Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Double Mountain Brings Back Molten Lava Imperial IPA

Hood River, OR—February, 25th, 2015 —Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom releases their seasonal Molten Lava Imperial IPA. A taproom favorite since 2008, this aggressive IPA is currently available on draft and by bottle at the Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom located in downtown Hood River. Molten Lava can be found in both bottles and on draft throughout the Northwest, British Columbia, and Southern California as early as February 26th, 2015.

“We employ over 4 lbs per barrel when brewing Molten Lava,” Head brewer Kyle Larsen chats about brewing this hop heavy beer. “We use a combination of Simcoe, Centennial, and Cascade hops that results in creating a hoppy brew that will assault your senses, but leave you wanting more… I think I need another.”

Molten Lava
Imperial IPA
9% ABV
90+ BU

Description: Molten Lava is the most aggressive IPA Double Mountain brews, yet it manages a great balance while still achieving full hop overdrive. Dry-hopped with enormous bagfuls of whole hop flowers, which provide added aroma and flavor without harsh bitterness. 9% ABV, 90+BU

About Double Mountain Brewery and Taproom: Double Mountain Brewery and Taproom was established in 2007 in the heart of downtown Hood River, OR. Founders Matt Swihart and Charlie Devereux opened the brewery with a clear mission: make great beer for craft beer fans. Double Mountain Brewery’s unique location lends to not only using pure and clean glacial water for their beers, but they also take advantage of regionally grown hops. Double Mountain Brewery and Taproom’s unfiltered and long-aged beers deliver maximum flavor and character. They can be found on tap and in bottles throughout the Pacific Northwest and Southern California. Learn more at

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Stormbreaker Brewstillery Preview

On Saturday February 28th Stormbreaker Brewing is hosting their inaugural Brewstillery Fest at the brewery.  I had the opportunity to preview some of the pairings featured at the festival.

The host for the evening was Rob Lutz, owner of Stormbreaker Brewing.  Stormbreaker was previously Amnesia Brewing before Rob purchased, and renamed it. Rob was stirring a mashtun while working at Amnesia one day and the owner let him know he was selling the brewery. This set the wheels into motion that eventually lead to Rob buying the brewery. Rob explained that the name Stormbreaker comes from the book Night Dogs in which Mt. Hood is called storm breaker by the Indians, because of its ability to tear up storm fronts.
One pairing really stood out above the others in my opinion.  The Aviation Gin paired with Breakside Brewing Juggling Plums Gose was an incredibly complimentary. The slightly sour salted beer played extremely well with the incredible gin.  I am generally not a huge gin drinker but Aviation Gin from House Spirits Distillery was fantastic.  Fuggling Plums was a collaboration between Breakside and Fat Head's brewries.  This lightly sour beer was salted completely with Japanese "Umeboshi" or salt plums.
Another incredible liquor that did not have an accompanying paring, but will be paired with Cascade Apricot, was Indio Spirits Hopka.  This 80 proof liquor distilled from Cascade and Citra hop oils blew me away.  Unlike anything I had ever tried, this liquor smelled of lemon, tangerine and other citrus fruits and had a flavor with the same character, easily drinkable by itself.    
A preliminary list of breweries and their spirit pairing with a short description follows. Each combination has has been given a name that reflects the pairing.

I had the chance to speak with Stuart Ramsay, who was showcasing a couple beers from his brewery, Whisky Back.  The philosophy of Whisky Back is to create beers designed to go accentuate and compliment Whisky.  Ramsay explained that his beers were designed to either take a back seat to a great scotch or enhance the flavor of a younger bourbon. Ramsay's comes form Heavy use of Golden Promise malt in his beer was a way to promote this relationship between the beer and whisky. Ramsay is currently contract brewing with Coallition to create his whisky complimenting beers.

In addition to the great beers and spirits, there will also be a hand picked selection of food from StormBreaker's Rob Plusko. The food was chosen to go accentuate the beer and liquor pairings.

