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Yearly Favorites

A list of beers that are so well-loved, we usually have to bring ‘em back for another run (or two… or three…). Ask your beer tender or click on our “What’s On Tap” section to see which seasonal is on available at our pubs today!

Santa’s Woody Bourbon Barrel Aged Barley Wine (Christmas/Winter)

9.5% ABV / 90 IBU / O.G. 22° Plato
This beer is made for laying down before (cellaring) or after (bed) you drink it. It is an American Style Barley Wine that uses an all malt base to give it layers of malt character and sweetness, plus a burst of Simcoe for that big American hop punch and balance. This beer is the start of a new tradition for us– each year we serve a few but also tuck away a few kegs sit in the bourbon barrels until the following year. Several months later, we blend the old with the new to create a special batch to serve and also save for the year after that. We are excited to see how this project progresses and how time changes this titan among beers.

Moose & Squirrel Russian Imperial Stout (Winter)

8.6% ABV / 60 IBU / O.G. 20.5° Plato
Our Organic Moose and Squirrel is a strong and chewy Russian Imperial Stout created by blending several dark and rich malts, building layers of fruitiness, chocolate, and coffee. The hops are added early in the boil to balance out the sweetness, but not to distract from the complexity of flavors in the malt.

Deranger Imperial Red (Winter)

8.6% ABV / 100 IBU / O.G. 20° Plato
Here is the beer you have been waiting for! Deranger is our renowned Imperial Red Ale. It is our Free Range Red but much stronger, with tons of flavor and aromatic hop additions. It is a beautiful red color with a chewy caramel malt backbone that supports its complex layers of hop flavors.

Organic Portland Roasting Espresso Stout (Winter)

6.3% ABV / 34 IBU / O.G. 15° Plato
This beer is a collaboration with Portland Roasting Coffee. We brewed a base stout, then cold steeped an organic coffee blend to compliment and accentuate the roasty, chocolate, and coffee flavors already in the malt base. The result is a smooth dark ale that has layers of dark, rich roast flavor. Every year, Portland Roasting and our brewers pick a unique coffee blend to use, so every year the Organic Espresso Stout is a little different than the last.

Laurelwezien Hefeweizen (Winter/Spring)

4.9% ABV / 11 IBU / O.G. 11° Plato
Laurelweizen is a traditional Bavarian style Hefe. The haze, banana, clove, and bubble gum aromas come from the signature German Wheat yeast we used. This is an incredible food beer, pairing well with just about anything from spicy dishes to delicate desserts.

Megafauna (Winter/Spring)

9.5% ABV / 140 IBU / O.G. 20.5° Plato
This beer takes its name from the oversized animals of the Pleistocene Era, or Ice Age. Large saber toothed cats, hairy elephants, sloths the size of buses roamed the frozen tundras. Everything was big and/or hairy, with extra horns, tusks, teeth, etc. A tough time to be fighting for survival…Like those massive animals, this beer is huge with hop aroma and flavor. We used several new aromatic hop varieties to get a layered and hop oil soaked beer which, unlike the frozen tundra, isn’t bitter, and finishes dry. The aroma and flavor are layers of pine, citrus and tropical fruit and the beer is a pale gold. We hope you drink it in good health and keep warm. **2013 National IIPA Champion**

Green Elephant IPA (Spring)

7% ABV / 70 IBU / O.G. 16° Plato
Green Elephant IPA has a mellow malt character that sets the backdrop for a big hoppy beast of a beer. Layers of hop flavor come from the copious amounts of hops used in this brew, soaking the beer with hop oil goodness; creating layers of pine and tropical fruits. This beer drinks so wonderfully that you have to be careful. This elephant can sneak up on you!

Green Mammoth Imperial IPA (Spring)

9% ABV / 85 IBU / O.G. 19° Plato
This is the Imperial version of our Green Elephant IPA. This beer is all about hops, hops, and more hops. Huge amounts of American citrusy, piney, and tropical-fruity hops added in the kettle, hop back, and fermentation vessel give this beer its kick. Warning: This beer is not for the faint-of-palate.

