Elysian Brewing Knock on Nelson Wood-Aged IPA is the first beer to come out of the foeders the brewery acquired a year ago and will be available for limited draft this January. It’s the latest release in owner Dick Cantwell’s “Dick’s Picks” series of favorite old and new beers and Nelson Wood-Aged IPA is just that a blend of 90% Nelson Sauvin hopped IPA aged for a year in a Foeder that once held red wine and topped with 10% fresh Space Dust IPA.
Elysian Brewing has been prepping its two new foeders for eventual use in the new sour beer program. Knock on Nelson is not a sour beer, but has picked up some wooden acidic tanginess from the months it spent in a wooden tank once used to age the Cabernet Sauvignon from a California winery.
Pale, Munich and Cara-Vienne malts went into the grist of the base beer, and then lots of Nelson Sauvin hops were used to finish and dry hop, and after fermentation the beer was moved to the foeder.
More from Elysian Brewing: Then, after several months, as time took its toll and wrought changes on the beer–some soaking into the wood and some evaporating by the slow and inexorable process that is wood aging–we found that some topping up was required. After some taste trials we decided that about 10% Space Dust was just the ticket. The fierce Amarillo and Citra finish brightened up the aged IPA just a bit, combining Northwest citrus fruitiness with the more tropical passion fruit and mango notes of the New Zealand hops.
Knock on Nelson picked up a fair amount of wine character during its time in tanks previously used to age Cabernet, and after the scraping and reconditioning undertaken by cellarmaster Dan-o Beyer, there’s some wood character on display as well. It’s a richness beyond what most IPAs generally show, and the brightness of the hops remind you what element in this beer is boss. It’s already poured at the Portland Winter Beer Festival, but you can check it out in all the Elysian pubs and here and there wherever Elysian beers are distributed.