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THE BEER

Brewing the Good Stuff

Although all of our beers are distinctive and different from one another, they share some common traits. All are made from the highest quality ingredients available and are a celebration of their raw materials. All are delicious, easy to drink, and well-balanced and enhance a meal or drink well on their own. All possess a complexity of flavor that hold the drinker’s interest and invite another sip.

All Port City beers are unfiltered, as we believe that unfiltered beer retains more of its essential character and has a greater degree of complexity than filtered beer.  We employ several techniques to minimize the particulate matter in our packaged product, however, there is always a chance that small amounts of yeast and other sediment may be present. This sediment is perfectly normal, not harmful, and should not affect the taste of the beer. In order to minimize the potential for sediment, we recommend enjoying Port City bottled beer in a glass, using a “still pour,” and consuming within 120 days of the package date.

The exception to this rule is our award-winning Optimal Wit. Traditionally, Belgian witbiers are served with a “roused pour” – simply pour 2/3 of the beer into your glass, swirl the remaining beer in the bottle to distribute the yeast, and pour generously into the glass to mix.  Enjoy!

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Check out our 2020 Projected Availability Calendar

AVAILABLE IN VA, DC, MD, NC, DE, PA, NJ, NY, AND CT

YEAR ROUND

Optimal Wit beer bottle. A Belgian-style witbier brewed with spices

Optimal® Wit

Belgian Style White Ale

ABV: 4.9% | IBU: 15

Bright and citrusy, this classic Belgian-style witbier features Virginia-grown wheat, citrus peel, coriander, and Grains of Paradise. Tastes like Sunshine and Happiness!

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Monumental IPA beer bottle - An India Pale Ale

Monumental® IPA

India Pale Ale

ABV: 6.3% | IBU: 57

Port City’s flagship IPA combines piney, citrusy hop flavors with a toasty, caramel malt character inspired by the style’s UK brewing heritage.

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Port City Porter beer bottle. A Robust Porter

Porter

Robust Porter

ABV: 7.2% | IBU: 45

Smooth and silky with notes of cocoa powder and lightly roasted coffee, this robust porter remains refreshing while boasting a depth that bigger beers aspire to.

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Downright Pilsner beer bottle. A Bohemian-style pilsner

Downright® Pilsner

Bohemian Style Pilsner

ABV: 4.8% | IBU: 43

Brewed in the traditional Czech style, Downright Pilsner is a clean, brilliant gold lager that proves there’s beauty in simplicity.

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Beach Drive Golden Ale can

Beach Drive™

American-Style Golden Ale

ABV: 4.0% | IBU: 21

Beach Drive is an American Golden Ale with a soft hoppy aroma of floral and Noble spice.  This easy drinking beer has a subtle malt sweetness, finishing clean and crisp.

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Integral IPA beer bottle

Integral® IPA

India Pale Ale

ABV: 7.0% | IBU: 60

Breathe deep: Integral IPA is all about big, complex aromas, coaxed from some of your favorite new school American hops. A refined, dry body serves as the golden-hued canvas for layers of hop character – think overripe pineapple, guava, and melon.

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Essential Pale Ale beer bottle -- A dry-hopped pale ale

Essential Pale Ale®

Dry-Hopped Pale Ale

ABV: 5.5% | IBU: 35

With aromas of peach and apricot that leap from the glass, this classic American Pale Ale sports a firm but elegant bitterness that make it incredibly food friendly.

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LIMITED RELEASE
Metro Red Beer Bottle

Metro Red®

Red IPA

ABV: 6.5% | IBU: 60

Metro Red® is an American Red IPA with notes of citrus and dark caramel, finishing with a smooth West Coast hoppy bitterness.

Available January – February

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Helles beer bottle

Helles

German-style Blonde Lager

ABV: 5.2% | IBU: 20

Port City Helles is a classic German-style blonde lager,
featuring clean Pilsner malt sweetness supported by a subtle, refined Noble hop
character.

Available May – June 

Star Sailor - white ipa brewed with 100% Virginia brown wheat

Star Sailor™

White India Pale Ale

ABV: 5.7% | IBU: 40

Star Sailor White IPA converges two of our favorite styles: a Belgian-style witbier and an American IPA.

Available June – July

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Oktoberfest - Marzen-style lager Beer Bottle

Oktoberfest

Märzen Style Lager

ABV: 5.2% | IBU: 24

Port City Oktoberfest is a Märzen-style lager, brewed with German malt and hops. This bright amber beer has subtle flavors of toasted bread, leading to a clean, dry finish punctuated by just a touch of Noble hops.

Available August − October

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Tidings Ale Beer Bottle

Tidings® Ale

Belgian-Style Blonde Ale

ABV: 8.5% | IBU: 25

Tidings® is a strong, spicy Belgian-style blonde ale brewed with local wildflower honey and 100% Virginia grown wheat. This festive ale is gently spiced with coriander, cardamom, fresh ginger, and Grains of Paradise, Tidings® balances complexity with drinkability.

Available November − December

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OCCASIONAL SERIES
Long Black Veil beer bottle - American style black ipa - Mysterious beginnings, hoppy endings

Long Black Veil®

American Black IPA

ABV: 7.5% | IBU: 65

Inspired by the local legend of the Female Stranger, Long Black Veil® is jet black with a tan foam. Piney, citrusy hops burst from the inky depths to mingle with notes of coffee and dark chocolate.

Available March – April

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Rivershed Ale beer bottle

Rivershed Ale™

Dry-Hopped Pale Ale

ABV: 5.2%

Our tribute to the Chesapeake Bay and the rivers that feed into it, Rivershed Ale is a dry-hopped pale ale brewed with local grains that provide the perfect context for a bright hop flavor.

Available May – June

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Hoppy Brown beer bottle - American style brown ale - classic style, contemporary twist

Hoppy Brown

American-Style Brown Ale

ABV: 5.8% | IBU: 44

Hoppy Brown is an American-style Brown Ale with rich flavors of roasted malt and caramel, and bright hop notes of tropical fruit.

Ways & Means session IPA beer bottle

Ways & Means®

SESSION IPA

ABV: 4.5% | IBU: 55

Ways & Means is a session IPA brewed with rye and just the right amount of Citra and Centennial hops for pleasing bitterness.

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SPECIALTY
Colossal X Bottle

COLOSSAL® X

American Barley Wine

ABV: 11.2% | IBU: 85

Colossal® X is an American Barley Wine brewed to celebrate 10 years of brewing!

Available February – March 

Colossal Beer Bottle

COLOSSAL® FIVE

English-Style Old Ale

ABV: 9.8% | IBU: 55

A dark ale built to age. It has a deep mahogany color with ruby highlights. This ale is malt forward with aromas of dried fruit, toffee, and plum pudding.

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Port city Brewing Co Maniacal Double IPA Can

MANIACAL® Double IPA

Double India Pale Ale

ABV: 8.9% | IBU: 85

Maniacal® Double IPA perfectly balances hop bitterness, tropical and citrus aromatics, and malt structure. This deceptive Double IPA satisfies the strongest hop cravings, while remaining balanced enough for the DIPA skeptic.

Available December

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THE LAGER SERIES

Celebrating Community and a Sense of Place

In 2021, Port City will release a new lager style approximately every six weeks. The series draws inspiration from lager brewing traditions in Europe and beyond, creating smooth and refreshing beers with a wide range of flavors.