In today's installment of Thirsty Thursday, an occasional feature about the people behind the booze of the South Sound, I checked in with Ken Thoburn, brewer-owner of Wingman Brewers in Tacoma. On Jan. 18, the brewery will pay homage to the dark-and-stormy weather with deep-and-dark brews of their own making. On tap will be seven different porters - all made by Wingman (I was impressed by that, you should be too). Read on.
Q: You've got seven porters listed - are all those porters at PorterPalooza yours? Or just the P-51s?A: All the porters at PorterPalooza are variation on the P-51 Porter made by us (find the tap list below).
Q: What on earth is a Devil's Food Cake style porter? Can you slice it?A: The Red Devil is a chocolate and red velvet addition. You can't slice it like a cake but it is the beverage version.
Q: If you could only drink one porter for the rest of your life, which would it be - and you can't say one of your porters.A: If I can't choose my own porter to drink for the rest of my life I would have to try and keep it local with either Lazy Boy Porter or The Harmon's Puget Sound Porter. If I'm feeling open to something not made close by then one of my favorites is Fullers Porter from England. It's so hard to to pick just one.
Q: For someone drinking a porter at home, what kind of food do you recommend pairing?A: Food pairing wise if you're drinking a straight porter and not a flavored one I would say red meat, chocolate, fruit, strong cheeses. Our porter in particular has fairly strong flavors so it needs other strong flavors to hang with it.
On tap at PorterPalooza: Coconut P-51 Hazelnut P-51; Chocolate Milk Porter; Chili Pepper Porter; Red Devil Porter (Devil's Food Cake Style); Peanut Butter Porter and Barrel Aged Sour Porter