This was a good thing. We enjoyed that. Not much could top that in terms of Sonny-branded foodstuffs, right?
Portland’s Bissell Brothers brewery just literally said “Hold my beer.”
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At Bissell Brothers we are always striving for two things. First, predictably, is making the best beer that we can. The second is a continued involvement in our community at large. We decided to combine these two tenets into a focused program for any employee with a beer idea, a charity they love, and a full day to spend in the brewhouse. Welcome to Bissell Brothers Small Batch Sessions: An ongoing monthly series of small batch beers that will only be available in our taprooms. We will be donating $1000 from each batch to a local cause(s) selected by the employee(s) who brew it. The first installment in The Sessions is an Extra Special Bitter (ESB for short) brewed by @kevbrofresh and @samafaye , two of our finest taproom employees. Each will be donating $500, Sam to the @animalrefugeleague and Kevin to the @dempsey_center . The beer will be available on nitro pours at open on Friday with a special dry hopped cask tapping at 4pm! Follow the link in our profile for the full backstory on this beer. #bissellbrothers
OH MY GOD. It’s like the internet is TRYING to make me a lacto-beeritarian. I will drink nothing else until the end of time. Except I can’t, because it’s only available in their taproom, apparently, beginning today, March 22.
Here’s what Bissell Brothers has to say about this particular beer:
Nice One, Sonny is an Extra Special Bitter brewed as traditionally as we could by using all British malts, hops, and yeast. Golden Promise and a blend of light to medium British caramel malts create a beautiful shade of amber while the combination of East Kent Golding hops and a traditional English yeast strain presents a very pleasant floral aroma and a firm bitterness. We feel this beer is a perfect example of balance. We’ll be presenting this beer from a cask on 03/22 and 03/29, while the remainder of the batch will be served on Nitro pours. Nitrogenation was invented by Guinness in an attempt to mimic the cask experience with out all the headaches involved. While not an exact replication we do find that it is better than pouring with CO2. We hope you enjoy this offering as much as we did creating it.
The brewers also went into a little more detail about it in an interview on their website:
Sam: What inspired you to brew this beer?
Kevin: When done well, ESB is a remarkably refreshing and balanced style. There have been lots of examples throughout the history of brewing in Maine, which, early on, was very influenced by the English tradition. In more recent years, traditional English styles have been treated like antiques. I’d love to see a resurgence.
Sam: What makes Nice One, Sonny special?
Kevin: Its name is a nod to one of our favorite soccer players, Son Heung-min, who plays for the mighty Tottenham Hotspur. He’s a South Korean national and the fans lovingly refer to him as Sonny. The song they sing about him goes “Nice one, Sonny, nice one son! Nice one, Sonny, have another one!” It feels like an appropriate title given the eminent drinkability of ESB.
It’s also noted that proceeds from the sale of this beer will be donated to The Cancer Community Center, a Portland charity, which makes this not only an excellent reason to go drink beer if you live in Portland, but I think Sonny would also approve.
I am so glad that this exists, but I am sad for me as I don’t live anywhere near Portland, and there’s no reasonable chance I can bop in for a pint (or seven) before it’s gone.
So Portland Carty Free readers, you know what to do. Go have some and tell me how it is so I can live vicariously through your drunkenness. And if you can find a way to ship a growler to Indiana, let me know.