Beer Run: Double Mountain's New Bottles

Double Mountain Brewing Co, from Hood River, recently began distribution of bottled beer. These, however, are not ordinary bottles.  

First, each contains 500 ml of liquid goodness. If you do the math, this equates to 16.91 fluid ounces per bottle. So you’ll get a pint and nearly an extra ounce for good measure. Most beers bottles contain 12 oz. or 22 oz.  Second, these bottles are made of thick-walled glass. Instead of being crushed after one use, they’ll  be returned to Double Mountain, cleaned, and reused.  If you hold a bottle, you’ll feel just how solid and sturdy they are. I intend to keep mine and use them for my homebrews. I hope the good folks at Double Mountain don’t mind.  BTW, the deposit for these bottles is just a nickel.

The bottles will retail for about $3.99 each and are now available in the Portland area.  Check out Double Mountain’s blog for a list of bottle shops where you can find the goods.  In the meantime, I’ll have fun tasting each of them. The descriptions are from Double Mountain: 

  • KÖLSCH:  In Cologne, many a brewery produces a light-bodied ale with a delicate fruitiness and rounded maltiness, attributable to the unique yeast strain commonly used. Our Kölsch is unfiltered and more generously hopped than its German cousin. 
  • VAPORIZER:  A golden-hued Pale Ale that features a beautifully hoppy aroma and flavor. The malt is 100% Gambrinus Pilsner, our sweet and supple house malt from Gambrinus Malting in British Columbia. The hops are primarily of the Challenger variety, grown on a single farm in the Yakima Valley. We dry-hop THE VAPORIZER to pump up the hoppy goodness. It's an appetizingly dry, clean and pure-tasting take on a hoppy Pale Ale.
  • I R A :  The “IRA”, as it’s known around here, marries a ruby red color and rich body with the hop flavors of an IPA. Our unique ale yeast strain adds a delicious layer of complexity. One of the first beers we made, and an enduring favorite.
  • HOP LAVA:  This big, glowing, powerful IPA is packed with assertive Northwest hops that are floral, citrusy and resinous. A healthy dose of Munich malt helps to provide backbone and balance against the hoppy attack. The result? Explosive!

What do you think of Double Mountains new bottles? Which is your favorite?

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