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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Brewery Release: OR & WA: Coming Soon ... Avery Tweak Bourbon Barrel-Aged Coffee Beer

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image courtesy Avery Brewing Co.
Boulder, CO –This Sunday Avery Brewing Company will release another massive barrel-aged beer, and they've upped the ante again by heavily dosing this brew with locally roasted organic coffee.

Tweak is a 17.81% ABV coffee stout aged 4 months in fresh Bourbon barrels. Says founder and CEO Adam Avery, “Tweak is a super versatile beer—you could have it at brunch or it could be the last beer of the night. ‘Cause I don’t care what you've been drinking, you’ll be able to taste Tweak after it.”

Avery went on to say he’ll be drinking this beer no matter what time it is. “You could start the day with a coffee mug of Tweak and your boss would never know.”

Cold brewed coffee is typically made by soaking the beans in cold water, but Avery’s brewers went a step further and soaked the beans in the beer itself. “We didn’t want to dilute the flavors,” says Avery Chief Barrel Herder Andy Parker. “You can definitely taste the coffee and will still taste the malt and the vanilla, coconut, and charred oak notes from the barrels.”

Avery added 1.6 pounds of Ozo Coffee Co.’s Organic Isabelle Espresso to every barrel of beer. “Ozo’s roastery is just a few blocks from our brewery and they make incredible coffee,” says Parker, “so we went to them and asked for a ton of beans. They gave us this ridiculously smooth roast that’s caramelly and chocolatey.”

The 17.81% alcohol by volume adds another layer to this highly complex beer. Says Parker, “Alcohol is a flavor component of every beer you've ever had and we’re purposely using that component to make new styles of beer.”


Avery is expanding its barrel-aging program ten-fold, which allows Tweak to reach store shelves around Colorado and in AR, AZ, CA, FL, KS, KY, MA, MI, MO, NJ, NM, NY, OK, OR, PA, TX, VA, WA, WI, and WY. Tweak is the newest member of Avery Brewing’s Annual Barrel Series, which also includes Uncle Jacob’s Stout aged in Bourbon barrels, Rumpkin pumpkin ale aged in rum barrels, and Pump[KY]n pumpkin porter aged in Bourbon barrels.

Brewery Release: WA: Spokane: Coming Soon ... No-Li Van Lambert Barrel Aged Sour Cherry Ale

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Spokane, WA…No-Li Brewhouse continues to bring Spokane-Style innovation to the Pacific Northwest with its newest Barrel Aged Series beer – Van Lambert Barrel Aged Sour Cherry Ale. As a small batch, limited release, Van Lambert will hit select local stores on December 16th and other northwest locations the week of Christmas.
The brewery will release just 185 cases of 22oz bottles, as well as limited draft exclusively available at the brewpub and select festivals. For those looking to get a sneak peak, Van Lambert will start pouring at No-Li on Saturday, December 13th!

About the Beer

Van Lambert features 900 lbs. of cherries (500 lbs. hand-picked by the No-Li team!) from Bodacious Berries in Green Bluff, Washington – just 15 miles north of the No-Li brewery. Starting in a sour kettle, lactobacillus, Mosaic and El Dorado hops create a vibrant base that covers the spectrum of fruitiness.

Sweet and tart cherry flavors mingle with the alcohol as it ages for 3 months in Townsend Cellars wine barrels to provide a champagne-like essence. The French and American wine barrels add a tannin-like structure to the beer with an oaky finish.

With the release of Mosh Pit Tart Cherry 4-packs coming just a week before Van Lambert, No-Li continues to innovate in the realm of fruit infused beer recipes and bring a distinctive, Spokane-Style perspective to this exciting category.

No-Li has also been growing their barrel-aged program over the last year and currently holds over 50 barrels from local distillery and neighbor, Dry Fly, and local winery Townsend Cellars. They plan to add another 50 barrels or more over the next year, and will continue to grow their barrel-aging program with more 22 oz-bottle limited releases.

