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Full Sail Brew News

Winter 2015

We are Stoked, the Hood River County Chamber Named Us Business of the Year!


The Hood River County Chamber of Commerce named Full Sail Brewing Company "Business of the Year" for our long term commitment to the Hood River community, sustainable practices, award winning brews, and many local jobs created by the company as well as the 300-plus community organizations we regularly support. 

So whether it’s Amber or Session in the refrigerated section of the grocery store, or IPA on tap at the local pub, grab it because it’s one of the best beers you can drink and there are good people and sustainable practices behind it!

New Year, New Beer, Introducing Session IPA


IPA’s are insanely popular these days. But let’s face it, sometimes it feels like there’s a hops arms race going on. That’s why we came up with Session IPA. Not too hoppy. Not too bitter. Not too malty. Just right…we like to call it Session-ability! 

You see, virtually everyone who likes beer likes Session. It’s a brand that’s inclusive and accessible -- without ever being ordinary. It’s totally drinkable – but never at the expense of character.  Given Session’s immense appeal, we’ve expanded our year-round lineup to include Session IPA.  Available in 12 packs, 6 packs and on draft. (ABV 5.1% IBU 47)

Have a good Session!

Introducing our New Session Series with Session Export


First in our new Session Series line-up is Session Export, Brewed in the Dortmunder Export lager style, Export pours a deep golden color and imported hop varieties impart noble hop aromas with subtle herbal and hop spice notes. Hop bitterness and malt sweetness are balanced with a firm, smooth, mineral/malt character and clean finish.

This silver medal winner at the World Beer Championships is so rich, so elegant, so well-traveled and exported all the way from Hood River, Oregon.

Our new Session Series gives Session fans three additional ways to enjoy "Session-ability" as their tastes (and the weather) changes. Session Export is available in 12-packs and on draft from winter to spring. (ABV 5.8% IBU 28)

Here's the Scoop on our New Double Bock it has Flavors of Chocolate, Caramel & Coffee, I'll take 2 Please!


Double Bock is the newest release in our rotating line of classic beers called the Full Sail Pub Series

After a long day on the mountain carving turns, snowboarders and skiers make their way down the mountain to warm up and relive all those great runs in our Brew Pub. Our Double Bock helps fuel the stories of deep powder and epic yard sales. It’s lush and full-bodied with hints of caramel, coffee and chocolate in the aroma followed by flavors of caramel and dried figs with a long creamy smooth finish. This gold medal winner is available in six packs on draft. (ABV 7.0% IBU 34)

Each selection in our Pub Series is available for only 90 days before the next gets its turn to shine. Just like each epic season in the Gorge.

Wheatwine Ale Brewed to Celebrate 27 Years of Brewing Stellar Beers


We brewed this special beer, “27 Wheatwine Ale,” to celebrate our  27th birthday.  Our 27th Anniversary Wheatwine is brewed in the Barleywine style, but contains no barley malt, instead, it is mashed and brewed with 100% Wheat Malt. The beer has a rich golden hue and is brewed with Wheat and CaraWheat Malts and hopped with a blend of UK and NW hops. Complex aromas of apricot, spice, and citrus lead to a smooth palate, blended with notes of caramel, marmalade, and green hop overtones. Doesn’t that sound like a great reward for being good or what? And for turning 27! (ABV 9.5% IBU 53.5)

As a brewer that believes deeply in environmental responsibility, Full Sail made the decision several years ago to invest in a mash filter. This investment saves over a million gallons of water a year and as a brewer there is nothing more sustainable than reducing our water use impact. Not only does it save lots of water but it also lets us brew some very tasty and unique beers.

It's here! 2015 Vintage Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout


The annual release of our barrel aged beers is a celebration of the best of American beer and American bourbon. Barrel aging beers has 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.

This year’s Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout is inky black with aroma of dried cherry, shaved chocolate, and whiskey. It has a full malty palate with flavors of dark chocolate, vanilla, cherry, dried figs and a subtle hint of molasses. It finishes deliciously warm on the palate. Brewed in December of 2013, the beer was carefully aged for a year in Kentucky Bourbon casks from Jim Beam and Four Roses. This extended aging allows the Stout to pick up the flavors of the wood, bourbon and oak. The aging accentuates the robust character of the Imperial Stout and brings out the depth of flavor from the bourbon creating an overall elegantly sophisticated beer.

Highly anticipated by beer lovers every year, this release from the Brewery has received numerous accolades over the years, including gold and silver medals, five star ratings, and a bounty of happy customers. The beer is racked in small batches and is 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. This special beer is available early February in 22oz. bottles and draft. ABV 10.5% IBU 40 (Formerly known as Black Gold)

Zwickelmania! Oregon Brewery Open House and Tour


Ever wonder what really goes on in a brewery? Well here’s your chance. On Saturday, February 14th, dozens of Oregon breweries and brewpubs will open their doors to visitors for the state’s annual Zwickelmania Brewery Open House. Hosted by the Oregon Brewers Guild (OBG), Zwickelmania is a free statewide event that offers visitors a chance to tour Oregon breweries, meet the brewers and sample their favorite beers.

We  will offer guided brewery tours at 11, 12, 1, 2, 3 and 4pm and will be offering our Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, paired with Moonstruck Chocolate Beer Berries. Tours and tasting are free of charge and each tour participant will receive a complementary glass.

Check out the new Breweries in the Gorge website for a listing of Gorge Breweries to visit while you are in our neck of the woods!

Visit Oregon Craft Beer for a full listing of events throughout the State.


Full Sail Beers Sweep the World Beer Championships


News like this keeps us stoked to brew!  Recently we were awarded nine gold and five silver medals from the World Beer Championships.  Every single beer we entered earned gold or silver medals at the competition.

To take home a silver or gold for every one of our beers is such an extraordinary accomplishment. At Full Sail we believe that brewing is the perfect blend of art and science and this sweep acknowledges the passion and commitment to quality that we bring to every brew with our 27 years of brewing. Balance, elegance and Session-ability are our defining brewery characteristics and we’re thrilled to once again earn the highest awards for our beers,” said Jamie Emmerson, Full Sail’s Executive Brewmaster. “We don’t brew our beers to win medals, but we’re honored when we do. Our customers are the ultimate judges and we strive to consistently brew all our beers with them in mind. Thanks to all our beer fans and friends for your ongoing support!”

Now on Special, The Brauler, a Super Durable and Stylish Stainless Growler


Holding 64 oz. of your favorite brew, the Brauler is virtually indestructible, lightweight, with a wide 2.5” mouth (easy to fill and clean), and a deep thread cap preventing loss of freshness or carbonation. The stainless steel prevents any sort of light leakage or glass breakage you’d find with a traditional growler, and is 100% recyclable (although we see no reason why you’d want to recycle this beauty).  Regular $45, NOW ON SPECIAL FOR ONLY $35.00

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