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Our Brewmaster Reserve series allows us to put our creativity, innovation and passion into small, limited release beers. These craft brews highlight the direct connection with our farmers, celebrate the art of barrel aging, and explore the effects of time. Some of our beers, like our fresh hops brews, are meant to be enjoyed just after harvest, intensely fresh from our farmers’ fields. Others like our Barleywine and Bourbon Barrels, carefully aged in Bourbon casks, tempt our patience and grow smoother and even more interesting with time.
Wood barrel aging is an art form. When done right, it’s a wonderful thing. Our barrel aged beers have been a Full Sail tradition since 1998 when we joyfully discovered what happens when you pair vintage barrels, dedication, and patience. Every year since, we’ve brewed an imperial style dark ale, filled roughly sixty oak bourbon barrel casks, and then aged them in our cellar for a year. We rack this special beer in small batches, available in only very limited quantities. It cellars well, so if you store a few bottles in a dark, cool place and be patient, you will be rewarded for your effort and restraint.
Our perennial favorite, Old Boardhead Barleywine, comes out every year. But we never really know what the brewmaster has up his sleeve next. And that’s half the fun of it.
Our Brewmaster Reserve brews are on draft at select taverns and bars, and in 22 oz. bottles at retail.
Brewed to celebrate our 26th Anniversary (September 27, 2013), “26” is a Northwest take on a European classic and features intense aromas of citrus and pine, supported by a medium body, dry malty palate, and balanced with a long, clean, herbal hop finish. (ABV 6% IBU 60) It will be available throughout our 26th year on draft and in 22 oz bottles.
Our Imperial Stout is a highly anticipated release from our brewmaster's cellar. This beer was brewed in December of 2011 and was carefully aged for a year in Kentucky Bourbon casks from Maker's Mark, Four Roses, Jim Beam. This extended aging presents hints of vanilla and allows the Stout to pick up the flavors of the wood, bourbon and oak. The aging combined with the robust character of the Imperial Stout make for an extraordinary and wonderful taste experience. It has a strong roasted malt character and a full body. Chocolate and caramel nuances blend with the hops for a smooth Imperial Stout. It cellars well, Limited availability in 22oz. bottles and draft. Available February 2013 until it’s gone! ABV 9.6% IBUs: 40 (Formerly known as Black Gold)
A deliciously rich Barleywine with great depth and delicacy of flavor, deep and robust. Its strong sweet body is balanced with Centennial & Crystal hops for a bracing hoppy finish. Ready to drink now, Old Boardhead also rewards your patience and cellars exceptionally well. Available in 22oz. bottles & draft. ABV 9% IBUs: 91
A hop lover’s delight! Brewed with local freshly harvested Salmon-Safe Cascade hops, this draft-only brew has a fresh herbal character and classic pils hop aroma, making a refreshing pilsner-style beer with a smooth body and crisp, clean finish. ABV 6.0% IBU 60 Click here to view the Oregon Hop Harvest
Of course, you are the ultimate judge, but click here to view our Brewmaster Reserve awards list.