Friday, January 1, 2016

Hop Turn IPA is Alaskan Brewing’s Newest Rotating Seasonal

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European influences make the Pilsner malted beer a crisp, brisk alternative

JUNEAU, Alaska (Jan. 1, 2016) – Named after a radical skiing and snowboarding maneuver, Alaskan Brewing Company’s newest Spring Seasonal Release, Hop Turn IPA offers a change in direction from the recent trends in West Coast IPAs. Meant as an alternative to the hop bitterness wars that have defined much of the current development in IPAs, Hop Turn seeks a more delicate taste experience influenced by legendary old-world beers.

“We wanted to do a German-style IPA, which doesn’t really exist,” Alaskan brewer Greg Morgan said. “So we used German-style malts and hops. Often an IPA implies assertive hops, but this one is more subtle in character — it’s clean, without super long, lingering bitterness. It has more of a soft malt, soft hop character with a clean, bracing finish.”

Each spring and fall, Alaskan Brewing introduces an exciting new beer style to the lineup for a limited run, which allows brewers to showcase their creativity and experimentation.

“We first brewed Hop Turn on our in-house one-barrel system, which is a great place for us to play with different concepts and ingredients,” said Morgan. “The combination of Pilsner, Vienna and Munich malts, gives a light body and crisp finish, and the Magnum and Sterling hops lends a floral, peppery and lemony aroma and flavor. It has a lot of hop flavor, but it isn’t overly bitter, which is why we started calling it a German IPA.”

That European influence also comes through in the beer’s name, derived from a skiing technique first developed in the Alps in the 1970s by adventuring skiers who negotiated chutes that could be well over 60 degrees in steepness for runs of 4,000 feet. Today that same move is used by skiers and snowboarders in Alaska’s biggest mountain ranges.

“We hope that we’ve bottled a bit of the exhilaration of a turn down the mountain, wind whipping and powder flying – our environment here in Alaska is always a part of the inspiration for our beers,” Morgan said.
Hop Turn IPA will be available through spring in all 17 states where Alaskan Brewing distributes.

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Ecliptic Brewing Releasing Barrel-Aged Oort Imperial Stout For The First Time

PORTLAND, Ore. (Dec 29, 2015)– Ecliptic Brewing, a craft brewery and restaurant in Portland, Oregon will be releasing their Barrel-Aged Oort Imperial Stout for the first time on January 16th.  This beer is part of Ecliptic’s reserve series lineup and has been sleeping in bourbon barrels for fifteen months.  Alongside this beer, Oort Imperial Stout will be released for a second year.
What:  Oort Imperial Stout/Barrel-Aged Oort Imperial Stout tapping and bottle release
When:  Saturday January 16th, 12:00pm
Where:   Ecliptic Brewing, 825 N. Cook St. Portland, OR 97227
Details:  Tapping and limited amount of bottles available for purchase

Courtesy of Ecliptic Brewing Co
About Oort Imperial Stout
Oort Imperial Stout is named after the mysterious region of our solar system that breeds comets.  Massive amounts of roasted barley and Chocolate malts were combined with three types of Caramel malts for a rich, full mouthfeel.  Chinook, Cascade, and Sterling hops lend a balanced bitterness and subtle hop flavor to this brew that’s as black as the vacuum of space. 
IBU: 77
ABV: 8.5%
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About Barrel-Aged Oort Imperial Stout
This barrel aged version of the Oort Imperial Stout slumbered for fifteen months in 12-year-old bourbon barrels, imparting flavors of bitter chocolate, vanilla, and oak.  It drinks especially chocolatey, with some heat from the barrel.
IBU: 77
ABV: 12.1%
A small amount of these beers will be made available after January 16th in the territories where Ecliptic Brewing is currently offered.

Ecliptic beers are available at the brewery (825 North Cook St), in bottle and on-tap throughout the area, and distributed by: Maletis Beverage (Portland, Salem, Vancouver WA), Bigfoot Beverage (Eugene, Bend, Coast), Fort George Distributing (Northern Oregon Coast), Summit Distribution (Southern Oregon), Click Distributing (Seattle, Tacoma, Spokane, Northern Idaho), Dickerson Distributing (Bellingham), Crooked Stave Artisans (Colorado), and Freedom Distributors (North Carolina).

About Ecliptic Brewing
Ecliptic Brewing is a venture from John Harris, an Oregon beer icon whose background is steeped in the state’s rich craft brewing history. The name Ecliptic unites Harris’ two passions: brewing and astronomy, and as such, the brewery celebrates the Earth’s yearly journey around the sun through both its beer and restaurant menus. Executive chef Michael Molitor rotates his seasonally inspired menu every six weeks in accordance with the old world calendar. Harris’ signature beers include Spica Pilsner, Orbiter IPA, Phobos Single Hop Red Ale, and Capella Porter. For more information, visit: