Rogue Spruce Tip IPA

Today a collaboration beer will be release nationwide exclusively at all Yard House locations. The beer, Spruce Tip IPA was brewed by John Maier of Rogue and Yard House executive chef Carlito Jocson and beverage manager Gregory Howard. At least one Rogue beer has been on tap since the inception of Yard House some 19 years ago. A few weeks ago, I attended a media event at Yard House in Portland. The event provided me the opportunity to meet Carlito Jocson and Gregory Howard and learn more about their passion for food and beer. Watch the video below to learn more about this partnership and beer.

Read the entire press release here:

“We’re very excited about this partnership with Rogue,” said Gregory Howard, beverage manager for Yard House.  “From the very beginning, Rogue has been a part of our family and our menu at every Yard House location.   They’re true pioneers in the American craft brewing industry and have continued to evolve—challenging both the industry and themselves—to produce new and innovative styles.”

With hints of citrus, spruce and fruit on the nose, Spruce Tip IPA comes through with solid caramel malt flavor mid-palate followed by a pleasant sharp, clean finish.  When it came to brewing the Spruce Tip IPA no one had to forage for the right ingredients.  That’s because one of Rogue’s farms is situated in Oregon’s Willamette Valley on a sprawling parcel of land boasting its own crop of hops and barley, which are harvested along with several other vegetables and fruits that often find their way into the signature beers.

“Being part of the brewing process was such a great experience,” added Carlito Jocson, executive chef for Yard House.  “Our team was in the trenches working side-by-side with John Maier, who is considered one of the original American craft brewmasters.  Both teams collaborated on the recipe taking John’s lead.  The result is a very innovative IPA that we’re extremely proud of.”

While spruce tips have been used to brew beer for centuries, very few breweries today offer such a varietal.  During the brewing process, the Rogue and Yard House teams let the fresh spruce tips, grown in Sitka, steep in the brew temporarily imparting their flavors into the Spruce Tip IPA.

“It was a team effort and pleasure to brew with Yard House,” said Rogue Brewmaster John Maier, “Using a revolutionary ingredient like spruce tips not only results in a unique ale worthy of a celebration, but the needles are also symbolic of our partnership with Yard House: evergreen. I can’t wait for their guests to enjoy it.”

The Spruce Tip IPA pairs nicely with just about anything on the Yard House menu, but is especially complementary to some of the offerings available on the restaurant’s holiday menu, such as the Lobster Mac N Cheese and Apple Cider Brined Pork Chop.

The Spruce Tip IPA, which will be tapped at every Yard House location on Monday, December 7th, 19 years to the day since Yard House welcomed its first guest, is part of the restaurant’s Chalkboard Series–seasonal beers and small-batch selections–that rotates frequently.   Each location will receive a limited quantity of the Spruce Tip IPA that is expected to last through mid-January with select locations offering the beer by the bottle for those who want purchase it to enjoy it at home.

Yard House is open daily for lunch, dinner and late-night dining and is known for its great food, classic and alternative rock, and more than 100 tap handles of beer. For more information, visit or follow Yard House on Facebook at or on Twitter @yardhouse



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