Review: Out of Your Gourd Pumpkin Porter, Redhook


Out of Your Gourd Pumpkin Porter
Redhook Brewery — Woodinville, WA

Stats:
  • Style:  Pumpkin Porter
  • Bitterness:  Not specified
  • ABV:  5.8%
  • Malts:  Not specified
  • Hops:  Not specified
  • Special Ingredients:  Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Ginger, Maple Syrup
  • Sampled:  12 oz bottle

Description:  Out of Your Gourd Pumpkin Porter is dark chestnut brown in color and is made with pureed pumpkin. Cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger are added to the whirlpool and maple syrup is added during fermentation. This full-bodied, rich roasty porter makes you want to eat turkey and watch football, or build a bonfire. — Redhook Brewery 
 
Random thoughts:  Halloween! Today's the perfect day to crack open a pumpkin beer. This is a brand new seasonal release from Redhook that I'm drinking as part of my series on new pumpkin beers.

The tasting:  Stamped with an August 22, 2013 bottled-on date.  Near black in color with a tan head that dissipates slowly. Aroma of roasted malt, cinnamon, and light notes of coffee. Taste starts with lightly roasted malt and cinnamon. In the middle, layers of coffee and chocolate follow. Alcohol is not noticeable in aroma or flavor and overall hop bitterness is very low. Out of Your Gourd Pumpkin Porter is medium bodied and moderately carbonated. It finishes with mild spice and light earthy hop bitterness.

 Rating:  3 star. Good. I would drink this again if someone gives it to me.  Pumpkin beers seem to grow in popularity each fall. I find it a bit strange, because pumpkins have little flavor. You may have noticed that I never mentioned “pumpkin” in my tasting notes for this beer (or most other pumpkin beers, for that matter). These beers are all about the spice, and this beer has some nice spicy flavors.  I was hoping to taste maple syrup sweetness, but I didn’t detect it. That said, I like malty spiced beer in the fall, so this is definitely worth a try. If you can still find it. 

Have you tasted Redhook's Out of Your Gourd Pumpkin Porter? 

  
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Smuttynose Releases Straw-Barb Short Weiss and Scotch Ale


Smuttynose Brewing Co.’s rotating beer releases continue to march on. First up, as part of the Short Batch series, is Straw-Barb Short Weisse. Berliner Weiss is one of my favorite styles and this one features strawberry and rhubarb. Here’s more from the brewery’s release notes:

Straw-Barb Short Weisse is the second Berliner Weiss-style beer Smuttynose has released. As the name suggests, Berliner Weises are wheat beers brewed in Berlin and they’re unique enough to have their own appellation d’origen controlee like Parma ham and Trappist beers. At the Smuttynose mothership, we’re pretty well convinced that these may be the most drinkable beers on the planet. They’re dry, low in alcohol, and surprisingly tart. Berliner Weisses are highly carbonated, which (supposedly) let Napoleon’s troops to call them, the “Champagne of the North. We’ve added a really large amount of actual strawberries and rhubarb to the beer, which adds an extra dimension to the refreshing lactic character.

I expect it will be hard to find Straw-Barb as just one 30 barrel batch was brewed.

Next up, from the Big Beer series, is Scotch Ale. This beer features beechwood-smoked malt, which lends a softer smoke character than traditional peat-smoked malt.  In a interesting twist, a portion of this beer was aged in wine barrels.  Here are details from the brewery:

Like we did in 2012, this year’s Smuttynose Scotch Ale, is a blend of non-barrel-aged and barrel-aged beer. Many moons ago, (all the way back in March), we brewed a small 30 barrel batch of Scotch Ale and put in in red wine barrels for about six months, before being transferred into the main batch before bottling. It’s just another nuance that makes our beer delicious and unique.

200 barrels of Scotch Ale were brewed, so you should have a relatively easier time finding it. I'll sample both and will share my tasting notes soon!


