As Bailey’s Taproom and The Upper Lip close out its Dark Days, a week of featured barrel-aged beers, it will do so on Saturday, December 3rd with one event that is sure not to miss. BREWPUBLIC Presents Struck by Sierra: Moonstruck & Sierra Nevada Beer & Chocolate Pairing at The Upper Lip. Taking place from 3:00 to 7:00pm, Sierra Nevada Brewing will be taking over all six taps at The Upper Lip featuring its Trip In The Woods Series of barrel-aged beers paired with Moonstruck Chocolate.
Sierra Nevada Brewing recently debuted its new Trip In The Woods series of barrel-aged beers that includes Barrel-Aged Narwhal with Red and Black Currants, Barrel-Aged Bigfoot with Ginger, and Barrel-Aged Bière de Garde. All three of these beers will be on tap for this event and the only place in Portland that will be doing so. Its Barrel-Aged Biere de Garde recently received Third Place at the 2016 Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beers in Strong Pale Beer category. Local Sierra Nevada Area Sales Manager, Kat Finn will be at The Upper Lip to answer any questions on the brewery that’s been brewing since 1979.
And if pouring these three barrel-aged Sierra Nevada beers and three other tasty offerings from the highly regarded brewery from Chico, California, we have also brought in Portland’s hometown Moonstruck Chocolate into the fold. Moonstruck has been producing handcrafted, artisan chocolates since 1993. For Struck by Sierra, Moonstruck Chocolate’s master chocolatier, Julian Rose will be on hand and has craftily paired each of the six beers with chocolates that he helped develop.
A little over a year ago, Julian was the mastermind behind the successful Oregon Craft Brewers Truffle Collection from Moonstruck Chocolate. (Read more about this collection from our review here.) Julian will also be selling chocolates such as bars and beer truffles and a few assorted selections. With Christmas on the horizon this sounds a great excuse to come enjoy some great beers paired with some fine chocolates!
Here are the beers that will be on tap during Struck by Sierra.
Trip In The Woods Series:
Barrel-Aged Narwhal with Red and Black Currants – We aged this rich, chocolatey imperial stout in bourbon barrels with a mix of both red currants and black currants for a pop of sweet and tart flavor. The deep, roasty notes of the stout blend well with the berries and barrels to create complex flavors of cocoa and coconut with a mellow fruit undertone. 12.9% ABV
Barrel-Aged Bigfoot with Ginger – This is a special version of our barrel-aged Bigfoot Barleywine with fresh ginger added into the barrels. The resulting kick of ginger mellows Bigfoot’s ferocious hop bite and adds a new level of brightness and complexity. This beer features notes of burnt sugar, orange zest, vanilla, and candied ginger. 12.6% ABV
Barrel-Aged Bière de Garde – Bières de Garde are “beers for aging” in the classic sense—round and complex with flavors that ebb and flow over time. This version is a blend of robust Belgian-style ales matured in barrels for layered flavors of straw, fruit, oak, and the unique spice notes of traditional Belgian yeast. 8.8% ABV
Other Sierra Nevada Beers On Tap:
2012 Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale (9.6% ABV)
Otra Vez Gose-Style Ale (4.5% ABV)
Celebration Fresh Hop IPA (6.8% ABV)
Entry to Struck by Sierra is free and the pairings will take place from 3:00 to 7:00pm.
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 20 years under his belt of drinking beer at festivals across America and the world, he has developed a strong appreciation and understanding of craft beer and the industry that surrounds it. He can be found in any of the great breweries or beer bars that make Portland the best beer city in the world. His writing can also be found in Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter at @hopapalooza.