About No-Li Brewhouse

Born & Raised in Washington’s Inland Empire, No-Li Brewhouse is an internationally award-winning brewery, crafting Spokane-Style beers with No Boundaries: innovative beers brewed with locally sourced ingredients. No-Li has won fourteen international awards, including a gold medal from the 2012 Great American Beer Festival. For more information about our beers, brewery & the pub, visit www.nolibrewhouse.com.

Follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/nolibrewhouse; and on Twitter: www.twitter.com/nolibrewhouse.

Brewery Release: NW: Coming Soon ... Sierra Nevada 2014 Harvest Wild Hop IPA. An IPA to showcase Neomexicanus hops

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image sourced from Sierra Nevada Brewing

Chico, CA—...—For the finale of its five-bottle 2014 Harvest series, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is showcasing the wild Neomexicanus hop for the first time on a national stage. Originally found during a backcountry quest in the foothills of Taos, New Mexico, the bizarre cones of the Neomexicanus hop produce multiple heads—aptly nicknamed Medusa—and Harvest Wild Hop IPA boasts their vibrant melon, apricot and citrus aromas. The 24-ounce bottles ship to distributors starting this week and will be available through January 2015. 

Quick stats on Harvest Wild Hop IPA:
  • ABV—6.5%
  • BU—55
  • Hop(s)—Neomexicanus
  • Malts—Two-row Pale, Caramel

“There’s a fun sense of adventure in our final Harvest beer of the year,” said Ken Grossman, Sierra Nevada’s founder. “The Neomexicanus hop was a lucky find by a rogue hophead combing the wild landscape, and he’s essentially gifted it to craft beer. We’re always looking for new aromas and flavors, and when they’re unexpected, it’s all the more exciting.”   

Throughout 2014, the inaugural Harvest series explored newly developed hop varieties and different hopping methods: single hop (Yakima 291 and Equinox), fresh hop (Southern Hemisphere Harvest®), wet hop (Northern Hemisphere Harvest®), and wild hop. Sierra Nevada will reimagine the Harvest series for 2015, with the first release slated for February. 

Tied to the Harvest series and its celebration of hops, Sierra Nevada last month hosted its second annual Single, Fresh, Wet & Wild Harvest Festival in Chico, Calif. More than 50 brewers from across the country celebrated the annual hop harvest, pouring a selection of their beers that included at least one single hop, fresh hop, wet hop or wild hop beer. “With arguably the greatest brewers in the country setting up camp next to the newly harvested hop fields,” said the Chico News & Review, “it’s pretty much the perfect beer experience.”

About Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Founded in 1980, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is one of America’s premier craft breweries, highly regarded for using only whole-cone hops and the finest quality ingredients. The pioneering spirit that launched Sierra Nevada spans more than three decades, with innovation emerging from both the brewhouse and sustainability initiatives. Sierra Nevada has set the standard for artisan brewers worldwide as a winner of numerous awards for its extensive line of beers including Pale Ale, Torpedo®, Porter, Stout, Kellerweis® and a host of seasonal, specialty and limited release beers. Learn more at www.sierranevada.com.

Brewery Release: BC: Vancouver: Granville Island Brewing & "Chocolate by Gaya" collaborate to make chocolate.

