Breakside Brewery Introduces ‘La Tormenta’ Dry-Hopped Sour Ale & Imperial Red

la-tormentaPortland & Milwaukie, Oregon – Innovative and award winning brewers at Breakside Brewery present their final bottle release of 2014 – “La Tormenta”, a love letter to Northwest-style sour ales and citrus fruit forward hops. Also Breakside is excited to release “Imperial Red” a brand new winter draft-only seasonal that combines the delights of huge hop bombs with a big malty body that finishes smooth.

La Tormenta – dry-hopped Sour Ale:

Our final bottled release for the 2014 brew year is an experimental sour ale made with a unique blend of citrusy, tropical and fruity hops. Bracing-yet-balanced sour notes combine beautifully with West Coast hop flavor in this sweet and tart ale. This beer was one of our most popular small batch offerings earlier in the year, and we’re excited to re-release it as a light and beguiling alternative to classic winter beers. Notes of blueberry, guava, grapefruit, and lemongrass are offset by a juicy acidity, medium body, and a moderate sweetness from caramel malt.

Stats: 7% Abv. 22 IBU.

Malts: Two Row, German Acidulated and Vienna Malts, Crystal 20L

Hops: Amarillo, Equinox, Simcoe, Citra

Suggested Food Pairings:

Panna cotta with preserved fruits and coconut; Pork belly and watercress salad; Duck chawan mushi; Carolina-style pulled pork; New Orleans-style BBQ prawns; Blackened catfish with grits.

Package Type:

50L and 1/2 BBL Draft; 12/22oz Bottle

Available: November 2014 – January 2015

La Tormenta Release Parties:

  • November 19th 5-7pm at ABV Public House, 23588 NW Clara Ln, Hillsboro, OR 97124
  • November 20th at The Beermongers, 1125 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202
  • December 5th at Bottleworks, 1710 N 45th St #3, Seattle, WA 98103

Breakside Imperial Red:

This draft-only release is a hop-forward beer designed to satisfy as the weather turns cool and the rain sets in. This Double Red Ale is truly an Imperial Red IPA: clean caramel malt sweetness provides a backbone for huge hop flavor and aroma provided by classic American hops like Simcoe and Amarillo. You’ll get big notes of pine, orange, resin, and lemongrass from those hops, and the beer finishes clean and dry. The body is big and smooth, and a touch of warmth from the elevated alcohol level makes this beer a robust and satisfying offering for early winter. Cheers!

Stats: 8% Abv. 93 IBU.

Malts: Two Row, British Maris Otter and Crystal, German Carafa

Hops: Columbus, Amarillo, Simcoe, Cascade.

Suggested Food Pairings:

Beef tri-tip with hazelnut romesco; Moroccan-style lamb tagine; Stroganoff with chanterelle mushrooms and crispy beef tongue; Garlic roasted chicken with cilantro gremolata; Classic Thanksgiving dinner dishes; Duck leg confit with papardelle and mushroom ragou.

Package Types: 50L, 1/2 and 1/6 BBL Draft

Available: One-Off for November 2014

Imperial Red Release Party: November 14th at Hop Haven, 2130 NE Broadway St, Portland, OR 97232

About Breakside Brewery:

Opened in 2010 in the quiet Woodlawn neighborhood of Northeast Portland as a restaurant and nano-sized brewery, Breakside expanded to a 3.5 BBL brewhouse while winning their first medal at the Great American Beer Festival in 2011 where they have earned medals each year since. In late 2013 the brewery expanded operations to Milwaukie, Oregon with a 30BBL production brewery filled with 60 and 120BBL tanks, barrel rooms for wild and non-wild/sour fermentation’s and a 20 tap tasting room. In 2014 Breakside was awarded with the highly coveted Gold Medal for American-style IPA at the Great American Beer Festival for their flagship IPA that was also named to Men’s Journals 100 Best Beers In The World and Sip Northwest’s Best IPA in the Northwest. Breakside is also known for their experimental, barrel-aged and sour beers like Bourbon Barrel-Aged Aztec a strong amber ale with chocolate and chilies that won Bronze at both Chicago’s Festival of Barrel-Aged Beers and Best of Craft Beer Awards and Passionfruit Sour a berliner-weisse style beer that earned a Bronze at the 2013 GABF.

Breakside Beers are available on draft and in 22oz bottles in Oregon, Seattle-Washington area, Denver, Hawaii and British Columbia. 2015 expansion plans include introducing 6-packs of 12oz bottles and more specialty bottles and sour beers.

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