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Dark, Strong and Baltic

Anthony Kirk wowed the judges at the Rogue Independence Hop & Heritage Festival homebrewing contest.


We were so impressed, we asked him to create a recipe using Rogue Farm grown ingredients and brew it at our Farmstead Brewery. What he came up with was a strong, dark Baltic Porter. Then Kirk and our Farmstead Brewer Josh Cronin got together and got to work.

Anthony Kirk (left) and Farmstead Brewer Josh Cronin (right) brewing Kirk’s Baltic Porter.
Anthony Kirk (left) and Farmstead Brewer Josh Cronin (right) brewing Kirk’s Baltic Porter.

Kirk’s recipe includes Rogue Farms Hopyard grown Independent Hops, as well as Munich, Pilsner, Chocolate, Special B, and Carafa 2 malts. ABV is expected at 8% to 9%.

It will go on tap at the Chatoe Rogue Tasting Room in a few months from now. This is a beer that mellows well with age.

Baltic Porters were created in the late 1700s by the Anchor Brewery of London. Famous for its dark porters, Anchor created a strong version that it shipped to Baltic countries. Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia, is said to be one of the beer’s admirers. Because of that, Baltic Porter has sometimes been called a Russian Imperial Stout, or an Imperial Stout.