Eugene Craft Beer Roundup, Sept. 26

Oakshire Gnome, Blue Dog Mead, New Ninkasi Winter Beers

Oakshire Releases Winter Seasonal Ale

Oakshire Ill-Tempered GnomeEugene’s Oakshire Brewing has released Ill-Tempered Gnome, their much-loved winter seasonal.

At a Sept. 24 release party, Oakshire tapped 4 different versions of ITG: Ill-Tempered Gnome 2013, 2012 Very Ill-Tempered Gnome, a cask of ITC dry-hopped with Cascade hops, and Ill-Tempered Goat, or ITG with Chupacabra Espresso Coffee from Wandering Goat Coffee (right across the street from the Oakshire Public House at 207 Madison).

Ill-Tempered Gnome will be available throughout Oakshire’s distribution area.

Mead & The Mayans

Eugene-based Blue Dog Mead has a new blog post detailing how the ancient Mayan civilization used honey “as an antibiotic, a sweetener, and to create mead.”

See the whole post here: Mead & The Mayans – Blue Dog Mead

Ninkasi Brewing Releases 2 Winter Beers

Ninkasi Sleigh'r Dark Double Alt AleAvailable only October through December, Eugene’s Ninkasi Brewing has released 2 winter beers: Sleigh’r Dark Double Alt Ale and Imperiale Imperial Stout.

“The motivation for creating Sleigh’r was to make a beer that was different than other Northwest winter beers that feature big hop profiles and rich caramel flavor,” says Jamie Floyd, co-owner and founding brewer of Ninkasi. “We created a malt-forward yet dry, toasty and hardy beer brewed in the traditional German Alt way, only darker.”

Also offered this winter, Imperiale Imperial Stout is a rich, smooth but warming beer with lots of roasted malt flavor to fight off the winter months. “This is a great beer to have when reading a book in a cozy nook on a cold wintry day,” says Floyd.

Both beers will make memorable pairings with winter and holiday foods, too.


An alt ferments with ale yeast at colder lagering temperatures. This effect gives alts a more refined and crisp lager-like flavor than traditional ales. The doüble alt means that it has been “Ninkasified.” Regular alts are 5 to 5.5% ABV and 40 IBU’s. Sleigh’r has a deep, toasted malt flavor that finishes dry at 7.2% ABV.

  • Style: Dark Doüble Alt Ale
  • Series: Seasonal Release Series
  • ABV: 7.2%
  • IBU: 50
  • Malt: 2-Row Pale, Crystal, Munich, Carahell, Roasted Barley, Chocolate
  • Hops: Nugget
  • Available: On draft, 12 and 22-ounce bottles, fall variety 12-pack, winter variety 4-pack
  • Distribution: Oregon; Washington; Idaho; Montana; California; Alaska; and Vancouver, British Columbia
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Ninkasi Imperiale Imperial StoutRoasted malt up front, with a smooth and creamy body warming the mouth. Notes of caramel, toffee, molasses and coffee.

  • Style: Imperial Stout
  • Series: Special Release Series
  • ABV: 9.1%
  • IBU: 70
  • Malt: 2-Row Pale, Munich, Crystal, Flaked Barley, Roasted Barley, Black Malt, Carafa
  • Hops: Nugget
  • Available: On draft, 22-ounce bottles, winter variety 4-pack
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Both beers are available throughout Oregon; Washington; Idaho; Montana; California; Alaska; and Vancouver, British Columbia. Enjoy on draft, in 12-oz. and 22-oz. bottles, or in fall variety 12-packs and new winter variety 4-packs. Available only October through December, winter variety 4-packs include 22-oz bottles of Total Domination IPA, Vanilla Oatis Oatmeal Stout, Sleigh’r Dark Doüble Alt Ale and Imperiale Imperial Stout, along with bonus extras such as free beer recipes and a brewing process poster.

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