Another beer from one of my favorite breweries on the West Coast, Port Brewing, in San Diego, CA.
Black beers seem to be all the rage these days among brewers, I guess the style is probably defined by using darkly roasted grains in combination with the other elements more common among IPAs. Heavily hopped dark beers are about the most common style.
Port Brewing’s Midnight Sessions is all about the dark roasted malt, but with mild hoppiness. It’s also surprisingly light in the ABV, my bottle says 5%, and sweetness, making it appropriate as a “session beer”. If you’re looking for a domestic replacement for Guinness, this might be it.
I’ll steal the fairly poetic copy from their label:
It’s not often that a great swell coincides with a full moon. But when they collide, nature affords us a rare opportunity to paddle out long after everyone has called it a day.
These moments are a solitary pursuit with empty lineups. But those who carve graceful lines under a full moon understand how things can be dark, lonely and rewarding at the same time.
So next time you paddle in from an overcrowded beach break, remember that nothing tastes better than a cold beer after a session.
We suggest a roasty black lager for contemplating empty lineups and waves that go on for days. Most likely you’ll long for epic summer swells under moon lit sessions, opening the doors to isolation and empty secret spots on an age trying to pass us by…
With the Extreme Super Full Moon coming up on March 19th, this seems particularly appropriate!
Coming up later this month (March 19 to be exact) the moon will make its closest approach to Earth (called lunar perigee) in 18 years. A new or full moon at 90% or greater of its closest perigee to Earth has been named a “SuperMoon” by astrologer Richard Nolle. This term has been recently picked up by astronomers. An extreme “SuperMoon” is when the moon is full or new as well as at its 100% greater mean perigee (closest) distance to earth. By this definition, last month’s full moon, this month’s and next month’s will all be extreme “SuperMoons”.