5 Big Beer Releases This Weekend in Portland

In addition to today’s release of Rye Whiskey barrel-aged The Abyss and Cognac barrel-aged The Abyss, tomorrow, Saturday, January 16th, sees the release of Upright Brewing’s Fantasia, Ecliptic Brewing’s Bourbon Barrel-aged Oort Imperial Stout, and Firestone Walker’s Nitro Merlin Stout release party at Roscoe’s.


Deschutes Rye Whiskey Barrel-Aged The Abyss and Cognac Barrel-Aged The Abyss

Friday January 15th 11am
Deschutes Brewery Portland Public House
210 NW 11th Ave, Portland, Oregon 97209

Already one of the most anticipated beer releases of the year, Deschutes Brewery has special Rye Whiskey and Cognac Barrel-aged versions of The Abyss being released at the Portland pub today, Friday, 1/15, at 11am. In addition to bottles for sale (with a 3 bottle per person limit), there will be a food pairing special. A very limited amount of bottles of each will be available at specialty retailers.

More info from Deschutes:

For those of you who adore The Abyss and look forward to its release each year, we have a special treat for you. The Abyss Rye & The Abyss Cognac! These two remarkably rare releases are 100% barrel-aged in their respective barrels. Most of the Rye Whiskey barrels came from Willett Distillery out of Bardstown, Kentucky (go and visit them if you ever get the chance, tell them Gina from Deschutes says hello) and at 13+% ABV, this version packs a punch. The incredibly old Cognac barrels are from France, and according to Barrelmaster, Jake Harper, impart an interesting sour-like characteristic to The Abyss and is just around 12% ABV.

Ecliptic Barrel-Aged Oort Imperial Stout

Ecliptic Brewing Barrel-Aged Oort Imperial Stout

Saturday January 16th Noon
Ecliptic Brewing
825 N. Cook St. Portland, OR 97227

John Harris is owning barrel-aged bourbon beers. He made some of the first during his long tenure at Full Sail, including the Black Gold and Top Sail series,and is bringing back the best with Oort Barrel-aged Imperial Stout. This isn’t a partially barrel-aged beer like The Abyss or aged for just a few months, but has been in the barrel for more than a year. For fans of bourbon flavors, this beer will delight. Bottles and draft go on sale for the first time ever this Saturday, January 16th, at noon at the brewery. More info here.

Upright Fantasia new label

Upright Brewing Fantasia Bottle Release

Saturday January 16th 1pm
Upright Brewing
240 N. Broadway Suite 2
Portland, OR 97227

Upright Brewing’s highly anticipated release of Fantasia, a barrel-fermented Lambic-style beer with peaches, is hitting this Saturday, with bottles featuring a new label. This is an amazing lightly sour, fruit-forward wild ale that cellars well, but tastes fresh amazing. 750ml bottles will be on sale for $20 each with a 3 bottle per person limit.

Firestone Walker Nitro Merlin Milk Stout  tap

Firestone Walker Nitro Merlin Milk Stout

Milk & Cookies Release Party at Roscoe’s
Saturday January 16th 4pm – 7pm
8105 SE Stark St.
Portland, OR 97215

Firestone Walker is debuting a new nitro and lactose infused version of its Merlin Stout on draft at Roscoe’s. The bar will also be pairing this smooth, creamy and rich milk stout with Brown Butter Cookies.

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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: SamuraiArtist@NewSchoolBeer.com