Foundation Brewing Brick City Rauchbier Commemorates Portland’s Great Fire of 1866
Portland, ME (July 1, 2016) – Foundation Brewing Company in Portland, ME is releasing a special beer on Fourth of July weekend in its tasting room at One Industrial Way. This beer, named Brick City, is a Rauch, or Smoke Beer, created to pay homage to the City of Portland on the 150th anniversary of the Great Fire of 1866. On July 4 of that year, the celebrations went awry, and a fire broke out in the commercial district, sweeping through much of the city built on what current residents call the “Peninsula.” The fire destroyed a third of the city, killed two people, destroyed over 1,500 buildings and left 10,000 people homeless. The debris from the fire was used to build what is now much of the waterfront along Commercial Street and the Fore River, and all new construction in this area was of brick and stone to prevent future fires. This forever changed the city, creating the brick warehouses that make up the heart of the Old Port. To honor its rebirth, the City’s seal includes a phoenix and the motto “Resurgam” which means “I shall rise again.”
Brewed with beechwood smoked malt and Munich malt, and fermented with a lager yeast, Brick City pours a golden orange color. The aroma and flavor is of a pleasing smokiness overlaid with a warm malt presence, finishing clean and balanced. This beer would pair wonderfully with any smoked seafood or meats, or a nice cheddar or semi-soft cheese.
Brick City is a limited, small batch beer that will be available for tastings in the Foundation Brewing tasting room at One Industrial Way on Sunday, July 3rd from 12-5p and Monday, July 4th from 12-4p. Portions of the proceeds from sales of the beer will be donated to the Portland Fire Department.
One of the best parts of brewing is taking an idea and helping to make that concept a reality. Inspiration can come come from many places – sometimes it arrives from out of nowhere, like a lightning bolt of realization. Other times it can be something familiar seen in a new light. Or, sometimes developing something new comes from a careful and measured process, executed one step at a time. To move these new ideas from a concept to a reality, we make a Prototype.
Available in cans, Prototype is the 16 oz. physical manifestations of these ideas, designed to be shared and enjoyed. This series of beers will vary from batch to batch, allowing you to join us in the creative process. The cans will be stamped with their packaged date and the style of beer on the bottom. We will also have notes and specifications for each batch of Prototype on our website, organized by date. Come share with us the thrill of exploration and discovery!
Every day brings an opportunity to learn something new. We experiment with new ingredients, techniques, and ideas, constantly seeking to learn more. When that sudden spark of inspiration ignites the fuel provided by this quest, you have Epiphany.
We are proud to introduce Epiphany as our vision of what an IPA can be. We have been patiently working and experimenting, waiting for all of the pieces to come together. Our labors of experimentation and planning culminate in Epiphany. Juicy and fruity with undercurrents of pine, we indulged in our desire to create an IPA that personifies the vivid flavors that can be coaxed from the hop cone, painted on a canvas of soft malt that allows the flavors to shine through. Extensively hopped in the kettle and in the fermentor, we spared nothing in making this beer, our Maine IPA. We hope you enjoy this beer, and that it brings you a hoppy revelation as well.
Epiphany will be available in the tasting room next week, with draft availability to follow.