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style. Foothills Brewing Company (from Winston-Salem) has a beautiful Bourbon Barrel-aged Porter out for the season. A taste reveals the best malty aspects of porter plus the vanilla and smoky oak notes of bourbon. Or try Indra Kunindra from Ballast Point Brewing Company (San Diego). The staff at Lighthouse describes this beer as “Indochine in a bottle,” and since it’s flavored with curry, cumin, coconut and kaffir lime, it’s easy to see yourself with a glass of this and a plate of Buddha’s Feast in a Nest. This East-meets-West beer marries Southeast Asia with fine English beer, no easy feat. It’s a riot in your mouth, with seemingly competing flavors melding to become one cohesive and familiar swallow of beer. In some ways it’s like an abstract landscape — made up of parts until you see the whole. Trial and error is another method of discovery. Hops Supply Company offers pick-your-flight-Mondays. That’s four 4-ounce tasting pours of your choice of beer. Go for a dark tasting; your taste buds will thank you for the rest of the winter. Start light with Dark Cloud, a dunkel by Mother Earth Brewing, followed by Lonerider Sweet Josie Brown Ale? Yes, please. The dunkel is earthy and nutty; the brown ale, malty and aromatic. Both set the stage for Duck Rabbit Porter, dark chocolate and roasted grains — an exercise in bitter and sweet. Finish with Huske Hardware’s Sledgehammer, a cream stout made with oats and barley. Slightly sweet, very full in the mouth, easy to drink. As winter settles in, the Porter City keeps warm with these big, fullbodied beers that remind us of autumn’s warmer nights and the river’s rich waters. One taste of a good porter and you’re transported to a crisp fall afternoon, the sun warming your back, the breeze bringing a chill, the beer pulling its flavors from the air around you. b

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