Pairing Name
Brewery - Beer
Distillery - Spirit

The Devil's Coat
StormBreaker - Bourbon Barrel Aged Winter Coat
Bull Run Distilling Co. - Temperance Trader
This is the pairing we had in mind when we created the Brewstillery Festival. Aged for two months in a Bull Run Bourbon Barrel, your tastebuds will be thanking you in different ways as you go from whiskey to beer and then beer to whiskey.  The complimenting aromas of oak, with flavors of vanilla and toffee, are always present as the beer brings big chocalate and dark cherry flavors, while the whiskey adds warmth and spice with a caramel finish to make this a tailored fit for any devil.

Bottom of the Barrel
Amnesia - 10th Anniversary Barleywine Aged in Big Bottom Bourbon barrels
Big Bottom Whiskey - 91 Proof Bourbon
An obvious pairing but a beautiful one. The Bourbon will seamlessly intertwine between the beer and the spirit. Notes of vanilla, amaretto, pralines and slight sherry like flavors will marry and mirror the bourbon in an unmatched, glorious harmony that songs are written about.

The Noble Bomb
Baerlic - Noble Stout
EastSide Distillery - Cherry Bomb Whiskey
This beer-spirit pairing ranks among the best duos of all time. Hall and Oats. Macaroni and cheese. Sanford and Son. Chevy Chase and Bill Murray. Nutella and your finger. The striking aroma of the Cherry Bomb compliments the dry rounded finish of the Noble Stout in an inexplicable way that will stand the test of time, like any famous duo should

The People's Hammer
Base Camp #1 - Ripstop Rye Pils
Stein Distillery - Rye Vodka
Na zdorovje, comrade!  Somewhere in Siberia, old farmers are huddled around the hearth and trying to weather another long Siberian winter, their rye fields sleeping away under a blanket of thick snow.  A toast to us not freezing our asses off there with them!  Pilsner and vodka find a common bond via the earthy, spicy taste of rye.  This pairing is for everybody to enjoy, whether you're proletariat or bourgeoisie (find somebody to give you a high five if you can pronounce "bourgeoisie," comrade!).

Midnight Cowboy
Base Camp #2 - S'more Stout
Stein Distillery - Bull Bourbon 2 Year Old
Pouring 3pm to 6pm.  The Midnight Cowboy will grab you by the saddle horn and plait your lariat.  Chocolate and smoke, vanilla and oak, this bourbon and stout combo might seem conventional to some but there ain't nothin' finer when it comes to partnering up good booze and good brew.

Eagle Cap: EXTREME
Base Camp #3 - Eagle Cap Lager
Stein Distillery - Seven Devils' Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged Dark Rum
Pouring 6pm to close.  We paired up a silky-smooth aged Dark Rum, crafted from the crystalline waters of the Wallowa Mountains, with a Candy Cap 'shroom-bomb lager brewed in homage to those same mountains.  Picture this: a majestic giant eagle made from the darkness between the farthest stars, ripping through velvet clouds of maple syrup vapor and leaving a long-lasting series of vanilla- and spice-laden golden sonic booms in its wake. This bad mutha will caress your palate with the power and finesse of an avalanche playing flamenco guitar.

Gin & Juice Gose
Breakside - Juggling Plums Gose:  Breakside/Fat Head's
House Spirits - Aviation Gin explores the rich, floral and savory notes of lavender, cardamom and sarsaparilla to capture the lushness, spice, creativity, and freshness for the Pacific Northwest
The savory saltiness and tart acidity of the Gose works in concert with the floral, spicy, and citrus character of Aviation. Both have a good bit of earthiness so they pair well on that level as well. Flavors of both become heightened, and you will continue to find different flavors when alternating sips of each.  We also encourage you to add the Aviation to the Gose while trying this pairing. 

Cascade - 2013 Apricot
Indio Spirits - Hopka
We paired these products together because of their complimenting aromatics and finishes.  The Apricot has a nice fruit flesh character that pairs well with the resinous aromatics of the Hopka.  Our Apricot has a pleasant acidity on the back end that balances out some of the heat and sweetness that finishes on the Hopka.

