Decapitator 2021 & Dunkel Lager are in Stores Now

“I remember the cold days in early spring when we got these bourbon barrels from Westward Whiskey,” says Toby Armstrong, Lead Brewer. “I was going through them with another brewer, popping the bungs off and prepping them to be filled, and we both could tell that this was going to be something special. The sweet, piercingly boozy smell of oak and whisky was like the perfect match for the young doppelbock we had been preparing and tasting over the past couple of months.”

Repeating the base recipe every year, each version of Decapitator takes on unique flavors from the procured barrels and time barreled. Our 2021 version was aged in a variety of bourbon barrels for 8 months, producing toasted vanilla and dried fruit aromatics with a smooth lager finish. Label artwork for the 2021 Decapitator was done by Corrine Lent, a paper, clay and fiber artist in Portland OR. The graphic is a twist on her whimsical style depicting a goat caught in a “sawed in half” illusion gone wrong. Many say bringing a Decapitator home from the bottle shop and sipping it by the fireplace is like olfactory deja vu. All say it’s an excellent way to “Prost!” this time of year.

Dunkel Lager is back in cans and ready to be the one to reach for on those dark, chilly evenings to come. With cooler days ahead, we understand just how thirsty everyone gets for a smooth, complex lager inspired by the original beer style of Bavarian Villages that yields flavors of chocolate, toffee, caramel, and fresh baked bread and are here to deliver.

“Our deeply ruby-hued Dunkel Lager aims for that sweet spot in an unabashed celebration of richly layered Munich malts, finished with a wee, chaste kiss of Noble hops,” says Dan Hamilton, Founding Brewer. “I am very proud of our company’s continued commitment to producing meticulously brewed and traditionally cellared lager beers.”


Oregon Brewers Guild Pint Days fundraiser at the Taproom December 10-12, or until supplies last! Limited edition Oregon Brewers pint glasses will be available for $6 or $10 filled with delicious Buoy Beer. Proceeds from every glass go into the Oregon Brewers Guild Mashing Barriers internship fund.


The Taproom added a few new beers to the tap list.

DECAPITATOR barrel-aged doppelbock

BALTIC PORTER our winter seasonal

SHAKY HANDS a Dubliner brown ale

Check full tap list here.


YES, Santa does shop at Buoy Beer… We are offering 20% off all full-price merchandise online and in the Taproom. Fill those stockings!

The online code is DUNKEL.

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Astoria, Oregon