Friday the 13th is here, and despite what you might have been lead to believe, it is actually a day of prosperity and good beer. Proof: New Old Lompoc (1616 NW 23rd Ave, Portland, OR) is releasing their anticipated Black Dawn III, a bold coffee stout, making its third annual appearance. According to the brewery, the beer is “a rich, full-bodied stout featuring strong roast and dark chocolate notes that play nicely with the dominating coffee presence, courtesy of more than three lbs of coffee per barrel. Once again this year, our friends at Ristretto Roasters provided the coffee, cold pressing 20 lbs of their Beaumont Blend, El Salvadoran and Peruvian beans.”
Sounds tempting, right. Well, there’s more. check this out:
There will actually be three different versions of Black Dawn III: one with all three coffees above, one with only the El Salvadoran beans, and one with only the Peruvian beans. We will also be pouring Black Dawn II, which featured Ristretto Roasters Beaumont Blend, and 2009 Pre-Dawn Imperial Stout (the base beer for Black Dawn I). We’ll have a taster tray available so you can taste all the different incarnations and compare flavors between the different coffee varietals.
This party will also celebrate the release of Illegally Blonde, a full-bodied Imperial vanilla cream ale that features flaked oats and flaked barley. Illegally Blonde will also be on the taster tray mentioned above. Rounding out the lineup on tap will be Arctic Blast Winter Warmer (cask conditioned and CO2), Hop Secret Imperial IPA #1, Sounder Slayer Lager and Old Tavern Rat Barleywine. This should be quite an event!
Friday the 13th is also Lompoc brewer Zach Beckwith’s birthday, so swing by the NW 23rd Ave brewpub and toast the codger!