Zombie Monkie: A Post-Apocalyptic
Porter from Tallgrass Brewing Company
Tallgrass Brewing Company is fearless when it comes to
branding their beers, like Buffalo Sweat, Ethos, Velvet
Rooster, and 8-Bit Pale Ale. Their newest beer is no
exception and embraces the zombie-mania sweeping the
country. Zombie Monkie: A Post-Apocalyptic Robust Porter,
the latest seasonal offering from the Midwest brewery, will
begin rolling out to selected markets the week of September
23rd. This new beer will be equipped with the world's first
textured "Tactical Grip" on the side of the can. This
feature ensures that drinkers keep a steady grip on the beer
as they flee from infected primates.
While the name of the beer and the design of the can are all about
the undead, what's inside the can is completely alive with
"We have been talking about brewing a porter since we started the
brewery in 2007, but it had to be something special and this is it,"
said Tallgrass Founder, Jeff Gill.
Zombie Monkie is brewed with a chocolatey combination of roasted and
kilned malts. This gives the beer a full body with lots of chocolate
and espresso-like flavors. Bravo, Willamette, and Nugget hops add
hints of floral and citrus to finish off this complex porter.
"I dreamed this beer into existence," said Tallgrass Brewmaster,
Andrew Hood. "I dreamed I was drinking a beer in a post-apocalyptic
landscape. The beer was dark and delicious, the kind you want for
the end of days. It was also interesting and robust, which is good,
because it might be your last. That's Zombie Monkie, the perfect
beer for toasting the end of humanity."
Zombie Monkie's can claims the beer was "inspired by approximately
true events." The brewery plans to reveal details of this incident
in a series of on-line videos to be released in the coming weeks.
The brewery has just posted a teaser trailer for the series that has
already been view by more than a 1000 fans.Tallgrass's Twitter
followers are also tracking the impending "ZomPocalypse" with the
Zombie Monkie will be brewed and distributed until late October...or
until the extinction of humanity, whichever comes first.
The Story Behind Tallgrass Brewing
The decision to found Tallgrass Brewing Company was
made by Jeff Gill and his wife Tricia on April 8, 2006. Tricia had
asked Jeff THAT question: “What do you want to do with the rest of
your life?” Jeff had been thinking about that exact question quite a
bit. “I want to start a microbrewery!” Jeff answered. He had been an
avid homebrewer for six years and loved to brew beer that people
enjoyed. At that point, he and Tricia made a commitment to start a
new microbrewery in Kansas. It would mean moving from where they
lived at the time, Jeff giving up his career as geologist, and
Tricia changing jobs.
After the decision was made, the next 12 months were
a flurry of activity: Jeff juggled a full-time job while trying to
gain as much experience in the craft beer business as possible, and
Tricia gave him her full support along the way. They chose
Manhattan, Kan., for the location of the brewery, and chose
Tallgrass for the name. They had always wanted to settle in this
area to raise their family and live near the scenic Flint Hills and
Tallgrass Prairie surrounding Manhattan. It just so happened that
the water near Manhattan is an excellent choice for brewing beer,
When the spring of 2007 rolled around, Jeff was ready
to speak with friends and family about investing in their dream to
start Tallgrass Brewing Company. With the money raised and a lot of
hard work, the brewery was built just off of Green Valley Road at
the edge of the Flint Hills. A beautiful copper-clad brewhouse
arrived in June 2007 and the first beer was brewed in August 2007.
Our beer is now available on tap and in cans across the Midwest,
Mississippi, Minnesota, and more to come!