Oregon Beer News, 10/08/2015

Oregon BeerHere is the news in beer from around Oregon for Thursday, October 8. As usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day, so check back often. And if you have news to share, please contact me and I can get that updated as well.

McMenamins Edgefield (Troutdale) has a limited-edition beer tasting today starting at 5pm, featuring Wild Saison Aged with Plums: “The Estate Saison is a dark Saison aged in oak barrels from Edgefield distillery for four months with wild yeast and Italian plums grown in Edgefield’s orchards. This wild ale is dark and tart with a complex, roasty, and deeply fruity character that also possesses a strong oaky, vanilla influence from the wood. This beer is one of a kind and 100% Edgefield.” Sounds delicious and intriguing!

Cascade Brewing (Portland): Their 5-year anniversary celebration of the Barrel House continues today, with special tappings of ’09 Noyaux and ’09 Sang Rouge—both good beers. Once tapped they’ll be available in four-ounce pours for $5 each.

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Oregon Beer News, 10/07/2015

Oregon BeerHappy Hump Day! Here’s the beer news from around Oregon and the web for Wednesday, the 7th of October. As usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day with the latest news, so check back often for updates. If you have news to share, please contact me and I can get that updated as well.

Big news out of Eugene today, that I first saw reported on Brewpublic this morning: Oakshire Brewing‘s brewmaster, Matt Van Wyk, will be leaving Oakshire to start his own Eugene-based brewery, AleSong Brewing & Blending. The new brewery “will focus on farmhouse ales, wild ales and a barrel-aging program. These are all beer styles that Van Wyk has excelled at during his brewing career. Van Wyk will partner with brothers Brian and Doug Coombs to launch AleSong in the coming months in the Eugene, Oregon area. The trio filed its Articles of Organization paperwork to form an LLC back in late July with the state of Oregon.” October 23 is Van Wyk’s last day, and lead brewer Tyler West (who got his start in Bend at Silver Moon Brewing) will be taking over brewmaster duties. Big congrats to both!

Cascade Brewing (Portland): Their Barrel House 5th anniversary celebration continues today! Each day they are tapping vintage, 1/4 barrel kegs from the cellar, all of which will be served in four ounce servings for $5. Today’s tappings are ’08 Sang Noir and ’09 Kriek. Get some!

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Oregon Beer News, 10/06/2015

Oregon BeerHere’s the news in Oregon beer for Tuesday, October 6. As usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day, so check back often for the latest news. And if you have news to share, please contact me and I can get that posted as well.

Cascade Brewing (Portland) is celebrating the 5th anniversary of their Barrel House this week, starting today and running through the 10th! From the announcement: “In the fall of 2010, the Cascade Brewing Barrel House opened to the public at 939 SE Belmont St. Known as the “House of Sour,” it featured 18 taps from which to pour its relatively new Northwest sour style ales. From October 6 to October 10, the brewery will offer 10 vintage beers from its early years. Each day at opening, the pub will serve two vintage beers from the cellar (1/4 bbl kegs), which will remain on tap until they run out. Look for the following beers during the course of the event (exact schedule to be finalized): ’08 Sang Noir, ’08 Apricot, ’09 Vlad, ’09 Vine, ’09 Sang Royal, ’09 Kriek, ’09 Bourbonic Plague, ’09 Blackberry, ’09 Sang Rouge & ’09 Noyaux. All vintage products will be served in four-ounce servings for $5.” Beers being tapped today are ’09 Vlad the Imp Aler and ’09 The Vine; I’ll keep up with tappings each day.

McMenamins Fulton Pub (Portland) has a limited-edition beer tasting today, starting at 5pm, and featuring Dueling IPAs: “For a limited time we will have two delicious IPAs to choose from! Orange Goblin IPA will take on the Deck Boss IPA in a head to head challenge. Deck Boss IPA has a very intense and citrusy hop bitterness and flavor throughout. This is achieved by carefully blending three different varieties of NW grown hops in the boiling kettle. The malt background is rich, smooth, and subtly sweet. This is truly a beer for the hop lovers out there.”

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Portland’s Peche Fest rocks the peachy niche fest scene

One of the endearing things about the Portland (Oregon) beer scene is the rise in recent years of the niche beer festival, mini- to micro-fests dedicated to a unique, specific theme. One of my favorites simply because it’s so out-of-the-box is BenFest, featuring all beers brewed by one of Portland’s many brewers named “Ben.” Others aren’t quite as unconventional, dedicated to particular styles or ingredients.

So it is with Peche Fest—a beerfest “dedicated to drinking the world’s greatest fruit—the peach.” The third annual Peche Fest is taking place at Saraveza (and their Bad Habit Room) this Saturday, October 10, and is featuring “25+ rare peach beers and ciders, food made with peaches, cocktail specials” all for only $10.

Peche Fest 2015 poster

Think of Peche Fest as a more narrowly-focused Fruit Beer Fest (also a Portland staple), one that I think perhaps better represent another white-hot popular segment: sour beers. More often than not I see peach married with a soured beer of some style, with two well-known (best known?) examples being Dogfish Head’s Festina Peche and Logsdon’s Peche ‘n Brett. And from what I can tell most of the beers at Peche Fest are soured in some form or another. So not only will this be a great showcase of peach beers, but it’s also a great opportunity to sample beers that are soured via different methods and organisms.

Peche Fest is running from 3 to 10pm, and the $10 entry will get you the commemorative glass and two drink tickets; tickets are good for a pour, and additional tickets are $2 each (if you’re used to the $1 ticket pricing, keep in mind these are rare, special, and/or limited beers). You can buy tickets in advance here. (And I’m not even mentioning the newly-added VIP session—simply because it’s already sold out at the time of this writing.)

The final beer list is out now, which I’m reposting here below. (Of special note is Block 15 Brewery’s GABF gold medal-winning Turbulent Consequence: Peche.)

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Oregon Beer News, 10/05/2015

Oregon BeerBack into the week of Oregon beer news, for the first full week of October! Here’s the news for Monday the 5th; as usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day with the latest news as I find it, so check back often. If you have news to share, please let me know and I can get that updated as well.

A bit of news overlooked last week regarding Pacific City’s Pelican Brewing: they broke ground on their new Cannon Beach brewpub! “The restaurant will be about 75,000-square-feet, seating 160 inside and 40 outside, with a 600-square-foot brewery attached, [CEO Jim] Prinzing said. Windows on the brewery side will give visitors a peek at operations. The building’s final design allowed the company to upgrade from a seven- to a 10-barrel system, producing up to 800 barrels of beer per year. ‘Most of the beer made here will be consumed here,’ he said. The brewery will be primarily utilized for research and development, including collaboration with local brewers such as Buoy Beer Co., Fort George Brewery and Seaside Brewing Co. to produce ‘some Cannon Beach-only beers,’ Prinzing said.”

This Saturday in Portland is Saraveza‘s 3rd annual Peche Fest! “[F]rom 3pm to 10pm in both Saraveza & The Bad Habit Room, ‘Peche Fest’—Oregon’s only festival dedicated to drinking the world’s greatest fruit—the peach—returns for its 3rd year on Saturday, October 10, at Saraveza and the Bad Habit Room. Stuffed with tart and fuzzy peachy goodness, the Peche Fest features 25+ rare peach beers and ciders, food made with peaches, cocktail specials, and a newly added VIP session.” Cost is $10 and you can purchase tickets online here. I’ll have a longer post about Peche Fest coming up, including the taplist, but in the meantime make sure to block out the time on your calendars.

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