Saturday, April 6th, 2024

Peaks and Pints Beer Flight: New Beer’s Eve


Today, April 6, is the day we all celebrate New Beers Eve. This is a real thing. New Beer’s Eve was the night before the first alcoholic beer became legally available after 13 years of Prohibition. From 1920 to 1933, no alcoholic beverages were legal in the United States. Franklin Delano Roosevelt had barely been president for a month when he and a new anti-prohibition majority in Congress known as “The Wets” brought back beer. The Cullen-Harrison Act increased allowable alcohol in beer from 0.5% to 3.2%. Prohibition would be completely reversed later that year with ratification of the 21st Amendment to the Constitution. The 21st Amendment repealed the 18th Amendment. It took effect at 12:01a.m on April 7, 1933. On the evening of April 6, anxious Americans lined up at breweries and distilleries to purchase legal beer and alcohol at the stroke of midnight. That night, someone coined the term “New Beer’s Eve,” and a new annual holiday was born. Peaks & Pints offers cheers to FDA and “The Wets” with an in-house flight of new craft beers we call Peaks and Pints Beer Flight: New Beers Eve.

Peaks and Pints Beer Flight: New Beers Eve

Single Hill Shinrin-Yoku

4.5% ABV

Single Hill Brewing’s Japanese-style rice lager Shinrin-Yoku is pale, brilliant, and eminently drinkable. Named after the Japanese concept of “Forest Bathing” or spending time in and taking in the atmosphere of the forest, this beer is a good companion to your late-season skiing or early season mountain biking and hiking.

Urban Family Mammoth Dragon

6.5% ABV

Urban Family Brewing might not have an amber or red ale in Peaks & Pint’s Lord of the Rings themed Tournament of Beer: Northwest Ambers, but they do have a Mammoth Dragon. But is it a dragon? Or a mammoth? Dry, complex, slightly bitter, and big on the citrus, this pale gold hazy IPA is aggressively pithy pink grapefruit with background notes of lemongrass and stone fruits thanks to El Dorado and Simcoe hops.

Pure Project Back to the Phuture

6.5% ABV

Pure Project Brewing in San Diego collaborated with two other San Diego breweries — Harland Brewing and North Park Beer Company to create this “murky” IPA using Mega Motueka — an innovative blend of Freestyle Hops’ Motueka hops and Phantasm (a powder made from Sauvignon Blanc grape skins). This batch also features Nelson Sauvin and Motueka hops, which contribute to the irresistible aromatic notes of passionfruit, kiwi, and lemon curd and flavors of pineapple, guava, and orange zest.

Fort George Cryotex

7.2% ABV

Fort George Brewery has dubbed April as Vortex Month — a celebration of firsts, bests and the wildness of the natural forces that could have crushed the Astoria, Oregon, brewery before the even began. In 2006, Chris Nemlowill and Jack Harris flew to Virginia Beach, Virginia to salvage an 8.5-barrel Saaz brewing system and drive it across the country to install it in their soon-to-open Fort George Brewery in Astoria, Oregon. While traveling with the equipment strapped to a flat bed, they met up with a tornado that nearly spread the brewery across a Nebraska cornfield. This became the inspiration behind the name Vortex IPA. They’ve been brewing Vortex for more than a decade. This month, Fort George switched up their beloved Vortex recipe to produce a wild, fruity, futuristic version of this Northwest classic with Cryo hops, hop hash and thiolized yeast for extra flavor conversion.

AleSmith Speedway Stout New Orleans Café Edition

12% ABV

Crashing in with an ABV of 12 percent, AleSmith Brewing’s Speedway Stout goes a step farther than most coffee-flavored stouts and porters (which derive their flavor from roasted malts) and includes an unspecified amount of ground coffee in the brewing process. This Speedway pays tribute to the deep history and vibrant coffee culture of New Orleans. For this brew, they have added chicory to give a richer, earthier, and nuttier brew to capture the essence of the city’s beloved coffee tradition in every sip.

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