This is an American Strong Ale that is hop forward with a surprisingly malty finish. Malts included Mecca Grade Pelton, Maris Otter, Munich, Flaked Barley, Victory and Special B. Centennial hops were used for bittering, Centennial/Willamette for flavor and Willamette for aroma and the yeast was Imperial Joystick. This was a homebrew recipe brewed by Chris (Amanda’s dad) since the mid ‘90s and was converted from a 5 gallon batch size to the Green Dragon system.
This ale is the perfect embodiment of Alex-Louis Armstrong, also known as the Strong Armed Alchemist. The backbone of the Centennial and Willamette hops create the familiar sturdiness that we all know and love. Finishing off the beer is the malt sweetness that echoes Armstrong’s kindness towards others, something that is unexpected from an American Strong Ale.
Green Dragon Brewing, in collaboration with guest brewer Carl Grimm, crafted this special American Barleywine in tribute to Ray Grimm, a Portland artist and icon who, through his long life, helped shaped what is now considered Portland culture.
Ray had many talents and was known for many things, among which, he was a connoisseur of all beer styles. His enthusiasm for beer brought him the tongue in cheek honor of being Bridgeport Brewery’s 1994 Old Knucklehead with his portrait featured on the label. Ray is also well known for his collaborative work on a sculpture located in Pioneer Square – the whimsical weather machine with a not very ferocious dragon predicting storms. That sculpture, with its Grimm Dragon, has delighted both locals and tourists for years.
Ray was truly a unique person that gifted a rich legacy to Portland that continues to resonate today. His youngest son, Carl wanted to honor his father by brewing this barleywine with hops grown locally in his own backyard. Carl’s hops added just the right touch to this special beer which honors a very special man. Long live the Grimm Dragon!