This week, we’ll be introducing Gentlemen’s Club, a special collaboration beer that we brewed with Tampa, Florida’s Cigar City Brewing. Drawing inspiration from an Old Fashioned cocktail recipe and the Gentlemen’s Clubs where the cocktail was first served over 100 years ago, this collaboration beer brings together two breweries from opposite ends of the country and ingredients from the home states of both breweries. Using an Old Ale recipe as the base beer, Gentlemen’s Club “Old Fashioned Style Ale” was brewed with cherries and oranges, Alchemy, Sorachi Ace and Pacifica hops, and hand-selected specialty malts to mirror the qualities typically found in an Old Fashioned cocktail. The beer was aged on three different woods: bourbon barrels, rye whiskey barrels and new oak spirals, resulting in three unique versions of the beer, each offering a slightly different take on the same age-old recipe.
We will be releasing Gentlemen’s Club in Portland on Thursday, June 13 at 5pm at the Widmer Brothers Brewery and Pub. Join Rob Widmer and Ben Dobler of Widmer Brothers Brewing and Wayne Wambles, brewmaster at Cigar City Brewery for the release.
Three versions of this limited release beer, each aged on different wood (bourbon barrels, rye whiskey barrels, and new oak), will be released for the first time at this event during this Portland Beer Week Event. A handful of special releases from both breweries will also be available on draught, including several favorites and special releases from Cigar City (while supplies last). Bottles of Gentlemen’s Club will be available in the Widmer Brothers retail store beginning at 5pm.
The Widmer Brothers Pub will be closed at 2:30pm after lunch on Thursday (6/13) to prepare for the event. We will reopen at 5pm for the evening with a limited, gentlemanly menu. The event is 21+.
Gentlemen’s Club Collaboration Beers
- Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged Gentlemen’s Club
- Bourbon Barrel Aged Gentlemen’s Club
- Gentlemen’s Club Aged on New Oak Spirals
Beers from Widmer Brothers
- Sasquatch Wheat IPA
- X-114 IPA
- Sorachi Ace dry-hopped Alchemy Ale
- Brotha from Anotha Motha Bavarian Hefeweizen
- Green & Gold Kolsch
We’ll also be pulling out some rare, special beers from the cellar for the event.
Beers from Cigar City
(six Cigar City Beers will be poured at a time)
- Jai Alai IPA
- Hotter Than Helles Lager
- Maduro Brown Ale
- Tocobaga Red Ale
- Cucumber Lager
- Italian Plum Single
- Tangerine Orange White Ale
- Stiftung Berlierweiss
- Invasion Pale Ale
- Geiger’s Hoppy Amber Ale
- Florida Cracker White Ale
- Matt Tucker’s Vienna Lager
- Patio Tools Dry Irish Stout
We’ll also plan to pour some barrel/wood aged Cigar City beers, if we have any left after Wednesday’s Barrel Aging Seminar:
- Kalevipoeg at the Gates of Hell
- Bourbon Barrel Aged Jose Marti
- White Oak Jai Alai IPA
The Test Batches:
A few months ago, the Cigar City team visited Portland to brew the test batches for Gentlemen’s Club at our pilot brewery at the Rose Garden. The test batches were aged in three different kinds of barrels we received from our friends at House Spirits Distillery: brandy, whiskey and new oak. We’ll be pouring these three versions at Wednesday night’s Portland Beer Week Barrel Aging Seminar.
Gentlemen’s Club Outside of Portland:
If you can’t make it to Portland to try Gentlemen’s Club, the beer will be available later this month in New York City (stay tuned for release event details). In mid-July, Gentlemen’s Club will be released in Cigar City’s home state of Florida. Throughout the summer, Seattle, San Francisco, and San Diego can expect to see Gentlemen’s Club at select beer bars, restaurants and bottle shops as well.
About Cigar City Brewing:
Cigar City Brewing opened its 15 barrel brewery in Tampa, FL in 2009 as the city’s only small-scale production brewery. From the beginning, the brewery’s marketing focus was a celebration of Tampa history and culture as reflected by brand names that reflect local cultural touchstones such as Jai Alai IPA, Maduro Brown Ale and Tony Jannus Pale Ale. From the days of the Tocobaga, the pre-Columbia native inhabitants of Tampa Bay, through its years as the world’s largest producer of hand-rolled cigars, Tampa has witnessed many monumental changes and Cigar City Brewing’s mission is to brew beers that reflect the complex and diverse elements that make Tampa the dynamic city it is today.
Gentlemen’s Club Old Fashioned Style Ale:
• Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged Gentlemen’s Club, 10.5% ABV
• Bourbon Barrel Aged Gentlemen’s Club, 10.5% ABV
• New Oak Aged Gentlemen’s Club, 9.5% ABV