Once it became obvious that just hand-churning butter in the town square would never provide Portlanders with enough nostalgia, there arose Churchkey: the metal collaboration between PDX home-brewers and Seattle’s Two Beers, plus a Portland packaging whiz and, for some reason, Adrian "I Swear I Don’t Hang Out With E In Real Life" Grenier. Together, they developed a 4.9% ABV pilsner that comes in a dense, flat-top, throwback steel can that requires a special "church key" opener to get at the goods inside. Since flat-tops (both the cans and the hairstyle) have been unseen in bars for nearly 50yrs, here’s a quick primer to get you up to speed:
Church’s rolling out its first stack of steelies this Thursday from 7-10p at appropriately retro saloon Dig A Pony ($2 cans and free keys for everybody!), while the final product will be up for grabs in other bars and stores April 15th, as long as Portlanders save room in their shopping baskets full of knickers and smallpox vaccine.
Published: April 3, 2012 at 4:00am EDT
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