One of Portland’s favorite beer bars, Saraveza Bottle Shop & Pasty Tavern is launching a vintage beer program selling barrel aged beer from all over the world, and starting December 1, Saraveza will begin its vintage beer holiday fundraiser, “Vintage Ale Charity Sale.” This charitable sale will include verticals and special series vintage beer from award-winning breweries, with a portion of proceeds going to SOS Outreach, a youth development nonprofit. Saraveza chose this organization as a beneficiary to help support SOS Outreach’s goal of fostering self-confidence, leadership skills, and positive decision-making in underserved youth.
A standout series included in the “Vintage Ale Charity Sale” is the first seven beers from The Bruery’s 12 Days of Christmas, a retired winter seasonal ale series. Started in 2008, The Bruery releases one beer every winter that is retired by spring, making these beers extremely rare. Seven beers have been released so far, including the just-released Seven Swans-a-Swimming, a Belgian Quadrupel style beer. Also included in the series is Six Geese-a-Laying, a classic dark and toasty winter ale that followed 5 Golden Rings, the only golden ale in the bunch. Four Calling Birds is a spiced strong dark ale and Three French Hens is a bold and spicy Belgian Dark Strong Ale aged in oak barrels. Two Turtle Doves is somewhere between a Belgian-style Dark Strong Ale and an Imperial Porter, and the first release, A Partridge in a Pear Tree was brewed in the style of a Belgian-style Dark Strong Ale, brewed with housemade dark candi sugar, Munich and Vienna Malts.
The “Vintage Ale Charity Sale” also includes several verticals from four world-renowned breweries. A vertical beer tasting includes the same type of beer from one brewery that was bottled in different years. The vertical collections include Apricot by Cascade, a sour beer aged in French oak barrels with ripened apricots; La Folie from New Belgium; The Abyss from Deschutes; and San Diego-based Firestone Walker’s Anniversary barrel aged blends. Over the course of the month the price will drop for each series and varietals offered, but there are a limited number of each option available.
The vintage beer program at Saraveza is curated by owner and self-proclaimed beer geek Sarah Pederson and her staff, and the program includes over 45 different beers from 20 breweries located all over the world. The collection includes a strong focus on Oregon and California breweries, with highlights from Colorado and breweries abroad. Like wine, beer has the ability to evolve and develop complex new aromas and flavors with age. Aged beers will develop new characteristics–some become richer and more developed as the strong hoppy notes fade, and others might ripen with new layers of fruit or tartness. The “Vintage Ale Charity Sale” starts on December 1st and ends at 12:00 pm (PST) on December 23rd (or until supplies last) at Saraveza’s online shop: www.beerboutique.com. Beer will be available for pick-up at Saraveza, and will be held up to three months after purchase to accommodate out of state buyers. Pricing and sale date information is included below.
Tier 1 Pricing
The Bruery Christmas Series (1 available)
A Partridge in a Pear Tree (2008) Two Turtle Doves (2009) Three French Hens (2010) Four Calling Birds
(2011) Five Golden Rings (2012) Six Geese-a-Laying (2013) Seven Swans-a-Swimming (2014)
Tier 2 Pricing
Cascade Vertical (4 available)
Apricot (2009, 2010, 2011)
Deschutes Vertical (5 available)
Abyss (2010, 2011, 2012)
New Belgium Vertical (2 available)
La Folie (2010, 2011, 2012)
Firestone Walker Vertical (3 available)
Anniversary (2009, 2010, 2011)
Tier 3 Pricing
Hair of the Dog Set (6 available)
Cherry Adam (2009) Fred From the Wood (2009)
Pricing & Dates (pricing will change at 12:01 am):
Dec. 1-4: $1,000 (Tier 1)/ $300 (Tier 2)/ $250 (Tier 3)
Dec. 5-7: $900/$250/$200
Dec. 8-11: $800/$200/$150
Dec. 12-13: $700/$175/$125
Dec. 14-16: $600/$150/$100
Dec. 17-19: $500/$125/$75
Dec. 20-22: $400/$100/$50
Dec. 23: Sale ends at 12:00 pm PST (or while supplies last)