Crux Fermentation Project is set to release its 2017 [BANISHED] Tough Love at events this week at its Tasting Room in Bend and at The BeerMongers in Portland. Then next week the Bend brewer will be at Special Brews in Lynwood, Washington for the beer’s launch. Crux has also released its winter ale, Snow Cave, for the very first time in bottles.
Coming up later this week Crux will release its 2017 vintage of [BANISHED] Tough Love. This annual favorite remains true to form — bold, yet wonderfully nuanced — with its own unique personality. After being “banished” to Kentucky Bourbon barrels for nearly a year, the beer brings forth rich overtones of dark roasted malt, oak-smoked wheat, and malted rye give way to delicate notes of velvety chocolate, vanilla, and dried cherries. At 11.5% ABV this beer will definitely take the winter chill away.
After last year’s run of bottles that were released in two sizes, this year Crux will release [BANISHED] Tough Love in the share-friendly size of 750mL bottles. The bottles will be corked, crowned, and wax-dipped with care. There will also be a nitro version on tap at our tasting room along with a small amount of nitro kegs will make their way into distribution.
Here are more details from Crux on each of the upcoming 2017 [BANISHED] Tough Love release parties that will feature master brewer, Larry Sidor, giving an official toast at both Oregon events.
Crux Tasting Room – 50 SW Division St, Bend, OR Thursday, November 9th (4-9pm) Join us in our Tasting Room for a celebratory toast with our Crux team – for the release of one of our most highly anticipated beers. This marks the official release of our 2017 [BANISHED] Tough Love Imperial Stout on draft and in 750ml bottles. To make the evening even more special, we will also have a nitro version of Tough Love on tap for the first time ever. And you won’t want to miss the toast at 6pm from Master Brewer & Co-Founder, Larry Sidor.
The BeerMongers – 1125 SE Division St, Portland, OR Friday, November 10th (6-8pm) Join us for a celebratory toast with Co-Founder and Master Brewer, Larry Sidor, and our Crux team— for the release of one of our most highly anticipated beers. This marks the official release of our 2017 [BANISHED] Tough Love Imperial Stout on draft and in bottles.
To make the evening even more special, we will be raffling off one very rare Box Set of a Tough Love four-year vertical (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)..
Special Brews – 14608 Highway 99 Ste 307, Lynnwood, WA Wednesday, November 15th (6-8pm) Join our Crux team for the release of one of our most highly anticipated beers. This marks the official debut of our 2017 [BANISHED] Tough Love Imperial Stout on draft and in bottles.
To make the evening even more special, we will have five other Crux beers on tap.
Crux has also released this year’s Snow Cave. Having been a draft only offering in the past this year Crux has released the beer in bottles for the very first time. Snow Cave is a winter ale at 8.0% ABV that boasts an amazing spice character built from the Belgian yeast. Defintley at the top of our list when it comes to winter ales.
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.