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Three New Rare & Delicious Brews, Just for You!

Jul 26, 2013 Comments (0)  | Tags: Beers Three New Rare & Delicious Brews, Just for You!

What are NInkasi Rare & Delicious (R&D) Series beers? Are they rare? Yes! Are they delicious? We definitely think so! To be exact, we define our R&D Series as the creative expressions of each member of our brewing collective. Drawing upon more than 90 years of combined brewing experiences, our brewers definitely know their stuff when it comes to ingredients and quality. We developed this series in 2012 to enable our staff the ability to create a beer on their own, from start to finish. They capture the creativity of each member and are available on-draft only in limited states (aka, they are rare!).

This July, our team has brewed up three delicious R&D Series beers, including Eugene Esteem, a California-style common ale; Kolsch and Bohemian Pils, brewed in celebration of the Oregon Brewers Festival.

“The Rare and Delicious Series allows our brewers to pursue creative mastery through making beers they have never made before. Each brewer combines creativity and research to produce a new beer that explores new ingredients, yeasts or processes in the quest to create something new and tasty!” - Jamie Floyd.

And now, introducing the new, rare and deliciously awesome brews:


Eugene Esteem
Brewer: Anders Johansen
Style: California-style Common Ale
ABV: 5.4%
IBU: 35
Starting Gravity: 1052
Malt: Ida-Gold Barley, Foggy Bottom Barley
Hops: Northern Brewer
Available: Draft Only
Amount Brewed: Single Batch
Distribution: Oregon and Washington, limited availability in California and Idaho

Description: This is a Ninkasi take on the California Common-style of beer.  Brewed with locally-grown, micro-malted barley, Ninkasi brewer Anders Johansen worked with Christensen Family Farm in McMinnville to grow, harvest, and malt the barley for this brew - more than 4,000 pounds worth! Using lager yeast fermented at ale yeast temperature, this is a dry, crisp amber beer with woody, rustic hop notes, light fruitiness and subtle caramel and toasty malt aromas.

Food Pairings:  Barbeque; Peppery or Tangy Cheeses, Pork, Poultry, Fish, Shellfish, Tropical Fruit Desserts


KölschBrewers: Paul Cook, Jamie Floyd, Mark Henion
Style: Kölsch-Style Beer
ABV: 4.5%
IBU: 22
Starting Gravity: 1044
Malt: 2-Row Pale, Pilsen, White Wheat
Hops: German Spalt
Available: Draft Only
Amount Brewed: Single Batch
Distribution: Oregon, limited availability in Washington, California and Idaho

Description: In tribute to the favored beer of Cologne (Köln), Germany, this is a Ninkasi take on the traditional German-Style Kölsch. Fermented at ale temperatures and conditioned at colder lager temperatures, this golden-colored beer has a subtle, crisp sweetness. We brewed ours with 2-Row Pale, Pilsen and White Wheat malts and German Spalt hops, creating a balanced and sessionable brew.

Food Pairings: Soups, Salads, Sandwiches, Pastas, BBQ, Most Meats, Shortbread Cookies, Fruit Tarts


Bohemian PilsBrewers: Paul Cook, Jamie Floyd, Mark Henion
Style: Bohemian-Style Pilsner
ABV: 5.0%
IBU: 38
Starting Gravity: 1048
Malt: Bohemian Pilsner, Premium 2-Row, Acidulated
Hops: Hallertau, Czech Saaz
Available: Draft Only
Amount Brewed: Two Batches
Distribution: Oregon’s Oregon Brewers Festival, California and limited availability in Idaho

Description: This is a Ninkasi take on a Bohemian-style Pilsner, which is a medium-bodied golden lager with spicy, floral aromas from the style’s signature hop, Saaz. We brewed ours with Bohemian Pilsner, Premium 2-Row and Acidulated malt, as well as Hallertau hops to produce a beer that’s refreshing and well-rounded, crisp and complex.

Food Pairings: Indian or Thai Curries, Chinese, Japanese or Asian Cuisine, Blue Cheese, Cheddar, Lemon Shortbread, Berries

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