Fresh out of Eugene, Oregon’s rural countryside, Alesong Brewing & Blending has announced five new beers for its quarterly bottle drop: Terroir Chardonnay, Touch of Brett: Galaxy, Touch of Brett: Old Tom, Common Nectar and Kinda Blue. This is Alesong’s second quarterly release of 2019, and the release will be held Sunday, May 18th and 19th from 1-6pm. You can also catch Alesong this Friday and Saturday at the Portland Farmhouse and Wild Ale Festival.
“By virtue of the barrel aging and blending process, every beer we release is unique, but it’s always fun to have new vintages of beers we’ve made before,” says cofounder, Doug Coombs. “There’s been so much enthusiasm for both our Touch of Brett and Terroir series over the past few years that it’s really exciting to have new variations to share!”
• Terroir: Chardonnay – Continuing our series of wine grape-matured farmhouse ales, this bright golden-colored beer underwent a second fermentation on Chardonnay juice from Iris Vineyards and has notes of peach, honey and tropical fruits with subtle oak on the finish. It ends with medium acidity intertwined with a soft citrus peel note.
• Touch of Brett: Galaxy – This dry French-style saison was primary fermented with a blend of Brettanomyces yeasts, lending tropical fruit and spicy aromas. After aging, it was dry-hopped liberally with Galaxy hops, adding juicy layers of pineapple, peach and passionfruit. Join us on the journey as the hops and Brettanomyces yeast evolve together over time.
• Touch of Brett: Old Tom — This dry French-style saison was primary fermented with a blend of Brettanomyces yeasts and then matured in Old Tom Gin barrels for nearly 9 months. After aging, it was dry-hopped with Galaxy hops, layering aromas of passionfruit and ripe pineapple over barrel-induced flavors of citrus and juniper. (Blender’s Circle Member Beer)
• Common Nectar – Our second collaboration blend with The Commons Brewery was matured on locally grown, whole Yellow Nectarines from Detering Orchards. Aromatic and juicy stone fruit notes balance the firm acidity of this mixed-culture ale. Despite a perceived medium-full body sweetness from the nectarine refermentation, Common Nectar finishes crisp and dry.
• Kind of Blue – Our light-bodied Belgian ale was matured on two varieties of blueberries grown next door at King Estate, yielding a deep magenta color and bursting berry aroma. The oak aging layers in hints of vanilla and dry tannic notes while the secondary berry fermentation adds a firm acidity and complexity that will continue to develop and evolve over time.
In conjunction with the new release, Alesong will be hosting celebrations on May 18th and 19th at its tasting room and May 22nd at The Upper Lip (720 SW Ankeny St, Portland, OR 97205). Guests at both events will receive a complimentary tasting of the new beers and small-bite pairings to go with each. The release events are accessible to Blender’s Circle members (info and sign up at alesongbrewing.com/join) and to guests who preorder a minimum of 6 bottles. The new beers will be available for the public in the tasting room and at select restaurants and bottle shops beginning the following week.
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.