Breakside Brewery Releases Safe Word Triple IPA & Bellwether Sour Gin Barrel Wit

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Breakside Brewery releases Safe Word Triple IPA & Bellwether Sour Gin Barrel Wit over the next few weeks in very limited edition bottles and draft. Zwickelmania–coming up on February 14th–will be your only chance to get hand stenciled Safe Word IPA bottles available only at the brewery ahead of its bottle release. Sour beer lovers may want to start looking for Bellwether, a Sour Double Wit aged in gin barrels with Kaffir lime leaves; it’s becoming available now in the brewery’s reserve series in 22oz bottles.

More info from Breakside below:

Zwickelmania – Super-rare Safe Word Bottle Release

February 14th is Zwickelmania, Oregon’s open house for breweries where the public is invited to come tour our brewhouse and sample some beers at either Breakside location in the NE Portland Woodlawn neighborhood or Milwaukie, both from 11am to 4pm. For this special occasion Breakside Brewery has bottled up 40 cases of Safe Word Triple IPA, each bottle hand spray painted and tagged by Breakside’s own Jack Johnson. Safe Word Triple IPA bottles will only be available at the brewery only and we expect them to sell out that day. A 22oz bottle will be on sale for $15 each and a limit of 3 bottles per person. Limited edition kegs of draft safe Safe Word will be available beginning the 3rd week of February. ​

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Bellwether – Sour Double Wit Aged In Gin Barrels with Kaffir Lime Leaf

Bellwether may be one of our proudest creations yet. One of Breakside’s most peculiar and delicious barrel-aged concoctions. this beer hearkens back to the days when our barrel-aging program had only a few barrels in it, and one of those beers was a blend of a sour wheat beer with a double wit in a single second-use gin barrel. The result was delicious: tropical, botanical, tart, malty and very refreshing for a barrel-aged beer. We’ve recreated this beer adding some kaffir lime leaves for additional complexity and fun herbal notes. Bellwether is now available in limited edition 22oz bottles at the brewery and fine bottleshops. Malts: Two Row, Flaked Wheat, Malted Wheat, Acidulated, Unmalted Wheat, Flaked Oats. Hops: Newport. 8.4% ABV 25 IBU. ​

Safe Word Triple IPA

Once a year, we release this hoppy behemoth that used over 9 pounds of hops per barrel of beer, got two separate dry hop additions, and clocks in at over 11% alcohol. You need to have a deeply masochistic streak to desire this much hoppiness in your beer. It is a tongue-scraping, aggressive beer with more punch than anything else we make. Safe Word will push you to the limit of how much hop and beer you can handle, but we think you’ll like it enough to keep coming back. The tropical, grapefruit and dank notes of some of our favorite hops make this a pleasure that is hard to refuse. Just know when to say stop. Malts: Two Row, c20L, C40L, CaraPils. Hops: Columbus, Cascade, Cetennial, Citra and Simcoe. 11.1% ABV 100+ IBU.

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