Happy December 1st—were into the Christmas season! Here’s the news for this fine (though chilly) Tuesday. As usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day, so check back often for the latest news. If you have news to share, please contact me and I can get that updated as well.
McMenamins Fulton Pub (Portland) has a limited-edition beer tasting today starting at 5pm, featuring Holiday Spiced Brown Ale: “As another winter season asserts itself and the weather turns cold, holiday spices are in the air. Here we have introduced a combination of these spices to a nicely balanced brown ale. The familiar flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and allspice mingle with the mild toasty flavors of this American style brown ale to deliver a rich complex winter seasonal alternative.”
Belmont Station (Portland): Today from 5 to 7pm they have a very special release, of friend and homebrewer Rodney Kibzey’s Sierra Nevada Beer Camp beer: “Homebrewer Extraordinaire Rodney Kibzey has a souvenir from camp he wants to share with us! Camp, of course, being Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp, where Rodney and his merry band of campers created Oats Face, a beer in the Extra Special Bitter (ESB) style. This lovely ESB has a grapefruit aroma, a toasty and spicy flavor, and a creaminess from using oats during brewing. We are honored that Rodney wanted to have his own Oats Face release party here at Belmont Station, so come by and say hi to Rodney and help him enjoy this wonderful treat!”
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Today is the first of December and that means it’s time to break out your Advent calendars and start counting down the days until Christmas! And here at The Brew Site it means that it’s time for the annual Beer Advent Calendar countdown—each day I will reveal a new Christmas-y or winter-y beer as we count down to the holiday. Last year I noted that it was the tenth edition of the calendar, and this year formally marks the tenth anniversary since I started this feature way back in 2005!
(In case you’re wondering about my math, this year is technically the 11th edition of the Beer Advent Calendar, with 2005 inclusive—but you don’t count the first year as the “first anniversary”…)
I’m kicking off this year with Oregon’s pFriem Family Brewers, established in Hood River in 2012 with a strong focus on Belgian-influenced beers with a nod to the Pacific Northwest beer culture. That first year, and each year since, they have brewed up their Belgian Christmas Ale to celebrate the holiday:
In Belgium, Old St. Nick delivers a bundle of sticks to those who have behaved badly throughout the year. Just to be safe, we suggest foregoing cookies and leaving Santa a pFriem Belgian Christmas Ale. Brewed with coriander in a rich, Dubbel base, its toffee aromas and hints of fresh, ripe orange will leave a milk-chocolaty velvet coat on Santa’s tongue and guarantee that you won’t be getting sticks this year.
It’s a rich 8% ale that is a great beer with which to kick off your holiday season!
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Over the holiday weekend, two bottles of Stupid Stout from San Diego’s Coronado Brewing arrived:
I’ve enjoyed Coronado’s beers and this is the first time I’ve gotten onto their mailing list. Stupid Stout is a 9% abv Imperial Stout, with this year’s edition launching during San Diego Beer Week. Will report as I drink.
Happy Monday! I hope your Thanksgiving was stellar, and you’re now ready to tackle December, which starts tomorrow! Here’s the news in Oregon beer for the last day of the month, November 30. As usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day with the latest news as I find it, so check back often. And if you have news to share, please contact me and I can get that posted as well.
The big event this week is the Holiday Ale Festival taking place in Portland from Wednesday the 2nd through Sunday the 6th! As always it is taking place in Pioneer Courthouse Square downtown, where they will be serving up a great list of winter and holiday beers. Price is a bit steep(er) this year—$35 for general admission, which gets you the commemorative glass and 12 tasting tickets, but you can re-enter at no extra cost all weekend (as long as you have the wristband). And as a bonus—this year there is a Writer’s Table where a number of Oregon beer authors (myself included!) will be on hand at various times throughout the Fest, selling and signing books! Make sure to check it out while you’re enjoying those great winter beers.
And this week during the HAF, both Portland’s Lardo locations will be hosting Baker City’s Barley Brown’s and Corvallis’ Block 15 Brewery for total tap takeovers of their respective beers for a week. Barley Brown’s will be at the east location and have 15 beers on tap along with swag to sell, and Block 15 will be “featuring daily surprise taps from our Cellar Stash program as well as some of our most popular year-round beers.” Should be a good week at the Lardos.
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Happy and hoppy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope this day finds you with family and friends, warm and comfortable with plenty to eat and drink! Myself, I am well-stocked with beer (of course!), the turkey is in the oven, and all of our prep is done. Have a happy and safe holiday!