Oregon Beer News, 01/22/2018

Oregon Beer, NW Coffee Beer InvitationalHappy Monday! Here are the news and events in beer from around Oregon for January 22. 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 Saturday, January 27, the 5th annual NW Coffee Beer Invitational returns to the Goose Hollow Inn, “Portland’s intimate mid-winter beer festival where talented beverage-makers are asked to get creative with locally-roasted coffee” (per the press release). Also from the press release: “We have a cidery and a meadery in the line-up alongside 19 outstanding breweries. To celebrate our 5th year, we asked past festival-favorite brewers Alan Taylor (PINTS and Zoiglhaus Brewing), Ben Nehrling (Fire on the Mountain Brewing) and Kevin Shaw (Buoy Brewing) to collaborate with Din Johnson (Ristretto Roasters) and make a special anniversary beer. Brewed at Buoy in Astoria, it will be released at the festival.” The fest runs from noon to 7pm and costs $20 at the door, which gets you the glass and 10 taster tickets.

The Oregon Hophouse‘s IPA Challenge continues this month at both of their locations, pouring a selection of Oregon IPA’s in a blind tasting: “We (and our customers) curated a flight of 12 top Oregon IPAs. We have a blind test in both Hawthorne Hophouse and 15th Avenue Hophouse, where you can come in and try to identify each beer and match to a list. 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.”

Self-promotion! This Saturday, the 27th, at Deschutes Brewery‘s Bend Tasting Room, I’ll be doing a book talk for Bend Beer, my book on the history of brewing in Central Oregon. The talk event is called Uncovering Bend Beer and will take place at 5pm. In addition to Bend’s beer history I’ll discuss the process of research and work that went into the book “behind the scenes” so to speak. It’ll be fun so come on out!

Eugene’s Steelhead Brewery celebrated their anniversary this past weekend, on Sunday the 21st: “January 21st, we at Steelhead Brewery are excited to be celebrating our 27th year of doing what we love; brewing and serving delicious beer here in Eugene!” Steelhead opened in Eugene in 1991. Congrats!

Old Town Brewing (Portland): Old Town’s trademark troubles with the City of Portland are over! You may recall that Old Town owns a federal trademark on the “white stag” leaping deer image used in their logo. The City of Portland was trying to license out that logo for other alcohol-related purposes, which violated Old Town’s trademark. The bottom line: Old Town prevailed, and the City agreed to stop trying to use the trademark in violation; read the details here.

Vertigo Brewing (Hillsboro) has a beer release today: “You long time Vertigo folks will remember our High Altitude Amber. We have it back for a limited time (renamed as Vertigo Amber). We tap it today. Come give it a try. Taproom opens at 4:00.”