Backwoods Brewing launches Experimental Forest Series

Bottling Spring Creek Saison

Backwoods Brewing of Carson, Washington in the OR/WA gorge has announced a new seasonal line called “Experimental Forest Series.” The new draft and 22oz bottle series will have three seasonal styles.

According to the press release: The first style is a peppercorn saison, named “Spring Creek Saison”. Brewmaster, Kevin Waters, had the chance to brew the farmhouse ale while traveling in Europe last year. He visited Amundsen Brewery in Oslo, Norway, where they concocted the recipe, and put it to the test. “The end result was incredible,” commented Waters. “Slightly dry, with fruit notes and then a hint of peppercorn, with just enough spice to make you want more.” The beer clocks in at 4.7 % ABV and 22 IBU.

The other two styles to follow will be a single hop IPA and a pecan pie porter. The IPA will launch in June and will be made with Vic’s Secret hops, which are harvested out of Australia, and have only been used commercially since 2013. Waters added, “We brewed a draft-only version of this beer last year and it was a huge hit, so we’re happy to be able to offer it up to the whole NW market.” Vic’s Secret is known for its distinct pine and pineapple aroma and tasting notes. Backwoods has yet to name the single hop IPA.

The third seasonal, the pecan pie porter, will be released mid-late September, and will finish out the series. Going with the theme of tried and true, Backwoods had brewed two batches of this beer last year and it was received extremely well. “We brewed the first batch, not knowing if it would do well or be a complete flop. But a week later it was gone and people wanted more! So we brewed it again,” said Waters.

Spring Creek Saison will hit the shelves Monday, February 29th. Several local beer & bottle shops, including The Beer Station in Wilsonville, and Belmont Station in Portland, are hosting tastings that will feature the saison, as well as some core Backwoods beers. More information can be found on Backwoods’ website:

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Just an hour east of the Portland-Vancouver area, Backwoods was established in 2012 by the Waters family as a single barrel brewpub. It has grown since, moving to a 7-barrel, and now a 20 barrel system that it currently brews on in their new Stevenson facility. Their distribution serves all of Washington, NW Oregon and Boise, ID, including grocery stores such as Zupans, Whole Foods, New Seasons, Total Wine, Market of Choice and Fred Meyer. The brewery produced approximately 5000 barrels in 2015, and has set a goal of 7500 barrels for 2016. The brewpub in Carson is open 7 days a week, and welcomes all ages.

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