Get to Know: Terroir Chardonnay

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Get to Know: Terroir Chardonnay

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With barrels lining the walls, and various wine verbiage strewn throughout our menu, it’s no surprise to us when guests are beguiled to discover that we are a brewery. Being the only brewery on a highway surrounded by vineyards we’ve become accustomed to it. It makes sense that people would mistake us for our vintner cousins when our processes aren’t entirely dissimilar from the wine making process. Sometimes it seems that all we’re missing is the grapes, and sometimes we aren’t missing them at all.

When it comes to using wine adjuncts in our beers, we’ve had a few big successes. It’s been a big year for our wine-beers here at Alesong, we’ve received a lot of accolade this year for our hybrids, and we are excited to introduce another in our May release! With our terroir series, not only do we get to create something unique blurring the lines between two beverage worlds, but our hybrids give us a neat opportunity to highlight local fruit in our valley.

To continue our terroir series —showcasing the local ingredients, climate, terrain and processes of our region— we worked with Iris Vineyards up the road to get our hands on some Chardonnay. Terroir: Chardonnay, started as a blonde farmhouse that then underwent a second fermentation on the fresh pressed Chardonnay juice. This beer carries notes of peach, honey and tropical fruit with subtle oak on the finish. It ends with medium acidity intertwined with a soft citrus peel note.

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Get to Know: Touch of Brett Galaxy

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Get to Know: Touch of Brett Galaxy

When we started brewing back in 2016, one of the first brews we crafted was Touch of Brett, which was an entirely Brettanomyces fermented farmhouse ale that we later dry-hopped with Citra hops. That beer was lucky enough to take home a gold medal at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival in the Brett beer category, and so began our Touch of Brett lineage. In 2017, we were honored to win yet again at GABF a bronze medal in the Brett beer category for Touch of Brett: Mosaic, our second installment in the series. Of course, we couldn’t stop there, and last year we released Touch of Brett: Mandarina and were humbled to take home a bronze medal in the Brett beer category at 2018’s GABF.

This year, to keep the series going, we are introducing Touch of Brett: Galaxy, a dry French-style saison aged in French oak barrels. The beer was primarily fermented with Brettanomyces yeast and dry-hopped liberally with Galaxy, an Australian hop varietal that lends notes of pineapple, peach and passionfruit to the beer. The beer finishes dry and crisp over tropical fruit and spicy aromas picked up from the yeast during fermentation.

 Look for this beer at our May 18th-19th release, and keep an eye out for details on the rest of the beers to come!

Cheers!

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Get to Know: Kind of Blue

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Get to Know: Kind of Blue

Hey all, Matthew here for my first blog post and couldn’t more excited to introduce a tribute to one of my favorites from the Alesong archive: Kind of blue. All the way back in April of 2016 we brewed a light-bodied Belgian style ale with blueberries, aged in french oak that had been previously used for Anne Amie Vineyards Pinot Noir. Looking back it was one of our favorite uses of the fruit and with the opportunity to snag some blueberries from our neighbors over at King Estate, we decided to embark on a recreation of sorts with our next version of Kind of Blue to be included in our Spring release May 18th-19th. 

Once we brewed the base for this beer, we barreled it down into French oak barrels with over 2lbs/gal of whole Oregon blueberries. Over the long maturation process, the ale picked up a ton of wonderful color and aroma from the blueberries as well as all of those signature notes we love and crave from our seasoned oak. After some excruciating sensory tasting, we decided they were ready for blending and barreled it all up into one of our stainless fermenters with another generous portion of blueberries for secondary fermentation. As always this beer was 100% bottle carbonated and conditioned for about 8 weeks prior to its release! 

Kind of Blue pours a vibrant crimson blue with tight carbonation. The aroma is of ripe blueberries and oak vanillin, with a faint, kind compliment of brettanomyces. Bursts of blueberry flavor sit beautifully on top our complex but subtle Belgian base and intertwine with a pleasant but very present acidity that lingers on the pallet.

Cheers!

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Get to Know: Common Nectar

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Get to Know: Common Nectar

Last quarter we unveiled a small batch collaboration with The Commons brewery out of Portland, Friend in Commons. This quarter, we’re excited to share the second half of that collaboration! The first of the two-part series was a tart farmhouse ale that showcased a good expression of brett, acid and oak. For the second blend, Common Nectar, we took the remainder of the barrels and let them mature on 1 lb/gal. of locally grown whole nectarines from Detering Orchards.

The nectarine presence is at the forefront of this mixed-culture ale — aromatic and juicy stone fruit notes balance out the firm acidity. Despite a perceived medium-full body sweetness from the nectarine refermentation, Common Nectar finishes crisp and dry. 

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