the New School: Full Sail “Duffy’s Counterpunch” Imperial CDA

 I like this for four reasons: it’s good to see Hood River, OR based Full Sail Brewing mixing it up a little big on beer styles, they did not forget their birthplace and correctly called this beer a “Cascadian Dark Ale” and last but not least because it’s created by friend of The New School Stephanie Duffy who makes a swell model in the above pic. Oh also the name “Duffy’s Counterpunch” is pretty cool and reminds me of a comic book sequel.

Stephanie Duffy is Full Sail Brewing’s marketing coordinator who has finally had a chance to contribute to their Brewer’s Share Experimental line up. “Duffy’s Counterpunch,” an Imperial ICDA is described as having rich and complex, with woodsy evergreen aromas complemented by notes of coffee and dark chocolate from roasted malts. The mouthfeel is full-bodied and warming, and the ample malt body (with help from Munich and a range of Caramel and Carafa dark malts) supports the assertive roast and hop character. Nugget, Crystal, and Brewer’s Gold hops provide a slightly fruity, tangerine note and a crisp, hoppy finish. ABV 7.5% IBU 82

“My beer defies the traditional expectations of a “girl’s beer.” Like many women, I love my beer and I appreciate a broad cross-section of craft brews. I’m lucky to live and work in a beautiful place like Oregon, where craft beers are such a vital part of our culture. Though the beer industry is still very male-dominated (as are so many other industries), I thought it was especially appropriate to brew a bold, strong beer in honor of all the bold, strong women who shirk stereotypes and avoid being pigeonholed. We’re in no need of pandering! Our tastes are as diverse as anyone else’s. Duffy’s Counterpunch is a richly nuanced counterargument—in beverage form,” said Duffy.

She adds that, “Strong women have always inspired me, and I’m fortunate to have a CEO and Founder like Irene Firmat leading us employee-owners at Full Sail. She’s been in the game with the boys since 1987 and has come to the forefront as a savvy businesswoman who creates a company that truly loves and respects the culture of beer. You couldn’t ask for a better female role model than that.”
Full Sail has two “Meet the Brewer and the Beer” events scheduled. The first event is at Full Sail’s Brew Pub in Hood River, Oregon on Tuesday, October 29th from 5:00 to 6:00 PM.  The second release is November 1st at 6:00 PM at Portland’s historic Hollywood Theatre as part of their monthly Brew Masterpiece Theater series that invites brew masters to craft small batch unique beers inspired by the films they love. Stephanie was inspired by the classic 1991 Ridley Scott film Thelma & Louise for her beer. “Even 22 years later, it’s still too rare to find a mainstream film with two strong women in starring roles. The movie is controversial and has incited many debates regarding feminism, prejudice, patriarchal control, abuse, and sisterhood,” she said.  The “Meet the Brewer and the Beer” reception is from 6:00 to 6:45 PM followed by a one-night-only showing of Thelma & Louise at 7:00 PMTickets are $8.00.
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With each Brewer’s Share series beer, Full Sail picks a local nonprofit to receive a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the beer. Stephanie has chosen to support Bitch Media, so every keg of Stephanie’s beer benefits this nonprofit feminist media organization, best known for publishing the magazine Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture. Bitch Media’s mission is to provide and encourage an engaged, thoughtful feminist response to mainstream media and popular culture. 
“My hope is this beer will inspire further conversations about women’s rights, feminism, and equality, because those are incredibly important and pertinent topics for all of us. What better place to discuss the philosophies of our culture and world than in a public house over a pint? That’s why I chose to support Bitch. They promote healthy, informed discussions about feminism in our culture. Not only that, they’re based out of Portland and I find their insight to be of the highest value,” added Duffy.
 Women and men, all! Empower yourselves, enjoy the beer, and lift up a pint!

The Brewer’s Share series is a line-up of small batch draft beers where each Full Sailor takes a turn hand-crafting their own single batch recipe and a portion of the proceeds benefit a local charity of their choosing. Full Sail’s Brewer’s Share Experimental beers will only be available on tap at Full Sail’s Brew Pub in Hood River, Oregon, and at Full Sail’s Brewery at Riverplace, in Portland, Oregon. Growlers to go are available.

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