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Dampf Punk Joins the Switchback Lineup

Everybody welcome Dampf Punk to the Switchback fam!

Switchback Brewing Company Dampf Punk

DAMPF PUNK, a hoppy California-style Common started as a one-off experimental batch. This rebel brew quickly became a favorite among our Tap Room regulars and these self-proclaimed Punk fans insisted that we make it available outside the brewery. So here is our unique take on this 100% American beer style.

While still using our house lager yeast, this beer is fermented at a warmer temperature closer to ale yeast conditions, giving it a toasty flavor that is light and crisp. Dry-hopping this beer with a brand new, unnamed hop variety provides soft tropical and herbal notes. The result is wonderfully clean and complex, our unique take on this 100% American beer style.

Look for Dampf Punk at your favorite bars, stores and restaurants...or better yet, ask for it!

Beers by Bill: Dooley's Belated Porter
Switchback Brewing Company Dooley's Belated Porter

I can still remember the day I walked up to Chris Dooley as he was cleaning parts at the sink to ask him what kind of beer he’d like to make next. As our first employee Dooley got to choose. He wanted to make a porter, and happily we both agreed to use Deschutes Black Butte Porter as our gold standard for what a porter can be. Switchback’s porter is on the hoppy side, being a 100% Simcoe beer. Little did we know at the time how popular Simcoe would become for IPAs. We just liked using this hop in our Ale and wanted to exploit its aroma qualities for the porter. But with a big malt backbone and the unusual use of flaked barley, the beer drinks with a smooth balance.

Not having enough brewing capacity to keep up with Ale sales, the beer development had quite a few delays. In fact, by the time we were ready to do a full blown release of our porter it had been five years since Dooley and I had first talked about it. Which is how our fanciful name “Dooley’s Belated Porter” came about. It is important to note that Dooley himself is still alive and kicking. Only the porter was belated.

Bill Cherry
Brewery Owner/Brewmaster