Full Sail Brew News     September 2013   

Full Sail Brewing hosts The American Craft Beer Cookbook Signing

Full Sail Brewing is excited to host a book signing of The American Craft Beer Cookbook at their Brew Pub with author, John Holl. Join Full Sail Brewing on Wednesday, September 18th from 5-7pm to meet the author of this newly released book. Local bookseller Waucoma Books will be on site with books for sale for $19.95.

The book features Full Sail’s own Gouda Fondue made with Session Lager. Full Sail Brewing will be offering free samples of the Gouda Fondue along with an appetizer special. Patrons will receive a free pint glass and bottle opener with the purchase of The American Craft Beer Cookbook. 

Swing by and while you are here sample our awarding winning brews, grab a bite, take a tour and soak up the view. Our Brew Pub is open daily from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm for lunch and dinner. Brewery tours are available free of charge daily at 1, 2, 3 and 4pm.

Click here for a list of our upcoming events.

Full Sail Celebrates their 26th with 26

One of the most wonderful parts of being an Oregon brewer is that we have so many hop fields near by.  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, and it is in the spirit of this aromatic partnership that we brewed our 26th anniversary beer – Full Sail “26” Cascade Pilsner.

"26” is a Northwest take on a European classic and features intense aromas of pine and spice with citrus notes and is supported by a medium body, dry malty palate, and is 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.

“On September 27, 1987 we opened our doors to living the dream. A dream to open a small brewery that focused on quality, creativity, and authenticity. A brewery that we would run with respect for our employees, the environment, and our community. A brewery that reflected our deep respect for the art and science of brewing. So here we are 26 years later. Very humbled, grateful, and amazed that we got here in one piece. Still a mix of beer geeks and boardheads. Still independent. Still trying to find that perfect balance between art and commerce, work and play, inspiration and perspiration. We are very grateful to our fellow employee owners, our distributors, and our retail partners, all who helped to make our dream real and thriving for 26 years. And mostly, we are deeply grateful to every one of our customers who have toasted, celebrated, quenched their thirst, and enjoyed our beers over the last 26 years. We thank you all for living the dream along with us," said Irene Firmat, Full Sail’s CEO & Founder.

Next time you’re in Hood River, stop by for a beer, sit out on our deck, enjoy the amazing view, and toast to another great year in beer!


Why fly to Munich for a genuine Oktoberfest Lager when this one could be inches from your lips? The newest addition to Full Sail’s Limited Lager Series (LTD), Oktoberfest is the seventh recipe in the LTD line-up. Although it’s new to the LTD series, the recipe is a Full Sail classic originally brewed back in the 1990s.

“At Full Sail we love our lager beers! As Oregon’s largest brewer of lager craft beer styles, we are thrilled to bring back one of our favorite recipes. This award-winning beer garnered 3 consecutive gold medals at the World Beer Championships in 1997, 1998 and 1999,” said Jamie Emmerson, Full Sail’s Executive Brewmaster. Brewed especially for Oktoberfest season, six-packs and kegs will be available for the month of September in limited quantities.

A Hop Lover's Delight - Fresh Hop Pilsner

Located in the heartland of hops, every year the Full Sail brewers wait with thirsty anticipation for hops harvest and the chance to celebrate by brewing fresh hop beers. When the hops are at their peak, the Full Sail brewers truck out to the hop fields to collect the aromatic bounty. These seasonal wonders will go from field to brew kettle within a matter of hours and the magic begins.

This year, Full Sail celebrates the season’s first hops with Fresh Hop Pilsner Lager, showcasing the Cascade hop variety. "This beer highlights the brewer’s art as well as nature’s gift,” said Full Sail's Executive Brewmaster Jamie Emmerson. The hops were locally grown at Sodbuster Farms, which is a Salmon Safe certified hop grower.

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)  Available late September to November throughout the Pacific Northwest at several Fresh Hop Festivals, and at the Hood River Harvest Festival.

Click here to view video of the Oregon Hop Harvest

Oktoberfest Brewmaster Dinner Thursday, October 10

Germany meets Hood River in our first Brewmaster Dinner of the season featuring a menu of Bavarian cuisine paired with four Full Sail brews.

Oven Baked Pretzel - Paired with Amber
Sesame, fennel and chili seasoned pretzel with three dipping sauces - Beaver Hot Dijon, Roasted Pear Relish, Garlic & Rosemary Aioli.

Duck Schnitzel - Paired with 26 Cascade Pilsner
Orange scented duck breast, blood orange gastrique, apple & fennel slaw.

Hax'n - Paired with Oktoberfest
Slow roasted pork shank with crisp skin, housemade purple sauerkraut, pan fried potato spatzle, and horseradish crème fraiche.

Black Forest Cake - Paired with Black Bock LTD 06
Sweetened local cherries, chocolate mousse, Bourbon Stout ganache. A rich chocolate finale to this German feast.

Our Brewmaster Dinners are held the second Thursday of each month (except for December which is the third Thursday) from October to April at our Brew Pub in Hood River. Chef Mathias Engblom and Brewmaster Jamie Emmerson team up to create four delicious courses each paired with an award-winning Full Sail brew. All for just $40. Service starts at 5PM.

