Salutations, friends. While we wish we could breathe a collective sigh of relief for the end of 2020 and all her madness, shit is decidedly still hitting the fan. Be that as it may, we have some seriously killer special release beverages to brighten your day, including a truly magnificent funky blond, an ode to Belmont Fermentorium, and a stunning spectacle of IPA wizardry. Let’s dive into the inaugural presale of 2021 (which will be live Saturday morning at 10AM).
Let’s kick off this literary tasting with Sun Myth Aged in Angelica Barrels. This iteration of Sun Myth (you may remember last year’s version), one of our blended blond sours, was aged in Angelica Barrels (a Californian white port wine) for an entire year. This year’s blend started fermentation in stainless steel, and is markedly less acidic than the previous batch, more amply rounded out by the rich oakiness of the port barrels. Don’t get us wrong, it still boasts a delightful lemon-like tartness, complemented by the 654 Gold Dust Peaches (93 lbs/bbl) and 346 Flavorcrest Peaches (50 lbs/bbl--all from the famed Masumoto Farms) we racked this beauty onto. The finished beer is peachy (literally and figuratively), balanced by a wonderful vanilla character born of the barrels.
We shall now transition into murky territory with Green Futures. This IPA was originally intended to be Portland’s home IPA; brewed at Belmont Fermentorium for the local market. Obviously, it was too tasty not to share with the rest of the Modern Times Megaverse. We wanted to keep it simple; it’s built on a base of pilsner malt & flakes oats, with a Strata-forward hop profile. Don’t let that simplicity fool you; it positively explodes with notes of berries, soft tangerine, lychee and mango. This IPA was built for sessioning, and in the words of our Commissioner of Flavor, it’s a “nice, fun, delicious beer”. ‘Nuff said.
We’re keeping it short and sweet this time around, so we’ll finish this tour de force with We Love You Portland Portland. We’ve reprised this old favorite in honor of Belmont’s third voyage around the sun, this time kicking everything up with the glorious addition of gobs and gobs of delicious peach puree. We took what we learned from our other forays into fruited realms (ex. The Forbidden Chants series) to bring you what some is calling the best, most innovative fruited DIPA we’ve ever had the pleasure of cranking. It’s just what the haze doctor ordered: stone fruit-forward and bursting with hop-radness (Amarillo, Mosaic, El Dorado, Eureka, & Galaxy radness, specifically).
If you’re planning on having a chill weekend, we think that sounds like a really, really great idea, and humbly encourage adding a trip to the online presale into your self-care routine. Feel free to virtually swing by the presale page anytime after 10AM tomorrow. Stay safe and excellent, compadres.