Sometimes We Just Stay Home and Drink: #13 Tröegs Dead Rekoning Porter, Hershey, Pennsylvania
Date: June 12, 2019 –We apologize for the missing days. 50th college reunion and the end of school drill takes a toll.
The Story— It’s our anniversary. One of the first craft beers we enjoyed together — long before we started to take notes on the beers we discovered– was Anchor Porter. Our last notes on that beer of epiphany were a couple of decades ago, so we’ll have to recheck our findings before we post them here. But we thought a really nice porter might be a way to celebrate the fact that almost from the beginning of our 49 years together, beer was central, and porter was a style we both enjoyed.
This one’s from a brewery we’ve celebrated as often as any brewery we visit regularly. Tröegs is a destination brewery in Hershey, Pa. that for us is a greater lure than the chocolate that pervades the town. Unlike many of the Tröegs Scratch series beers we feature here, you should have a good chance of finding this one available.
The Beer– Husky dark malt with a rounder finish with some chocolate malt and some herbal and fruity notes late. Toffee shows as it drinks. Overall a good sipping beer– at 5.9, it’s a risky session choice, but the big flavors may slow you down enough to end the evening with no more booze in your belly than with a SIPA.
Value — Good, maybe better. Six bucks for a true pint– a global standard for good beer.
Values: “fair” is a good beer at an above market price, “good” is worth the money, “very good” is a bargain, and “excellent” is a steal.
Sometimes we just stay home and drink beer — hundreds of them over the course of the year as we hunt for a new favorite. The searching for the beer of the day never stops, so for a while, there will be fewer travel-oriented posts and just some to-the-point descriptions of beers we’ve enjoyed.
We’re often asked to share our tasting notes on over 33,000 beers; this blog is in answer to those requests. Not all our notes, though. The great beer writer Michael Jackson admirably followed the Thumper Rule, and we’ll try to do the same. (“If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nuthin’ at all.”) All the beers we post are from the top half of our ratings and most are from the top quarter. Of greater value, we think, are the stories behind the beers, and we try to give you enough about the brewery, the style and the places to find great beer to help you on your own beer journeys. At CulturAle Press we try to write books and publish posts that will help you “Drink Well and Travel Safely.”