“Silence like a cancer grows…”
Paul Simon, “Sound of Silence”
We lost two good citizens recently. Another was seriously hurt. All three were bludgeoned in a Portland MAX light-rail train when they stood up to a lunatic’s hate, bigotry and hostility.
Rick John Best, age 53, an army veteran and the father of four, and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, age 23, a recent Reed College graduate, died. Micah Fletcher, age 21, is now recovering from his knife wounds.
Three ordinary Americans who did something that seems extraordinary in these tumultuous times: they stepped in to protect two young women who were being attacked ostensibly because of their religion and nationality.
Each intervening citizen was a hero. Not because two died. Not because one was badly injured. They were heroes because when they saw acts of escalating intolerance they simply could not tolerate looking the other way. They acted, out of an impulse to protect two perfect strangers, despite the danger. They saw a clear and present danger – a cancer growing – and said: "this aggression will not stand."
They were not silent. And neither must we. We must not forget these three ordinary citizens, their courage, their bravery, their conversion of ideals into action.
Don’t let this horror deter you from being a good citizen. Drink and think soulfully. Imagine a world without lunatics, a world in which acts of valor were not necessary. All profits from the sale of Good Citizen Big IPA will be donated to the families of the victims. Whatever the profit is, Worthy will double it and donate it, proudly.
The beer? It’s fantastic. It’s big, bold and delicious. As an imperial, at 8.0% ABV, it’s on the lighter side. At 70 IBUs, it’s well within the boundaries of a hop packed West Coast IPA.
We happily brewed with exuberant amounts of Azacca, Cascade, Crystal, Citra, Simcoe and Meridian hops. A smooth tropical fruit aroma with a mouth-dancing pineapple sweetness. Savor, ponder and re-pledge your allegiance to doing the right thing.
Good Citizen, another gem from our Heart & Soul Series, is a small batch beer that is only available at our pub.
Worthy raises its pint glass to good Samaritans: may you continue to treat others as you would be treated, and protect others as you would want to be protected.
A few days after his attack, Micah Fletcher posted the following poem:
I am alive.
I spat in the eye of hate and lived.
This is what we must do for one another
We must live for one another
We must fight for one another
We must die in the name of freedom if we have to.
Luckily it's not my turn today.
In response to an increase in demand for it’s diversified portfolio of balanced beers, Worthy Brewing has expanded it’s beer production capacity by adding three new 240 barrel fermenters and a 120 barrel brite tank. The upgrades will allow Worthy to produce 40,000 barrels annually.
In 2016, Worthy Brewing produced 15,000 barrels. Currently, Worthy is on track to brew 19,000 barrels in 2017. In addition to the four tanks, Worthy has also doubled it’s glycol capacity, beefed up it’s original 3 ton CO2 tank to 53 tons, and retrofitted it’s four vessel, 30 barrel brew system to allow one vessel to serve double duty as a wort receiver.
Finally, Worthy is in the process of adding another 70,000-pound grain silo. These upgrades are expected in increase daily production by 25%.
“With the increased capacity, we’re investing in packaging infrastructure to allow for longer production runs and a larger variety of package options, including our new Worthy IPA 24 pack which will be available in Costco this May,” said Senior Director of Sales Casey O’Brien.
With the production expansion taking place, Worthy Brewing has also hired their first full-time Quality Manager, Victoria Chaplin. Chaplin has worked at several of Oregon’s renowned breweries including Bridgeport Brewing, Craft Brew Alliance and Full Sail Brewing. She attended Oregon State University for Food Science Technology, and holds certifications in Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP), packaging from the Institute of Brewing and Distilling and beer sensory from AROXA.
“Victoria brings a wealth of experience and a creative spirit. We’ve always been committed to quality, but with Victoria we’ll now have the expertise and tools we need to insure that our packaged beers have a long and fresh shelf-life,” said Brewmaster, Dustin Kellner. “She’ll also be helping us with sensory analysis as we continue to evaluate experimental hops from the OSU-Indie Hops breeding program. With the success of Strata, we’re excited to participate in the quest to pioneer new flavors.”
Time lapse of moving a brite tank as part of our brewery expansion ... this task took about an hour!
Craft beer geeks UNITE! Worthy Brewing will be holding tastings in Portland with beers brewed with hops produced by Portland-based Indie Hops and Oregon State University’s Experimental Hop Breeding Program.
“We’re looking for the public’s feedback on the aroma and taste to help the Indie Hops/OSU program with future breeding projects,” said Worthy Brewing’s Brewmaster, Dustin Kellner. “It’s a great opportunity for craft beer lovers to help choose up-and-coming hop varieties.”
Worthy’s brewery team brewed up four pale ales using the following experimental varietals: 1007-35, C1002-37, G9-1-374, and C115L-1.
Worthy Brewing’s team will be at the following venues holding flight tastings:
March 18 at 6-9 pm: Produce Row - 204 SE Oak St, Portland, OR 97214
March 20 6-9pm: Roscoe’s - 8105 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97215
March 25 at 2-5 pm: John’s Market - 3535 SW Multnomah Blvd, Portland, OR 97219
March 31 at 6-8pm: Pacific Growlers - 11427 SW Scholls Ferry Rd, Beaverton, OR 97008
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.