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Vancouver, B.C. – In preparation for the holidays, Granville Island Brewing’s (GIB) brewmaster Vern Lambourne brings a different kind of small batch to the taproom with Chocolate by Gaya. The chocolate bursts with infused beer flavours from GIB’s winter seasonal, Lions Winter Ale, holiday small batches – Cocoa Loco Chocolate Imperial Stout and Barley Wine, and Hey Day Hefeweizen from GIB’s Under The Bridge series. The local collaboration makes for the perfect stocking stuffer, table dessert for good company and midnight snack this December.
“These four full-flavoured beers stand up to the sweetness of the chocolates, and offer complex flavour profiles to complement Gaya's creativity as a chocolatier,” says Vern. “Our beer-infused chocolates are locally-made, handcrafted and tasty – I even ate some for breakfast!”
Dreamed up by Vern and chocolatier Gaya Davidson, the four beer-infused flavours are:
Lions Winter Ale: Liquid caramel with hints of vanilla in a milk chocolate shell
Cocoa Loco Chocolate Imperial Stout: Dark chocolate ganache in a dark chocolate shell
Barley Wine: Flavours of mulled wine in a dark chocolate ganache held by a dark chocolate shell
Hey Day Hefeweizen: White chocolate passionfruit ganache in a white chocolate shell
“With some experimenting, we found the perfect balance of beer and chocolate flavor, and created four recipes that appeal to different taste preferences,” said Gaya Davidson. “This was the first time I’ve ever experimented with beer in chocolate - it proved to be an incredible pairing!”
The GIB and Chocolate by Gaya collaboration hits the GIB retail store on December 1 for $8 plus tax.

About Granville Island Brewing (GIB) 
Established in Vancouver, BC in 1984, Granville Island Brewing (GIB) is Canada's first microbrewery offering a variety of award-winning beers. GIB is dedicated to crafting only the finest premium beers to provide consumers with the ultimate tasting experience. In celebration of its West Coast heritage GIB names each beer after iconic Vancouver locations that embody the local lifestyle. From the original Island Lager and English Bay Pale Ale, to Cypress Honey Lager and Brockton IPA, GIB continues to produce a diverse portfolio of beers inspired by life on the West Coast – the “left coast” as we like to call it. And with the changing of the seasons, GIB offers tastes that reflect the changing beer fan, with its seasonal False Creek Raspberry Ale, Lions Winter Ale and Ginja Ninja. For more information, visit www.gib.ca.
image sourced from "Chocolate by Gaya"'s Facebook page 

About Chocolate by Gaya
Chocolate by Gaya is a local and independent chocolate boutique, solely run by Chocolatier Gaya Davidson. For four years, Chocolatier Gaya has produced handcrafted chocolates for the Vancouver community, and shared her talents through chocolate donations to support The Bliss Project, a non-profit organization. With a background in baking and pastry arts, Chocolatier Gaya specializes in chocolate to give her the artistic license she craves. For more information, visit http://on.fb.me/13A65t0.

Brewery Release: WA: Coming Soon ... Silver City Old Scrooge Christmas Ale & Silver City 2013 Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Scrooge

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Bremerton, WA - ... Silver City Brewery announces the 2014 release of their most decorated award winning beer, Old Scrooge Christmas Ale.Old Scrooge Christmas Ale, this year's Great American Beer Festival Silver Medal Winner in the Old Ale/Strong Ale category has won more national & international accolades than any other Silver City Beer (Fat Scotch Ale is a close second). 

Silver City Old Scrooge Christmas Ale is a small batch beer in the brewery's Limited Release series which also includes Silver City's Imperial Stout, Fat Woody: Oak Aged Scotch Ale, Liquid Sunshine: Belgian Style Tripel, The Giant Made of Shadows: Belgian Dark Strong Ale, and Citra Wet Hop Ale. 

Each beer is brewed & released only once per year and are released alternating months starting with Imperial Stout in January and finishing with Old Scrooge in November. Old Scrooge will be available in limited 22oz bottles around Western Washington & at very select locations on draft.

Silver City is also expanding their barrel aging program to allow distribution of some of
image courtesy Silver City Brewing

their most coveted limited release offerings, starting with Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Scrooge. 

Vintage 2013 Old Scrooge Christmas Ale was aged for a year in Heaven Hill Bourbon Barrels then bottled for a limited 22oz release. Only 60 cases will be made available for distribution in Western Washington late November. Bottles are now available at Silver City Brewery's Taproom.

locate stores that will carry 2013 Old Scrooge Christmas Ale.

