Less than a year ago, New School Beer called Dwinell Country Ales the best brewery you’ve never been to. Since then, it has been hailed by the likes of Jeff Alworth and others across the country. Tucked away in the small town of Goldendale, Washington, about 20 minutes off of SR-14 on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge highway, Dwinell is creating farmhouse and wild fermented ales that push the boundaries of those styles. The brewery presses the boundaries enough that it would prefer the beers be called ‘country ales,’ as they rarely adhere to what you might expect by other common monikers.
Today, Dwinell launched a new Cellar Club Membership that promises to provide members with exclusive bottle releases, early access, and even a personalized tour in Goldendale, among other great perks! The format is an enhanced version of what many Columbia Gorge-area wine enthusiasts are familiar with. Best of all, just $25 gets you in the club.
More details from the press release:
Recently named one of the “Top Three Small Breweries” in the country by beer writer Jeff Alworth for “Craft Beer & Brewing” magazine, Dwinell Country Ales has announced the start of their “Cellar Club.”
Since opening in August 2017, Dwinell Country Ales has set its sights on developing a barrel program and bottling their beers. Working patiently with oak and the seasons, these beers express a deeper and more nuanced version of their approach to creating farmhouse-style and wild ales.
By joining the “Cellar Club,” members will have priority and, for certain smaller batches, exclusive access to purchase these bottles with a club discount. All of the beers made available through the “Cellar Club” are bottle conditioned, predominately in 750 ml bottles, enabling these beers to further mature in one’s cellar.
“Each beer we make is fermented with a constantly evolving mixed-culture of yeast and bacteria and many of our beers undergo a secondary fermentation over ripe local fruit” says brewer and co-owner Justin Leigh. “For longer term projects and aged beers, we work mostly with barrels that we source from nearby wineries in the Columbia River and Yakima Valleys.”
While these barrel-aged “country ales” will comprise the core of the beers made available through the “Cellar Club,” Dwinell Country Ales will also release a variety of blends, younger beers, and collaborations. Named one of the “The Six Best Washington Breweries Outside Seattle” by “The Stranger,” Dwinell Country Ales is quietly becoming a “go-to” destination for beer lovers and those traveling through the Columbia River Gorge. Now with bottles to take home, there is even more reason to visit Goldendale, WA and try their “travel-rewarding ales” (Jeff Alworth).
For more information about the Cellar Club, visit: www.CountryAles.com/shop/cellar-club
Dwinell Country Ales is a small brewery with a family-friendly tasting room on the dry side of the Cascades in downtown Goldendale, WA. There, you’ll find a rotating tap list that showcases saison-inspired, mixed-culture beers, delicately hopped rustic ales, and wild ales fermented with native yeast and local fruit.