As if five years of celebrating the twentieth anniversary of Seattle indy label Sub Pop weren’t enough, Elysian Brewing‘s erstwhile summer seasonal, Loser, is going year-round, just in time for anniversary number 25. The distinctive, tropical hop character and golden, warming maltiness will be available on draft, in 22-ounce bottles and in six-packs throughout the year starting March 1.
Loser began its life in 2007 as a collaboration between two Seattle alternative institutions. Elysian Brewing Company got together with Sub Pop Records to craft a beer that was available exclusively backstage at the anniversary celebration held at Marymoor Park. The next year the beer was back, on draft and in 22-ounce bottles at restaurants, taverns and stores that got the message, and just last year six-packs hit the shelves for the first time. Response has grown every year, and now it just won’t go away.
Loser was one of the first general-production beers to use Sorachi Ace hops, the Japanese variety rescued from obscurity and grown exclusively by Virgil Gamache Farms in Washington’s Yakima Valley. The waxy, coconutty and compelling flavor carries through the beer, combining with crisp and spicy Crystal finishing hops. And at 7% alcohol by volume, Loser isn’t your mainstream summer lightweight. For Elysian, Sub Pop and the beer-savvy public, having Loser available throughout the year is a clear win-win.
Angelo M. De Ieso II comes from the great Northeast where he spent most of his formative years in Central Maine after being born in Massachusetts. His first experience with craft brewing came from Samuel Adams, Shipyard, Geary’s, and a few other imports like Samuel Smiths and (gulp) Guinness. In 1996 he moved to the Bay Area and discovered Lagunita’s, Mendocino, Anchor, Sierra Nevada, and others that changed his palate forever (there was always a few Henry Weinhards to go around, too). Since 1998, Angelo has lived and quaffed in Portland, Oregon where his friend Shane introduced him to several delicious flavors from Deschutes to Spaten, Full Sail to Hair of the Dog. In 2005, Angelo graduated from Portland State University with a degree in communication and a deeper love for craft beers. Angelo met Aaron, his partner in crime at Brewpublic, at KPSU, Portland State’s radio station, where the two were staff members and DJs. He has been an correspondent for the Portland Tribune’s Guest on Tap column, LivePDX.com, and has been featured in publications such as Beer Northwest and PDX Magazine. Angelo also has a great interest in independent music, and has been a booker and organizer for shows around the Portland under the name Pop Tomorrow! Angelo garnered much knowledge regarding beer from his experiences working at Belmont Station, Pyramid Brewing, By the Bottle, Beer Revolution, Olde Depot Public House, Falling Sky Brewing, and from many knowledgeable people along the way. It is Angelo’s mission to bring “infotainment” and “edumation” to the readers of this website. If you have any questions or comments, or would like to contribute, please contact him. Prost! firstname.lastname@example.org
“Head blogger for Brewpublic, good friend of the bar, and all-around ale maniac, Angelo appears at first to be a soft-spoken, modest fella with a peculiar predilection towards Boston-area sports teams. But make no mistake, this man knows where the dead bodies are buried.” -Michael O’Connor, Bailey’s Taproom, professional beer scribe.