Oregon Beer News, 01/16/2018

Oregon Beer, The Bier SteinOn this day in 1919, national Prohibition was ratified in the United States, and though it didn’t officially take effect until January 17, 1920, today is thus known as Prohibtion Remembrance Day… which calls for a beer. Here’s the beer news for this Tuesday, January 16; 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 also.

The Bier Stein (Eugene) is Tapping Into Community today, raising money for The Child Center from 5 to 8pm: “The Child Center’s mission statement: “Our mission is to provide individualized, diagnostic, therapeutic and educational services for the emotional and behavioral problems children exhibit in the home, school and community; provide integrated community based psychiatric and support services that are child centered, family driven and culturally competent; to advocate for preventative and educational services from community resources and to promote and/or develop other specialized services for children with serious mental, emotional and behavioral disorders and their families.” You can help support this local nonprofit by… drinking a beer! We will tap a donated keg of Plank Town Brewing Company Highland Skirt on Nitro and donate 100% of the proceeds to The Child Center.”

Gigantic Brewing (Portland): Their Tuesday release (taking place each week during the month of January) today is featuring Mons Meg Scotch Ale: “This Tuesday 1/16, we are releasing a limited amount of draft Mons Meg Scotch Ale from the Gigantic Flavor Vault. As powerful as its namesake medieval cannon, Mons Meg is brewed with rich Scottish Golden Promise malt. In true Highland fashion, we fire the kettles early for increased caramelization and depth of flavor. Aged to perfection in our cellar at Gigantic. BYO Haggis.”

Portland’s Breakside Brewery is expanding their California distribution, according to a press release announcement this morning. From the release: “Breakside Brewery and Delta Pacific Beverage have partnered to distribute the Oregon-based brewery’s innovative, award-winning beers to several areas throughout California including South Bay, East Bay and Central Valley. They will kick-off the new partnership with a series of region-wide launch events planned for early February during San Francisco Beer Week in cities around the region. The new distribution will encompass 14 counties ranging from Santa Clara all the way to Fresno and Tulare. This grows the brewery’s California presence beyond its 2016 launch with Mussetter Distributing farther north in the state.”

Portland Cider Company has a new seasonal cider coming out: Concord Grape. From the press release: “Remember being a kid and drinking juice boxes with lunch and snacks? Whether it was Hi-C, Juicy Juice, Minute Maid, or Capri Sun, grape was always one of the go-to flavors. Today, Portland Cider Company is pleased to announce the release of Concord Grape as a new addition to its lineup of seasonal ciders. The deliciously tart blend of 100 percent Northwest apple cider and fresh pressed NW Concord grapes is reminiscent of your favorite childhood grape juice box – only without the straw! Concord Grape is the result of a collaboration cider made with Waz Wu, chapter director of Veganizer Portland, for the Willamette Week Beer & Cider Pro-Am in October 2017. The collaboration cider, which featured grape juice crushed in a grape stomp by Portland Cider Co. owner Jeff Parrish and Wu, took home the People’s Choice award at the event.”

Deschutes Brewery (Bend): Tuesdays are Community Pints days at the Deschutes locations, where $1 from every pint sold goes to benefit a local non-profit organization. At the Portland Pub, they are benefiting Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Oregon. In Bend, I haven’t seen it posted but I will update if I find out who the beneficiary is. Make sure to help out with a pint or 3 today!

Oregon City Brewing: Their Charity Pint Night taking place today starting at 5pm is benefiting the Oregon City Parks Foundation: “Let’s help some parks! Join us this Tuesday, Jan. 16th for our Charity Pint Night benefiting the Oregon City Parks Foundation. $1 of every OCB pint, soda, taster tray, crowler or growler will go towards helping and improving our city’s parks, trails, historic and cultural heritage, and recreation sites. Cheers, Pioneers!”

Cascade Brewing (Portland): Their Tap It Tuesday at the Barrel House at 6pm tonight is featuring Crème de les Pêches, “a vanilla forward variation on our Kentucky Peach project. It is a blend of sour quad, blond, and wheat ales aged for up to 19 months in white wine and bourbon barrels. We added a gratuitous amount of Northwest-grown peaches and a late infusion of vanilla bean, giving this beer flavors of creamy vanilla, bourbon, almond, and subtle cherry.”

Sedition Brewing (The Dalles): Their Liquid Education session tonight starts at 5:30pm: “Want to learn more about the beverage we know and love, craft beer? Join us Tuesday, January 16th at 5:30pm in the pub at Sedition Brewing Company. Classes focus on various ingredients and aspects of craft beer making. The classes will last for approximately 30 – 45 minutes with time for tasting and mingling to follow. All participants must be 21 and up, as you will be sampling beer throughout class.” They note they’ll be discussing “Belgian, Common, Red and Dark Brown.”