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Breweries put out new beers all the time, rendering news about a new brew a bit ho-hum most of the time. Usually, it’s specialty releases—beers made using interesting ingredients, beers registering high in alcohol, or beers made collaboratively by craftsmen from multiple brewing companies—that are deemed the most press-worthy. But when a brewing company with as set a line-up as North County’s Port Brewing (155 Mata Way, Suite 104, San Marcos) announces an addition to their portfolio, that’s cause for a call-out.

Port Brewing currently distributes four year-round beers—Wipeout IPA, Mongo Double IPA, Shark Attack Imperial Red Ale, and Old Viscosity Imperial Stout. Of those, Mongo was the most recent inductee, having been added in early 2010. Over two years later, the commercial production arm of the Pizza Port empire is adding on a fifth brew to that line-up, an imperial brown ale called Board Meeting.


Playfully named after communal sessions spent riding waves, it’s an 8.5% alcohol-by-volume beer that, unlike most brown ales, is very hop forward. Even more West Coast character is provided by the addition of coffee sourced from local roasters, Ryan Brothers Coffee, as well as cocoa nibs from popular San Francisco chocolatier TCHO.

Few would have figured Port Brewing would go the dark route with their next year-round brew, but the SoCal customization they’ve employed should help it fit in nicely with its siblings. Board Meeting will be available in 22-ounce bottles and on draft beginning, most likely, around February of next year.

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