Elk Creek Brewing – Prince’s Porter Tapping

Brewer Tim

A short while ago, Bear and I took a reprieve from our typical weekend activity of training orphaned penguins to rescue shark attack victims.  We procured a designated driver who didn’t mind dodging the horse and buggies or remaining sober enough to dodge them in the dark on the return trip, which also involved that he stay sober.  And put up with us.  And maybe hold the camera if we ask him nicely.  Truly we found a noble individual.  Buy the man a beer!

Our trip deep into the quasi-powered farmlands of Pennsylvania was spurred by an announcement that Elk Creek Aleworks was tapping their Prince’s Porter (a bourbon barrel aged version of their Poe Paddy Porter) and having a PROHIBITION THEMED COSTUME PARTY!! And anyone who knows Bear and me knows that we rock beer and costume parties like they’re the shist. (I should warn you that we are punnaturally funny over here).

Bear is the Hop Devil and Gexx is The Most Interesting Man in the World. We were destined to be beer co-bloggers.

Take Halloween for example:

That’s what I’m talking about.

Look at those shebas!

So Sunday December 4, 2011 us get all dolled up with keen hats and pearls and a little help from the Costume Closet in Sunbury PA and headed out for some fortified giggle water.

While there we learned of a local moonshiner: Prince Farrington who apparently not only had a rather large and complex operation, but had won the hearts and minds of the locals with his rather philanthropic donations to schools and churches.

Christine and Dave are accompanied by some nimble tapdancers!

We hoofed it up with some period appropriate music was provided by Christine  and Dave of Marah, an Americana band from the area who we featured in a previous episode of “Music To Quaff To.”

The Beer of Honor was AMAZING!  I’ve always enjoyed the Poe Paddy Porter as a solid, full porter, and allowing it to age in a Bourbon barrel was an amazing idea.  Rich, sweet, vanilla flavor was imparted with a good boozy (definite whiskey)  background, and it melded well with the PPP.  We’ll get into the beers a bit more win our video, and I would love to thank the brewer, Tim for taking the time to give a great interview back in the brewing room.  So here are some pictures of the participants! If I have any attributions wrong, please let me know.

All the costumes!

Lola and Genghis

Julianne and John

Descendants of Prince Farrington: Dave (Grandson), Melissa (G-Granddaughter), Peter, David (G-G-Grandson), Olivia (G-G-Granddaughter)

Eve and Olivia - the dancers

Bear - I need a name for these people

Bear and Guy holding Guy's books about Prince

Nell of Chicken Tractor rocking her fedora

Nell and Dana


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