Growing Veterans // Aslan Brewing Co.

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Aslan Brewing Co. and Growing Veterans have partnered to raise money and provide a platform to promote Growing Veteran’s mission.

Growing Veterans farm and Aslan worked together to grow hops, harvest, and brew a special release beer called the Charlie Foxtrot IPA, which will be released on September 29th at a public event, the Fresh Hop Forum, at the Aslan Depot. A portion of the proceeds on all wholesale and in-house sales of Charlie Foxtrot Fresh Hop IPA will be donated back to Growing Veterans.

“Aslan Brewing’s guidance and support over the last year has been instrumental in the development and success of Growing Veterans Organic Hops program. We appreciate the opportunity to work with a local business that is committed to using organic ingredients, locally sourced goods, and sustainable practices,” said Scotty Irwin, Programs Director at Growing Veterans. “We look forward to expanding our organic hops program and future collaborations with Aslan Brewing Company.”

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Growing Veterans offers a new health care model that combines informal peer support with care farming. They create a safe space where veterans work together, support each other, and engage with their communities to have a successful transition home. This community interaction also lessens the divide between veterans and civilians. The model is helping achieve their mission “To empower military veterans to grow food, communities, and each other.”

“We chose to work with Growing Veterans because of their ability to directly impact people in need,” said Jack Lamb, CEO of Aslan. “We owe a lot to the veterans of this country, and yet they are often distanced from the resources they need to live a healthy life after service. No matter how you may feel about war or the military in general, we must understand that veterans deserve our help, just like any other active member of our community.” Since its opening in 2014 Aslan Brewing Co. has aimed at becoming a socially influential business in downtown Bellingham. Through its sustainability practices, non-profit donations, and community outreach Aslan has made a continued effort to lead by example.

“Growing Veterans is a model for what a motivated nonprofit looks like,” said Lamb. “They have found a way to not only make a difference in the lives of veterans, but to do so in a productive, creative, and interactive way. Through this collaboration, we will raise awareness for veterans in need and bolster Growing Veterans' ability to help those very men and women who have always had our backs.”

Growing Veteran’s vision is to make an impact on veteran suicide by targeting the root cause: isolation. Using the farm as the platform, they provide a space where veterans can work together, support each other, and engage with the broader community to have a full and successful transition home.

DONATE to Growing Veterans: growingveterans.org/fundraising/plantingourroots.html



NOW ON TAP - Let's Talk About Six (IPA)

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Let's Talk About Six (IPA)

6.66% ABV // 30 IBU // 1.058 OG

medium body + tangerine + juicy

Our good friends at Pint Defiance are celebrating their 6th year. They have not only been strong supporters of craft beer, but continue to push boundaries in beer stewardship. So when they asked us to make their anniversary beer, we were honored to oblige. For this IPA we focused on Chinook in the whirlpool, then double dry hopped it with El Dorado and Amarillo. This juice bomb is slightly hazy, mildly bitter, and exudes notes of orange citrus.

HOPS:
Amarillo, Chinook, El Dorado
MALT:
Carahell, Oats, Pilsner

NOW ON TAP - Das Boot (Helles Lager)

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Das Boot (Helles Lager)

5.0% ABV // 18 IBU // 1.050 OG

medium body + malt forward + crisp

In anticipation for Oktoberfest we honored a more modern tradition and created a Munich-style Helles lager. It's often said that Helles is the most technically challenging beer to create. It can be considered a measuring stick to a brewers ability. To pay respect to the forebearers of the style, no corners were cut. This beer employed a decoction mash, used only nobel hops, and was lagered for 6 weeks. This Helles is 100% naturally carbonated and served brilliantly clear.

HOPS:
Hersbrucker
MALT:
Pilsner

NOW ON TAP - Stillmatic (Brett IPA)

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Stillmatic (Brett IPA)

6.6% ABV // 20 IBU // 1.058 OG

medium body + tropical + funky

Brewed with continental malts and a large portion of raw wheat to sustain the Brett Brux culture that lives in the foeder, this beer was then fermented and subsequently aged for 10 months. At the end of its dormancy we sent the contents of the foeder into a the stainless tank that held the spent raspberries from our Pink Yoshi Berliner Weisse. We then dry hopped it heavily with Nelson Sauvin. Hints of raspberry, loads of pineapple, and a touch of white grapes; this beer is funky, but the brett brux is beautifully balanced into the overall flavor of this juicy treat.

HOPS:
Mosaic, Nelson Sauvin, Pacific Gem
MALT:
Pilsner, Raw Wheat, Vienna

NOW ON TAP - Fish Have Feelings (IPA)

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Fish Have Feelings (IPA)

8.1% 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. Check this link for more info on Salmon Safe Certification: https://salmonsafe.org/

HOPS:
Mosaic
MALT:
2 Row Pale, Buckwheat, Oats

NOW ON TAP - Big Iron (Altbier)

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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 dont often attempt to re-create historical works, but in this case every possible detail of the production of 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. Its extraordinarily smooth body is due to 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

Planting with Pitchers

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Aslan Brewing Co. is partnering with the National Forest Foundation to combat deforestation!

