Suede Imperial Porter - A Collaboration Brew by 10 Barrel, Bluejacket and
O'Leary Parisi and
Stone brewmaster Mitch Steele decided to collaborate, it was essential that
they tap a special individual to complete their triad of fermentation
domination, and they found just that in Tonya Cornett, the brewmaster at
Bend, Oregon's 10 Barrel Brewing Company. Together, they decided on a sturdy
yet velvety base of imperial porter and developed a plan to celebrate the
bounty of the environs in which it was produced by harvesting avocado honey,
jasmine and calendula flowers (some from our very own Stone Farms) and
infusing them into the beer to create something complex and uniquely
Southern Californian. Consider it craft cross-pollination at its finest.
Tasting Notes, provided by Brewmaster Mitch Steele
Pours deep brown with a rich tan head.
Immediately floral, with notes of cocoa and coffee. As the beer warms, the honey
aromas become more pronounced.
Jasmine and honey hit the palate first, followed by the traditional cocoa and
coffee flavors that are expected in an imperial porter. The floral character is
balanced by a moderate level of fruitiness.
The beer is incredibly smooth and luscious. "Suede" is the perfect name!
This was such a fun collaboration. Megan first brought forth the idea of an
imperial porter, which we all immediately agreed to, and Tonya provided the malt
bill. From there, we decided to add some ingredients from Southern California.
The avocado honey provided a very rich, intensely floral flavor. The addition of
the honey and jasmine reminds me of Southern California summers, while the
calendula flowers hail from Stone Farms and bring a nice floral note and hint of
bitterness. I'm very pleased at how well these flavors came through in the
Suggested food parings, provided by "Dr." Bill Sysak
Blue cheese-stuffed mushrooms, peach and prosciutto crostini, lamb lollipops,
Soups / Salads:
Beef stew, Waldorf salad, chili con carne, spinach salad with cranberries and
St. Louis-style ribs, mushroom and spinach lasagna, liver and onions, mole over
stuffed poblano peppers
Rogue River Blue, Fiscalini Bandage Wrapped Cheddar, Willamette Valley Farmstead
Gouda, Carr Valley Billy Blue
Tiramisu, chocolate-covered strawberries, vanilla ice cream, crumb cake
Illusione MJ12 Maduro, Gurkha Cellar Reserve, Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial,
PadrĂ³n 1964 Anniversary Series Exclusivo Maduro