Portland, OR – Chances are if you are a seasonal fan you no doubt has been looking forward to the next few months. Soon it will be Winter, not in the metrological sense mind you, but instead the beer sense. For the brewing industry much like the rest of the commercial world, Winter comes early. During this time of the year, visions of red, green, and silver (or gold) are etched in our synapses until the only thing we can do to make the images go away, is to enjoy a refreshing Winter Ale or Winter Warmer.
It is during this time that Bridgeport releases their Seasonal Ale, Ebenezer. If you live around the Northwest, then you have seen this iconic red 12 ounce bottle resting alongside five other, senile, angry bottles, inside a small six pack carrying case.
But like all things this time of the year, the unexpected can happen, which is why the brewery is pleased to announce a limited release from their experimental minds, a barrel aged beer. Named Nightcap this barrel-aged Winter Ale, sounds delightful, but here is what the brewery has to say about this beer.
Bridgeport Brewing Company, Oregon's oldest craft brewery, releases its newest beer in the big brew line – Nightcap Winter Ale. Nightcap was created to mirror traditional liqueur or spirit nightcaps enjoyed in hopes of warming cold toes and noses prior to a long winter slumber. A malt driven brew, Nightcap begins with the enjoyable bitterness of Chinook hops and finishes with strong hints of vanilla. Bridgeport brewers aged 33-percent of the brew in Makers Mark oak barrels for nearly a year – evidenced in the warm and spicy undertones of the brew. Because of its unusual aromatic scent, it is recommended that Nightcap be enjoyed in a tulip glass to allow for the full fragrance to escape.
“Nightcap is the result of the great response we had last winter to some Ebenezer that we experimentally kegged after aging in bourbon barrels for about a year,” comments Brewmaster, Jeff Edgerton. “We did this in a few select venues in Portland and everyone that tasted it really loved it so we decided to make a beer specifically to fit this category.”
Bridgeport will host a Holiday Themed Nightcap release party Thursday, November 11 at 5:30pm at the Bridgeport BrewPub in the Pearl at 1313 NW Marshall St. Free and open to the public, attendees can be among the first to sample the new brew and take home a commemorative tasting glass to mark the occasion – while supplies last. Brewmaster Jeff will lead the crowd in raising a glass to the newest big brew.
BridgePort’s Nigthcap Stats:
IBU’s: 40 ABV: 7.2% Color: Medium to dark brown OG: 17.2
November 11th, 2010 5:30 PM
Bridgeport Nightcap Release Party, Bridgeport Bistro & Bakery
1313 N.W. Marshall Street Portland, OR
About Bridgeport Brewing Company
Oregon's oldest craft brewery continues to evolve from a microbrewery to a regional leader in the craft brewing market, while remaining faithful to its commitment to producing high-quality, innovative craft ales. The Bridgeport family of ales includes IPA, Hop Czar, ESB, Ropewalk Amber Ale, Blue Heron Pale Ale, Haymaker Extra Pale Ale and Ebenezer Ale. Bridgeport Brewery is located at 1313 N.W. Marshall St. For more information, call 503-241-7179 or visit www.bridgeportbrew.com.