Get to Know: Terroir Cabernet Sauvignon

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Get to Know: Terroir Cabernet Sauvignon

Another installation for our Terroir series is coming this release and it could be the most deceiving one yet. Terroir: Cabernet Sauvignon has a big, beautiful, Cabernet fruit character that dominates the glass unlike any hybrid we’ve done. We can’t wait to pour glasses of this in our tasting room and see the reaction on peoples faces when they are reassured, yes, this is beer. 

This deep garnet-colored ale underwent it’s second fermentation on 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from the Alder Ridge Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA. Sitting atop our golden sour base is a rich, jammy, Cabernet grape flavor exhibiting firm tannins from the grape skin ferment. After about a year co-fermenting in neutral French oak barrels, this luscious beer/wine hybrid finally separated from the grapes and was blended and bottled just in time for our August release. 

Terroir: Cabernet Sauvignon pours a velvety ruby, magenta color with a tamed carbonation. As any wine aficionado will tell you, Cabernet and oak go hand in hand. In addition to having a softening effect on the grape's naturally high tannins, the unique wood flavors of vanilla and spice from the barrels complement the natural grape flavors of berries, black currant and tobacco. This beer is a fascinating and delicious beverage that is sure to have you coming back for more.


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Get to Know: BeerMongers Biscotti

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Get to Know: BeerMongers Biscotti

Our relationship with Portland’s The BeerMongers beer bar and bottle shop started in the beginning back in 2009 back when Matt had just started working at Oakshire. At the time, Chris Tappan (now BeerMongers’ GM) was a sales rep for Point Blank distribution and worked closely with Matt and the Oakshire team. Since then, the bond has kept strong and so in celebration of our relationship and of 10 successful years of mongering at The BeerMongers, we were approached to put together a collaborative blend.

Talk of a collaboration has been in the works for years, and with the 10th anniversary party The BeerMongers will be throwing in September, the timing was finally right. For the celebration, they decided to make a collaboration beer with 10 different breweries, and we were lucky enough to be chosen as one of the few barrel-aged options. When we met up for discussion, it was pretty apparent right off the bat that they had some wonderful and creative ideas for variants of our bourbon-barrel-aged imperial milk stout. So for this blend we showcased a bright, but velvety ensemble that brings together all the notes of a classic chocolate dipped orange biscotti. 

We began by tasting a couple variations of our base stout recipe aged in bourbon barrels and as the barrels were reaching their desirable maturation, the decision was to finish them on orange peel, cocoa nibs, coffee, sea salt, and hazelnuts. As we always do with adjuncts, we ran through numerous trials to dial in just the right proportions for the final blend.  We’re very proud of what we’ve ended up with and can’t wait to share it with you all! If you can’t make it to Eugene for our summer release August 17th & 18th, we will be having our quarterly Portland satellite release at The BeerMongers August 29th and will be hanging out from 5-8 p.m. With all five new summer release beers available on limited draft for the evening, you will get the first sneak peak at this collaboration before their 10 year anniversary party in September. 

Big congrats to The BeerMongers for 10 years building one of the most premier bottle shops in the US! Here’s to 10 more!

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Get to Know: Ginger Snap

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Get to Know: Ginger Snap

At Alesong, we base a lot of what we do on traditional brewing practices, but we are in Oregon after all, and still try to play our part in the experimental push of craft brewing. We had the good fortune of bringing home gold and silver in Oregon beer award’s experimental category this year, and are super excited to unveil our next “off the beaten path” ale. Spicy ginger, warm cinnamon, and smooth vanilla beans make up Grandma’s favorite cookies, and also our newest sour beer. 

This late summer special exhibits a similar Oud Bruin/Flanders Red inspired foundation that you may remember from older vintages of ours like Raspberry Parliament and Cherry Parliament. However, instead of adding fruit this time, we added gingersnap inspired spices to our final blend, resulting in a beer that is unique and complex, yet somehow so familiar.

Fresh spicy ginger, roasted clove, rich red malt, vanilla, brown sugar, and cinnamon notes all come to the table and balance with the lightly acidic base beer. Take the Ginger Snap to the table with a roasted rosemary lamb chop with a side of honey glazed carrots, and be sure to ask grandma to whip up a batch of those world famous gingersnap cookies to pair with for desert. We will for sure be enjoying this one into the fall.

Cheers!

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Get to Know: Cucumber Tom & Tonic

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Get to Know: Cucumber Tom & Tonic

Alesong is influenced by the broad range of brewing techniques discovered over millennia: from using wild yeasts like the earliest brewers in Belgium were fermenting with — to modern brewing practices that help us fine tune each of our ales with the rigor of 21st century technology. Our choices for flavor and ingredient sourcing in this summer’s release of the Cucumber Tom & Tonic were made by collapsing about a century-long space in U.S. drinking history.

We aged the Cucumber Tom & Tonic in Old Tom Gin barrels, again sourced from our friends at Ransom Spirits in Portland. Old Tom Gin is a pre-prohibition spirit that, although was broadly defined in its character, was often lighter on the palate and sweeter — almost a whisky augmented by classic gin botanicals. Ransom spirits endeavored to recreate this historic spirit, and then aged it in a barrel, as would have been done in the mid-1800s. Because of their decision to barrel age, we’re given the opportunity to take their recently emptied barrels and fill them with our golden sour base beer to infuse botanical notes of juniper, orange and pepper alongside the French Oak we've grown to love.

We then chose to add fresh Oregon-grown cucumbers from Sward Family Farms and Organic Redneck Farms, for that cucumber kiss. As a bartender go-to on this side of the 21st century, cucumber in a gin and tonic adds a subtle, refreshing character to the classic cocktail, which complements the sweetness of Old Tom gin and our crisp and dry sour base.

Cucumber Tom & Tonic pours a clean golden blonde, with an aroma that evokes a cooling cucumber splash. The spritz of gin botanicals sits delicately next to the tart, sour and refreshing notes of the base beer, and will undoubtedly be your go to for these last few weeks of summer heat. Hope you enjoy!

Cheers!


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Get to know your beer - Terroir: Pinot Noir Blanc

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Get to know your beer - Terroir: Pinot Noir Blanc

Pinot Noir Blanc is a wine made with Pinot Noir grapes, but without the skin and seed contact that creates that red tint you'd normally picture when you think of Pinot Noir. Without those tannins from the skins and seeds, the subtle unclothed expression of the grape is showcased —and this is actually how a lot of Champagne is made. With the Firestone Walker Terroir Project in the future, the whole team here has really been getting excited about the progression of this series, and can’t wait to hear what the public has to say about it. 

With the whole Alesong crew in tow, we hand picked about a ton of grapes at Benton-Lane Winery and then brought it back to our tasting room where our neighbors over at King Estate kindly let us borrow their basket press. The basket press allows you to do a super gentle extraction on the fruit to pull just juice and none of the tannin structure from seeds or skin that you would otherwise get out of a hard press. That juice was then added to our saison base that had already been sitting in French oak and after another 8 months of co-fermentation in the barrel, we were left with a beautiful tannin-less expression of the Pinot Noir.

This subtly nuanced beer/wine hybrid expresses rich berry notes with hints of pear, lemon, and baked apples. Notes of minerality and a calm saison foundation give this beer an ideal base to highlight that crisp Pinot Noir Blanc flavor. This wine grape-matured farmhouse ales is for sure one of the best evolutions of our wine hybrid Terroir beers! See you at the release!

Cheers!

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