It’s been 38 years since the last mainland U.S. solar eclipse. The path of totality begins on the Oregonian coast and heads east on August 21st. In honor of this occasion, and since hop harvest has already begun, one brewery is commemorating the eclipse in a special way.
Portland,Oregon based Hopworks Urban Brewery will be harvesting fresh hops during the solar event, on Goschie Farms in the Willamette Valley. The hops pulled from the vine during totality will be trucked over to the brewery and added to the brite tank in just hours.
This coming Friday, the brewery will release HUB Total Blackout, an imperial cascadian dark ale (think black IPA) in 22-ounce bottles. The eclipse may not have any effect on the hops, but you can still enjoy a bit of the astronomical magic in a bottle.
HUB Total Blackout will be available at the brewery’s Powell location starting August 25th.
Style: Black IPA
Availability: 22oz Bottles
Founders Project PAM is a black IPA, aged in maple syrup bourbon barrels. (Sound familiar? Looking at you, Sweet Repute.)
In development under a shroud of secrecy for years, Project PAM is brewed with an abundance of hops including, Chinook, Nugget, Centennial, Amarillo, El Dorado and Mosaic. It’s balanced with Crystal and Midnight Wheat malts and finally aged in maple syrup bourbon barrels to add complex oaky bourbon notes and the sweetness of maple syrup. Project PAM clocks in at 10.8% ABV.
What’s in a name? The brewery maintains it’s a mystery, but it has to do with the cellar barrel coding. The label features Jason Heystek, the head of Founders’ barrel program.
Taste. Founders Project PAM is bold, perhaps even a a battle between the black IPA and the maple syrup bourbon barrels this beer is aged in. We’ve already been asked a few times after posting this above pic to our social media – should they drink it, or age it. Our answer is always, drink now. This beer as you can buy in in December, 2015 is how the brewery intended it. drink it now.
Founders Project PAM is available in 750 milliliter bottles, and draft.
Style: Imperial Black IPA (w/ Maple Syrup. Barrel Aged. Bourbon.)
Hops: Chinook, Nugget, Centennial, Amarillo, El Dorado, Mosaic
Availability: 750ml Bottles, Draft. Limited.
Release: 11/20/15 (Distribution shortly after)
Blackstone Dark Matter Black IPA
Shmaltz Death Of A Contact Brewer celebrated the brewery opening, by creating a beer celebrating the death of what once was. Contract brewing.
Jeremy Cowan started out of the back of his grandmother’s car in San Francisco, California has grown into a national craft beer sensation. The black IPA will return again in time for Halloween.
Death seems so obvious: the end of life, no mas, kaput. But Humans stand an optimistic animal. Many tradition suggest alternate endings: Resurrection, reincarnation, rebirth, afterlife. Even the atheist view of Eterna Oblivion doesn’t seem quite final, more of a shift in spiritual states of (un)consciousness. As usual, Jewis tradition prescribes… Food. 7 days of family, community, and bagels (beer!), called, Shiva, meaning “7” i Hebrew. The flip side to the 7 days of Creation with the 7th as a holy day of rest. The first meal of Shiva is “th comfort meal.” And the number 7 provides powerful mojo: 7 Jewish wedding blessings, 7 Liberal Arts, 7 Luck Japanese gods, 7 stars of the Big Dipper, 7 colors of the rainbow, 7 seas, 007 license to kill, 7 dwarves, We are by Wordsworth with a child’s view of death, 7 deadly sins, Best of 7 finals in NBA, NHL, MLB, 7th Inning stretch, If on Elway & Tiny Archibald. George Castanza yearned to name his firstborn, “7” as a living tribute to 07 Micke Mantle. The 7 award however must go to the immortal George Carlin for 7 Dirty Words, inspired by another her Lenny Bruce. Coming into 17 years of beer, and Year with our own Brewery, we commemorate this conversio with Death Of A Contract Brewer, our Shmaltz homage to new life – L’Chaim!
Shmaltz Death Of A Contact Brewer is a 12 ounce bottle offering.
Style: Black IPA
Availability: 12oz bottles, Draft.
Return: Fall, 2015
Natty Greene’s Brewing Co. (Greensboro, NC) is releasing their second Silo Series offering of 2015, Old Fort Black IPA.
The first Silo Series offering was Specter White IPA. In contrast, the brewery has pulled the black IPA from their archives.
It is a medium-bodied, hoppy, dark ale brewed with a variety of dark malts and west coast hops to create a completely complex and unique taste.
Natty Greene’s Old Fort Black IPA is the second release of eight draft only releases this year. Look for it at Natty Greene’s locations in March.
Style: Black IPA
Availability: Draft only
Release: March, 2015 (Through April)
6.8% ABV, 66 IBUs
Hi-Wire Brewing (Asheville, NC) will return to the tap room on February 6th, 2015. Draft and 12oz, 6 packs will ship to retailers the following week.
The Contortionist is a dark, hoppy beer. As you experience the earthy and floral hops that give way to a roasted malt profile, The Contortionist will bend your perception of what a Black IPA can be.
Style: Black IPA
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. Seasonal release.
It’s fresh hop season, that means the return of Half Acre Brewing’s (Chicago, IL) Sticky Fat. The 300 pounds of Chinook hops for this years release come straight from the vine in northern Michigan to the kettle at the brewery. Get Sticky Fat in your glass as fresh as possible.
This year we brewed with 300 pounds of Chinook hops, soaking wet and straight from our northern friends in Michigan. Sticky Fat American Dark Ale is brown as the bear’s hind quarters, and laced with piney, resinous hop character, backed up by plunging levels of chocolate and roast.
Half Acre Sticky Fat 2014 will be available in 22oz bombers and draft for a limited time starting October 3rd, 2014.