Breakside Brewery Kicks Off 2015 with 5 New Beers

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Breakside Brewery is kicking off 2015 with five new beers: Lunch Break ISA, Amuse Saison, Tropicalia, and Salted Caramel Stout will all be available in bottles with a fifth beer–Juggling Plums Gose a collaboration with Fat Head’s PDX–to be draft-only. Especially worth mentioning is that Lunch Break ISA and Amuse will be available as new year-round beers, effectively doubling the lineup. Tropicalia kicks off a new Farmhouse Fruit and Funk series and Salted Caramel Stout is the latest winter seasonal release.

The bad news is that fans of beers like Woodlawn Pale Ale, Irish Stout, or the newer Eurotrash India Pale Lager will have to go without, as those beers become discontinued. Woodlawn Pale Ale is reborn, though, in Lunch Break ISA; it’s a re-worked version that is sure to please. Irish Stout will be re-imagined as an Export Stout.

Tropicalia is an American Farmhouse ale brewed with Lychee fruit and Peruvian peppers, it is the first in a new Farmhouse Fruit and Funk series of six, Belgian inspired releases that will rotate every two months.

Release parties for Salted Caramel Stout and Juggling Plums Gose have also been announced, while all the beers will be coming available in early January.

Breakside Lunck Break ISA
Lunch Break ISA
Lunch Break is our hop forward session beer, built for enjoying any time of day. Whether you call this beer a Session IPA, American Pale Ale, India Session Ale, Mini IPA, or something totally different, we know that you’ll find this beer to be full of juicy, classic hop flavor with just enough malt backbone to keep things in balance. We reserve some of our favorite hops–Simcoe, Amarillo, Cascade and Centennial–to use in this beer, which gives the aroma a heady mix of lemongrass, orange marmalade, grapefruit, pine and resin. Hop heads who seek a big punch of hops in the nose need look no further!

4.7% ABV 28 IBU.

Amuse Final
This characterful session Saison is a true delight for the palate! Notes of white pepper, coriander, orange, freshly cut flowers, and ginger come together beautifully in this easy-drinking Belgian-style Farmhouse beer. The delicate balance of herbal hop aromatics and spicy yeast flavors make this beer light, spritzy and refreshing.
“Amuse” is a Chameleon-like word with many meanings, and here, it means to have fun, to enjoy oneself. Amuse is a beer to enjoy with friends: to kick off a meal, to enjoy on a sunny afternoon outdoors, to share as a gift. We hope you’ll find drinking this beer as fun and amusing as it is for us to make. Cheers!
5% ABV 16 IBU.

Salted Caramel Stout

A collaboration with Salt & Straw ice cream, this has been one of our most popular beers over the past few years. The base beer is a full-bodied stout, and we add both sea salt and a specially made caramel to the wort before fermentation. The finished beer is rich and balanced with a luscious caramel flavor in the aroma and mid-palate, a hint of salt in the finish, and a smooth, rich roast character.

7.9% ABV 33 IBU.

Breakside Tropicalia


Our brewers draw inspiration for beers from all corners of the world of food and drink, and this beer is a perfect example. Influenced by a dish at Johanna Ware’s restaurant Smallwares in Portland, OR, two of our brewers designed a beer using lychee and Peruvian Yellow Chilies. The playful intermingling of moderate spice and unctuous, tropical fruit keeps this beer in balance. Early aromas of pepper give way to a rich and fruity mid palate that is followed by a pleasant, lingering heat. The use of several “Hot” hops with distinctive tropical aromas add additional depth of flavor to this unique beer.

This is the first release in our new Farmhouse, Fruit and Funk series. This set of six beers–each available for two months of the year–showcases the deft and playful ways in which our brewers use non-traditional ingredients to make complex, flavorful beers. From Lychees and Yellow Chilies to Oregon-grown Peaches and California Kumquats, this line of beers stakes a claim for the “culinary beer” as an emergent, delicious and elegant new beer style.

6% ABV 23 IBU.
Juggling Plums Gose
To kick off 2015, we have a draft-only collaboration brewed with our good friends at Fat Heads Brewery. The beer, a Gose, is a slightly sour wheat beer made with salt and coriander. In a non-traditional twist, we derived all of the salt in this beer from an unlikely source; the Japanese Salt Plum or Umeboshi. Salt plums are small Japanese plums that have been cured with red Shiso and salt and spend a year “fermenting” in wooden barrels. The fruit is intensely briny, with a light sweetness and herbaceousness. Seriously though, these things pack a punch: we need fewer than 5 lbs of salt plums to impart a recognizable (yet balanced!) flavor to 1,000 gallons of beer!In the spirit of collaboration, we brewed components of this beer at each of our breweries; Fat Head’s grew up the sour wort we used to give the beer it’s tartness, while Breakside supplied the base wort and salt plums. We think that you’ll find the finished beer to be incredibly refreshing and complex. It’s a “gateway sour” with a moderate body and slightly spicy finish. Cheers!

5% ABV 6 IBU.

Release Parties:

Salted Caramel Stout – Seattle Release Party
Friday January 9th 6 – 9pm
Ballard Beer Co.
2050 NW Market St
Seattle, Washington

Beers: La Tormenta, Eurotrash IPL, New World Bruin, Apollo & Dionysus, Salted Caramel Stout

Salted Caramel Stout – PDX Release Party
Thursday January 8th 6 – 9pm
6350 SE Foster Rd
Portland, OR

Beers: IPA, Woodlawn Pale, La Tormenta, New World Bruin, Amuse, Salted Caramel Stout.

Plus Salt & Straw Ice Cream will be in the house!

Salted Caramel Stout – Beaverton, OR Release Party
January 16th
Uptown Market
6620 SW Scholls Ferry Road
Beaverton, OR

Draft Beers: Wanderlust IPA, Lunch Breaks ISA, La Tormenta, Amuse, Salted Caramel Stout, Apollo & Dionysus.

Bottles: Salted Caramel Stout, Amuse and Tropicalia.

Juggling Plums Release Party
Wednesday January 14th 6-9pm
1004 N Killingsworth St
Portland, Oregon 97217

A special tapping of our new collaboration beer with Fat Head’s Brewing as well as an additional beer from each brewery.
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  • SnobRitch
    Tue Dec 30, 2014 7:10 PM

    I don’t think it’s right to market a beer (Amuse)to children by putting a clown on the label. Wait, kids are afraid of clowns, as everyone should be. Never mind.

    • Rich Mithoff
      Rich Mithoff
      Tue Dec 30, 2014 7:38 PM

      Hey Breakside! Looking forward to trying your new beers. What would it take to do a release party over here in Bend? I would be happy to help you find a venue.

      Rich Mithoff
      AKA: BendBeerSnob