Thursday, August 30th, 2018

Peaks and Pints Six Pack 8.30.18: Beer Firm of Whipper, Oatis and Futz

Ron Swarner


Peaks-and-Pints-Six-Pack-8-30-18-Beer-Firm-of-Whipper-Oatis-and-FutzPeaks and Pints Six Pack 8.30.18: Beer Firm of Whipper, Oatis and Futz

Here are six beer suggestions from the Peaks and Pints cooler. …

30 YEAR WHIPPER, Urban Family Brewing: In rock climbing, a whipper is an especially hard or dynamic fall where the rope is weighed by a significant load. Vertical World — America’s First Climbing Gym and Urban Family’s neighbor — opened a little more than 30 years ago. By some sort of mathematical equation, 30 Year Whipper, a collaboration with Vertical World, is an oak fermented sour ale with raspberries and cherries. 5.4%, 500ml

HOPPORTUNITY KNOCKS IPA, Caldera Brewing: Knock, knock. Who’s there? A West Coast IPA with a clean, aggressive bitterness due to a ton of Centennial hops with a ton of malts to balance it. OK, come in. 6.8% ABV, 12oz

IMPERIAL PUMPKIN PORTER, Epic Brewing: Epic Brewing’s Imperial Pumpkin Porter is brewed with pumpkin puree, nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon and Madagascar vanilla beans. Caramel sweetness and cocoa powder emerge as the beer warms, but it maintains the sweet, vegetal earthiness of baked pumpkins and sweet potatoes. It all culminates in a flash of dark chocolate and cinnamon with a touch of vanilla. 8.1%, 22oz

NUKIN FUTZ IMPERIAL PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE CREAM PORTER NITRO, Track 7 Brewing: Could have been named Nukin But Goodness since this creamy porter is loaded with peanut butter, chocolate and lactose sugar. 7.3%, 16oz

TRAVERSE RED IPA, Boundary Bay Brewery: In 2014, Boundary Bay converted its Traverse Red Ale into Traverse Red IPA — “an ideal late-summer IPA with a monster floral and pine hop nose,” according to Boundary Bay hype. A healthy dose of complex malt sweetness from Belgian Abbey, Crystal-15, and honey malts balances a fair amount of Washington-grown Centennial hops for husky malts, caramel and toast flavors with a moderate pine bitterness. 7%, 12oz

VANILLA OATIS, Ninkasi Brewing: Among its varied and complex aromas, we note charred marshmallows, chocolate milk, and a whiff of sunscreen. There is also the scent of a Black Russian cocktail in this boozy beer. With a good amount of vanilla up front, Vanilla Oatis had a silky smooth mouthfeel and some meatiness to it, as well as flavors that brought to mind a campfire. 5.5%, 12oz