Dark Horse Bar & Eatery’s “One Night Stand”
Summit Hob Knob and Knob Creek’s Dark Horse Blend Together
January 6th, 2017, at 5 p.m.
Way, way back in June 2016, our friendly Summit brewers got their hands on a big oak bourbon barrel from Knob Creek and decided to fill it with a brand-new, one-off, pilot-batch porter.
Using traditional English hop varieties and a blend of specialized roasted malts from Briess and Patagonia, as well as a handful of stout and wheat malts, they created a dark brown, 7.4% ABV porter with whispers of chocolate and espresso. Called Summit Hob Knob, which is simply a fun, old-timey word for a party, the beer picked up notes of vanilla, oak and toasted marshmallow in the barrel, jumping to a final ABV of 8.1%.
Despite generating a little mellow bourbon heat in the back of the throat and nasal passage, Hob Knob has a soft mouthfeel and a relatively low ABV compared to some of those big, bad, barrel-aged stouts typically served just 8 ounces at a time. Our brewers’ goal, in fact, was to create a beer you could have a couple pints of, should it suit you.
Since Paddy Whelan and his team at the Dark Horse Bar & Eatery in Lowertown happen to be sitting on their very own one-of-a-kind Knob Creek Bourbon blend, we’ve all teamed up to offer you thirsty folks the “One Night Stand” event — your chance to taste both Summit Hob Knob and Knob Creek’s Dark Horse Blend side by side.
“The bourbon is high-octane, man,” says Whelan, who’s working on a special cocktail just for the event. “We sampled a few barrels from Knob Creek, and this one was just right. Even at 120 proof, it’s balanced and flavorful.”
The Dark Horse kitchen is also planning a special $5 slider for the event to help you soak up the booze — a 4-oz. patty topped with cheese, whiskey barbecue sauce and fried serrano peppers.
Head to the Dark Horse Bar & Eatery on Friday, January 6th for a 5 p.m. tapping of Knob Creek Dark Horse and Summit Hob Knob, and enjoy other Summit beers on tap, including Extra Pale Ale, Sága and Oatmeal Stout. Visit Dark Horse Bar & Eatery on Facebook for more information.
Rare beer. Rare bourbon. A rare opportunity.