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Block 15 Releases “Here Comes the Sunshine” Bière de Mars & “Cosmic Cold Brew”

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Here Comes the Sunshine + Double Ristretto

Block 15 Brewing is releasing the 3rd variation of “Cosmic Cold Brew” and “Here Comes the Sunshine” seasonal Bière de Mars, both in bottles. Both spring seasonals will be available on draft and in bottles around Oregon and parts of Washington as part of the Corvallis-based brewery’s Seasonal Bottle Conditioned Series.

Cosmic Cold Brew: Stout, Cold Conditioned with Coffee Beans

Working alongside their south Corvallis neighbors, Bespoken Coffee Roasters, Block 15 elevated their classic Nebula stout with additional malt and a 24-hour cold extraction on freshly roasted Ethiopia Yukiro coffee. Both varietal and roast profile were selected to complement this stout with a buttery nuttiness, zesty citrus, and gentle black tea finish. Inspired by ristretto espresso’s decadent flavor, their Double Ristretto variation features an extra-generous shot of rich, malty first runnings, as well as a higher concentration of coffee during cold extraction. The result is a pungent roast and chocolate malt character and a thicker, creamier body.

Cosmic Cold Brew, Double Ristretto is releasing to bottle shops and beer bars around Oregon on March 13th.

Grains: 2-Row, Maris Otter, Chocolate 450, Crystal 120, Chocolate Wheat Malt, Oat Malt, Caramel 35, Roasted Barley, Flaked Oats
Adjunct: Ethiopia Yukiro coffee
Hops: Columbus, Crystal

Yeast: English Ale ABV: 9%
FG: 1.022

 

Here Comes the Sunshine: Bière de Mars

Block 15’s nod to Northern France’s springtime farmhouse ales, this Bière de Mars is inspired by budding flowers, new growth, and the sun emerging from its winter slumber. Its blend of North American malted barley, French Pilsner malt, and locally-grown white wheat produces a rustic grist character that is complemented by gentle hopping with Oregon and European

varietals and fermentation with a pair of characterful yeast strains. Together, they produce a bright and lively farmhouse ale offering nuanced complexity and a crisp, refreshing finish.

Here Comes the Sunshine is releasing to bottle shops and beer bars around Oregon on March 20th.

Grains: 2-Row, Franco Pilsen, Franco Munich, Chateau Monastique, Cracked Wheat Hops: Magnum, Sterling, Hallertau Blanc
Yeast: Mixed fermentation with Saccharomyces Trois and Saison Dupont
ABV: 6%

FG: 1.006
Both Here Comes the Sunshine and Cosmic Cold Brew, Double Ristretto are available in 500mL bottles, featuring artwork from local artist Patricia Smith.

 

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: SamuraiArtist@NewSchoolBeer.com

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