February is here. Typically the month of February can be summed up as chocolate and flowers. The historians will tell you that it’s also Black History or American Heart Month. But to the dames this is the time in which they can put their ‘man’ in timeout for failing to do something that never do the other 364 days of the year.
Starting at 6 PM Brouwer’s Cafe is hosting Portland’s Upright Brewing. More importantly this will be another opportunity for those of you unfamiliar with Alex Ganum and Upright to sample their beers.
What sort of beers should we expect at this event? In a nutshell Spollen Angel, Blend Edmunds, Chocolate Stout, plus the Six and Seven.
More on Upright Blend Edmunds
Blend Edmunds, a very small batch mix of several barrel aged beers, will see limited release throughout winter, mostly at the brewery tasting room. The components include Six aged with brettanomyces, Six aged on dark sweet cherries, a cask of boysenberry Four and a cask of two year old raspberry Six. The finished beer shows plenty of depth with a core of oak and fruit. Acidity is restrained and the Blend Edmunds is a great tart beverage for those who find other sours overwhelming or sharp. Of course, this one is part of Upright’s ongoing tribute series and dedicated to Breakside Brewmaster Ben Edmunds.
More on Upright Spollen Angel
Spollen Angel is Upright’s first foray into a classic abbey style. Named after friend and colleague Chris Spollen of Amnesia Brewing, this Belgian-style tripel uses the same yeast strain as the recently released Todo Modo but in a very different recipe, yielding our strongest brew to date. Look for lots of bubblegum and other fruity notes wrapped around Mt.Hood hops which provide contrasting floral and grassy flavors. While the Spollen Angel clocks in at 10.6% abv, it remains surprisingly drinkable thanks to an extra dry finish. Cheers Chris!
More on Upright Chocolate Stout
Chocolate Stout is a one-off brewed with cacao nibs from artisan producer Neapolitan Printing & Company. The beer is based on a simple oat stout recipe and incorporates the chocolate in a way that enhances the profile all around, bringing the roast elements forward and providing a pleasant bitter edge. At only 5% abv, the medium bodied beer drinks nicely and is a great pint pour for the thick of winter.
More on Upright Six Rye
Six is a rye beer displaying the great spicy notes the grain is known for along with a deep caramel core and delicate bubblegum note rooted in its open fermentation. Despite being dark in color, the beer finishes quite dry and refreshing.
More on Upright Seven
Seven is the most Belgian-esque of the numbered beers, where the house yeast is fully expressed with a big fruitiness while the hops provide spicy and herbal elements. The beer has some heft mid-palate but finishes dry.
Wednesday February 27th, 2013 6:00 PM
Brouwer’s Cafe hosts Upright Brewing
400 North 35th Street Seattle, WA 98103
See ya there.