Bohemian Pilsner (Summer)

5.6% ABV / 27 IBU / O.G. 12.3° Plato
Our summer seasonal, Portlandia Pilsner, uses a Czech style pilsner yeast, so we decided to celebrate the end of the Lager brewing season with one more batch, highlighting the characteristics of this yeast in our tribute to traditional Czech-style Pilsner. We used a blend of domestic and imported malts to create a beautiful straw colored beer. We hopped it with Motueka, a New Zealand variety, well regarded for its spicy and “noble” profile. This is a lovely beer for the hot month ahead.

Laurelwood Pumpkin Ale (Fall)

7.2% ABV / 12 IBU / O.G. 17° Plato
Laurelwood Pumpkin Ale starts with a Strong Ale recipe for a nutty amber beer. We then prepare pumpkin, squash, and a pumpkin pie spice blend and add it into the process from the Mash Tun through to the Hop Back. The result is a smooth and silky amber strong ale with a warm and spicy nose and rich body, which will set you aglow like a jack o’lantern!
Note: This is the same beer as “Stingy Jack” which, as it turns out, is a popular name. Since someone else had the rights to it, we changed the name. Same great beer!

Fresh Hop Workhorse IPA

7.2% ABV / 89 IBU / O.G. 16.9° Plato
The new hop crop rides to the rescue! This is the first installment of our Fresh Hop beers. We added over 80 pounds of Fresh Hop Centennial, picked up from a grower in the Willamette valley, to our Workhorse IPA to create a distinctly “horticultural” feel. There are several things that make Fresh Hop beers different: 1.) Seasonality; they are create for a limited time after harvest. Brewers in Portland can drive 20-60 minutes south to farms that have been growing hops for many generations. 2.) Dried hops hit the kilning floor soon after harvest. During the drying process, while the flavors become more stable, they lose lots of volatile flavors and aromas that can only be captured when used fresh, i.e., soon after harvest and before they hit the kiln. The difference between fresh hops and dry hops is like freshly squeezed OJ and the one from concentrate. It isn’t that the resulting beer is “hoppier” in a particular way, you just get a fuller spectrum of flavors that the hops have to offer. We hope you enjoy the harvest.


Portland Pale Project

We started the Portland Pale Project as a way to showcase just how diverse Pale Ales can be. Our brewers create new and unique Pales based on seasons, personal preference, or whatever is inspiring them at the moment. The Coniferous, Piston, Pale Pony, and Cable Knit are tried and true favorites.

Coniferous Pale Ale (Winter)

5.8% ABV / 55 IBU / O.G. 13.5° Plato
This is Coniferous, our Winter Pale Ale. This beer has a deep, rich color with background roast caramel notes atypically for pale ales, but the bright pine notes, juicy fruit aromas and relatively dry finish let you know that it is hopped like a pale. Designed to celebrate winter and warm your hearth.

Piston Pale Ale (Spring)

5.8% ABV / 35 IBU / O.G. 13° Plato
Originally the 4th installment of the Portland Pale Project, this recipe was dusted off and brewed again by request of Laurelwood Co-Founder, Mike De Kalb, as it was one of his favorite beers. Piston Pale Ale is a light, crisp, hoppy Northwest interpretation of a classic British style. There is a nice citrus aroma from Cascade hop additions in the boil, hop back and in fermentation. We hope you will enjoy this throwback to our roots. Cheers!

Pale Pony ISA (Summer)

4.5% ABV / 35 IBU / O.G. 10° Plato
The days are long, the weather is nice and so is the company. This summer pale ale is modeled after our popular Workhorse IPA, so it’s naturally high in hops, but low in alcohol content. Some call it a “session IPA,” some call it a pale ale, all we know is you’ll call it good!

Cable Knit Pale Ale (Fall)

5.4% ABV / 40 IBU / O.G. 12.5° Plato
This is a Pale Ale perfect for the transition of our Fall months, when the days become shorter and the rain starts, but not without those beautiful breaks of sun. We made it with Crystal and Munich malts to give it a deep golden Autumnal hue, flaked rye for a peppery dry character (like fall leaves), and a generous dose of bright hop flavor to keep you company while the rain pours down.