Silver City Brewery in Bremerton will host their annual Old Scrooge Vertical tasting party on Monday December 8th at 5pm, where attendees will enjoy multiple vintages of Old Scrooge & Bourbon Barrel Old Scrooge and will be the first to have the opportunity to purchase the coveted Old Scrooge 4-pack. The 4-pack includes vintage 2011, 2013, 2014, & 2013 Bourbon Barrel Aged Scrooge as well as a commemorative glass. Tickets for the tasting are $25, which includes a reception beer, tastings of each vintage & accompanying holiday snacks. 

The Scrooge Packs will retail for $39.99 & will be highly limited. To purchase tickets to the tasting please contact daniel@silvercitybrewery.com or call 360-813-148

Old Scrooge Christmas Ale
This rich and malty ale provides intriguing notes of apple, cherry and apricot that occur naturally as a result of its unique fermentation and extended aging.

Hops: Columbus, Willamette
Malt: NW Pale, British Pale, Caramel, Munich
IBU: 60
ABV: 8.5%

Old Scrooge Christmas Ale Accolades
2014 Great American Beer Festival: Silver Medal Winner Old/Strong Ale
2012 World Beer Cup Bronze Medal Winner: Old/Strong Ale
2012 North American Beer Awards: Silver Medal Winner Old/Strong Ale

2011 North American Beer Awards: Gold Medal Winner Old/Strong Ale

2010 North American Beer Awards: Gold Medal Winner Old/Strong Ale
2009 Great American Beer Festival: Gold Medal WinnerOld/Strong Ale
2008 Great American Beer Festival: Silver Medal Winner Old/Strong Ale

About Silver City Restaurant & Brewery

Silver City Brewery, located on the Kitsap Peninsula, is the West Sound's premier destination for award-winning, handcrafted beers. Silver City Brewery is a NW pioneer with deep roots in Washington States brewing history. Silver City brewers pride themselves on making the dynamic and diverse, the experimental and the traditional, award winning & local favorites and everything in between.

Silver City was started in 1996 by Co-owners Steve & Scott Houmes, and it remains a locally owned and operated family establishment. Silver City Brewery's handcrafted beers are available on draft, in 22oz bottles, and 12oz bottle 6-packs around the Puget Sound area in bars, restaurants, and grocery stores.

Silver City Brewery's production facility & brewery taproom is located at 206 Katy Penman Ave. in Bremerton, WA. Silver City Restaurant is located in Silverdale at 2799 NW Myhre Rd.

Silver City's selection of Northwest-inspired food and handcrafted beers have resulted in more than 50 local, national and international awards including numerous Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medals at the prestigious World Beer Cup, Great American Beer Festival and the North American Beer Awards. Silver City is also the recipient of Evening Magazine's "Best of Western Washington - Best Brew Pub" Award four years in a row (2007-20011 & 2013) and was voted Western Washington's Best Brewery in Evening Magazines 2013 Brewery Battle.

For more information on Silver City Restaurant & Brewery, please visit us online at silvercitybrewery.com, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Brewery Menu: WA: Bellingham: Boundary Bay Brewing suggestions; including Old Bounder Barley Wine, Cabin Fever, & Cascadian Dark Ale

