Full Sail Brewing's Kristy Holsopple
Kristy Holsopple

Hood River, Oregon – “He was a wise man who invented beer.” –Plato

The Greek philosopher had his sentiment right, but according to most historians it was likely a woman who brewed the first beer and for most of the last 6,000 years of recorded civilization it was women “Brewsters” who continued to evolve the art of brewing beer developing many unique and regional varieties of beer.

“As craft brewers we are proud to be part of this heritage of brewing diverse, local beers as well as a beer culture that welcomes women. So we thought it only fitting that we should have our “Brewster” Kristy Holsopple brew the beer to toast the start of Oregon Craft Beer Month,” said Full Sail Founder and CEO, Irene Firmat. Full Sail Lab Supervisor, Kristy Holsopple, an avid home Brewster, crafted "Dunkopple" a German Dunkles Lager as part of our Brewer’s Share series, just in time to toast the beginning of Oregon Craft Beer Month.

In recognition of the positive impact that Oregon craft brewers have made to our communities, the entire month of July has been designated by the Governor as Oregon Craft Beer Month. “To lead the Oregon Craft Beer Month kick off toast and to have the opportunity to highlight women’s role in craft brewing with one of my own recipes is a great honor. Dunkopple is traditional German Dunkles lager with a northwest twist. It’s a dark, yet easy drinking, moderately hopped, malty brew. Traditionally, Dunkles use Noble hops, so I chose northwest descendants of those varieties, Mt. Hood and Citra, to make it my own,” said Holsopple. ABV 5.2% IBU 25

Full Sail has scheduled two “Meet the Brewster and the Beer” events to showcase this new beer. The first is at the Full Sail Tasting Room and Pub in Hood River, on Thursday, July 1 from 5:30 to 7:00PM. At 6:00PM (Pacific Time) the Full Sail crew will lead a toast along with brewers, brewsters, and craft beer enthusiasts from all corners of Oregon (a.k.a Beervana) to signify the official kick off of Oregon Craft Beer Month. Join in, no matter where you are, and raise a toast to celebrate Oregon Craft Beer. The second Meet Brewster and the Beer event will be at Full Sail at Riverplace in Portland, Tuesday, July, 6th, from 5:00 – 6:30PM. Join the Full Sail crew to celebrate Oregon Craft Beer Month and toast a pint of this new brew with Kristy.

The Brewer’s Share series is a line up of small batch draft beers where each Full Sailor takes a turn hand-crafting a single batch recipe of their choosing. Full Sail’s Brewer’s Share beers will only be available on tap at Full Sail’s Tasting Room and Pub in Hood River, Oregon, and at Full Sail’s Brewery at Riverplace, in Portland, Oregon. Growlers to go are available. The next Brewer’s Share will be crafted by Full Sail Brewer Adam Bulson, and is expected in early September.

Kristy Holsopple along with Full Sail CEO and Founder, Irene Firmat, are both members of the Pink Boot Society. The mission of the Pink Boots Society is to inspire, encourage and empower women to become professionals and advance their careers in the Beer Industry. http://pinkbootssociety.org/

About Full Sail Brewing Company:

The independent and employee-owned Full Sail Brewery is perched on a bluff in Hood River, Oregon, overlooking the most epic wind and kite surfing spot in the world. At this very moment 47 specialists in the liquid refreshment arts are crafting barley and hops into your next beer.  Among the company’s most popular brews are Full Sail Amber, IPA, Pale, LTD, Session and Session Black Premium lager. Founded in 1987, the Full Sail crew has been fermenting godlike nectar for 22 years.  Committed to brewing great beer and sustainable practices their award winning brews are now available in twenty states. The Full Sail Tasting Room and Pub is open seven days a week.  Swing by for a pint, grab a bite, tour the brewery, or just soak up the view.  http://www.fullsailbrewing.com

About Oregon Craft Beer Month:

The breweries of Oregon and the products they produce are known around the world for quality and innovation. More importantly, beer culture is an ingrained piece of the social fabric of our great state. Beer means more here, welcome to Beervana.

For more information about Oregon Craft Beer Month and a list of brewery celebrations throughout the state please visit:  http://www.oregoncraftbeermonth.com