The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery to release Fat Boy Baltic Porter in January

OMB Fat Boy Baltic Porter

In celebration of brewing 1,000 batches, The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery will release 225 hand-numbered bottles of “Fat Boy Baltic Porter” — the first in a series of “beer of the month” releases — at the brewery during a breakfast and bottle share event from 10 a.m. to noon the morning of Jan. 12, 2013. Head brewery and Harley enthusiast Carey Savoy named the “Fat Boy,” which features his bike on the label. This Fat Boy will weigh in at 8.5% ABV, making it the brewery’s most potent offering to date (it edges out Bauern Bock by 0.5% ABV).

Pre-registration will be up the morning of Wednesday, Dec. 12 at www.oldemeckbrew.com or you can email events@oldemeckbrew.com to get in early. Only 100 registrations will be accepted.

When you register, choose one of these two options:

For $25, you get:

  • A plate of eggs, German potatoes and premium sausage
  • A pint of Fat Boy served in a keepsake glass that OMB has never sold — and will never sell again
  • A 22 oz. bottle of Fat Boy
  • A raffle ticket for a special OMB gift basket

For $34.99, you get all of the above plus a second bottle of Fat Boy.

In addition to all of this, OMB encourages beer lovers to bring bottles to share. If you’ve ever attended a Foothills release, you know that this is often the most fun part of the day. The brewery insists, however, that outside bottles brought in be consumed by 11:45 a.m. as they open to the public at noon.

Since opening in 2009, The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery has built a reputation around staples like Copper, Capt. Jack, Mecktoberfest, Dunkel and their two seasonal doppelbocks. Demand on these beers is so high around town that they haven’t until now been able to devote time to brewing other styles on a smaller basis.

The Beer of the Month releases will allow them to explore different styles that still meet the requirements under the Reinheitsgebot, which is to say they’ll be brewed with water, hops, barley and yeast. That Bavarian Purity Law really isn’t that restrictive, and there are a host of other German styles that The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery could brew next year (think Rauchbiers, Schwarzbiers, Gratzers, etc.).

Many of the world’s most well-known Baltic porters hail from countries like Poland, Finland, Sweden, Norway and Russia, though they were brewed by most countries bordering the Baltic sea. In fact, Germany’s Neuzeller Kloster-Bräu Neuzeller Porter is listed as an example of the style in the Beer Judge Certification Program’s style guidelines for Baltic porters. Baltic porters are distinguished from other porters in that they (usually) use lager yeast or are at least lagered, and Olde Meck’s is no different in that respect.

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