With summer approaching quickly and local farms bustling with crops, we’re digging the opportunity to showcase our state’s excellent harvests in a seasonal beer: Backyard Brew. This ale is crafted with 100% Oregon-grown ingredients, and showcases a few of our favorite farms right here in our own regional backyard.
We’re tapping this specialty ale on Wednesday, May 16th at 6 PM in honor of American Craft Beer Week. This nationwide celebration shines the spotlight on the entire craft brewing community, and we’re joining the fun with events all week long. We’ve invited Ashland Mayor John Stromberg to read the Proclamation of Beer Independence and be our guest to tap this new specialty beer. Check out our event calendar for more info about happenings throughout the week.
We’re also thrilled to bring this ale with us across the country to Washington D.C. for SAVOR: A Craft Beer and Food Pairing Experience. This weekend-long, sold-out event features a handful of breweries from across the U.S. to pour craft brews that perfectly pair with select culinary creations. We’ve been chosen to feature the Backyard Brew at one of the private tasting salons, where our brewmaster, Larry Chase, will speak about beer ingredients and flavors, and pair our ales with cheeses from award-winning Rogue Creamery of Central Point, OR.
About Backyard Brew
This Oregon-bred beer is modeled after farmhouse ales of Belgium, where historically farms brewed beer with the ingredients that were readily available. Gold with a white haze, bubblegum aroma provided by a Belgian wheat yeast, and lots of spiciness in the flavor with some hints of anise and a tinge of smokiness. Dry finish with a lingering bitterness. 5.7% abv
- Oregon Select Malt (Klamath Basin)
- Yamhill Variety White Wheat-unmalted (Dunbar Farms, Medford)
- Maple Blackberry Honey (Wild Bee Honey Farm, Eagle Point)
- Nugget Hops (Willamette Valley)
- Organic Liberty Hops (Willamette Valley)
- Corriander (Dunbar Farms, Medford)
- Belgian Wheat Yeast (Wyeast, Odell)
The spicy and fruity qualities in this beer pair well with like flavors in food, and the seasonality of its ingredients make this a fun beer to match with other seasonal produce. We recommend visiting your local farmers market and browsing fresh, wheaty breads and creamy cheeses, too. For added fun, try tasting an apple or plum and see if you can pull those same flavors from the beer, or bubblegum to match the hoppy aroma. Here are our pairing suggestions from our menu:
- Pretzel with Marionberry Mustard
- Black Bean Hummus Plate
- Spicy Thai Curry
- Artichokes – from our Specials Board
We think the best way to enjoy the Backyard Brew is, of course, outside! Come order a pint to enjoy with the view of the hills from our back patio. Or, take some to-go and relax in your own backyard. The Growers and Crafters Market is in full swing outside our front doors on Saturday mornings, so stop by to stock up on fresh finds from your favorite local producers before or after coming in, and raise a glass in honor of their efforts.