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Square Mile Cider's New 12 oz. Bottles


Back in April, Craft Brew Alliance (parent of Widmer Brothers, Kona Brewing, and Redhook) launched Square Mile Cider Co.  I attended the Square Mile launch party at Bushwhacker Cider and tried both of their offerings, The Original and Spur & Vine, for the first time. As a beer lover, I particularly enjoyed Spur & Vine because it's dry-hopped. At that time, both ciders were distributed only in 22 oz bottles at retail.

In a recent development, Square Mile announced they will release both ciders in six-packs and half-barrels.  I'm a huge fan of single-serve packaging, so I can't wait to buy myself a half-barrel! Just kidding, I'll stick to the smaller 12 oz. sizes.

The new six-packs should be making their way onto shelves soon. All the details are included in the press release below. In the meantime, I'll enjoy the samples that Square Mile kindly sent my way.


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SQUARE MILE CIDER NOW OFFERING SIX PACKS

PORTLAND, Ore. – Sept. 30, 2013 – Square Mile Cider Company today announced the launch of two new packages, including six-packs and half-barrel draught.

The addition of six-packs to Square Mile’s line of ciders – which includes The Original hard cider and the Galaxy-hopped Spur & Vine – offers cider fans an alternative to the craft cider industry-standard 22-ounce and 750-milliliter bottles.

While Square Mile will still be available in 22-ounce bottles, the introduction of six-packs opens a wider variety of occasions in which to enjoy hard cider. In addition, the ciders are now available in half-barrels, or standard-sized kegs, giving bar and restaurant owners another option to serve Square Mile’s two varieties.

“By expanding our packaging offerings, we hope to open up craft cider to an even wider audience,” said Lorin Gelfand, brand manager of Square Mile Cider Company. “Our goal is for people who might not have considered cider before, to give it a chance due to the new packages.”

Both new packages are being released with the announcement of expanded West Coast distribution for Square Mile Cider. Starting in mid-October, both varieties, and all packaging options, will now be available in select markets in Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, and Texas, as well as in an expanded availability in Oregon, Washington, and California.

“With the popularity of cider growing, Square Mile Cider is pleased to continue pioneering the expansion of our delicious ciders to a wider audience in both distribution and package options,” said Gelfand.

The new package offerings, along with 22-ounce bottles and 1/6 BBLs, will be available in the expanded distribution areas by mid-October. To find out where Square Mile is available in your location, please visit the newly launched cider locator at www.squaremilecider.com/locate.

About Square Mile Cider Company:
Square Mile Cider Company is a new brand from Craft Brew Alliance, launched in 2013. The name was inspired by the pioneering spirit of the early settlers who traveled the Oregon Trail in search of a better future. When they arrived in Oregon in the 1850s, they were granted square mile parcels of land to cultivate their futures. It was on these square mile plots that some of the original Northwest orchards were planted, and where Square Mile Cider Company is rooted. For more information please visit www.squaremilecider.com.





Review: Pumpkineater, Howe Sound Brewing


Pumpkineater
Howe Sound Brewing — Squamish, BC, Canada

Stats:
  • Style:  Imperial Pumpkin Ale
  • Bitterness:  19 IBU
  • ABV: 8.0%
  • Malts:  Not specified
  • Hops:  Not specified
  • Special Ingredients:  Roasted pumpkin, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, star anise
  • Sampled:  1 liter bottle

Description: A high gravity pumpkin ale brewed with barley, fresh roasted pumpkin, hops, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, star anise, water and yeast, it is one of the local seasonal favorites.  This beer is produced in very limited quantities each fall as part of the John Mitchell series. — Howe Sound Brewing

Random thoughts:  My friend Tiffany Adamowski, co-owner of 99 Bottles in Federal Way, Washington gave me this bottle to review.  Did I mention she gave it to me two years ago? Embarrassing, but true. I originally planned to profile it as part of my 2011 Great Pumpkin Beer Roundup. So what happened? For the past two fall seasons, I never found the opportune moment to crack open 1 liter of an 8% ABV pumpkin beer. Last weekend, my neighborhood block party provided the perfect opportunity for me to share this beer. 

