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Ecliptic Brewing Releases UltraViolet Blackberry Sour in Rye and Syrah Barrel-aged Versions

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Ecliptic Brewing’s seasonal UltraViolet Blackberry Sour Ale has been barrel-aged and a fresh new batch will be released, with bottles from Syrah wine barrels rye whiskey barrels. Starting today, July 13th, you can purchase bottles of all three or for a very limited time find them on draft in Oregon and Washington and a tasting will be held at Iron Tap Station in southeast Portland.



UltraViolet Blackberry Sour Ale

UltraViolet is brewed with Oregon blackberries, soured in the brewhouse.  The result is a tart and crisp sour ale, with ripe blackberry flavors radiating throughout it like cosmic rays traversing the universe.

ABV 7.5%


Syrah Barrel-Aged UltraViolet Blackberry Sour Ale

UltraViolet was tucked away in 6-year-old Syrah red wine barrels for 9 months.  The flavors of oak and ripe fruit meld with the sour blackberries for a delicious flavor.

ABV 9.5%


Rye Barrel-Aged UltraViolet Blackberry Sour Ale

UltraViolet spent 10 months sleeping in 6-year-old rye whiskey barrels, developing a profile of flavors reminiscent to a fine cocktail.

ABV 9.5%



Want to try the beers first?  Details below:

  • Portland, OR.  Sour Tap Takeover. July 13th5-8pm. Iron Tap Station, Brooklyn Yard, 4774 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland, OR 97202.

o   Six Ecliptic sour beers including:  UltraViolet Blackberry Sour Ale, Syrah Barrel-Aged UltraViolet Blackberry Sour Ale, Rye Barrel-Aged UltraViolet Blackberry Sour Ale, Zenith Grapefruit Gose, Carina Peach Sour Ale, Bourbon Barrel-Aged Carina Peach Sour Ale with Brett.


About Ecliptic Brewing

Ecliptic Brewing is a venture from John Harris, an Oregon beer icon whose background is steeped in the state’s rich craft brewing history. The name Ecliptic unites Harris’ two passions: brewing and astronomy, and as such, the brewery celebrates the Earth’s yearly journey around the sun through both its beer and restaurant menus. Executive chef Michael Molitor rotates his seasonally inspired menu every six weeks in accordance with the old world calendar. Harris’ signature beers include Spectra Hoppy Pilsner, Orbiter IPA, Carina Peach Sour Ale, and Capella Porter. For more information, visit:


Ecliptic beers are available at the brewery (825 North Cook St), in package and on-tap throughout the area, and distributed by: Maletis Beverage (Portland, Salem, Vancouver WA), Bigfoot Beverage (Eugene, Bend, Coast), Fort George Distributing (Northern Oregon Coast), Summit Distribution (Southern Oregon), Click Distributing (Seattle, Tacoma, Spokane, Northern Idaho), Dickerson Distributing (Bellingham), Crooked Stave Artisans (Colorado), Freedom Distributors (North Carolina), BeerThirst (Canada), and Graybeal (Eastern Oregon).

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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