Gigantic Brewing recently released two new beers that are part of its revolving lineup of bottled seasonal beers. The two new beers that are available in 22 oz. bottles and on draft are High Voltage Winter IPA and Shazoo Imperial Milk Stout. Plus the Southeast Portland brewery has just published its first issue of Gigantic Magazine.
Here are descriptions provided by Gigantic Brewing on its two new seasonal releases.
High Voltage Winter IPA
For High Voltage we took the traditional IPA and added crystal malt to add a little sweetness for the colder winter months. Some may call this a hoppy red ale, but we prefer Winter IPA because of the pronounced hoppiness and drinkability. Much like Ben Venoms creature on the label, High Voltage is it’s own beast. High Voltage has a bright citrus and cane berry hop aroma, with a touch of dankness. Beautiful hop flavor with crystal malt sweetness balanced by the loving ipa bitterness.
The label features original quilt made by Ben Venom. Mr. Venom made the quilt of a vicious beast that exists only in his world with Gigantic t-shirts and patches. High Voltage is paired with the song “Flies” from Red Fangs newest album Only Ghosts. (www.GiganticBrewing.com/pages/HighVoltage)
Shazoo Imperial Milk Stout
Inspired by Europe, we added milk sugar to a rich, imperial stout to make an enormously delicious milk stout. With coffee, chocolate and caramel notes you can enjoy it for breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert!
Shazoo features artwork from Travis Millard, a Los Angeles based illustrator who explores various oddities of the imaginative landscape. The beer is paired with Y La Bamba’s song “Libre” from their new album Ojos Del Sol. (www.GiganticBrewing.com/pages/Shazoo)
The name of the beer came from Family Guy season 7 episode 3 “The Road to Europe” that is shown below in this clip from YouTube.
Also new from Gigantic Brewing is its new online Gigantic Magazine. What you’ll find inside the virtual pages of Gigantic Magazine are exclusive artist interviews, music downloads, beer dossiers, and more.
“We started this project because we want people to know more about the amazing talented and creative people we work with, the things and places we love, and of course, more about our beer,” stated Ben Love, co-founder of Gigantic Brewing in an email.
He goes on, “I am often asked, “who does your labels?”. The answer is that we have a different artist for almost every label- and they come from all over the world. To that end, this magazine will always include exclusive interviews with the artists who create our current seasonal labels, plus more images of their work.”
“I’m also really excited to announce that we have downloadable songs that pair with each of our seasonal beer labels,” Love continues. “It’s a part of Gigantic that we’ve always wanted to include- a taste of the awesome music we enjoy. In this issue you’ll find more information about our current bands and their new releases.”
“This is just the beginning! We plan to expand our content in upcoming issues to include more of the artists, bands, events, fans and people that we work with and who inspire us every day.”
“We’ve had a lot of requests for printed copies, and we are looking in to that right now,” Love adds. For now, the magazine is view-able online via your computer or phone here.
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.