Yard House to Tap Exclusive Pinot Noir Barrel-Aged IPA
On August 9, Yard House will tap the exclusive Rogue Chehalem Spruce Tip IPA as part of its popular Chalkboard Series, which features limited and small batch brews. The beer, available only at Yard House, will be offered by the goblet or 9-ounce shorty.
Rogue Chehalem Spruce Tip IPA, the result of patience and dedication to the brewing process has been aged to perfection creating a one of a kind ale. It began when the Yard House beverage and culinary teams traveled to Newport, Oregon, to collaborate with Rogue Ales & Spirits’ legendary Brewmaster John Maier and his team. Together they created the Rogue Spruce Tip IPA, which was tapped in on December 7, 2015, to mark Yard House’s 19th anniversary. After the brewing process was complete, a small portion of the Spruce Tip IPA batch was reserved and aged for seven months in Chehalem Vineyards Pinot Noir oak barrels, which hail from Oregon’s Willamette Valley wine growing region. The wooden casks permitted the delicate nuances of French oak to seep and settle in. The result is a rare Newport, Oregon-brewed IPA steeped in Alaskan spruce tips, aged in French oak barrels, and available exclusively at Yard House.
“This is a very special beer,” says Gregory Howard, beverage manager for Yard House. “The original Spruce Tip IPA produced a uniquely spiced and hoppy body, which was complemented by the sweetness of spruce tips in the finish. This next generation, which was aged in French oak barrels that once housed pinot noir, has a unique flavor that beer aficionados will appreciate. We’re very excited to share this beer with our guests.”
Rogue’s Chehalem Spruce Tip IPA will be tapped on August 9 at all 65 Yard House locations and is part of the restaurant’s Chalkboard Series—seasonal beers and small-batch selections—that rotates frequently. Each location will receive a highly limited quantity of five gallons or less that is expected to move quickly.