Cam’s Waterfall Pale Ale

4.6% ABV / 20 IBU / O.G. 10.5° Plato
This beer is the 20th installment of our Portland Pale Project and was designed by Cam, one of our brewers, to commemorate his spill over a big waterfall. His life flashed before his eyes, and his only regret was he hadn’t brewed this pale ale yet! It is designed around the hop flavors he was looking for – the fruity Mosaic, the grassy and citrusy qualities of Glacier and Citra, all rounded out with a malt backbone that includes Munich malt, giving it a nice toasted note. The bow on this package is the lower ABV, so you can enjoy a few without taking a spill yourself!

Single Hop Zythos Pale Ale

6.0% ABV / 45 IBU / O.G. 13.1° Plato
This beer is the 18th installment of our Portland Pale Project. This batch is a “single hop” pale, meaning we used one variety for the bittering through dry hop adds. In this case, it is Zythos, a hop blend from Hopunion. This blend brings together several elements of the IPA type hops: a firm spicy/peppery note, a grapefruit and lemon zest, a pine sap/woody aroma. Like most pale ales, the malt body plays a supporting role, not letting the beer fall out of balance. We really love the opportunity to create these single hop beers, allowing us to get a complete picture of the hop profile from bittering quality through the dry hop, and we hope you enjoy coming along for the ride.

SH EXP 05256 Pale Ale

5% ABV / 27 IBU / O.G. 11° Plato
The 17th installment of our Portland Pale Project is a “single hop” pale, meaning we used one variety for the bittering through dry hop adds. For this beer, we used an experimental variety. Before they name a hop, like Cascade or Amarillo, it typically is assigned a number that the hop breeders and geneticists use to refer to the hop. In this case, the hop was named “05256.” So far we are impressed by the hop and think it is right at home in our Pale Ale Project. It reminds us a little bit of Simcoe and Cascade, with its nice Citrus and fruit balance.

Draft Horse Pale Ale

5.5% ABV / 36 IBU / O.G. 12° Plato
The 15th installment of our Portland Pale Project took a few cues from Workhorse IPA in creating this very floral and piney pale ale. We blended some of our most aromatic hop varieties to present a bright, hoppy nose.

Nail Pale Ale

4.5% ABV / 30 IBU / O.G. 10.3° Plato
Lucky number 13 in our Portland Pale Project lineup and this beer was created for those who love to consume and be consumed by hops. Our intent was to make a Session Ale, i.e., low alcohol, with all the resiny citrus/pine hop aroma and flavor we strive for in our stronger versions, like our Workhorse IPA. Session Ale is a term that refers to a session of drinking at the pub, meaning you can drink several of them without getting yourself into trouble since the alcohol isn’t as strong. We prefer to call it a Nail Pale Ale, since you can pound it!!

Falconer’s Flight 7C’s Pale Ale

5.6% ABV / 35 IBU / O.G. 12.6° Plato
The 12th installment of our Portland Pale Project pays homage to Glen Hay Falconer, a well-loved and regarded brewer from the Eugene, Oregon area. Our hop provider, Hop Union, created this special blend of hops to represent Falconer’s spirit of pioneering Northwest beers. The “7 C’s” comes from the 7 aromatic hop varieties that begin with “C” (Cascade, Chinook, Centennial, Columbus, Crystal, Citra, Cluster). These hops are known for their distinctly American qualities: floral, citrus, and exotic fruits. We hope you enjoy exploring this custom blend as much as we enjoyed brewing it, and raise a glass to Glen.

Cellarman’s Pale Ale

4.7% ABV /25 IBU / O.G. 13.15° Plato
Our Portland Pale Project’s 11th beer. Our cellermen, Eric and Mike, created this beer with a creamy, luscious Pale Ale in mind. To achieve this, they used oats which layer in a velvet smoothness and Lactose, i.e., milk sugar, which layer in a full body without a heavy sweetness. The hops they selected are noble spicy varieties which come across as an herbal and green tea like flavor, but they take a back seat to the deep textures in this pale ale. This textural quality or “mouth-feel” is enhanced by the Nitro pour on this beer. This is a very mellow and delicious Pale Ale, well suited for kicking back and relaxing.

