In honor of BridgePort Brewing’s 30th anniversary this year, the Portland brewery is releasing a trio of limited edition beers called the Trilogy Series. “Brewers’ Class” is the third release in the series, and the sessionable brown ale is a collaboration with the students of the Fermentation Sciences Program at Oregon State University (OSU).
You can listen to BridgePort brewmaster Jeff Edgerton and OSU program director Thoman Shellhammer discuss the collaboration in the embedded video, and a press release follows.
PORTLAND, Ore.—August 28, 2014 — The third and final beer in BridgePort’s anniversary series, Trilogy 3 Brewers’ Class, starts shipping this week in all markets where BridgePort is sold.
Designed as a collaboration with students enrolled in the Fermentation Science Program at Oregon State University, Trilogy 3 Brewers’ Class looks to the future of craft brewing in Oregon and nationwide. Conceptualizing the liquid started over three months ago when the students, alongside program director Thomas Shellhammer, joined brewmaster Jeff Edgerton at the brewpub for a beer and some great conversation.
“We weren’t given many parameters, aside from that it needed to be a beer that the students would want to drink,” commented Shellhammer. “Knowing that BridgePort’s end goal was to sell this beer in all of their markets, we also tried to avoid anything too ‘out there’ that wouldn’t scale well.”
After a productive brainstorming session and review of Bridgeport’s current lineup, the Oregon State students dreamt up an easy-to-drink brown ale with a blend of dry hops that lend a unique aroma. Over the following months, there were multiple rounds of test brews at the OSU lab before landing on the final product: a sessionable dry-hopped Brown ale with an ABV below 5-percent.
“We used several classic Willamette and Yakima Valley hop varieties for this one” commented Edgerton. “Centennial, Sterling, Cascade. The unique hop flavors present themselves on the finish of this smooth, mellow beer and blend very well with the delicious flavors from the dark Caramel and Chocolate malt.”
It is now up to BridgePort fans to determine which Trilogy release will return as a year-round beer in 2015. Fans can compare each of the Trilogy beers, all available in the upcoming Voter’s Box Variety Pack, and then cast their vote on BridgePortTrilogy.com, on Instagram, or on Twitter. The BridgePort Voter’s Box will start to hit shelves in early September.
About Trilogy 3 Dry-Hopped Session Brown Ale or Brewers’ Class
IBUs: 30 ABV: 5.0% OG: 13.0 Color: Brown
Ingredients: Centennial, Sterling, and Cascade hops, dark caramel malt
Description: Easy-to-drink brown ale with a blend of dry hops give this beer a unique aroma character. Dark caramel malt is used to give this beer a decidedly brown color. Low alcohol but still retains a malty backbone.