Breakside Releases Bourbon Barrel-Aged Salted Caramel Stout & Fitzcarraldo


Breakside Brewery has two big bottle releases for Zwickelmania on 2/13/2016: Bourbon Barrel-Aged Salted Caramel Stout and Fitzcarraldo a Barrel-Aged Reserve Blend. Breakside’s flagship IPA is also continuing to clean-up in awards and blind tastings, with recent wins at the Best of Craft Beer Awards and Oregon Hophouse’s month-long Blind IPA Tasting.

Breakside 2016 Best of Craft beer Awards medals

Breakside IPA One of the Winningest IPAs on the Market Today

Breakside Brewery claimed a Silver Medal for the year-round Pils and a Gold for the flagship IPA at the 2016 Best of Craft Beer Awards held recently in Bend, Oregon. Breakside came out on top among the 134 beers entered into the American IPA category. This means Breakside IPAs have come out on top for two years in a row at the Best of Craft Beer Awards, with a Gold last year for the other year-round Wanderlust IPA. That means Breakside IPAs have been medaled three years in a row (Breakside’s flagship IPA also won a Silver at BoCBA in 2014).

Between the Best of Craft Beer Awards and another recent win at the Oregon Hophouse’s month-long Oregon Blind IPA Tasting, Breakside IPA is solidified as one of the winningest IPAs on the market today– it is the ONLY IPA to have won gold at 3 of the 4 largest beer competitions in the country (North American Beer Awards 2014, Great American Beer Festival 2014, Best of Craft Beer Awards 2016).

Zwickelmania Day Beer Releases

Breakside Brewery will be debuting two new barrel-aged beers in bottles on Zwickelmania, Saturday February 13th, 2016. The first ever release of a special Bourbon Barrel-Aged Salted Caramel Stout that will go on sale on Saturday and then trickle out to limited distribution. 22oz bottles will be on sale at both Breakside locations for $13 each with a 6 bottle per person limit beginning at 11am. Fitzcarraldo is a special barrel-aged blend that Breakside’s Head Brewer says “Frankly, it tastes amazing. Easily one of the most robust and complex barrel-aged beers we’ve ever done.” Fitzcarraldo will only be sold in-house at the two Breakside Brewery locations with very limited draft sold outside for special events. This beer will also debut on draft and in bottles for $13 each this Zwickelmania day, Saturday, February 13th. More info on both beers below.

Also on Zwickelmania day, our Milwaukie Brewery & Tasting Room will be pouring our collaboration beer with Honolulu Beerworks– Side Project Sour— which is a berliner weisse made with calamansi lime and Maui gold pineapple. There are only 2 kegs of this beer that made it into Oregon, one of which will be tapped on Saturday.

Finally, the Portland Chocolate Mob is doing some beer and chocolate pairings around town during Zwickelmania, and we’ll be having a free chocolate and beer pairing in Milwaukie only. There will be chocolates featured from a handful of different Portland-area producers, both for sampling and (of course) for sale since Sunday is Valentine’s Day.
Breakside Fitzcarraldo

2016 Brewers Reserve
A Blend of Bourbon Barrel-Aged Strong Ales
In time for Zwickelmania 2016, we are excited to release a special ‘cuvee,’ a special blend of beers created by our brewers.
The finished blend is a beer we’ve named Fitzcarraldo. The majority of the blend is a Belgian dark strong ale that spent over 18 months in Bourbon barrels. The extended aging allowed for soft and complex oxidative flavors to come out– there are notes of fig, date, and port. As the beer mellowed, the classic Belgian yeast profile did as well: it shows light notes of clove and red currant. This was blended with a small portion of a Bourbon barrel-aged stout that had spent 12 months in barrels. This beer added some sweetness and richness of body to the blend. Finally, to brighten and enliven the beer, the brewers chose to add a dash of Toro Red, our smoky amber ale. The young beer gives the blend a vibrancy that is uncommon and welcome in a blend of  older beers.
This beer is available exclusively at Breakside’s two breweries in draft and 22 oz bottles.

ABV: 11.2%
IBU: 25
Malts: Two Row, Munich, Abbey, CaraBohemian, Special W, Black, Chocolate, C40L
Hops: Newport
Package: 22 oz bottle and very limited draft
Availability: One-Off Released February 2016. Exclusively at Breakside’s Two Locations

Suggested food pairings : Braised pork belly with caraway; mixed cheese and charcuterie plates; Savory cheese “flan” with grilled sweet onions and eggplant; Gorgonzola and steak fondue

Breakside Bourbon Barrel-Aged Salted Caramel Stout

Bourbon Barrel-Aged Salted Caramel Stout

Sweet Stout Brewed with Salt and Caramel
Aged in Bourbon Barrels
Here you have the barrel-aged version of our popular winter seasonal, Salted Caramel Stout. This version of this beer has been sitting in Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels for nearly a year, and we think you will see that it has been worth the wait. Big notes of vanilla, caramel, and chocolate mix on the nose are followed by rich Bourbon flavors on the mid-palate, a luscious mouthfeel, and a hint of salt in the finish. Soft oak tannins and a pleasant wood character round this out.Forget food– this beer is dinner, drinks, and dessert all in a single bottle. Cheers!
ABV: 10.5%
IBU: 40
Malts: Two Row, Munich, Crystal 40L, Roast Barley, Black, Chocolate
Hops: NewportSuggested Food Pairings: Banana icebox cake, Cinnamon chocolate torte, Coconut pork rice bowl, Duck and tasso jambalaya.
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