The crew here at Newport Storm Brewery loves bacon. In fact, their 2014 fall office meeting, which was dominated by the smoky meat, is now referred to as “Baconfest”. Inspired by this feast, brewers set out on a mission to capture the savory flavors, sans swine, employing vast amounts of specialty malts and barley. In light of the recent discovery that bacon might not be the best thing to eat, it looks like the Annual Release ‘15 came not a moment too soon!
Test batches for the ‘15 spanned nearly 2 years as brewers experimented with hardwood smoked barley to get the “bacon effect”, but a key ingredient was still missing. Brew Master Derek Luke fondly recalls the day he found the malt that would round out this limited brew, “Much like a wild boar searching for truffles, I stumbled across a dry sample of a certain kilned malt in the brewery forest that smelled just like milk chocolate”. The discovery of Baird’s chocolate malt made the theme of this beer instantly clear, chocolate covered bacon! Though hops are used to balance, they take a back seat to the wonderful flavors and aromas that only smoked barley can produce. At 11% ABV, this velvety black brew will have you saying, “I can’t believe it’s not bacon!”.