Bantum Pale Ale

4.6% ABV / 35 IBU / O.G. 10.8° Plato
The 10th installment of our Portland Pale Project. A Bantum is a standard chicken breed for smaller size. This beer is a British Session version of our Free Range Red (though not Organic), which we consider a NW Extra Special Bitter, or ESB. Bitters are often darker then our standard Pale Ales, but this one fits in well as a Pale Ale, whatever your standard is.
We used roughly a similar build to the malts and exchanged our native Cascade hops for British hops to create a mellow, easy-drinking ale that draws on the English roots of so many of our well loved craft beer styles. There is a light, pleasant fruit aroma with slight herbal hop notes, maintaining the same exceptional balance as in our Red.

Jean-Claude Van Pale

5.6% ABV / 32 IBU / O.G. 12.5° Plato
This beer is the 8th installment of our Portland Pale Project and is a classic Pale Ale with a Belgian twist, using European character malts, like Munich and Aromatic, woven in where the crystal would be, and spicy hops where the citrusy ones would be. We then fermented with a Belgian Monastic yeast strain and dry hopped with a distinctly American variety, Citra. The result is a spicy, fruity take on a pale ale.

Pepe le Pale

6.3% ABV / 40 IBU / O.G. 16° Plato
Our 6th installment of our Portland Pale Project was created by former Lead Brewer (now Brewmaster) Shane. This beer is an attempt to use some of our stinky hops, ones that are often described as onion, garlic or chive like. Don’t worry, we used smaller amounts and combinations to make them more suave and seductive like the skunk it is named after. You will find yourself on a trip to the casaba with this pale.

Nicks Big Spoon Pale Ale

5.7% ABV / 27 IBU / O.G. 12° Plato
This is the third installment of our Pale Ale project, created by Nicholas Munson Phelps, one of our brewers. Nick describes his creation: “This hop-hazy/ light-bodied pale ale is snuggled with a massive amount of crystal hops in the bright tank, yielding luscious berry aromas & flavor. Cuddled by a substantial amount of wheat malt and a light kiss of bitterness, what’s not to love?”

Cameron’s Waylay Sprite Pale Ale

5.8% ABV / 35 IBU / O.G. 12.5° Plato
This Portland Pale Project installment is extra special because it’s our former cellarman, Cameron Murphy’s first recipe! Cameron created this beer to ambush you pallet with citrus deliciousness. His goal was to create a light, refreshing beer with citrusy hops that are only complimented by the use of lemon and lime zest and juice. We used a classic West Coast yeast strain, which is much more neutral then our British style house yeast, allowing the citrus and hops to shine through. Bravo, Cameron!

Shane’s Kiss Of Freedom

76.2% ABV / 30 IBU / O.G. 20° Plato
Before he became Brewmaster, Shane Watterson created this Pale Ale with a Scottish malt and oatmeal base that is soft on your palate. He used a Scottish yeast strain for a clean and classic profile. To that he added a blend of piney and earth hops to reinforce this interpretation which has its feet ½ in the British isles and ½ in the Northwest. Using fresh picked Liberty hops from his back yard created a beautiful full spectrum of hop aroma and flavor.


Beers of Laurelwood Past… In No Particular Order

Feel free to browse our beer log and see what we’ve brewed over the years. You never know, maybe one that piques your interest will make a comeback!

Endless Summer Ale

4.5% ABV / 24 IBU / O.G. 10.4°
This is our 2014 North American Organic Brewer’s Festival beer. A hoppier and organic version of Mother Lode Golden. Like Mother Lode, it is a brilliant rich gold color and has a fruity aroma and flavors, but with an added bite of hops at the end!

The Grist Saison

5.1% ABV / 11 IBU / O.G. 11.2° Plato
This is a type of Belgian-style low alcohol ale. The malt and hop character takes a back seat to the yeast character. It has citrus aromas and a creamy, fruity taste.

