Oregon Beer News, 01/25/2018

Oregon Beer, McMenamins Hammerhead AleHere’s the news in beer from around Oregon for Thursday, January 25. As usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day, so check back often. And if you have news to share, please contact me and I can get that updated as well.

McMenamins is celebrating the 32nd birthday of their flagship Hammerhead Ale today! This classic pale ale was first brewed at the Hillsdale Brewery in 1986 and features all Cascade hops. (A bit of trivia: the original version of Hammerhead was, like all those very early beers, brewed with malt extract. John Harris (who owns Ecliptic) brewed the first all-grain version.) All McMenamins locations today are featuring specials of $4 pints and $8 growler fills of Hammerhead, and they’ll have food specials as well. Cheers to 32 years of a northwest classic!

Belmont Station (Portland) is weloming Bend’s Boneyard Beer for the bottle release party for Boneyard’s Gooze Crooze: “We are very excited to host Boneyard Beer for this monumental event. Boneyard’s (first ever bottled/canned offering) Gooze Crooze is a Belgian-style Oude Geuze Lambic Ale that is fouder-aged and bottle conditioned. We’ve been lucky enogh to see previews of this beer on draft for events like our annual Puckerfest. But now it’s ready for reals! A limited amount of these exclusive bottles will avaiable to go.” The party runs from 5 to 8pm.

The Bier Stein (Eugene) is celebrating Robert Burns Night with Traquair House Brewery today from 5 to 8pm: “‘What is Burns Night?’ you are likely asking yourself. Let us sum up: Burns Night is a chance to taste beer from one of the oldest brewing systems in operation in the world located in the oldest continuously inhabited house in Scotland. It’s literally a piece of history. The brewing system was installed in the early 1700s, but went unused through the 1800s until it was rediscovered in the 1960s. In 1993 the brewery expanded to double capacity; it is still quite small, producing under 500 barrels per year. The brewery now produces two beers, Traquair House Ale and Jacobite, which is brewed with coriander seed. Fermentation takes place in the oak fermentation vessels, some of which are over 200 years old. Malt-focused and smooth without being overly sweet, these stronger ales fit the season quite well. We hope you will join us and give them a try!”

Imperial Bottle Shop (Portland) is hosting McMinnville’s new Allegory Brewing for a meet the brewer event at Imperial’s Division Street location from 6 to 9pm: “Please join us as we welcome McMinnvile’s Allegory Brewing! Allegory Brewing is a 7 bbl brewery that’s the collaborative brainchild of owner David Sanguinetti (The Bitter Monk Taproom) and head brewer Charlie Van Meter (formerly brewed at Logsdon Farmhouse Ales and Yachats Brewery). Stop by to meet the Allegory team, including new Sales & Marketing Manager Alison Burns (formerly Ninkasi and Boneyard) and try some of their delicious beers on draught.”

Beerworks (Medford) is welcoming Corvallis’ Flat Tail Brewing for a tap takeover tonight from 6 to 9pm: “Get ready to meet the head brewer and co-owner of Flat Tail Brewing, Dave Marliave! This Thursday, January 25th, at our Medford location, we will be having a Flat Tail event! We’ll be featuring 3 of their beers on draft – Pulp-A-Colada – Pulp Action IPA aged on toasted coconut; Dam Wild: Pink Lemonade – Sour Ale; and Lovely Bunch – Coconut Imperial Porter. Dave will be here from 6pm to 9pm to represent Flait Tail. So pop in, pick his brain, and enjoy a delicious pour of Flat Tail beer!”

Modern Times Beer is hosting a soft opening at the new Portland location (in the former The Commons Brewery space) this Sunday: “ALRIGHTY FOLKS: We are throwing open the doors to the Belmont Fermentorium this Sunday! The space isn’t 100% done yet, but that’s what a soft open is all about. Hours: Sun-Tues: 11am-10pm and Wed-Sat: 11am-midnight. Extremely tasty food will be on offer during all open hours. Merch, beer to-go (cans, crowlers, bottles, etc), and online sale pick-ups will also be available whenever we’re open.”

There is a new cidery coming to Sherwood, Xylem Cider, and they are holding their grand opening this Saturday the 27th (Eventbrite link): “Come celebrate with Xylem Cider as they celebrate and christen their new hard cider company. This open-house style event will let you come taste the (fermented) fruits of our labors as well as get to know the brewer and owners.” Starts at 1pm.

Allegory Brewing, incidentally, brewed up a collaboration beer with Claim 52 Brewing yesterday: “Today we brewed up Honey Bunches Of Goats 🐝🍻🐐 a sour ale brewed with oats, honey and a sprinkle of Bryce’s favorite breakfast. Just in time for the upcoming opening of their new location in Eugene.” That sounds… interesting.

Block 15 Brewery (Corvallis) has their Love Potion #9 available in time for Valentine’s Day: “Concocted by gypsies and guaranteed to help you find love, Love Potion #9 is a most romantic brew. This sweet #stout was brewed with a tantalizing blend of specialty dark malts and conditioned on chocolate and locally-grown black cap raspberries. On tap now at both of our locations, with a limited run of custom LP9 #Crowlers available at our south #Corvallis Tap Room.”

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