Around 6 months ago, Bridgeport Brewing Company debuted in our stores with the introduction of their IPA and Hop Czar double IPA. Oregon’s oldest craft brewery chose Illinois to be the 19th state their beers were distributed in. After much success with these beers, Bridgeport has decided to unveil two more beers upon us Chicagoans. Café Negro and Kingpin are now available at the majority of our stores.
Kingpin is a double red ale, clocking in at 7.5% ABV. Locally and rarely grown Liberty Hops from the Willamette Valley give this brew a unique hop profile. The addition of rye and caramel malt add complexity to the flavor. Biscuity and nutty flavors are apparent, with an underlying sweetness. Malts and hops create a wonderful balance in this brew.
Bridgeport sampled coffee from numerous local Oregon roasters to formulate a blend exclusive to Café Negro. The huge coffee nose possessed by this brew is a result of the coffee being infused into the brew during cold conditioning rather than during the boil and fermentation. Roasted barley and chocolate malt give this porter bold dark flavors. At 5.5% ABV, this is a pretty easy drinker when juxtaposed with other coffee infused brews.
Bridgeport has fared well in the Windy City, and it looks as if they are here for good. What would you like to see Bridgeport offer up next?