2012 Pappy’s Dark Bottle Information
We have had reports from a few of our fans that their 2012 Pappy’s Dark bottles are tasting off, specifically sour. Last month we sent a bottle into Wyeast laboratories for testing and it came back clean from bacteria and wild yeast. We have tasted several bottles from our cellar and have noted that a small amount do taste tart . As our bottling and corking operation is simple, leaving room for error in packaging, there is a chance for isolated issues to occur. After several reports, I think that the 2012 Pappy’s bottles do have more issues than what I would consider normal. Troubling to us is at which point the issue occurred in our brewing/maturing/ and packaging process.
As a precautionary measure we have begun an intense system clean, sanitize, purge, and auxiliary equipment swap out. We have temporarily suspended filling barrels until the purge is complete.
Coincidentally, we have been planning for and have ordered all the necessary components to set up a lab in our cellar. Cellar man Dakota who is currently enrolled in OSU’s Food Science program is heading off the lab. Soon, we will be able to track and test our beer from fermenter, to barrel, to bottle. If an issue is to occur in the future we will be able to discard a barrel or be able to pinpoint a problem prior to packaging.
I’ve always said that what I really like about working with barrels is the mysteries in them. They are porous and they are living, which leaves room for more error than working with stainless steel alone. Unless we pasteurize our bottles, I could never guarantee them to be perfect, however with our new plans we should get a hell of a lot closer!
2012 Pappy’s Bottle Refunds
We would like to offer gift cards for those that have experienced an off bottle of Pappy’s Dark. Additionally, if you have an unopened bottle, you may if desired return it to the brewery for a refund or gift card. If you are out of town please email email@example.com for an electronic gift card. We will send giftcards for opened bottles through December 1st. After December 1st an unopened bottle must be returned for a refund.
Upcoming Figgy Pudding Bottles
Considering the information above, I do not recommend cellaring our upcoming Figgy Pudding bottles. The barrels we blended taste great and test at the same PH and gravity as when they were filled, and I don’t expect any issues, however I believe it is best to be cautious until our lab is set up. Please only purchase enough to enjoy this holiday season and keep cold.
If you ever experience an off bottle please shoot us an email. We not only will take care of you, but also are able to learn from these issues.
Thank you for supporting our small craft brewery. Whereas it is tough to know some of our fans have been let down by these issues we will look at this in a positive light as we move forward to bring you the finest craft beer possible.
Nick Arzner & The Block 15 Brewing Team
It has always been my goal to have a barrel-matured beer on tap at all times in the pub. With over 150 barrels maturing in our cellars, some up to 3 years old, this goal could be realized in 2013. Several of these beers we have brewed for the second or third time, slightly tweaking the recipes and processes to evolve our barrel programs and increase quality. Others are first time blends that will include our oldest barrels; a time capsule of our barrel program.
As we hit full stride we have also run out of room for more barrels in our cellars. In a way, this is a relief to our brewery as we can focus on our current programs and continue to fine-tune our barreled beers. Though when a unique barrel type is found, or inspiration pops into my head, it will become more and more difficult to deny the need, and want, for more barrel maturation space.
2013 looks like it will be a fun year for our brewery and tap list. I have posted a tentative release calendar below. It is important to note that barrel maturation is a very living way to condition beer. Sometimes the beer will take much longer, or not as long as anticipated. Or, sometimes the amount we plan on blending will become greatly reduced or increased due to barrel quality, or blend needs. This would make some brewers crazy, but we embrace it! Also, not every planned barrel matured beer is listed below. We like to have a few secrets up our sleeve so we won’t mention them until they hit the taps and shelves.
We plan to continue the pattern of four release weekends a year for the larger offerings, paired with a limited offering. In addition, we will release some limited bottles in-between these four offerings. We are having a custom small lot-blending tank made to accommodate packaging single barrel to three-barrel blends.
