Bridgeport's Trilogy 1 Returns as Conviction Pale Ale

BridgePort Brewing Co. just announced the release of Conviction Pale Ale, a new year-round beer. Well, it's not entirely new. Conviction was released last year under the name Trilogy 1. The Trilogy Series was a rotating beer series that commemorated BridgePort's 30th Anniversary. They asked customers to vote on their favorite and Trilogy 1 won.

I'm glad Trilogy 1 got the nod. It was my favorite of the three and you can see my original review here. Honestly, the last thing we need in the Northwest is another IPA (in my humble opinion). BridgePort's year-round lineup has been without a Pale Ale for a few years, so I'm glad to see one return. For more details, check out the brewery's news release below.

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 Trilogy 1, Winner from Trilogy Series, is back in 2015 as Conviction Pale Ale

PORTLAND, Ore.— January 27, 2015 — BridgePort Brewing Company, Oregon’s oldest craft brewery, proudly announced today the newest beer in its year-round line-up: Conviction Pale Ale, available now.

Throughout 2014, BridgePort fans had the chance to try each of the three Trilogy beers, created to celebrate the brewery’s 30th anniversary. At the end of the year, they placed their vote for which beer should come back as a year-round brew in 2015. Trilogy 1, a crystal dry-hopped pale ale, was the clear fan favorite and is now back on shelves in 2015 as Conviction Pale Ale.

“Last year, we came out with a record number of new beers for people to try. Don’t get me wrong, our team loves experimenting, but it’s also nice to have a beer that we all feel confident serving up to our fans throughout the seasons,” commented brewmaster Jeff Edgerton. “A large part of that confidence comes from the fact that Conviction was the fan-favorite so we know our fans already stand behind it.”

Conviction Pale Ale is an easy-to-drink, dry hopped pale ale that celebrates the incredible bounty of hops that come from Oregon’s Willamette Valley. The soft malt flavor and light body associated with pale ales  make them the perfect base for showcasing the Crystal hop, a favorite  amongst BridgePort brewers. The presence of Rye malt gives this beer a slightly spicy malt character and the Munich malts add a soft mouth feel.

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Conviction Pale Ale Stats
IBUs: 40        ABV: 5.2%    OG:     13.1     Color:  Light Carmel Brown

About BridgePort Brewing Company
Oregon's oldest craft brewery continues to evolve from a microbrewery to a regional leader committed to producing high quality craft ales. Lead by Brewmaster Jeff Edgerton, the team of BridgePort brewers prides itself on using hops from an hour away and clear glacial water from Mount Hood. The BridgePort family of ales includes the Conviction Pale Ale, IPA, Hop Czar Imperial IPA, and Kingpin. BridgePort Brewery is located at 1313 N.W. Marshall. For more information, call 503-241-7179 or visit

February = Fort George Stout Month

Although I enjoy stouts year-round, I think winter is the best time to enjoy them. Full of rich coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt flavors, they're the perfect antidote for cold winter days. Fort George Brewery must agree because they're dedicating the entire month of February to stouts!

For the special stout release schedule and details about Festival of the Dark Arts, check out Fort George's Stout Month FAQ below. To whet your appetite, here's my review of Fort George's Cavatica Stout. You can find it in 16 oz. cans. What's your favorite stout?

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Fort George Stout Month FAQ

Every year, as February approaches, Fort George receives a lot of messages via Facebook, Twitter, and email. Here are some answers to the most commonly asked questions about Stout Month.

What exactly is Stout Month?
Inspired by Fort George co-owner Jack Harris, Stout Month is 28 days of rich and roasty revelrie. All of the tap lists at Fort George turn black. Try stout taster trays, stout-inspired cuisine, or partake in the largest single-day stout festival in the World. For the month of February, Fort George becomes your stout Mecca. Forewarning: stout will stain - wear dark clothes. 

