Join Copperworks and Brouwer’s Cafe for a very special release event



Hair of the Dog Brewing lives on as Copperworks Distilling has created a line of spirits using barrels from the renowned, now-closed Portland brewery. Be first to enjoy these spirits at a release event Friday, April 7 at Brouwer’s Cafe in Seattle. At the event, they’ll also tap into some ultra-rare kegs of Hair of the Dog beers, and will also sell some bottles for your cellar.

Copperworks Distilling, an award-winning distiller in Seattle, has consistently recognized and appreciated the relationship between the brewing and distilling processes. The distillery’s founding principle is “From great brewing comes great spirits.” The co-founder and president at Copperworks, Jason Parker, was the original brewer at Pike Brewing Company.

Jason is very familiar with Portland’s Hair of the Dog Brewing. For three decades Hair of the Dog created some of the boldest beers in the Northwest before closing in 2022. Its beers were always strong, flavorful, intense, barrel-aged behemoths of uncommon character and complexity.


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When Hair of the Dog closed down just over a year ago, there were a lot of well-used barrels looking for new homes and a new purpose. When Nat Pellmam, the manager at Brouwer’s Cafe in Seattle, learned about this, he knew the barrels needed to find a worthy home.

“I cast a wide net to see who was interested in using them and Jason responded that he wanted them for Copperworks,” said Pellman. “We were thrilled as Brouwer’s is a beer-centric destination that has been a supporter of Hair of the Dog for many years and we’ve collaborated with Jason previously, so hosting the cask collection release event here at Brouwer’s is really a full circle moment.”


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“Hair of the Dog was known for creative, richly flavored brews and was barrel-aging beers long before it was cool,” said Jason Parker, co-owner and president of Copperworks Distilling Co. “When we learned they were shutting down, we knew it was our first (and likely last) chance to acquire casks from this renowned pioneer in craft beer. Considering our origins as brewers, we knew we couldn’t miss out on the opportunity.”

To learn more, and to order the spirits online, click here. They’ll be available starting on April 7th, but you can get early access: see the Early Access note below


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The Event and the Spirits

Copperworks created two whiskeys and two gins that were finished in barrels from Hair of the Dog. In their previous life, these barrels were used by Hair of the Dog to create Matt ale and Adam ale. Thus, Copperworks named the new spirits accordingly.

On Friday, April 7th at Brouwer’s Cafe, Copperworks Distilling unveils its Hair of the Dog Brewing Cask Finished Collection.

WHEN | Friday, April 7, 2023, from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

WHERE | Brouwer’s Café, 400 N 35th St. Seattle. WA 98103

WHAT | Sample the Hair of the Dog Brewing Cask Finished Collection | Meet Copperworks’ Co-Founder, Co-Owner, and President  Jason Parker, Head Distiller Thomas Paessler, and Distiller Matt “Skinny” Roberts.

Brouwer’s will also have Hair of the Dog’s 2019 “Matt Ale” on draft + “Adam Ale” and other Hair of the Dog products in bottles available for purchase – a perfect complement to the new cask collection!

EARLY ACCESS! For those who wish to purchase this special cask collection before release day on April 7, become a Copperworks’ First Cut 2023 member for early access to this new collection, plus all special releases in 2023. More information here.

American Single Malt Whiskeys

These two whiskeys share the same beginning. Both were crafted from a single variety of barley called Genie, grown on a single farm in Athena, Oregon. They matured for 3 years and 3 months in new American Oak casks from Canton Cooperage with char #2 and 36-month seasoned staves. Then, their journeys diverged as they entered casks previously used by Hair of the Dog.

“Matt” American Single Malt Whiskey
179 bottles produced (750ml)
50% ABV (100 Proof)
$89.99 (+ tax and shipping)
Finished for an additional 8 months in a bourbon cask that previously held Hair of the Dog’s Matt American Strong ale.

Tasting Notes: Maraschino cherry, plum, raisin, and chocolate malt balls are the main feature on the nose, with later appearances of citrus and milk chocolate. Warming on the palate, these notes remain present yet drip with vanilla and caramel. The finish is luscious with oak, spice, and some citrus joining the party.

“Adam” American Single Malt Whiskey
253 bottles produced (750ml)
50% ABV (100 Proof)
$89.99 (+ tax and shipping)
Finished for an additional 8 months in a bourbon cask that previously held Hair of the Dog’s Adam ale.

Tasting Notes: A summer’s day greets you on the nose with bright citrus, confectioners’ sugar, pine, and strawberry. This lends an effervescent quality to the palate with more citrus and cinnamon, accompanied by a malty sweetness with spice and chocolate lava cake dancing around the edges. Finishing bright and long with spice, vanilla, candied orange peel, and apple tart making an appearance.

Cask Finished Gins

These casks finished gins are as distinct as they are delicious. They share the same base: Copperworks Small Batch Gin, our ten-botanical recipe. Each gin was entered into a cask previously used by Hair of the Dog, mirroring the journey of their whiskey counterparts.

“Matt” Cask Finished Gin
319 bottles produced (750ml)
50% ABV (100 Proof)
$49.95 (+ tax and shipping)
Finished for 8 months in a sherry cask that previously held Hair of the Dog’s Matt American Strong ale.

Tasting Notes: Cocoa powder surprises and delights on the nose with dark chocolate, pine, and mint intermingling. Sweet citrus is abundant on the palate, along with yuzu and creamsicle while vanilla, white pepper, and a touch of grape pomace balance the sweetness. The finish is melted vanilla ice cream with a touch of chinotto and mint.

“Adam” Cask Finished Gin
198 bottles produced (750ml)
47.05% ABV (94.1 Proof)
$49.95 (+ tax and shipping)
Finished for 8 months in a bourbon cask that previously held Hair of the Dog’s Adam ale.

Tasting Notes: Bright and fresh like a spring day, the nose offers notes of sugared ruby red grapefruit, kumquat, tart cherries, and cinnamon. The palate follows with freshly smashed chocolate orange accompanied by monkey bread, tangerine, cotton candy, and sage, all supported by the small batch gin base. Rounding out the experience are hints of sugar cane, cherry pie filling, sarsaparilla, and spice.

For more beer-related events around Washington, check out the Washington Beer Blog’s events page.



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