The Commons Brewery Releases Maybelle

The Commons Brewery recently moved to its new brewery and taproom at 630 SE Belmont. Here are a few pictures from opening day.

If you haven't seen the new location, this is a great weekend to visit because The Commons is releasing Maybelle, a farmhouse ale aged in wine barrels with brettanomyces. I contacted Josh Grgas, Commons Brand Manager, to learn more about the beer's third release.

Q:  How does this year's version of Maybelle differ from previous releases?

Josh Grgas: This is the 3rd release of Maybelle. Each vintage has had a stronger brettanomyces profile - dry, earthy with a noticeable funkiness reminiscent of Drie Fonteinen beers.  #1 was clean, with light acidity and a touch of tropical fruit, #2 had a touch more acidity and a nice stone fruit brettanomyces profile. This year's is the most complex, with flavors ranging from oak to fruit to the aforementioned funk. 

Q:  How have previous releases evolved after spending time in the cellar?

JG:  The main difference I have noticed in cellaring Maybelle has been a tightening, or winding together, of the flavors. In this beer, time doesn't necessary create boldness, it just refines the flavors, similar to wine drinkers hope for cellared wine.

Sounds good to me. Pick up a bottle and give it a try!

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The Commons Brewery Releases Maybelle

Portland, OR – The Commons Brewery will be releasing it's first bottles at their brand new tasting room and brewery in Southeast Portland. Maybelle, farmhouse ale aged in white wine barrels with Brettanomyces, will be released as part of the Beetje Series on Saturday, April 11th, 12:00pm.

Brewed in August 2013 and initially fermented with our house farmhouse ale strain, Maybelle then spent 14 months in Adelsheim Vineyard white wine barrels with Brewing Science Institute Brettanomyces Bruxellensis variant Drei. The resulting beer is dry, with a soft acidity and complex brettanomyces aromatics. The flavors in this beer will continue to develop with cellar time.

Maybelle will be available in 750ml capped bottles for $10 per bottle and will be available on draft in limited quantities the weekend 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: 630 SE Belmont St. Tasting room hours are Tuesday through Sunday, Noon to 10pm. For more information, contact Josh Grgas at

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