Beer Blog: Heretic’s Shallow Grave Porter Aged in Public House’s Buffalo Trace Bourbon Barrel

That title is quite a mouthful, but we really can't say enough about the newest addition to our tap line from Heretic Brewing Company.

In the summer of 2011, our beverage director, Mr. Greg Stone, visited the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Franklin County, Kentucky, and chose a specific barrel of bourbon to be used exclusively at Public House and Jardiniere. The bourbon from said barrel was then bottled and shipped to us, along with the empty barrel. We eventually gifted the empty bourbon barrel to Heretic Brewing Company, knowing that they would put it to good use, and we anxiously awaited the result. Heretic began by brewing a batch of their heralded Shallow Grave Porter, and then cellared the beer in our bourbon barrel from Spring until the end of July. They then kegged the product and shipped it off to us. The first keg has just been tapped and we invite you, loyal beer-drinker, to come down to Public House and bask in the fruits of our collaboration.

For those unfamiliar with the Shallow Grave Porter, it is an excellent interpretation of the American Porter style, featuring hints of dark chocolate and sweet caramel, perfectly tied off with a slightly bitter, almost smokey finish. After being cellared in our bourbon barrel, the aroma of this beer boasts strong notes of vanilla and black cherry lent from the bourbon. The flavor itself is still incredibly well-balanced, but also features a bit of added sweetness and warmth, making for a much more complex beer that still accomplishes everything that you'd come to expect from a top-shelf porter. We are truly honored to be a part of such a magnificent brew, and we thank all of the good people at Heretic Brewing Company for that.

This beer is ideal for a cold Summer day in San Francisco, and it pairs perfectly with a scoop of our Ancho Chocolate Ice Cream from Humprey Slocombe. Remember, you can only find this beer on tap at Public House, so come get yourself a glass before it disappears forever!


What Else is On Tap?

If our Bourbon Porter isn't quite your style, here's a quick taste of some of the brews that we have just tapped for the upcoming weekend:

Stone's Saison du BUFF; American Saison, 7.7% ABV

This beer is a collaboration between Stone, Victory, and Dogfish Head, three seperate breweries with highly respected tenures within the American Craft Beer movement. As for the name of the beer, BUFF stands for "Brewers United for Freedom of Flavor," and the unapologetic flavor profile of this particular brew does great justice to its own name. This beer is brewed with parsely, sage, rosemary, and thyme, but the flavor itself is not overly herbaceous. You can absolutely catch hints of the herbs in the aroma of the beer, as well as the smell of fresh earth, however, the flavor of the beer is fairly restrained, showing notes of lemony citrus, wheat, and even sweet fruit.

Bear Republic's Lucha Libre; Mexican Amber Lager, 5.8% ABV

Lucha Libre is an Amber Lager brewed in the Mexican style, which essentially means that it is a highly quaffable beer with an even malt profile and a faint hop bitterness used only to give it a nice, crisp finish. This is a beer that is truly brilliant in its simplicity. No need to over-think this one, just sit back and enjoy.