Oregon BrewLab/Labrewatory/Coldfire Brewing Collaboration “Against the Currant”


After supplying Oregon brewers with quality control and beer analysis for over a year, Oregon BrewLab’s Dana Garves is going Against the Currant and offering brewers the chance to analyze her first commercial beer, a Belgian-style Tripel made with currants. This extremely limited release is only available in Eugene at ColdFire Brewing starting November 3rd, with 100% of the proceeds being donated to the Eugene Science Factory.

More from the press release:
Garves founded Oregon BrewLab in 2015 and brewed her first collaboration with Charlie Johnson of Labrewatory, Portland’s experimental brewhouse in spring 2016. Against the Currant is a Belgian Tripel aged six weeks with twenty pounds of locally sourced black currants released on draft only. It is also available at Labrewatory.
As Garves’ first commercial brew, she was aiming for something big. “I really wanted to leave a mark with my first beer,” Garves says, “and I knew that working with Charlie and Labrewatory I was going to get a lot of support for something uniquely experimental.”

“Dana is a brilliant lab chemist who now runs her own lab as well as doing our testing. She came to me with the idea of brewing a Belgian tripel with currants,” Johnson states. During a tasting Johnson describes the beer as big and warming, “The alcohol heat pairs nicely with currant, raisin, and toffee malt flavors. This beer is perfect for the upcoming fall weather.”

When deciding where to put her beer on tap in Eugene, Garves knew right away where to turn. “ColdFire Brewing is very community oriented, and loves to play around with distinctive flavors. I really felt that Against the Currant fit right in with their line-up.” Brothers Stephen and Dan Hughes opened ColdFire in early 2016 and have met with success. “Oregon Brew Lab has provided much needed quality lab services to the industry and been a great partner for us since we opened. Dana has been great to work with and is very committed to the local craft community. We are happy to support her and honored to be a part of her first project beer, all for a great local cause.”

The great cause is The Eugene Science Factory, a local STEM museum dedicated to science education and hands on learning. Both ColdFire and Oregon BrewLab are excited to donate to a local nonprofit that focuses on enriching children’s lives.  Tim Scott, the Executive Director encourages beer and science lovers to attend the event, “The Science Factory is thrilled that ColdFire Brewing and BrewLab have teamed up to support our educational programs. Please come out and have a pint to benefit our vision of empowered communities that foster scientific learning and innovation to help create a better world.” 

Against the Currant

Style: Belgian Tripel

Malt: 2-row Pilsner, Cara Munich, Special B Dark Crystal, Belgian Candi

Hops: Hallertauer Magnum, Saaz
Fruit: Oregon black currants

ABV: 9.35%

IBU: 33

Availability: Now!

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