Attention BBQ and Beer Lovers!
Cheatham Street is proud to welcome its newest seasonal brew to our draft lineup! Some might say it is a little late in the season for a porter but this one was worth the wait. The malt in this local Austin brew was smoke at Austin’s own Franklin BBQ giving it a rich deep smoked flavor. Learn more about the beer and Franklin BBQ below….
We are only going to be selling one keg of the Franklin Porter and it won’t last long so get here soon to get yours!
If you are familiar with the story of Franklin BBQ, then you can pretty much skip to the next paragraph, as this one will continue to pile onto the lore that Mr. Aaron Franklin and his wife Stacy have manifested from a small trailer in just-East Austin. What began as a couple of punters (hi!) waiting in a small line (srsly, 15 mins) for a secret they selfishly hoped would maintain, the smells of brisket and fresh roast from the neighbors wafting towards, became a merciless algorithm of scene kids, tourists, fat lawyers, and students in a brick-and-mortar in real-East Austin. There is no reason to pile on the blame for excessive popularity. It really is the best brisket in America, and by extension, the universe. The pork ribs alone would build long-standing, acclaimed careers for every other pitmaster who wasn’t also making the world’s best beef in the same smokers.
When a brewery approaches the Franklin empire with an idea for a collaborative beer between brewmasters and pitmasters, there is a volume of responsibility to make the product, not only outstanding and remarkable, but also worthy of the brand that bears a third of its name.
How confident would you be petting the lion that is Franklin BBQ, and giving it your best shot to breed a pride of beer cubs from their massive smokers? This was the first shot any brewer would get to make something legendary with the Franklin name attached — and possibly the last if the by-product was cold garbage.
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This is exactly the brilliance of Franklin Smoked Porter. It is all four seasons in one glass: It has a density as casual as Spring; the refreshing quality of Summer vacation, the fishing trips with our blow up boat; the smoky nose and flavor of Autumn tailgates; and the pitched color of a Christmas roast. It can be enjoyed both indoors and out — a special feature of a beer that is not talked about and praised nearly enough in the world of nerd-dom.
While the roastiness of its malts (smoked at Franklin BBQ) are the most discernible feature, perhaps my three favorite characteristics of this beer are 1) its easy-drinking body, 2) the layers of texture, and 3) the fact that this beer tastes as fucking glorious cold as it does approaching room temperature — a feature that is dismissed by many brewmasters’ visions of their final product. Sometimes they forget that we still like cold beer.
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As a crude comparison, this is as much a porter as Shiner is a bock — which is to say, you need to drink this with your mouth first, instead of your eyes and intuition. Its is a spectacular beer that will only be available in a limited release, unfortunately — because I would REALLY like to have a go at this one as Summer fades into Fall, and Fall into Winter … etcetera, etcetera, etcetera.