Full Sail Brew News     November 2013   

Amber and Session earn Top Honors at the World Beer Awards

We are so stoked to announce that at the 2013 World Beer Awards our Amber Ale and Session Premium Lager added two more gold medals to the brewery’s extensive list of awards and accolades. On top of that our Amber was named "World's Best"  and our Session Premium Lager was named "America's Best"

The World Beer Awards are the global awards selecting the very best internationally recognized beer styles. This annual tasting selects, awards and promotes the ‘World’s Best Beers’ to consumers and the trade throughout the world.

From our Session Lager to our bourbon barrel-aged beers, balance and elegance are our defining brewery characteristics. We don’t brew our beers to win medals, but we are honored when we do. We know that you, our customers, are the ultimate judges and we strive to consistently brew elegant, complex, and balanced beers with you in mind. Over the years, our passion and commitment have earned us a long list of awards and accolades. Thanks to all our beer fans and friends for your ongoing support!

Four Tasty Reasons to Celebrate the Season

In Hood River, every year a few undeniable signs signal when winter is at the doorstep. The cool east winds begin to blow, Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams get a white blanket of fresh powder, and the snow report for the backcountry regains its trance-like hold. But most of all, we know its winter because Full Sail holiday beers start flowing once again.

It all began back in 1988 when we began our tradition of holiday brewing with Wassail. Traditionally, these beers were a bit more of everything - malt, hops and alcohol - to emphasize a brewery’s appreciation for its customers and to reflect the richness of the holiday season. Wassail will be available in 6 packs and on draft from October through December. ABV 7.2% IBU 56.

Over time we have continued to add to our holiday presents. Wreck the Halls, in our Brewer’s Share series, is a sublime hybrid of an American style IPA and a “Winter Warmer” style strong ale. Wreck the Halls will be available on draft and in 22oz bottles in early November through December. ABV 6.5%, IBU 68.

Session Fest is our Session holiday beer that comes in a stubby little bottle, makes a great stocking stuffer, and is the perfect beer to leave by the fireplace for Santa or Santa’s little helpers. Session Fest will be available in 12 packs from October through December. 6.2% ABV 26 IBU.

The holiday beer for our Limited Edition Lager Series is  LTD Black Bock. It's lush and full-bodied, with hints of roast, coffee, and chocolate in the aroma followed by flavors of caramel and figs with a long creamy smooth finish. The sixth beer in the series, our LTD Black Bock is brewed as a Czech-style Cerné Speciální with 2 row Pale, Munich, Caramel, and Chocolate Malts and hopped with Santiam and Perle hops. LTD Black Bock  will be available in 6 packs and on draft from October through December. ABV 7.0% IBU 34.

We have crafted all our beers to be great guests at your holiday celebrations and they are a wonderful addition to every holiday meal. All Full Sail beers share balance and nuance and help to inspire the camaraderie of the holidays. So come celebrate the holidays with us. Cheers from the Full Sail Crew!

November Brewmaster Dinner "Tailgating with a Twist", Coming Thursday, November 14

Our November Brewmaster Dinner "Tailgating with a Twist" celebrates this time honored American tradition.  The menu features four tailgate inspired courses paired with four Full Sail brews.

Pork “Wing” Shanklettes - Paired with Amber
Stout soaked pork shanklettes, adobo, cucumber puree, shaved red cabbage

Sweet Potato “Tot-chos” - Paired with Session Fest
Sweet potato latkes, aged gouda, caramelized scallions, Session Black crème friache, avocado mousse, and arugula salad

Chicken Fried Hanger Steak - Paired with Big Daddy J's Imperial Lager
Hanger steak marinated in Wreck the Halls, molasses tempura, stone fruit chutney, Chinese long beans, and baby kale chips

Un-Split Banana Split -  Paired with Bourbon Barrel Aged "25" Pale Doppelbock
Pecan-fried banana won ton rolls, vanilla bean crème anglaise, strawberry sorbet, LTD Black Bock chocolate sauce

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.

Announcing our New Brewer's Share Experimental Beer: Duffy's Counterpunch Imperial CDA

The latest beer in our Brewer’s Share Experimental line up, “Duffy's Counterpunch Imperial Cascadian Dark Ale" was brewed by Marketing Coordinator Stephanie Duffy.  

"My beer defies the traditional expectations of a "girl's beer.” Like many women, I love my beer and I appreciate a broad cross-section of craft brews. I’m lucky to live and work in Oregon where craft beers are such a vital part of our culture. Even though the beer industry is still very male-dominated (like so many other industries) I thought it was especially appropriate to brew a bold, strong beer in honor of all the bold, strong women who shirk stereotypes and avoid being pigeonholed. We’re in no need of pandering! Our tastes are as diverse as anyone else’s. Duffy’s Counterpunch is a richly nuanced counterargument—in beverage form,” said Duffy.

With each Brewer’s Share Experimental series beer, Full Sail picks a local organization to receive a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the beer. Stephanie has chosen to support the Bitch Media, so every keg of Duffy's Counterpunch benefits this feminist organization. Click here to read more about Duffy's Counterpunch.

Get Your Full Sail Beer Gear Here









This Wassail Tee is our favorite cold weather shirt for one of our favorite cold weather beers. Layer it under your snow gear, boast it solo, rock it in the summer, whatever you want to do, show your appreciate the ale we've brewed since '88. 100% cotton long sleeved tee. Black or dark red. Sizes S-2XL. $20.

This Full Sail Reversible Beanie is two, two, two hats in one!  This versitile beanie allows you to switch styles (while still showing off your great taste in beer) on the fly. It's also pretty great at keeping the ol' noggin warm. Win, win. 100% acrylic. One size fits most. $20.

Check out these and other Full Sail and Session beer gear here.

News & Links

Fall Beers Worth Every Single Calorie
By Self.com, Marissa Stephenson, Fitness Editor , October 25, 2013
Featuring our LTD 06 Black Bock. ..."Tastes like: Being wrapped in your favorite thick, cozy blanket. You'll get dark chocolate, fresh-roasted coffee, plus caramel and fig. Pair it with: Comfort desserts like bread pudding and pie. Decadence with decadence, we say,

The Women's Libation Movement: Oregon's Full Sail Brewing Co. Makes An Actual Feminist Beer
By Autostraddle.com, Meredith Heil, October 23, 2013
Yes, not only does Oregon boast a relatively inexpensive housing market, scenic, bridge-laden landscapes and resident badass Carrie Brownstein, it's also home to a plethora of world-renowned craft breweries. On top of it all, Hood River’s employee-owned Full Sail Brewing has recently elevated my Pacific-Northwest crush to a new level by publicly combining my two all-time favorite things ever: feminism and beer...

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