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!
As his final beer on the team, Warren made a big ‘ol Russian Imperial Stout and added a ton of cherry puree, and a hint of cinnamon from the interaction of cherry and dark malts. This is a delicious brew that should warm you up on these cold winter days. Happy holidays!
Brewed by GDBC w/ guest Carl Grimm
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!
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.