Port Brewing Company to Celebrate First Anniversary

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Award-winning Brewery's May 5th Open House to feature a number of highly anticipated special edition and seasonal releases from its groundbreaking line of Lost Abbey Belgian-style ales.

Fans of great beer will have an opportunity to enjoy Cinco de Mayo Belgian style at Port Brewing Company's First Anniversary Celebration, Saturday, May fifth at the brewery's facility in San Marcos, California. The $15 admission will entitle attendees to sample Port's award-winning line up of house beers, as well as become the first to taste a number of special releases and limited editions from the brewery's ground-breaking Lost Abbey Belgian-style ales. Additionally, partygoers will have the opportunity to purchase Lost Abbey's new seasonal issue, Ten Commandments dark farmhouse ale, and the highly anticipated Cuvee de Tomme, a barrel-aged specialty of Port's brewmaster, Tomme Arthur.

"As the brewery's first anniversary, we want this one to be something special," Arthur said. "So we're not only making it the premier of our anniversary ale, Ten Commandments, but we're also treating our guests to some special beers that I made and kept hidden in the barrel room just for this occasion."

Since Port Brewing's founding, Arthur has established the company's Lost Abbey label as one of handful of American breweries committed to pushing the boundaries of the centuries-old Belgian Ale style of beer. Nearly 40 percent of the facility is dedicated to racks of French Oak, Brandy and Bourbon barrels in which the Lost Abbey's signature beers are aged for as long as 18 months prior to release.

The following specialty releases will be making an appearance at the Port Anniversary party:

  • En Garde--a barrel-aged version of Lost Abbey's flagship, Avant Garde
  • Amazing Grace--a barrel-aged issue of the Abbey-style ale, Lost and Found
  • Bourbon-aged Angel's Share--a release of Lost Abbey's acclaimed Angel's Share aged in Bourbon rather than Brandy barrels

The following Port Brewing limited releases will also be available:

  • High Tide IPA--An autumn seasonal India Pale Ale made with fresh hops
  • Santa's Little Helper 2006--A winter seasonal Imperial Stout
  • Older Viscosity 2006--A 100% single bourbon barrel version of Old Viscosity.

Port will also have it's full line of "house beers" on draft, including Amigo Lager, Shark Bite Red Ale, Wipeout India Pale Ale, Hop 15 India Pale Ale, and Old Viscosity Dark Strong Ale. There will also be a special tasting of an upcoming Lost Abbey release named "Devotion", a blonde Belgian-style ale.

In addition to the standard ales, Port Brewing will also have the following available for purchase during the celebration:

  • Ten Commandments-- Lost Abbey's once a year Anniversary beer. A new generation of Dark Farmhouse Belgian-Style Beer that had Brettanomyces (a special Belgian brewer's yeast) added at bottling.
  • Cuvee de Tomme--The first barrel-blended release of the much lauded ale brewed with cherries. Only 420 bottles will be sold. There will be a maximum of 4 bottles per person.

The Port Brewing First Anniversary Celebration runs from noon to 9 PM on Saturday, May 5th at Port Brewing Company's facility located at 155 Mata Way, Suite 104, San Marcos (the old Stone Brewing facility). Admission of $15 entitles visitors to 8 beer tastings and unlimited access to a taco bar prepared by Port's in-house chef, Vincent Marsaglia.

For more information visit, http://www.lostabbey.com or telephone (760) 889-9318.

About Port Brewing / Lost Abbey
Founded in 2006, Port Brewing Company produces a line of award-winning American ales as well as the groundbreaking Lost Abbey family of Belgian-inspired beers. Craft brewed under the direction of co-founder and two-time Great American Beer Festival brewer of the year, Tomme Arthur, four beers are issued under the Lost Abbey label year-round: Avant Garde, Lost and Found, Red Barn and Judgment Day. Additionally, a number of seasonal and specialty releases including Ten Commandments, Cuvee de Tomme and the Angel's Share, are offered at various times throughout the year. As many of these are blended and aged for up to 18 months in French Oak, Brandy and Bourbon barrels, Lost Abbey beers are universally recognized for their complexity, unique flavors, and bold, boundary-pushing styles. Port Brewing is located at 155 Mata Way, Suite 104, San Marcos, CA 92069, USA. Telephone (760) 889-9318, web: http://www.lostabbey.com.

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