What stouts will you have?
Straight out of the gate, Willett Bourbon Barrel Cavatica Stout will be released, on tap and in 22-oz wax-dipped bottles. Along with a few guest stouts, look for Fort George stouts tapping every Sunday:

February 1st
North VIII (Russian Imperial), Willett Bourbon Barrel Cavatica Stout, Coffee Girl Stout, Polish’s Black Walnut Stout, Long Dark Winter (Milk Stout), Viva La Stout (Mexican Chocolate), Voluptas Stout (Oatmeal & Fig)

February 8th
A Shot in the Dark Breakfast Stout (Oatmeal, Chocolate, Maple Syrup, Coffee), Accasbel’s Dry Stout, Squashed Stout (Butternut & Acorn)

February 15th
Tuesday’s Lunch Stout (Roasted Peanuts & Blackberries), Midnight Dreary Brett Stout

February 22nd
Kentucky Girl, Murky Pearl (Oyster Stout)

The Festival of Dark Arts on Valentine’s Day will feature close to 60 unique stouts on tap. For the up-to-date stout list go to All adult beverages (beer, wine, cider) will be served in the tasting glasses and purchased with $1 tokens at the fest. Beers are either 1, 2, or 3 tokens for a 3-oz pour. Cider and wine are all 3 token pours.

Stout-inspired food sounds intriguing. What will you have to pair with my stouts?
In addition to the five-course Stout & Oyster Brewer’s dinner on Wednesday, February 25th, Fort George head chef Dana MacAuley will have a variety of stout specials at the pub. Look for Hanger steaks in a Cavatica Stout marinade, pulled pork sandwiches with house-made stout barbecue sauce, and #BurgerWednesday specials such as wood-fired boar burgers and smoked garlic burgers with sharp white cheddar. And finish your meal with a slice of double chocolate stout cheescake or an Irish Car Bomb cake, with a stout fudge center and Bailey’s cream cheese frosting.

This Festival of Dark Arts, is it just for witches and people who play Dungeons and Dragons?
Anyone may purchase a ticket to the Festival of Dark Arts. $30 will get you admission, a tasting glass, and 10 tokens. A non-drinking ticket is available for $10. Admittance onto the Fort George block is ticket only on February 14th, even for witches. Apparating into the brewery is not permitted.

Are seats still available for the Stout & Oysters Brewer’s Dinner? And the Festival of Dark Arts?
Yes, there are a limited number of seats remaining for the February brewer’s dinner. Reserve your spot online ( or by calling the pub at (503) 325-PINT.  Tickets to the Festival of Dark Arts are selling quickly, and hotel rooms on the coast are filling up. Tickets are sold online, exclusively at  All Tickets to Darkness will be mailed out the last week of January.

Is the entertainment already booked? I used to be a fire-eater in college.
On the day of the Festival of Dark Arts you can expect belly dancers, ice scuplting, metal smithing and glass blowing demonstrations, tarot card readers, the Dark Art Gallery, a tattoo booth, and a menagerie of roaming entertainment. There will be live music all day, and of course the fire dancers. But let’s enjoy the stouts and leave the entertainment to the professionals. Fort George also hosts live music every Sunday at 8pm, never a cover.  During Stout Month look for performances from:

February 1st
Brownsmead Flats

February 8th
There is No Mountain & Ghost Towns

February 14th - The Festival of Dark Arts
Derek Ecklund, Too Long Sparks, Blue Skies for Black Hearts, Orquestra Pacifico Tropical, Michael Hurley, Marty O’Reilly and the Old Soul Orchestra

February 15th
Will West and the Friendly Strangers

February 22nd
Anna Tivel   

Can I bring my children? Or pets? Grandma?
Fort George Brewery is always kid friendly until 10pm. The Festival of Dark Arts is open to all ages. Children 5-and-under may attend without a ticket. All other minors and non-drinkers should purchase a $10 non-drinking ticket for admittance. Pets are not recommended at the festival, and are not allowed inside the buildings. Grandma will love it. Sign her up for a tattoo and buy her a cigar.

What happens on leap year? Do you run out of stout on the 29th day?

Where are you located and when are you open? And do you offer tours?
There are free brewery tours every Saturday and Sunday at 1pm and 4pm.  Just meet by the big red pig in the Lovell Building.

