Wingman Brewers, coconuts, and the Protestant Reformation


A couple of interesting, noteworthy pieces of news from Tacoma’s Wingman Brewers.

First up, Wingman recently bottled Coconut Porter for 2017, an always popular, limited-release version of their P-51 Porter. They’ll release the beer next week but will first feature it at this weekend’s Washington Brewers Festival at Marymoor Park in Redmond.  They describe the beer as “P-51 Porter with a healthy dose of chocolate and what some may call an absurd amount of coconut.”

Also, Wingman Brewers recently made a beer with Pacific Lutheran University to commemorate the Protestant Reformation, which happened about 500 years ago and changed western civilization forever. If you are interested in knowing more about the Protestant Reformation, go back to high school or something. All you really need to know is that about 500 years ago a German guy named Martin Luther challenged the teachings and practices of the Roman Catholic Church, a rebellious act that led to the creation of many different, protestant versions of Christianity, including Lutheranism, which was named after him.

Ken Thoburn, the owner/brewmaster at Wingman, is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University so none of this Martin Luther stuff is unfamiliar to him. The beer he brewed to commemorate the Protestant Reformation actually honors Martin Luther’s wife, Katharina Von Bora.

Dear Kate, and Martin called her, was the mother of six children, ran the household and organized the family finances. She also ministered to the sick and opened her home to orphans. She grew much of the family’s food, raised livestock, and cooked.

Here’s the really cool part, she was a brewmeister. That’s why they decided to make the beer in her honor and name it Reformaiden.

Thoburn chose to brew a German alt-style beer, noting, “This is the most similar to the style that Katharina would have made.”

The beer is available in 22-ounce bottles. To learn more about all of this, including where you can get the beer, read this story on PLU’s website.



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