This popular winter warmer recently won a silver medal at the 2022 Oregon Beer Awards and has been aged 12 months in American Whiskey Barrels from local distillery Westward.
“This is always one of our favorite collaborations. We’ve had the pleasure to work with Westward over the past 5 years and this is the latest iteration of our partnership,” said Mike Branes, Co-Founder and Head Brewer at Migration Brewing. “We’ve been making Frankie Stout for over 10 years now and it’s developed a cult following at our pubs. This year we decided it’d be fun to have a limited release of the whiskey barrel aged version to some of our favorite local beer shops,” notes Branes.
Label Fowl: The Vaux Swift
via Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife: “This small swift is best known for its quick flight and dazzling aerial agility, perching only when nesting or roosting. It is aerodynamically designed for fast speeds with long, pointed wings, short stout legs, and a compact body. The Vaux’s swift is a transient and summer resident nesting in older forests and brick chimneys statewide except the southeast part of Oregon.“
This Norwegian farmhouse beer aged in Pinot Noir barrels forms the ultimate beer-wine hybrid.
Blurring the lines between beer and wine, we explored the marriage of flavors between grape and grain and barrels. The objective of this beer style is to achieve a balance between the wine and beer and their characters. The wide variety of raw material selection and
brewing techniques result in a very broad sensory spectrum in this beer style. The grape varieties used (red or white) should be recognizable. Accordingly, acid notes as well as harmoniously integrated Brettanomyces aromas are possible. Barrel-aged versions show their typical aromas that again add to the complexity.
Using a blonde ale base recipe, we fermented the beer at elevated temperatures with a Norwegian farmhouse yeast strain, in the style of Kviek beer. We then racked the beer into Pinot Noir barrels with whole Pinot Noir grapes from Ribbon Ridge Winery out of Newberg. By putting whole clusters of fruit, we hoped to achieve some carbonic maceration of the grapes to create a fruity yet soft tannin flavor. Take note of the flavors of strawberry, raspberries, and cherries as they integrate with the soft tannins of the barrels.
Label Fowl: The Red Winged Blackbird
via Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife: “The male Red-winged blackbird, sentry of the marsh during the breeding season, continually announces its territory to all present with its oak-a-tee song, and tenaciously defends against flyby predators. The male is territorial, polygynous, larger than the female, and glossy black with a broad bar of red-orange, bordered with yellow, on wing writs. Females are less conspicuous in behavior, light brown, with a heavily streaked breast, and buffy supercilium. This is one of the most abundant and studied birds in North America.”