New malt porter from Point Brewery hits ‘sweet spot’

For the Metro Wire

How sweet it is when you taste new Point Milkshake Malt Porter for the first time.

Dark, creamy and chocolatey with a sweet finish, Milkshake Malt Porter is a perfect example of an American robust porter. It now occupies a sweet spot in Point’s portfolio that was vacant until now, according to Julie Birrenkott, Point’s marketing manager.

“Porter is a classic beer style; we saw a great opportunity to showcase our brewing expertise and please Point’s loyal fans,” Birrenkott said. “Milkshake Malt Porter is a welcome addition to the Point portfolio, and we think porter fans will agree.”

The newest year-round brew from one of America’s oldest breweries is making its retail debut during April wherever Point beers are sold. Milkshake Malt Porter’s packages, featuring retro artwork reminiscent of a 1950s malt shop, include 6-packs of 12-ounce longneck bottles, and 6-packs and 12-packs of 12-ounce cans. Milkshake Malt Porter is also available on draft.

“Some beers never go out of style, and we expect Milkshake Malt Porter will be one of them. It’s very dark and very drinkable,” Birrenkott said.

With a moderate 5.5 percent ABV, Milkshake Malt Porter is a sessionable porter, a dark, sweet and malty companion for Point SPA Session Pale Ale.

Point’s team of brewers, led by Brewmaster Gabe Hopkins, brew Milkshake Malt Porter with chocolate malt, dark Munich malt and some wheat malt, all balanced with Topaz hops from Australia, widely used in ales, and Tettnang hops from Germany, a frequent ingredient in German-style dark lagers. A healthy dose of brewers’ lactose and some cocoa is added to enhance the brew’s sweetness and body. The result is a malt-forward beer with a distinctly malty mouthfeel and sweet finish.

“Milkshake Malt Porter is very dark and offers plenty of residual sweetness with a hint of cocoa flavor,” Hopkins said. “Its caramel-like sweetness balances the roasted chocolate flavor derived from the chocolate malt. If you like porters, you should definitely give Milkshake Malt Porter a try.”

Founded by German-born brewers in 1857, Point Brewery uses only the highest-grade barley malts, specialty malts, grains and the choicest hops to brew its handcrafted beers.

Milkshake Malt Porter joins Point’s year-round offerings, which include Point Special Lager, a classic American lager; S.P.A. Session Pale Ale, an American-style pale ale; Point Onyx Black Ale, a robust dark ale; Point Drop Dead Blonde Ale, a golden ale; Point Classic Amber, an American-style amber lager; and Point Beyond the Pale IPA, a robust, hoppy India pale ale.

Point Brewery’s seasonal lineup features springtime favorite Point Bock, a genuine Bavarian-style bock beer brewed the old-time way; summer seasonals Point Coast Radler, a mix of beer and natural citrus flavors, and new Beach Pilot Strawberry Wheat Ale to be released later this month; Point Oktoberfest, a Bavarian-style Märzen beer, for the fall; and Snow Pilot Pistachio Nut Brown Ale for the winter.

Point also offers three ALL NEW seasonal variety 12-packs:

  • In addition to new Beach Pilot Strawberry Wheat Ale, this summer’s variety pack will include bottles of Drop Dead Blonde Ale, Point Amber and SPA Session Pale Ale.
  • The Oktoberfest variety pack for the fall will be stocked with longnecks of Point Oktoberfest, Point Amber, Milkshake Malt Porter and SPA Session Pale Ale.
  • The Snow Pilot winter variety pack will feature Snow Pilot Pistachio Nut Brown Ale, Milkshake Malt Porter, Point Amber and SPA Session Pale Ale.

Gourmet soft drinks from the Stevens Point Brewery include Point Premium Root Beer, Point Premium Diet Root Beer, Point Premium Orange Cream, Point Premium Vanilla Cream, Point Kitty Cocktail and Point Premium Black Cherry Cream Soda.

For more information about the Stevens Point Brewery, please visit www.pointbeer.com or call 1-800-369-4911. Tours of the brewery are available; schedules are listed on the website.