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!