Summer of Cider

Cider has been top of mind this past summer, in part because of PR efforts from companies like 2 Towns Ciderhouse, McMenamins, and Angry Orchard, but also because I think there has just been more visibility with increasing numbers of cider makers and growth of the market. Here in Central Oregon we saw two new cideries open up this year. (Check out my early August article in our local paper for a rundown of local cider options.)

One result is having drank more cider these past several months, and a bit of a backlog of reviews for them. Not that this is a bad thing! But rather than post half a dozen of individual reviews, here’s a wrap-up of those various ciders (besides the reviews already posted).

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Latest print article: IPA!

My latest print article to appear in the Bulletin’s GO! Magazine supplement this past Thursday (still out now) is on IPA: What makes an IPA great? In addition to covering a bit of the style and history of India Pale Ale (very abridged due to space constraints, of course!), I asked several Central Oregon brewers for their thoughts on the style and what makes a good IPA.

And if you want to go real deep into India Pale Ales, I recommend picking up Mitch Steele’s IPA.

Killer Pumpkin Fest postponed; Elysian Pumpkin in Canby 

The  Brewpublic Killer Pumpkin Festival that was originally scheduled for today at The Green Dragon has been postponed due to the crazy storm weather. (Did you see the tornado in Manzanita yesterday?) Instead it has been moved to Saturday, October 29.

Meanwhile the Elysian Brewing Pumpkin Roadshow has been making the rounds, and next Saturday, October 22, it lands in Canby, Oregon at The Wild Hare Saloon. They sent out a press release:

Presented by The Wild Hare Saloon, Western Beverage and Elysian Brewing, the Great Pumpkin Roadshow is a charitable event featuring 8 craft pumpkin beers from Elysian Brewing’s specialty catalog. This event runs October 22nd from 2 pm to 10 pm and is open to all ages.

This event will feature three bands—CoolKids, Lance Kinnaird, and Capital Gains. In addition to tasting exclusive offerings from Elysian Brewing, there will be plenty of activities for all ages. Games like Cornhole and Life Size Jenga are sure to entertain the whole family, but there will also be a pumpkin painting contest, a costume contest, a pumpkin tapping and more.

Pumpkin flare and costumes are highly encouraged. Get creative! We will also have a free photo booth so you can commemorate the event.

Plenty of opportunity to get your pumpkin beer fix!

Elysian Pumpkin Roadshow at The Wild Hare

Brewpublic’s Killer Beer Week returns

Killer Beer Week 2016

Brewpublic‘s annual Killer Beer Week returns this week, with a week-long lineup of great beer events taking place around Portland from October 14 through 23. This is the eighth anniversary of KBW and all the old favorites are back. Here’s the press release and scheduled events:

If you’ve ever attended a Brewpublic Killer Beer Week you know that we love to get creative and put the interests of the true to heart craft beer lovers first. Our motto has always been and remains “Yeast, Malt, and the Pursuit of Hoppiness”! Great beer, great people, lots of fun, and this year we have lined up 11 Portland area events that bring our love of craft beer to the forefront.

As always, in conjunction with our anniversary, our pioneering spirit of Beervana flavor is delivering to you a big, bad-ass beer week with some traditional favorite events as well as some creative new happenings to appease the seemingly unquenchable palates of the world’s undeniably best beer region. Since 2008 we’ve made it a point to try to give back to the community which has always provided a delicious malted beverage to us with ever-evolving styles as well as unbridled creativity and charisma. So, without further adieu, here’s the venue line up for our 8th anniversary celebration a.k.a. Killer Beer Week 2016.

And here is the list of scheduled events:

  • Killer Beer Summit (KBW Kick-Off)
    Friday, October 14
    5:00pm – 2:00am
    Roscoe’s Pub – 8105 SE Stark St., Portland, OR
  • Killer Pumpkin Fest
    Saturday, October 15
    11:00am – Midnight
    Green Dragon – 928 SE 9th Ave., Portland, OR
  • Alchemeat – The Portland Beer and Charcuterie Festival
    Saturday, October 15
    Noon – 6:00pm
    Culmination Brewing – 2117 NE Oregon St., Portland, OR
  • Killer IPA Fest
    Sunday, October 16 – Monday, October 17
    2:00pm – Midnight
    N.W.I.P.A. – 6350 SE Foster Rd., Portland, OR
  • Killer Dave Fest + Cribbage Night
    Tuesday, October 18
    6:00pm – 10:00pm
    The BeerMongers – 1125 SE Division St., Portland, OR
  • Killer Lupulin Night
    Wednesday, October 19
    4:00pm – 10:00pm
    The Upper Lip – 720 SW Ankeny, Portland, OR
  • Killer Benefit Night
    Thursday, October 20
    5:00pm – 10:00pm
    The Garrison Tap Room – 8773 N Lombard St., Portland, OR
  • Brewpublic’s 8th Brewniversary Party
    Friday, October 21
    6:00pm – 11:00pm
    Saraveza Bottle Shop & Pasty Tavern – 1004 N. Killingsworth St., Portland, OR
    Saturday, October 22
    Noon – Midnight
    Bailey’s Taproom – 213 SW Broadway St., Portland, OR
  • Killer Beer Week Recovery Beerunch
    Sunday, October 23
    11:00am – 2:00pm
    Laurelwood Brewing – 5115 NE Sandy Blvd., Portland, OR