Citrus Wheat aka ‘Orange You Glad I Didn’t Say Banana’

4.8% ABV / 16 IBU / O.G. 11.3° Plato
We used 12 pounds of various citrus fruits per barrel to create this tart and refreshing beer. The base style is a Belgian-style Wit beer, which usually has orange peel and coriander added, but instead of going the subtle and suggestive route with the citrus, we omitted the coriander and used a few hundred pounds of fruit to get all the zest and juice that is in this ale. We created this beer as our entry into this year’s Fruit Beer Festival, and because it sounds really, really good to us right now.

Kilt-landish Scotch Ale

9% ABV / 20 IBU / O.G. 20.4° Plato
Strong and hearty this Strong Scotch ale is inspired by the big malty ales of Scotland. True to style, this sturdy brew is layered with malt complexity and balanced by a smooth alcohol presence. Fermented cool, this ale is clean, and rich with notes of dark fruits and caramel.

Baltic Porter

7% ABV / 35 IBU / O.G. 17.6° Plato
One of our favorite styles! A dark, rich lager, much like a dopplebock, but with some roasted notes. This style of beer came to prominence in the Baltic countries, influenced by the Imperial Stouts British brewers were making for the Russian Court. There are layers of dark fruits, like a proper fruit cake; dark cherry, fig, current, with the dark malt characters of chocolate and roast. The balance of this beer is over all sweet, but brought into check with the slight hop and roast bitterness.


5.6% ABV / 18 IBU / O.G. 13° Plato
This is a German style light lager. At Oktoberfest, this is the beer they are drinking. Overall balance is towards the malt, with slight doughy character and clean lager pallet. The hops are very restrained with very low bitterness and have a hint of spiciness. Very enjoyable lager!

Breaking Up Christmas

6.8% ABV / 40 IBU / O.G. 14.6° Plato
This is a beer recipe our former Brewmaster, Vasili, wrote with friend and fellow Old Time musician, Sean Burke, from the Commons Brewery here in Portland. They first met through mutual friends in the Old Time community and wanted to brew a beer for the upcoming Portland Old Time Gathering in January. The name comes from an old fiddle tune. We restrained the fermentation hops and used Western Red Cedar, which is all over Portland. It lends a bright pineapple note to the beer.

Rusty Robot Strong Ale

7.5% ABV / 45 IBU / O.G. 17.9° Plato
The Rusty Robot is a Strong Ale made by Laurelwood’s current Brewmaster, Shane Watterson, and his long time homebrew accomplice, Liam Nagy. They created the beer for a ProAM Festival, which pairs a professional brewer with a home brewer to see what they come up with. They used European floor malted barley and character malts to give this beer a strong, malty and full flavor with a hint of sweetness and a beautiful copper/amber hue. The malt is balanced with the hops which add a very mild, herbal/minty aroma. The Rusty Robot is an adequate beer to match the fall season.

Condensate Steam Beer

5.2% ABV / 35 IBU / O.G. 12.3° Plato
We brewed this beer for a Beers Made By Walking (BMBW) project, in which brewers go for a hike and get inspiration from that experience to craft a beer. Here are a few notes from our former Brewmaster, Vasili’s experience hiking in the Tillamook State Forest: “Like several of the fall days we have had this year, the morning haze burned off in the late morning. I decided to make a beer that suggested the deep textures of the forest and the bright breaks of light streaming through the trees.” We brewed a Steam beer or Common Ale which is a lager yeast fermented at warmer temperatures, which give it a lager-like smoothness and roundness to the malt with some spicier yeast notes, accentuated with the use of Glacier hops.

Laurelfest Beer 2013

5.3% ABV / 5.3 IBU / O.G. 11.5° Plato
This years’ Laurelfest beer is an interpretation of a monastic style single ale. You may be familiar with the doubles, triples and quads, but the single is the everyday drinker for the monks. A celebration of life and work! We used a simple malt bill, expressive yeast and floral hops to create a clean, flavorful blessing on your day. Sorachi Ace hops, a Japanese variety now grown in the Willamette Valley, impart lemon and dill flavors, blending with the spicy and fruity dynamic in the yeast.

