Worthy Brewing

Month: January 2017

By in Stoker 0

Coming soon to cans … Stoker Red Ale

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 18:55:00


​Worthy Brewing is adding a fifth can to their  stellar line-up this spring. Introducing Stoker Red Ale, a beer designed to stoke the passions of hop and malt lovers. Stoker Red will be available in 12 ounce cans this April.

Several months ago Worthy put on hold Eruption Imperial Red, a move that left a hole in Worthy’s diverse portfolio. Brewmaster Dustin Kellner decided to fill that gap with a more sessionable red that contains many of the same ingredients.

For bittering, Kellner added Nugget and Horizon. And for aroma and flavor, he added Oregon workhorses Cascade and Centennial and topped it off with Mandarina Bavaria, a German hop whose mother is Cascade. The final numbers should come in around 6.6% ABV and 66 IBU.

“Passionate about hoppy reds?  Stoker is fuel for your firebox,” said Roger Worthington, Worthy Brewing’s Founder.  “Stoker Red Ale has a tantalizing lemon and tangerine aroma and flavor with a satisfying malt sweetness. Like Eruption, it sports the same citrusy flavor and amazing balance, without the big in your face numbers.”

The can will feature a swarthy brewer in his rubber boots stoking the kettle with a shovel piled high with big juicy hop cones. Kegs will be distributed by Columbia Distribution in Oregon and Washington, Hodgen Distributing in Eastern Oregon, and by Hayden Beverage in Idaho.

By in Strata IPA, X-331 0

Launching StrataSphere IPA

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 18:55:00

​Worthy Brewing has launched StrataSphere IPA, a fruity India Pale Ale, which utilizes the new hop Strata, in kegs for distribution across four states, as well as in Worthy’s pub.

Strata, formerly known as X-331, has been an ongoing collaboration between Indie Hops and Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. Strata is an open-pollinated Perle that expresses many of the oils associated with mango, oranges, and other fruits and herbs.

Roger Worthington, the founder of Worthy Brewing, is also the co-founder of Indie Hops along with his childhood friend, Jim Solberg. They partnered up in 2009 and rebooted Oregon State University’s hop-breeding program with a $1 million donation. Under the leadership of Shaun Townsend, Ph.D, they have developped over 50 new aroma-centric genotypes that thrive in the Willamette Valley terroir.

Strata is the first hop creation to emerge from the OSU-IH aroma hop breeding program. It has superior disease resistance, the promise of substantial yields, and boasts a tropical and herbal flavor profile along with a dual purpose alpha acid level that render Strata a potential stand-alone, one-stop hop.

“I felt like a proud daddy whose baby girl just won the state title in the 100-meter dash, shot put and mile,” said Roger Worthington. “With the hop breeding program, we didn’t want to bring sand to the beach. Our goal was to generate aroma hops tailored to the Willamette Valley —with a unique aroma, high yields and high tolerance to viruses. This was all part of our utopian vision to revive hop farming in Oregon and bring worthy flavors to the craft market. ”

Worthy Brew Master Dustin Kellner was one of the first to experiment with Strata:

“It was an honor to fiddle around and experiment with this hop,” Kellner said. “The aroma Strata gives off and the finish product blew our mind and all expectations. It’s a staff favorite and received rave reviews in our pub.”

After assisting in the selection of the hop,  Kellner and his team brewed four (4) pilot brews in the pursuit of a more perfect IPA. They came up with StrataSphere , an IPA with a tantalizing array of layers. Sensory panelists describe StrataSphere’s hop character as tropical, candied fruit and a light herbal dankness.

“From terra firma — pineapple, watermelon and a whiff of herbal dankness. From the jungle canopy — passion fruit, and mango. On the outer rim — detections of peaches, cotton candy, and juicy fruit gum,” Worthington says about his brewery’s most multi-layered beer.

This new addition to the Worthy line-up is already winning awards too. Best of Craft Beer awarded StrataSphere IPA a silver medal for Australian-Style Pale Ale in January 2017.

StrataSphere IPA will be in draft only with intentions to go into package in the future. Kegs are distributed by Columbia Distribution in Oregon and Washington, Hodgen Distributing in Eastern Oregon, and by Hayden Beverage in Idaho through January.

By in Klanks, Lights Out, Prefunk 0

Power from The People

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:55:00

Somebody once asked: “Can a beer change your life?”

Good question.

The gut says: “My mood, yes. My life? Hmmm… not sure. “

The optimist inside says: “Well that’s a worthy mission, let’s make it so.”

The pragmatist says: “Nah, too heavy a burden to bear.”

The artist says: “With the right ingredients, at the right time and place, with a little luck and a lot of love, certainly.”

The shrink asks: “Why do you think you need to change your life?”

At Worthy, we shoot for changing lives, in a positive way of course, but on a work-a-day basis we’re happy to simply enhance a customer’s mood.  If we can help a guy or gal shake off the blues and make the moment more enjoyable, in our view, mission accomplished.

And, yet, now and then, you get feedback from a customer, like the below. We don’t know that Stephanie’s life has been changed. We do know, here at Worthy, that when we get feedback like Stephanie’s, our lives are changed, for the better. This is the kind of love that keeps us going, on the sunny side of the street, heads up, eyes open, with our hearts full of joy, and our heads full of faith.

Thank you Stephanie.

But we don’t know when we’ll get to Arkansas!

From: Stephanie Grant
Date: Friday, January 20, 2017
Subject: Fan MailI am writing to you today to tell you how much I adore your company and beers. I believe that Worthy is the creator of the finest beers in the world. I feel like I am in paradise every time I pop open one of your beers. I particularly love Lights Out with Prefunk coming in a very close second.The very first sip is always so smooth, refreshing and immediately helps all of the stress from a 12 hour shift as a Registered Nurse in Labor and Delivery melt away. I have built so much trust in your company as you deliver five star excellence every time.Don’t even get me started on the packaging, I love it and think it’s just lovely to look at and I have a few cans that I have made flower vases and other decor projects as well as some extras I use to decorate the bar area of my home.

As a very busy wife, mother and nurse it’s so nice to know that there is someone I can count on to help me relax and enjoy the evening after all the babies, dinners, PTA meetings, and sport practices are over and my child is bathed and tucked snugly into bed.

I am such a fan of your company because I know that Worthy always creates the finest and most refreshing brews on the market today. I have recommended your beers to my family and friends. I always serve your beers at all our gatherings and even gave some in gift baskets to my family, friends and co-workers this past holiday season, which turned out to be a HUGE hit!

I just wish there was a place to buy your brews closer to home so I wouldn’t have to go out of state to get my fix or rely on my sister who lives in Oregon to bring me some when she comes to visit.

Thank you for creating the finest beer a woman could ever ask for and I look forward to drinking more of your beers in the future! Please keep up the good work into the new year.

Stephanie Grant
Dover, AR