Hood River, Oregon .,.. When the Wassail starts flowing, it’s wintertime in the Gorge. Hood River’s favorite annual tradition – the gold-medal winning Wassail Winter Ale – is back and all wrapped up for the holidays in a new, festive package as part of the Full Sail Pub Series, a rotating series that bottles the best of the brewery’s Hood River drafts.
“We’ve brewed Wassail every holiday season since 1988, and it’s now as much a part of the festivities as sharing a roaring fire with our closest family and friends,” says Full Sail Executive Brewmaster Jamie Emmerson.
This multi-medal winning Winter Warmer is one of our favorite beers to brew,” says Full Sail Brewmaster Jim Kelter. Choosing ingredients for Wassail is like taking time to choose the perfect gift. This year’s Wassail is brewed with a range of caramel and dark chocolate malts giving it a deep mahogany color and full malty body. “We use a blend of Pacific Northwest hops for a pleasant hoppy aroma and finish creating a deliciously balanced beer that appeals to both hop and malt lovers alike,” Kelter says. “In other words, it’s a Christmas miracle.”
Whatever’s on the menu this holiday season will taste great with Wassail. Kick off a Wassail-themed holiday meal with toasted walnuts, spicy roasted almonds and pecans served with baked brie. For the main course, pair red meat such as steaks, prime rib, beef Wellington and burgers, or ribs, brats, roasted chicken, pork tenderloin, venison or lamb. Wassail also tastes great with pepper-crusted ahi tuna, oysters and salmon chowder, and holiday favorites like garlic mashed potatoes, stuffed mushrooms, and Walla Walla sweet onions. Save room for a dessert of Mincemeat pie, gingerbread, pumpkin ice cream or Wassail over vanilla ice cream.
This platinum and 13-time gold medal winner Wassail Winter Ale is available in 6-packs and on draft October through December. 7.2% ABV, 56 IBUs.
About the Full Sail Pub Series:
Like a portal to our pub, seasonal brews only available for a limited time (get ’em while they’re cold) give you a taste of the pints and people that celebrate the Pacific Northwest. Perched high on a hill in Hood River, Oregon, Full Sail overlooks the truly spectacular Columbia River Gorge and has been brewing award-winning, ridiculously tasty craft beer using responsibly sourced, local ingredients since 1987. From our pub to your place – Cheers!
About Full Sail Brewing Company
Perched on a bluff in Hood River, Oregon, overlooking the mighty Columbia River’s epic wind and kite surfing and the snow-capped volcanic peaks of Mt. Hood, Full Sail is a true craft-brewing pioneer. Since 1987, Full Sail has been pouring pure Mt. Hood water, local ingredients and responsible processes into each and every pint. Full Sail’s brews and sustainable practices have garnered more than 300 national and international awards, including 150 gold medals and Beverage World ‘s “Craft Brewer of the Year” distinction. From Full Sail Amber and IPA to Session Lager and bourbon barrel-aged beers, Full Sail consistently strives to brew complex, balanced and ridiculously tasty beers. Learn more at www.fullsailbrewing.com.
N.W. Beer Guide