BridgePort brews one for the team --- Long Ball Ale for the Hillsboro Hops
By John Foyston, Special to The Oregonian
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LONG BALL ALE DEBUT

1:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. Saturday June 15, Helvetia Tavern, 10275 NW Helvetia Rd. Hillsboro;

BridgePort Brewing kicks off the Hillsboro Hops season with a new beer brewed for the team --- Long Ball Ale, a light bodied summertime style ale. “Our golden summer ale is brewed to be refreshing on a hot summer day at the ball park,” says brewmaster Jeff Edgerton. “It maintains a smooth bittering profile with a slight haze to preserve the hop aroma --- one of my favorite characteristics of this beer is the slight Meyer lemon finish that you get after dry hopping with Meridians, a fairly limited hop in our state.’”

The baseball community is already rallying around it’s newest team and in this spirit, BridgePort turned to its Facebook community to name this beer. After 249 entries were submitted, BridgePort fans were able to vote on their favorite name and Long Ball Ale was the crowd favorite.

one of my favorite characteristics of this beer is the slight Meyer lemon finish that you get after dry hopping with Meridians...
Long Ball Ale will debut on June 15th at Helvetia Tavern in Hillsboro, Oregon. Before the first Hops game at home, there will be a Long Ball Ale release party from th at Helvetia Tavern in Hillsboro, Oregon. While enjoying a Long Ball, fans can get autographs, take photos and maybe even talk a little “shop” with players. Long Ball Ale will also be on draft at the Brew Pen, the official beer garden at the Hillsboro Hops Stadium, the BridgePort BrewPub in the Pearl and at key BridgePort accounts.
BridgePort’s Long Ball Ale Stats:

IBU’s: 28 ABV: 5.0 % Color: Golden OG: 12.75

Ingredients: Triple-hopped using Cascades in the kettle, Sterlings in the hopjack, and a new variety called Meridians as a dry hop at the end of fermentation.

Description: Triple-hopped light bodied summertime-style brew with the body of the beer completely from BridgePort’s regular high-color pale malt which gives a subtle pleasant biscuit-like malt flavor. Beer mainatins a smooth bittering profile at an easy-to-drink 28 IBUs. The Meridian dry hops create an aroma and flavor that is very distinctive and reminiscent of sweet Meyer lemons.