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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, Bourbon Aged Imperial Stout, 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).
One of the most wonderful parts of being an Oregon brewer is that we have so many hop fields nearby. During harvest the hops brighten the air with their wonderful aroma. Our 26th anniversary beer is a tribute to all those hop growers, whose family farms have been passed on generation to generation, and like our barley farmers, grow one of the four foundations for all brews. Without the farmers and their dedication to their craft, we could not pursue our own craft. Deep in the Willamette Valley, at Sodbuster Hop Farms, there is an entire field of Salmon Safe Cascade hops that are grown especially for Full Sail. It is in the spirit of this aromatic partnership that we brewed our 26th anniversary beer – Full Sail “26” Cascade Pilsner. It will be available throughout our 26th year on draft and in 22 oz bottles.
In the 1990s, a master distiller visiting from Scotland, and a Brewmaster from a small brewery in Hood River, serendipitously crossed paths. Over a pint or two, they shared their labors of love and pondered a rather intriguing question: what would happen if beer and distilled spirits met somewhere along the way? The outcome of their inspiration was Full Sail’s Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, an annual celebration of the best of American beer and American bourbon. With a tip of the hat to the Scotsman that inspired the idea, we offer this finely crafted beer for a limited time.
Our Bourbon Aged Imperial Stout is a highly anticipated release from our brewmaster's cellar. This beer was brewed in December of 2012 and was carefully aged for a year in Kentucky Bourbon casks from Maker's Mark, Four Roses and Heaven Hill. 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 2014 until it’s gone! ABV 9.84% IBUs: 40 (Formerly known as Black Gold) Video: "The Art and Science of Barrel Aged Beer"
As brewers we are always reliant on nature’s bounty, from the quality of the barley harvest to how the hops weathered through the Oregon summer. But no moment brings this relationship to sharper focus than our fresh hop beers. When we brew with fresh hops, timing is everything. There’s such a small window of time to take advantage of these fresh hops. We need to get them into the brew kettle within hours of picking while their oils and resins are still at their peak. It takes five to seven times more hops to brew a fresh hop beer, but it’s absolutely worth it. There are distinct flavors and aromas that you can only get brewing with fresh hops.
Our Fresh Hop Pilsner is 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.