Smoke N' Shine
Coalition - Georgia Smoke
Stein Distillery - SteinShine
The idea behind the pairing is a DIY Scotch...take the moonshine, an un-oaked whisky, and add some smoke and roast from the beer to emulate the barrel character, creating a semblance of a scotch or whisky in your mouth.

A Brief Respite From Oak & Puns
Commons - Citrus Myrtle
Stone Barn Brandy Works - Quince Liquor
Funky and tart with bright floral and citrus notes, this pairing is refreshingly low alcohol and showcases both partners' distinctive house styles.

The Oregon Expats
Deschutes - Dissociator Doppelbock
Clear Creek Distillery - McCarthy's Oregon Single Malt Whiskey
Ideal pairing for when the winter months are breaking into spring.  Notes of toffee, biscuit, and bread in the doppelbock pairs nicely with the toasty smoke note in the McCarthy's.  As you move between sips of each, you will taste sweet cherry notes, smoky peat, almond-like char, fruit cake and salted caramel, with a dry finish.

4 Spirits Distillery - 4 Spirits Whiskey
NGC 4 is a  galaxy in Peices. This name links us and 4 spirits distillery. This pairing is very refreshing.The Procyon opens up the whiskey and brings out flavors of honey and orange. The whiskey brings out the malt flavors and tropical notes of the beer.

Cascadian Lovechild
Ex Novo - At Her Majesty's Pleasure, Brown Ale
Oregon Spirits Distillery - Ottis Webber Wheat Whiskey
The high desert and the valley unite in this silky-smooth pairing meant to be together. Round and subtle caramel and toffee flavors with a toasty backbone in the Brown Ale meld so well with the Wheat Whisky's firm yet gentle approach. You'll find notes of orange blossom honey in the whiskey and a very smooth finish on both drinks.

Reach for the Saaz
Humble - Saaz Saison
Oregon Spirits Distillery - C.W. Irwin Bourbon
Inspired by the first line of the CW Irwin description: "A perfect blend of old west and new frontier"

Laurelwood - Mega-Fauna IIPA
Dry Fly Distilling - Dry Fly Gin
We decided to try something a little bit different and go with a hoppy beer and a Pacific Northwest style gin. Megafauna has a very big hop flavor and aroma of tropical fruit, citrus, berry, grapefruit, passionfruit, earth & pine. While Dry Fly’s Pacific Northwest style gin has wonderful aromatics from its use of juniper, coriander, lavender, mint, Fuji apples and hops. After you try this pairing we think you’ll understand why we think this combination is Mega-Fly!

Barrel Aged Black Hearted IPA
Migration - Barrel Aged Black Hearted IPA 
Indio Spirits - James Oliver Rye Whiskey
Local brewery and local distillery colloborate to age a Black IPA in a fresh Rye Whiskey Barrel to create an awesome and unique once in a lifetime seasonal.  Drink up!

Straight Six
Upright - Upright Six
Big Bottom Whiskey - 111 Proof
I just likes the way it sounds, and it ties both the bourbon and beer together. - Alex

Boozy Brown Sugar
Widmer - Kill Devil Brown Ale
EastSide Distillery -  Burnside Oregon Oaked Bourbon
How come you taste so good?! Brown sugar notes carry seamlessly through both the beer and the bourbon as you take drinks back and forth, making this a continuous flavor explosion that will leave you wanting more.

Stuart Ramsay - Whiskey Back Red
Single Malt (Monkey Shoulder)

Stuart Ramsay - Whiskey Back Gold

Cherries & Rye
Hair of the Dog - Cherry Adam From The Wood
Stone Barn Brandy Works - Straight Rye Whiskey

Death From Above
Hopworks - D.O.A.
Parliament - Ghost Owl

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Three Beer releases from Hopworks.

