26 years ago one of the best selling beers for the McMenamins Empire the Ruby ale was born.  A tasty Raspberry fruit beer that has made the rounds on many a beer blog site as to is this a good, bad, ugly or for me a totally great beer.  Yes I said it I love this beer.  Sure it is a fruit beer but it has all the qualities I love in a refreshing easy to drink session beer.

Ruby History –
It was Batch #67 at the Hillsdale Brewery & Public House, first BrewedMarch 21, 1986.  It was originally an extract brew and then the recipe was converted when McMenamins went to all-grain.

– “One of our most popular standards, we still make Ruby with the same aims we had when brewing the first batch back in March 1986:  To create an ale light, crisp and refreshingly fruity. Great Western Premium 2-row and 42 pounds of Oregon-grown and processed raspberry puree is used to craft every colorful batch. Simple but delicious.  Taste the original!” –

Malts: Premium 2-row Malt
Hops: Vary
Fruit: Raspberries
Original Gravity: 1.038
Terminal Gravity: 1.005
Alcohol by Volume: 4.39%
Calories: 170 per pint

Today Only –
Pints of Ruby for $2.50 (all locations)
• Bottles to go of Ruby for $4.50 (Oregon only)
• 20% off all Ruby merchandise at shopmcmenamins.com. Hotel gift shops & Hillsdale Pub
will have $15 Ruby shirts.
• Ruby-Marinated Chicken Sandwich w/ Herbed Goat Cheese and served with choice of side and a pint of Ruby $12 (without pint, $9.50)
• 15% off all treatments3/21/12only at Ruby’s Spas at Edgefield and Grand Lodge; just say “Happy birthday, Ruby!” when making your appointment
• Fun contests and giveaways all day on the main McMenamins FB page, as well as individual pub pages

Also — These special versions of Ruby will be pouring
The Royal Ruby of McMenamin (Imperial Ruby) is going to be pouring today at Ringlers and Zeus Cafe as well as being featured at this release event in Lola’s.