sound contradictory and even a bit confusing, this beer style is worth exploring a bit more and definitely worth trying. Our Blonde Stout, named LA Face with an Oakland Booty, is full of all the flavors you’d expect from a dark Stout, but with the color and appearance of a Blonde Ale. This beer was first brewed by Historic Brewing Company back in 2017, and after much baggering by our managers we brought it back for you all to try.

This beer has an ABV of 7% and an IBU of 30 and was brewed with 2-row, oats, biscuit and bru malt, which gives this beer lots of malt flavor and depth. It has a strong aroma and flavor of coffee, hazelnut, and chocolate with a silky and full mouthfeel. LA Face is brewed like a traditional Stout, but does not have any roasted or chocolate malts added which typically make Stout style beers a dark, rich color. This Blonde Stout is a pale golden color but carries all the flavor characteristics of a dark beer, which makes it a real mind trick if you don’t know what you’re ordering.

LA Face

After the initial brewing process we added 8 lbs of local coffee, 10 lbs of cocoa nibs, and hazelnut extract to add even more flavor to this beer. You definitely smell the coffee and hazelnut in the aroma first, followed by a subtle chocolate roasted smell that makes you want to dive right into the beer. When you taste the beer you notice the sweet malt flavors first, followed by the strong coffee and nutty hazelnut flavors which round out into a dark chocolate finish.

The beer name LA Face with an Oakland Booty was inspired by Sir Mix a Lot, and just like the famous song we all know and love this beer will be your new jam. It’s an oxymoron for sure, but that just makes us want it even more. It’s full of delicious flavor and if you haven’t had a Blonde Stout before we can’t wait for you to try out this awesome style of beer. LA Face with an Oakland Booty is on tap now at our locations, so go seek out this tasty brew and see how many people you can trick with this light colored Stout.

Smug Mug Members Brew: Son of a Peach

If you didn’t know by now, Historic Brewing Company has an awesome program called Brew With Us where groups of people get to come in, spend the day with our brewers, and brew a beer of their own on the big scale. This program has helped create lasting relationships and some damn good beer as well. For this Brew With Us we got to work with a group of our incredible Smug Mug members who happened to win this experience at our 5th Anniversary Party.

This group of Smug Mug members have been coming to Historic’s Eastside Tap Room for over a year now and their regular meetups at the bar is what helped bring them closer than ever. They have named themselves “Extended Fam” and now all have weekly group dinners, regular off-roading adventure trips, and a group text filled with way too many inside jokes.

The group is made up of Jon Watkins, Bill Dunn, Luke and Amanda Parais, Derek O’Connell, and Laurin Tilden. Jon was the first to discover Historic and he was also the first to receive his smug mug, a gift from his parents for graduation, but luckily for us he didn’t keep Historic a secret from his friends for too long. The whole group soon started showing up at the bar together for Taco Thursdays and lots of laughs over beers. It wasn’t long before the entire group had smug mugs too, which now all live in a row on the shelves of Historic’s bar.

Regulars BWU Group

“Extended Fam” has known each other since 2016, all bonding over their jobs in the auto industry, and their love of cars, dogs, and tacos. They credit Historic for really bringing them together though and making regular dinners and meet-ups happen weekly. The group first began coming in on Thursdays for what they call “thirstdays” and still make it in every week to fill up their mugs with their beer of choice. Although Jon was the trend setter of the group when it came to mug membership, they all quickly joined the Smug Mug club because of the membership benefits which include $4 beers and 25% off of food and retail.

They were lucky enough to win the raffle at our 5th Anniversary Party and in early March they spent the day with Austin, one of our brewers, to learn how to brew their own beer and create something totally unique and delicious. While Amanda got most of the say when it came to what beer they chose to brew (since she is the pickiest and won the brew), it was a collaborative effort when deciding on their beer, Son of a Peach. This peach lager is light, incredibly refreshing, and fruity for a lager but not too fruit forward that traditional beer drinkers would be turned off. It has an aroma of stone fruit, a soft breadiness like cereal, and a little bit of citrus. It has an IBU of 22 and an ABV of 5% with flavor notes similar to a traditional lager but with the addition of stone fruit and peaches. It was mostly brewed with Calypso hops which are earthy and full of ripe fruit flavor.

