We’re excited to release our big bad White Squall Wheat Wine, debuting at Holiday Ale Festival today and flowing on tap at Base Camp’s taproom tomorrow, Thursday 12/5, at 6pm!
Available on draft only! Get yours now– this limited-release brew won’t last long!
We’re releasing our newest beer tonight: our single-malt ALPENGLOW GOLDEN SESSION ALE! Brewed with Fawcett’s Golden Promise malt, the Alpenglow delivers a rich maltiness in a super-light, sessionable package. Available now on draft!
Mount Hood has been glowing an especially bright white for the past few weeks. Timberline officially fired up its chairlifts last weekend. And, winter ales are just starting to hit the supermarkets. Can you believe it? The ski season is already upon us in the Pacific Northwest!
If you find yourself daydreaming of tree runs, wind drift, and kickers, it’s high time that you do a little conditioning to get ready for the winter. The first day on the mountain is notorious for punishing your quads and low back. Yet, with a little preparation, you don’t have to risk arriving at work Monday morning walking funny from your time on the slopes.
To help you get ready for logging serious vertical, you need to start incorporating some targeted strengthening into your workout routine. Here are three exercises that will build the functional strength to let you charge for hours:
Zercher Squats: Placing the barbell in the crook of your elbows takes the weight away from your midline, which forces you focus on stability — something you’ll definitely need on the mountain.
Good Morning Forward Bends: This movement is one of the best ways to build low back and glute strength. A strong backside is paramount to enjoying your time in the powder.
Russian Twists: Whether you’re bombing a mogul run or winding up for a 540, you need to have rotational core strength. Russian twists with a medicine ball are perfect — try them with your feet off the ground.
How should you cool down? With a seasonal Base Camp beer of course! No joke. Researchers in Spain recently found that beer is an effective post-workout recovery beverage.
Want some other ideas for how to get your body in shape for winter sports? Join me at the Base Camp Tap Room at 7:00 pm on Thursday Nov 7th, for the release of the Mad Skills Exercise Encyclopedia.
Ben Musholt is a local physical therapist and co-founder of the Beyond the Clinic rehabilitation practice.
Every year, when wet hop season rolls around, brewers from all around the Great Northwest rush to gather together a gaggle of the coolest, sexiest, freshest, and most stylish hops around. We dress them up in our favorite beers, stash them in our favorite tanks, teach them witty jokes to tell the world, and package them in our shiniest kegs and sleekest bottles. Then we let them loose, hoping they can tap their inner Fonz, and become the beersonification of cool. Because, as we all know, the most important thing in ALL OF LIFE is to be totally hopular, to the extreme.
The second of Base Camp’s three 2013 wet hop beers, the Hopularity Contest Pale Ale greets you with an inviting orange hue and intentional haze courtesy of some 10% unmalted oats rounded out with a delicious French crystal malt. From its pillowy white head waft aromas of pineapple, mango, papaya, citrus, and warm malt that will absolutely TITILLATE the drinker, who will pause to smile and contentedly sigh before taking the first drink. Wet hop flavors of tropical fruit, pear, grapefruit, and wildflower meld with subtly sweet fruity esters and light phenolics over a backdrop of rich, lightly toasty, velvety malt. An approachable yet solid bitterness forms the finishing balance for this once-a-year beer, which retains a delightful drinkability to complement its vast hop complexity.
Don’t be a social pariah! Get Hopular!
We’ll release this too-cool bad motha next Tuesday, 9/24.
September and October are arguably our favorite months of the year. The hop fields in the Willamette and Yakima valleys are ready for harvest! We’re really going for it this year, celebrating the hop harvest with not one, not two, but THREE fresh-hop beers!
Our first to be released– tonight! 6pm sharp at Base Camp’s taproom– is our Golden Hopportunity Belgian IPA. At 10.1%ABV, this huge hoppy ale is deceivingly quaffable. German pilsner malt, accented by 100 pounds of demerara sugar we carmelized and added into the boil, makes for a golden body that’s at once sweet, smooth, complex, and clean. Firmly bittered and flavored with Summit, US Tettnang, Santiam, and Sterling hops, then dryhopped with a HUGE addition of wet Centennial fresh hops! This bad mutha is oh so good.
Details on Base Camp’s Fresh Hop Beers 2 and 3 to be released soon. . .
Our fourth installment in our ongoing Meridian Expedition, the Meridiwit hit the taps this week. We brewed a lot of it, since it’s a BCBC crew favorite, but after the crazy amount we poured through the first night it was available, we’re thinking we might need to make more a bit sooner than we expected. It’s really good!
A Belgian witbier in appearance and malt bill, the Meridiwit has a cloudy and opaque white color and silky mouthfeel from the use of loads of wheat and oats. Then the recipe takes a firmly untraditional twist. Meridian hops deliver a brightly citrus and refreshing mimosa-like character with flavors of orange and champagne dominating the aftertaste.
Perfect timing for this grand Pacific Northwest high summer. Available by the pint, pitcher, growler, and keg. Stop by today!
We’re dropping a rad new uber-limited release beer tonight: our Brummitt Fir Saison. This black saison is brewed with fir tips from Oregon’s champion Douglas-Fir tree, the Brummitt Fir, courtesy of our friends at Ascending the Giants. We’re getting together for a release party tonight to celebrate ATG’s recent recognition as a 501c3 nonprofit. Way to go, guys!
Join us at 5pm! Don’t be late– this beer won’t last long!
Yes, yes indeed, a new IPA for you and yours! Our INTREPID INDIA PALE ALE will keep you coming back for more. A nice bright Northwest IPA to satisfy hop heads throughout the summer months, this beer shows off our locally malted Vienna malt, creating a extremely pleasant warm, rich, and slightly toasty malt base, that is lightly accentuated by a blend of light crystal malts. Upon this canvas is piled heaps of northwest hops that create a unique character through the deft blend of noble type and fruity northwest varieties, both in the end of boil hop addition and the dry hop added post-fermentation.
The rich golden color is topped by a firm white head that carries with it aromas of pine, citrus, and wildflowers, along with a warming maltiness. The flavor carries a floral earthiness from the hops, with hints of citrus and pine, followed by a deep bitterness that is supremely balanced with warm, toasty, clean malt character. The Intrepid IPA is, as brewer Paul Thurston most eloquently describes, “at once unique and familiar, to drink it is to meet a new friend and instantly discover that you share a deep, connecting history.”
We’re releasing this sexy dark beast THIS WEDNESDAY! Straight outta Bamberg with a Base Camp twist, our Rauch the Boat rauchbier has been lagerin’ away for a tidy spell. It’s finally ready!
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The fine folks at Eater PDX are taking notice of what our partners at Gonzo Falafel and Hummus have been turning out (see their write-up here!). As Portland’s premier purveyor of authentic, carefully crafted Israeli cuisine– with a dash of PacNW flavor– Gonzo gives us a line on awesome, fresh food that you can’t find anywhere else.
Stop in at the taproom, order at the bar, and Tal will bring some fresh shwarma and piping hot bureka right to your table. Yessssssssssssss!
Check Gonzo out on their website and on Facebook to learn about new menu items, specials, and deals. Open seven days a week! Über nomz.