Organic ESB

5.9% ABV / 23 IBU / O.G. 14° Plato
Organic ESB is a nod to the English roots of our Free Range Red. This beer is brewed to around the same strength as “FRR,” but uses a traditionally English hop variety, Fuggles, for all bittering and flavor adds, rather than the NW classic, Cascade. When Fuggles combines with the roasty/toasty malt character, higher fermentation temperatures, and fruity English yeast strain, it produces a Starburst-like fruity nose, as you find with this beer. We dialed back the bitterness to let the balanced malt and hop flavors shine.

Hipster Sunburn

5.2% ABV / 12 IBU / O.G. 11.2° Plato
Before Shane took on the big Brewmaster role, he created this beer as an answer to the call for the perfect summer drinker! We keep it very pale and light with a mixed malt and grain body. We used a single hop, Sterling, a spicy/peppery hop, and French Saison yeast to add complex white wine type fruitiness with a earthy and light citrus undertone. This beer has a wonderful and appetizing nose. A great way to beat the heat.


4.9% ABV / 11 IBU / O.G. 11° Plato
This is not American style Hefeweizen, which Widmer or Pyramid produces. What you have here is the original style, full of flavor and character in the German tradition. The haze (which comes from the wheat protein in suspension), and the banana, clove and bubble gum aromas and flavors all come from the signature German Wheat yeast we used. This is one of the best all time food beers, pairing well with just about anything from spicy dishes to desserts to…just about anything you want to throw at it. Even more perfect by itself on a hot day, totally refreshing!


3.4% ABV / 6 IBU / O.G. 8° Plato
This Berlin style tart wheat ale was originally brewed for the third annual Fruit Beer Festival. For that version we mixed it with Marion Berry, but we prefer it straight! This is a low alcohol beer that uses lactobacillus, a bacteria, in addition to our standard brewer’s yeast to create this very sour/tart impression. The low alcohol and tartness make this a perfect summer beer!

Workhorse Galaxy

7.5% ABV / 80 IBU / O.G. 17° Plato
Workhorse Galaxy is a beer we came up with that takes most of its cues from our Workhorse IPA. The difference is that we used several new hop varieties that were not widely available, like Galaxy, a hop prized for its aromatic as well as bittering capacity. It comes from Australia and brings with it big citrus and passion fruit aromas.

Hooligan Brown Ale

5.3% ABV / 25 IBU / O.G. 13.3° Plato
A blast from the past! One of our former core beers, this mellow brown ale integrates nutty & toasted malts into a medium body, complimented by earthy hops to create a great beer. Enjoy Hooligan with steak, spicy dishes, fish and chips, or just drinking a few while you cheer the Timbers on to victory.

Boss IPA 12.0

6.5% ABV / 65 IBU / O.G. 14.7° Plato
In there beginning, there was… the Boss IPA! Boss is Laurelwood’s early interpretation of a West Coast IPA; a light body ale that gets out of the way for the hops to take the floor. We plucked this one from the archive, polished it up, and made it new again. The main focus is the citrus and fruit hop character with supporting hints of peaches. The body is very light and balances the hop performance.

Leatherman Lager

4.9% ABV / 35 IBU / O.G. 13.1° Plato
We made this beer to celebrate the Leatherman tool company, based right here in Portland! As brewers, we all love using their tools, almost as much as we love brewing lagers! This beer is a delicious malt focused version of the popular Oktoberfest style. There is very lovely toasted malt, biscuit and bready notes, a robust body, and a deep, brilliant red hue. This is the perfect kind of beer to pair with spicy foods since its body can extinguish to hottest of fires.


5.0% ABV / 30 IBU / O.G. 11.4° Plato
This lager beer, special for Zwiclemania 2013, was being poured directly from the zwickle, or sample port, of the fermentation vessel. Since then we have filtered it to brilliant clarity. This elegant pilsner has a mellow, creamy, malt profile with a gently spicy hop note, making it a wonderfully balanced beer to drink by the liter full, or two.

