On my recent first trip to Alesong Brewing & Blending’s new Tasting Room in Lorane, Oregon outside of Eugene, I was able to try “Touch of Brett: Mosaic” which won a Bronze Medal at the Great American Beer Festival® among 19 total Oregon medals awarded last Saturday. An early version of Touch of Brett won GOLD at the GABF last year after Alesong had just opened, that’s quite a track record for this beer and Alesong Brewing in general, and a reason to make your way to the breweries countryside winery-esque taproom showcased below. The breweries next quarterly release is also only a little ways out, Sunday Nov. 19th will see the release of Terroir Pinot Gris – Brett Saison with Pinot Gris grapes, Apricot Sky – an oak aged sour ale with apricots, Vanilla Rhino Suit – Imperial Milk Stout with Vanilla and cocoa nibs, and non barrel-aged Dubbel-Belgian Style Dubbel. Sign up for the breweries mailing list to get the invite and first dibs on bottles.
Alesong Brewing is a complicated beast (much like their beers), born in Eugene where their tanks, barrels, bottling facility is, they brew their beer though in Corvallis at Block 15 Brewing’s production facility and now sell and taste their beers and bottles at a 3rd location in the country. The taproom on a grassy and gravelly lot down the hill from King Estate Winery has a beautiful view of the forest and farms from a picnic table lined patio and small indoor taproom.
The newly constructed Alesong Taproom feels very much like a winery with glass bottle pours along drafts and a bare bones but tastefully designed space with counter ordering and no bar seating. That’s not a bad thing, the patio is beautiful and the tasting room makes a mean cheese and charcuterie plate that pairs magnificently with complex yeast driven beers that range from dry, spicy and aromatic hops to nuanced herbal and fruity brews to full on fruit sours. The spot does not have a food menu beyond snacks but often has a top notch food truck outside.
Alesong earned Bronze in the “Brett Beer” category at this years GABF and Gold for basically the same beer in the same category last year. Touch of Brett: Mosaic, is a dry, French-style saison that was primary fermented with Brettanomyces for a fruity and spicy experience. After aging in neutral oak wine barrels, it was dry-hopped liberally with Mosaic hops to complement the ripe pineapple, mango, grapefruit, and rose-like flavors that evolved during the aging time. Alesong currently has the award winning beers pouring on draft and available in bottle at its tasting room, located at 80848 Territorial Highway and open from 12-8 p.m. every Friday – Sunday.
“At Alesong, we really love working with non-traditional yeast and microbes, so to be fortunate enough to earn medals two years in a row for our brett beers is really amazing! With so many great breweries in the competition, it’s quite an honor” said Brian Coombs, Alesong’s cellarmaster and one of three founding partners.
For more GABF information, including a 2017 recap, photos and analysis: https://www.newschoolbeer.com/2017/10/2017-great-american-beer-festival-winners-photo-recap.html
ABOUT ALESONG BREWING AND BLENDING: Alesong Brewing and Blending is a small artisan brewery based in the heart of Southern Willamette Valley wine country that crafts unique and small-batch beers with a focus on oak aging and Belgian-inspired techniques, brewing both wild and non-wild beers, using locally grown fruits, herbs and a host of special yeasts and other microbes. Once the beer in the barrels has matured, the team samples and selects each barrel individually to blend. Paying homage to old-world Lambic blenders and artisan winemakers, Alesong believes that the final, balanced blend of a barrel-aged beer is much more satisfying than the sum of its parts or each individual barrel by itself. For more information, visit alesongbrewing.com.