It’s with a heavy heart that we say good bye to Dale Ralston, who had been with us through thick and thin for the last five and half years! Dale started as a server in September 2008 and became a manager after 3 months. She has kept our spirits high and our sides hurting with her fabulous sense of humor. She is the artist behind our chalkboards and email newsletters. Dale will be greatly missed at The Porter Beer Bar.
The only thing keeping us from crying is that Dale is leaving to open her very own awesome bakery called La Calavera with her husband, Eric Arillo. It will be at 747 East College Avenue near Avondale in Decatur! They are shooting to open in March, but keep upto date with their fabulous website: http://lacalaverabakery.wordpress.com/
Dale and Eric (who is also the baker) have been selling bread at local farmers markets for two years now and are ready to get serious with their very own storefront. We wish them the best of luck!
“Where the Wild Beers Are” is our January tradition. Every Friday in January we have a tap takeover with a theme. At least one week is WILD beers! Wilds beers are made with wild yeasts and are funky, sour and saison-y. This year we are kicking off with two fridays Jan 3rd & Jan 10th with Wild Beers!
Jan 17th is Terrapin vs. Yeti. Favorites like Terrapin White Chocolate Yoo Hoo and Cinnamon Roll WakenBake will go up against amazing Yetis like Chocolate Yeti, Oak Aged Yeti and Espresso Yeti.
Jan 24th will be an IPA themed tap takeover, so hopheads unite!
Below is our line-up for Jan 3rd:
St. Louis Gueze Fond Tradition 2012 Belgium 8oz/ 5% $6.00
sour and tart with green apple and vinegar
Timmerman’s Pumpkin Belgium 8oz/4% $6.25
tart lambic, dry pumpkin flavor, subtle brown sugar, festive and unique
Hitachino Sour Anbai Japan 8oz/7% $6.50
Anbai means salty plum and that exactly what you get in this lightly tart, wheat beer
Anderson Valley Gose California 8oz/4.8% $
Salty, orange, coriander, lovely tartness brings this Gose to life
Bruery Oude Tart California 8oz/7.5% $8.25
oak, sour plum, vanilla, tart red wine flavors
New Holland Incorrigible Michigan 16oz/4.9% $6.50
Berlinner weisse, sour grapes, apple cider cinegar, funk and must, oak
Abbaye de Bon Chien Zymatore Switzerland 8oz/11% $8.00
Semi-sweet with an acidic, vinegar-like twang, funky with a dry and oaky finish; moderately sour with a touch of alcohol warmth
Rodenbach Grand Cru Belgium 8oz/6% $7.00
Sour with sharp acetic notes, dark sour cherries followed by light sweet malt, red wine oaky tannins
Wild Beer Co. Bliss England 8oz/6% $6.00
Dark saison w/ roasted fruit, apricot and yeasty funk
Ichtegem Grand Cru Belgium 8oz/6.5% $6.50
surprisingly moderate tart cherry and oak character, caramel and candy sugar backbone
Bruery Tart of Darkness California 8oz/5.6% $8.50
sour cherry and apple, dark roasted malts, oak and balsamic vinegar notes
We will having the following Holiday Hours coming up!
Regular Menu and Full Bar Available during Holidays Hours.
Thanksgiving open 5pm-12 midnight
Christmas Eve 11:30am-6pm
Christmas Day 5pm-12 midnight
New Years Eve 11:30am- 2:30am
New Year’s Day 11am-12 midnight
Don’t forget about our annual glassware sale kicking off on Black Friday, November 29th and going through Sunday December 1st!
Hanukkah is early this year, so we moved up Christmas vs. Hanukkah to Friday November 29th. Come out for a fabulous He’Brew tap line up vs. Belgian Christmas beers!
Check it out! He came on our anniversary and talked to Curt Dawsey!
We got Reader’s Pick for Best Bar Food and Editor’s Pick of Best Beer Bar!
On Wednesday September 4th we will have a Big Lebowski themed event with pins! (Like bowling, but with beer, get it?)
On Thursday Sept 5th is our Mad Mad Hatter Party with an amazing tap takeover of New Holland beers, over 30 different beers in total! So wear a Mad Hat and join the fun!
