Rogue Smoke (previously known as Welkommen on draft) is a German style Rauchbier (Smoke Beer), which was inspired by the Fall of the Berlin Wall. Most rauch brews are bottom fermented, however Rogue Smoke, is top fermented. It is orange-amber in hue with a delicate smoke aroma and flavor with an intense hop finish.
In All About Beer, August, 1995 issue, Christopher Brooks writes "Alder wood, indigenous to the Northwest, is the smoking agent, though a small amount of Bamberg malt is used in the mash, too. Beech is drier than alder, reports brew master John Maier, so we use a little of that for added complexity. Welkommen, a smoky, nutty ale, is also very dry, which given the 15 pounds of hops (Perle and Saaz) added to each 15-barrel batch, is no surprise." The seven medals in nine years which Rogue Smoke won at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver are also a tribute to this unusual brew.
Rogue Smoke is brewed with Great Western Harrington, Klages, Munich, Hugh Baird Crystal, Carastan (30-37 and 13-17), Chuck's Alderwood Smoked Munich and Bamberg Beech wood Smoked malts; plus Perle and Saaz hops. Rogue Smoke is available in the classic 22-ounce serigraph bottle (replacing the older 7 ounce bottle) and on draft.