"Crux brewmaster Larry Sidor is always in pursuit of the next great beer—beer that defies taste profiles with its complexity and creativity. We’ve designed our brewery to allow for non-traditional brewing methods like decoction mashing, open fermentation, oak barrel aging, wild yeast strains and experimental hops."
Larry Sidor, one of Crux's co-founders, was the former Brewmaster at Deschutes Brewing. But unlike Deschutes, Crux plans to stay small (a relative term) for a while as it allows more freedom for exploration and experimentation. After almost a year, Crux is ready to release its beers in Portland! A traveling beer release party is planned across town on Friday, June 7. They'll be making the following stops:
- Belmont Station, 1-2 PM
- John Market, 4-5 PM
- Saraveza, 5:30 - 6:30 PM
- Beer Mongers, 7 - 8 PM
- Apex, 8 PM - close
Here's a closer look at the beers!
DOUBLECROSS | DARK BELGIAN-STYLE ALE | 500 ML |11% ABV, 20 IBU
A vibrant reddish-black hue, substantial body and pleasant headiness give this dark Belgian-style ale an alluring first impression. The intense flavors of dark candi sugar conspire to deceive with flavors that remind us of preserved fruits and holiday spicing, but the true agent is the Trappist yeast—and a suspicious drinkability.
IMPASSE | SAISON ALE | 500 ML | 6.6% ABV, 25 IBU
When we set out to brew a saison, we were at an impasse: an open fermentation process would give us more interesting, complex flavors, but a closed fermentation process would give us more control and, let’s be honest, more beer. We decided to honor the history of the French saison, and give that farmhouse yeast a little room to breathe. Our open fermentation process coaxes out peppery, herbal and slightly tart attributes, and releases slightly smokey, earthy esters, while a kiss of acidulated malt and wheat lends the perfect complement.
OFF LEASH | NORTHWEST SESSION ALE | 500 ML | 4.5% ABV, 45 IBU
Debuted at an event that crowned our hometown, “Dog Town USA,” this light-hearted ale bounds with regional Citra, Centennial and Crystal hops for those citrusy notes beloved by Northwest hop hounds. We’ve nudged the malt bill in the other direction, for a sessionable ale that’s easy to love.
TOUGH LOVE | IMPERIAL STOUT AGED IN BOURBON BARRELS | 375 ML | 11.5% ABV, 70 IBU
Tough Love is bold but nuanced, an homage of sorts to the traditional Russian Imperial Stouts and the ruling style of Catherine the Great. We construct it with dark roasted malts, malted rye, and oak-smoked wheat, and then banish it for nine months in Kentucky bourbon barrels. The ageing process smoothes out the edges on an otherwise bold statement, and bitterness succumbs to tender strokes of vanilla beans, hints of dried cherries, and new layers revealing themselves with each sip. (This beer is a great candidate for cellaring.)