To kick off the first weekend in August, Block 15 Brewing is back at it with two beer releases set for Saturday, August 6. Every month on the first Saturday, Block 15 Brewing releases new beers to the public. This month the Corvallis based brewery will release Peach Punch IPA and Cassidy Farmhouse Ale at its Brewery & Taproom located at 3415 SW Deschutes Street in Corvallis, Oregon. Beginning at 11:30am, 16 oz. cans of Peach Punch IPA and 500 ml bottles of Cassidy Farmhouse Ale will be available.
To make the release of Block 15’s Peach Punch IPA a bit more exciting, the brewery will be hosting a Social Media Contest to giveaway a Peach Punch hat. Here are the instructions.
Pick up a can (or a case) of Peach Punch.
Snap your most creative photo of it in the wild.
Submit to Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook with the hashtag #PeachPunchIPA.
Tag @Block15Brewing in the photo.
As with many of Block 15 beer releases, brewery founder and brewmaster, Nick Arzner offers up his tasting notes on each of the releases. These notes are listed below.
Peach Punch (You in the Eye)
IPA w/ Peaches & Apricots
Brewed with James and Andy from Great Notion Brewing in Portland, Peach Punch is a reflection of both of our breweries’ unique approaches to brewing—and in particular our love of pungent hop character. We combined these influences to create a beautiful summer IPA, packed with peaches, apricots, and fruity hops. This copious fruit presence produces a hazy, peach-hued beer, topped with a fluffy white head. Peach Punch‘s aromas live up to its name, bursting with peach, papaya, tangerine, and a touch of spruce on the back-end. Its flavor follows with prominent peach and tropical hop notes, alongside bright citrus and a hint of vanilla. Its luscious body is smooth and soft, giving way to a lingering peach pit finish. 7% ABV 1 case / person $4 / 16oz can (plus deposit)
Farmhouse Ale w/ Flowers, Aged in Sauternes Barrels Cassidy is produced using a solera blending system, where each year contains a portion of all previous years. This technique means that the average age of the beer in a newly-released bottle of Cassidy gradually increases year after year—producing an evolving character that comes into its own more with each new release. 2016 Cassidy demonstrates this with a more refined balance than 2015. It’s a beautiful beer visually, featuring a burnt orange hue that’s inflected with a subtle pink from the addition of wildflowers during the brew. Cassidy‘s aromas include citrus, chamomile, oak and rose, transitioning to flavors of white grape, vanilla, tea, and plum. A light, zippy body and tart acidity create a finish that is both refreshing and complex. 8.25% ABV Limit 6 bottles / person $11 / 500mL bottle
For those that are not interested in traveling to Corvallis on Saturday, Block 15 Brewing’s collaborators on Peach Punch IPA, Great Notion Brewing, will be hosting a can release on Saturday, August 6. Beginning at Noon, Great Notion will be release 16 oz. cans of Peach Punch IPA in 4 packs at $16.00 each at its brewpub located at 2204 NE Alberta #101, in Portland, Oregon. There will be a limit of one 4-pack per person as there are only 240 available at Great Notion. The pub will be hosting a bit of a sneak preview today as Peach Punch IPA will be on tap along with a limited edition trucker hat for sale.
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.