BridgePort Brewing Company continues to push forward into a realm of innovation and experimentation. For a company with national distribution dependent on its core brands like their world renowned IPA (so sad they scrapped the legendary ESB), the brewery beginning to realize the craft beer sector that demands even more variety and craft artisanship. This comes in the most recent incarnation with their latest fall seasonal release, Witch Hunt, a new brew described by the brewery as a “spiced harvest ale.” The beer features an interesting confluence of ingredients. The base of the beer is constituted of chewy Caramel and Melanoidan malts that gives the beer a rich amber hue. It is then dry hopped and finished with cinnamon and nutmeg.
“With all of the pumpkin ales that come out in the fall, we wanted to try something a little different,” comments BridgePort brewmaster Jeff Edgerton. “This is still a beer that you can enjoy alongside the comfort foods of fall but the spice flavors are subtle enough that you can have more than just one in a sitting without being overwhelmed.”
The beer clocks in at a moderate 5.8% ABV and features 40 IBU (same amount of bittering units as BridgePort’s flagship India Pale Ale, which was considerably bold when it was released in the mid-90s). The beer showcases the brewhouse’s English house ale yeast and this newer variety of Meridian hops that have “a slightly sweet lemony character along with an experimental variety of hops from Hopunion in Yakima, ground Cinnamon and Nutmeg.”
Official release for BridgePort Witch Hunt
BridgePort will host a Witch Hunt release party Thursday, August 9 starting at 5:30 p.m. at BridgePort Brewpub in Portland. Free and open to the public, attendees can be among the first to try samples of this new fall seasonal while supplies last. The brewpub team will also have a tarot card reader on hand for guests who want to get into the spooky spirit of this new brew.
About BridgePort Brewing Company
Oregon’s oldest craft brewery continues to evolve from a microbrewery to a regional leader in the craft brewing market, while remaining faithful to its commitment to producing high-quality, innovative craft ales. The BridgePort family of ales includes IPA, Hop Czar, Kingpin, Dark Rain and a list of seasonal releases. BridgePort Brewery is located at 1313 N.W. Marshall St. For more information, call 503-241-7179 or visit www.bridgeportbrew.com.