Hopworks has announced the release of three beers.  Nonstop Hef Hop - a dry hopped american sytel Wheat Beer, Potato Gun IPA - A collaboration with Payette Brewing to create a purple Idaho potato beer, and the return of their Seasonal Rise Up Red. Tonight and tomorrow they will be hosting a release party for Potato Gun IPA at the Hopworks brewery on Powell tonight.  A keg will also be sent to Civic Taproom tomorrow.  See fill press release below:
Nonstop Hef Hop!

Today we release our newest beer - Nonstop Hef Hop. This low-alcohol, dry-hopped American-Style Wheat beer was created for drinkers who maintain active lifestyles. The beer clocks in at just 3.9% ABV and has the feel of a NW Pale Ale in body and flavor, but without the extra weight, calories, and alcohol. Nonstop Hef Hop is brewed with a variety of organic NW hops, organic malted barley, and red spring wheat grown on the Hopworks estate farm on San Juan Island.

We wanted to package this beer in a way that echoed Nonstop Hef Hop's "keep your edge" spirit. So we canned the beer in twelve different 16 oz cans, each showcasing different NW Activities. Each 4-pack will feature a random assortment of designs including: bicycling, camping, running, kayaking, soccer, basketball, darts, corn hole, skateboarding, disc golf, skiing, and fishing. Be the first to collect all twelve!​

 Potato Gun IPA Release Party Tonight and Tomorrow!!!
Potato Gun IPA (Idaho Potato Ale) is our collaborative beer with Payette Brewing, in Boise. It was brewed with over 50 lbs of organic Idaho Purple Potatoes. The beer will be released at Hopworks on Powell tonight, February 18, at 6pm. Meet the Payette team and try some Purple Potato Fry specials! Hopworks Urban Brewery is located at 2944 SE Powell Blvd. Portland.

We're also sending the beer to The Civic Taproom tomorrow, Feb. 19, from 6-9pm, for a fun night of Payette/Hopworks beers, a potato gun shooting range, swag giveaways, and free purple potato fry samples from Boise Fry Company. The Civic Taproom is located at 621 SW 19th Ave., Portland.

Rise Up Red IRA
Today we also release our classic seasonal, Rise Up Red IRA. Rise Up Red IRA is one of the first beers brewed at Hopworks, it won a gold medal at the 2009 Great American Beer Festival and has remained a cult classic for years in the Pacific Northwest. The seasonal offering is an India Red Ale, mahogany in color, smooth, made with certified organic barley, and packed to the rafters with organic kettle hops. The beer is then dry-hopped with Salmon-Safe Certified hops at to punch up the aroma.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Beer lineup for Black Out Beer Fest Released

Lompoc Brewing will host its third annual Black Out Beer Fest on Friday, Feb. 20 from 4 to 10pm at Sidebar, 3901 N Williams Ave. The Black Out Beer Fest will feature 19 dark beers: four from Lompoc and the remaining 15 from craft breweries including Alameda, Breakside, Buoy, Burnside, Cascade, Ecliptic, Fort George, Gigantic, Hopworks, Lucky Lab, pFriem, The Commons, Three Creeks, Upright & Widmer. The Black Out Beer Fest will serve the beers in Sidebar and in the tented and heated parking lot adjacent to Sidebar on N. Williams.

Tasting packages are required to drink the Black Out beers and cost $15, which includes a souvenir 15.5 oz glass tasting mug and 8 beer tickets. Additional tickets are available for $1 apiece. It costs four tickets for a full mug or $1 for a taste. Original mug and ticket sales take place in the fest tent. There will also be live music by Joey Comanche in the fest tent. Food service will be available in the 5th Quadrant. Bring ID, the event is for ages 21+.

