Oregon Beer News, 01/23/2018

Oregon Beer, Gigantic BrewingToday is National Pie Day—a holiday founded by none other than homebrew guru Charlie Papazian in the mid-1970s. So, happy National Pie Day! Today’s Oregon beer news calls for a beer and pie pairing. 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.

Gigantic Brewing (Portland) has their January Tuesday release hitting the taps today, and it’s a cask version of their Pipewrench Gin Barrel Aged IPA: “Gigantic’s Pipewrench Gin Barrel Aged IPA is perhaps our best reviewed and most award winning beer. Each batch is aged 3 months in “Old Tom” Gin Barrels from Oregon’s Ransom Distillery. “Pipewrench Cask Strength” is a celebration of the newest batch of Pipewrench – aged in barrels, served from a cask. It’s a new standard of freshness in pin to pint drinking. Get yours exclusively on Tuesday, January 23rd in the tap room.”

Breakside Brewery (Portland) has a release party for their new beer, Kids These Haze (guess the style) taking place at Beer Store Milwaukie from 5 to 8pm tonight: “When the clouds lift and the fog recedes, there’s only one thing left to see: KIDS THESE HAZE… You heard that right…it’s official: THE HAZE TRAIN continues with another pillowy bodied New England style IPA from Breakside Brewery. Follow the juicy aroma to Beer Store Milwaukie because it’s rumored fog machines may obstruct your view. We’ll have a whole host of surprises in store. Full Breakside premium beer lineup coupled with raffles, games and maybe Dazed n Confused playing in the background.”

Cascade Brewing (Portland): Their Tap It Tuesday at the Barrel House at 6pm is featuring Nukular Blues: “A blend of Belgian strong red, Belgian spiced quad, and wheat ales aged for up to three years in white wine barrels and blended with explosive amounts of fresh blueberries. This beer pours up a beautiful dark ruby red and has nostalgic notes of candied blueberries and bubblegum. It’s a nukular explosion of blueberries in every glass!”

Deschutes Brewery (Bend): Tuesdays are Community Pints days at the Deschutes locations, where $1 of every pint sold goes to benefit a local non-profit organization. In Bend this month, at both the Pub and the Tasting Room, they are supporting In Our Backyard. At the Portland Pub, their  partner is Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Oregon. Be sure to stop by one of their locations and help out with a pint or 3!

Ninkasi Brewing (Eugene) announced today that they are a Good Foods Awards winner. From the press release: “This past Friday, Ninkasi Brewing Company joined the nation’s leading food producers, grocers, chefs, journalists, and activists at the San Francisco War Memorial as 199 of the nation’s most sustainable food and beverage producers were recognized by the Good Food Awards. Honored for its Pacific Rain Northwest Pale, Ninkasi was among 19 Oregon-based companies awarded for creating tasty, authentic and responsible products.” Congrats to Ninkasi! And get yourself some Pacific Rain Pale Ale to go with some pie.

Tickets are on sale now for the Oregon Beer Awards taking place in Portland on February 28, according to the New School. It will be taking place once again at Revolution Hall in southeast Portland. From the press release: “1,029 Oregon craft beers were entered and judged in a double-blind competition on January 20-21. Gold, Silver and Bronze medals will be awarded in 24 categories at the Awards Ceremony on February 28. In addition, the OBA Voting Academy (comprised of over 200 members with industry backgrounds) nominate and then vote on five non-beer style categories including Best New Brewery, Best Beer Bar/Bottleshop, Best Beer Festival, Hall of Fame/Lifetime Achievement Award and Brewery of the Year. Tickets for the public are just $18 and available at bit.ly/oba2018. $2 of every ticket goes to our non-profit partner Oregon Wild. Oregon Wild works to protect and restore Oregon’s wildlands, wildlife and waters as an enduring legacy for all Oregonians.”

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