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Hop union: Full Sail joins ‘Ales for ALS’ campaign

Full Sail Brewing is one of the 69 craft brewers across the country that has joined the Ales for ALS™ campaign in support of the ALS Therapy Development Institute’s (ALS TDI) mission to discover and develop effective treatments for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

For the months of June and July, Ales for ALS Dry-Hopped Pale will be available exclusively on tap at Full Sail’s Brew Pub in Hood River, while supplies last. (5.8 percent ABV, 58 IBU)

As part of the program, participating brewers receive a special blend of experimental hops donated by B.T. Loftus Ranches and HopUnion. From these hops each participating brewery brewed a unique beer and will donate a portion of the sales to ALS TDI. As part of Full Sail Brewing’s participation in Ales for ALS, they have released a limited-time beer called “Full Sail Ales for ALS Dry-Hopped Pale Ale.”

“We are honored to work with our friends at Loftus Farms to support ALS research, and will donate a portion of every sale to the ALS Therapy Development Institute,” said Barney Brennan, Full Sail Brewing Company’s Brewing Supervisor. “Loftus grows some beautiful hops, and they put together a blend of experimental varieties for us to create a beer for their “Ales for ALS” program. This copper-hued Pale Ale has just enough malt presence to provide support for the bitterness and big hop aroma.

Double Mountain goes with single hop ‘Cluster’

Double Mountain is rereleasing its popular single hop “Cluster” IPA, with a revised label employing a well, more family-friendly version of the hop-forward beer name.

The asterisk after “Cluster” is gone, and you can still ask for it by the more, er, vernacular two-word phrase, but look for it on tap or in the case for “Cluster” as of June 12 at the Third Street taproom, and by June 15 at retailers. (6.6 percent ABV, 75 IBU)

Look for ‘Pink Panther’ and Rude No. 10 at Big Horse

Looking for a sour beer that won’t turn your cheeks inside out and a hop-rich ale that won’t make your tongue feel like it was embossed with a pine cone?

At Bighorse Brewery at Horsefeathers on Second and State streets, sample the raspberry-infused ‘Pink Panther’ (6.0 ABV) or the American/New Zealand IPA Badfish (6.6 ABV). The Panther is definitely not Mancini-level relaxed, but you could say it purrs more than it growls. Make sure to hold the ale up to the light to witness a bit of sunset in the glass. The Badfish delivers a big hoppy bouquet that turns more floral on the palate, with a spicy but smooth finish.

Also, within days brewmaster Darrek Smith’s Strictly Rude No. 10 (already?) will be on tap at the pub.

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