BEER LINEUPAlameda Siberian Bear Russian Imperial Stout: Russian Imperial Stouts were originally brewed by English breweries for export to the Russian Tzars. Higher in strength and bitterness than ordinary stouts, they were meant to travel and be consumed during the cold winters. This version was brewed with a small amount of peat smoked malt lending a smokey, scotch-like flavor to this ale. Blacker than night, roasty, smokey and strong, this is the perfect beer to black out on. 11% ABV

Breakside Salted Caramel Stout: A collaboration with Salt & Straw Ice Cream, this has been one of Breakside’s most popular beers over the past few years. The base beer is a full-bodied stout, with sea salt and a specially made caramel added to the wort before fermentation. The finished beer is rich and balanced with a luscious caramel flavor in the aroma and mid-palate, a hint of salt in the finish, and a smooth, rich roast character. 7.9% ABV

Buoy Beer Co Swarzbier: Buoy’s take on this traditional German lager features medium-bodied and malt accented without the strong roasted character found in most dark ales. 5.1% ABV

Burnside Red Light District: A stout brewed with chocolate and strawberries aged in rum barrels. 8.5% ABV

Cascade Dark Day CDA: Cascade’s tribute to the shortest days of the year, this citrusy-resinous, hop forward, malty Cascadian Dark Ale was brewed with roasted cacao nibs and a healthy dose of Brewer’s Gold, Centennial, Cascade and Amarillo hops. If you’re looking for a hoppy, spicy, chocolaty ale with a smooth, black malt character and gripping hop bitterness, you’ve found your cure. 6.0% ABV

Ecliptic OORT Imperial Stout: Named after the mysterious region of our solar system that breeds comets, OORT is as black as the vacuum of space. Loads of roasted barley and chocolate malts combine with three types of caramel malts for a rich, full, roasty mouthfeel. Chinook, Cascade and Sterling hops lends a balanced bitterness and subtle hop flavor. This beer is thick and chewy and has been aging since June. 8.5 % ABV

Fort George Tuesday’s Lunch Stout: A smooth, well balanced stout made with all the fixin’s for your PB&J Sammy. Brewed with roasted Spanish peanuts and blackberries, this beer will definitely pack your lunchbox. 9.3% ABV

Gigantic Saboteur Baltic Porter: It’s like Porter but with more! Richly chocolaty and roasty, with a smooth alcoholic warmth, Saboteur tastes a lot better than a machine broken by a shoe. 8% ABV

Hopworks Motherland Russian Imperial Stout: As dark as a moonless Siberian winter’s night, but warming enough to weather it. Bittersweet chocolate flavors mingle with deep fig and plum fruitiness. A gentle heat and spiciness linger long on the palate, leaving you craving more of the sweet warmth of the Motherland. 9.8% ABV

Lompoc Batch 69 Baltic Porter: This strong dark beer has hints of chocolate and black licorice. It was brewed with a lager yeast giving it a much cleaner smoother finish than a traditional porter.

Lompoc 2013 Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Side Porter: A robust, dark porter with hints of toffee and soft roastiness in the nose balanced with flavors of rich chocolate and toasted nuts, aged for 10 months in Bourbon barrels. 6.4% ABV

Lompoc Jitterbrew Stout: A light-bodied stout that has a chocolate malt base. The brewers added six lbs of Tarrazu Santa Ekna coffee from Ristretto Roasters to the kettle and dry-hopped it with eight lbs of orange peel to create an Orange Mocha Frappuccino beer. 6.6% ABV

Lompoc Cheval de Trait Belge: Named in honor of Belgian work horses, which are one of the strongest breeds of horses, this dark Belgian strong ale has a malty body finishing dry with notes of chocolate and tobacco. 8.5 % ABV

Lucky Lab Accidentally Iced Porter: An old favorite with a new twist, Lucky Lab took a Stumptown Porter that was over-refrigerated and froze. This resulted in a fair portion of water removed. The sweetness of the porter blends with the extra kick for a subtle, smooth finish. 8.5% ABV

pFriem Oatmeal Stout: This creamy stout with notes of hazelnut and chocolate was inspired by pFriem brewer Dave McGinley. Oatmeal has been a long time favorite brewing ingredient since King Arthur’s time and once you savor the rich smoothness you’ll understand why! 5.5% ABV

The Commons Putin from the Wood: A Baltic Porter aged in Bourbon Barrels with Brettanomyces Bruxellensis. 8.0% ABV

