PORTLAND, Ore.— Portland Brewing and Portland’s beloved celebrity, The Unipiper, announced today the upcoming release of a new collaborative beer, Unipiper Hazy IPA. Through its beer sales, Portland Brewing will raise support for The Unipiper’s newest initiative, Weird Portland United (WPU), ushering in a whole new chapter of Portland weirdness. Unipiper fans and craft beer drinkers can find the beer starting with a small run of limited-edition 22 oz. silkscreened bottles, featuring artwork by local artist Beth Kerschen, as well as draft throughout Portland beginning on Jan. 25. Twelve oz cans of the hazy IPA are planned for a March release.
Unipiper Hazy IPA represents the first of Portland Brewing’s “Keep Portland Weird” year-round series of collaborations. The series features distinctly Portland collaborative brews with the aim of highlighting each collaborator’s contribution to keeping Portland weird. Since 2007, The Unipiper has been riding his unicycle around uniquely Portland attractions and festivals dressed as a variety of famous characters, from Darth Vader to Bigfoot, while playing a set of flame-throwing bagpipes.
“The Unipiper Hazy IPA is not just another beer though! That would be too normal!” says Brian Kidd, the man behind The Unipiper masks. “It also signals the beginning of a new era in Portland’s ever evolving weirdness–the founding of Weird Portland United, a charitable effort that has been a dream of mine for years. Thanks to the seed donation from Portland Brewing, Weird Portland United will help create a weirder tomorrow where everyone is inspired to contribute to the city’s now famous culture of weird.”
For this first beer in the series, Portland Brewing will donate $5,000 to help kickstart Weird Portland United. WPU is a new nonprofit organization founded by The Unipiper that will discover, support and cultivate up-and-coming and long-standing purveyors of weird through official Weird Awards, an official register of Weird Historic Places, the Weird Portland Museum, tours of Weird Portland, a Weird Portland Festival and more.
“We are honored that Portland Brewing Company bears our city’s name, and with that comes the responsibility to ensure we help keep the culture of weirdness alive as Portland evolves,” says Robert Rentsch, Portland Brewing General Manager. “By creating the Keep Portland Weird beer series we celebrate and support the city’s spirit, which moves us and other passionate Portlanders alike to try the unusual, get out of the box and grow our crafts.”
The recipe for Unipiper Hazy IPA was a collaboration between The Unipiper and Head Brewer Ryan Pappe at Portland Brewing. An avid homebrewer, The Unipiper’s favorite beers are IPAs with blasts of tropical fruit flavor from the latest of hop varieties. This beer is smooth and juicy with a tangerine citrus and fruit “pop” that comes from a huge dry-hop addition of Denali and Amarillo hops. At 6.2 percent ABV the beer is perfect for a couple pints while light enough to not weigh you down on your unicycle ride to goat-yoga class.
When it came time to choose an artist for the limited edition bottle, The Unipiper turned straight to local Portland artist Beth Kerschen. Beth’s intricate illustrations and collages celebrate the best of what is weird about Portland and she has created an exclusive design for this beer.
Unipiper Hazy IPA Beer Release
Celebrate the release of Unipiper Hazy IPA and learn about the ways WPU is planning to Keep Portland Weird by joining The Unipiper at bottle release appearances throughout the city where you can pick up the limited edition bottles, take pictures with The Unipiper and have your bottle signed. The first release is at the Customer Appreciation Day for the newly remodeled 7-Eleven on SE Foster and 97th on Jan. 25 from 4-7 p.m. The second is at Music Millennium on SE Burnside on Feb. 2 from 4 p.m.-6 p.m.
You will also find the limited bottles and draft at a variety of stores and bars in Portland. Beginning in March the 12 oz six-pack cans will see a larger distribution throughout the Portland Metro region.
Unipiper Hazy IPA Bottle Signing
- Jan. 25, 4 p.m.-7 p.m., 7-Eleven, 9710 SE Foster Blvd., Portland
- Feb. 2, 4 p.m.-6 p.m., Music Millennium, 3158 E. Burnside St., Portland
About Portland Brewing
Portland Brewing is no stranger to carving its own path. It was founded by a group of high school friends who banded together to pursue a passion; industry pioneers who had no rules or playbook, but nevertheless helped shape the Portland craft beer scene to what we love today. Located in the heart of industrial Northwest Portland, Portland Brewing continues to be a passionate group focused on crafting new, amazing beer and sharing the fruits of their labor with neighbors, friends and strangers alike.
About The Unipiper
With his fire-breathing bagpipes and unicycle, The Unipiper is perhaps Portland’s most recognizable citizen. For over a decade, The Unipiper has been a staple of downtown Portland, patrolling the streets and protecting her citizens from all that is normal. The Unipiper has earned praise as the city’s unofficial ambassador of weird, having represented Portland in a variety of foreign lands from Scotland to Japan. Now with the support of his very own charity, Weird Portland United, The Unipiper aims to ensure that Portland stays weird for generations to come. Learn more on the web: Weird Portland United: https://weirdportlandunited.org/ The Unipiper: www.unipiper.com.
About FIFCO USA
FIFCO USA, headquartered in Rochester, New York is among the top 10 brewers in the United States. Following a triple bottom line business strategy, FIFCO USA prioritizes people, planet and profits to drive business results, reduce social and environmental footprints, create positive value in the community and engage stakeholders.
FIFCO USA’s portfolio includes: Labatt USA in Buffalo, New York; The Genesee Brewing Company in Rochester, New York; The Magic Hat Brewing Company in Burlington, VT; Portland Brewing Company in Portland, OR; and Pyramid Brewing in Seattle, WA; The breweries each have a brew house focused on delivering a customer experience around the beer.
FIFCO USA also owns top flavored malt beverage brands including Seagram’s Escapes, which has experienced nine consecutive years of growth; and Seagram’s Escapes Spiked, which is the #3 new flavored malt beverage franchise in the total U.S. beer category for 2018.
FIFCO USA also imports and markets the Imperial brand of beer in the U.S. Along with its own brands, FIFCO USA contract brews beer and other alcoholic beverages on behalf of other alcoholic beverage companies. FIFCO USA promotes smart consumption of all its beverages.