The tasting:  Amber in color, slightly hazy, with an off-white head that dissipates slowly. Aroma is full of clove, pumpkin pie spice, and a bit of licorice, which I expect comes from the star anise. The taste starts with caramel malt, followed by waves of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. Some boozy alcohol emerges in the middle. Surprisingly, two years in the bottle hasn't tamed it, and it tastes like what you would expect of an 8% ABV beer. Overall hop bitterness is low. Pumpkineater is light bodied and softly carbonated. It finishes lingering spice notes.

Rating:  4 star.  Really Good! I want this again!  I was surprised that its body was relatively thin. I expected (and would have preferred) it to be chewier. Regardless, I liked this beer. Most pumpkin beers tend to have a similar pumpkin pie spice profile. The use of clove and star anise gave Pumpkineater an extra layer of complexity that made it unique. Now keep in mind, this is a two-year old bottle (stored in my beer fridge). So how would it taste fresh? I'm not sure. Tiffany, do you want to give me another bottle???

Have you sampled a fresh bottle of Pumpkineater? How did it taste?

  
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Review: Pumpkick, New Belgium Brewing

 
Pumpkick
New Belgium Brewing Co. — Fort Collins, CO

Stats:
  • Style:  Pumpkin Ale
  • Bitterness:  Not specified
  • ABV: 6.0%
  • Malts:  Pale, Munich, Caramel
  • Hops:  Target
  • Special Ingredients:  Pumpkin juice, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Allspice, Cranberries, Lemongrass
  • Sampled:  12 oz bottle

Description:  What’s that bite of tartness doing in a pumpkin beer? Adding the unexpected kick of cranberry juice to brighten this traditionally spiced seasonal ale. PUMPKICK is brewed with plenty of pumpkin juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice, but it's the cranberries and touch of lemongrass that send your taste buds sailing. — New Belgium Brewing Co.

Random thoughts:  Two years ago, New Belgium released Kick as part of their Lips of Faith series. Pumpkick, New Belgium's new fall seasonal, shares some of Kick's ingredients.  I was a big fan of Kick and gave it a 4 star review.  This is my first gourd brew of the season and I'm drinking it as part of my series on new pumpkin beers.

The tasting:  Orange in color, just like a pumpkin. Hazy with a white head that dissipates slowly. I noticed small particles of sediment floating evenly in suspension. Spice dominates the aroma. Allspice, nutmeg and cinnamonthe three amigos of pumpkin beer, greet you. At the first sip, a rush of flavors comes through. I notice a mild tartness and fruity notes, but the individual flavors are difficult to identify. The malt flavors are mild and don't stand out. Alcohol is not noticeable in aroma or flavor, and hop bitterness is low. Pumpkick is light bodied, softly carbonated, has a smooth mouth feel, and finishes dry with with spice.

Rating:  3 star. Good. I would drink this again if someone gives it to me!  If I didn't have the benefit of the description, I would have had no clue that pumpkin juice, lemongrass, and cranberry juice were used in this beer. At the end of the day, I don't really care because I like the result. The odd combination is unusual, but interesting. If you're looking for a pumpkin beer that doesn't taste a like the typical pumpkin beer, give Pumpkick a try.
 
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Review: Flipside IPA, Sierra Nevada

 
Flipside IPA
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. — Chico, CA

Stats:
  • Style:  Red IPA
  • Bitterness: 60 IBU
  • ABV: 6.2%
  • Malts: Two-row Pale, Wheat, Caramel, Chocolate
  • Hops:  Magnum, Citra, Simcoe, Centennial
  • Sampled:  12 oz bottle

Description: Just when it feels like the dog days will never end, suddenly, the switch is flipped, the air gets cooler and it’s clear that autumn is on the way. Featuring a ruby-red hue and abundant tropical fruit and citrus hop flavors, Flipside Red IPA is the perfect beer for the final flash of summer.  —  Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Random thoughts:  Flipside is Sierra Nevada's brand new late fall release. It didn't replace another beer, and is sandwiched in between Tumbler and Celebration. You can read more about Flipside Red IPA here. I'm drinking it as part of my series on non-gourd fall seasonals

The tasting:  Deep reddish-orange in color, clear, with an off-white head that dissipates slowly. It leaves plenty of sticky lacing on the glass. The aroma provides a burst of hopsgrapefruit, pine, and some earthy notes. Taste starts with a solid dose of grapefruit hop bitterness, In the middle, some slightly sweet caramel and bready malt flavors come through. But this beer is all about the hops! It sports a moderate to high level of  bitterness. Alcohol is not noticeable in aroma, but a touch is present in the middle. Flipside Red IPA is medium bodied, moderately carbonated, and has a resinous mouth feel. It finishes semi-dry with lingering grapefruit hop bitterness. 