Something random to read, as you prepare for the oncoming doom of Thanksgiving hangovers, Black Friday road rage, or Christmas gif-giving stress. Here to provide a (potential) coping-mechanism, Boundary Bay has the following beers available at their pub, on draft, or in bottles.
image of Old Bounder sourced from Boundary Bay Brewing's Pinterest page
Old Bounder Barley Wine.
  • A rich, full-bodied barley wine. Copper in color with a smooth caramel sweetness, warming alcohol content and balanced hop character. Excellent with desserts or as an after dinner beverage. To be appreciated in moderation. Original Gravity 1.100
image of Cascadian Dark Ale sourced from Boundary Bay Brewing's Pinterest page
Cascadia Dark Ale
  • Our Cascadia Dark has become a favorite around the brewery. Black in color, this aggressively hopped ale is smooth with a clean, dry finish. Original Gravity 1.075
Cabin Fever Winter Ale
  • A strong ale or "winter warmer" with dark red-brown color and a very rich malty flavor. While this big beer is deceptively strong, it tastes very smooth thanks to extra long cold conditioning. Released in Late Fall/Early Winter. Original Gravity 1.072
image of Cabin Fever sourced from Boundary Bay Brewing's Pinterest page
About Boundary Bay Brewing
Beyond our menu and our beer, what makes us special is theconnection we have to our community.  For us, that means not just donating time, product and manpower to other local businesses, but also doing what we can to ensure the sustained health of our local economy and community.
We are locally owned and run – providing jobs to over 100 people in our community.  Sustainability is a very important factor in our business which is why we certified our Beer Garden as a Backyard Wildlife Habitat, committed to move Toward Zero Waste within our brewery and pledged to buy consistently from local producers to help support Washington agriculture. We even mark all the items on our menu that include local ingredients with a “Think Local. Buy Fresh” logo so our customers can make informed decisions with their forks and their dollars!  We have undertaken wastewater and energy audits, our spent grains feed the cattle at a local farm who supply our ground beef and the oil from our fryer is converted to biodiesel by a local company.

Our bistro and beer garden contine to be places the community gathers in to celebrate their lives and spend time with the people they love.  We’ve had private parties, banquets and even weddings here. There are many reasons that Boundary Bay Brewery has been dubbed “Pure Bellingham” and that matters a whole lot to us!

Brewery News: WA: Seattle: Ginga Newton is this year's "Fremont Brewing Apprentice Scholarship"

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SEATTLE -- The Pink Boots Society is proud to announce that Ginga Newton has been selected as the recipient of the 2015 Fremont Brewing Company Apprentice Scholarship. Newton is a taproom bartender at Bent Paddle Brewing Company in Duluth, Minn. and also assists in the brewery.

Fremont Brewing in Seattle, WA is partnering with Pink Boots Society to offer a 5-week Apprenticeship in Brewing and Beer Production to a qualified female in the brewing industry. The apprenticeship will take place at Fremont Brewing from February 1st through March 8th, 2015 and will focus on cellar work, the brew house, beer production, lab work, yeast work, QA/QC, sensory analysis, packaging, and an overview of sales and marketing. The “Final Exam” will take place on International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day and will feature Newton leading the brew at Fremont Brewing. Fremont Brewing is also contributing a $2,500 travel and living expenses stipend.

The PBS Scholarship Selection Committee (SSC), made up of two five­ women teams, composed of very experienced beer professionals who hold positions as brewers, educators and writers, made the selection after reviewing the applicants. They were, “impressed by Ginga’s recipes and desire to include novel herbal ingredients. Her creativity in brewing is evident, as well as her passion.” 

Newton holds a degree in Environmental Sciences with a focus on water quality and habitat restoration, a course of study that provided her with a foundation in chemistry and laboratory analysis. She built a half-barrel home brewing system and has designed her recipes from scratch. Many of them have an herbal component to “give the world something different, something that used to be well received and consumed but has become rare,” said Newton. Those recipes include Yarrow Ale, Labrador Tea Ale and St. Valentine’s Intimacy Lager which utilizes Lady’s Mantle, rose petals and Ceylon cinnamon, among other ingredients.

In addition to tuition for this course, Ginga will receive a pair of pink steel­toe rubber boots when she fulfills the Pay It Forward requirement associated with the scholarship, something she eagerly looks forward to.  

"We’re excited to work with Ginga and look forward to providing new and challenging experiences for her,” said Matt Lincecum, Founder/Owner of Fremont Brewing Company. “Hats off to Pink Boots for selecting such an impressive candidate to launch this scholarship program!”

Founded in 2008, Fremont Brewing Company is a family-owned craft brewery located in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle.

Brewery Pairing Event: OR: Portland: Ecliptic Brewing announces "Lunation Dinner" the 1st Tuesday of every month.

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image sourced from Ecliptic Brewing

Portland, Ore. (Nov. 19, 2014) – Ecliptic Brewing, a craft brewery and restaurant in Portland’s Mississippi neighborhood, will celebrate the holidays this month by hosting a seasonally inspired Lunation Dinner. Executive chef Michael Molitor’s delicious menu will feature the best of the region’s bounty paired with specialty beers crafted by brewmaster John Harris.

Ecliptic hosts its Lunation Dinners on the first Tuesday of every month, with future dinners taking place on Jan. 6, Feb. 3 and March 3.

When: Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 6 p.m.

Where: Ecliptic Brewing, 825 N Cook St., Portland, OR 97227

Cost: $45 per person

Details: For more information on the Lunation Dinner or Ecliptic Brewing, please call 503.265.9002 or visit eclipticbrewing.com.

About Ecliptic Brewing
Ecliptic Brewing is a venture from John Harris, an Oregon beer icon whose background is steeped in the state’s rich craft brewing history. The name Ecliptic unites Harris’ two passions: brewing and astronomy, and as such, the brewery celebrates the Earth’s yearly journey around the sun through both its beer and restaurant menus. Executive chef Michael Molitor rotates his seasonally inspired menu every six weeks in accordance with the old world calendar. Harris’ signature seasonal beers include Spica Hefepils, Procyon Pale Ale, Phobos Extra Red Ale and Arcturus IPA. For more information, visit: www.eclipticbrewing.com.

Industry News: OR: Portland: "Oregon Breweries" book signing and pub crawl. Presented by the New School blog. December 5th


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Portland resident Brian Yaeger is excited to celebrate the release of his new book "Oregon Breweries", sign copies, and answer questions at the famed Powell's City of Books on 10th & West Burnside at 7: 30 p.m. on Friday December 5th. Brian will be joined by Bend, Oregon-based author and beer blogger Jon Abernathy from The Brew Site who is also launching his new book, "Bend Beer."

Oregon Breweries features a forward by Gayle Goschie, one of the state's third-generation hop farmers. It is a comprehensive guide to the breweries of the Beaver State, a leader in the craft brew revolution, featuring 190 breweries and brewpubs. Each brewery profile includes individual backgrounders on brewers and owners, styles and brands of brewed, regional visitor information, and the author's "Pick" of the best beer to try. It also includes information on forthcoming breweries, local beer events, top bars and retailers, and more.

Post meet-and-greet and signing, Brian Yaeger will lead a short pub crawl beginning at Deschutes Brewery's PDX pub at 9 p.m. for a tasting with the brewers including special beer tappings and complimentary drinks. From Deschutes we'll head to the newly opened Fat Head's Brewing on 13th & NW Davis and then head a few blocks north to the Rogue Flanders Brewpub. Depending on the hour and how many people are still up for drinking we may or may not finish with a nightcap at Brian's favorite hidden gem of a brewery - Tugboat Brewing.

Attendance is free, a love of Oregon Breweries and beer is not.

Friday, December 5th, 2014 7:30 p.m. Pub Crawl at 9:00 p.m.
Powell's City of Books 
1005 W Burnside St. between 10th and 11th Ave. 
Portland, OR 97209

Brian Yaeger is the author of Oregon Breweries and Red, White, and Brew: An American Beer Odyssey. He contributed to the Oxford Companion to Beer and is frequently published by All About Beer, Draft Magazine, CraftBeer.com, CRAFT and of course The New School. Yaeger has appeared on NPR's Marketplace with Kai Ryssdal, Martha Stewart Living Radio, and The Brewing Network. He earned a Master in Professional Writing (with a thesis on beer) from the University of Southern California. He runs Inn Beervana Bed & Beer in Portland along with his wife Half Pint, son IPYae, and dog Dunkel. Follow him on Twitter at @Yaeger and @OregonBreweries and, begrudgingly, on Instagram at @OregonBreweries. Lastly, don't forget his personal beer chronicles at BrianYaeger.com.

Brewery News: OR: Portland: Lompoc's "... Holiday Beer Extravaganza" returns Tuesday, December 2nd.

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image courtesy Lompoc Brewing

PORTLAND, Ore. – Just as Santa has eight reindeer, so does Lompoc have eight different holiday beers, including one brewed for Hanukkah. The annual Lompoc Holiday Beer Extravaganza will celebrate the release of them all on Tuesday, Dec. 2 from 4pm to Midnight at the newly renovated Sidebar, Lompoc’s barrel tasting room at 3901 N Williams Ave.

This year's lineup of holiday seasonals includes Blitzen, a spiced golden ale; Jolly Bock Lager; C-sons Greetings Imperial IPA; Old Tavern Rat Barleywine; Brewdolph Belgian-style Red; 2013 Bourbon Barrel Aged Holiday Cheer, a vanilla porter aged in Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels; Pinot Noir Barrel Aged Cheval de Trait Belge, a dark Belgian strong ale aged in Maryhill Winery Pinot noir barrels; and the triumphant return of 8 Malty Nights, a chocolate rye beer brewed in honor of Hanukkah. (See all descriptions at the bottom of this release.)

The holiday celebration will take place in the recently renovated Sidebar, which has added a roll up glass door to allow in more light, booth seating, expanded taps and an all-new menu of small plates designed for sharing. There will be complimentary appetizers featured at the event.
All beers will also be available at the other Lompoc pubs on Dec. 2 as well, including Lompoc Tavern on NW 23rd Ave, Oaks Bottom Public House on SE Bybee Blvd, Hedge House on SE Division St, and Fifth Quadrant on N Failing and Williams. C-sons Greetings and Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Tavern Rat are also available in 22 ounce bottles, at a cost of $5 and $12, respectively.

Lompoc Brewing annually releases a large number of holiday beers, a testament to its seasonal brewing and barrel aging programs. For more information, call 503-288-3996 or visit www.lompocbrewing.com.

8 MALTY NIGHTS: Dark brown in color and lightly hopped with English style hops, this chocolate rye beer features a roasted chocolate flavor and a sweet finish. Raise a glass and toast l’chaim to Portland’s first Hanukkah seasonal. 6.5% ABV
2013 BOURBON BARREL AGED HOLIDAY CHEER: Aged in Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels for eight months, this robust vanilla porter combines big chocolate flavor and a full body with mellow vanilla notes, compliments of whole vanilla beans in the conditioning tank. 6.8% ABV
BLITZEN: This bright, straw-colored holiday favorite is dry-hopped with Centennial hops, dried apricots and coriander. The hops lend a slight spicy and earthy aroma, while the apricots provide a faint sweetness with a fruity flavor and aroma. 4.6% ABV

BREWDOLPH: This Belgian style red ale features a malty and creamy body. Brewed with the Belgian Ardennes yeast strain, it boasts a mild fruitiness and a spicy clove character. 7.7% ABV
C-SONS GREETINGS: Brewed and dry-hopped with all seven “C” hops, this beer features a deep copper color with a piney, citrusy, floral and resinous aroma. A rich, caramel malt finish and an endless developing hop presence complement its full hop flavor. 8.0% ABV
JOLLY BOCK: This lager was brewed with a generous amount of Munich malt to develop the deep amber color and rich malt flavor. The malty flavor is balanced with a spicy hop bitterness. 7.3% ABV

OLD TAVERN RAT: This dark amber-colored barleywine was aged for almost a year prior to its release. It has a strong bitterness that is balanced by the sweetness of caramel and toffee flavors. 9.4% ABV

PINOT NOIR BARREL AGED CHEVAL DE TRAIT BELGE: This dark Belgian strong ale was aged in Maryhill Winery Pinot noir barrels for four months. It has a malty body with notes of chocolate, tobacco, oak and plum, finishing dry and slightly tart. 8.5% ABV

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