As a born and raised Portlander and a Gin fan, this new milestone release from Ecliptic Brewing is doubly up my alley.

This is Batch 5000 and it will be a golden BarleyWine ale aged in Old Tom Gin barrels and will reach 13% ABV. Maybe we will see this in L.A.

Review – Two from Ecliptic Brewing

When NoHo bottle shop, Hop Merchants added Ecliptic beers to their to-go menu, I hopped onto their online order form and picked up a pair to review.

Phaser pours that signature super light and milky color.  Not a lot of fruity here.  Mostly piney and resinous.  Not bad. Tiny bit of citrus shake feel. 

Starburst pours a light orange color. Bright orange aroma. Rind.  Quite bitter.  Like this. West Coast IPA. Grapefruit notes as it warms. 

Ecliptic California Collabs

Ecliptic Brewing of Portland, Oregon is turning 5 years young and will be releasing 5 special beers throughout the year called the 2019 Cosmic Collaboration Series.

John Harris, Ecliptic Brewing’s Owner and Brewmaster has reached out to Brooklyn Brewery, Breakside, Bell’s and two California breweries too.

Here is the full line-up:

Ecliptic Brewing + Brooklyn Brewery: Tangerine Farmhouse Ale (February)
Ecliptic Brewing + Firestone Walker Brewing Co.: Galactica Hazy Double IPA with #692, Idaho 7 and Kasmir (April)
Ecliptic Brewing + Breakside Brewery: Nectarine Sour Ale (June)
Ecliptic Brewing + Bell’s Brewery: Juicy IPA (August)
Ecliptic Brewing + Russian River Brewing Company: Hoppy Belgian Strong Golden Ale (October)

Style + Fruit

Hurray! Finally grapefruit in a beer other than IPA!
If I can sneak in a 2nd visit to Ecliptic, I will really want to see how this works out. I always think of grapefruit the way my Mom made it for me, sprinkled with brown sugar and not paired with the salt of a Gose.

Portland Beer – Thanksgiving 2014

It can take me awhile to process and put into words what a I have experienced. Especially with beer vacations. So while I string together some coherent thoughts, here are some photos from my recent trip back to the homeland…..

The new Fat Heads in Portland near Powell's Books
The new Fat Heads in Portland near Powell’s Books

Yup. Growler fills in grocery stores.
Yup. Growler fills in grocery stores.

My first visit to Ecliptic on South Mississippi.
My first visit to Ecliptic on South Mississippi.

The imaginative names at Ecliptic.
The imaginative names at Ecliptic.

Ecliptic Filament Winter IPA


Talk about a cool and understated label with an intriguing beer from Ecliptic inside.  The name is an inspired choice.  Fits the brewery name and the season.  Though, I have started seeing the nomenclature of Winter or Fall IPA’s on some beers and I hope this sub-set of a style gets some clarification.  Otherwise we could be heading toward a free-fall come judging time.