YOU OUGHTA KNOW!

WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH AUDACITY OF OPACITY?!

As most of you know, we’re releasing The Audacity of Opacity (AoP) this weekend in draft and cans. This beer, as it says on the label, is about “reclaiming clarity in the American IPA,” but here’s a little background on what that actually means:

There is a major association with visual haze and the term “juicy,” so much so that people think there can’t be one without the other. Generally, juicy should mean fruity hop flavor, soft bitterness, and a full, soft mouthfeel. With AoP we’ve made an IPA that has those characteristics but breaks the visual haze connection.

The source of haze in IPA’s can be from a number of things: the amount of proteins in the beer, the types of grains used, the type of yeast used, or the types/styles of hops used (oils vs. pellets vs. whole). Any one of these things single-handedly may not create haze, but the combination of two or more could. This means there’s lots of variability and iterations to experiment with to either create haze or not.

In recent years, hazy IPA’s have been getting their haze on from lots of oats and wheat in the grist profile. These two types of grains create a lot of haze, and contribute to that soft, somewhat thick mouthfeel. For AoP, we used flaked barley, which is a grain that is less likely to produce any sort of haze but still gives good body to the beer and keeps those juicy characteristics.


STAFF ANNOUNCEMENTS

NEW STAFF MEMBERS

Let’s welcome our newest staff members!

  • Natasia Cooper - Server at the Pub (Natasia previously worked for us, so this is a welcome back!!)

  • Jake Day- Server at the Pub

  • Eric Garske- Food Runner/Host at the Pub

  • Bre Keller-Robbins - Line cook at the Pub

  • Ellie Magnuson - Food Runner/Host at the Pub

  • Sam Harris - Server at the Pub

Make sure to give them a warm Block 15 welcome!

STAFF REVIEWS

You still have time to submit reviews for the following managers:

  • Elise and Sean Jolley

The link to submit your reviews can be found here!


WHAT’S NEW ON INSTA


CAVES HAPPENINGS

Next Wednesday, May 8th is Caves’ Monthly Tasting Series with Buoy Beer Co., located in Astoria OR! Four beers from Buoy will be featured, along with a pairing menu featuring dishes from our kitchen to complement the beers.


WHAT’S GOING ON TAP SOON?

Dates are subject to change based on tap availability.

TAP ROOM

  • Fri 5/3: The Audacity of Opacity (replacing Animal Cookies) / Turbulent Consequence, Pêche (replacing Turbulent Consequence, Pearl) / 2001: A Hop Odyssey (replacing Sour Jelly Bean)

  • Tues 4/7: Intergalactic Hop Shop (replacing Fluffhead)

  • Fri 5/10: The Hop Workshop #11 (replacing TBD)

PUB

  • Fri 5/3: The Audacity of Opacity (replacing Animal Cookies) / Turbulent Consequence, Pêche (replacing Turbulent Consequence, Pearl) / 2001: A Hop Odyssey (replacing Chocolate Creme Imperial Stout)

  • Tues 5/7: Intergalactic Hop Shop (replacing Fluffhead)

  • Fri 5/10: The Hop Workshop #11 (replacing IPeepsA)

UPCOMING BOTTLE / CAN RELEASES

  • Sat 5/4: The Audacity of Opacity (in 16oz cans) / Turbulent Consequence, Pêche (in 500mL bottles)

    *This is the first Saturday Tap Room only release. Mug club & employees can pick theirs up on Friday, May 3rd and then the public release will be on Saturday, May 4th. The Pub will have it available in house on Monday, May 6th.

  • Tues 5/14: Wellspring (in 500mL bottles)

    *This will be available at both the Tap Room & Pub!

UPCOMING / IN PROCESS BEERS

  • Mexican Lager - Crisp, light bodied lager

  • Duke IV - Hefeweizen

  • Fresh Flow - IPA

  • Cassidy - Wild ale w/ flowers

EVENTS

BLOCKOUT = tap takeover

**Be sure to share/like the Facebook events to spread the word to your friends!

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THE PEOPLE’S PINT / DINE OUTS

We are currently partnering with Mid-Valley Harvest for The People’s Pint tap. The designated beer is IPeepsA at the Pub and Emerging Sunshine at the Tap Room.

NEXT PUB DINE OUT

Tuesday, May 28th:
Monroe Grade School

*Last week’s Dine Out for the Waldorf School raised $569.88!

NEXT TAP ROOM DINE OUT

Tuesday, May 14th:
500 Women Scientists

*This Dine Out coincides with May’s Tap Talk - Local Solutions to Climate Change!


PUB UPDATES

MAY MONTHLY SPECIALS

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  • Brewer’s Board

  • Lamb & Pork Meatballs

  • Huli Huli Chicken Sandwich

  • Arugula & Chorizo Salad

*Procedures for these can be found here, and the photos here!

BREWER’S PROVISION

Thurs 5/2
Seth’s
Arepa de Huevo with Colombian Hogao Sauce, paired with Nebula Oat Stout

GENERAL UPDATES

Our current 2 ½ bullets are no longer available so we will be switching what our bullet usage is!

Please follow the plating below from now on. Thank you!

  • Use 1 ½ oz flat bullets for:

    • All sides of dressings and dipping sauces EXCEPT rosemary vinegar and any special thin vinaigrette dressing.

    • Fill flat bullets with 1oz of sauce. It should be ⅔ full.

  • Use 3 ¼ oz (our old style) bullets for:

    • Rosemary vinaigrette and any other thin special dressing - Fill ½ way.

    • Blue cheese dressing for 3 wings - Fill ¾ full

    • Salsa - FIll to the brim.