Block 15 Brewing readies two spring seasonal beers, Cosmic Cold Brew, Double Ristretto and Here Comes the Sunshine, that will be released in 500mL bottles and on draft.
Cosmic Cold Brew, Double Ristretto is a coffee stout while Here Comes the Sunshine is a Biere de Mars. Both beers are bottle conditioned using Block 15’s custom-fabricated mixing tank and can be enjoyed both freshly bottled and cellared. Local artist Patricia Smith provided the artwork on both beers.
Listed below are descriptions of both seasonal releases provided by Block 15.
Cosmic Cold Brew, Double Ristretto Stout, Cold Conditioned with Coffee Beans
Working alongside their south Corvallis neighbors, Bespoken Coffee Roasters, Block 15 elevated their classic Nebula stout with additional malt and a 24-hour cold extraction on freshly roasted Ethiopia Yukiro coffee. Both varietal and roast profile were selected to complement this stout with a buttery nuttiness, zesty citrus, and gentle black tea finish. Inspired by ristretto espresso’s decadent flavor, their Double Ristretto variation features an extra-generous shot of rich, malty first runnings, as well as a higher concentration of coffee during cold extraction. The result is a pungent roast and chocolate malt character and a thicker, creamier body. Cosmic Cold Brew, Double Ristretto is releasing to bottle shops and beer bars around Oregon on March 13th. Grains: 2-Row, Maris Otter, Chocolate 450, Crystal 120, Chocolate Wheat Malt, Oat Malt, Caramel 35, Roasted Barley, Flaked Oats Adjunct: Ethiopia Yukiro coffee Hops: Columbus, Crystal Yeast: English Ale ABV: 9% FG: 1.022
Here Comes the Sunshine Bière de Mars
Block 15’s nod to Northern France’s springtime farmhouse ales, this Bière de Mars is inspired by budding flowers, new growth, and the sun emerging from its winter slumber. Its blend of North American malted barley, French Pilsner malt, and locally-grown white wheat produces a rustic grist character that is complemented by gentle hopping with Oregon and European varietals and fermentation with a pair of characterful yeast strains. Together, they produce a bright and lively farmhouse ale offering nuanced complexity and a crisp, refreshing finish. Here Comes the Sunshine is releasing to bottle shops and beer bars around Oregon on March 20th. Grains: 2-Row, Franco Pilsen, Franco Munich, Chateau Monastique, Cracked Wheat Hops: Magnum, Sterling, Hallertau Blanc Yeast: Mixed fermentation with Saccharomyces Trois and Saison Dupont ABV: 6% FG: 1.006
Look for both Cosmic Cold Brew, Double Ristretto and Here Comes the Sunshine at bottle shops and tap houses around Oregon and parts of Washington in the coming weeks.
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.