When Rick started the idea for the brewery he was living at the beach. When trying to come up with a name for the Holiday beer he pictured his dog coming back from the beach with her paws covered in sand, thus the name Sandy Paws was born. Sandy Paws is typically a Baltic Porter, rich and malty with slightly spicy notes. This is one of our beers that we will change the recipe from year to year, it is also one of our beers that can be aged and is usually better after a year. In 2015 we switched the yeast we were using on the Sandy Paws; rather than using our house lager yeast, we decided to try fermenting it with the German Ale yeast we use for our Kolsch-style and Sticke Alt. Although we liked the beer the ale yeast produced, we found that it didn't age quite as well so in 2016 we went back to using our house lager yeast. The TTB decided to not allow us to use the term "Baltic Porter" on our label, so although the 2016 is done in the style of Baltic Porter the label says "Holiday Lager." (2016 Sandy Paws: 1.021 FG, 7.4% ABV, 38.2 IBU, 23.6 SRM)
The Sandy Paws label has shown a dog since it's creation in 2007. How do we choose the lucky canine? For the first year we used Rick's dog, Jocelyn, and then used his sister's dog, Beauty, the following year. After that Rick decided to start auctioning off the Sandy Paws label to the highest bidder at an event, Starry Night, held to raise money for the McMinnville Education Foundation. In 2013, Starry Night was cancelled so we raffled off the Sandy Paws label. By doing a raffle we were able to make more money to donate to the foundation so we decided to do the raffle again for 2014. In 2015 we allowed our first cat on the label, it was a memorial label for Patrick's (our sales/delivery guy) cat, Ruby, who had passed away in May 2015. For 2016 we return to canines and Rick's dog Beau and Lisa's dog Iggy--both terrier mixes--grace the label. The 2017 label will be auctioned off at the Salud! auction. Salud! raises money for the healthcare of Oregon's vineyard workers.