Wolves & People Farmhouse Brewery Releases New Barrel-Aged Beers

This Saturday and Sunday, 1/19-20, Wolves & People Farmhouse Brewery in Newberg, OR, is releasing three new barrel-aged beers and hosting Ash Woodfired Pizza on-site for an event the brewery is calling Winterfest. Two of the new beers are 500ml bottles and the other is a draft-only, dry-hopped and barrel-aged sour.

Ash Woodfired Pizza uses pinot noir-grown wild yeast dough and local produce for some excellent pies. Try them at the W & P taproom this weekend and the following beer releases.

More info from Wolves & People’s newsletter below:

Before our brewery even opened, we brewed a collab with local friends The Bitter Monk and Heater Allen, and one day, what might be our most experimental beer yet was born: Collaborative Damage. Over beers one night at The Bitter Monk, we wondered what would happen if we brewed a ruddy farmhouse ale, commencing its fermentation with our wild plum tree yeast Sebastian… then gently cooled the beer and pitched Heater Allen’s favored lager yeast strain to complete the fermentation and lager this hybrid brew. The delicious result was a smooth dark wild lager, and one of the first, if not the very first, wild ales cofermented with a lager yeast! But the “damage” wasn’t truly done: we then aged some of this potion in an Old Tom Gin Barrel from Ransom Spirits for two years, letting the wonders of still more wild yeasts and bacteria to slowly transform the beer in the aromatic oak. The result is an herbaceous, tart, woody, garnet-reddish black brew with super light carbonation, reminiscent of an old world amaro like Fernet. One of our most beguiling beers yet. Supplies very limited: a single gin barrel of this beer was bottled. ! 7.5%ABV, 17 IBUs ($14/500ml)

Our signature old ale Tractor Pull has become a standby in the brewery, beloved for its trusty heft, complexity, balance, and mellow spiciness. Working with our friends at Interurban bar in Portland, who have supplied us several Eagle Rare bourbon casks from Buffalo Trace, we aged Tractor Pull for over a year in these babies and then created a blend to harmonize all the flavors from rich oak to fulsome rye to brown sugar, and gratefully, just the right reminder of the barrel’s illustrious, bourbon-soaked past. Like Collaborative Damage and all our bottles and cans, the art is by our great friend Jason Sturgill. 8.5%ABV, 30IBU ($12/500ml)

HELDER (draft)
Amid our search for the best saisons we can brew, deep in our cellar, we hold reserves of gently aged saisons awaiting a return. Through slow transformations in oak, with wild yeast and bacteria, these beers take on intriguing layers of acidity and complexity making them both super fun to drink and pair with food (like artisan pizza!). Helder (Flemish, meaning “bright”) is a special blend of casks selected and lightly dry-hopped with Galaxy to punch this saison blend’s super bright aromas even higher. (7.5%abv, 15IBU, $3.50/$7)

For this first Winterfest we are setting no bottle limits on any new or existing releases, as well as offering 10% case discounts. Hope to see you soon! The taproom opens, as ever, at 4 Thursday and Friday, then noon on Saturday and Sunday for this release. Cheers!

(PS Rain or Shine! Dress warm. Kids are always welcome. Pets too! Enjoy the warming woodstove in our big outdoor tent! Please, no outside food.)

Wolves & People Farmhouse Brewery,  30203 NE Benjamin Rd, Newberg, OR 97132

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