Nectarine Sour Ale – Ecliptic Brewing and Breakside Brewery Collaboration Beer

Ecliptic Brewing is keeping their next Cosmic Collaboration beer close to home, as they’ve paired with Portland’s Breakside Brewery to create a Nectarine Sour Ale. 

In celebration of Ecliptic’s fifth anniversary, the company is releasing a “5 Years/5 Beers” series, and the collaboration beer with Breakside is third in the launch. Ecliptic Brewing owner and Brewmaster, John Harris, worked with Breakside’s Brewmaster, Ben Edmunds, to create the recipe, and the result is a thirst-quenching beer that will help kick off the summer season. The ale is brewed with pale and Munich malts, wheat and oats, but what provides its unique, fruity flavor is both pureed and fresh nectarines. A touch of coriander and Ecliptic’s house lactobacillus strain add to the classic sour ale flavor profile.

Says Harris, “Ben and I are really stoked to do our first collab. We jumped right on the sour style, and Ben suggested Nectarines. It’s great to have such awesome friends in the craft beer industry”.

The Nectarine Sour Ale will also be released in both draft and 500ml bottles throughout Ecliptic Brewing’s distribution network.

About Ecliptic’s Cosmic Collaboration Nectarine Sour Ale

In celebration of Ecliptic Brewing’s fifth year of passage through this awesome star system we call home, they are teaming up with five esteemed breweries to brew five beers of cosmic significance. Space can feel a bit lonely, so here’s to making the journey with friends! Brewed with Breakside Brewmaster Ben Edmunds.

ABV 8.2%

IBU 10

About Ecliptic Brewing

Ecliptic Brewing is a venture from John Harris, an Oregon beer icon whose background is steeped in the state’s rich craft brewing history. The name Ecliptic unites Harris’ two passions: brewing and astronomy. As such, the brewery celebrates the Earth’s yearly journey around the sun through both its beer and restaurant menus. Harris’ signature beers include Starburst IPA, Orbiter IPA, Carina Peach Sour Ale and Capella Porter.

Ecliptic Brewery let me try some samples of the Nectarine Sour Ale. I love a good sour ale and can often be found checking out sour beers at Cascade Brewing, however, I found this beer VERY, very sour with only a slight nectarine fruit flavor. I would just call it a sour ale with a hint of nectarine.

Ecliptic Brewing Releases Cosmos Coconut & Vanilla Hazy IPA

Ecliptic Brewing is excited to announce the newest beer in its Special Release lineup, which plays on the ever-popular hazy style that’s swept the nation. Discover layers of flavor in Cosmos Coconut & Vanilla Hazy IPA, which features tropical Cashmere and Sabro Hops. An enticing, well-balanced blend of fragrant vanilla and coconut brings out the beach vibes, just in time for summer.

Cosmos Coconut & Vanilla Hazy IPA by Ecliptic Brewing

John Harris, Ecliptic Brewing Owner and Brewmaster, says the brew team has been wanting to create a coconut beer for years. “We’re excited to expand our hazy options with this new beer. Toasted coconut and vanilla combine with ample dry hopping to bring the juice!”

Cosmos Coconut & Vanilla Hazy IPA will first be released at Ecliptic’s pub on May 11th. It will also be released in both draft and 500ml bottles throughout Ecliptic Brewing’s distribution network.  

About Cosmos Coconut & Vanilla Hazy IPA

Lose yourself in the Cosmos while discovering the multiple dimensions of this Hazy IPA. Together, aromatic notes of vanilla and coconut work harmoniously to reveal a flavor that reaches well beyond the universe.

ABV: 8%

About Ecliptic Brewing

Ecliptic Brewing is a venture from John Harris, an Oregon beer icon whose background is steeped in the state’s rich craft brewing history. The name Ecliptic unites Harris’ two passions: brewing and astronomy. As such, the brewery celebrates the Earth’s yearly journey around the sun through both its beer and restaurant menus. Harris’ signature beers include Starburst IPA, Orbiter IPA, Carina Peach Sour Ale and Capella Porter. For more information, visit eclipticbrewing.com.

Ecliptic Brewing hooked me up with a sample of Cosmos Coconut & Vanilla Hazy IPA. I found it light and summery, perfect for the Portland summers. It had a mild coconut flavor, strong juicy hops and wasn’t too fizzy. I can’t wait to drink more of this beer throughout the summer!

Star Party Brut IPA Celebration at Ecliptic Brewing

Portland, Oregon. Earth. Ecliptic Brewing’s latest Special Release beer is a style that has gained popularity in the recent months. The Star Party Brut IPA is an exciting, new take on the ever-evolving IPA style and has an enthusiastic following. 

When planning his winter line up, John Harris, Owner and Brewmaster of Ecliptic, thought that a Brut IPA would be the perfect toast to the upcoming holiday season. “The crisp, dry hoppyness is a great complement to the heavier, dark beer that usually come out this time of year,” he said. S

About Star Party Brut IPA

Behold the Cosmos! Star Party explodes with primordial hop character set against a background as dry and clean as the void of space. Raise a glass this season and join the party. ABV 8%

I had the chance to try this beer and drank it to ring in the new year. It tastes like a dry IPA. It’s got a little, hoppy funk and a decent citrus finish. I enjoyed the Cook’s champagne flavor that you can enjoy while celebrating the new year

About Ecliptic Brewing

Ecliptic Brewing is a venture from John Harris, an Oregon beer icon whose background is steeped in the state’s rich craft brewing history. The name Ecliptic unites Harris’ two passions: brewing and astronomy. As such, the brewery celebrates the Earth’s yearly journey around the sun through both its beer and restaurant menus. Executive Chef Michael Molitor rotates his seasonally inspired menu every six weeks in accordance with the old-world calendar. Harris’ signature beers include Starburst IPA, Orbiter IPA, Carina Peach Sour Ale and Capella Porter. For more information, visit: www.eclipticbrewing.com.

