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 2019 Projected Availability Calendar

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

YEAR ROUND

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Optimal® Wit

Belgian Style White Ale

ABV: 4.9% | IBU: 15

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

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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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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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Port City 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

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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Essential Pale Ale®

American 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

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Long Black Veil®

Black IPA

ABV: 6.8% | IBU: 65

Long Black Veil is a dark beer that packs a hoppy punch. Centennial and Magnum hops contribute citrus and floral aromas that mingle with a subtle roastiness.

Available January − February

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Metro Red®

Double Red Ale

ABV: 6.5% | IBU: 60

A nod to the West Coast, this Double Red Ale marries juicy, citrusy hops with a biscuity, slightly sweet malt character – a study of boldness in balance.

Available March − April

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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 flavors.

Available Early June – Late July

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Oktoberfest

Märzen Style Lager

ABV: 5.2% | IBU: 24

Our traditional Märzen-style lager is a brilliant amber stunner, featuring gently sweet flavors of crusty bread and a clean finish punctuated by a soft touch of noble hops.

Available August − Mid-October

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Tidings® Ale

Belgian-Style Blonde Ale

ABV: 8.4% | IBU: 25

Tidings is a Belgian-style blonde ale brewed with local honey and wheat, along with an array of warming spices to evoke summer, even in the coldest months.

Available November − Mid-January

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Ideaal Tripel

Belgian-Style Ale

ABV: 8.5% | IBU: 35

From the Flemish term meaning “quintessential or exemplary”, Ideaal is a classic Belgian-style tripel. A deceptively dry body provides the perfect playground for yeast-driven complexity.

Available Early April − Late May

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Helles

German-style Blonde Lager

ABV: 5.2% | IBU: 20

A classic German-style blonde lager, Helles showcases a clean Pilsner malt sweetness supported by a subtle, refined noble hop character. Balanced and eminently drinkable.

Available Early July − Late August

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WAYS & MEANS®

SESSION IPA

ABV: 4.5% | IBU: 55

Ways & Means is a session IPA brewed with rye that is complex and hoppy, brewed with generous amounts of rye to give it a spicy, peppery character.

Available Mid-October − Late November and Year-Round on Draft in the Tasting Room

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COLOSSAL® EIGHT

Doppelbock Lager

ABV: 8% | IBU: 28

To celebrate eight years of brewing, we created a delicious German-style doppelbock. COLOSSAL 8 is a malt-forward, russet-colored lager with crimson highlights. At 8% ABV, COLOSSAL 8 is slightly warming with a touch of sweetness, evoking baking bread and plums.

Available Early February

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MANIACAL® Double IPA

Double India Pale Ale

ABV: 8.5% | IBU: 85

Formulated to be a super hoppy beer without overly aggressive, astringent bitterness, Maniacal IPA boasts layer after layer of hop flavor and aroma.

Available December

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COLOSSAL® SEVEN

Scotch Ale

ABV: 8% | IBU: 25

To celebrate seven years of brewing, we’ve crafted a Scotch ale with a full body and rich copper color. Plumb its malty depths and you’ll find notes of raisin bread and chewy caramels complemented by a subtle roastiness.

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COLOSSAL® SIX

Russian Imperial Stout

ABV: 10.2% | IBU: 65

Inky black with a tan cap, Port City’s 6th Anniversary Russian Imperial Stout bursts with notes of cocoa powder, freshly roasted coffee, and leather.

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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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THE LAGER SERIES

Draft Only Limited Release Beers

 In 2019, Port City will release a new lager approximately every two months. The series draws upon lager brewing traditions from Germany and beyond to create clean yet complex beers with a wide range of flavors.