With its new production brewery now online just up the street from 10 Barrel Brewing, Crux Fermentation Project is now set to take the leap into 6-pack offerings. The first two offerings to be released are Cast Out IPA in12 oz bottles and Crux Pilz in 12 oz cans.
At its new production space on NE 18th Street in Bend, Crux now has a renovated 20,000 square foot space that is home to a new 20 Hectoliter (17 BBL) brewhouse with a goal to reach 12,000 barrels this year. With this new consumer friendly packaging this goal will be much easier to reach. The original brewpub location on Bend’s Southside will continue to brew on its 10 Hectoliter (8.5 BBL) brewhouse and will focus on smaller batch beers.
The decision to begin packaging in 12 oz bottles and cans was a decision that the brewery received from its fan base. “We’ve gotten a lot of feedback from folks right here in Bend and from places like Corvallis, Portland, Tacoma and Seattle asking us to make our beer available in 6-packs. Especially with the spring and summer seasons coming up— this will be a game-changer. This move makes it much easier for our friends to enjoy and share our beer with their friends during all their outdoor adventures, social gatherings, and events,” states Crux founder and brewmaster, Larry Sidor, in a news release.
When Crux opened in June 2012, the brewery packaged its beers in 375 ml and 500 ml single-serve bottles. The brewery will continue to package its specialty offerings in this packaging but with its two popular offerings, Crux Pilz and Cast Out IPA, these two will be offered in 6-pack 12 oz packaging.
Here are the beer’s descriptions from Crux.
Crux Pilz, “A New-Old-World Pilsner”
This is not your father’s pilsner. It’s more like the pilsner that belonged to his stern father, the one with all the rules but who gave you treats whenever your parents weren’t looking. Brewed with traditional Pilsner malts, imported Czech Saaz and local Oregon Sterling hops, this pilsner’s first sip shows up with clean lager flavors, and then opens with surprising complexity and softness— developing biscuit flavors, spicy herbal notes and a hint of lemon.
5.2% ABV, 35 IBU. Available in 6-pack 12oz cans
Cast Out India Pale Ale
Many breweries procure their hops right here in the Northwest. But this beer features the Galaxy hop from Australia, a country famously populated by England’s cast out convicts. Cast Out IPA employs these hops aggressively from hop back to dry hopping stages. Yet the result is a balanced and bronzy ale, with medium hop bitterness complemented by moderate maltiness, showcasing aromas and flavors reminiscent of passion fruit.
7.6% ABV, 60 IBU. Available in 6-pack 12oz bottles
Look for Cast Out IPA and Crux Pilz throughout Oregon and Washington in specialty bottle shops, supermarkets and grocery stores over the coming weeks.
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.