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Breakside Brewery Releases Bon Vivant Dry-Hopped Belgian Ale Aged in Pinot Barrels in Bottles

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Bon Vivant Final Label Art


Breakside Brewery has a new barrel-aged beer in its Limited Edition bottle release series coming out this week called Bon Vivant. An amalgamation of Northwest traditional hops and Belgian yeast, the Bon Vivant is a dry-hopped Belgian Golden Ale aged in barrels previously filled with Pinot Noir to yield a beer full of pungent, fruity hop flavor and aroma and notes of Belgian and wild funky yeasts, cherry, oak, and cola. Bon Vivant will begin shipping to retailers this week in Oregon, Washington, and Colorado, with 22oz bottles for $13 each and just a few kegs for Breakside’s taproom and brewpub. 

Bon Vivant Description from the brewery: 
In time for fall, we present Bon Vivant, a beer that celebrates two of Oregon’s great autumn crops: hops and grapes. We filled old Pinot Noir barrels from Archery Summit Winery with a hoppy Belgian golden ale and aged it for six months. The barrels contribute notes of light cherry, acidity, oak, and cola; mean- while the hops are Comet and Amarillo, varietals prized for their pungency and fruitiness. Together they harmonize beautifully with the yeast and malt character of the base beer.A Bon Vivant is not only someone who relishes the luxuries of life– a good beer, a great wine, a delicious meal–but who also loves sharing those luxuries with friends. We hope that you’ll embrace that gregarious spirit as you enjoy this rare beer. Cheers!


8.4% ABV
25 IBU
Malts: Two Row, Wheat, Acidulated, Light Munich

Hops: Comet, AmarilloSuggested Food Pairings:
Mussels in herb and cream sauce, Shell pasta in clam and cauliflower sauce, Roast mushrooms with parmesan and garlic, Classic seafood paella, Pork chops with anchovies and sage, Shrimp with garlic fried rice.

Breakside Beers are available on draft and in 22oz bottles in Oregon, Seattle-Washington area, Denver, Hawaii and British Columbia. 

Breakside Brewery & Taproom
5821 SE International Way, Milwaukie, ORBreakside Brewpub
820 NE Dekum St, Portland, OR

Founder of The New School and most frequent contributor Ezra Johnson-Greenough has worked in the craft beer industry for almost 10 years, doing everything from illustrating beer labels to bartending at renowned beer bars and breweries like Belmont Station, Apex, Laurelwood and Upright Brewing. He has also had a hand in creating events like the Portland Fruit Beer Festival, Portland Beer Week, and the Brewing up Cocktails series. He is available for freelance consultation in marketing, events, graphic design and branding. Contact: [email protected]

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