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Bullfrog Brewery’s OUD 15 Release

On December 30th, Bullfrog Brewing announced on their Facebook page the release of OUD 15, with only 350 bottles available at $20 a bottle and a 3 bottle limit. I was really excited, because though I was in Illinois at the time, I would be back in Pennsylvania by the release on January 4th, and Williamsport is only a short drive from State College.  OUD 15 was described as a…

…Flemish style sour ale was initially brewed as a Belgian style quadruple ale. Oud 15 was aged for two years in second generation red wine barrels which previously held our Jaspers beer. Blended and steeped with Montmorency sour cherries and bottle conditioned with Belgian candi sugar, Oud 15 represents the culmination of 15 years of brewing, and is worthy of the commemoration.

The quad was originally brewed by Terry Hawbaker, who’s now at Al’s of Hampden/Pizza Boy Brewing down in Harrisburg, PA. Their current brewer, Nate Saar, was the one who decided age it in the old Jaspers barrels with cherries– so OUD 15 represents the work of many people throughout the history of Bullfrog.

Spent Grain Kevin

Warming up with Spent Grain

As noted in this article from the Sun Gazzette, people started showing up at 6am for the release. I left State College with a friend around 7:30, arriving in Williamsport around 8:30. We grabbed a street spot and walked over to Bullfrog to join the guys who were there crazy early, since I knew them through social media. The release was at 11, so we had a few hours to kill, which was a lot easier with the company, and the beers we shared in line. My favorite was the Bourbonic from Cascade Brewing. Nate was brewing while we were waiting, and kept bringing out tubs of spent grain. It was a little chilly, so one of the guys in my group starting cuddling with them for warmth.

By the time 11am hit, there were about 50 people in line. They let us in at 11am on the dot, which illustrated their level of organization. They had the bottles pre bagged in threes, with separate lines for cash and credit to expedite the process. After the 8 of us purchased our allotments, we grabbed a table, sitting down for lunch and (you guessed it), more beer.

 

While we were eating, the owner, Steve Koch came over and was chatting with us, and asked if we had opened any of the bottles. After hearing we hadn’t, he went over to the bottles remaining and brought one over for our table to share, gratis.  It was a really touching moment, especially because from State College, I was the closest person in our group- there were people from Philadelphia and Allentown, among other places. It was very cherry forward, with funk and sourness that balanced really well for a highly drinkable and tasty beer. We were stunned to hear that it’s about 14%, as it had none of the booze characteristics I expect from a beer that strong.

Bullfrog Brewery's OUD 15

Bullfrog Brewery’s OUD 15

Overall, I had a wonderful time at Bullfrog Brewing for the OUD 15. There were great people in line at the brewery, great food, and great beer. If only all releases were this smooth! Steve said that he is planning on sending OUD 15 to GABF this year, and if the Jaspers are any indication, it could do very well.  While there aren’t enough reviews on Rate Beer for an overall rating, its current 91 on Beer Advocate bodes well.

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Written by Paige Deckert

Paige is a fifth year graduate student at Penn State; she received her craft beer education while bartending during undergrad at the University of Illinois. Over several months, Rogue’s Dead Guy served as her gateway beer, because it was $2/pint on Thursdays, and thus offered the highest ABV/$. This eventually turned into enjoyment, and everything is history from there. Her first legal beer was Robert the Bruce on cask at the Blind Pig in Champaign, followed by the Duchess de Bourgogne. Paige has visited over 15 breweries, including Great Divide, Bells, Jolly Pumpkin, Three Floyds and Dogfish Head, with plans to add more in 2012 via trips to San Diego, Phoenix, and Austin. Paige became friends with Russ (and subsequently Garrett) when they became friends on untappd. She clearly remembers seeing a check-in of his and thinking, “Who is this clown checking into Miller Light at the Shandygaff?” Soon thereafter he introduced himself at a Zeno’s beerfest, and they bonded over their beer geekery (sans adjuct lagers). Find Paige Deckert on Google Plus

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