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Zombie Monkie: A Post-Apocalyptic Porter from Tallgrass Brewing

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.

 Zombie Monkie Porter

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 character.

"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.
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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 hashtag: #ZOMKIE

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, too!

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!



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