Fort George Brewery
1483 Duane Street
Astoria, Oregon 97103
(503) 325-PINT

Monday - Thursday: 11am - 11pm
Friday & Saturday: 11am - midnight

Sunday: noon to 11pm

The Hypocrisy of Elysian Brewing Co.

Today, I bought my last bottle of Elysian beer.  In case you haven’t heard, Elysian Brewing Co. agreed to be acquired by Anheuser-Busch. This follows the recent news of A-B’s purchase of 10 Barrel Brewing Co. Let me start by saying I never hold it against the owners of a business to sell to anyone. They worked hard to build their business, took tremendous risks along the way, and deserve to enjoy the rewards, whatever they may be.

So why is this my last Elysian beer? When 10 Barrel got bought out, I said I would still drink their beer. What’s the difference? Well, that's simple. I’m done with Elysian because they suck. Now before you tell me to get off my high horse, please know that I’m not saying Elysian sucks.  Elysian said it!

The picture below is Elysian Loser. It’s a very nice pale ale that carries the tagline “Corporate Beer Still Sucks”. I think that speaks for itself. Congratulations Elysian, you’ve become what you despise!

So, while I reserve the right to occasionally drink 10 Barrel beer, I’m finished with Elysian because of this single marketing tagline. Am I being unfair or over-reacting? Probably. I just think it’s very hypocritical. It’s easy to poke fun of the big bad wolf when you’re the scrappy underdog. But when you then become the big bad wolf, don't expect others to laugh along with you.

What are your thoughts? Any suggestions on how Elysian should rename this beer?   

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Travel Portland & Base Camp Brewing Launch #PDXNOW Beers

We all know that Portland is THE beer destination in the United States. Travel Portland, Base Camp Brewing Co., and nine other Portland breweries are further proving it by releasing limited edition #PDXNOW series beers, as part of the Portland is Happening Now Campaign.

While this event may be targeted at visitors to Portland, I expect local beer fans will be especially interested in the kickoff event at Base Camp Brewing on Saturday, January 24. Attendees will be able to sample all 10 beers and meet the brewers at this family-friendly festival.  Check out the news release below for all of the details.

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Exclusive beers released at Jan. 24 Collabofest, available through February

PORTLAND, Ore. — Jan. 15, 2015 — Travel Portland, the official destination marketing organization for the city of Portland, is partnering with Base Camp Brewing Company to introduce a series of limited-availability #PDXNOW beers as part of the organization’s larger “Portland is Happening Now” winter tourism campaign.

In a program spearheaded by Base Camp, 10 Portland breweries have paired up to create 10 different #PDXNOW brews. Each pair shares a particular beer style, but individual breweries have crafted their own interpretations, utilizing local ingredients to showcase the brewing talents found around the clock in Portland. The #PDXNOW beers will be available at the breweries’ respective taprooms from Jan. 24 through Feb. 28. Also available, while supplies last, will be the #PDXNOW “Beerport” passport with tasting notes on each of the beers.

“Portland is the ultimate destination for beer lovers. With more craft breweries than any other city on the planet, Portland is the craft brewing capital of the world,” said Courtney Ries, Travel Portland marketing director. “This limited-availability series showcases a variety of breweries in town, and we hope this encourages beer lovers to visit Portland before they miss this exclusive collection.”

“This initiative typifies the collaborative spirit Portland is known for,” said Ross Putnam, co-founder of Base Camp Brewing Company. “Portland has an amazing craft beer scene that has made this city home to some of the best beers in the world. We’ve very much enjoyed working with this group of exceptional breweries to create a #PDXNOW collection that both tourists and locals are sure to love.”

