Here is news of two beer releases from Bellingham’s Aslan Brewing. The first beer was inspired by a recent trip to Germany. The other is a salmon-safe beer, part of a program spearheaded by Portland’s Hopworks Urban Brewery.
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Big Iron Altbier
5.2% ABV // 35 IBU // 1.050 OG
medium body + toffee notes + rich malt character
A recent trip to Dusseldorf, where much time was spent drinking Alt in the pubs of Uerig and Schumacher, inspired the production of this beer. We don’t often attempt to re-create historical works, but in this case every possible detail of the production of this Altbier was put under the microscope. As such, this beer went through the most intense mash regime we have ever employed. It was fermented with an ale strain very slowly and cold, and then lagered for several weeks. The rich malt character is a result of the intense mash profile. It’s extraordinarily smooth body is a result of the the extended lagering, while its wonderfully crisp hop character is lent from the singular use of top quality Mittlefruh hops. We are thrilled with how this beer came out, and find it to be very representative of those found in Dusseldorf.
Hops: Mittlefruh, Premiant
Malt: Caramunich, Carafa, Dark Munich, Munich, Pilsner, Vienna, Wheat
Fish Have Feelings – IPA
7.4% ABV // 8 IBU // 1.068 OG
big body + dank + juicy
Hopworks Urban Brewery in Portland is hosting the Salmon-Safe IPA Festival for beers made with only salmon safe ingredients, and Aslan participated! Salmon Safe Certification means that the utmost care was taken to ensure that none of the practices used in the farming process negatively impacted the habitats of salmon. Mashed with a large portion of buckwheat and only hopped on the hot side in the whirlpool, it was then dry hopped with a ton Mosiac hops. This big, diesely dank IPA hides its ABV quite well.
Malt: 2 Row Pale, Buckwheat, Oats
*Cans available only at Aslan Brewing Co. and the Aslan Depot