We’d like to call a “safety meeting” everyone - it’s important to everyone’s health and happiness that you know that Historic has a new beer. A super delicious, smooth porter with a subtle smokey flavor that’ll knock your socks off. This Smoked Porter named “Safety Meeting” is an homage to the traditional porters of the past as well as being a send off to one of our brewer’s assistants, Josh, as he begins his career with the forest service.
This Smoked Porter has a long smokey finish that is smooth and accompanied by “chocolatey” and brown malt flavors. It is a bit more full bodied than our Piehole Porter although the recipe for both beers is quite similar. Safety Meeting has smoke in the aroma and some roasty notes that are intertwined in the subtle smokiness, helping to round out the beer and make it well balanced. It is a restrained smokiness however, so it is not overwhelming or “like you’re licking an ashtray” as our head brewer so eloquently describes. This dark and warming beer has an IBU of 32 and an ABV of 6.5% and is perfect for drinking while watching the monsoons roll in or while partaking in a “safety meeting” of your own.
Safety Meeting was brewed with Beechwood Smoked Malt from Germany, which is where it gets a lot of its flavor from and what makes it so special. This malt was dried using beechwood smoke instead of the more common and modern method of drying using hot air. When Porter’s were first brewed they all had this slight smoke quality to them because before the Industrial Revolution all malts were dried out by fire. Our choice to use a smoke dried malt in this beer is a playful throwback to the porters of the past. This beer features Polaris hops, also from Germany, which have a bit more of an “earthy” and “woody” quality to them. Safety Meeting was also brewed with Magnum hops - a good bittering hop that has a smooth bitterness without being too harsh, making them a perfect choice for a porter.
While the name of this beer is definitely a play on the less than productive “meetings” involving everyone’s favorite fragrant green gift from Mother Nature, it is also a sentimental send off to Josh, one of our brewer’s assistant, as he leaves Historic Brewing Co. to go start a career with the forest service. This was one of the last beers he worked on and we think it’s quite a delicious way to end one chapter and begin another. This darker, fuller beer is perfect for anyone who likes a beer with a lot of smooth flavor and a bit of smoke. And while this beer is perfect for anytime of the day, we think it might be just right around 4:20...