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Owen Ogletree's Brewtopia Brewsletter: 11/06/2011

In this issue:

Craft Beer Paradise: Oh, Oregon!

2012 Atlanta Cask Ale Tasting Newbies

Mellowing with Age

Featured Beery Links & Events

JailHouse Brewing - Hampton, GA

Peak Organic's Maple Oat Ale

Everyone Loves a Free Spirit

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Craft Beer Paradise: Oh, Oregon!

Lovers of craft beer should definitely include a visit to Oregon on their "bucket lists." One of the regions where the American craft beer revolution was born, Oregon offers a diverse canvas of brewpubs and microbreweries, along with enjoyable outdoor activities and breath-taking scenery. Here are just a few of the highlights from Owen Ogletree's recent Oregonian beer excursion...



Most visitors begin their visit to Oregon in Portland, and there is no easier way to experience some of the best beer spots in town than by hopping on the Brewvana bus tour with owner/driver Ashley Rose (pictured above). For a small price, Ashley will drive groups to several Portland craft beer destinations, provide beer education, a taster glass, beer samples, appetizers and even a pretzel necklace. Click here to view the Brewvana tour schedule.


Owen was pleased to learn that the hip and ultra-bohemian Hair of the Dog brewery recently opened a tasting room and food hall next to the brewery locale in Portland. Hair of the Dog cranks out some amazing craft ales and barrel-aged brews conceived from the mind of owner/brewer Alan Sprints (pictured with with Owen Ogletree). From the website: "Hair of the Dog Brewing Company was founded in November of 1993. The first person to purchase our beer was Fred Eckhardt, beer historian, inspiration, and mentor to the brewers. His purchase of Adam took place on August 23, 1994. Hair of the Dog Adam was originally called Adambier after a German beer style that was no longer being produced at the time."



Check out the beer board (above) at Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB) in Portland! This amazing brewpub serves up a huge range of intriguing ales and lagers alongside satisfying food selections. There are always one or two ales on cask, and tours of the downstairs brewhouse can be arranged.



Located in the pleasant town of Eugene Oregon, Ninkasi Brewing offers brewery tours, samplers, pints, and a fun patio with a fireplace, food wagons and live music. The name comes from the ancient Sumerian goddess of fermentation. Be sure to try the excellent Total Domination IPA, Believer Double Red Ale, Tricerahops Double IPA and Oatis Oatmeal Stout.



Upon arriving in the delightful town of Bend Oregon, head directly to the Deschutes Brewery tasting room and tour. A pioneer in west coast craft beer, Deschutes' growth in the past several years has proven phenomenal. Sip perennial favorites such as Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Inversion IPA, Black Butte Porter and Obsidian Stout. Current special brews include Red Chair NWPA, Jubelale and the extremely limited Fresh Hop Mirror Pond. Pictured above is Aaron Calihan, our energetic buddy who runs the tours and tastings at Deschutes. Be sure to also visit the Deschutes Public House brewpub in Bend for cask ale versions and scrumptious food.




Located in an old cannery on the scenic banks of the Columbia River Gorge in Hood River Oregon, Full Sail Brewing remains a proud, independent craft brewery producing a wide range of Northwest ales and lagers. After an award-winning brewery tour, settle in at the Full Sail pub (photo above) to enjoy wonderful cuisine and pints of Pale Ale, IPA, Amber, Session Lagers and creative seasonals and limited edition beers. Nothing compares to sitting on the deck of the brewery on a clear day with an IPA and a breath-taking gorge view of front of you. To read the full story of Full Sail, click here.


Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom ranks as another must-taste craft beer destination in Hood River. Matt Swihart and Charlie Devereux started the brewpub back in 2007 with the goal of making beer for craft beer fans. Chat with a local, order a mouth-watering thin crust pizza, and sample from an impressive range of house beers that includes Kölsch, IRA, Hop Lava, Vaporizer, This Is Not A Porter, Bocktopus, Devil's Kriek, Rainier Kriek and Chimney Stout.