Rating:  4 star.  Really Good! I want this again!  Is this really a fall seasonal? Does it matter? Anytime of year is a good time for an IPA in my opinion, and this is a good one. Besides, its gorgeous color pairs nicely with autumn foliage...
 
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Review: Bonfire Rye, Sebago Brewing

 
Bonfire Rye
Sebago Brewing Co. — Gorham, ME

Stats:
  • Style: Rye Ale
  • Bitterness: 53 IBU
  • ABV: 5.7%
  • Malts: 2-Row Barley, English Crystal and Pale, Weyerman German Rye, Franco-Belge Coffee Kiln Malt, Thomas Fawcett Dark Malt and Medium Crystal
  • Hops:  Simcoe, Columbus, Chinook, Citra
  • Sampled:  12 oz bottle (provided by brewery)

Description:  Bonfire Rye is a unique seasonal that transcends any traditional beer style. The combination of malts complement the generous amount of late-addition hops, creating a perfect balance between the earthiness of the rye and the resinous hoppy aroma.  — Sebago Brewing Co.

Random thoughts:  Earlier this summer, I visited Sebago in Portland, ME with a bunch of beer bloggers. Bonfire Rye had just been bottled for the first time and the brewery gave us a special pre-release sample. I like rye beers, so I brought a bottle home to include in my series on non-gourd fall seasonals

The tasting:  Deep brownish-orange in color, hazy, with an off-white head that dissipates slowly.  Some light sedimentation floats evenly throughout the glass. Aroma is full of bright grapefruit hops. Taste starts with caramel, bread, and light notes of tangy rye. Hop flavors come through in the middle. Grapefruit is dominant, but some spicy notes poke through as as well. Alcohol is not present in aroma, but a touch is found in the middle. Overall hop bitterness is moderate to high. Bonfire Rye is light bodied, has a resinous mouth feel, and finishes with grapefruit hops and light notes of spicy rye. 

Rating:  4 star.  Really Good! I want this again!  Hops and rye are two tastes that taste great together! However, I think a lighter hand with the hops might have allowed the rye to shine through a bit more. Overall, I enjoyed this beer and am glad to have discovered it during my trip to Portland (the other one)!
 
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Review: Oktoberfest, Full Sail Brewing


LTD 07 Oktoberfest
Full Sail Brewing Co. — Hood River, OR.

Stats:
  • Style:  Oktoberfest
  • Bitterness: 26 IBU
  • ABV: 5.7%
  • Malts: Two-Row Pale, Vienna, Caramel, Munich
  • Hops: Czech Saaz, Yakima Sterling
  • Sampled:  12 oz bottle (provided by brewery)

Description:  Why fly to Munich for a genuine Oktoberfest Lager when this one's inches from your lips? This three time gold medal winner is a smooth, malty lager brewed in the true Bavarian Style, using Two-row Pale, Vienna, Caramel and imported roasted Munich malts, moderately hopped with imported Czech Saaz and Yakima Sterling hops. Flavors reminiscent of honey, nougat and roasted nuts. Complex and beautifully balanced. Prosit!  —  Full Sail Brewing Co.

Random thoughts:  I originally tasted Oktoberfest during Full Sail's hop harvest tour at Sodbuster Farms. The fall beer season is very short and this beer flew off the shelves in a few short weeks. I'm drinking Full Sail's LTD 07 Oktoberfest as part of my series on non-gourd fall seasonals

The tasting:  Bottle stamped with an enjoy by date of January 8, 2014. Deep amber in color, clear, with an off white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Aroma of caramel, biscuit, and earthy hops. From the first sip, the flavors of caramel, bread, and toasted malts fill the mouth. In the middle, spicy hop bitterness emerges. Alcohol is not noticeable in aroma or flavor. Overall hop bitterness is low, allowing the malts to take center stage. Oktoberfest is medium bodied, has a crisp mouth feel, and finishes with lingering caramel and spicy hops.

