Photo Cred: Ian Steele
Breakside Brewery of Portland, Oregon has made quite a few beers that have become staples on liquor store shelves. What Rough Beast Hazy IPA comes to mind, with a medium body, slight haze, and citrus hop notes that dips its toes into a classic IPA bitterness without diving all the way in. More recently, in celebration of their 10 years of existence, they have started an anniversary beer series that includes collaborations alongside all-new beers and flavors.
Among the collaborative anniversary beers comes Morning Dew IPA, brewed with the well-marketed Fat Head’s Brewery out of Ohio. If you’ve ever been to GABF, you have almost assuredly seen the extensive endcap they take over every year, serving 10 or so beers, with the gigantic cutout of their Fat Head logo man plastered all over the place. Additionally, Breakside teamed up with Barley Brown’s Beer of Oregon to produce Wanderjack IPA, a west-coast style IPA.
Two other beers currently available from the anniversary series are pretty ambitious for a brewery whose claim to fame is fantastic IPAs. First, they have introduced Chocolate Brandy Alexander, described by Breakside as “a rich and sweet milk stout… dosed liberally with freshly grated nutmeg… Dutch cocoa powder… aging it in brandy barrels from California… THICK and luscious, reminiscent of a creamy cocktail like an Alexander.”
The second beer is also a barrel-aged foray into interesting territory- the world of sours. Persephone Barrel-Aged Sour is aged in oak with chrysanthemum, marigold, coriander and orange peel. It is described by Breakside as “…a mixed culture beer fermented entirely in neutral oak and conditioned on spring flowers, sweet orange peel, and Indian coriander.”
As a person with a hearty distaste (but not total dislike) of sours, the Persephone Sour sounds incredibly unique and appealing. I have personally learned that any barrel-aged sour is a crapshoot as intensity goes, but if I manage to get my hands on a bottle of this 7.9% titan, I’ll be sure to let you know how I felt. Cheers to Breakside!