RED MASON RYE
This beer is all about the rye. You can smell the rye when you first pour the beer, and the first sip leaves no doubt. The earthy, faintly spicy character of the malted rye is balanced and accentuated by Yakima-grown Mt Hood hops, resulting in a malt forward yet dry balance.
We took inspiration for the Red Mason Rye from the centuries of European brewing history where beer was brewed with the grains at hand, whether barley, wheat, or rye. Rye beers were brewed in all manner of styles, beyond the roggenbier remembered today. Our take on this tradition maintains the continental European roots, using our signature Kolsch yeast to produce a dry, crisp beer reminiscent of German altbier.
The beer takes its name from a bee also endemic to Europe, the Red Mason Bee (Osmia bicornis). Like it's cousin, the Blue Orchard Bee, this species builds its nest from mud or other earthen material, hence the "mason" in the name. However it has a distinct appearance, covered in dense orange-brown hair that parallels the hazy amber color of the beer that bears its name.