Oakshire Brewing Company of Eugene, Oregon released their newest Seasonal Beer, O’Dark:30, a Cascadian Dark Ale, Friday, March 5th. O'Dark:30 is a style that has, until recently, been called "Black IPA" for both it’s color and hop bitterness, flavor and aroma. However, the movement has taken hold, and is now called Cascadian Dark Ale.
“The challenge with designing a beer like this is balance,” explains Brewmaster Matt Van Wyk. “The challenge is creating a black color with only a hint of roast and chocolate flavors while still letting the Pacific Northwest hops shine through. We think we’ve come up with something that all beer fans will enjoy.”
And what of the unique name? “O'Dark:30 is that time of morning that is so early and so dark that the actual time is irrelevant," according to Jeff Althouse, Founder of Oakshire brewing, “It's a unique and fun name that honors the many brewers, including ours, who often wake up early to start the brew day."
O’Dark:30 (6.3%abv, 70 IBUs) will be available throughout Oregon in both draft and 22 oz bottles. Brewmaster Matt Van Wyk will be in Portland on Friday, March 12th at 5PM at The Eastburn and Monday, March 15th at Belmont Station to debut O’Dark:30, which will also be featured at the Spring Beer and Wine Festival on April 1st and 2nd in Portland.