Over the past few years Melvin Brewing has been sending its award winning beers here to Oregon for a few special events here and there. The Wyoming based brewery known for its hop forward beers will be in Portland once again on February 4, also known as National 2×4 Day. On 2/4, Melvin Brewing will be sending its famous 2×4 Imperial IPA to 24 different bars in 9 different states from the Pacific to Atlantic Ocean.
The usual suspects here in Portland will be serving 2×4 IIPA on February 4 that includes N.W.I.P.A., Roscoe’s, The BeerMongers and APEX. Up north in Seattle it’ll be Brouwer’s Café, Toronado, Pinebox, and Beveridge Place Pub.
But this is only temporary great news as we have learned that Melvin Brewing will enter the Oregon craft beer market this summer in August most likely from what we hear via General Distributors. For those of you that cannot wait until August, Melvin Brewing will be joining Barley Brown’s Beer to be part of Fort George Brewery’s 2016 3-Way IPA collaboration.
Founded in 2009 by Jeremy Tofte and Kirk McHale, Melvin Brewing has been satisfying hop fans across the country with its enticing West Coast Style IPAs. This original 3 barrel brew house has been the source of Melvin IPA and 2×4 Imperial IPA, which went on to win gold medals at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival, back-to-back Alpha King awards in 2012 and 2013, and a Gold Medal at the World Beer Cup. Then in 2015 Melvin was awarded the Small Brew Pub and Small Brew Pub Brewer of the year. Then this past December Melvin Brewing increased its production to a brand new 30-barrel brew house at its production facility in Alpine, WY.
With this increased capacity Melvin Brewing is now able to share its award-winning 2×4 Imperial IPA across the U.S. on February 4. The swag, the hip-hop, the ninjas, and – of course – Melvin’s 2×4 will all be out to party.
2×4 is an Imperial IPA that is described as offering a stupid amount of hops. Checking in at 10% ABV, 2×4 has a light malt base that reveals notes of pine, citrus and tropical fruit. Up until now Melvin’s 2×4 Imperial IPA has only been available on draught at Thai Me Up restaurant in Jackson, Wyoming and a few other temporary locations in the region.
Participating bars include:
Hamilton’s Tavern, 1521 30th Street, San Diego 92102
Backcountry Tap House, 2319 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder 80302
Backcountry Nederland, 20 Lakeview Drive, Nederland
Falling Rock, 1919 Blake Street, Denver 80202
Hops and Pie, 3920 Tennyson Street, Denver 80212
Tap and Handle, 307 S College Avenue, Fort Collins 80524
Bier Thirty Bottle & Bistro, 3073 S Bown Way, Boise 83706
Pre Funk Beer Bar, 1100 West front Street, Boise 83702
Twisted Timber – 4563 Cloverdale Road, Boise 83709
Alewife, 21 N Eutaw Street, Baltimore 21201
Lord Hobo, 92 Hampshire Street, Cambridge
Alewife NYC, 5-14 51st Ave, Long Island City 02139
N.W.I.P.A.,6350 SE Foster Road, Portland 97206
Roscoe’s, 81-5 SE Stark Street, Portland 97215
The BeerMongers, 1125 SE Division Street, Portland 97202
Apex, 1216 SE Division Street, Portland 97202
Brouwer’s Café, 400 North 35th Street, Seattle 98103
Toronado, 1205 NE 65th Street, Seattle 94115
Pinebox, 1600 Melrose Avenue, Seattle 98122
Beveridge Place Pub, 6413 California Avenue SW, Seattle 98136
Elizabeth Station, 1400 W Holly Street, Bellingham 98225
The Copper Hog Gastropub, 1327 North State Street, Bellingham 98225
McKay’s Taphouse and Pizzeria, 1118 E Maple Street, Bellingham 98225
Trainwreck bar and grill 427 E Farihaven Ave, Bellingham, 98233
Thai Me Up (original home of Melvin Brewing), 75 E Pearl Ave, Jackson, 83001
National 2×4 Day is your first (or second) chance to taste this outstanding beer before it launches into wider distribution. For more information, including tapping times, check out www.2x4man.com or search #2×4 on all social media platforms.
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 25 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 the archives of Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter and Instagram at @hopapalooza.