On Dec. 12, 2014 Walkerville Brewery held the third annual and final prohibition era themed Art of Beer. The event celebrated the release of Walkerville Brewery’s Holiday Limited Edition Post Prohibition Coffee Porter craft beer. In addition to hand crafted beer, Art of Beer 2014 was a celebration of community, collaboration, and art. Guests at the sold out event enjoyed tasting the new coffee porter craft beer, a night of live music featuring Midlife Jazz, socializing, and fantastic food catered by The Willistead Restaurant. Walkerville Brewery business and sales manager Tom Scully says, “we raised over $3200 for the Windsor Youth Centre.” The seasonal beer was a collaboration between Walkerville Brewery, local artist Bob Voyvodic, and Dane Charles of Salute Espresso Bar. Voyvodic was commissioned to create a post-prohibition painting that is now being used as the concept for the label on Walkerville Brewery’s Coffee Porter beer. “My topic was prohibition,” says Voyvodic, “I had the last in a series of three, the first being the birth of Hiram Walkers, the second being the beginning of prohibition, and I had the happy one being the end of prohibition.” After researching post-prohibition by looking at reference material like old photographs Voyvodic came up with his concept. “I came up with the idea to put a montage together to include different scenes. Natalie Lahoud (Walkerville Brewery Marketing and Events Coordinator) provided some old photographs including one from the brewery. The brewery converted the painting into graphics for the label and it turned out superb.” Local professional coffee roaster Dane Charles, operator of Salute Espresso Bar located next to the brewery, collaborated on the project. Dane consulted with the brewery to help decide which choice coffee beans to utilize in the grain bill (beer recipe). Dane searches worldwide for the finest coffee beans dealing only in direct trade, not fair trade, which means he orders directly from the farmer, not a third party company. Direct trade results in more funds being received by farmers (allowing them to practice sustainable farming) and premium quality coffee for consumers. Paul Brady, Walkerville Brewery’s head brewer, says, “Dane Charles from Salute Espresso Bar brought us a few different choices of coffee beans that he thought would augment our Porter. Then we did a lot of market research, which means we were drinking and trying things out.” After many ‘Sensory Analysis Tests’ of porters and coffees, the decision was to use an organic Yellow Bourbon coffee bean harvested from Laranjal Farm in Mogiana Valley, Brazil, along with a specific grain bill which would not overpower the coffee and vice versa. The roasted coffee beans are delicate toasted nuts with dark chocolate, caramel and vanilla tones intertwined with the ruby-red colour, soft roasted and chocolaty flavour of the hand crafted porter to create a union of perfectly paired flavour. “I think we really nailed it at the end of the day,” says Brady, “Dane’s input was clutch (essential), and I couldn’t be happier with the outcome. It’s a phenomenal balance of flavour and body, the locally sourced ingredients really make a difference.” Walkerville Brewery’s Holiday Limited Edition Post Prohibition Coffee Porter craft beer is available for a limited time (while this batch lasts). This 7% ABV brew is available in 500 ml resealable flip cap bottles, and 150 limited edition collectible growler versions. The bottles and growlers make great collectors’ items or holiday gifts. Paul Brady says, “don’t be afraid to try something new this holiday season, go ahead and give it a go.”

Walkerville Brewery - Post Prohibition Coffee Porter