Owen and The Beer Wench absolutely loved their stay at Seven Oaks Bed & Breakfast in Hood River. Nestled within a quiet spot in a light industrial area just outside of downtown Hood River, Seven Oaks is situated on two acres of tranquil gardens surrounded by mature Douglas Firs that provide privacy and serenity (see photo above). Views of Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams pop up between the trees on clear days, and the B&B offers a comfortable backyard cabin and lovely rooms in the main house. The owners love Oregon and are friendly, welcoming, and truly interested in their guests. We really enjoyed the vegetarian breakfast. Be sure to stay here when visiting the beer spots in and around Hood River.


For an in-depth guide to Oregon's craft beer scene, pick up a copy of Bob & Debra Ledford's Oregon Brew Tour book. This delightful book focuses on the state's craft beer, microbrews, nanobrews, festivals and homebrew information, and up-close details regarding the owners and history of each location are included. No better guide exists in providing the full picture and feel of Oregon's rich beer culture. What a fun read!


To view Owen Ogletree's GoogleMap of the best beer spots in central and western Oregon, click here.


2012 Atlanta Cask Ale Tasting Newbies

Lots of new breweries are being added to the lineup for our extremely popular ATLANTA CASK ALE TASTING coming up on January 28, 2012 at 5 Seasons Brewing Sandy Springs and Taco Mac Prado (next door to each other). Along with some extra special, new firkins from the UK, we will be premiering casks from Cigar City, Monday Night, Red Hare, Wrecking Bar, Max Lager's, Smuttynose, Victory and Lazy Magnolia.


Only a few tickets remain for this special event, and tickets are on sale through Xorbia Tickets this year - this should insure speedy, easy entry to the event. NO ticket sales at the door. 21+ only - no children or pets please. CLICK HERE for all the information and to buy tickets.


Sponsors: 5 Seasons Brewing, Taco Mac, Atlanta Humane Society, Peak Organic Brewing, and Brewtopia LLC. We'd also like to thank our friends at Brew Depot Beer & Wine Craft Supplies and Atlanta's SweetWater Brewing Company for their support of this event.




Mellowing with Age

Owen Ogletree recently pulled a dozen well aged beers from his cellar and gathered together a tasting panel at Trappeze Pub in Athens to comment on how the character of each has evolved over time and to pick our favorites. Panelists: Owen Ogletree, Kerri Allen, Dean & Gail Graves, Eric Johnson, Thel Melton, Nick Allen and Mark Hall...


Dogfish Head Raison D’Extra 2006 – Imperial Brown Ale with raisins – Our FIRST PLACE pick.

Milton, DE

Color: Murky brown; very flat. Brown.

Aroma: Wort, apples, rum, raisins, toffee, sweetish; caramel apples; butter; caramel cake icing; molasses

Flavor: Very sweet; caramel-like; overripe raisins; figs; definitely a sipping beer; could age for another 20 years and still be good; peaty, scotch-like note; hints of smoke; lots of warming alcohol; slight bitter note in the finish; very complex


Bell’s Expedition Stout 2006 – 10.5% ABV – Our SECOND PLACE pick.

Kalamazoo, MI

Color: Opaque black with no light able to penetrate; extremely light carbonation

Aroma: Roasted malt; currants; raisins; alcohol notes; licorice; malted chocolate; cocoa; woody resins; stewed tomatoes; balsamic notes

Flavor: Chocolate; vanilla; leathery; rich; smooth; almost no alcohol burn; roasted malt; malt balls; sugary; dark, bitter chocolate; slightly sweet; chocolate syrup; cherry hints; vanilla; dark, ripe fruits; candy bar notes


Mea Maxima Culpa 2007 – contract brewed by small beer store in Brussels. 6.5% ABV Belgian Blond Ale

Brussels, Belgium -- Our THIRD PLACE pick.

Color: Dark straw with nice white foam. Slight haze.

Aroma: Citrusy, lemon, spice, slightly tart, fruity

Flavor: Acetic acid hint; lemony; kiwi; pleasant acid note; soft mellow; earthy; very pleasant and refreshing. Held up well after four years of age.


New Glarus Unplugged Imperial Saison 2009

New Glarus, WI

Color: Deep gold, murky light amber.

Aroma: Caramel malt; acetone hint; green apple note; paper hint.