For more information on our Brewmaster Dinners, please call our Brew Pub at (541) 386-2247. The dates for the upcoming dinners are November 14th, December 19th, January 9th, February 13th, March 13th, April 10th.

Coming Next in our Brewer's Share Series: Big Daddy J's Imperial Lager

We are stoked to announce the next beer in our Brewer’s Share Series – Big Daddy J's Imperial Lager.  The J in Big Daddy J’s is our own Jason Munoz, an OSU brew-sci grad who recently became a bonafide Big Daddy. This big-yet-balanced lager celebrates the latest milestone in his big -- and now ever-so-slightly-less-balanced -- life. Congrats Jason!

An easy-drinking, small batch beer hopped with German Hallertau Hersbruckers to fuel your inner Beer Czar. According to Jason, BDJ is simple and delicious. It’s golden in color and perfectly balanced so that its clean and drinkable smoothness makes that 8% alcohol go down so easily. IBU 28

In 2008 we created our small batch Brewer’s Share series as an opportunity for each of our individual brewers to express their creations to be shared on tap exclusively in our pub. Since the crew came up with so many great beers, we decided to share a selection of them with beer lovers everywhere.

For each Brewer's Share beer, the brewery supports a local charity or organization by donating a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the beer. Jason has chosen to support Helping Hands Against Violence with his Brewer's Share. The beer was released in 22oz. bottles and on draft the month and will be available through the fall season. The next beer in the series is Wreck the Halls.

High Quality Beer Gear

We take our Beer Gear seriously around the brewery, which is why we're thrilled to offer these new, high quality, American-made goodies that reflect the high quality American beer we've made for 26 years. These are unique and absolutely perfect for the craft brew aficionado in your life.

The first is a heavy duty, die-cast metal bottle opener, with the Full Sail logo emblazoned on one side and the Session logo on the other. It's such a simple tool, but easily one of the best you'll find and one you'll use consistently for years. $8.00

Next is a handmade leather pint glass koozie. These were made with leather from the midwestern boot industry by people on the autism spectrum in North Carolina. We had the Full Sail logo burned into one side and the Session logo on the other. You don't see these very often, let alone ones made of high quality American leather. Not only does it keep your hand from warming up your favorite brew, but it does so stylishly. $20.00

News & Links

Hop Harvest in Oregon
By Jeff Allworth, Beervana, August 28, 2013
Each year I look over my shoulder and see that the rest of the country is gaining on us. Oregon is no longer such a rare and special beer place. Other cities have dozens of breweries, great alehouses, gastropubs, and so on. And a few are even near a field or two of hops. But exceedingly rare are the cities a mere 45 minutes from a major hop-growing region.

Fresh Hop Season is Upon Us
By By John Foyston, Special to The Oregonian, August 27, 2013
Oregon has given the beer world a new tradition: Fresh-hop beers made with vine-fresh, unprocessed hops. Thanks to our brewers and hop growers, nobody else in the world can boast the number and quality of fresh-hop beers, nor the series of fall festivals around the state that celebrate them. Hop harvest is shifting into high gear...

Hop Till You Drop- A Day Touring Hop Farms with Full Sail Brewing
By Julia Marchionna for Brewvana, August 27, 2013
The ubiquitous hop- a beloved ingredient among brewers and beer drinkers and it’s true what they say, Oregon truly loves their hops. For people that enjoy beer but don’t get the opportunity to see the ingredients that go into making their favorite pale ale or porter, a hop can seem like an intangible thing. You may know what it is but you don’t see how it gets from the farm to the brewers, leaving a lot to the imagination...

8 Great Post-Run Beers
By Matt Allyn, Runner's World, August 21, 2013
There’s no replacing the nutritional boost of a protein smoothie with electrolytes after a run. But there’s also no substitute for the joy of a cold beer after a hard workout. Here are eight delicious American craft beers that can satisfy any palate; from the light-beer lover to hardcore hop head.

Full Sail Ahead: Brewer Dishes on the Current Brew Scene
By Rob Smith, Portland Business Journal, July 24, 2013
Call Jamie Emmerson obsessed with freshness. He won’t mind. Emmerson, executive brewmaster of Hood River’s Full Sail Brewing Co., has a few thoughts on the rapid expansion of the Oregon beer scene.

Session Premium Lager - Review
By Examiner.com, Mark Wise, July 17, 2013
This is a very well done pilsner that fits the label in both being a "session" beer and being a "premium lager". At 5.1% ABV, this beer can easily be enjoyed over the entire day. As far as premium.....those who are or have brewed, either professionally or at home, can attest that brewing a sessionable lager leaves absolutely zero room for any flaws in the beer.

10 Healthier beers (and how to choose one)
By USA Today, Jeremey DuVall, Greatist , June 18, 2013
Here's what USA Today has to say about Session..."Full Sail Session Lager: This full-bodied, old-school brew is a far cry from bland mass-produced lagers. With a positively measly calorie count and plenty of flavor, this classic beer is perfect for any summer gathering or meal. Plus, it comes in adorable "stubby" bottles with sweet retro labels. What's not to love?"

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