Rogue and Yard House Collaborate on Rogue Spruce Tip IPA

Rogue Spruce Tip IPA brewed in conjuction with Yard House (photo by Cat Stelzer)
Rogue Spruce Tip IPA brewed in conjuction with Yard House (photo by Cat Stelzer)

On December 7, 2015, Rogue Spruce Tip IPA will be tapped at Yard House Restaurants across the country to celebrate its 19th anniversary. John Maier brewed this Rogue special release in collaboration with Yard House executive chef Carlito Jocson and beverage manager Gregory Howard. Rogue and Yard House may seem like an unlikely partnership, but they have enjoyed a longstanding relationship through the years. Dead Guy Ale appeared on the first tap list at the original Yard House location in Long Beach, California, and In the past 19 years, at least one tap handle has been dedicated to serving Rogue beers.

Rogue brewmaster John Maier discussing Rogue Spruce Tip IPA at Yard House in Portland, OR (photo by Cat Stelzer)
Rogue brewmaster John Maier discussing Rogue Spruce Tip IPA at Yard House in Portland, OR (photo by Cat Stelzer)

Spruce Tip IPA was brewed with spruce tips flown in from Alaska (they were out of season in Oregon), which are very noticeable in the aroma of this IPA. Coming in at a 7.85% ABV, the IPA did not feel like a big beer as the citrus and caramel malt flavor made for a very smooth drinking IPA. Rogue brewmaster John Maier stated, “Using a revolutionary ingredient like spruce tips not only results in a unique ale worthy of celebration, but the needles are also symbolic of our partnership with Yard House: evergreen. I can’t wait for their guests to enjoy it.” Additionally, some Spruce Tip IPA is currently being aged in Chehalem Winery pinot noir barrels for a round two of the beer to be released in the future.

Yard House executive chef Carlito Jocson (photo by Cat Stelzer)
Yard House executive chef Carlito Jocson (photo by Cat Stelzer)
Yard House Apple cider brined pork chop (photo by Cat Seltzer)
Yard House Apple Cider Brined Pork Chop (photo by Cat Seltzer)
Yard House Banana berry Rum Macadamia Nut Crumble (photo by Cat Stelzer)
Yard House Banana berry Rum Macadamia Nut Crumble (photo by Cat Stelzer)

While creating the holiday menu at Yard House, executive chef Carlito Jocson, ensured the seasonal food would pair well with Spruce Tip IPA. The holiday menu is available through mid January and has entrees such as: Maui Pineapple Chicken, Lobster Mac n Cheese, Apple Cider Brined Pork Chop and Za’atar Crusted Salmon. Yes, the pork chop and applesauce meal was inspired by the memorable Brady Bunch episode. I dare you to order that meal and not have Peter Brady’s voice saying “ pork chops and applesauce,” running through your head for days afterwards (as was my experience).

Expect each of the 61 Yard House locations to receive a limited quantity of Spruce Tip IPA, as part of its Chalkboard Series (seasonal/small batch), with some locations also receiving the beer in bottles. Rogue Spruce Tip IPA is expected to be on tap through mid January.

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