The shortest month of the year is upon us and with the changing of the monthly calendar means that 2019 Bourbon Month will arrive at Block 15 Brewing in Corvallis. Each February Block 15 Brewing dedicates the month’s 28 days to bourbon. This includes food and drink pairings, bourbon barrel aged beers, bourbon-inspired food specials, and a curated selection of rare, world-class bourbons. Sounds delicious!
Beginning on Friday, February 1st, grab your Bourbon Passport at Block 15 Brewing or Caves Bier & Kitchen. Drink and document all of the beer and bourbon on this year’s passport and win an exclusive t-shirt, plus invitation to a special bourbon tasting. Remember you have 28 days to complete this.
Also, on Friday, Block 15 will release Winter Amusement 2019, a Saison Blended with Oak Aged Spontaneous Ale that was brewed in collaboration with de Garde Brewing. This is the first release in the two brewery’s new Amusement series of beers that will be a rotating seasonal project that blends friendship, technique, and beer from both breweries.
The inaugural release, Winter Amusement 2019, features a winter saison from Block 15 blended with nearly two year old spontaneously fermented and oak aged wild ale from de Garde. You can find bottles at both breweries, starting this Friday!
7.5% ABV – $8 per 500mL bottle – Limit 12 bottles per person
For the rest of the month’s events in February, here’s a rundown on what to expect at both Block 15 locations and Caves Bier & Kitchen. Looks to be a fun month to be in Corvallis!
Barrel at Caves
Friday, February 1
Kick off Bourbon Month at Barrel, a celebration of barrel-aged beers hosted by Block 15’s sibling restaurant Caves. Offerings from featured breweries will include: Block 15 Brewing Co., Alesong Brewing & Blending, Boneyard Beer, Founders Brewing Co., Lost Abbey Brewing Co., North Coast Brewing Co., Oakshie Brewing, pFriem Family Brewers, Santiam Brewing, Wolf Tree Brewery, and others.
Bottle Release at Block 15 Tap Room
Saturday, February 2 at 11am
Featuring Super Nebula; Super Nebula, Breakfast with Roses; Super Nebula, Double Chocolate Hazelnut; Kriek, a Spontaneous Cuvée; and The DAB Lab, Juice Joint.
The release will begin at 11:00am, but Block 15 Tap Room will be opening its doors at 9:30am, so you can arrive early and hang out over complimentary hot coffee and donuts from NutCakes. There will be some killer food specials, and the release of these new beers on tap. Block 15 will issue you a number when you arrive, so you can mingle before the release without losing your spot in line.
Tap Room Food Specials:
Super Nebula Biscuits & Gravy: House-made buttermilk biscuits smothered in Super Nebula pork gravy.
Kriek Benedict: Kriek glazed house ham or tempeh, poached eggs, braised red chard, and gruyere hollandaise on a toasted English muffin.
February 2nd Beer Releases:
Super Nebula 2019 – Imperial Stout Matured in Bourbon Barrels and Conditioned on Cocoa Nibs
Each year we mature Super Nebula—an imperial version of our Nebula Stout—in unique bourbon barrels, followed by conditioning on cocoa nibs selected to complement that year’s blend.
11% ABV – $11.50 / 500mL bottle – 5 bottles / person
Super Nebula, Breakfast with Roses 2019 – Imperial Stout Brewed with Maple Syrup, Matured in Bourbon Barrels, and Conditioned on Cocoa Nibs and Coffee Beans
This special variation of Super Nebula was brewed with organic maple syrup, matured in Four Roses bourbon barrels, and then conditioned on organic direct trade Tanzanian cocoa nibs and coffee from Bespoken Coffee Roasters that was aged in freshly-emptied Super Nebula Barrels prior to roasting.
11% ABV – $12.50 / 500mL bottle – 2 bottles / person
Super Nebula, Double Chocolate Hazelnut 2019 – Imperial Stout Matured in Bourbon Barrels and Conditioned on Cocoa Nibs, Chocolate, and Hazelnut
This special variation of Super Nebula was matured in Four Roses bourbon barrels and then conditioned on organic direct trade Tanzanian cocoa nibs, liquid cacao, and organic hazelnut extract—rich additions that layer on notes of dutched chocolate, ganache, dark fruit, and toasted nuts.
11% ABV – $12.50 / 500mL bottle – 2 bottle / person
Kriek, a Spontaneous Cuvée – Oud Bruin Ale Spontaneously Fermented in Bourbon Barrels with Cherries
Kriek, a Spontaneous Cuvee is an oud bruin inspired wild ale that was spontaneously fermented in bourbon barrels first used to mature Super Nebula. After conditioning over two winters on local Montmorency cherries from the Cherry County, we blended barrels of Kriekat their peak of character, marrying the unique expression of our wild cellar’s resident flora with the essence of fresh tart cherries and a subtle hint of bourbon.
6.5% ABV – $11.50 / 500mL bottle – 3 bottles / person
The DAB Lab, Juice Joint – Progressive IPA ftg. Hop Extractions
The DAB Lab series focuses on vibrant hop-forward ales that prominently feature hop extractions. Juice Joint pairs dank, citrusy, and tropical varietals—a heady hop combination that’s packed with hop character of resin-dipped pineapple skunk and freshly squeezed twisted citrus.
7% ABV – $4.00, plus deposit / 16oz can – no limit
This year Block 15 will be offering limited edition Super Nebula glass available for purchase to attendees of both the brunch release and public release. Brunch attendees will have the opportunity to pre-order up to (2) glasses, while glassware at the public release will be available on a first-come, first-served basis (also limit 2).
4 Spirits Tasting Fundraiser at Block 15
Tuesday, February 12
Sample 4 Spirits bourbon whiskey, meet their team, and learn about a local craft distillery. 10% of beer, wine, and cocktail sales will be donated to 4 Spirits OSU Veteran Scholarship Fund!
Bourbon Dinner at Caves
Monday, February 18 at 6pm
Caves’ annual Bourbon Dinner, featuring a prix fixe menu alongside bourbon barrel matured beer pairings. Reservation required.
Bourbon Ice Cream Social at Caves
Sunday, February 24 from 3pm – 5pm
Enjoy a whimsical selection of bourbon-inspired, house-made ice cream and desserts paired with select bourbons.