Like a snowflake - college football presents its audience with something different every year. The differences can be associated with the name of the student, the play calling, or even the coach. There are even universities and colleges that change the logo on their uniforms and helmets. No matter the change we as fans all provide the same plea, don't let me down.
The same holds true in beer. Like college football, changes are inevitable. This can be the ingredients in the beer, like the hops or malt, or even - yes - the logo. But thankfully this story isn't about change in the recipe via ingredients. Nor is this a story about a new logo. This is about something that football and the brewing industry share - teamwork.
From the same great minds of Pray for Snow and Alphadelic India Pale Ale comes a collaborative beer, inspired by a unique college football tradition, the Civil War. No we aren't talking the war of the 1860's. Instead we’re discussing the athletic rivalry between the University of Oregon and Oregon State University.
A brief history of the Civil War (sourced from Wikipedia)
The Civil War is the colloquial name for an American college football rivalry game played annually by the Oregon Ducks football team of the University of Oregon and Oregon State Beavers football team of Oregon State University. First played in 1894, it is the seventh most played college football rivalry game in the United States.
The game was first played in 1894 and has been contested 116 times as of 2012. The University of Oregon holds a series lead of 61-46-10. The game was not contested in 1900, 1901, 1911, 1943, and 1944 and two games were played in 1896 and 1945. The first reference to the "Civil War" name was in 1929 and came into common use in 1937. Prior to that, it was called the "Oregon Classic" or the "State Championship Game."
The game is usually played in even-numbered years at the home field of Oregon State University in Corvallis (since 1954, Reser Stadium, formerly Parker Stadium) and in odd-numbered years, at the home field of the University of Oregon in Eugene (since 1967, Autzen Stadium). Seven games were played at Multnomah Stadium, (now known as Jeld-Wen Field) in Portland: in 1908, 1917, 1933, 1934, 1938, 1950, and 1952. In an effort to mitigate rioting, the 1912 and 1913 games were played at a neutral site in Albany following riots after the 1910 game.
From 1997 through 2006 the winner of the game was the home team. The streak was snapped in 2007, when Oregon State University beat the University of Oregon at Autzen Stadium 38-31 in double overtime. In 2008, the Ducks returned the favor in Corvallis by beating OSU 65-38. The streak of visiting teams winning was snapped at two games in 2009 when the Ducks won 37-33 in Eugene.
From 1959 to 1961, the Platypus Trophy was awarded to the winning school. The trophy was lost for 40 years and found in 2005, and beginning with the 2007 game, was awarded to the winning school's alumni association.
Other athletic contests (most notably, men's and women's basketball) between the schools are also referred to as Civil War games.
So what's the name of the beer called?
Funny you should ask, since the two breweries have agreed on an appropriate name in 86'd IPA. Seems a certain owner from 10 Barrel Brewing got 'politely escorted' from Reser Stadium after some 'miscommunication' with security.
86’D IPA is a West Coast Style hop bomb just big enough to get a good buzz on.
Hops: Eldorado, Bravo, Amarillo
Much like the rivalry itself, one should anticipate an annual collaboration beer between 10 Barrel and Hop Valley, commemorate the most shared of traditions - college football between Oregon & OSU. Like the game itself, each recipe will be unique and might surprise you.
Look for bottles, in limited quantities, around Oregon - while Washington & Idaho will receive a limited run of draft only 86'D IPA. By the way the official release party will take place at Autzen stadium, in the tailgate parking lot (Spots 6308 to 6313), on Nov 29th from 2pm to 4pm.
About 10 Barrel Brewing
We brew into a 10 Barrel Brewhouse, giving us the freedom to experiment with our recipes in order to produce the highest quality of beer that we can. This isn’t just any 10 Barrel brewhouse though, it’s a state of the art system that allows us to blend new technology with the tradition of craft fundamentals. In other words we can’t produce a TON of beer, but we can make it the highest quality.
Hops were a large agricultural crop in the Willamette Valley in the late 1800’s through the early 1900’s and were eventually replaced by other crops only as Prohibition wiped out the demand.
At that time the confluence of the McKenzie and Willamette Rivers were home to some of the largest hop farms in the USA. In fact, Seavey’s Hop Farm was located near where the brewery sits and extended south, east and north on both sides of the McKenzie River.
Several other large hop farms were located nearby in Santa Clara, Crow, Coburg and the Goshen area. Deadman’s Ferry just a mile or so from here, transported the crops over the river before any bridges were built.
It is from this heritage, that Hop Valley Brewing Company has sprung. Fresh, local hops are an important part of our brewing process, along with grains and yeasts, also grown right here in Oregon and the Northwest. [more] -source, Hop Valley Brewing Co.