St. Bernard Dubbel

7.6% ABV / 15 IBU / O.G. 17.3° Plato
This beer is our tribute to the Monastic beers broadly categorized as Dubbels. These are called Dubbel, i.e., double, because they are stronger then the table beers the monks drink with their meals. While not twice the strength, they are considerably different in alcoholic strength as well as character. These beers are characterized by their complex malt flavors of raisin, cherry and plum, along with the spicy, like clove or pepper, and fruity, like banana or apple, notes imparted by the yeast and to a lesser degree, the hops. The body is rich and complex, yet finishes dry due to the use of candi sugars and drying effect of alcohol. This is an excellent winter ale to be enjoyed with sympathetic foods that have these hints of fruit and spice or enjoyed by itself.

Olde Reliable Barley Wine

10.2% ABV / 40 IBU / O.G. 22.5° Plato
Olde Reliable is a Barley Wine style ale. This is a traditional British type of beer that has been amped up to a much higher strength then you will find in England in this day and age. There is a stone fruit like aroma and flavor that comes from the yeast and the malt-forward profile, and a warming and spicy quality from the alcohols. This is a beer made to hold the cold at bay.

Battle Ground Bock

6.3% ABV / 27 IBU / O.G. 15° Plato
This beer was brewed during a brewing class at our two barrel brewery formerly in Battle Ground, Washington. This beer was made with German base malt, yeast and hops. The goal is a malty sweet beer, with notes of chocolate and dark fruits, yet finish semi dry. The smooth Lager character accentuates the malts by not throwing a lot of fruity fermentation characteristics, allowing the malt a lot of depth with creamy caramel and fruit flavor.

Pontificating Pilgram Harvest Ale

5.8% ABV / 30 IBU / O.G. 13.2° Plato
Former Brewmaster, Vasili, asked his brewers to come up with a beer inspired by fall, and this is the result: a malty backbone dominates this beer. Wheat, oats, corn and rye as well as 100# of jerrahdale squash give this beer hearty earthy flavors, all while a hint of ginger plays well with Upright Brewery’s house yeast, lending some subtle farmhouse flavors. Lightly hopped with Northern Brewer and Liberty hops, this complex brown ale would make a pontificating pilgrim piously ponder proudly at its bounty.

Dustin’s Farewell

6% ABV / 50 IBU / O.G. 15° Plato
Dustin, our well loved and long time cornerstone of our brewery is off to greener pastures. As a farewell beer, he revisited a rye IPA from back at our original location on 40th. Rye, when used in large amounts, imparts a spicy and dry finish on the beer. He then used a mix of citrus and earthy style hops to create an IPA that is distinct from our others we have on.

Brewers Cut Double IPA

9.6% ABV / 110 IBU / O.G. 19.25° Plato
This beer celebrates the new crop of hops. A Brewer’s Cut, is a brick of hops taken from a bale of the new crop of hops for evaluation by the brewers. The brewer’s then look at, touch, smell, if not get totally overwhelmed by these hop samples and select what lots they want to brew with that year. It is as fresh as dried hops get. Our hands, clothes and noses get totally saturated with the aromatic oils of these hops. We created this beer to recreate and celebrate this experience with our patrons. We used a very neutral Ale yeast and light malt body to really leave the stage to the hops. We crammed the cuts we brought back from hops selection as well as other hops we had on hand, into the mash tun, as the wort ran to the kettle, in the boil, whirlpool, hop back and fermentor. The vast amount of hops used create layers of pine, tropical fruit, citrus and floral aromas and flavors.

Farmhand Saison: Lavender

5.2% ABV / 26 IBU / O.G. 12° Plato
This beer was created as the first in a occasional series of single flower saison beers, where we want to feature a particular herb or spice as it contributes to the subtle flavors of a saison; in this case, lavender. The goal in these types of beers is to suggest a wide range of spice and herbs rather then have it stick out. To this end, the lavender should be a restrained suggestion. The grain bill is a real field beer, using four different grains (Barley, Rye, Wheat and Oats) to lend dimension to the flavor of this agricultural beverage.

Calypso Brown Ale

5.6 % ABV / 47 IBUs/ OG 1.058° Plato
We designed this beer to blur the lines between beer styles, exploiting the chocolate and coffee tones of traditional brown ale, maintaining the quaff ability of an American Pale, and making full use of the new and exclusive Calypso hops. The bitterness is subdued but firm, the esters apparent but in check, and the finish semi dry.