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Oregon Beer News, 01/05/2012

Here’s the beer news from around Oregon for Thursday, the 5th of January. As usual I’ll be updating this post throughout the day, so if you have some news to share contact me and I’ll update.

GoodLife Brewing (Bend) has a series of Meet the Brewer events coming up in Bend and Portland, and tonight is the first two—in both cities. Here in Bend, it’s taking place at Timbers Bar & Grill from 5 to 9pm; and in the Portland area, it’s at Maher’s Pub in Lake Oswego. All four of GoodLife’s current lineup will be pouring (Mountain Rescue Pale Ale, Descender IPA, Pass Stout and Scottish Heart Scotch Ale). The next Portland events will be next week on the 11th, 12th, and 13th.

Next week, the 13th and 14th (Friday and Saturday, respectively) the Oregon Wine, Food & Brew Festival kicks off in Salem: two days of celebrating Oregon’s gastronomy and drink. The Fest runs from 4 to 10pm on Friday and noon to 10pm on Saturday; admission each day is $10 (though doesn’t include samples), and gets you access to reps from Oregon’s wineries and breweries, as well as culinary demos and classes, live entertainment, and more. It’s taking place at the Oregon State Fairgrounds, and a quick look at their current exhibitors list reveals the following breweries will be there:

Pelican Pub & Brewery (Pacific City): If you were wanting to attend their Winter Brewers Dinner on the 28th featuring Ben Love and Van Havig of Gigantic Brewing (in a collaboration with Pelican), there are only 8 tickets left for the event so you’d better jump on it. The cost is $75, and sounds like a great night (the collaboration beer between Gigantic and Pelican is “Schwartz Genug”, a Baltic Porter).

Oakshire Brewing (Eugene): Van Havig and Ben Love of Gigantic Brewing sure are getting around: today they’re brewing a collaboration beer with Matt Van Wyk of Oakshire, named “Collabo Wabo.” “Serious work happening at Oakshire today – A collaboration beer brewed by Oakshire Brewmaster Matt Van Wyk and veteran brewers Van Havig and Ben Love of soon to be open Gigantic Brewing Company. Look for Collabo Wabo to be out at the end of the month!” And based on both the limes and the tequila in the picture, one can only wonder what sort of beer these three are dreaming up…

Upcoming tastings, releases, and “Meet the Brewer” events: