Friday, December 19, 2014
Labels: Festival News, Strange Brewfest, Water Street Brewing
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On Friday (January 23rd) and concluding Saturday (January 24th), Strange Brewfest returns to the local American Legion Hall. So far the event has 'strange' contributions from over 60 breweries.
Strange Brewfest is fast approaching! We've decided to turn Port Townsend upside down, by turning all of our amps up to 11 this year!
We're celebrating 11 years of bringing wildly creative potations to the peninsula. Our goal has been, and always will be, to exceed your festival expectations!
Unlike previous years, the festival organizers are expanding the amount of space available.
$30 gets you a souvenir tasting glass, 4 tasting tokens, and a wristband to get you in for both days. Additional tasting tokens $1.50
To purchase tickets or learn more about Strange Brewfest, goto http://www.strangebrewfestpt.com.
Festival News: OR: Portland: Holiday Ale Festival raises $20,000 for Children's Cancer Association MusicRx program
Labels: Charity, Children's Cancer Association MusicRx, Festival News, Holiday Ale Festival
Labels: Beecher's Cheese, Brewery News, Samuel Adams
- Samuel Adams Boston Lager + Beecher’s Flagship
- On its own, Flagship showcases a tangy sharpness, which becomes softer and mellower when paired with Boston Lager. Caramel malt flavor from Boston Lager goes well with similar caramel flavors in the cheese. Hints of nut and brown butter are also apparent on the palate.
- Samuel Adams Winter Lager + Beecher’s Flagsheep
- Winter Lager enhances the flavor of Flagsheep. The cheese’s round, butterscotch notes and dry texture go well with the winter spices in the beer.
- Samuel Adams White Christmas + Beecher’s Flagship Reserve
- This pairing is an explosion of flavor, with Flagship Reserve bringing the crisp flavor and winter spices of White Christmas to the forefront. The beer and cheese are complementary, coming together to provide beautiful citrus flavors.
- Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale + Beecher’s No Woman
- The spicy, savory flavor of No Woman really pops when paired with Old Fezziwig Ale. The jerk spices in No Woman linger on the palate.
- For Samuel Adams recipes and pairing suggestions visit www.samueladams.com
Brewery News: OR: Hood River: Full Sail Brewing wins 14 medals at this year's World Beer Championships, including 9 Gold and 5 Silver.
Labels: Brewery News, Full Sail, World Beer Championships
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Thursday, December 18, 2014
Labels: Brewery Release, Stone Brewing, Stone Enjoy After 12.26.15 Brett IPA
ESCONDIDO, CA (Dec. 16, 2014) – Age an India pale ale? Really? Stone Brewing Co. is releasing a beer that defies all we thought we knew about consuming hoppy beers at their freshest, particularly the West Coast-style IPAs for which Stone is famous. While nearly every IPA on the planet should be drunk as fresh as possible, that is not the case with Stone Enjoy After Brett IPA. Intended for aging until at least , this unique IPA is inoculated with Brettanomyces (Brett), a wild yeast that will transform the beer over time in fascinatingly and deliciously unpredictable ways when stored under proper cellaring conditions. Beginning today, the Brett IPA will start arriving in 750-milliliter bottles at retail accounts in select states.
In 2012, Stone introduced a beer with an unprecedented, ultra-short shelf life: Stone Enjoy By IPA. That beer educated fans on the importance of drinking IPAs fresh by prominently displaying a revolutionarily short (35 days from bottling) “enjoy by” date of expiration on the front label. Always intent on challenging the status quo and elevating awareness of all things beer, the Stone Team had an idea that would counter the modern American craft-brewing concept of consuming IPAs fresh, and proposed developing an IPA intended for aging—one that would evolve and become a completely different beer.
Stone Brewmaster Mitch Steele, the guy who wrote the book on IPAs, was up for the challenge and formulated a recipe. Steele decided to use hops and malt bills similar to Stone Enjoy By IPA’s recipe, but there the similarities end. The Belgian yeast strain Ardennes was used in the base beer and then Brett was added post-primary fermentation before the bottles were corked and caged. Over time, the Brett is anticipated to contribute fruity funkiness, earthiness and subtle tart characteristics to the beer.
“Over the course of a year, we anticipate the beer will have greater carbonation and a creamier body, with a dry finish, more complexity, and farmhouse characters,” explains Steele. “Each edition of Stone Enjoy After Brett IPA will be closely monitored and tasted once a month by our team in order to make sure the flavors are maturing appropriately. We are asking our fans to follow proper cellaring tips to ensure the most optimal results.”
Bottles of Stone Enjoy After Brett IPA should be kept at 50-70 degrees Fahrenheit, because anything below 50 degrees will render Brettanomyces dormant, and anything above 70 degrees may lead to the development of off flavors. Additionally, beer meant for aging requires storage in a dark space, as bright light or sunlight can alter the hops, resulting in a skunky flavor. Stone encourages fans to wait until the “enjoy after” date before consuming to help the beer reach its full evolutionary potential.
Depending on how Stone Enjoy After Brett IPA and future batches of the unique beer are stored over time, individual results may vary…and that’s both the beauty and the intent behind this beer.
Name: Stone Enjoy After Brett IPA
Stats: 7% ABV, 70 IBUs
Availability: Limited 750ml bottles, beginning December 16
Hops bill: Super Galena, Simcoe, Delta, Target, Amarillo, Calypso and Cascade
Find beer: find.stonebrewing.com
Labels: Brewery News, Odin Brewing, Odin Northern Darkness Baltic Porter
Style: Baltic Porter
Hops: Apollo, Willamette
Malts: Vienna, C120, C60, Pale Chocolate,
Midnight Wheat, Flaked Oats
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Labels: Anniversary, Brewery News, Burnside Brewing
"The last four years have flown by and the brewing industry continues to change at a torrid pace, especially here in Portland. We expect to stick to our philosophies of food-friendly beers while being unafraid to take chances in the brewhouse," remarked co-founder/owner Jay Gilbert. Burnside Brewing launched its first canned beer in 2014; the best-selling Couch Select Lager has been a tremendous success in stores and will be followed up by a new beer in cans in 2015, as well as more new one-off and seasonal beers in 22oz bottles. Looking forward to the anniversary and the impending 5th year, Jay Gilbert exclaimed, "we feel like we're hitting our stride as a brewery. Here's to many more years brewing and selling beers with my best buddies. Cheers!"
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Batch 500 is a Cedar IPA based on the popular one-off brewed for Beers Made By Walking. To celebrate making it halfway to 1,000 brews, Burnside has brewed a Northwest-style IPA aged on Western Red Cedar. Fermentation with a Northwest ale yeast provides a gentle, fruity aroma to complement the generous use of Amarillo and Meridian hops. The cedar lends a dry, piney, and resinous finish to this NW inspired nectar.
Highbury Bitter is inspired by our love of all things pub culture, and our favorite squad, this strong bitter reminds us of a rainy day at the old grounds. English Maris Otter and caramel malts provide a biscuit, bread, and caramel base to balance the fruity London ESB yeast. UK Challenger and East Kent Golding hops round out this traditional English recipe. One-Nil to the Arsenal! 5.814% ABV and 37 I.B.U.’s
Brewery News: OR: Eugene: Oakshire Brewing announces return of Hellshire Day and release date of Hellshire V
Labels: Brewery News, Brewery Release, Oakshire Brewing Hellshire Day, Oakshire Brewing Hellshire V
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