Here’s a look at the #PDXNOW brews, which debut on Jan. 24:

Shared Theme
Brewery & #PDXNOW Beer
Brewery & #PDXNOW Beer
Bridge Builder Bock
Mutual Fermentation
Hop-Lic Kellerweizen
Baer-Works Radlerweizen
Juggling Plums Gose
Weiss Weiss Baby
Downkriek Cosmic Storm Belgian Sour
Upkriek Cosmic Storm
Quadtastic B² + G + EX = #PDXNOW
Gose Either Way

Launch Event: #PDXNOW Presents Base Camp’s Collabofest, Jan. 24, noon–8 p.m.
Beer lovers will be able to meet the brewers and sample all 10 limited-edition beers in one location at the kickoff event. The family-friendly celebration will be held Saturday, Jan. 24, from noon to 8 p.m. at Base Camp Brewing Company (930 S.E. Oak St., Portland). Collabofest will cover two city blocks, feature iconic food trucks Koi Fusion, Gonzo and Grilled Cheese Grill, and host a free, all-ages ski and snowboard rail jam (7-10 p.m.), presented by local clothing brand All The Homies and complete with fresh snow trucked in from Mount Hood.

Collabofest Tickets
  • $20 for general admission, which includes a plastic mug, #PDXNOW Beerport and 10 pours
  • $35 for VIP entry, which includes a Klean Kanteen Collabofest steel pint cup, #PDXNOW Beerport,10 tickets (each good for a 5-ounce pour), tokens for two full pints and early admission at noon
  • Prices will increase by $5 on the day of the event
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Portland is Happening Now
The Portland is Happening Now campaign highlights three of Portland’s top tourism draws: tax-free shopping, the city’s robust culinary community (and the opportunity to enjoy it during Portland Dining Month) and the innovative craft beer scene (Portland has over 60 craft breweries, more than any other city in the world).

The campaign kicked off in Seattle in November with the unveiling of a giant handcrafted cuckoo clock featuring chainsaw-carved Portland icons such as Mount Hood, salmon, beer, bikers, Portlandia, Sasquatch, roses and rivers, among others. The tallest freestanding cuckoo clock in America at more than 24 feet tall and nine-and-a-half feet wide, this unique work represents the fact that something interesting is happening in Portland every hour of every day. The clock is on display at Portland International Airport until the end of March.

Winter Deal Wheel Offers Visitors Free Stuff
As if tax-free shopping weren’t enough, the Portland is Happening Now Deal Wheel highlights a dozen of the many discounts and deals around Portland available to winter travelers, including free dining, shopping and beer-related items. Visitors who book a Portland hotel stay for travel through March 31, 2015, on will be given access to a downloadable coupon pack that features more than 85 coupons valued at more than $1,000.

The items travelers can redeem without a purchase (deals are good through March 31, 2015) include the following:
  • Bunk: One FREE sandwich at any Bunk Sandwich or Bunk Bar location
  • Columbia Sportswear: One FREE Portland is Happening Now shopping tote by Portland Garment Factory at the downtown or airport location
  • Hopworks Urban Brewery: One FREE ceramic mini-growler from Portland Growler Co. (beer not included) at the North Williams Avenue or Southeast Powell Boulevard locations

March is Dining Month in Portland
Each year, Portland’s culinary leaders offer three-course dinners for $29 every day of the week during the month of March. Portland Dining Month showcases award-winning chefs and restaurants while making culinary exploration of one of the nation’s most talked-about food destinations even more affordable. In 2015, Portland Dining Month will feature more than 100 restaurants, including farm-to-table icons such as Paley’s Place and Higgins Restaurant alongside some newer stars like Smallwares and Ned Ludd. Find more information about the promotion and participants at Portland Dining Month donates a portion of the proceeds from each reservation made through OpenTable to the Oregon Food Bank.

About Travel Portland
Travel Portland is the official destination marketing organization for the city of Portland, Oregon. Its mission is to strengthen the local economy by marketing the Greater Portland region as a preferred destination for meetings, conventions and leisure travel. For more information on Travel Portland, visit

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Full Sail Launches Session IPA

The trend started last year and sees no sign of slowing down in 2015. For the last few years, breweries have been racing to make big boozy IPAs with tongue scraping levels of bitterness. Now, they're headed in the opposite direction. This is a trend I like.  

