Full Sail Brewing Releases Two Annual Favorites in Brewmaster Reserve Line-up
Old Boardhead Barleywine Ale and Wreck the Halls
Hood River, Or – Full Sail Brewing is proud to announce the release of Wreck the Halls and Old Boardhead Barleywine Ale as part of their 2007 Brewmaster Reserve program. “Brewers are kinda like mad scientists, always tinkering away with some new recipe in our lab. Back in 1998, we decided to let our own mad scientist brewer, John Harris, unleash his brewing chops on the public. The result – our ever rotating selection of Brewmaster Reserve Beers. From Barleywines to super-hopped bitters, John springs his latest invention on devoted beer lovers roughly every 10 weeks,” said Full Sail’s Founder and CEO, Irene Firmat.
According to Full Sail Brewmaster, John Harris, “Wreck the Halls is a holiday brew to end all holiday brews. It’s aggressive and sublime, assertive and mellow, complex yet drinkable, and it has a lot of hops in it.” Wreck the Halls is an American style IPA crossed with a winter style strong ale. ESB malt from the Okanogan Valley in British Columbia along with Crystal and Caramel malts gives this beer a sweet malt body and a red color. The famous Centennial hop is used to give this beer a pronounced fruity-citrus character. The beer is dry hopped (the process of steeping aging beer on fresh hops) for three weeks, which amplifies its aromatics and flavor. ABV 6.7%, IBU 68.
“Old Boardhead Barleywine Ale is part of Full Sail’s brewing tradition and it’s a testament to our commitment to brewing quality. The inaugural bottling took place back in September of 1998. It was the first beer in an impressive line up of Brewmaster Reserve bottlings to come. We’ve bottled it for nine years and since this beer has won five gold and six silver medals,” added Firmat.
John Harris describes Old Boardhead Reserve 07 as a deliciously rich Barleywine that has a spectacular depth and delicacy of flavor. Deep and robust, it’s a luscious brew to sip in cold or any weather and it’s the perfect ale to warm you during the autumn and winter months. Old Boardhead is brewed with Two-Row Pale, and three types of Crystal malt for a strong sweet body and is balanced with Centennial and Crystal hops for a pleasant hoppiness and finish. ABV 9% IBU 91 Brewmaster John Harris suggested, “Both of these beers cellar well. Store a few bottles in a dark, cool place and be patient – you will be rewarded for your effort and restraint.” To help the beer aficionados that have the self-discipline to cellar these beers, Full sail marks each bottle label with the Reserve year.
Wreck the Halls and Old Boardhead Barleywine Ale will be available November 1 in 22oz bottles and on draught as specially beer stores and Pubs throughout the Pacific Northwest. The release of Wreck the Halls finishes out the 2007 Brewmaster schedule. Full Sail will kick off the 2008 schedule with Slipknot Imperial IPA in January. In February, Full Sail will release Top Sail Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Porter as part of their vintage barrel aged series. For a full list of Full Sail’s Brewmaster Reserve line visit www.fullsailbrewing.com.
The independent and employee-owned Full Sail brewery is perched on a bluff in Hood River, Oregon, overlooking the most epic wind and kite surfing spot in the world. At this very moment 47 specialists in the liquid refreshment arts are crafting barley and hops into your next beer. The Full Sail crew has been fermenting godlike nectar since 1987.
Their award winning brews are now available in nineteen states. The Full Sail Tasting Room and Pub is open seven days a week. Swing by for a pint, grab a bite, tour the brewery, or just soak up the view. www.fullsailbrewing.com
For Immediate Release – October 18, 2007
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