Where can you find our beer outside of Block 15? Currently, our massive distribution network involves my truck and a dozen or so awesome craft beer spots in Portland, Corvallis, and Eugene. We do not plan on increasing distribution out of our current brewery, though we plan on more consistent deliveries occurring the first week of each month. Ideally, we always bottle enough beer that it lasts at least the weekend of release, and are able to send cases to our accounts outside of Corvallis. Beers with “distribution” noted next to them will hit our normal drop off points. These are beers where we bottle more than 90 cases. “Limited distribution” indicates that we normally will release beer to only a few locations outside of the pub. “Very limited” indicates that we may or many not release any depending on whether the bottles last past the weekend release. The best way to get inside information on what and when bottles will be released is through our newsletter
Louis le Whopper Cognac barrel matured Barley Wine w/blood orange peel and juice. On Tap now! Draught only.
Pappy’s Dark Bourbon barrel strong ale. Draught Feb. 1st. Bottles Feb. 2nd. no growlers, normal distribution
Super Nebula Bourbon barrel Imperial Stout w/cocoa nibs. Draught Feb. 1st, bottles Feb 2nd, no growlers, limited distribution.
Hypnosis Blended bourbon barrel barley wine. Draught & growler fills Feb.1st
Enchantment wild/sour blended Oud Bruin 6-33months. 1st & 2nd run bourbon barrels. Draught Feb 1st, no growlers. Limited bottles sometime in March or April. Limited distribution.
Special Anniversary Releases, March 2nd
Three Five-year Anniversary beers will be released on draught and in bottles, pub only. These include a non-barreled beer, a three year single barrel, and two barrel blend. More info to come soon.
Flanders style wild/sour strong red brandy barrels, blend matured up to 26 months. Draught and possibly limited bottles, limited distribution.
Year old lambic and peach lambic styles from our turbid mashed, cool shipped, spontaneous program: Very limited draught & bottles. Very limited distribution, if any.
Ferme de la Ville Provisions Blended oak barrel wild farmhouse. Draught & bottles, normal distribution.
Ferme de la Ville: Two-year Single Barrel Expression Limited draught & bottles.
Golden Canary Blended wild/sour golden. Draught & limited bottles, limited distribution.
Cellar Stash Brunch date TBD.
Bottles of previous releases, vintage bottles,
Brewer’s Brunch Blend a blend of Imagine, Super Nebula & Nebula barreled into 20 yr Van Winkle barrels with Tahitian vanilla pods and Aeropressed Stumptown coffee beans. Limited bottles & draught. Exclusive cellar stash and bottle brunch release. No distribution.
Framboise White Wild/sour Wit with golden raspberries in chardonnay barrels. Draught & bottles, limited distribution
Strawberry Fields Wild/sour farmhouse ale with local strawberries in Pinot Noir barrels. Draught & bottles, limited distribution.
The Demons Farm Wild black farmhouse in bourbon & pinot noir barrels with local cherries. Draught & bottles, normal distribution
Honeybell, A Tangelo Project wild farmhouse ale brewed and fermented with honeybell tangelo peel and juice, matured in Cognac barrels. Draught and very limited bottles, very limited distribution if any.
Coconut Baltic Porter Caribbean rum barrels. Draught and limited bottles, limited distribution.
Figgy Pudding Strong English ale in brandy barrels with figs & spice. Draught & bottles, normal distribution.
Imagine Bourbon barrel Belgian Imperial Stout. Draught & bottles, limited distribution.
Kriek, A Three Summer’s Cuvee Blended oud bruin matured in 1st & 2nd run bourbon with local tart cherries, draught & bottles, limited distribution.
Baileys, draught & bottles
Belmont Station, draught & bottles
Hop & Vine, draught & bottles
Saraveza, draught & bottles
1856, draught & bottles
The Beermongers, draught & bottles
Bridgetown Beerhouse, draught & bottles
Beaumont Market, bottles
Grain & Gristle, draught
Various Markets of Choice, bottles
The Bier Stein, draught & bottles
16 Tons, draught & bottles
Whirled Pies, draught
Market of Choice, bottles
Corvallis Brewing Supply, bottles
Market of Choice, bottles
Unfortunately, we will not be bottling Figgy Pudding this year. In August we sampled from the brandy barrels and felt they were all maturing well. Upon final selection last week we found that 40% of the barrels did not meet our quality standards for blending. We want to make sure the beer we release in bottles is up to our standards set by the brewery and expectations of our customers. Wood barrels are a living part of our beer production and sometimes do not perform to our expectations. This has been a hard decision to reach but we feel it is best for our brewery and customers.
