Back in March we plugged Dreamscape, a new collaboration between Ruse Brewing and The Ale Apothecary. This mixed culture, oak foeder aged blend of wild ales was supposed to be released for the 2019 Portland Farmhouse and Wild Ale Festival and featured a label by yours truly. However, the beer was not quite ready and things were going on that needed to settle out and refine, and that’s exactly what they did. Dreamscape is finally being released at both Ruse Brewing’s taproom in Portland and at The Ale Apothecary in Bend, today, Wednesday, June 19th.
375ml bottles only, will be available for $10 of this complex and tart, oak aged treat. Here is more from what I wrote about Dreamscape when it was supposed to be released:
This blended saison encompasses our appreciation for farmhouse ales. A plethora of our house cultures merge together with expressive oak to create a depth and dream scape experience. 5.5% ABV.
“The Portland Farmhouse Fest is one of the highlights of the year for us,” says Ale Apothecary owner/brewmaster Paul Arney. “We don’t participate in many beer fests due to our small size and staff, but our tasting room often hears ‘The first time I ever had your beer was at the Portland Farmhouse Fest!’ This shows us a direct link to new and established customers is through the efforts of the Farmhouse fest and we wouldn’t miss it. I’m honored to be working with Shaun and Devin from Ruse to present the official beer for this years’ fest.”
Dreamscape is actually a blend of beers from both Ale Apothecary in Bend, Oregon and Ruse Brewing in Portland. Both components were barrel-aged saisons with various degrees of wild yeast, bacteria complexity and oak contributions.
“Although, the beers from each brewery were quite different they complimented each other well,” says Ruse Brewing’s co-owner/co-brewer Shaun Kalis on the collaboration. “Paul’s casks are very fruit forward with a beautiful nose of ripe orchard earth blended with our foeder beer which brought bright and balanced acidity and oak vanillin and tannins.”
“I had gotten to know Shaun and Devin when I worked with Culmination for the Native Oregonism and they were both working there at the time,” adds Paul Arney. “When they opened their brewery, we talked about finding a reason to make beer together and this opportunity allowed us to do just that!”
The Ale Apothecary’s contribution to the blended collaboration is part of a larger new project called UNVRSL, a series of short-term farmhouse ales with farm-sourced ingredients and process. This part of Dreamscape is made of barley, wheat, oats, rye and mashed with sweetgrass hay. It was open fermented in an Oregon oak tank made by Oregon Barrelworks and was barrel-aged for 3 months.
Founder of The New School and most frequent contributor Ezra Johnson-Greenough has worked in the craft beer industry for almost 10 years, doing everything from illustrating beer labels to bartending at renowned beer bars and breweries like Belmont Station, Apex, Laurelwood and Upright Brewing. He has also had a hand in creating events like the Portland Fruit Beer Festival, Portland Beer Week, and the Brewing up Cocktails series. He is available for freelance consultation in marketing, events, graphic design and branding.