Rating:  4 star.  Really Good! I want this again!  Full Sail's Oktoberfest is a great fall beer. Its delicious malty flavors serve as a nice bridge to the heavier beers of winter. Unfortunately, Oktoberfest is long gone. While that provides no consolation at this moment, be sure to pick it up as soon as you see it when it returns late next summer!
  
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The Amazing Labels of Homebrewed by Design


On Thursday night, I attended Homebrewed by Design. As part of Design Week Portland, professional graphic designers partnered with 20 homebrewers to create uniquely labeled homebrewed beer. At the event, the 20 labels were unveiled and the homebrews were served.

In addition to attending, I actually participated as one of the brewers. This was the first time my beer was served in public, so I was very excited! Held at One Grand Gallery on E. Burnside, the event drew a full house. 

I was blown away by the quality and ingenuity of the labels! The time, care, and attention put into the labels was obvious. In addition to great design and beautiful artwork, many labels were die-cut into unique shapes. Here’s a sampling of some of my favorites:





 
The beer was impressive as well! A wide variety of styles were served--saisons, stouts, multiple IPA twists, a Thai Iced Gose, among others. They were all solid. We’ve got some talented homebrewers in this town!

I brewed a White Session IPA. Since I didn’t have good name for it, I gave my designer free reign to name it. He called it Western Native and the label sports a picture of a Native American on the label. I’m not quite sure how the name connects to my beer. I was hoping to meet my designer at the event to learn more, but we were not able to connect. 

I was worried about my beer because it didn’t have much time to bottle carbonate. After I sampled it for the very first time at the event, I was very relieved to see it had developed carbonation. 

I had a great time and hope event organizers Eric Steen and Jason Sturgill will bring Homebrewed by Design back for another round in 2014! Did you attend Homebrewed by Design? What were your favorite labels?


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Review: Oktoberfest, Ninkasi Brewing

 
Oktoberfest Dortmund-Style Lager

Ninkasi Brewing Co. — Eugene, OR

Stats:
  • Style:  Oktoberfest
  • Bitterness: 25 IBU
  • ABV: 5.1%
  • Malts: Pilsner, Vienna, Carahell, Adidulated
  • Hops: German Magnum, German Hersbrucker
  • Sampled:  12 oz bottle

Description:  Highly drinkable and with a slight malty sweetness, Dortmund-style lagers were first brewed in 19th century Dortmund, Germany and were favored by the city’s industrial workers. Ours is golden in color with a clean balance, perfect for enjoying after a hard day’s work or anytime. Cheers! — Ninkasi Brewing Co.

Random thoughts:  Huh? If you look closely at the label, Ninkasi uses the words Oktoberfest and Dortmund-Style Lager to describe this. Those are actually two distinct styles of beer. So what's up? I'll direct you to Jeff Alworth for a lesson in beer. I'm drinking Ninkasi's Oktoberfest as part of my series on non-gourd fall seasonals

The tasting:  Golden in color, clear, with a white head that dissipates slowly. Aroma of bready malt, corn, and a touch of citrus. Taste starts with biscuit malt. In the middle, light lemon and spicy hops emerge. Alcohol is not present in aroma or flavor and hop bitterness is low. Oktoberfest is light bodied, moderately carbonated, and has a dry finish.

Rating:  3 star.  Good. I would drink this again if someone gives it to me.  Oktoberfests tend to be darker in color and have pronounced malt flavors. If I bought a full six-pack, I would have been very disappointed. Ninkaski’s Oktoberfest tastes like a pilsner to me. Overall, I enjoyed the beer. However, I bought this beer expecting something else.
 
