In 25 years what have you accomplished? That’s a tough question given that it forces one to look inward and analyze their life’s work in the span of two decades and some change. For others that are only recently of legal drinking age, it might be a college degree, continuous employment, or any other moderately valuable to-do item.
In 25 years the men and women of the Full Sail Brewery in Hood River, Oregon, have accomplished quite a bit. Let’s start with producing one of the largest employee-owned breweries in the region. Then we add numerous awards in areas of business, craft beer production, and taste. And now throw in some award-winning brewers both current and past. If you were one of the employees at the brewery you could pretty much call it a day and retire knowing you have done much.
But this brewery isn’t content at 25, that is except to mention the fact that they are turning 25.
It’s been 25 years since Full Sail Brewing brewed up their first batch of beer and to celebrate they have crafted “25,” a pale doppelbock to celebrate this special occasion: the brewery’s 25th anniversary.
“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 25 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 25 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 25 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 the next 25!” added Firmat.
One more thing.
The Full Sail crew invites you to join them in toasting to “25” in Hood River on September 27, 2012 at their Tasting Room & Pub at 5:00pm. At 6:00pm the celebration will continue with a toast and tapping of “25” and a showcase of Full Sail beers at Portland’s iconic Horse Brass Pub, a place that helped nurture and grow craft beer and Full Sail for the last 25 years.
Thursday September 27th, 2012 5:00 PM
Full Sail’s Tasting Room & Pub celebrate 25 years of Full Sail
506 Columbia Street Hood River, OR 97031
Thursday September 27th, 2012 6:00 PM
Horse Brass Pub celebrate 25 years of Full Sail
4534 Southeast Belmont Street Portland, OR 97215
About the Beer
According to Full Sail’s Executive Brewmaster Jamie Emmerson, “25” is a complex, luxurious beer brewed with Vienna malt and Saaz hops. Extended lagering produces full bodied flavors of caramel and honey with a hoppy backbone of white pepper and lemon spice. A beer made for celebration, Full Sail 25 is an elegant Northwest Style Pale Doppelbock. 70 IBU and 9.0% ABV. It will be available throughout their 25th year on draft and in 22 oz bottles.
About Full Sail Brewing Company
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 our 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, Wassail, Session Premium, Session Black, and Session Fest lager. Founded in 1987, the Full Sail crew has been fermenting godlike nectar for 25 years. Committed to brewing great beer and sustainable practices their award winning brews are now available in 29 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. Visit us online at http://www.fullsailbrewing.com or on Facebook and Twitter.