Full Sail Brewing Co. just announced the latest release in their Session series. Session IPA weighs in at 5.1% ABV and a moderate 47 IBUs. While Session IPA may be new, Full Sail is no stranger to session beers. They launched their Session line of low alcohol, highly quaffable beers a decade agolong before other breweries hopped on the bandwagon. I'm looking forward to tasting this one! For more details, check out Full Sail's news release below. 

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New Year, New Beer!  Full Sail Brewing Releases Session IPA

Hood River, Oregon – “IPA’s are insanely popular these days. But let’s face it, sometimes it feels like there’s a hops arms race going on. That’s why we came up with Session IPA. It’s a Premium Pale Ale that thinks for itself. Not too hoppy. Not too bitter. Not too malty. Just right…we like to call it Session-ability!” said Irene Firmat, Full Sail Brewing Company’s CEO & Founder.

“When Session Premium Lager was launched ten years ago, it quickly became the hottest selling new craft-beer brand on the market. Neither micro, macro nor import (yet a little bit of each), Session rewrote the rules on how to launch a distinctive new brand that appeals to a wide cross-section of beer drinkers. You see, virtually everyone who likes beer likes Session. It’s a brand that’s inclusive and accessible -- without ever being ordinary. It’s totally drinkable – but never at the expense of character. Fast forward to 2014 and what’s the new hot trend in craft brewing? “Sessionable” beers, the category that Session unleashed a decade ago.  Given Session’s immense appeal, we’ve expanded our year-round lineup to include Session IPA.”  Available in 12 packs, 6 packs and on draft. ABV 5.1% IBU 47

Since the launch in 2005 Full Sail’s Session beers have earned a slew of shiny awards and trophies including 35 gold medals.  The newly released Session IPA was awarded a silver medal at the 2014 World Beer Championships and recently named  Session and Session Black  #1 in the “Top Ten List of lagers Brewed in the United States.”  Session was ranked the #1 American Pilsner, and Session Black was ranked #1 in the Munchner Dunkel. Session has truly earned itself a place at the bar. Not to mention the barbeque.

About Full Sail Brewing Company:
Founded in 1987, the independent and employee-owned Full Sail Brewery is perched on a bluff in Hood River, Oregon, overlooking the most epic wind and kite surfing spot in the world. Over the last 27 years, Full Sail has collected more than 300 national and international awards for their beers and sustainable practices, including 140 Gold medals and was recently named Craft Brewer of the Year by Beverage World Magazine for their years of “sustainable stewardship, quality, consistency and operational ingenuity. Among the company’s most popular brews are Full Sail Amber, IPA, Pilsner, Pub Series, Session, Session Black, Session IPA and Session Series. At this very moment their specialists in the liquid refreshment arts are crafting barley and hops into your next beer.  The Full Sail Brew Pub is open seven days a week. Swing by for a pint, grab a bite, tour the brewery, or just soak up the view. 

The Commons Releases Crème de Pêche

The Commons Brewery is releasing the next edition of its limited release Beetje Series this Saturday. I'm really looking forward to this one! Crème de Pêche was aged in gin barrels with fresh peaches and Brettanomyces Bruxellensis. I'm not a big fan of gin, but I love beers aged in gin barrels! This beer was aged in barrels previously used for Gin Enkel, one of my favorites from The Commons. For more details, check out the brewery's news release below. Save some for me!!

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The Commons Brewery Releases Crème de Pêche

Portland, OR – The Commons Brewery will be releasing Crème de Pêche, a cream ale aged in gin barrels with fresh peaches and Brettanomyces, as part of the Beetje Series on Saturday, December, 27th, 2:00pm at the brewery Tasting Room.

Brewed in December 2013 for the Pêche Fest hosted by Portland’s Saraveza, Crème de Pêche was added into barrels in January 2014 that previously held our popular Gin Enkel. Fresh July Elberta peaches from Oregon’s Baird Family Orchard were added directly into the barrels giving the finished beer a bright, juicy aroma and flavor. Flaked corn provides a creamy body that compliments the dryness and floral characteristics from Brettanomyces Bruxellensis. Crème de Pêche can be consumed now to enjoy the fresh peach qualities or cellared to further develop its Brettanomyces profile. 

