Eugene Craft Beer: Oakshire Brewing’s Big Black Jack Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter available Oct. 1

Award-winning pumpkin beer pairs great with fall foods

When Eugene-based Oakshire Brewing released their first Big Black Jack in 2011, the big-beer pumpkin porter became a fall favorite. It also gained industry recognition, when it won the 2012 North American Brewing Awards Gold Medal for Hybrid Beers.

Now this fall beer is back! Oakshire releases Big Black Jack Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter again on Oct. 1, 2012, and it comes ready to rock out with autumnal foods.

“Big Black Jack gives people a rich, warming beer that brings to mind the pleasures and foods of autumn,” explains Matt Van Wyk, Brewmaster at Oakshire Brewing, Eugene, OR. “We recommend pairing it with seasonal favorite foods such as spicy Indian and Mexican dishes, molé, smoked goose, buttery aged cheddar, Irish cheeses, Gouda cheese, chocolate and peanut butter cookies, toasted coconut, pumpkin tarts and chocolate soufflés.”

Brewers used a patent-pending technique to roast farm-fresh pumpkins from Winter Green Farm in Noti and Stahlbush Island Farms in Corvallis. Big Black Jack has been brewed with other ingredients that evoke fall: toasted pumpkin seeds, cocoa nibs, dark chocolate, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, allspice and ginger. The end result is a rich, dark brown Imperial porter with aromas of classic pumpkin pie spices that meld with dark cocoa notes. This malt-forward ale begins with flavors of cinnamon and chocolate, highlighted by toasty and chocolate flavors from specialty malts. This medium-bodied beer is a warming autumn delight at 7.5% ABV.

Beginning Oct. 1, 2012, Big Black Jack will be available for a limited time on draft and in 22-oz. bottles throughout Oregon, Washington, Alaska and Northern Idaho.

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