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Saturday, October 09, 2010

Day 282 Drink: Fullsteam Hogwash Hickory Smoked Porter

Fullsteam Brewery is a Durham, N.C. beer maker inspired by the agricultural and culinary traditions of the South. The brewery says it wants to produce distinctly Southern beer using local goods such as heirloom grains and Southern botanicals. This means making beer with sweet potatoes, corn grits, summer basil, scuppernong grapes, persimmon, paw paw and rhubarb.

And while the young brewery says it still has a ways to go, the vision is to craft a year-round, sustainable, scalable and distinctly Southern beer brewed with 100 percent local ingredients.

At the World Beer Festival in Durham tonight I had the chance to sample several of the brewery's beers. They are first class and suggest that Fullsteam will be one of the beers to try from the southeast in years to come.

Fullsteam Hogwash Hickory Smoked Porter is a amber brown color with a rocky tan head. The beer has a very inviting smoky nose. The flavor has a nice malt base that delivers a wonderful smoked bacon flavor. The brewery house-smoked malted barley over hickory to achieve an interesting twist on a smoked porter. This brew would stand up nicely to anything coming out of Bamberg or to other domestic smoked brews.

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