Well Done, Port City Brewing. Thinking Fast!

Washington, D.C.-area craft brewer Port City Brewing Co. is releasing Derecho Common, a limited edition “steam beer.” The new offering was created after a recent derecho storm cut power to Port City’s brewery, causing 13,000 gallons of beer to ferment at a higher-than-normal temperature. In order to salvage the affected beer, Port City replicated a brewing style developed in San Francisco—known as a “steam beer” or California Common beer—in which beer made with lager yeast is fermented at higher temperatures like an ale. Derecho Common will be available on draft by early August, limited to about 120 kegs in the D.C. metro area. In addition to three seasonals and a pair of limited edition ales, Port City’s year-round offerings include its Essential Pale Ale, Monumental IPA, Optimal Wit (a Belgian-style white ale) and Porter. Port City brews are distributed throughout Washington, D.C., Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina.(Shanken)

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