Wednesday, April 6, 2011

3 New Beer Releases for April 6, 2011

 Red Hook -Wit

(Woodlinville, WA) – Here’s the Red Hook brewery’s write-up for their upcoming Seasonal Series release...

"Similar to other pioneering brands like Starbucks and Microsoft, Redhook was born out of the energy and spirit of the 80s right in the heart of seattle. while the term didn’t exist at the time, Redhook became one of America’s first “craft” breweries. From a modest start in a former transmission shop in the Seattle neighborhood of Ballard, Redhook has become one of America’s best known craft breweries. While we’ve “grown up” over the past 30 years, one thing has never changed…we are still brewing great beer and making sure that we’re having fun doing it.

To celebrate Redhook’s big Three-O, we are stepping out in some new duds that are a nod to our heritage and a toast to our future. We’re not just talking about slappin on a new label, and calling it done. Check out the new bottle…bold, masculine, and most importantly, easier to knock one back. We think we’re looking pretty damn good for our age. Cheers to 30 years!

Wit. “Made with ginger, but still digs Mary Ann.”
Redhook’s twist on the Belgian style ale is the addition of fresh ginger, which adds a refreshing snappiness to this lighter-bodied wheat beer. Redhook Wit is perfect for the warm summer months of outdoor BBQ-ing, sitting by the pool, or just taking a break by hanging inside enjoying the AC and watching old re-runs of Gilligan’s Island. ABV: 5.3% / IBU: 8"
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Bridgeport Brewing Company - Stumptown Tart (Strawberry)

Fourth Generation Stumptown Tart uses Strawberries from Willamette Valley Fruit Company.

BridgePort Brewing Company, Portland Oregon’s oldest craft brewery is releasing its fourth generation Stumptown Tart on June 2. The new brew is a Strawberry Ale infused with 2,000 pounds of Oregon strawberries from local growers at Willamette Valley Fruit Company. Brewmaster Jeff Edgerton used Czech Saaz hops, most often found in pilsner or American Lager, to allow the taste of the Willamette Valley strawberries to shine through.

“Earlier this year I was able to sit down and talk with Jeff Dunn from Willamette Valley Fruit Company,” commented Brewmaster Jeff Edgerton. “It became evident pretty quickly that using strawberries was the way to go, especially after hearing more about the varietal unique to Oregon and the Willamette Valley.”

Oregon strawberries contain a higher “brix” count, when compared to other growing regions across the world. The higher the brix reading on a strawberry indicates a higher nutrient content and, in turn, a sweeter berry. This unique quality also means that Oregon strawberries are red all the way through, adding more flavor, as opposed to water filler.

BridgePort will host a Stumptown Tart release party Thursday, June 2 at 5:30pm at the BridgePort BrewPub in the Pearl at 1313 NW Marshall St. Free and open to the public, attendees can be among the first to try free samples of the new brew while supplies last and purchase a limited-edition 22-ounce bottle of Stumptown Tart. Guests will also be given the opportunity to meet the Stumptown Tart herself, bottle model Bernie Dexter, as we celebrate another year of this tasty brew. Bernie will be at the BrewPub to sign bottles, posters, and provide festive eye candy to all in attendance.

BridgePort’s Stumptown Tart Stats:

IBU’s: 15 ABV: 7.75% Color: Reddish-Pink OG: 17.3

Ingredients: Barley malt, German Saaz hops and 2,000 pounds of Oregon strawberries.

Description: A strawberry Ale infused with Oregon strawberries. A strong, fruit driven beer with hints of strawberry and a light, refreshing finish. For more information visit:

Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB) - Organic Rise Up Red Ale

Hopworks Urban Brewery’s (HUB) started releasing its award-winning Organic Rise Up Red ale beginning on Monday, April 4. The Pacific Northwest Red is available on draught and 22 oz. bottles at select Oregon, Washington and British Columbia bars, pubs and stores. The seasonal release won a gold medal at the 2009 Great American Beer Fest in the American Style Red Ale category and was one of the first beers the brewery produced.

Organic Rise Up Red is a classic Northwest red ale featuring a rich mahogany color while organic malts provide a mild caramel sweetness and smooth, bready flavor. An ample dose of locally-grown Magnum, Cascade and Centennial hops delivers a floral and slight citrus flavor. The beer checks in at 60 IBUs and 5.8% ABV.

Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB) is Portland’s first Eco-Brewpub offering world-class beer and fresh food in a relaxed and communal atmosphere. HUB’s 20-barrel brewery produces 6,400 barrels of beer a year for their brewpub and distribution in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. HUB incorporates a range of sustainable practices in their operation and makes every effort to protect “our” future with a thoughtful alternative. Hopworks is 100% renewably powered and “cradle to gate” carbon neutral.

The Hopworks brewpub features ten different organic beers on tap and two cask ales at all times. The brewpub is located at 2944 SE Powell Blvd and is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight. In early summer, Hopworks will open its second location, Bike Bar in North Portland, expanding the company’s love of beer, bikes and the environment.

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