We've been pretty heavy on the Brother Jon's news, but this one is pretty cool.
Double Mountain Brewery, out of Hood River, is having a release party for its newest beer, the Empire Strikes Back All-English IPA in Bend. It'll be from 5-9 p.m this Friday (March 3) at Brother Jon's (1227 NW Galveston Ave.).
You might recognize Double Mountain from their IRA (India Red Ale) that's on tap at a lot of local establishments. Some guys from the brewery will be there, and there will be some merchandise giveaways, as well.
Here's a description of the IPA that Double Mountain is bringing down:
EMPIRE STRIKES BACK is a concept beer that answers the question, “what happens when you make a big Northwest-style IPA with all-English malt and hops?” ... The resulting beer is big and aromatically malty, very mouth-filling for its strength, with a decided lean towards sticky toffee flavors and aromas. The hopping almost devoid of the citrus character we associate with “hoppy” beers here in the Northwest, but they do provide a backbone of clean bitterness, and a tad of spicy/herbal hop aroma. The mid-palate hop flavors are pretty much overwhelmed, however, by the massive malt attack. Definitely a malt-lover’s IPA…I don’t think anyone would ever guess it had over three lbs per barrel of hops in it.You can read more on their blog . They only made 40 kegs...so make sure you try it while it's in town.