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    Volume 1 | Volume 2 | Volume 3 | Volume 4 | Volume 5 Featured Maltster: Simpsons Malt Of all of the maltsters that we'll be featuring in this series, Simpsons is the one that is the most familiar to us. We've used a wide range of Simpsons malts, especially their crystal malts, in our dark beers over the years, so it made sense to start this series with a beer using their line. Volume 1 is a pretty straight shooter as far a barleywine recipe design goes: two classic base malts, two mid-to-dark crystal malts, and some amplifying highly kilned Aromatic to round things out. Simpsons Aromatic is a great malt-- it's one of those ~20L malts that plays in the same sandbox as some darker American Munichs, Biscuit, and Victory. I half-jokingly call these types of grains 'malty malts' because their purpose is to be a malt that helps increase, well, the perception of malt. Using a good grip of Aromatic here allows us to build up some baseline malt intensity without sending fermentability sky high. It also allows us to keep the potential fermentability down without having to bomb the beer full of too much crystal malt. Not to knock C-malts-- we have too many people hating on those malts these days! Crystal Medium gives some clean classic caramel and toffee sweetness, and DRC, which is about 115 deg Lovibond, adds in some more burnt sugar and dark fruit notes. Many 'extra dark crystal' malts veer up to the 150+ deg L range, which means that they often bring some roast attributes along with them. In my mind, DRC gives you the best of a much darker crystal malt without any of that undesirable roast. In reality, we could probably use Simpsons Dark Crystal 95L here as well in lieu of the DRC. We use the 95L in a lot of our barrel-aged stout recipes, and it would be interesting to see how a Simpsons version of LIFE would taste with it. Perhaps that will be what we do for Volume 7...

    fruit cake, allspice dram, caramel apple, green walnut

    • 9.5 ABV
    • 25 IBU
    • 22oz,Kegs

    Volume 1 | Volume 2 | Volume 3 | Volume 4 | Volume 5 Featured Maltster: Thomas Fawcett & Sons Volume 2 is distinct in a few ways. Compared to the other batches' malt bills, this one has less intermediate kilned malts-- no Munich or Aromatic here, nor are there any 'pale ale' type base malts that provide a little more maltiness and body. That's partially a function of Fawcett's portfolio compared to some of the other maltsters whom we selected for this project. Volume 2 is also the darkest in the series with a good grip of Pale Chocolate malt added for color and flavor. Fawcett Pale Chocolate has long been a staple in our dark beers at Breakside, and it seemed like a fun malt to include at a low level in this iteration of LIFE. Using chocolate malt might push it out of the true barleywine realm for some purists, but the roasty notes are pretty subdued and come across more like a light baking chocolate. We think it helps amplify some of the nutty and dried fruit notes as well. Fawcett's Spring Pale malt is also quite distinct. It's malted from Optic barley, which is fairly widespread in the UK but not in North America. It's very aromatic with a lot of typical English grassy and woodsy notes. While we wanted to let that express well, it can be an overpowering malt artifact, so part of the trick with this Volume of Life was subduing that aroma a touch in the finished beer.

    Baker's cocoa, plum and prune, earthy English malt, singed caramel

    • 9.5 ABV
    • 25 IBU
    • 22oz,Kegs
  • Low Places

    Lagerbier! We've long enjoyed making lagers here at Breakside. Whether it be our Pilsner, or one of the many award-winning lagers that we brew at our pubs, these beers are universally loved by our brewers, and for good reason: they are refreshing, smooth, drinkable, clean, and complex. We're excited to see that our customers are enjoying these styles more and more each year. Yes, we do believe that craft lager is finally ready to have a moment! For the next release in our series of rotating lagers, we head south to Texas, home to some of the best lager breweries in the world. Low Places is our homage to Shiner Bock-- the unflaggingly popular and peculiar amber lager that won over the hearts of Texans. This is an idiosyncratic amber beer, low alcohol and sessionable, with a light tough of caramel and cocoa. It's lower octane than most American amber lagers and a little hoppier than most American dark lagers. This beer doesn't fall into any particular category or style, but seriously, don't think too hard about this one. It's meant to lubricate the conversation, not be the focus of it. We think you'll find that Low Places strikes the perfect balance of satiating and refreshing, ideal for lifting your spirits through a rainy PNW winter.

    light caramel, toasty, sweet and smooth

    • 4.8 ABV
    • 18 IBU
    • Kegs,Cans
  • Turtle Time

    Turtle Time is inspired by the traditional kriek beers of Belgium's Pajottenland and Zenne Valley. We blended a cohort of 8 casks that had aged for over two years in retired wine barrels and then let the beer slowly referment on over a half-ton of tart cherries. The fruiting on this beer is extreme compared to our other sour ales, but the heavy hand with cherries is a trick that we picked up on our travels in Belgium, where using upwards of 3 lbs of fruit per gallon of beer is essential to get the full expression of stone fruit flavor, color, and complexity! This beer underwent a final fermentation in the bottle to lock in its scrubbing efferves- cence and a prickly, drying minerality. In terms of yeast expression, this beer showcas- es a wide range of Brettanomyces character with a refined balance of phenolic and feral elements. The confluence of Brett, alcohol, and cherry here leans rich despite the low residual sugar, and it is reminiscent of some of our favorite Flanders-style sour beers even though it is much lighter malt-wise than most beers in that vein.


    • 9% ABV
    • 7 IBU
  • Pause for Effect

    Pause for Effect is our barrel-aged sour ale aged on nearly two pounds of fresh apricots per gallon of beer. This beer is a blend of 9 casks from three different batches in our wood cellar. All three batches date to early 2019, making this release of Pause for Effect one our most long-aged blends. One of the three component beers was fermented in neutral oak with no microbes added, only the resident cultures in the barrels fermented this portion of the beer.

    Juicy Apricot, Fruit Loops, Summer Orchard

    • 6.7 ABV
    • 9 IBU
  • Wanderjack

    How would you design a new West Coast style IPA in 2020 if you were opening a brewery? How can we make an IPA that captures the direction that the style is heading? The beer that came out of that thought experiment is filled with three of the fruitiest hops around. The bitterness is modest, the malt bill is extremely lean.  This is our take on an IPA for the new decade.

    Resi, Blueberry, Tropical, Tangerine

    • 7.1 ABV
    • 63 IBU
    • Kegs,Cans

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Breakside Brewery opened in 2010 in Northeast Portland as a restaurant and pub brewery and has grown to be a highly regarded regional brewery producing 30,000 barrels annually. The brewery is known for its broad portfolio of award-winning, innovative beers. In 2013, Breakside expanded operations to Milwaukie, OR with a production facility and taproom capable of producing 40,000 barrels of beer per year. The brewery opened its third location in 2017— a lively brewpub in the Slabtown district of Northwest Portland and a fourth location in 2021 in Lake Oswego. In 2019, Breakside became one of only a handful of employee-owned breweries in the country.

In addition to winning many national, international, and regional awards for its beers, Breakside was named Brewery of the Year in 2017 and 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 at the Oregon Beer Awards and the 2018 Best of Craft Beer Awards. Breakside sells beer on draft and in package in Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, Northern California, British Columbia, Alberta and Japan.