The other 60% tastes great and we blended those to serve on draught at our pub. Figgy Pudding should be on draught at the pub November 17th. We will allow growler sales, both 64 & 32oz, before Thanksgiving as we know many of our customers enjoy Figgy Pudding for holiday celebrations.
We are excited to offer our first kriek in bottles and on draught. The Kriek is a blend of our Oud Bruin, Enchanted, that is matured in bourbon barrels with locally grown cherries. The blend is a selection of barrels from 2010, 2011, and 2012. By blending young and old we balanced the lactic and acetic acidity of the beer and captured wonderful cherry notes, both mature and fresh. The bourbon barrels used were first and second run barrels enabling us to control the bourbon character. The kriek highlights complex notes of cherry, pits, caramel, tobacco, and wood with a wonderfully tart finish. Originally we planned on bottling only 50 cases of 375’s but have increased the amount to 70.
7.75%alc/vol. 375ml crowed bottles. 4 bottles/person/day. $8.50/bottle
We are going to release 20 cases of Hellion from our Cellar Stash. Hellion was brewed last February for the 2012 Cheers to Belgian Beers using Franco-Belgian Canadian yeast, pilsner malts, & Nelson Sauvin, Simcoe and Chinook hops. Hellion has matured wonderfully with big citrus notes, crisp but full malt body, and a deceptively smooth finish. Hellion is a fantastic beer for your holiday celebrations.
12.23%alc/vol, 750ml crowned Champagne bottles. 4 bottles/person/day. $11/bottle
You can get a brunch reservation at Les Caves to guarantee your bottle request. We also will be featuring a special menu including Figgy Pudding French toast, hot Scotchy, and a great tap list.
You can email your reservation request to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (541) 286-4473 please specify a 9:30am, 9:45am, 10am, or 10:15 am reservation. Bottles can be picked up at the Block 15 brewery after brunch until 1pm.
Both Pappy’s Dark and Super Nebula are maturing in 20 year Pappy Van Winkle Barrels. We plan to release bottles of both Saturday February 2nd.
Nick & The Block 15 Brewing Team
Saturday October 6th, we release three specialty beers in bottles. This is an exciting day for us as all three beers come from our barrel program, use local fruits, and are fermented with various wild yeast and bacteria. As a brewer, these beers demand a lot of patience. Not only do they take a long time to mature, but also the process involved is much more than our standard beers.
Saturday September 15th, 9:30 am.
We are strong proponents of healthy life styles and believe that craft beer can be a positive part of our lives. Throughout the year Block 15 sponsors many events including the Corvallis ½ Marathon, Mountain Bike Oregon, Fall Festival run, Relay for Life, Run to Get Lucky, Corvallis Knights Baseball, Benton Brigade Hurling, and local softball & basketball teams. We also sponsor our employees’ entry into many of these events. Fifteen Block 15 and Les Caves employees, including myself, a Clydesdale, will be running/walking the Corvallis half marathon this Sunday. In addition, we have a competition going on with our friends at Flat Tail brewing. The fastest pub will receive a round on the house from the other pub, and of course bragging rights for the year. A well rounded lifestyle should include healthy and fun activities followed by responsible consumption of a well brewed local craft beer.
This marks our third year of brewing Pappy’s Dark, a specialty bourbon barrel matured strong ale. As with Super Nebula, we tinker with the recipe and process each year in hopes of presenting a better beer to you. Pappy’s Dark is designed to display the bourbon that was once matured in the barrels. By maturing Pappy’s Dark for about 3 months, the beer picks up more of the liquor character and a small amount of the barrel.
Our 2011 release of Super Nebula is the third rendition of the brew. In 2009 we matured 50% of Super Nebula in 23 yr old barrels and blended back in the other 50%.
The opening our new Bier Taverne, Les Caves has given our brewery an opportunity to expand our beer offerings. We are brewing two beers, Caves IPA and Caves Saison, exclusively for its taps. With this new opportunity, our brewery hopes to highlight flavors and techniques unique to our brewery and Oregon.