Crème de Pêche will be available in 750ml capped bottles for $15 per bottle and will be available on draft as well in limited quantities the day of the release. The beautiful label art was once again created by Adam Burke, brother of Head Brewer Sean Burke. More information about Adam Burke’s art can be found at

The Beetje Series is a celebration of The Commons Brewery’s nano roots. First brewed in 2010 on a one-barrel system in Mike Wright’s garage, these small batch beers pay homage to the rustic brewery that continues to inspire us.

The Commons Brewery opened in December 2011 and crafts small batch, approachable and balanced beers inspired by European brewing tradition and Northwest-grown ingredients. The tasting room is located at: 1810 SE 10th Avenue, Unit E (entrance on SE Stephens between 10th & 11th). Tasting room hours are Thursday 5-9pm, Friday 5-9pm, Saturday 2-9pm, and Sunday 2-6pm.

For more information, contact Josh Grgas at

Unibroue's Cranberry Éphémère

I first discovered Unibroue beer when I picked up a Unibroue taster pack at Trader Joe's back in 2011. Located in Chambly, Quebec (Canada), Unibroue specializes in Belgian-style beers. I loved their La Fin du Monde (Tripel) and gave it a 5 star rating.

Since 2001, the brewery has released Éphémère, a witbier. Over the years, different versions have been released featuring apple, blackcurrant, peach, and raspberry. For the first time in a decade, the brewery is re-releasing Cranberry Éphémère in the US.

The brewery sent me a sample, and I plan to uncork it this holiday season. Their beer cocktail recipe for Éphémère Cranberry Codder sounds particularly intriguing. I think it would appeal to both beer drinkers and non-beer drinkers alike. I'll make it at a holiday gathering and will let you know how it turns out.

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Just In Time For the Holidays, Unibroue Introduces Cranberry Éphémère, A Refreshing Beer Enhanced with Festive Cranberries

CHAMBLY, QC -- Unibroue, one of the most highly awarded breweries in North America, with world-renowned brands including La Fin du Monde, Blanche de Chambly, 17 Grande Réserve, Terrible and Maudite, is proud to introduce its latest seasonal release, Éphémère Canneberge, a unique beer enhanced with the refreshing tartness of ripe cranberries.

As its name suggests, Éphémère is an ephemeral ale that comes and goes with the seasons. It was developed as a series to feature a seasonal fruit in a refreshing, lightly spiced white ale. It first appeared in the Spring of 2001 and has since been celebrated on a variety of seasonal fruit ales featuring apple, cranberry, blackcurrant, peach, and raspberry. Ten years after its first introduction, the cranberry version is making its long-awaited return to the U.S. market in 2014. Of course, this new Éphémère will only be available for a limited time.

 "I'm especially proud to say that we are one of the few breweries in the world to referment 100% of our ales directly in the keg, one keg at a time. This is also the case for our Cranberry Éphémère," says Brewmaster Jerry Vietz. "This festive version of the Éphémère is a white ale flavored with fruit and spices, with fine bubbles and a white lacy head. It has a delicate cranberry flavor, with just the right balance of sweetness and acidity."

"Our Cranberry Éphémère is a great addition to holiday get-togethers", says Sylvain Bouchard, Unibroue's Beer Sommelier, "blending in perfectly with traditional Thanksgiving flavors. Surprise your guests with this delightfully refreshing beer. Serve Cranberry Éphémère with triple-cream cheese, poultry, or chocolate desserts with berry coulis, or try our succulent Cranberry Éphémère Pork Roast."

The new Cranberry Éphémère is now available as a limited time offer seasonal release in the United States, in 750 mL bottles and on tap in various bars and restaurants — but only while supplies last. Now is the time to bring new flavor to your Holiday celebrations.

