PORTLAND, Ore. – Dec. 7, 2011 – Two breweries from two different sides of the country have come together to deliver the public an amazing array of holiday beers. Portland’s own Lompoc Brewing has joined forces with Shmaltz Brewing Co. of New York to present “8 Malty Nights: The Ultimate Chanukah Beer Release” on Dec. 14 at 6 pm at Lompoc Sidebar, 3901 N Williams Ave; and “Chanukah vs. Christmas: The Battle Royale of Beers” on Dec. 17 at 5 pm at the Green Dragon, 928 SE 9th Ave.
Known for its impressive number of holiday beers (10 this year!), Lompoc Brewing is hosting a release party on Dec. 14 for 8 Malty Nights, Portland’s only Chanukah beer. Lightly hopped with English style hops, this dark brown chocolate rye features a roasted chocolate flavor and a sweet finish. The party will also celebrate the release of Shmaltz’s annual Jewbelation anniversary ale. Named in honor of Shmaltz’s 15th anniversary, Jewbelation 15 is brewed with 15 robust malts, 15 unique hops, and weighs in at 15% ABV. Lompoc will also serve its Port Barrel Aged Brewdolph, Cherry Christmas, Bierz Brown and C-Note on tap. As with all of Lompoc’s release parties, there will be complimentary appetizers to accompany the beer.
Three nights later on Dec. 17, “Chanukah vs. Christmas: The Battle Royale of Beers” comes to the Green Dragon. Shmaltz Brewing will be serving Jewbelation 15; Genesis 15:15, a 13.4% barley wine brewed with pomegranates, figs, dates and grapes and aged for 9 months in Sazerac Rye barrels; Hop Manna Test Batch #2, Shmaltz’s new unreleased IPA; Vertical Jewbelation, a barrel-aged blend of all seven Jewbelation recipes; and Geektoberfest, a blend of seven beers from Shmaltz, Ithaca and Captain Lawrence that served as the official beer for New York Craft Beer Week.
Lompoc Brewing will be serving 8 Malty Nights; 2010 Franc’ly Brewdolph, a Belgian red aged for one year in Cabernet Franc barrels; Cherry Christmas, a blend of four different unique beers; Old Tavern Rat, a dark, amber colored barley wine aged for nearly a year prior to its release; and Bourbon Barrel Aged C-sons Greetings, a deep copper colored beer with caramel and resinous hop notes that was aged in Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels.
If that’s not enough, prepare to compete for the master of the Spinagogue, as the event hosts an official Major League Dreidel tournament – the longest spin wins!
Representatives from both breweries will be on hand at both events to talk with the public and answer questions about the beers. For more information, visit www.newoldlompoc.com or www.shmaltzbrewing.com. L’chaim!