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Rare Beer Club October Selections (Los Vivos & Los Muertos and Tart Attack)

 
The Rare Beer Club just announced their October club selections. Attention sour beer lovers! These were made just for you...

  • Los Vivos Y Los Muertos, Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales, Beerzel, Michigan: Beer geeks know that Jolly Pumpkin specializes in wild, sour, and funky ales. Ron Jeffries, Jolly Pumpkin founder and brewer, brings us a Sour Saison brewed with pumpkin and lime. Golden orange in color, this beer has flavors of stone fruit, lime, and notes of pepper and tropical fruit from the yeast and Brett. It's exclusive to The Rare Beer Club. So unless you're friends with Ron Jeffries, you can only get it here. 
 
  • Tart Attack, NoDa Brewing Co., Charlotte, North Carolina:  Another Rare Beer Club exclusive, Tart Attack is a Berliner Weisse brewed with blackberries. In Germany, Berliner Weisse is often served with woodruff or raspberry syrups. I've tried the syrups before and prefer to have the fruit added directly to the beer, as NoDa has done. If you've never had a Berliner Weisse before, I highly recommend you try the style. Nearly extinct just a few years ago, it's making a huge comeback. It's light, tart, refreshing, and very low in alcohol. Definitely one of my favorite styles!

For detailed information about these beers, browse through the club's October newsletter. To learn more about The Rare Beer Club, and to see pictures of a beer shipment I received, click here.

If you'd like to try out the club, you can receive a discount by using the codes shown below during the checkout process. Memberships start at $32.95 per month plus shipping and handling.

  • NOTSOPRO5: $5 off any membership
  • NOTSOPRO10: $10 off any prepaid membership of 6 months or longer.
  • NOTSOPRO20: $20 off any prepaid membership of 12 months or longer. 

If you tasted these beers, I'd love to know your thoughts...

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Review: Octoberfest!, Old Dominion

 
Octoberfest!
Old Dominion Brewing Co. — Dover, DE

Stats:
  • Style:  Oktoberfest
  • Bitterness: 20 IBU
  • ABV: 6.0%
  • Malts: Vienna, Munich, Caramunich, Wheat, Dark Crystal, Carafoam and Chocolate
  • Hops: Tradition, Saaz, Hallertau
  • Sampled:  12 oz bottle (provided by brewery)

Description:  Our Autumn Seasonal beer is a traditional Maerzen style lager. We use eight types of imported German malts and three hop varieties to create this amber-colored fest beer.  — Old Dominion Brewing Co.

Random thoughts:  While Oktoberfest has officially closed in Munich, you can still enjoy a taste of this most excellent celebration by drinking an American craft version. I'm tasting Old Dominion's Octoberfest! as part of my series on non-gourd fall seasonals

The tasting:  Stamped with a bottled on date of August 19, 2013. Deep amber in color, slightly hazy, with an off-white head that dissipates slowly.  Aroma of bread, caramel along with spicy hop notes. Taste starts with rich caramel and toasted malt followed by earthy and spicy hops in the middle. Alcohol is not noticeable in aroma or flavor and hop bitterness is moderate. Oktoberfest! is light bodied, has a crisp mouth feel, and finishes dry with lingering spicy hops and a light nuttiness.

Rating:  4 star.  Really Good! I want this again!  Old Dominion's Octoberfest! is wonderfully balanced. It has great toasty malt flavors and a solid hop bitterness. I would happily drink it again. Unfortunately, it's not available in my area. If it's still available where you live, pick it up and enjoy it on a cool fall afternoon.
 
Have you tasted Old Dominion's Octoberfest? Who makes your favorite version of the style?

  
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Suede Imperial Porter: A Stone / 10 Barrel / Bluejacket Collaboration

 
Stone Brewing's latest collaboration, Suede Imperial Porter, will be released on Monday, October 7. Oregon beer lovers should pay special attention because Suede was co-created with Tonya Cornett from 10 Barrel Brewing. To give you an idea of what this Suede is all about, here are a few snippets from Stone's press release:

"Suede evokes a sense of smooth, sexy, coolness and, for some, perhaps the ’70′s. But when used to describe the latest concoction from Stone Brewing Co., 10 Barrel / Bluejacket / Stone Suede Imperial Porter, it’s just groovy. The beer was created in collaboration with Tonya Cornett of 10 Barrel Brewing Co. in Bend, OR and Megan O’ Leary Parisi of Bluejacket in Washington, D.C.