See our inspiring videos with Unibroue's Beer Sommelier presenting our Cranberry Éphémère and our Éphémère beer cocktail or for festive recipe ideas, log on to

About Unibroue
Created in 1991, Unibroue is the leading craft brewery in Québec and among the foremost craft breweries in North America. Unibroue has carved out a special niche in the beer world with top quality products. It made history by becoming the first North American beer maker to use a brewing method inspired by the two-centuries-old tradition developed by Trappist monks in Europe—particularly in Belgium. Over the years, Unibroue has remained faithful to its origins even as it has grown to become an icon of the brewing world. It brews more than 15 beer brands and has won over 240 international medals since its inception. Unibroue is headquartered in Chambly, Canada, in the only brewing facility producing all of Unibroue's beers. For more information about Unibroue, please visit

New Additions to Ninkasi's Flagship Series

Ninkasi recently announced a few new additions to its upcoming 2015 Flagship Series. Lux, a German-style Helles Lager and Dawn of the Red will soon be available for your year-round quaffing pleasure. Check out the details in the brewery's news release below.

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Ninkasi Brewing Company Announces 2015 Flagship Series Lineup
Dawn of the Red and Lux to Join Ninkasi’s Year-Round Offerings

EUGENE, Ore.—Craft beer fans can look forward to a revamped Flagship Series lineup from Ninkasi Brewing Company starting January 2015, featuring new additions paired with steadfast favorites. Started in 2006 by Nikos Ridge and Jamie Floyd, the brewery first entered the Oregon craft beer scene with highly-hopped, Northwest India Pale Ales – beers that quickly made a name for the brewery. Since then, Ninkasi’s brewers have created a diverse offering of beer styles, including traditionally-inspired lagers; rich, complex stouts; ales brewed with experimental hops; and single-batch brews.

Released in 2014 for limited times, Lux, a German-Style Helles Lager, and Dawn of the Red, an India Red Ale, won the admiration of beer drinkers, giving the brewery reason enough to bring on the beers full-time to its year-round Flagship Series. In 2015, these beers will join the Flagship Series lineup alongside Total Domination IPA, Tricerahops Double IPA, Oatis Oatmeal Stout, and Vanilla Oatis Oatmeal Stout with Vanilla.

“The 2015 Flagship Series offers something for every palate,” says Jamie Floyd, founding brewer and co-founder of Ninkasi. “With these six different beers you will find our very first recipes paired with beers that were created out of our desire to experiment and challenge ourselves as brewers.”

Total Domination, IPA
In 2006, founders Jamie Floyd and Nikos Ridge spent 18-hours brewing the very first batch of Ninkasi beer. The result? Total Domination IPA – a citrusy, floral IPA and a testament to Jamie’s love for Amarillo and Crystal hops. With a great malt backbone and fresh, citrus hop flavor, this beer finishes with a desire to return to this favored IPA again and again. 
Enjoyed Since: 2006 | OG: 1067 | IBUs: 65 | ABV: 6.7%

Tricerahops, Double IPA
Offering a double-dose of everything loved in an IPA, Tricerahops has acquired a cult-like following since it was first brewed in 2007. Offering a big, earthy, floral hop hit, this beer is balanced by a generous amount of malt, making for a very drinkable double IPA. 
Enjoyed Since: 2007 | OG: 1080 | IBUs: 100 | ABV: 8.0%

Dawn of the Red, India Red Ale (Available February – December 2015)
Originally released as a Rare & Delicious (R&D) Series beer, Dawn of the Red was brewed out of a want to brew an IRA using new hop varieties. Using El Dorado and Mosaic hops, this beer has an intoxicating tropical flavor. Dawn of the Red immediately became so popular that it was advanced to Ninkasi’s Special Release Series. Once again, the fanfare for this beer was so great, that making it a new addition to Ninkasi’s Flagship Series was an easy decision, available year-round starting in February 2015.
Enjoyed Since: 2014 | OG: 1072 | IBUs: 75 | ABV: 7.0%

Oatis, Oatmeal Stout
Brewed in 2007 as the second winter seasonal produced by Ninkasi, a love for Oatis developed right away. Named after a brewer’s dog, the popularity of Oatis promoted its move from a seasonal brew to a year-round offering in 2008. This stout has a dry finish with a significant amount of roasted flavor upfront. Its smooth mouthfeel comes from the use of rolled oats paired with a caramel complexity and coffee flavors.
Enjoyed Since: 2007 | OG: 1072 | IBUs: 50 | ABV: 7.0%

