Teenage Beergeek Cascadian Dark Ale

What’s your first memory of beer? Growing up during the microbrew revolution here in Cascadia I remember getting sips of my parents beers, from the intensely hoppy ruby-hued Rogue Old Crustacean, to malty Scottish ales such as Bert Grant’s Celtic Copper and a Granville Island limited release made for the Celtica music festival in 1990. When I left Cascadia for college in Minnesota I loved Summit Pale Ale, but missing the big malty, hoppy beers of my native Oregon was one of the reasons I took up the mash paddle as a 17-year old. By 19, I’d won my first medal for a homebrew, and gotten a copy of Michael Jackson’s Pocket Guide to beer, which was a great inspiration when I became a regular at Rumplestiltskins in Cork City and began to discover German and Belgian beers. Joining the Oregon Brew Crew in 1999 when I moved back to Oregon at age 21 was instrumental to launching my career in beer and cider, joining Willamette Week as a beer writer in 2000.

To toast the OBC’s 40th birthday I teamed up with the Green Dragon Brewers to recreate a 2009 Cascadian Dark Ale recipe with the same hop bill, now using Mecca Grade Malt from Eastern Oregon. The focus is on a hint of roast character and layers of resinous Northwest hops. I’ve loved CDAs since I first tasted Phillips Black Toque in 2003, and became obsessed with the style, organizing a Symposium on CDAs at Belmont Station in January 2010. I hope you’ll join me in raising a toast to the Oregon Brew Crew and the rich history of brewing in Cascadia.

ABV: 7.1%
IBU: 84

Jörmungandr IPA

In Norse mythology, the Midgard (aka World) Serpent, named Jörmungandr, was the middle child of Loki & Angrdoða that Odin threw into the sea. It grew so large that it encircled the entire globe and grasped its own tail. When it releases its tail, Ragnarök (the war of the gods) will begin and Jörmungandr will face Thor and be destroyed before Thor himself dies.

This beer was made in honor of this epic tale. Generous amounts of locally sourced ingredients including, Bravo and Centennial hops, paired with all Mecca Grade specialty malts, make this a truly special Pacific Northwest IPA. 

Skål!

ABV: 7.2%

IBU: 60

Habergeiss Vienna Lager

This week we present a Habergeiss Vienna Lager! This is an Austrian/Germanic mythical animal that is a cross between a goat and goblin (and sometimes a bird!) that will take bad children away in its zistl (basket).

This beer, however, is a smooth, malty lager with a touch of toast character. Delicately hopped with Saaz for just the right balance. We gave it an extended lagering for exceptional smoothness and clarity.

ABV: 5.9%
IBU: 28

Rum-Drunk Minotaur (2018)

This is a special beer brewed by all members of Green Dragon Brewing (Rich, Steve, Alex, Warren, Tracy and Dylan) on two back-to-back brew days, December 30th & 31st of 2017. It is a classic Belgian dark strong ale. This special-edition was aged for two months in a Rogue-made, 20 gallon oak barrel with Rogue Dark Rum. It was then cellared and aged for over a year. Look out for the apple, plum and oak flavor characteristics and let it warm you up. Cheers!

10.5% ABV

Gelber Drache

To start off Big A$$ Beer Month (BABM) 2020, Gelber Drache (Yellow Dragon) is here to bring you warmth, illumination and wealth for the new year. The Sorachi Ace and Citra hops provide a lemony-citrus flavor to this monster. It is big, with a beautiful, long-lasting white head and a lingering bitterness, nicely balanced by the Weyermann pilsner malt.

In Japanese tradition the color yellow symbolizes courage and protection, so don’t be a coward, but enjoy carefully as it is a very powerful beast. Happy New Year!

ABV: 10.2%
IBU: 95