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Hopworks Brewery Unveils Limited Pub Series Bottles

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Quietly, behind brewpub doors, Hopworks Urban Brewery has been bottling some of its one-off and limited release beers and ciders in a new Pub Series not available in stores. Some of these you have seen as one-off draft releases, like “Totally Invasive” (a foraged beer collaboration with The Commons) and “Best of Intentions” (a fresh hop saison collab with Migration Brewing). Others are limited seasonal drafts, like the annual pumpkin beer, “Great Gourds of Fire,” and even a special cider, “Newtown Pippin” (single apple varietal).

The Pub Series is a really cool ongoing series from Hopworks that gives hardcore fans a chance to take home or share some of their favorite one-offs that usually only appear for a short time on draft. Only 750 bottles are produced of each beer or cider, and for the most part they are only available at the pub (though some of the pumpkin beer has made it out to Bella Organic Farm.)

Pub Series releases so far:


Totally Invasive
We all love getting outside into the majestic landscapes of the Pacific Northwest. Sometimes, though, pesky invasive plant species follow us there. So we decided to pull these plants up and put them to good use. Totally Invasive is a golden straw colored ale brewed with minimal hops in order to accentuate the delicate flavors and aromas of two invasive plant species. We added dandelion greens from our head brewer’s garden and Scotch Broom from the eastern side of Mt. Hood. $6/bottle

Newtown Pippin
This bottle provides a shining taste of a single heirloom apple varietal. We use 100% Newtown Pippin apples, one of the oldest American varieties. We ferment the juice until it’s bone dry, and put the brakes on back sweetening. We love the way the Newtown Pippin stands alone. $7/bottle

Best of Intentions
A limited-release fresh hop Saison with a big message. Toast to the end of summer and Oregon’s remarkable environment with this locally-sourced, bike-powered, delicious collaboration between Hopworks Urban Brewery, Migration Brewing and the Oregon Environmental Council. It’s brewed to encourage carbon-conscious conversation and placed-based brewing practices. We thank Imperial Organic Yeast and Crosby Hop Farm for their contributions to this beer. A portion of this beer’s proceeds benefit the Oregon Environmental Council. $6/bottle

Great Gourds of Fire

Bella Organic Farm pumpkins were pit-roasted by the brewery crew on the coast at midnight. We added the gourds to the brew the next day and later tossed in some cinnamon, dried ancho chili peppers, smoked paprika, Piloncillo sugar, vanilla and a whole lot of good vibes. Think cocoa, vanilla, roast and a little Mole heat. $7/bottle



Pick a bottle up now at Hopworks Powell or the Bike Bar in N. Portland, and keep checking their coolers for new Pub Series releases.

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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