OUR SEASONAL LAGERS
Bobtoberfest is our version of a traditional Oktoberfest-style beer or a high gravity Marzen, which is different from the Fest beers you would find today at Munich's Oktoberfest. We named this beer for Rick's late brother Bob, the person who sparked his interest in brewing lager beers in general and Oktoberfest beers in particular. Bright amber color; rich, malty, and smooth, with a just touch of clean hop bitterness. If you can't make it to Munich this fall, this beer is the next best thing. Bobtoberfest is released at the beginning of September. (6.1%, 24 IBU, 6 SRM)
Bobtoberfest is currently ranked as the #1 Oktoberfest/Marzen on RateBeer.com.
We like to call this a Northwest Amber Lager, but it is often categorized as a Vienna style lager. The beer originally started out resembling a "Steam Beer," but we've slowly been dropping the fermentation temperature to the point where it's truly a lager beer, and too smooth, to fit that category. The color looks like a Vienna style lager, but the amount and type of hops, and the grain bill are quite different. The beer features strong hop character, along with smooth malt, caramel, and toffee flavors and aromas, with a refreshing bite in the finish. We've been doing different versions of this beer, playing with the malt and hops, these various versions can be found at different times throughout the year. (5.2%, 38 IBU, 9.0 SRM)
Helles (or Hell) means “pale” or “light” in German and this beer is just that, a simple pale lager that is not as hoppy as its brother, Pilsner. Ours is a touch hoppier than what you would find in Germany, but still light and refreshing. Available at the end of February/early March. (5.4%
Maibock or Helles Bock, is the last beer of Germany's Starkbier (strong beer) season. It is the transition beer from the Bocks, Porters, and Dopplebocks of winter to the Pils, Helles, and Wheat beers of summer. Lenz translates to "spring" in German, which we thought would be the perfect name for this spring seasonal. Lenzbock is medium straw in color and has rich, nutty aromas complemented by floral, malty flavors and a slight bitter finish. This is one of our beers we have the pleasure of improving each year we make it and it has become one of our most anticipated seasonals that is available at the start of May. (7%, 29 IBUs, 4.6 SRM)
Lenz Bock is currently ranked as the #1 Heller Bock on RateBeer.com.
Marzen (Vienna-style lager)
Marzen is a Vienna style lager we produced for the first time in 2017. Think of it as baby-Bobtoberfest. Rich, malty, and smooth, this beer has the flavors of Bobtoberfest without the alcohol (Marzen is right around 5%, Bobtoberfest is usually around 6.5%).
Mediator is what we call our Dopplebock. Dopplebock started out as a Lenten beer for the monks in Germany. During Lent they would forgo solid food and get all their sustenance from beer. Needless to say it was big beer with lots of unfermented dextrins. Once the public got a taste it became very popular.
We call our beer Mediator because we think that a bottle is probably better shared than drunk alone. It's rich, toasty and malty, with a few plum notes on the palate and the slightest roasted character in the finish. Mediator is available during Lent, of course! (7.5% ABV, 36.5 IBU, 13.3 SRM)
Rauch Bock, (Smoked Bock)
After long, vocal cries from the masses of "Why don't you make a smoked beer?" and "What?! You stopped making Smoky Bob!" we've decided to return to the smoked beer scene once again. The Rauch Bock has a traditional Bock malt profile with about 20% beech-wood smoked malt. Subtle and smooth, this is a beer that is great paired with food and reminds us of great barbecue. Rauch Bock is available starting in December until we run out.
Sandy Paws, (Baltic-Style Porter/Dark Winter Lager)
When Rick started the idea for the brewery he was living at the beach and 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 a Baltic Porter, rich and malty with slightly spicy notes. This beer can be consumed now or is one of our beers that can be aged and is usually better after a year. The TTB decided to not allow us to use the term "Baltic Porter" on our label, so although the beer is done in the style of Baltic Porter the label says "Holiday Lager." Every year a new dog (or cat) graces the label, we raffle off the label picture with raffle ticket proceeds going to the McMinnville Education Foundation; more information about this can be found on the taproom page. Sandy Paws is released at the beginning of November. (2017 Sandy Paws: 7.8% ABV, 40 IBU, 24 SRM)