Captain Neon & Argon IPA Series

When genius strikes, McMenamins brewers can’t hold it back, so we’ve created our Captain Neon and Argon series to capture it. These rotating IPAs are released at the whim of our brewers, and each batch is its own inspired IPA showcase. The series are named for two rival characters infamous in McMenamins lore: Captain Neon and Argon the Assassin. Captain Neon brews originate at Edgefield in Oregon and Argon beers come from Anderson School in Washington. 

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Under the reddish glow of a neon ceiling at the Barley Mill Pub back in 1984, Mike McMenamin penned the first installment of the story “The Adventures of Captain Neon.” No stranger to the glorious subtleties of illumination, inspiration struck when Mike considered the pulsing glow of a newly filled neon tube. In a classic tale of good versus evil, “The Adventures of Captain Neon” chronicles the exploits of Captain Neon and his nemesis Argon the Assassin, “a red glow versus a blue glow, both electrical in nature.” 

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Current Releases

Available in 16-oz cans

Captain Neon IPAs - Edgefield

Brewed at Edgefield, Captain Neon beers are named after the nemesis of the Argon the Assassin, and you’ll find a new recipe in every batch.

CODE NAME: Cosmic Helmsman

Cosmic Helmsman IPA
Edgefield Brewery, released December 2021

Our latest batch of Captian Neons IPA series is a West Coast IPA style. We used a nebulous amount of  7'C's, Ekuanot, and Citrus hops to punch out aromas and flavors of pine, juicy berry, and citrus. Hop into the cosmic helm, take the wheel, and enjoy the ride.
Malts: 2-ROW, Munich, C-15
Hops: 7C's, Ekuanot, Citra, Cascade, Columbus
OG: 1.063 TG: 1.010 ABV: 6.84 IBU: 59 SRM: 6

Halsey St. Hazy
Edgefield Brewery, released March 2021

Hazy as the morning fog, this IPA boasts an abundance of late addition hops that layer juicy notes of pomelo and starfruit. Fermented hot with a Norwegian Kveik culture for hints of mandarin orange and guava.
Special Techniques: Fermented Hot
Malts: 2-Row, Torrified Wheat, Spelt, Oats
Hops: Columbus, Simcoe, Mosaic, Idaho-7
OG: 1.068 TG: 1.015 ABV: 6.45 IBU: 31 SRM: 4

Argon IPAs – Anderson School

Brewed at Anderson School, Argon is the sinister arch enemy of Captain Neon, and just like its twin, Argon IPA is a different recipe every time.

CODE NAME: Canned on 9/3/2021

Norwegian Summer Kveik Hazy IPA

Anderson School Brewery, released September 2021
This Kveik Hazy IPA has huge flavors of tropical fruit. The addition of Sabro and Idaho Seven hops adds notes of citrus and coconut with a smooth malty finish.
Malts: Two Row, Vienna, Carapils, Rolled Oats
Hops: Sabro, Idaho Seven
OG: 1.066  TG: 1.012  ABV: 6.97  IBU: 35  SRM: 4

CODE NAME: coho cold

Coho Cold IPA

Anderson School Brewery, released April 2021
Coho is our first take on the emerging Cold IPA style, which blends techniques from American lager brewing, hazy IPA dry hopping, and the making of old-fashioned steam beers to create a West Coast-ish IPA that is super aromatic, clear, bright and not-too-bitter with hints of the Swiss Lager yeast strain used to ferment it.
Malts: Pilsen, Flaked Barley, Flaked Rice
Hops: Citra, Simcoe, Hallertauer Blanc
OG: 1.060  TG: 1.008  ABV: 6.71  IBU: 22  SRM: 3