Sunday, April 7th, 2024

Peaks and Pints Beer Flight: National Beer Day Oregon Winners


National Beer Day is today, April 7. The day is historically relevant because it commemorates the date in 1933, when the Cullen-Harrison Act, signed into law by President Franklin Roosevelt, went into effect. That allowed beer to once again be legally manufactured and sold in this country. The law allowed for the legal sale of low-alcohol beer in the United States, several months before Prohibition was completely repealed. Enough states then approved the 21st Amendment later that year to formally bring an end to Prohibition, which started in 1919. So, while National Beer Day isn’t a national holiday, it doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate. Peaks & Pints presents an in-house flight of 2024 Oregon Beer Awards winners. Held Thursday, April 4, the “Academy Awards of Beers” delivered an evening defined by heartfelt acceptance speeches, a raucous audience, and enough beer to fill the air with a pleasantly hoppy aroma. The Willamette Week-sponsored event was hosted by Natalie Rose Baldwin and Ben Love, who took to the stage wearing matching pink suits. The highlights of the night included a stirring speech by Pelican Brewing’s Darron Welch, whom the OBAs inducted into their Hall of Fame. Stop by Peaks & Pints on National Beer Day and enjoy five OBA winners in an in-house flight we’re calling Peaks and Pints Beer Flight: National Beer Day Winners.

Peaks and Pints Beer Flight: National Beer Day Oregon Winners

Great Notion Haze Cadet

7.2% ABV

SILVER, HAZY OR JUICY INDIA PALE ALE: Haze Cadet is one of Great Notion Brewing’s new hazy IPAs brewed with the talented Cerebral Brewing from Denver. Expect notes of pine, passionfruit, berry, and cannabis from the Strata and Simcoe dry hop.

Steeplejack Harder Day Imperial Red Ale

7.6% ABV

BRONZE, DARK HOPPY BEERS: Steeplejack Beer‘s Harder Day Imperial Red Ale grabbed bronze at the 2024 Oregon Beer Awards. It pours dark red amber with pine sap, crushed needles, caramel, citrus, freshly baked bread, tangelos, and toasted bread crust on the nose, followed by lemons, orange zest, and pomelo and finished with a resinous hit of all things pine.

Breakside Double Wanderlust

8.2% ABV

GOLD, IMPERIAL INDIA PALE ALE: This beer is a kissing cousin to Breakside Brewery’s beloved Wanderlust, but it comes by its merits on its own. Longtime Breakside drinkers will remember that their Wanderlust IPA was spawned from their former double IPA, India Golden Ale. Now, things almost come full circle: double IPA begets IPA begets double IPA, and the DNA from India Golden Ale is alive and well in this new Double Wanderlust. This strong and smooth IPA has notes of apricot and resinous pine with a lovely bitterness.

Great Notion Super Ripe

9.1% ABV

SILVER, IMPERIAL INDIA PALE ALE: Great Notion’s Super Ripe hazy double IPA is dry hopped with massive amounts of Citra hops and Vic Secret hops from Australia for a tropical fruit bomb.

Monkless Frier’s Festivus

10.2% ABV

BRONZE, FLAVORED BEERS: Monkless Belgian Ales’ winter Belgian quad Friar’s Festivus captures the senses with aromas of citrus and dark fruit, and a complex flavor profile of caramel, spicy clove, and a slight malty sweetness. Modest amounts of classic dark Belgian candi syrup and fermentation using multiple traditional Belgian-style yeast strains help this traditional winter ale strike the balance between spicy and sweet.

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