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Crux Releases 2017 “Tough Love” Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout in 750ml Bottles

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Crux Fermentation Project in Bend, OR, is releasing the fifth vintage of “Tough Love,” the brewery’s barrel-aged imperial stout, with release parties beginning this week in Bend and Portland and a Washington party next week. This year’s edition will be available in 750ml bottles, still caged and corked and wax dipped.

Tough Love is constructed with with dark roasted malts, malted rye, and oak-smoked wheat, then aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels. The aging process smooths out the edges and bitterness turns to notes of vanilla beans, chocolate and dried cherries. Tough Love is one of the most balanced and best examples of the whiskey barrel-aged imperial stout genre at 11.5% ABV, 70 IBU.

This year is also a first for a nitro version of Tough Love on tap at the brewery taproom and a small amount of nitro kegs available out to distribution. The following release celebrations are coming up soon, with master brewer Larry Sidor giving an official toast at both Oregon events.

 

 

Bend, OR – Crux Tasting Room
Thursday, November 9th (4-9pm)  

Join us in our Tasting Room for a celebratory toast with our Crux team – for the release of one of our most highly anticipated beers. This marks the official release of our 2017 [BANISHED] Tough Love Imperial Stout on draft and in 750ml bottles. To make the evening even more special, we will also have a nitro version of Tough Love on tap for the first time ever. And you won’t want to miss the toast at 6pm from Master Brewer & Co-Founder, Larry Sidor.

Join us in our Tasting Room for a celebratory toast with our Crux team – for the release of one of our most highly anticipated beers. This marks the official release of our 2017 [BANISHED] Tough Love Imperial Stout on draft and in 750ml bottles. To make the evening even more special, we will also have a nitro version of Tough Love on tap for the first time ever. And you won’t want to miss the toast at 6pm from Master Brewer & Co-Founder, Larry Sidor.

 

Portland, OR – The BeerMongers
Friday, November 10th (6-8pm)  

Join us for a celebratory toast with Co-Founder and Master Brewer, Larry Sidor, and our Crux team— for the release of one of our most highly anticipated beers. This marks the official release of our 2017 [BANISHED] Tough Love Imperial Stout on draft and in bottles.

To make the evening even more special, we will be raffling off one very rare Box Set of a Tough Love four-year vertical (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017).

 

Lynnwood, WA – Special Brews
Wednesday, November 15th (6-8pm) 

Join our Crux team for the release of one of our most highly anticipated beers. This marks the official debut of our 2017 [BANISHED] Tough Love Imperial Stout on draft and in bottles.

To make the evening even more special, we will have five other Crux beers on tap.

 

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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