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

Strong Armed Ale

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.

8.6% ABV
62 IBUs

Downtown Cherry Brown

This tasty treat is the result of a collaboration with the Green Dragon Brewers and BEER Kakurega. We used Mecca Grade Pelton and Troubadour Moonlight Serenade to bring a rich and complex flavor to the beer. 5 lbs of tart cherry puree from Oregon Fruit Products and a light touch of cinnamon finish this bad boy off.
This is a very special release as all proceeds from the sale of the beer go to the ALS Association to fund ALS research.
7% ABV
33 IBUs

Moon Unit IPA

Crafted by the Women of Rogue in collaboration with the Green Dragon Brew Crew, Moon Unit Hazy is a single hop hazy IPA brewed with Zappa hops and named for Frank Zappa’s daughter. This new hop variety delivers a tropical, passion fruit aroma in an easy-drinking IPA.
5.8% ABV
22 IBUs