Vanilla Oatis, Oatmeal Stout with Vanilla
A more decadent take on Oatis, Vanilla Oatis features the addition of whole Madagascar vanilla beans. During the brewing process of Oatis, a portion of the beer is set aside in the brite tanks where hand-cut vanilla beans are added – the same process used to dry-hop a beer. This addition of pure vanilla acts as a natural sweetener, adding a more roasted flavor upfront followed by a vanilla finish.
Enjoyed Since: 2009 | OG: 1072 | IBUs: 50 | ABV: 7.0%

Lux, German-Style Helles Lager
Meaning light in German, Lux is Ninkasi’s lightest Flagship Series offering. Capturing the traditional and technical balance of the style, this Helles Lager has a toasty malt flavor balanced by the smallest amount of hops to bring about a quaffable drinkability. Allowed to ferment for a minimum of six-weeks, Ninkasi’s brewers accepted the challenge of producing a lager to the highest standards of balance. 
Enjoyed Since: 2014 | OG: 1050 | IBUs: 20 | ABV: 5.0%

About Ninkasi Brewing Company
Founded in 2006 by Jamie Floyd and Nikos Ridge, Ninkasi Brewing Company continues to grow from its first batch of Total Domination IPA, to two brewhouses, a 55-barrel and a 90-barrel brewhouse, located in Eugene, Ore.  Ninkasi’s Flagship beers are sold throughout Oregon; Alaska; Alberta; Arizona; California; Idaho; Washington; Nevada; and Vancouver, British Columbia. The brewery remains privately-owned and is committed to community support and giving. Ninkasi’s Beer Is Love program offers in-kind donations and support for organizations throughout its footprint. 

For more information, call 541.344.2739 or visit  


Pairing Food with Negra Modelo

During the last year, I’ve been writing more about beer pairing dinners. As more people discover good beer, the popularity of pairing beer with food will continue to grow. I recently received an interesting package from the folks at Negra Modelo. As you might expect, it contained beer (as well as matching glasses). But it also included four jars of spice rubs from The Spice House.  

The brewery suggested I use the spices to make a few dishes to pair with Negra Modelo. In full disclosure, they also included a gift card to buy the needed groceries. Since I like to cook (in addition to making beer), I thought it would be a fun and tasty project.

The label on each of the spice jars provided suggested uses. Since I couldn't decide which one to use, I endeavored to make a trio of meats. Mind you, I'm not a huge meat eater, but this seemed like the perfect opportunity to indulge. I gave each of the proteins a solid rub down with different seasonings. I used Bavarian Seasoning on the lamb chop. Bicentennial Seasoning on the chicken breasts, and Quebec Beef Spice on—you guessed it, the beef!

Negra Modelo is a Vienna Lager. The style features a malty sweetness that's balanced by hops, but not overly bitter. I thought it would make a good marinade, so I poured some beer over the lamb and beef and let it rest in the fridge for a few hours.

I roasted the chicken in the oven for about 40 minutes and grilled the lamb and beef in a pan for about 8 minutes each. I did a pretty decent job because the chicken was moist and the lamb and beef were cooked to medium-rare, my desired temperature.

So then it came time for the pairing! The beer itself has flavors of toasted and caramel malts. It has mild earthy hop flavors in the middle, and finishes with subtle nutty notes. It paired nicely with each of the proteins, but my favorite combination was with the roasted chicken. In general, I think chicken tends to be somewhat flavorless. The beer's malt sweetness combined with the spice rub (flaked salt, cracked Tellicherry pepper, sugar, minced orange peel, coriander, and turmeric) combined to provide a very flavorful combination! The beer marinade also helped to keep the lamb and beef tender.

Beer is an ideal complement to food. You can use it in the preparation of your meal, pair it with food, or both! Celebrity Chef Rick Bayless has partnered with Negra Modela to create some recipes that will pair nicely with the beer. Or if you're more adventuresome, create your own recipes or pairings. Don't overthink it—try different combinations, see what works best for you, and have fun!

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