Full Sail Brewing Co. Set to Release 8 Pound Pale Fresh Hop Ale

8lbPalePourShot-_252x577Fresh hop season is officially upon us, and the folks at Full Sail Brewing Co. (Hood River, Oregon) are celebrating this glorious time of year with the release 8 Pound Pale Fresh Hop Ale.

Arriving as the latest offering from Full Sail Brewing Co.’s Brewmaster Reserve series, 8 Pound Pale Fresh Hop Ale is a small-batch American Pale Ale that has been “brewed with eight pounds of local, freshly harvested Centennial hops per barrel.”  To make this beer go “from farm to tank in three hours”, Full Sail brewers Chris Davis and Greg Doss ventured out to “B&D Farms in Saint Paul, Oregon on harvest day last month to procure fresh, wet hops from the field” and then immediately returned to the brewery to begin the brewing process.  This offering – like all Wet Hop/Harvest Ales – proves to be a unique experience each year, so here’s what you can expect from this year’s 8 Pound Pale Fresh Hop Ale:

“This year’s 8 Pound Pale Fresh Hop Ale explodes with bright tropical notes,” says Full Sail brewer Greg Doss. “A blend of pale and wheat malts created a light golden base which we packed with Willamette Valley-grown Centennial Hops, only hours off the vine. Beautiful fresh-hop aromas of tropical fruit and citrus are complemented nicely with subtle malt notes. This refreshing beer is high on hop aromatics yet well balanced.”

8 Pound Pale Fresh Hop Ale will officially release in late-September and will be available as long as supplies last.  Once released, this Limited Release offering will be available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer establishments located in Florida, Georgia, Oregon, and throughout the rest of Full Sail Brewing Co.’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for 8 Pound Pale Fresh Hop Ale from Full Sail Brewing Co.

Release – Limited/Brewmaster Reserve, late-September 2017
Style – American Pale Ale/Harvest Ale
ABV – 5.6%
IBUs – 54
Featured Hops – Freshly harvested Centennial hops
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://fullsailbrewing.com/where-to-buy/

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Full Sail Brewing Co. Adds OPA to Brewmaster Reserve Series

FSBCOPA-Oatmeal-Pale-BottleFull Sail Brewing Co. (Hood River, Oregon) has officially released OPA – Oatmeal Pale Ale as the newest installment in the brewery’s Brewmaster Reserve series.

The Brewmaster Reserve, a series that allows Full Sail Brewing’s “brewmasters to put their creativity, innovation and passion into small, limited-release beers”, has now set its sights on warm weather drinking with the release of OPA.  Thanks to a good amount of Mosaic and Simcoe hops, this Oatmeal Pale Ale promises to be “high on hop aromatics . . . and packed with tropical fruit aromas.”  The malt bill then reinforces these notes with a balancing sweetness level and a silken texture supplied by the oats.  At 6.6% ABV and 32 IBUs, OPA is a refreshing offering that can be enjoyed on its own or with a “diverse range of foods.”

“OPA is a brew staff favorite,” says Full Sail Brewing Supervisor Greg Doss. “The vision for this beer was to marry the silky mouthfeel provided by oats with aromas from tropical hop varietals. A healthy portion of oats along with pale and crystal malts create a balanced base which is nicely complemented by Mosaic and Simcoe hops. Modest bitterness and a smooth body make this a very drinkable beer.”

OPA is available now and will be around throughout the month of August.  This limited release can be found in 22 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer establishments located in Florida, Oregon, and throughout the rest of Full Sail’s distribution network.  Be sure to check this one out while you can.  Prost!

Vital Information for OPA – Oatmeal Pale Ale from Full Sail Brewing Co.

Release – Limited/Brewmaster Reserve, late-March to August 2017
Style – American Pale Ale
ABV – 6.6%
IBUs – 32
Malts – Pale, Crystal & Oats
Featured Hops – Mosaic & Simcoe
Availability – 22 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://fullsailbrewing.com/where-to-buy/
Suggested Food Pairings – “OPA pairs well with a diverse range of foods. OPA’s hop level, along with the tropical fruit finish, will pair very well with any spicy or curry dish. Its light body and quick finish will pair nicely with light dishes such as grilled whitefish or Caesar salad, but it’s bold enough to stand with a cheeseburger and fries.” Mild cheeses like Bulgarian feta, Swiss, Monterey, and triple crème brie would be a great accompaniment to OPA as well.”

Full Sail Brewing Observes the Winter Solstice with Shortest Day CDA

2016-shortest-day-cda-252x577In recognition of the year’s shortest day and longest night, Full Sail Brewing Co. (Hood River, Oregon) has officially released Shortest Day Cascadian Dark Ale as their latest limited release offering.

