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GoodLife Brewing & The Ale Apothecary release ‘Brett Lager’ Collaboration

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Fresh off winning a Gold Medal at the 2017 Great American Beer Festival, Goodlife Brewing has announced the release of a collaboration with The Ale Apothecary called “Brett Lager.” Years in the works, the beer has two distinct versions that take elements from both breweries to create something new and unique.  

More from a press release:


GoodLife Brewing’s Brewmaster/ Co-Founder, Curt Plants (who suddenly passed in April) always talked about a man in the woods who was creating some of the best beers in the world and he wanted to figure out a way to create a beer with him. Curt’s business partner and Co-Founder, Ty Barnett said, “This beer has been something Curt was working on for many years. We have known Paul, at The Ale Apothecary, since he opened it. It started by him needing a place to have materials shipped with a high dock and somewhere trucks could get in to in the winter. Then, between beers Curt and Paul began talking about a crazy collaboration.”


First, we brewed a Dortmunder style  lager at GoodLife’s production facility.  After 2 months of cold-conditioning, we transferred the beer into Sokol Blosser barrels and allowed the beer to warm up to ale temperatures, then added The Ale Apothecary’s wild house yeast culture to further evolve the beer during the 18-month barrel aging process.


The house culture from The Ale Apothecary provides intense aromas of tropical and stone fruits, benefitting from completely natural carbonation from bottle fermentation.  Fresh cut hay, funky barnyard notes and figs are reminiscent of Belgian lambic while the initial lager characteristics of Mecca Grade Estate malt and yeast are still evident and intertwined.  This beer was made with The Ale Apothecary’s finely tuned aging process and GoodLife’s adventurous style to create a truly wild beer experience!



Brett Lager will be available for sale at both The Ale Apothecary and GoodLife Brewing’s tap rooms, as well as limited distribution in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. Bottle release parties are scheduled at the following locations:


  • 10/12/17 at Broken Top Bottle Shop from 5pm-7pm
  • 10/16/17 at The Bier Stein from 6pm-8pm
  • 10/17/17 at Belmont Station from 5pm-8pm
  • 10/25/17 at Beerworks from 5pm-9pm


Barnett also said, “Sadly, Curt was never able to try the final accomplishment. Having passed away in April, as you drink this delicious brew, cheers Curt and Paul for making this truly one of a kind beer!”


This beer is dedicated in loving memory to GoodLife’s Brewmaster/Co- Owner Curt Plants.


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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