Wee Lad Scotch-Style Ale Joins Portland Brewing’s Benefit Beer Lineup


PORTLAND, Ore.— Stand up to the cold with Portland Brewing’s new neighborhood-inspired benefit beer, Wee Lad Scotch-style Ale. Brewed to get Oregonians through these chilly winter months, the draft-only seasonal beer exists for just a limited time. This hearty brew celebrates Ladd’s Addition, the uniquely beautiful and historic inner Southeast Portland stomping ground. Wee Lad also supports the Oregon Food Bank and its statewide mission to end hunger.

The traditional strong ales of Scotland inspired head brewer, Ryan Pappe, to brew this one a wee bit heavy to stand up to the rain and cold of an Oregon winter. “I love a good Scotch Ale, so we set out to brew our own take on this classic style,” says Pappe. “I lived for years near Ladd’s Addition, enjoying the unique layout of the streets and the rose gardens spread throughout. I consider Wee Lad to be like those gardens during the depths of winter: the rich and sweet malt goodness nourishes the soul like the fertile soil of the gardens nourishes the roses once the sunshine returns.” Brewed using Magnum and East Kent Golding hops, along with malts 2-Row Pale Barley, C-40 and Black Malt, Wee Lad’s full body features sweet notes of caramel with a hint of roast. Pappe believes, “you can count on this beer to revive you on a cold night.”

ABV: 8% | IBU: 35 | SRM: 17 | OG: 19

The Wee Lad Scotch-style Ale is the fifth and final installment in the 2015 Guild’s Lake Series of neighborhood-focused beers, joining Rico Sauvie Pumpkin Ale with Spices, Night Market Special Lager, ‘Round the Block and Pier Park Piney Pale. The Series derives its name from Guild’s Lake, a former wetlands in Northwest Portland where Portland Brewing is now located. A portion of the proceeds from each pint benefits the Oregon Food Bank and its holistic approach to ending hunger by bringing our community together to provide food, education and hope to our neighbors in need.

Wee Lad is now on draft at Portland Brewing’s Taproom, for a limited time, and will soon be available at other Portland-area bars and restaurants.

About Portland Brewing Company

Founded in 1986, Portland Brewing Company was one of the first craft breweries established in the city. Offering year-round, seasonal, and now the Guild’s Lake Series, Portland Brewing is committed to giving the public what they want: great beer. Portland Brewing is located at 2730 NW 31st Ave., Portland, OR 97210. For more information about Portland Brewing Company, head to their website, Facebook and Twitter.

About Oregon Food Bank

Originally known as the Oregon Food Share, the Oregon Food Bank is a non-profit, charitable organization whose mission is to eliminate hunger and its root causes. The Oregon Food Bank works with a network of statewide partners to distribute an emergency food supply to families in need. For more information, or to donate directly, please visit www.oregonfoodbank.org

About Ladd’s Addition

Nestled in Southeast Portland between Hawthorne Blvd. and Division St., Ladd’s Addition is the city’s oldest planned residential development. The historic neighborhood named after mid-19th-century Portland mayor, William S. Ladd, is known for its unique diagonal street layout, series of roundabout rose gardens and classic family home architecture. Representative of Portland’s aesthetic and culture, Ladd’s Addition typifies the essence of Rose City.