"From urbanites in big cities to families in rural towns, we are all connected to our forests. But our forests need help. Natural disasters such as wildfire, insects and disease outbreaks are jeopardizing the very things that make our forests so wonderful, the majestic trees that grow from Maine to California. That’s why the National Forest Foundation is undertaking an ambitious effort to plant 50 million trees across our National Forests by 2023."

Aslan will donate $1 for every pitcher of Classic Light Lager sold here at the brewpub. For each $1 donated the NFF will also plant one native tree in a National Forest

The NFF will direct your donation to the areas of greatest need in our National Forest System. Many of our reforestation projects occur in the western U.S. where there is an outstanding reforestation need. Donations will be pooled with others’ support to fund these projects. 

Drink beer, save the forests!

Check out nationalforests.org/get-involved/tree-planting-programs for details on the project!

NOW ON TAP - Captain Ron (Tropical IPA)

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Captain Ron (Tropical IPA)

6.0% ABV // 20 IBU // 1.054 OG

medium body + piña-colada + honey dew

Imagine a honeydew piña colada floated with lime juice…that’s where this IPA will take your taste buds. After a few of them you may snap to it and realize you’re at sea with Captain Ron at the helm proclaiming “If anything’s gonna happen, it’s gonna happen out there!” Hopped solely with Mandarina Bavaria and mashed with an insane volume of un-malted wheat, this IPA will surely scratch the tropical itch.

HOPS:
Mandarina Bavaria
MALT:
2-Row Pale, Buckwheat, Raw Wheat

NOW TAP - Juice Box Hero (IPA)

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Juice Box Hero (IPA)

5.8% ABV // 30 IBU // 1.052 OG

medium body + tropical juice + pungent

Brewed specifically for our good friends at Chuck’s Hop Shop! Mashed with a combination of Skagit Valley Pilsner and Flaked Barley, along with floor malted wheat and oats. Hopped exclusively on the hot side with El Dorado, then double dry hopped with additional El Dorado and Nelson Sauvin. This IPA is dank, tropical juice with little to no bitterness. Fully attenuated with a nice dry, yet juicy finish.

HOPS:
El Dorado, Nelson Sauvin
MALT:
Flaked Barley, Oats, Pilsner, Wheat

Ally Ale - An Aslan // Northwest Youth Services Partnership

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In honor of Pride Month, Aslan Brewing Co. and Northwest Youth Services have teamed up to bring you Ally Ale, a Tropical Golden Ale, set to be released in draft and cans on June 2nd during Aslan’s 4 Year Anniversary Party. The partnership aims to benefit the Queer Youth Project, a NWYS program dedicated to supporting and advocating for at-risk and homeless LGBTQ youth. Aslan will donate a portion of sales of the Ally Ale on June 2nd. Through the donation and awareness campaign the Aslan // NWYS partnership will assist the Queer Youth Project in furthering its work in Whatcom County.

“As a society we have made a lot of progress for LGBTQ adults, but queer kids in our own county are still isolated and at risk,” states Page, Queer Youth Project Coordinator. “Knowing that local people care, even people they will never meet, goes a long way toward helping youth imagine a hopeful future. The most important person in any kid’s life is their parent. For many queer youth, their parents are unsafe. But as a community we can surround youth with the love and support they need to imagine a hopeful future.”

Jack Lamb, Aslan CEO also affirms, “It is part of our duty as community members to identify injustices and offer a helping hand to those in need. Despite being located in one of the most progress states in the country, we know that more work needs to be done to support the LGBTQ community in our own town. As allies of the Queer Youth Project, we are proud to use our resources for good and help Northwest Youth Services bolster their impact.”

Through compiling data from reports provided by NWYS and the True Colors Fund, we are able to paint a picture of the issues facing the LGBTQ community and the challenges that lie ahead for the Queer Youth Project.

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Page continues, “As a neighbor, coach, aunt, uncle or friend, you can be the one person who brings a queer youth hope. Almost 83% of queer youth in our county feel alone in life. Having Aslan include the Queer Youth Project in their celebration is fun and meaningful reminder to our youth that they are loved and supported by their community.”

