Here is the news in Oregon beer for a new week—Monday, January 15. 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 Portland Hophouse locations (Hawthorne and 15th Avenue) have their January IPA Challenge continuing this week, offering customer up a blind tasting of Oregon IPAs which they attempt to guess the brewery and vote on their favorite. “Get six or more right and win prizes, like hoodies, shirts, growlers, gift cards, etc. You’ll take the Challenge in the pub, get your results instantly, and either hide in shame or have bragging rights for years to come. New this year is the ability to take the test in the pub online … no waiting around until February. You’ll know instantly. And you’ll pick your favorite of the twelve (blind) and that beer will be our only permanent tap at both Hophouse pubs for the entirety of 2018.”
Bailey’s Taproom is holding their 9th annual CellarFest this coming Saturday, January 20, featuring a collection of vintage beers pulled from the cellar to go on tap Saturday only. They’ve posted a pretty terrific list of beers that you are not going to want to miss.
McMenamins Cornelius Pass Roadhouse (Hillsboro) has their annual Wassail Cider Fest taking place on Saturday the 20th as well, from 2 to 9pm. “It’s a cider party in the Octagonal Barn, in the British tradition of Wassail – a salutation wishing good health to all, often associated with plentiful alcohol and a lively celebration! Come on out to try dozens of McMenamins and local guest ciders. We’ll have live music from Falcon Heart, and join in a parade with singing to “toast” the apple trees. Commemorative glass and tasting tokens can be purchased online or at the event. Wassail costumes are encouraged!” It’s $21 in advance (limited tickets), or $24 day of the event. Entry includes the keepsake glass and 10 tokens, and they will be pouring over three dozen ciders—so if you’re a cider person, you need to check this fest out.
Ordnance Brewing (Boardman) has a beer back on tap, and available in bottles: “It’s back! Of Chimpanzees, Ordnance’s coffee porter is available in 22 oz bottles and on draft. This porter is made with locally roasted coffee from Home Town Coffee Roasters. Our brewer worked with Home Town’s coffee roaster to come up with a beer that showcased some of the darker roasted coffees. ABV: 5.3 IBU: 27”