The month of December is going to be an exciting one for Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB) as it will release 13 limited beers on draft at its three pubs in the Portland metro area. These holiday influenced beers will range from big, bourbon barrel aged barleywines to imperial desert beers.
Beers being released include Kentucky Christmas, Noggin Floggin Barleywine, Egg Noggin,Sugar Plum Fairies, That Holiday Cake Dough, Yule Only Live Once, 2009 BA Noggin Floggin,SeaRock, Figgy Pudding, Candy Land,BA Cedarcalifragilistic, and BA Tart Quince Tripel.
Many of these beers are so limited the HUB pubs will only tap one single keg at each location. In addition to the draft offerings, Kentucky Christmas, Noggin Floggin and Sugar Plum Fairies will be available as specialty bottle offerings.
The tap lineup will look the same at all three of HUB’s pubs. Here’s a rundown on the four events that will see the release of 13 rare beers from HUB.
Friday, December 1 at 12:00pm Kentucky Christmas – We aged Organic Abominable Winter Ale in a variety of bourbon barrels and blended them to perfection. Available on draft and in very limited bottles at all three pubs. Noggin Floggin Barleywine – Organic Winter barleywine featuring big, resinous hops and complex toffee, spicy and caramel malt flavors with a warm finish. Available on draft and in very limited bottles at all three pubs. Troll Hunter – Dedicated to our favorite keyboard warrior. We’re giving you what you want by adding some holiday spices to our seasonal Organic Abominable Winter Ale. Brewed with star anise, ginger and cinnamon.
Wednesday, December 6 at 12:00pm Egg Noggin – Organic Noggin Floggin Barleywine aged in Spanish Rum barrels and Heaven Hill bourbon barrels. We then added nutmeg, cinnamon vanilla and cloves for a delicious alcoholic eggnog flavor! Sugar Plum Fairies – Rich and Decadent Imperial Dessert Beer with dark fruit and festive flavors from dried plums, apricots, figs, anise, fennel, caraway and cardamom. That Holiday Cake Dough – Big and sweet dessert beer with fruit cake added. Malt flavors of raisins, molasses, toffee and bread mingle with dried cherries, candied pineapple, orange, cinnamon and a hint of ginger. Yule Only Live Once – 13% ABV Imperial Dessert Beer modeled after Panettone Italian Christmas cake. Strong Ale, creamy and rich from lactose, with a plethora of dried cherries, apricots, prunes, raisins and lemon zest. Originally brewed for the Holiday Ale Festival.
Wednesday, December 13 at 12:00pm 2009 BA Noggin Floggin – Our Organic Noggin Floggin Barleywine aged for 7 years in Heaven Hill bourbon barrels until absolute perfection was achieved. SeaRock – A big and warming Imperial Pilsner with a palate of biscuity malts, lemon zest, spices, mint and dill. Brewed in collaboration with our friends at Pacific Seafood. Figgy Pudding – Bourbon Barrel Aged Barleywine with molasses, chocolate, figs, cinnamon, nutmeg, orange zest and vanilla.
Wednesday, December 20 at 12:00pm Candy Land – A 9.8% Imperial Dessert Stout brewed with peppermint and decadent chocolate for a peppermint patty flavor. BA Cedarcalifragilistic – 2016 Barrel Aged Imperial Winter Ale with foraged Western Redcedar boughs, aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels. BA Tart Quince Tripel – Mixed culture Belgian-Style Tripel that was aged and soured nearly two years in Oregon Pinot Noir barrels with Quince fruit.
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.