Be sure to grab an Ally Ale on June 2nd at Aslan Brewing Co or make a donation at https://www.nwys.org/donate

 

 

NOW ON TAP - Coastal Pils (German Style Pilsner)

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Coastal Pils (German Style Pilsner)

4.8% ABV // 40 IBU // 1.046 OG

light body + zesty bitterness + crisp

Brewed in similar fashion to the northern German style pilsner, we named this beer Coastal Pils as a nod to Germany’s coastal region where notable examples exist. Not to be confused with a Bavarian Pilsner, this style has a more pronounced zest and citrus-like bitterness. While not German, we prefer the flavor of Czech Saaz hops, which were used at a rate of 1 lb per barrel to create the distinct hoppy flavor. This lager is fully attenuated, hoppy with a refreshing mineral finish.

HOPS:
Premiant, Saaz
MALT:
Pilsner

NOW ON TAP - Solo Jazz (Spring IPA)

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Solo Jazz (Spring IPA)

4.6% ABV // 54 IBU // 1.044 OG

lemon + crisp + quaffable

Ahhh remember the 90s? Remember session IPAs? We took inspiration from both to make a fresh, easy drinking IPA. Made exclusively with hops from New Zealand, Solo Jazz greets you with aroma of lemon and grapefruit. This refreshing IPA is perfect for spring time drinking on the patio.

HOPS:
Pacific Gem, Wakatu, Wai-Iti
MALT:
Flaked Barley, Munich, Oats, Pilsner

NOW ON TAP - Cave Dog (Rye Stout)

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Cave Dog (Rye Stout)

4.7% ABV // 29 IBU // 1.053 OG

medium body + dark chocolate + coffee

A take on a traditional dry stout - full of roasted barley depth, welcoming bitterness, and balanced coffee character all amplified by the complexity of rye malt. The pleasant chocolate aroma is followed by a rich mouthfeel and dry finish, making this beer an approachable and ABV friendly option.

HOPS:
Columbus, Chinook, Palisade
MALT:
2-Row Pale, Roasted Barley, Rye, Chocolate, Carafa

Aslan's 2017 Donations!

Aslan couldn't be more lucky to call Bellingham and the Pacific Northwest our home. The community in which we live is our greatest support system and we do all we can to give back. Our philanthropic efforts are focused on five essential community elements: Art & Culture, Health, Environment, Education, and Common Good. As a manufacturer and retailer of beer, we have a responsibility to not only maintain ethical serving practices, but also ensure that our impact on the community is not entirely centered around alcohol. Here’s to extending these efforts into 2018!
#aslanbrewing #bellingham

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NOW ON TAP - Megathrust (Triple IPA)

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Megathrust (Triple IPA)

10.4% ABV // 57 IBU // 1.100 OG

big body + dank blueberry + smooth

For the fourth year in a row we bring you Megathrust, an over-the-top IPA, named for the largest potential earthquake set to hit the Pacific Northwest. This year's version is hopped heavily with Mosaic, Azacca, Citra, and Columbus. It's hop diesel, juicy blueberry, sticky green, and insanely crushable.

HOPS:
Azacca, Cascade, Citra, Columbus, Mosaic
MALT:
2-Row Pale, Oats

NOW ON TAP - The Butler (Dark Farmhouse Ale)

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The Butler (Dark Farmhouse Ale)

6.4% ABV // 28 IBU // 1.056 OG

medium body + clean + hints of strawberry jam

The Butler is an easy drinking farmhouse ale. Notes of fruit jam and cloves mingle with biscuit and roast. This beer finds balance between a traditional saison and a smooth dark ale. While complex and ever changing in flavor, it maintains its approachability.

HOPS:
Bravo, Mistral
MALT:
Pilsner, Rye, Caramunich, Wheat, Carafa, Chocolate

NOW ON TAP - Simcoe Slice (IPA)

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Simcoe Slice (IPA)

7.0% ABV // 22 IBU // 1.068 OG

medium body + dank pine + heady fruit

Our interpretation of a "West Coast Style" IPA. Double dry hopped for maximum expression of the dank piney character of the Simcoe hop. Further accentuated with fruity notes of strawberries, lychee, and guava from the contribution of Taiheke hops. Brewed with oats for added mouthfeel. This beer is intense, yet balanced.

HOPS:
Bravo, Chinook, Simcoe, Taiheke
MALT:
2-Row Pale, Oats, Raw Wheat

NOW ON TAP - SATAN'S AIRPORT

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Satan's Airport (Imperial Milk Stout with Coffee)

9.5% ABV // 75 IBU // 1.106 OG

big body + lactose & coffee + milk chocolate notes

Massive and insane, this Imperial Milk Stout was brewed with over 60 lbs of custom roasted, organic Guatemalan coffee beans from our friends at Doma Coffee Roasting Company. Pitch black in color, malty and smooth, the chocolate is complemented with deep coffee notes that linger on the palate. This beer is over the top in all the right ways!

HOPS:
Bravo, Cascade, Sterling
MALT:
2-Row Pale, Black, Carafa, Caramunich, Chocolate, Roast, Vienna