(Portland, OR) – There is no rest for the weary in the craft beer world these days! After a busy and successful Oregon Craft Beer Month, Breakside Brewery (820 NE Dekum, Portland, Oregon) is taking on August with even greater gusto and will be releasing ten new brews over the course of the next four weeks.
To kick off the month, brewers Ben Edmunds and Sam Barber tapped a special version of their Gose, aged on Japanese salt plums. “Instead of adding salt to the finished beer, we pushed some of the beer over to a conditioning vessel filled with ume, or salt plums, which are intensely salty,” explains Barber. The finished beer has all of the saltiness of a gose with just an extra hint of brine and fruit character. Also on tap now is Breakside’s Ahtanum pale ale. This is the same beer that was chosen as the People’s Choice during Breakside’s Night of the Dry Hops back in April. Given Portlanders’ love of hops, this beer is likely to go quick.
Two barrel-aged beers will make their debut this month as well both on draught and in 750 ml Champagne-style bottles. Gin-Barrel Double Wit is a strong Belgian wheat ale that was aged in an Old Tom gin barrel inoculated with lactobacillus. This beer will debut this Saturday at Bailey’s Taproom’s Fourth Anniversary; it will go on draught during a bottle-release at the brewery on August 17 as well. And Bourbon-Barrel Aztec, debuting Aug 31, is a barrel-aged version of the brewery’s signature strong ale; the flavors of chocolate, coconut, vanilla, and chile marry beautifully in this complex brew. Draught of both these beers will be extremely limited; however a good quantity of the bottle-conditioned versions will be available at the pub for consumption on site or to go.
Though it’s still full on summer, three dark beers will make their way out of the Breakside cellar in August. Oude Noire is an American dark farmhouse ale with orange peel; Tony’s Oatmeal Stout is a velvety English-style stout brewed to celebrate owner Tony Petraglia’s wedding; and Breakside and Upright Brewing are teaming up to brew a collaborative Smoked Porter due out at the end of the month.
Variations on these dark beers will make a special appearance during Portland Beer Week on August 25th for Breakside’s Breakfast Beers Night. For one night only, the brewery will tap a Breakfast Stout with coffee and a Whiskey for Breakfast Porter. Additionally, Edmunds and Barber are planning a number of other experiments and surprises for the evening.
Finally, Breakside is planning a bottle release of its India malt liquor, which is exactly what it sounds like: a hopped up version of an American malt liquor. The beer will be available exclusively in 40 ounce bottles for sale at the brewery.