Brewer's Dozen

Ovila® Abbey Saison with Mandarin Oranges and Peppercorns Nooner Session IPA

Brewer’s Dozen

2014 limited draught selections.

Behind our main brewhouse you’ll find a small “pilot” brewery. Focused on experimentation and developing recipes, it’s the nucleus for most of our new beers. This year, we’re bringing a Brewer’s Dozen program to specialty, craft-centric bars all over the country to share our brewers’ bold, unique and limited creations. Each month will feature a new offering.

  • February

    Bigfoot is a beast of a beer, brimming with flavor from massive amounts of roasted malt and spicy hops; brewed in the barleywine style, with a rich, bittersweet body and whole-cone Pacific Northwest hops.

  • March

    Whole-cone hops, the whole time—our philosophy since the beginning. We use hops in their purest form, and we’re fortunate to get first crack at some of the new and exciting varietals new to brew kettles. This single hop IPA showcases newly developed hop 291’s fruity, berry-like aromas, complex floral character and hints of pepper. This intriguing varietal kicks off our five-bottle Harvest series which features single hop, fresh hop, wet hop, and wild hop beers.

  • April

    An homage to monks’ noble work, this unique, blonde farmhouse ale is light in color, but deceptively complex. With notes of lemon, pepper, grass and herbs, balanced by the tang of abbey-grown Mandarin orange and a spicy kick of white pepper, this saison is full of flavor.

  • May

    Hops, hops and more hops are the stars of this big, whole-cone Imperial IPA. Resinous “new-school” and exclusive hop varieties carry the bold and aromatic nose. The beer is layered with aggressive hoppiness, and notes of grapefruit rind, rose, lilac, cedar, and tropical fruit—culminating in a dry and lasting finish.

  • June

    Southern Hemisphere Harvest Ale features fresh hops from New Zealand—where the annual fall hop harvest occurs during our spring. The result is a North-by-South fusion of fresh New Zealand hops blended with the finest North American malts. Its robust hop character presents intriguing floral, citrus, and fruity aromas and fresh-hop spiciness.

  • July

    Foam is an easy drinking German-style Pilsner whose deceptively light body billows with rich flavor. Its bedrock of expressive European malts meshes with a spicy and herbal hop kick. A crisp and refreshing pale gold lager, Foam is a nod to a traditional style though it froths with just a bit of our own flair.

  • August

    To be announced…

  • September

    To be announced…

  • October

    Our Northern Hemisphere Harvest Ale was the first American beer ever brewed with 100% fresh-picked “wet” hops. In one day, we harvest hops in Yakima, WA ship them the same night to our brewery in Chico, CA and into the brew kettle at dawn the following day. This extraordinary effort creates a beer with unmatched aromatics of fresh pine, green grass, and citrus—with layers of spicy bitter-sweet notes that hop fanatics like us dream of all year.

  • November

    Inspired by the mysterious creature that dwells in the deepest arctic seas, we bring you Narwhal Imperial Stout. Midnight black and bold, with notes of baker’s cocoa and dark roasted coffee, and a satiny body and smooth refined finish, this beer invites you to enjoy the “depths” of malt flavor and dive into the darkness with the most intense stout we’ve ever made.

  • December

    A few years back, we caught wind of rogue hop heads in the Southwest who began collecting some of the wild hops they found while scrambling down hillsides near their home in New Mexico. These bizarre, multi-headed, native U.S. cones have a flavor like nothing we’ve tasted, and for the first time, we’re showcasing their unusual melon, apricot and citrus aromas and flavors in our beer. Neomexicanus is the literal wild card in our five-bottle Harvest series, which features single hop, fresh hop, wet hop, and wild hop beers.

  • January

    This rich Belgian dark ale is heady with aromas of caramel, dark fruit, and complex malt character. It features the decadent flavor of sweet sugar plums, balanced by the layered black pepper spiciness and delicate fruity aromas of traditional Belgian yeast. This incredibly nuanced ale has uncommon depth and character.

Brewing is as much art as science, and all beer specifications and raw materials are subject to change
at our brewers' creative discretion.