Oregon Beer News, 01/27/2015

Oregon BeerHere is the news in Oregon beer for Tuesday, the 27th of January. 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.

The Bier Stein (Eugene) tonight is doing a tasting with one of the great breweries of California, Firestone Walker: “It’s been a little while since we put on a bunch of these strong, barrel aged beauties from Firestone Walker– they’re certainly beers to showcase, to sip and enjoy. We’ll have Parabola Imperial Stout, Sucaba Barleywine, Double DBA, and Stickee Monkee, plus all of their regular lineup (Pivo Pils, DBA, Pale 31, Union Jack, Double Jack, Velvet Merlin, Opal Saison, and Wookey Jack) on draught– come enjoy with us!” It runs from 7 to 9pm.

Here’s an interesting bit of news from last week I hadn’t blogged yet: Astoria’s Buoy Beer Company is teaming up with Portland’s Growlers Hawthorne to brew a collaboration Imperial IPA to celebrate both companies’ one-year anniversaries, and the release is set for February 7 at Growlers Hawthorne from 6 to 8pm. From the press release: “Samples of the beer will be provided and representatives from Buoy will be on hand to talk about the Imperial IPA. A number of team members from Growlers Hawthorne traveled to Buoy Beer in Astoria to help brew the Imperial IPA, which is made with Galaxy and Mosaic hops. “Watching the brewing process showed me how creative, knowledgeable and committed Buoy is to making damn good beer,” stated Adi Zweier. “I am so excited to share the experience with our customers at Growlers Hawthorne.” The collaboration beer will remain on tap exclusively at Growlers Hawthorne and depending on demand, should be available throughout most of 2015.”

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Oregon Beer News, 01/26/2015

Oregon BeerHappy Monday and I hope you had a good weekend! Here’s the Oregon beer news kicking off the final week of January. 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.

This SuperBowl weekend will be a busy one, with a couple of big events taking place Friday and Saturday the 30th and 31st:

Saraveza (Portland) is holding their Super Barrel Weekend, featuring “all barrel-aged beer all weekend, til the big game.” Here’s the description: “This is not a festival, but a celebration if you will of sours, barley wines, imperial stouts, saisons, ipas etc. that have been aged in spirit or wine barrels. There is no entrance fee, there will be a few ticketed beers pouring out front and to make it easier on our beertenders there will be no flights, but we will be offering mostly 5oz pours of some of the best liquid you’ll ever put in your mouth!” They have a terrific taplist lined up, so be sure to swing by this weekend!

And the first-ever Salem Winter Brewfest is taking place this 30th and 31st as well, at the Capitol Mall in the heart of Salem. I wrote about this last week, and it looks like they’ll have a nice lineup for their inaugural event. Times are 4 to 11pm Friday, and noon to 11pm Saturday, with admission being $10 in advance, $15 at the door for (I assume) a standard brewfest-type package.

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Breaking: Anheuser-Busch buying Elysian Brewing!

The news is all over the internet and social media this morning: Anheuser-Busch is buying Seattle’s Elysian Brewing! I am completely stunned by this news, even moreso than the 10 Barrel news from last year—I never would have though Elysian would sell to AB.

Elysian Loser

From the AB press release:

Anheuser-Busch today announced it has agreed to purchase Elysian Brewing Company, based in Seattle, Washington. For nearly 20 years, Elysian has brewed an award-winning portfolio of beers, including Immortal IPA and some of the industry’s most innovative and sophisticated brands.

“For two decades, we’ve welcomed guests into our brewpubs and served them creative and impeccably crafted beers,” said Joe Bisacca, Elysian ‎CEO and co-founder, who will continue with Elysian along with his partners, Dick Cantwell and David Buhler. “After a lot of hard work, we’ve grown from one Seattle brewpub to four pub locations and a production brewery. With the support of Anheuser-Busch, we will build on past successes and share our beers with more beer lovers moving forward.”

Dick Cantwell, Elysian co-founder and Head Brewer added, “Throughout our journey we’ve been focused on brewing a portfolio of both classic and groundbreaking beers and supporting innovation and camaraderie in the beer industry through collaboration and experimentation. By joining with Anheuser-Busch we’ll be able to take the next steps to bring that energy and commitment to a larger audience.”

Elysian sold more than 50,000 barrels of beer in 2014, with Immortal IPA accounting for more than a quarter of the company’s total volume.