Three Creeks Tenpine Double Chocolate Porter: A chocoholic’s dream! This amped up version of the brewery’s popular Fivepine Chocolate Porter features double the chocolate malt, and double the dark Belgian chocolate in the boil; it’s then aged on organic cacao nibs in the brite tank. A true dessert beer with a full body and intense chocolate flavor. 8.4% ABV

Upright Oyster Stout: Formerly an annual bottled seasonal, this is now a draft-only brew. The beer uses a robust bittersweet stout base and adds dozens of whole oysters plus gallons of “juice,” making the beer nearly 3% by volume oyster liquor. While it may sound strange, the result is a satiating beer with a complex flavor and finish, showing strong minerality. 5.8% ABV

Widmer KGB Russian Imperial Stout: Using roasted barley, chocolate malt and Midnight Wheat, KGB has a color that is as dark as a torrid past, a body as full as a well-kept dossier, and a taste as complex as a conspiracy theory. 9.3% ABV

Monday, February 9, 2015

2015 Portland Farmhouse and Wild Ale Festival

Advanced tickets are now on sale for the 3rd annual Portland Farmhouse and Wild Ale Festival on Saturday March 28th and Sunday March 29th in Portland, Oregon. This is Portland's only festival dedicated exclusively to rustic farmhouse saisons, oak barrel-aged, spontaneously fermented brettanomyces beers and gruits brewed with locally foraged herbs and spices. 

Hosted by Saraveza Bottleshop & Pasty Tavern this years festival will be the most ambitious yet by closing off even more of the street on N. Michigan for booths, beers and food vendors. Exciting additions to the festival this year are special guests Crooked Stave Artisan Beer from Denver, Colorado and Almanac Brewing from San Francisco, California as well as beers from newcomers Holy Mountain Brewing of Seattle, Washington. They will be joined by breweries from across the country including Block 15, De Garde Brewing, The Commons Brewery, The Ale Apothecary, pFriem Family Brewers, Destihl, Logsdon Farmhouse Ales, Upright Brewing, Agrarian Ales, Holy Mountain Brewing, Solera Brewery, Pelican Pub and Brewery, Ommegang, Stillwater, Propolis, Elysian, Breakside Brewery and more. 

For the first time this years festival will feature guest artisan snack and food vendors carefully selected to pair well with the food friendly beer lineup. The Portland Farmhouse and Wild Ale Festival is pleased to announce we will have a cheese booth from Cascadia Creamery, Charcuterie and sausages from Olympic Provisions and an assortment of Pickled veggies from Picklopolis all on-site. 

Like last year we will have an exclusive festival bottle release, this year by Upright Brewing. Bottles will be on sale of this single cask sour fruited wild ale exclusively at the Farmhouse Festival with a few kegs on draft as well. More details on the beer TBA.
Advanced Tickets are now on Sale at
3rd annual Portland Farmhouse and Wild Ale Festival
Saturday March 28th 11am-9pm & Sunday March 29th 11am-7pm
$25 Entry includes 10 beer tickets and a commemorative tasting glass. Choose from 30+ Rotating Farmhouse and Wild Ales.
There is a $1.25 processing fee for purchasing your ticket online. Additional entries and beer tickets can be purchased (Cash Only!) at the door.
This is a ticketless entry - your purchase will be recorded on a will-call list. All ticket holders must be 21 years of age or older and are required to show photo ID at the door.

Friday, February 6, 2015

2015 Cascade Tart Fruit Fest Lineup Announced.

Cascade Brewing, a pioneer of the Northwest style sour beer movement, has announced the dates and lineup of its annual Tart Fruit Fest. This year’s event will launch on Feb. 25 and run throughMarch 2 during regular business hours at the Cascade Brewing Barrel House, 939 SE Belmont St.

The Tart Fruit Fest features past live barrels that contain fruit, vintage blends and unique one-off projects. A partial list of the beer lineup includes Kriek, Apricot, Black Cap Raspberry, Noyaux, Honey Ginger Lime, Melon Mélange, Date Vlad, Berry Gose, Goji Berry, Sour Fruit Leather, Candied Cantaloupe, Shrieking Violet, Grey Monk, Supracot, Lemon Drop, Blueberry Bourbonic, Pumpkin à la Mode and many more.