Cornett had a vision for the style of beer the trio would produce, while O’Leary Parisi envisioned using ingredients indigenous to Southern California. The latter was accomplished by including avocado honey, dried jasmine, and calendula flowers plucked from the fertile grounds at Stone’s North County San Diego farmstead, Stone Farms.

The result is a luscious, smooth and flavorful beer that incorporates the deep cocoa and coffee characteristics of a porter with a delicate but discernible bouquet of herbs and floral sweetness. “I have always enjoyed the subtleties of ingredients – botanicals, spices, sugars and other things like that, which can enhance the flavors of a base beer,” said O’Leary Parisi. “There is a certain joy to finding that balance of making your additional ingredients perfectly complementary and not overwhelming.” 

As you might expect, this is a big beer that can be aged. It weighs in at 9.6% ABV and sports 50 IBUs. To celebrate the launch of Suede Imperial Porter in Oregon, Stone is hosting several release events across the state.  The full schedule is listed below.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to dig up my old suede jacket so I can properly enjoy this beer.

  
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Monday, October 7
10 Barrel Brewing Co. beginning at 5:30 p.m.
1135 NW Galveston, Bend, OR 97701
Join 10 Barrel Brewing Co. R&D brewmaster and Stone collaborator Tonya Cornett as she celebrates the release of 10 Barrel / Bluejacket / Stone Suede Imperial Porter. A version of the beer that 10 Barrel brewed will be on draft. Bottles of the official Stone-distributed beer will also be available. 

10 Barrel Brewing Co. Boise beginning at 5:30 p.m. 
830 West Bannock Street, Boise, ID 83702
Join 10 Barrel Brewing Co. brewmaster Sean Kelso and Stone’s Oregon regional brewery representative Erin Grey Kemplin at the 10 Barrel Brewing Co. Boise Brew Pub as they celebrate the release of 10 Barrel / Bluejacket / Stone Suede Imperial Porter. A version of the beer that 10 Barrel brewed will be on draft. Bottles of the original Stone-distributed beer will also be available.


Tuesday, October 15
Belmont Station from 5 to 8 p.m.
4500 SE Stark Street, Portland, OR 97215
Join the 10 Barrel Brewing Co. team, Stone’s Western regional sales manager John Kevo and Oregon regional brewery representative Erin Grey Kemplin as they celebrate the release of 10 Barrel / Bluejacket / Stone Suede Imperial Porter in Portland. The beer will be offered on draft and in bottles.

 
Wednesday, October 16
Roscoe’s beginning at 5 p.m.
8150 SE Stark Street, Portland, OR 97215
Join the 10 Barrel Brewing Co. team, Stone’s Western regional sales manager John Kevo and Oregon regional brewery representative Erin Grey Kemplin as they celebrate the release of 10 Barrel / Bluejacket / Stone Suede Imperial Porter with a tap takeover event featuring beers from both breweries on tap.


Thursday, October 17
The Mountain Jug Beer Shop from 5 to 7 p.m.
56805 Venture Lane, Sunriver, OR 97707
Join 10 Barrel Brewing Co. R&D brewmaster and Stone collaborator Tonya Cornett and Stone’s Oregon regional brewery representative Erin Grey Kemplin as they celebrate the release of 10 Barrel / Bluejacket / Stone Suede Imperial Porter. The beer will be available on draft and in bottles.


Friday, October 18
Broken Top Bottle Shop and Ale Café from 5 to 7 p.m.
1740 NW Pence Lane #1, Bend, OR 97701
Join the 10 Barrel Brewing Co. team and Stone’s Oregon regional brewery representative Erin Grey Kemplin as they host a tap takeover event in celebration of their collaboration beer: 10 Barrel / Bluejacket / Stone Suede Imperial Porter, which will be available on draft and in bottles.