Worthy Brewing


Black Light Porter – Get Your Glow On

Wed, 08 Jan 2014 18:55:00

The Sixties gave us many things: Hippies, LSD, LBJ, Ken Kesey, Robert Crumb, Kent State, and Woodstock, to name a few.  It also gave us the Black Light, that iconic purple bulb that lit up your favorite fluorescent Jimi poster and zapped out the heaviness.

In the spirit of making things pop, Worthy is pleased to introduce Black Light Porter, a medium-bodied mahogany colored porter to which we added bittersweet high altitude, Ecuadorian dark cacao nibs.  The nibs do to the brain what the UV light from the black light does to the fluorescent paints – they generate a 3D glow that expands and uplifts.

Raise Your Consciousness

More specifically, those cacao nibs create an aroma, an aroma that awakens the mind to the psychedelic radiance of chocolate malts merging with dark chocolate. No brain, no matter how bleached out and beat down, can remain lame or limp in the face of such righteously glorious, inhalable enchantment.

A darker beer capable of generating so much joyously cerebral wattage? Yes.  But how? We’ll skip the brain chemistry and shine the light on those beans, malts and hops.  Our cacao nib beans are no ordinary beans. They were plucked from farms in Ecuador’s high country, a terroir renown for springing forth beans with singular roasted nuttiness, biscuit toastiness and dark chocolate lustiness. And, fellow Gaia worshippers, please note that these magic beans are fair trade and organic green. Far out.

We added copious burlap bagloads of chocolate malt and we didn’t skimp on the Nugget and Fuggles hops. The result? Let’s break it down.

Rich as Jungle Hard Wood

Black Light pours with a thick foamy cappuccino head and adorns the glass with a playful Milky Way lacing.   It absorbs most of the light like a hard mahogany should.  Against the light, the center of the tulip glass holds its cave-dark opaqueness, but at the edges a ruby reddish glimmer sneaks through like the morning sun.

The Nose Glows

Whimsical whifficans will delight in Black Light’s dreamy gifts. A first pass plants you at the counter of a Belgian chocolatier, perhaps in Brugge.  Your eyes close as you slowly savor the virtual delights of a chunk of dark chocolate paired with dried raisins, apricot and raspberries. A second pass fills your brain with the dazzling promise of a fresh cup of steamy cappucino. All the while a bit of smokiness drifts in like a fog bank slowly cloaking the Golden Gate.

A Taste That Teases

Thoughtful sippicans, alas may be be disappointed. At first glance your brain may say “after dinner desert libation” but your tongue says “more, now.” Black Light delivers a one-two chocolate – coffee punch that’s not too heavy and not too light. The dryness from the cacao cleverly balances out the chocolately malt sweetness, while the Fuggles aroma hops hold all that goodness together with a pleasant bittnerness backbone.  Yes, it’s drinkable.

The chocolatelyness tends to hide down in the deeper colder water but the warmth of your hands clutching the glass will bring out chocolate sweetness. This is a medium bodied chocolate porter that delivers the silk and the splash without weighing you down like a box of Godiva chocolates. It’s a beer that muscles up to the bar and says “Neither sip me, nor pound me, just let me go down yea.”

A Preachable Moment

We’re not saying Black Light will unleash the athlete’s endorphins or the lover’s oxytocin. No, we’re not saying that.  We are saying that it can help produce a glow in the same way it’s namesake flushes out the color and expands the realm of the possible.  Black looks heavy. Light doesn’t. You mix the two together and with the right set of eyes, nostrils, lips and cerebral hemispheres, you just might get up and get out and keep going as long as the purple light casts it’s groovy glow.

Worthy is tapping into the Black Light Porter Thursday, January 9th. Come on down and get your glow on.


Black Light Porter rising up from an enchanting bed of Chocolate Malt and organic Ecuadorian cacao nibs.

Black Light Porter – like it’s namesake, a fine way to accentuate the pozzytudes and zap out the negative waves. Authenticate the moment…

Are you experienced? Bought this in 1969 at a head shop in Haight Ashbury.

Travels with Jimi, from Haight Ashbury, 1969, stopping in Austin, 1983, and now Worthy Brewing, 2014.

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