Baerlic Brewing Company | Harshmellow Mountain
Baerlic Brewing Company has swiftly and effortlessly made a name for themselves in Portland, Oregon’s stacked beer scene. Sitting in the heart of the beer hub within the city, Southeast Portland, Baerlic’s enthusiastic staff, delightful atmosphere and – of course – impressive beer line-up always makes for a lovely stop.
Over Thanksgiving, we took a pit stop into Baerlic to see what Oregon’s 2017 Small Brewery of the Year had on tap for the holiday. Ordering a glass of Baerlic’s sixth release from their WoodWorker series, the Harshmellow Mountain, was all too easy of a decision.
As you may have been able to gather from its title, the WoodWorker series serves as Baerlic’s outlet to showcase and experiment with their barrel aged series. The WoodWorker has produced a handful of impressive brews – a Belgian golden strong aged in Pinot barrels, a porter aged in a mix of Kentucky bourbon and Oregon Pinot barrels and a Barleywine aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels – to name a few. Needless to say, expectations were high.
Harshmellow Mountain did not disappoint. This brew, a Belgian blonde ale aged in neutral and second-use oak gin barrels before being dry-hopped with Ella hops, hits it out of the park. Beautifully golden in hue, the beer touts a more traditional Belgian aroma. Make sure you stick your nose in the glass to pick up hints of clove and banana.
Take a sip and you’ll pick up on those gin notes, which dance harmoniously with the oak and fruit flavors. Though the Harshmellow Mountain has a slight kick thanks to those Ella hops, this brew also has a lovely, slight sweetness, which is traditional of the style. All the flavors are profiled perfectly thanks to a smooth, buttery body.
Thanks to the aging techniques, the Harshmellow Mountain sits significantly higher in ABV than your average Belgian blonde ale, at 9.1%, so take your time and enjoy every sip.