“Elysian’s story includes everything we look for in a partner,” said Andy Goeler, CEO, Craft, Anheuser-Busch. “The team has spent their careers brewing distinctive beers in the thriving West Coast beer community and building unique venues that celebrate beer. As the fastest growing brewer in Washington, their recipe is working. Elysian’s brands are an important addition to our high-end beer portfolio, and we look forward to working together.”

In addition to the Seattle Airport Way brewery, the acquisition includes the company’s four Seattle brewpubs, Elysian Capitol Hill, Elysian Tangletown, Elysian Fields and Elysian BAR.

Anheuser-Busch’s purchase of Elysian is expected to close by the end of the first quarter of 2015. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

And Ezra has a cryptic comment on the New School about this:

Word has come to us that the majority partner in Elysian Brewing has sold the company, possibly without the full blessing of partner Dick Cantwell. I have been hearing rumors for months that a Washington brewery was soon to sell but did not guess it would be the from the fiercely independent Dick Cantwell of Elysian, it makes sense that his majority partner may have been the one to pull the trigger.

I have no clue yet what this means for events like the Great Pumpkin Beer Fest and more. We’ll just have to watch and see.

And on an editorial note, I find it interesting that people who dismissed the 10 Barrel sale to AB as just the future of business, etc. etc., but are now suddenly alarmed that Elysian is the next to go…

Oregon Beer News, 01/23/2015

Oregon BeerTGIF and happy Friday! Here’s the news in Oregon beer for the weekend of the 23rd of January. As usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day with the latest news, so check back often. And if you have news to share, please let me know and I can get that updated as well.

Three Creeks Brewing (Sisters) has a big weekend! Today is the bottle release of their TenPine Chocolate Porter, the second release in their limited-bottling Desperado series. “TenPine Chocolate Porter is a chocoholic’s dream! This amped up version of our popular FivePine Chocolate Porter features double the chocolate malt, and double the dark Belgian chocolate in the boil and is then aged on organic cacao nibs in the brite tank. A true dessert beer with a full body and intense chocolate flavor. 8.4% abv, 25 IBU.” That kicks off tonight at 6:30pm at their pub.

And tomorrow, Saturday the 24th, is Three Creeks’ 3rd annual Beer & Dessert Pairing, featuring “Head Brewer Zach and Chef Mark will be tableside as they walk you through this year’s amazing 4 course line-up” as you enjoy amazing desserts pairing with Three Creeks beer (including TenPine, above). It’s $25 per person and you need to call (541)549-1963 for reservations, but it will be well worth it! Especially for that fried twinkie…

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Salem’s first Winter Brewfest

Salem Winter BrewfestThe city of Salem, Oregon has not historically been a big craft beer town, with few breweries (for years numbering only McMenamins Thompson House and the Ram Restaurant and Brewery) and few if any major beer events to speak of. Thankfully, over the past few years that has been changing, with a growing number of new brewpubs opening up (including the likes of Gilgamesh, Santiam, Salem Ale Works, and Vagabond) and now, Salem’s first Winter Brewfest.

This inaugural fest will be taking place at the end of this month, January 30 and 31 at the Capitol Mall. In fact here’s the press release blurb:

Warm up your winter at the inaugural Salem Winter Brewfest, featuring more than 60 craft beers on tap, plus food and live entertainment – all located inside a heated tent on the Capitol Mall grounds, across the street from the Oregon State Capitol Building (900 Court Street NE). The Brewfest will be held Friday, January 30, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday, January 31, noon to 11 p.m.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased at the following Salem area breweries and taphouses: Gilgamesh Brewing, Salem Ale Works, Santiam Brewing, Vagabond Brewing, b2 Taphouse, Westside Taphouse and 2 Sparky’s Taphouse.

I don’t see a brewery or beer list posted, but from their Facebook page I can glean some of the participating breweries:

  • Crux Fermentation Project
  • Breakside Brewery
  • Elysian Brewing
  • Flat Tail Brewing
  • Seattle Cider Company
  • Deschutes Brewery
  • Pyramid Brewing
  • Full Sail Brewing
  • Portland Brewing
  • BridgePort Brewing
  • Rogue Ales
  • Plus I assume the local Salem breweries as well

It’s a 21-and-over event and is sponsored by Columbia Distributing. If you’re out and about around Salem next weekend, give it a look.