image courtesy of Full Sail BrewingHood River, OR - Announced last week, the folks at Full Sail as they have done every year since 1990, are happy to announce another roll-out of their Fall 'strong' ale. Organically released as a seasonal, the Brewmaster's Reserve Old Boardhead Barleywine, has been a respected Northwest favorite for over 20 years.

During those same 20 years, John Harris and Jamie Emmerson, have done everything from releasing it as is (an enjoyable annual Barleywine), to dry hopping or barrel-aging (Old Boilermaker?). For us this beer holds a special meaning, as this was our first Barleywine (circa, 2003). Since that time we have had the pleasure of consuming copious amounts of annual and vintage editions.

You didn't read things incorrectly, vintage, as in yes, you can put this beer in the cold basement and forget about it for a year (or more). Course a statement like this needs someone with more professional experience to state it, so we asked Executive (and co-founder) Jamie Emmerson his thoughts.

"The newly designed label highlights the reserve year making it easier to keep track. Whether you wait or not, Old Boardhead is a deliciously rich brew with a spectacular depth and complexity of flavor. Deep and robust, it’s a luscious brew to sip in any weather."

“We have been brewing “Old Boardhead” since 1990. It is a beer that celebrates the passage of time and amazingly enough it has been twenty years since our first annual release,” commented Jamie Emmerson. “Old Boardhead is part of our rotating selection of Brewmaster Reserve beers, and every few months, we come out with a different beer that showcases the art of brewing. We began the Brewmaster Reserve series back in 1998 to celebrate our independence and creativity.” -source, Full Sail Brewing

image courtesy of Full Sail Brewing As of this notice, the beer has already been put into kegs and 22oz bottles which are being shipped out. At a modest 9.00% Alcohol by Volume (and 91 IBUs) this beer will definitely warm you up during these cold and potentially damp months to come.

Plus we have learned that the next beer to follow this in the Brewmaster's Reserve Series will be Lupulin Fresh Hop Ale, early September, which will be followed by Wreck the Halls (November).

For a full list of Full Sail’s Brewmaster Reserve beers please visit

About Full Sail Brewing

The independent and employee-owned Full Sail Brewery is perched on a bluff in Hood River, Oregon, overlooking the most epic wind and kite surfing spot in the world. At this very moment 47 specialists in the liquid refreshment arts are crafting barley and hops into your next beer.

Among the company’s most popular brews are Full Sail Amber, IPA, Pale, LTD, Session and Session Black Premium lager. Founded in 1987, the Full Sail crew has been fermenting godlike nectar for 22 years. Committed to brewing great beer and sustainable practices their award winning brews are now available in twenty one states. The Full Sail Tasting Room and Pub is open seven days a week.  Swing by for a pint, grab a bite, tour the brewery, or just soak up the view.


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