Flavor: Tart with cider hints; like a granny smith caramel apple; light and refreshing; wheat; cereal; acidic; still very drinkable and pleasant; spicy rye note; bready; at this point does not taste much like a Saison.


Dogwood Barleywine 2003

Atlanta, GA

Color: Relatively clear; garnet ruby brown; little to no carbonation.

Aroma: Alcohol; toffee; burnt sugar; butter;

Flavor: Sweet caramel; malt; backed by good hop bitterness; flavor not extremely intense; vanilla; raisins; still very drinkable; crème brulee; apricot; mango; good fruitiness; wood resins; cedar hint; pleasant and elegant


Full Sail Old Boardhead Barleywine Ale 2001 – 8.5% ABV

Hood River, OR

Color: Murky, dark brown; very low carbonation.

Aroma: Butter; molasses; sherry; cardboard note; earthy, mushroom note; cellar-like; herbal note; blue cheese hint

Flavor: Sweet caramel malt; apricot; sugary; wood resins; port-like; sweet beginning and slightly dry finish; a bit thinner than the aroma would suggest; grassy; celery; minty; sherry; still very pleasant; a sipper; would go well with a cigar; hint of sweet chocolate


Squall IPA (bottle conditioned 90 Minute) 2009 – 9% ABV

Milton, DE

Color: Murky amber; very low carbonation

Aroma: Like hopped sherry; citrus; soft; lemongrass, thyme; subtle; subdued; hops are still there.

Flavor: Sweeter than a regular 90 Minute; subtle flavors; spruce; sugary hint; piney; wild honey; very mild notes; still excessively pleasant and drinkable.


Tyranena Hop Whore Imperial IPA 2007

Lake Mills, WI

Color: Slightly cloudy brown; no carbonation

Aroma: Tobacco; prune; herbs; paper;

Flavor: Dry; dry malt note; earthy; short finish; hops have faded; caramel hints; sugar note; white peppercorn.


Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Ale 2006 – 9.6% ABV

Chico, CA

Color: Dark brown; almost no carbonation; hazy

Aroma: Subdued aroma; mustard green hint; chalky; earthy; herbal; old cut grass; earthy

Flavor: Cigar; leather notes; herbal; pine hint; alcohol notes; spruce; tree sap; sherry, oxidative notes; still quite an impressive brew


Thomas Hooker Imperial Porter 2005

Hartford, CT

Color: Very black; zero carbonation

Aroma: Mild; peat smoke hint; caramel; cocoa hint; slight fruity esters

Flavor: Roasted malts; slight licorice; sweet malt; chocolate malt hints; subtle hints of dark raisins and prunes; dark sugar undertones


Left Hand Imperial Stout 2005

Longmont, CO

Color: Jet black with very little carbonation.

Aroma: Yeasty; star anise; cocoa; overripe dark fruit; slight acid note

Flavor: Honey; vanilla; chocolate in finish; sweetish; ripe fruit; cantaloupe; prune; fig; mild roasty notes; lactose sugar notes; creamy; smooth; slightly cloying; nutty undertone; pecan shell; munster cheese hint


Victory Storm King Imperial Stout 2002 – 9.1% ABV

Downingtown, PA

Color: Deep black color with almost no carbonation

Aroma: Prunes; tobacco; earthy; aged hops; coffee; rich fruit notes

Flavor: Soft, roasted malt; black patent malt; vegemite; yeasty; burnt espresso; herbal; dark chocolate; ash notes; smoke hint.


Featured Beery Links & Events





  • 11/20/2011 - 3rd annual Aromas Cask Ale Festival - 

    Aromas in Athens, GA - Sunday November 20th 4pm.

    Expect eight amazing casks including...

    The Bruery 3 French Hens, Terrapin PB & J, JW Lees 2009 Harvest, Rogue Juniper, BFM La Douze, Red Brick Vanilla Gorilla Porter. Click here for directions and details.

