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Cape May Brewing Co. Head Brewer Brian Hink Talks King Porter Stomp

Cape May Brewing Co. Head Brewer Brian Hink Talks King Porter Stomp
Cape May Brewing Co. Head Brewer Brian Hink Talks King Porter Stomp
BC: Who came up with this beer’s recipe?
We originally designed this beer for the Exit Zero Jazz Festival in 2014. When they approached us to make a beer in their honor they didn't have anything specific in mind for a beer, only something jazz-related, so we went to work thinking about potential beer styles and, also, good jazz-sounding names. Coming across Jelly Roll Morton's King Porter Stomp, we instantly knew we found our name and also conveniently enough our beer style, too! As our award-winning Honey Porter is a core brand, we wanted a porter that would differ enough from that brand but also -- and most importantly -- speak to the jazz-listening crowd. Coffee Porters are great, but those are two similar palate preferences, so we wanted something a little more broadly appealing, and chocolate instantly popped into our heads! So, I designed a nice full-bodied Baltic-style Porter, with a rich grain bill, and infused it with a complementary portion of chocolate to really tie everything together. Chocolate and roasted malts are the backbones of King Porter Stomp, but the natural chocolate flavor really takes it to a decadent level. It's become one of our favorite beers to make, and our fans look forward to it every fall. 
 
BC: What’s your favorite aspect of this beer (flavor, aroma, etc.)?
We also make a nitrogenated version, which takes this already desserty beer to another level entirely. The creaminess brings out a vanilla-like sweetness, which paired off the rich malt undertones and chocolate highlights really make this beer zing. Behind the chocolatey goodness is a full-bodied and luscious beer with an incredible malt backbone, and that really is the shining star here.    
 
BC: Where does this beer’s name come from?
Jelly Roll Morton's great jazz song! The beer really pairs excellently with great jazz tunes and frigid temperatures -- honestly nothing better than relaxing around the fire, sipping some King Porter Stomp, and listening to the smooth sweet sounds of jazz.
 
BC: Is this your “desert island beer?”
This is more of a dessert island beer! 
 
BC: Can you describe this beer in 10 words or less?
Rich, decadent, smooth, enticing, full-bodied and absolutely perfect for winter.
 
BC: What's a good food pairing for this beer?
The obvious pairing for King Porter Stomp would be some indulgent cookies, cake, or anything in the dessert realm, but I find King Porter Stomp to be perfectly at home paired with a nice glass of Merlot or Chianti and a beautiful piece of Filet Mignon.