Hopworks Urban Brewery has a trio of new bottles on sale at its brewpubs, and two of them will be hitting stores shortly. One is a GABF medal winner and limited to only about 6 cases, and the other the 3rd release in the breweries premium wax dipped Abbey-style line of beers.
The beer I am most excited about is the first ever bottling of Hopworks Belgian-style Apple Ale. If I am not mistaken, this is the 4th version of an apple beer. The first two were also Belgian style draft-only beers, and earlier this year there was a German-style Weisse brewed with apples for the Portland Fruit Beer Festival. This should be the most accomplished version yet, and, as I was told all the Abbey line of bottles are bottle conditioned, the yeast should benefit the beer and possibly even allow for some cellaring. I haven’t cracked mine yet, but the hope is for a fine champagne-like carbonation and dry finish. Unlike past releases, this beer is bottle-only this year.
The very limited bottle release is dubbed “Party!” on the front and features an artwork collage and an image of Portland mayor Sam Adams dancing. The beer is actually Hopworks Kellerbier, which just walked away with a bronze medal at the Great American Beer Festival. The Kellerbier is an unfiltered variation of HUB Organic Lager with a fuller body and some lemony characteristics provided by the unfiltered yeast. This super limited bottling was done just for Mayor Sam Adams going away party last week before he steps down as mayor. Thus, this bottle may be a collector’s item. Regardless, the Kellerbier is a great brew and there are only about 6 cases of this on sale at Hopworks on Powell.