Perform a Google search on "Pope Lick Monster," and you won't find all that much as it relates to the beer being presented. What you will find, though, is some talk about a legendary creature in the form of a goatman that lived under a railroad trestle near Pope Lick Creek in Louisville, Ken. That's all well and good, I suppose, but at first glance that doesn't get us any closer to figuring out why the Tired Hands Brewing Company in Ardmore, Penn. chose this name for a beer.
Produced in a brewery set up on land his family has owned for generations, the Ancestral Series from the Hill Farmstead Brewery in Vermont is made up of beers named after founder and brewmaster Shaun Hill's forefathers. Nearly 20 different names identify styles ranging anywhere from those not often brewed, like a grisette and a bière de miel, to those more well-known like a pale ale and an imperial IPA.
Based off a "stronger, more intense version" of their core Pecan Porter recipe, Austin's (512) Brewing Company first bottled its Whiskey Barrel Double Pecan Porter in 2010. The initial run was limited to a single 200-liter barrel, an amount that increased to five times that number a year later. For the 2013 vintage, a total of ten 200-liter barrels were bottled, providing Texans an even greater supply of what has become one of the state's more highly sought-after brews.
Funky Buddha Brewery is not afraid to tackle tough beers and it is constantly churning out some of craziest flavor combinations you will find in the craft beer world. Some of the company's most popular beers don't fit the mold—Apple Toffee Double Brown Ale made with apples and caramel, Banana Split Ale with bananas, cherries and vanilla, and one of their most popular, Last Snow which is a coffee porter brewed with coconut, white chocolate and caramel.
Beginning in 2008, Deschutes Brewery has released a barrel-aged version of its flagship Black Butte Porter annually to celebrate the anniversary of its opening in 1988. To mark 25 years of operation in 2013, Deschutes released Black Butte XXV, an imperial porter brewed with dates, figs and cocoa nibs. For XXV, half of the beer is aged in bourbon casks and an eighth of the beer is aged with blackcurrants added before the batch is blended back together for the final bottling.
If you're one of those people who doesn't see much difference between a porter and a stout, Bourbon Barrel Black Maple from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery in Athens, Ohio may be all the evidence you need to support your argument.