Many of the beers are limited in availability and will not last long; the brewery will post to Twitter & Facebook when taps change out. There will also be a number of vintage 750ml bottled products for sale. Additionally, two taps will be reserved for Portland Pale and Cascade IPA for those looking for a non-sour option.

There is no admission cost for the Tart Fruit Fest. All beers will be served in standard 8oz and 2oz pours, with the exception of 4oz pours for select vintage beers; prices will vary depending on the product.

Tart, barrel-aged beers are an emerging beer style and Cascade Brewing is recognized worldwide as a leader of the movement. The artisanal brewery refuses to be bound by stylistic guidelines, instead focusing on the imagination of its brewers and blenders and the ingredients they can access. Cascade was recently named one of the top 100 brewers in the world according to RateBeer. Pucker up and join the sour revolution

For more information, visit or call 503-265-8603. Follow CascadeBrewing on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Full Sail Brewing Releases 2015 Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

Full Sail Brewing has announced the release of their 2015 Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout. “The annual release of our barrel aged beers is a celebration of the best of American beer and American bourbon. Barrel aging beers has been a Full Sail tradition since 1998 when we joyfully discovered what happens when you pair vintage barrels, dedication, and patience. Every year since, we’ve brewed an imperial style dark ale, filled roughly sixty oak bourbon barrel casks, and then aged them in our cellar for a year,” said Jamie Emmerson, Full Sail Brewing Company’s Executive Brewmaster.

This year’s Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout is inky black with aroma of dried cherry, shaved chocolate, and whiskey. It has a full malty palate with flavors of dark chocolate, vanilla, cherry, dried figs and a subtle hint of molasses. It finishes deliciously warm on the palate. Brewed in December of 2013, the beer was carefully aged for a year in Kentucky Bourbon casks from Jim Beam and Four Roses. This extended aging allows the Stout to pick up the flavors of the wood, bourbon and oak. The aging accentuates the robust character of the Imperial Stout and brings out the depth of flavor from the bourbon creating an overall elegantly sophisticated beer.
Highly anticipated by beer lovers every year, this release from the Brewery has received numerous accolades over the years, including gold and silver medals, five star ratings, and a bounty of happy customers. The beer is racked in small batches and is available in only very limited quantities. It cellars well, so if you store a few bottles in a dark, cool place and be patient, you will be rewarded for your effort and restraint. This special beer is available early February in 22oz. bottles and draft. ABV 10.5% IBU 40 (Formerly known as Black Gold)

To celebrate the release of this beer, Full Sail is planning two Horizontal Tasting events that highlight the individual bourbons. “Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout is a blend of the two barrel varieties, Jim Bean and Four Roses, so we thought it would be interesting to try a bit of each before blending. We kegged off a very small stash of each variety for the release. Join us to celebrate the release and taste the differences between the two individual bourbons and the final blend,” added Jamie Emmerson. The special tapping events will take place at 5 p.m., Thursday, February 5th, at Full Sail’s Brew Pub in Hood River, and in The Pilsner Room at Harborside at the Marina in Portland, Oregon on Tuesday, February 10th at 6 p.m. For more information call the Full Sail Brew Pub at 541-386-2247 or the Harborside at 503-220-1865.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Migration Brewing Celebrates their 5th year in bussiness

Migration Brewing is holding a birthday party on Feb 14th to celebrate their fifth year of brewing.  Located at 2828 Northeast Glisan Street, Migration has really become an institution in the neighborhood. So this Valentine's day join the party and try one of their three specialty beers that will be on tap in addition to the normal tap list.  Also, DJ Casta will be playing old school hip-hop, soul and funk all night.

Press Release below:

Migration’s 5-Year Anniversary
How time flies when you’re having fun.  To think 5 years ago we were digging trenches in a heatless building with only a dream guiding the way.  In those 5 years we have gone from brewing 250bbl a year to over 1400bbl.  We started with the hope our community would support us to having the opportunity to donate thousands of dollars to countless organizations throughout Portland. We were 4 friends with a vision who have brought our experiences together to create a neighborhood-gathering place.

