First off, happy anniversary Full Sail Brewing Co. We raise our pints to your 27 years. Secondly, bravo on your just released special beer, 27 Wheatwine Ale, aimed at celebrating said anniversary, brewed with 100 percent Wheat Malt and 27 years of experience.
“As a brewer that believes deeply in environmental responsibility, Full Sail made the decision several years ago to invest in a mash filter. This investment saves over a million gallons of water a year and as a brewer there is nothing more sustainable than reducing our water use impact. Not only does it save lots of water but it also lets us brew some very tasty and unique beers,” said Jamie Emmerson, Full Sail’s executive brewmaster.
According to Emmerson, Full Sail’s 27th Anniversary Wheatwine is brewed in the Barleywine style, but contains no barley malt, instead, it is mashed and brewed with 100 percent Wheat Malt. The beer has a rich golden hue and is brewed with Wheat and CaraWheat Malts and hopped with a blend of UK and NW hops. Complex aromas of apricot, spice and citrus lead to a smooth palate, blended with notes of caramel, marmalade, and green hop overtones.
“Doesn’t that sound like a great reward for being good or what? And for turning 27,” added Emmerson.
“On September 27, 1987 we opened our doors to living the dream, a dream to open a small brewery that focused on quality, creativity, and authenticity,” said Irene Firmat, Full Sail’s CEO and founder. “A brewery that we would run with respect for our employees, the environment and our community. A brewery that reflected our deep respect for the art and science of brewing. So here we are 27 years later. Very humbled, grateful, and amazed that we got here in one piece. Still a mix of beer geeks and boardheads. Still independent. Still trying to find that perfect balance between art and commerce,work and play, inspiration and perspiration. We are very grateful to our fellow employee owners, our distributors, and our retail partners, all who helped to make our dream real and thriving for 27 years. And mostly, we are deeply grateful to every one of our customers who have toasted, celebrated, quenched their thirst, and enjoyed our beers over the last 27 years. We thank you all for living the dream along with us. Next time you’re in Hood River, stop by for a beer, sit out on our deck, enjoy the amazing view and toast to another great year in beer.”