Zwickelmania Buzz: Breakside Brewery Debuts 3 New Beers, Bottles

Breakside brewmaster Ben Edmunds (left) with a GABF silver medal for his Dry Stout and Breakside co-owner Scott Lawrence

Breakside Brewery of Portland is sure to a be a top destination of hardcore beer geeks for this year’s Zwickelmania happening on February 18, 2012. If you are unfamiliar, Zwickelmania is held each year as an open house to give Oregon beer lovers a glimpse into the workings of craft breweries around the state. In the past few years Zwickelmania has become one of the premier tourist happenings in the Beaver state.

Breakside Brewery lovefest with (l to r) Scott Lawrence, Ben Edmunds, Angelo of Brewpublic, and Sam BarberBreakside, much the same way that last year’s newbies Burnside Brewing and Cascade Brewing Barrel House were, is probably going to be utterly nuts once doors open and the zwickels are opened come 11AM. In anticipation of this big day, Brewmaster Ben Edmunds and assistant Sam Barber have brewed up some specialty treats for folks. Breakside is also set to release some rare bottled brews for the real heads. Here’s the official details from Breakside Brewery:

Beginning at 11 AM this Saturday, the brewery will be open for tours and free samples of beer. On tap for the event will be Breakside’s American Wheat—a classic American-style ‘Hefeweizen’ with a touch of Centennial hop character, as well as two versions of a dry-hopped gin barrel-aged IPA: Citra Gin IPA and Simcoe Gin IPA. The Gin IPAs will be on draught throughout the day and will be available in very limited quantities in 750 ml bottles for take away. Breakside brewer Sam Barber, who racked the Gin IPAs over this past weekend, said “the mix of hop and juniper character is truly lovely.” For the event, the brewery also plans to serve the rest of its specialty Lavender Fudge Stout, which was tapped earlier this week for an event at Saraveza.

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