On February 14th 11AM we will hold a celebration for lovers and beer lovers alike.  We will be offering brewery tours and specialty beer samples in the brewery from 11AM-4PM. We will be tapping a variety of beers old and new, a number of which have been aging for over a year. We will also be releasing our new Imperial IPA The Big Five, which will be available in 22oz. bottles and draft.  To close out the night we will have the amazing DJ Casta spinning old school hip-hop, soul and funk.

Specialty Beer List:

  • Bootstrap Imperial Stout...Aged 1 Year (Very Limited Draft Only)
  • Cross Pollination Honey Belgian made with local honey from Bee Local...Aged over 1 year (Very Limited Draft Only)
  • The Big 5 Imperial IPA...Fresh (Available on Draft and in very limited 22 oz. Bottles)

We would like to thank everyone for the continued support over the last 5 years and hope to see many of you join us in the celebration February 14th.  Beer will be drank, laughs and stories will be shared, and we’ll raise a glass to many more years of creating local beer.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Breakside Brewery releasing two new limited edition beers

Breakside Brewery is releasing two new limited edition beers in bottles in the next few weeks
Safe Word Triple IPA and Bellwether, a Sour Imperial Wit Gin Barrel-Aged with Kaffir Lime Leaf. Safe Word Triple IPA will have an extremely limited bottling run of 40 cases available only on Zwickelmania February 14th at Breakside Woodlawn and the Breakside Taproom in Milwaukie, Oregon ahead of it's draft beer release. Bellwether is now available in limited edition 22oz bottles and 1/6 barrel draft.

Zwickelmania - Super rare Safe Word Bottle Release
February 14th is Zwickelmania, Oregon's open house for breweries where the public is invited to come tour our brewhouse and sample some beers at either Breakside location in the NE Portland Woodlawn neighborhood or Milwaukie, Oregon both from 11am to 4pm. For this special occasion Breakside Brewery has bottled up 40 cases of Safe Word Triple IPA, each bottle hand spray painted and tagged by Breakside's own Jack Johnson. Safe Word Triple IPA bottles will only be available at the brewery only and we expect them to sell out that day. A 22oz bottle will be on sale for $15 each and a limit of 3 bottles per person. Limited edition kegs of draft safe Safe Word will be available beginning the 3rd week of February.

Bellwether - Sour Double Wit Aged In Gin Barrels with Kaffir Lime Leaf
Bellwether may be one of our proudest creations yet. One of Breakside's most peculiar and delicious barrel-aged concoctions. this beer harkens back to the days when our barrel-aging program had only a few barrels in it, and one of those beers was a blend of a sour wheat beer with a double wit in a single second-use gin barrel. the result was delicious: tropical, botanical, tart, malty and very refreshing for a barrel-aged beer. we've recreated this beer adding some kaffir lime leaves for additional complexity and fun herbal notes. Bellwether is now available in limited edition 22oz bottles at the brewery and fine bottleshops.
Malts: Two Row, Flaked Wheat, Malted Wheat, Acidulated, Unmalted Wheat, Flaked Oats. Hops: Newport. 8.4% ABV 25 IBU.

Safe Word Triple IPA
Once a year, we release this hoppy behemoth that used over 9 pounds of hops per barrel of beer, got two separate dry hop additions, and clocks in at over 11% alcohol. You need to have a deeply masochistic streak to desire this much hoppiness in your beer. It is a tongue-scraping, aggressive beer with more punch than anything else we make. Safe Word will push you to the limit of how much hop and beer you can handle, but we think you'll like it enough to keep coming back. The tropical, grapefruit and dank notes of someo f our favorite hops make this a pleausure that is hard to refuse. Just know when to say stop.
Malts: Two Row, c20L, C40L, CaraPils. Hops: Columbus, Cascade, Cetennial, Citra and Simcoe. 11.1% ABV 100+ IBU.