Toil and Trouble: Aslan's Strange Brews

We put Andy Beer, our Warehouse Manager, Beer Scholar, and Soda Master, to the task of creating two very strange brews for Port Townsend's Strange Brewfest.

What he and brewer Conor Dawson came up with is two of the weirdest, most complex infusions to ever come from Aslan. And they'll only be available at the festival, making them some of the most exclusive beers we've ever created, too.

If you've ever wanted to know what "coffee shop angst" tastes like in beer form, check out the descriptions below and come find us at the fest.

Bitter Angry Ginger

6.4% ABV

Spiced IPA infused with Juniper Berries, Coriander, Ginger, Hot Peppers, and Citrus Fruit

Citrus Bomb, Aromatic, Who put a Gin Gimlet in my Beer?

This concoction is an alternate version of a beer cocktail developed by Aslan's Warehouse Manager, Andrew Beer (a bitter and angry ginger). Originally, the cocktail was made with gin, muddled citrus, IPA, ginger ale, and garnished with a dash of hot sauce. To make the beer version we infused notable gin botanicals (juniper berries and coriander) with fresh ginger, citrus, and a modest amount of hot peppers into a tea, which we blended with Aslan's Batch 15 IPA and Ginger Rye Spiced Pale Ale. The result is a pronounced aromatic impression of juniper berry and coriander, loaded with citrus character, and mildly spiced by ginger and hot peppers. The flavor resonates the fresh citrus addition, showcases a proud zesty presence of juniper berries, and is complimented overall by the original hop additions of the base beers.  For fans of citrus forward IPAs, Moscow Mules, Gin Gimlets, or all three at the same time. 

Coffee and Cigarettes 

4.5% ABV 

notes of: cold coffee, ash, insomnia

We took our lightest and most impressionable beer, Aslan Lite, and infused it with coffee shop angst. Once a kind and simple beer, it now spouts off ridiculous, uninspired, and untested philosophy to anyone who will hear it. With the infusion of roast malt, peat malt and coffee, the aroma is of cold coffee and stale smoke. Like that of the long forgotten smoking sections of a 24/7 diner. Flavor wise, it begins with a clean, smooth, roasty bitterness quality, finishing with a similar acidic bite to a cold cup of coffee. It isn't as harsh as you might think. Cold, burnt coffee flavors and aromas mask over the original beer, leaving little evidence it even exists.