  • 11/10 & 11/14 - From The Brick Store Pub: To celebrate the 7th anniversary of the Belgian Bar and one year anniversary of the BeerCellar, we have lined up two very cool and special events. Thursday November 10th - our good friend, killer brewer and all around swell guy Adam Avery (Avery Brewing of Boulder Colorado) will be at the pub to host a very special beer dinner. The beer focus will be Belgian-style and some extremely limited, cellared beers. The following Monday, November 14th, Rob Tod, owner of Allagash Brewing up in Portland Maine, will be here to celebrate as well. This will be much more of a casual type of gathering, but expect some amazing things Rob has sent down, in addition to some goodies we've had in the cellar for a few years.

  • 11/19/2011 - 5th annual Beans-N-Brews For Boobs Chili Cook-off is scheduled for noon in the back parking lot of Summits Wayside Tavern in Snellville. Everyone is welcome to enter or just come out to taste some good chili and help a good cause.
  • Trappeze Pub in Athens GA plans its annual Stout Festival November 28 through December 4. The event features a huge selection of the world's best black ales on draft as well as special cask tappings and by-the-glass bottle selections.

  • BREWTOPIA EVENTS' FULL INTERACTIVE BEER CALENDAR is always just a click away - featuring the best beer happenings around the Southeast and beyond.


JailHouse Brewing - Hampton, GA

Pictured to the right are John Pierce (assistant brewer) and Glenn Golden (owner/brewer) of JailHouse Brewing sending out a pallet of new bottled beers from their microbrewery in Hampton, Georgia. 


Be sure to try JailHouse's malty, rich, 9% ABV Community Service wee-heavy Scotch-style ale - brewed in collaboration with Randy Dempsey of O'Dempsey's beer company.


JailHouse releases Last Request in December - a barleywine aged on oak. The strong ale looks to be around 11 or 12% ABV and will make up part of JailHouse's Witness Protection seasonal releases. In January, keep watch for a double IPA called Hop Riot - part of the Solitary Confinement series of beers - one release and it's done.


JailHouse Brewing Company


Peak Organic's Maple Oat Ale

Pictured to the right are Rob Lucente (left) and brewer Jon Cadoux at the Peak Organic brewery in Portland Maine showing off their 2011 shipment of fresh, organic hops grown at a small farm nearby. These guys have a great deal of fun being creative with their flavorful, personable brews.


Be sure to check out Peak's current fall seasonal version of their popular Maple Oat Ale --


From the guys at Peak Organic...

Peak Maple Collaboration is a truly local project. It’s a new twist on our previously brewed Maple Oat Ale. We worked with local farmers and small businesses to craft this beer with Maine-grown organic oats from GrandyOats and Vermont-produced organic maple syrup from Butternut Mountain Farms. The Maple Collaboration is a copper-colored brew with a dynamic mouth feel from the organic oats and a subtle richness in the finish from the organic maple syrup. The beer is in support of Chefs Collaborative, the nation’s leading environmentally conscious culinary organization.

ABV: 6.7% IBUs: 26

SUGGESTED FOOD PAIRING: Meats with sweet marinade, salmon, bratwurst, chicken, mild English cheeses.

Everyone Loves a Free Spirit


Free Spirit Farmhouse-style Ale is a very special collaboration between Terrapin and Heavy Seas to commemorate Brittney Fox Watts, a member of both brewery families. Brittney was lost to us, but her spirit lives on in the hearts and minds of all the people she touched. This delicious ale embodies many of the things Brittney loved about life, beer and friends.


Malt:  2-row, Munich, wheat, rye, acidulated malt and sunflower seeds.

Hops: US Goldings, Mount Hood / ABV: 7.2%


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Born of dark and cold and snow in the marrow of the northeast's longest night, Howl comes in on wailing winds with winter-weary eyes burning holes in sunless shadows. In its darkened depths our inner voids are warmed. 


  • TYPE: Black Lager
  • YEAST: San Francisco Lager
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  • ABV: 4.6%


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  • Owen and The Beer Wench post from the UK's BBC Good Food Show in Birmingham, the Dudley Winter Ales Fayre and the National Brewery Centre Museum in Burton-on-Trent.
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Owen Ogletree is an Athens, GA beer writer, beer traveler, nationally certified beer judge, and founder/director of, the Classic City Brew Fest, and the Atlanta Cask Ale Tasting. Phone: (706) 254-BREW.
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