Pitchfork Brewing’s Vanilla Rose Imperial Porter will return this November. Being brewed Tuesday, August 16, owner-brewer Mike Fredricksen expects to release the seasonal on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, keeping with last year’s schedule.
The imperial porter is first brewed as a high gravity English-style porter and is then pitched again with a Trappist yeast and 30 pounds of local honey. Once fermented, Pitchfork ages the beer in Four Roses Bourbon barrels with exactly seven vanilla beans. A limited and precise beer, Pitchfork is brewing 110 gallons to be distributed in 300 cork-and-cage bottles as well as a limited number of kegs exclusively tapped at the brewery’s taproom.
If last year was any guide, the beer won’t last long. Vanilla Rose 2015 bottles sold out in two days and it was on tap for just under two weeks. This year’s version will be on tap the morning of the bottle release.