FA LA LA LA LA WINTER ALE
Brewed with Gambrinus Pilsner malt, crystal malts and Centennial hops. 7.5% ABV, 85 BU
The mountain is open, the precip is blowin’ and the Fa is a’ flowin’ here in Hood River. This year’s batch is tasting as fresh and vital as ever, with kickin’ hops that defy all logic in their balancing act with the sturdy malt backbone. It’s the perfect beer of the moment, and it’ll never taste better than it does right now… Run, don’t walk, as they say.
This year’s release is bittersweet, unfortunately, as we have a very limited supply of the Fa and will not have enough to supply the wholesale trade. This year’s crop of Centennial hops (our fave) came in shorter than expected, and booming demand has put the squeeze on suppliers’ ability to make all the breweries happy. We simply can’t get enough. It’s one of those victim-of-one’s-own-success deals, for both the growers of this great hop and the brewers who’ve embraced it. We hear there will be similar issues with other popular varieties like Simcoe and Amarillo, too.
So the upshoot is that we have around forty kegs of holiday goodness here at the Taproom, which we hope will last us til Christmas. (We’ve put aside a few pony kegs for special events, so you might get lucky that way too.) We’ve just brewed a couple of Belgian-style specialties which should be ready to hit the taps next month, to help soften the blow as it were.. stay tuned for more info there.
Best wishes, the DM Crew