We could all use a little something to keep us going through these grey winter days, and our next release couldn’t be a better highlight to keep us excited! On February 17th, we will be releasing four new beers and hosting a release party for our membership at the tasting room. We dove into our archive this release to bring back some Alesong favorites, worked on an awesome collaboration, and of course brought fruit to the party! Here’s what we’ve got on beer line-up this February:
Mocha Rhino Suit– A blend of imperial stouts aged over 10 months in Heaven Hill bourbon barrels and finished on hand-selected and freshly roasted coffee and cacao beans from the local artisans at Slightly Coffee Roasters and Chocolate Alchemy. Velvety layers of vanilla and coconut marry with dark cocoa and roasty coffee flavors for a decadent treat any time of day.
Maestro– Barley wine ales have often been considered the dean of beer styles, and our Maestro is no exception. Aged in freshly emptied Heaven Hill bourbon barrels, this oak-forward leader crescendos from first sip to last. Toffee, vanilla, and spice aromas lead the band and a balanced sweet, caramel-like malt flavor rounds out this full-bodied ale.
Kriek– Robed in bright vermillion and with an aroma reminiscent of fresh cherry pie, our Kriek is a humble nod to Belgian Lambic brewers who craft these tart, fruity and complex beers. Ours was matured with a blend of two Oregon-grown cherry varietals that burst from the glass to provide a luscious, sweet and sour experience.
Friend in Commons– Our first of two collaborations with The Commons Brewery (look for the next one in May) resulted in this tart, mixed-culture farmhouse ale matured for nearly two years and then dry hopped with Citra. Friend in Commons is a ‘beetje’ tribute to the wonderful folks at The Commons. If you know, you know.
As always, these beers will be released in conjunction with a celebration for our members at our tasting room. From 12-6pm on 2/17 we will have tastings of each of the new beers paired with delicious small bites, and live music from David Helfand. Beers will also be released online to our mailing list a few weeks prior to the event, and the only way to get into the party without being a member is to order at least 6 bottles from the presale. Remaining inventory will be released in our tasting room and to our accounts the following week.
New this quarter, we are also hosting an intimate pairing dinner only for interested Blender’s Circle members the evening prior to the release. February 16th, members who purchase tickets in advance will enjoy 5 courses and 6 beers throughout the night. The dinner will also serve as an opportunity for members to pick up their February club shipment early.
Stay tuned for our release email coming the week of January 28th, and keep checking back here for the run down on each of these new beers!