This past week Portland’s oldest brewery celebrated the released of their fourth generation of Stumptown Tart. With a tradition of using locally produced fruit, this year’s batch was created with the assistance of the Willamette Valley Fruit Company.
Here is what the brewery had to say about this unique ale.
The new brew is a Strawberry Ale infused with 2,000 pounds of Oregon strawberries from local growers at Willamette Valley Fruit Company. Brewmaster Jeff Edgerton used Czech Saaz hops, most often found in pilsner or American Lager, to allow the taste of the Willamette Valley strawberries to shine through.
“Earlier this year I was able to sit down and talk with Jeff Dunn from Willamette Valley Fruit Company,” commented Brewmaster Jeff Edgerton. “It became evident pretty quickly that using strawberries was the way to go, especially after hearing more about the varietal unique to Oregon and the Willamette Valley.”
Oregon strawberries contain a higher “brix” count, when compared to other growing regions across the world. The higher the brix reading on a strawberry indicates a higher nutrient content and, in turn, a sweeter berry. This unique quality also means that Oregon strawberries are red all the way through, adding more flavor, as opposed to water filler.
BridgePort’s Stumptown Tart Stats
IBU’s: 15 ABV: 7.75% Color: Reddish-Pink OG: 17.3
Ingredients: Barley malt, German Saaz hops and 2,000 pounds of Oregon strawberries.
A strawberry Ale infused with Oregon strawberries. A strong, fruit driven beer with hints of strawberry and a light, refreshing finish.
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, Blue Heron Pale Ale, Kingpin, Café Negro and a list of seasonal releases. BridgePort Brewery is located at 1313 N.W. Marshall St. For more information, call 503-241-7179 or visit www.bridgeportbrew.com.
As always look for this on the shelves here soon. And if you can’t find it, ask your grocer to buy some!