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!
A Blood Orange Farmhouse, created in collaboration with OHSU’s Pill Hill Brew Crew.
On any day of the year it’s summer somewhere in Portland, some would say. As the winner of Pill Hill Brew Crew’s first homebrew challenge, we present Ryan Willis’ farmhouse ale. This blood orange farmhouse ale highlights the adventures of OHSU’s homebrewers, who seek to create a community to actively propagate the culture of brewing science, technique, appreciation, and comaraderie among students, faculty, staff, and friends throughout Oregon. This unique farmhouse offers a sweet retreat from the dark, rainy fall days of the Pacific Northwest.
Runner-up for People’s Choice at this year’s Willamette Week Pro/Am, this IPA was made with lactose and palm sugar added to the boil to provide a creamy mouthfeel. Whirlpool additions of Sabro and Mosaic hops bring notes of pineapple, coconut and tropical fruit. To further accentuate these notes, it was fermented on pineapple puree and heavily dry hopped with Galaxy and Vic Secret. Finally, we conditioned it on grilled pineapple, coconut, and rum soaked vanilla to round out this tropical delight. If you’re not into health foods, and you have half a brain, this is the beer that you’ve looked for, come with us and escape.
In two gardens, a farm, a pilot brewery and paths between, many hands grew, picked, moved, sprouted, smelled, cooked, cracked, hoisted, watched, were surprised by, prayed for, and pondered what’s become Humble Hands Fresh Hop Pale Ale. Guest brewers Carl and Caitlin Grimm provided a bounty of home-grown hops for the this community-crafted brew. It’s soft spoken, fruit forward, crisp, a little grassy and earthy, kind of complex, and subtly hoppy at the end. Like so much of the creativity in Portland’s deep artisnal culture, Humble Hands grows from friends, family and local businesses doing what they love and seeing what happens next.