NOLA Brewery – New Orleans, Louisiana

NOLA Brewing Co.

NOLA Brewery is chilling in an industrial area along the Mississippi River on Tchoupitoulas Street (which is fun to hear in navigation apps). It’s spacious yet comfortable. Nestled inside is a restaurant called McClure’s BBQ that is delicious and worth visiting in its own right.
I tried six of their beers across the spectrum and was overall pleased. Everything was classically well done though I was a little underwhelmed by their 7th Street Wheat. Then I tried their sour cherry ale, Piety. It knocked everything else out of the park! Extra tart but still flavorful and complex, aged in red wine barrels for a little more body. Every sip was an aneurism of happiness. I bought a bottle of it and carted it all the way around the south for a week and a half to drink with friends in Ft. Lauderdale, it was a long but worthwhile wait.

The Beers:

  • Blonde – light, crisp and well balanced.
  • Irish Channel Stout – dark and thick, with a decent coffee flavor that didn’t overpower the malt.
  • Hop back Cadillac – an Imperial IPA (east coast style), at first smell it had floral and pineapple notes, but a lemon hoppy flavor. A hazy beer with a low fizz and maybe something herb-y in the background?
  • 7th Street Wheat – this beer was one of the lightest tasting wheats I’ve tried. Low scent profile, and nothing more than a subtle standard malt/hop flavor. It wasn’t bad, if anything it tasted like a well crafted Bud.
  • Toasted Almond – brown ale with a strong coffee flavor harmoniously blended with toasted almond. Dark, fizzy and crisp; it had all the flavor of a porter with the body of a brown ale.
  • Piety – as stated above: aneurysms of happiness.
  • Mr. Beet – a blonde ale brewed with ginger and beets. I hate beets, apparently unless their fermented. This beer tasted more like a sour or even a Prosecco of sorts. It was dry yet sweet, and herbal with the earthy hints of beet. Unique and complex and tasty!

It was easy to see afterward why all the recommendations for NOLA leaned heavily on their sours more than anything else. They’ve got the classics down but they’ve taken sours to new levels!

Have you ever been to NOLA Brewing, what did you think?

Ecliptic Brewing + Modern Times Cosmic Collaboration – Pineapple Hazy IPA

Pineapple Hazy IPA

Ecliptic Brewing has teamed with Modern Times Beer for their next Cosmic Collaboration: Pineapple Hazy IPA!

I hate IPAs, they’re too bitter and gross. I know that’s it’s practically treason to not be an IPA fan in Portland, but I can’t help what my taste buds want! I went to try Ecliptic and Modern Times collaborative new beer out of duty more than interest.

I studied it clinically and found it visually pleasing, with an even haze and a perfect head. The smell had the classic pale ale hoppy bitterness scent but also a decent citrus aroma from the wonderfully absurd amount of pineapple that was brewed in the beer.

I steeled myself for the taste and was surprised to find it quite nice! A good seltzer level of fizz and the right amount of sweet sweet pineapple to balance the bitter hops.

I found it refreshing!  It had to be a fluke.

I had a bottle of it a week later and again found it well balanced and tasty!

I don’t know what’s happening to my taste buds, has this beer conformed me into another Portland IPA enthusiast?

John Harris, Ecliptic Brewing Owner and Brewmaster, hoped this collaboration would be a way of welcoming Modern Times to their Portland outpost. “I have enjoyed Modern Times Beer for a few years,” he says, “and when we learned that they were moving to town, I reached out to Jacob in San Diego to see if they were interested in teaming up.”

Hazy IPAs haven’t lost any momentum this year and in deciding what kind of beer to make the two breweries looked at ways to experiment with the popular style. John says, “I had mentioned pineapple with Mat Sandoval, Production Manager of the Belmont Fermentorium, when we were talking about what to make. Mat said we should definitely use Denali hops for their tropical qualities and almost pineapple like character.” The result is a Pineapple Hazy IPA brewed with Denali, Citra & Mosaic hops.

In addition to draft, this will be Ecliptic Brewing’s first release in 500ml bottles. According to Alaric Lawrence, Ecliptic’s Packaging Manager, “It’s an exciting time for us to step in a new direction with our packaged beer. Trends have shown that beer drinkers prefer bottles that are a true pint and easier to finish in one pour.”

About Ecliptic Brewing + Modern Times Pineapple Hazy IPA

Fresh pineapple coalesces with Denali, Citra & Mosaic hops for a citrusy, tropical party of astronomical proportions.

ABV 8.5%

About Ecliptic Brewing

Ecliptic Brewing is a venture from John Harris, an Oregon beer icon whose background is steeped in the state’s rich craft brewing history. The name Ecliptic unites Harris’ two passions: brewing and astronomy. As such, the brewery celebrates the Earth’s yearly journey around the sun through both its beer and restaurant menus. Executive Chef Michael Molitor rotates his seasonally inspired menu every six weeks in accordance with the old-world calendar. Harris’ signature beers include Starburst IPA, Orbiter IPA, Carina Peach Sour Ale and Capella Porter. For more information, visit: www.eclipticbrewing.com.

Has anyone tried the Pineapple Hazy IPA?  Please let me know what you thought of the beer.

Full disclosure:  Ecliptic provided me with two bottles of this beer.  That being said.  I loved it like I mentioned above 🙂