Earlier this summer, while longtime friends and collaborators Shaun O’Sullivan (21st Amendment) and John Harris (Ecliptic Brewing) were brain and brewstorming recipe ideas for a joint English Summer Ale, they had a stroke of genius to add a pitch of Belgian yeast, which transformed their creation into a Belgian Summer Ale they proudly named Astro 21, brewed at Ecliptic Brewery in Portland, Oregon. Celebrating a yearning for an endless summer, O’Sullivan and Harris are releasing their collaboration beer in a three-part roll out throughout PDX, sharing their new brew with friends and aficionados on Wednesday, September 3 at Ecliptic Brewing, Saraveza and Horse Brass.
THE BEER: Astro 21 is a Belgian-style Summer Ale brewed with Crisp Maris Otter pale malt and a touch of honey and crystal malt, resulting in a vibrant orange color and a light sweetness and marmalade aroma.
Much like a Belgian table beer, Astro 21 has a biscuit character with a hint of caramel. Featuring Nugget and Styrian Golding hops, it offers both a pleasant bitterness and a nice lime-orange flavor. The dry hopping melds with the Belgian yeast spiciness creating a crisp and refreshing end of summer drink. (6.5% alc/Vol; 38 IBU)
WHEN/WHERE: We invite you for the local Portland release events on Wednesday, September 3rd at:
- Ecliptic Brewing 825 N Cook St, Portland 4 p.m.-5 p.m.
- Saraveza 1004 N Killingsworth St. Portland 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
- Horse Brass 4534 SE Belmont St, Portland 7 p.m.-8 p.m.
ABOUT ECLIPTIC BREWING: Ecliptic Brewing is a venture from John Harris, an Oregon craft brewing icon, whose background is one steeped in Oregon’s rich craft brewing history. The name Ecliptic Brewing unites John’s two passions: brewing and astronomy. The ecliptic is the yearly path around the sun on planet Earth that at the brewery means a beer-infused journey through the seasons. Seasonal menus rotate every six weeks on the old world calendar. Ecliptic Brewing’s philosophy is to push the limits of creativity in the brewhouse, and create a sense of place for patrons of all ages.