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March 20, 2014

Pig In A Bottle?

TRAVERSE CITY — It’s like a giant street sign that screams “vegetarians beware.”

The label on the Right Brain Brewing Mangalitsa Pig Porter doesn’t cut any punches — it says what it is and it is what it says.

“Porter brewed with real pig parts.”

Beer lovers manage to work past the initial novelty of the beer made by steeping smoked pigs heads and bones in the brew kettle. The fourth annual rendition of the daring concoction will first be uncapped tomorrow at the Beer Advocate Extreme Beer Festival in Boston — a tasting event where breweries appear by invitation only.

Right Brian certainly is no stranger to inventive and extreme beers.

“It’s kind of the Right Brain style,” said Nick Panchame, Right Brain’s head brewer. The unique porter is one of the most challenging and expensive beers the growing operation produces. It’s also one of the first beers Panchame brewed when he took the reins at the brewhouse a year-and-a-half ago, he added.

He spent the morning Tuesday brewing and transferring new batches of beer to nearby fermenters while cellar workers at the brewery canned beer nearby. Pallets of bottles filled with tall brown bottles of the Mangalitsa Pig Porter waited nearby for workers to stick the bright pink labels on them.

The beer will be released for sale April 12 at a special party hosted at the brewery’s taproom. It will be the first chance for enthusiasts who didn’t make the trip to Boston to get a taste the latest rendition. The 20 barrels produced this year — some bottled in 22-ounce bombers and the rest kegged — likely won’t linger on shelves, said Leif Kolt, Right Brain’s events and marketing coordinator.

It has become so popular with devotees that the brewery even capped purchases of the beer at two cases per attendee at the special event.

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