On Friday September 6th, we will have 10 different awesome barleywines on tap for barleywine fest!
Saturday September 7th, we will open at 11am and the first 100 customers will receive an a fabulous gift! And you’ll just have to trust us when we say the draft list will be EPIC that day!
Sunday Sept 8th, starting at 12:30pm we will be offering a variety of flights of Trappist beers, even some of really hard to get ones!
We hope to see you soon!
(All Events start at 6pm unless otherwise noted)
We will close at 4pm on Tuesday, September 3rd for our staff appreciation party!
Can you believe it? 5 years!! It’s gone so fast and yet I feel like we’ve been here forever. I am proud to say we still have 6 original employees, who have been with us for 5 years! That’s 17% of 35 total employees! not bad for a beer bar!
So what has changed in 5 years?
We went from 19 drafts to 44!
We’ve gone from 100 bottles to over 800!
We added the vintage list and our fabulous private beer cellar!
We’ve been the best beer bar in the country in 2012 & 2011 according to ratebeer.com!
We’ve been a semi-finalist for Best Bar Program by James Beard foundation in 2012 & 2013!
And in 2013 we were featured on The Layover w/ Anthony Bourdain!
It’s been a good five years and with luck we will be looking at another good give years ahead!
Molly & Nick
P.S. Just for fun is our opening draft list below:
Allagash White Portland, ME 12oz/5% $4.00
coriander and orange with a creamy body
Wyder’s Dry Raspberry Cider Canada 12oz/5% $3.00
fruity nose, tart fresh raspberry flavor, the perfect farewell to summer
Terrapin Rye Pale Ale Athens, GA 16oz/7.4% $3.75
mellow pale ale with subtle rye flavor and a touch of hops
SweetWater 420 (Extra Pale Ale) Atlanta, GA 16oz/5.4% $3.75
an Atlanta classic, hoppy, but balanced
Weyerbacher Hops Infusion Easton, PA 12oz/6.2% $3.00
nice citrus upfront, with grass in the middle and earth in the finish
He’Brew Bittersweet Lenny’s R.I.P.A. Saratoga, NY 12oz/10% $5.00
copper/red color, citrusy hops with toffee finish
Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA Milton, DE 12oz/6% $4.00
spicy citrus with conifer notes, heady nose
Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA Milton, DE 12oz/9% $5.00
dark for an IPA, with a dried fruit richness to balance the intense grapefruit hops
La Chouffe Belgium .3L/8% $6.00
opaque golden color, touch of cinnamon with stone fruit flavors
Delirium Tremens Belgium .25L/9% $6.00
golden yellow, banana bread in a glass!
St. Bernardus Abt 12 Belgium .25L/10.5% $6.00
soft and warm at first like a chocolate kit kat, but with a roar like a lion
Terrapin Indian Brown Ale Athens, GA 16oz/6.2% $3.75
chestnut colored, hops cut the richness
Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial Porter Frederick, MD 12oz/7.8% $5.00
black in color, but sweet like cream n’ sugared coffee
Highland Oatmeal Porter Asheville, NC 16oz/5.8% $4.50
black with hints of chocolate, touch of hops
Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti Denver, CO 16oz/9.5% $5.25
oak, vanilla, chocolate, roasted coffee (did we mention delicious?)
Brasserie des Rocs Triple Impériale Belgium .3L/10% $7.00
dates, milk chocolate with plum finish
Spaten Optimator Germany 12oz/7.2% $3.75
doppelbock goodness, dark with roasty malt flavor
Uinta XIV Anniversary Barley Wine Salt Lake City, UT 12oz/9.8% $4.00
burnt caramel, dried fig, toffee notes
Weyerbacher Autumn Fest Easton, PA 12oz/6.1% $4.00
amber color, cinnamon caramel malts, restrained
Hello All! We wanted to announce that in Summer of 2014 we will be publishing The Porter Beer Bar Cookbook! It will have recipes for all our favorite specials, plus the regular menu and some of Nick’s fancy stuff that he makes for Beer Dinners. We will also include a little history about The Porter and how we opened along with a few funny stories of lessons we learned along the way. We will keep you updated as we go, so stay tuned!
Molly & Nick