As the winter solstice looms over us, Full Sail Brewing has brewed up Shortest Day Cascadian Dark Ale (CDA) to be as dark as the long nights of winter seem.  Arriving as the latest offering to come out of the brewery’s Brewmaster Reserve, this CDA – a style also known as the Black India Pale Ale – has been brewed with a recipe boasting three malts (2-Row Pale, Crystal, and de-husked Chocolate malts) and three varietals of tropical and citrus hops (Mosaic, Simcoe and Citra hops).  These ingredients come together to create a beer that “pours a deep dark black with a lacy tan head, with aromas of dark roasty malt and hints of tropical and citrus fruit.”  Quick to make an impression with the craft beer community, Shortest Day CDA has already won a gold medal at this year’s Great International Beer & Cider Competition.

“Shortest Day CDA offers bold flavor with excellent balance,” says Full Sail Executive Brewmaster Jamie Emmerson. “De-husked chocolate malt imparts dark chocolate flavor while crystal adds depth and complexity. Generous additions of Mosaic, Simcoe and Citra hops lend flavors of fruit and sweet floral notes.”

Brewed in small batches, Shortest Day CDA is a limited release offering available from November 2016 through February 2017.  You can find this beer in 22 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer establishments in Florida and throughout the rest of Full Sail’s distribution network.  Get your bottles when you can so that you may properly enjoy a long, winter’s night with a Shortest Day CDA in hand.  Prost!

Vital Information for Shortest Day Cascadian Dark Ale from Full Sail Brewing Co.

Release – Limited/Brewmaster Reserve Series, November 2016 through February 2017
Style – Cascadian Dark Ale/Black India Pale Ale
ABV – 6.6%
IBUs – 57
Malts – 2-Row Pale, Crystal & de-husked Chocolate 
Hops – Mosaic, Simcoe & Citra
Availability – 22 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://fullsailbrewing.com/where-to-buy/
Fun Fact – The hand-drawn artwork by Portland-based TWEEQiM creativeLab’s MiQ Willmott on all of Full Sail’s recently rebranded packaging pays homage to Hood River’s water sources, bounty of fresh ingredients, and of course, the award-winning taste in each and every bottle. Shortest Day CDA’s label design does all this and more. Willmott’s meticulous design features the Green Man—known in lore as the mascot of the winter solstice—fashioned from hops, celebrating the darkness of night and rebirth, as days begin getting longer again. “The Green Man’s crescent-moon smile reflects on the river,” says Willmott. “And the white stars represent the ‘winter circle,’ the phenomenon of stars that appear only on the winter solstice. Even the Big Dipper gets a cameo.”

 

Full Sail Brewing Co. Releases Wreck the Halls Hoppy Holiday Ale

fullsail-wreck-the-hallsFull Sail Brewing Co. (Hood River, Oregon) announced this week that Wreck the Halls Hoppy Holiday Ale has been officially released as the latest offering in the brewery’s Brewmaster Reserve Series.

The annual, fan-favorite Wreck the Halls Hoppy Holiday Ale has made its official 2016 return, and this time around it has been released as a part of Full Sail Brewing Co.’s new Brewmaster Reserve 6-Pack Series, a special series that “allows the brewmasters to put their creativity, innovation and passion into small, limited-release beers.”  This offering is a hybrid that combines the malty aspects of a Winter Warmer with the bold hoppy character of an American India Pale Ale.  This combination results in a beer that boasts “elegant citrus notes balanced by a backdrop of a rich caramel malt body, dry hopped to amplify the aromas and flavor.”  The finished brew weighs in at 6.5% ABV and 68 IBUs.

“Wreck the Halls is an integral part of our diverse lineup of holiday beers, which includes both ales and lagers, and is our way of celebrating the holidays, our independence, and creativity,” says Full Sail Brewmaster Jim Kelter.

Wreck the Halls Hoppy Holiday Ale is available now as a limited release in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft.  You can find this offering at craft beer-friendly establishments in Florida and throughout Full Sail Brewing’s distribution area.  You might as well get a jump on the holidays now by getting a little festive with Wreck the Halls whenever you see it.  Prost!

Vital Information on Wreck the Halls Hoppy Holiday Ale from Full Sail Brewing Co.

Release – Seasonal, Brewmaster Reserve Series; October – December 2016
Style – Hybrid of Winter Warmer & American India Pale Ale
ABV – 6.5%
IBUs – 68
Hops – Cascade & Centennial 
Food Pairings – “Wreck’s slight caramel maltiness pairs nicely with Rogue Oregonzola, pepper jack and stronger aged cheeses like farmhouse cheddars, Stiltons, Roquefort, super aged Gouda, or Vacherin Mont D’Or. Flavors that are capsaicin like chili and Thai foods. Spice-forward desserts on the sweeter side like spiced rum cake and spiced sticky toffee pudding pair very well with Wreck the Halls.”
Beer Finder – http://fullsailbrewing.com/where-to-buy/