Luke Adding Hops

The brew day was filled with lots of learning, fun, and the group all agreed that it was a bonding experience that helped bring them all together even more. They all had different aspects of the brew day that were their personal favorite, but getting to see and understand how a beer is created was at the top of the list. They got to pick Austin’s brain about the brewing process, help add grain to the brew, and get a behind the scenes look at how we run things at Historic. Son of a Peach will be released starting April 9th and although it’s a small batch brew you can expect to see at least one keg tapped at the brewery so that this Smug Mug group can show off their awesome beer. While this experience definitely can’t be recreated because this group is way too special to replicate, you can get your own group of friends or “extended fam” together to make a kickass brew of your own, and in the meantime get yourself a pint of Son of a Peach while it’s still around!

Our Favorite Springtime Beer Styles

Pint on Winter Solstice on BHF Patio

Three cheers for Spring beers! The flowers are blooming, the sun is shining, and it’s finally porch drinking weather - which means it’s also finally time for our favorite Spring beer styles. Here’s a roundup of all of our favorite styles to pour while April showers bring May flowers.

  1. Berliner Weisse: It’s no doubt that here at Historic Brewing Company we are big fans of Berliner Weisse beers. They’re light, tart, full of flavor, and a crowd pleaser among sour beer fans and those that are slow to get on the sour beer train. Spring Berliner Weisse beers are bright, fruity, and the perfect beer for after a great trail run or for a breezy spring night. We are partial to our own Spring Soulstice Saure which features Azacca hops, giving it a flavor and aroma similar to Watermelon Sour Patch kids. It’s a subtle sour beer with a soft wheat flavor that pairs well with it’s tropical and citrus flavor notes.

  2. Munich Helles: Although Bavaria is home to so many incredible beer styles, one of their best and brightest beer styles is the Munich Helles. This style was first brewed by the Spaten Brewery and has since grown in popularity due to its simplicity and easy drinking nature. Munich Helles are yellow to gold in color and highlight the Pilsner malts giving it a malty sweetness accompanied by the slight hop bitterness. They are low in ABV and are perfect for any day filled with sunshine and good company.

  3. IPL: This hybrid style is gaining popularity, and for good reason. It combines the best of two of our favorite beer styles, blending together the hop flavor and bitterness from an IPA and the crisp and clean qualities lagers are known for. IPLs are a hoppy lager that help bring together the biggest hop heads and those that don’t stray too far from their love of lagers, giving them a beer to all celebrate together. While this beer style is versatile enough to enjoy all year round, it’s particularly delicious in spring and lucky for you we’ve got an IPL beer in the works right now which will be released early May!

Recipe Feature: Piehole Porter Beer Brownies

We’ve got a major sweet tooth, and also a major love for craft beer. Lucky for us, and for you, this recipe will satisfy any sweet tooth and incorporates our delicious Cherry Vanilla Piehole Porter. These beer brownies are easy to make, use minimal ingredients, and best of all are baked with beer!


Piehole Porter Beer Brownies

-1 cup of all purpose flour

- ¾ cup of cocoa powder

-¼ teaspoon of salt

-1 cup of mini or regular chocolate chips

-1 stick of unsalted butter (melted)

-½ cup of Piehole Porter

-4 eggs (room temperature)

-1 cup of sugar

-1 cup of brown sugar

-2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 350 F

2. Butter a 9x13 in baking dish and set aside

3. Mix together flour, cocoa powder, and salt

4. In a separate bowl whisk together eggs, vanilla, and sugar until thick and then add melted butter and beer

5. Incorporate the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until well combined

6. Fold in chocolate chips

7. Pour mixture into the butter baking dish and bake for 35-40 minutes until the center of the brownies are cooked through

8. Wait until brownies are cooled before slicing

9. Eat up a brownie or two with a pint of Piehole Porter

Spring into Sour Beer

Although winter has been a lot of fun, we are ready for some of that spring sunshine in our lives. Luckily the spring equinox will be here March 20th, which means that the sunny days of spring will be close behind. Spring to us means bright flavors, great beers, and plenty of time spent outdoors on the trails. Our newest beer, the Spring Equinox Saure is the perfect beer to help usher in the season with it’s tart, dry flavors similar to a watermelon sour patch kid - we know our mouth is now watering too…

The Spring Equinox Saure is another one of our seasonal Berliner Weisse sours that we will be making quarterly. It is similar to its cousin’s the Summer and Winter Soulstice Saure, but with its own unique flair that separates it from the others. This sour beer has an IBU of 10 and an ABV of 5.5%, with a soft wheat and tropical aroma. It is subtle and dry in flavor with a watermelon and citrus sweetness.

Zack Kegging Spring Equinox

This beer was kettle soured to bring out the tartness, however it is more subtle than you would expect, making it a great beer for anyone, not just those who enjoy sour beers. It was brewed with a few different malts, including Pilsner, Wheat, Vienna, and Acidulated, but the flavor really comes from the Azacca hops in the brew. Azacca hops are an American hop known for their fruity, tropical, citrus qualities which is where the beer gets its delicious flavors from.

Spring Equinox Saure is perfect for “anyone who wants a little fruity zip in their beer” according to our head brewer Zack. It has a soft sourness for easy drinking, and the additional of the bright flavors makes it the perfect beer to help us welcome in all our favorite things about the spring season. This beer will be tapped at all locations starting March 15th and keep an eye out for the limited release guava edition that will be tapped a week or two after. Both are sure to please!

Elevate Nepal & the Sapana Coffee Stout

Each year as a company, Historic Brewing Company uses our Charity Brew With Us Program to collaborate with some amazing local charities to not only create an awesome collaboration beer, but to also raise awareness and money for organizations that we stand behind. This month we had the privilege of working with Elevate Nepal, Inc., a non-profit that is based out of Flagstaff and works to raise money for relief work and rebuilding projects in Nepal following the devastation of the 2015 earthquake.

The 2015 earthquake in Nepal was the largest natural disaster Nepal had experienced in over eighty years, and the aftermath of this huge earthquake destroyed many of the countries villages and killed and injured thousands of people. Although the government was able to provide some disaster relief, the hit that the country took and the decline of the economy after the natural disaster has meant that rebuilding efforts have been slow and stagnant. This means that many people are still living in cramped shelters and many children have limited access to education. Elevate Nepal, founded in 2017, has been working closely with the Nepalese people to improve conditions, provide children with schools, families with homes, and provide better sanitation and resources for all.

The founders, Dan and Anthony, visited Nepal for the first time in 2011 where they spent a few months trekking Mt. Everest base camp and volunteering in local villages. This is when they first visited the coffee farm near Pokhara and when they fell in love with the country and the values of the Nepalese people. After the devastation of the 2015 earthquake, the men came together to form Elevate Nepal in an effort to help the country rebuild itself and create more jobs within the villages and empower the communities.

We were lucky enough to get connected with Dan Maurer when he approached us about his yearly charity event that this year raised more than $12,000 for their current and future rebuilding projects. It was also then that Dan informed us about the amazing way the charity is raising money all year long and the agriculture they are helping build in this small village by working with the coffee farm and importing speciality Nepalese coffee into the United States. The Sapana coffee beans are grown in the shade of the Himalayan mountains and then imported to the US and roasted in Phoenix, before they sold to the public both online on their website and at their events. It is pesticide free, organic, free trade and speciality grade coffee, and Elevate Nepal is one of only three companies in the United States to import coffee from Nepal.

After learning about Elevate Nepal and the important work they are doing, we knew we wanted to partner up with them to create a kickass beer and help them raise money for even more rebuilding projects. This is how the Sapana Coffee Stout was born - a chocolatey, slightly sweet stout that is bursting with coffee flavor and subtle nutty notes. We used the Sapana coffee beans in this beer to truly infuse an element of Nepal and Elevate Nepal’s mission into every pint.

The Sapana Coffee Stout has lots of coffee flavor from the addition of Sapana coffee cold brew added in to the beer. It is a light-bodied, dry stout that has a good bitterness from the coffee and the hops. The aroma and flavor of this beer reminds our head brewer, Zack, of iced coffee with cream and sugar, making it an easy to drink dark beer. The Sapana Stout has an ABV of 4.8% and an IBU of 20, although the perceived bitterness is a bit higher because of the natural bitter qualities of the dark roasted coffee. This beer is perfect for both coffee lovers and beer lovers, and for those that want to support an awesome organization doing great work in the world.

Sepana Coffee Stout

This beer was first tapped at the Big Lebowski Charity Bowling Event on March 2nd at Starlite Lanes, but it is now also tapped at our Historic Brewing Company locations. Additionally, we will be hosting an awesome event at our Downtown Historic Barrel + Bottle House location to raise even more money and awareness for Elevate Nepal, and to give you all a chance to try this beer, the Sapana coffee, and even buy some Nepalese coffee beans to take home with you.

Join Historic and Elevate Nepal on March 23rd from 6-9pm for a pint night and coffee tasting. You can try the Sapana Stout side by side with the cold brew that was used in the beer, and $1 from each pint of the Sapana Stout sold that night will go back to Elevate Nepal. They are currently working on rebuilding a school that will allow 700 kids to continue their education, and by coming down to our event you can help support them in this project and their awesome mission as a whole. We hope to see you there, and if you can’t join but want to help out this cause go to Elevate Nepal’s website and read more about what they do, donate, or buy some Sapana coffee beans!