Alesong Brewing & Blendingis set to release five new beers for its 2019 Second Quarter Beer Release. These five new beers include Common Nectar, the brewery’s second collaboration beer brewed with the The Commons Brewery prior to its closure, along with Terroir: Chardonnay, Touch of Brett: Galaxy,Touch of Brett: Old Tom, and Kind of Blue.
The release date for the 2019 Second Quarter Beer Release will take place at Alesong Brewing and Blending Tasting Room in Eugene on Saturday, May 18th and Sunday, May 19th from 1:00-6:00pm each day. Then Alesong will host the Portland release for these beers on Wednesday, May 22nd at The Upper Lip.
“By virtue of the barrel aging and blending process, every beer we release is unique, but it’s always fun to have new vintages of beers we’ve made before,” said cofounder, Doug Coombs in a statement. “There’s been so much enthusiasm for both our Touch of Brett and Terroir series over the past few years that it’s really exciting to have new variations to share!”
Here’s a rundown on the five beers being released in May 2019 from Alesong Brewing & Blending.
Terroir: Chardonnay – Continuing our series of wine grape-matured farmhouse ales, this bright golden-colored beer underwent a second fermentation on Chardonnay juice from Iris Vineyards and has notes of peach, honey and tropical fruits with subtle oak on the finish. It ends with medium acidity intertwined with a soft citrus peel note.
Touch of Brett: Galaxy – This dry French-style saison was primary fermented with a blend of Brettanomyces yeasts, lending tropical fruit and spicy aromas. After aging, it was dry-hopped liberally with Galaxy hops, adding juicy layers of pineapple, peach and passionfruit. Join us on the journey as the hops and Brettanomyces yeast evolve together over time.
Touch of Brett: Old Tom — This dry French-style saison was primary fermented with a blend of Brettanomyces yeasts and then matured in Old Tom Gin barrels for nearly 9 months. After aging, it was dry-hopped with Galaxy hops, layering aromas of passionfruit and ripe pineapple over barrel-induced flavors of citrus and juniper. (Blender’s Circle Member Beer)
Common Nectar – Our second collaboration blend with The Commons Brewery was matured on locally grown, whole Yellow Nectarines from Detering Orchards. Aromatic and juicy stone fruit notes balance the firm acidity of this mixed-culture ale. Despite a perceived medium-full body sweetness from the nectarine refermentation, Common Nectar finishes crisp and dry.
Kind of Blue – Our light-bodied Belgian ale was matured on two varieties of blueberries grown next door at King Estate, yielding a deep magenta color and bursting berry aroma. The oak aging layers in hints of vanilla and dry tannic notes while the secondary berry fermentation adds a firm acidity and complexity that will continue to develop and evolve over time.
In conjunction with the new release, Alesong will be hosting celebrations on May 18th and 19th at its tasting room and May 22nd at The Upper Lip (720 SW Ankeny St, Portland, OR 97205). Guests at both events will receive a complimentary tasting of the new beers and small-bite pairings to go with each.
The release events are accessible to Blender’s Circle members (info and sign up at alesongbrewing.com/join) and to guests who preorder a minimum of 6 bottles. The new beers will be available for the public in the tasting room and at select restaurants and bottle shops beginning the following week.
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.