Oregon Beer News, 01/07/2014

Oregon BeerHere’s the news in Oregon beer for Tuesday, the 7th of January. 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 as well.

Full Sail Brewing (Hood River) has their January Brewmaster Dinner coming up this Thursday, the 9th, at their Brewpub with the theme “Mexican Breakfast for Dinner.” Four courses will be paired with Full Sail beers with open-seating service starting at 5pm. Cost is $40 per person.

Mazama Brewing (Corvallis): They are hosting their first-ever Dark Days Winter Ale Fest this Saturday the 11th from 4 to 10pm. This sounds like it’s going to be a pretty fun event, one to check out if you’re in the area: “We’ll be showcasing beer, cider, and mead from 10+ mid-valley breweries as well as some new projects from the Mazama brewers. The festival will take place in our brewery where you’ll be able to enjoy your beers, chat with the brewers, and enjoy food for purchase from Cheesy Stuffed Burgers and Creperie du Lys.” There will also be a shuttle service. Cost is $15 for the souvenir pint glass and tasting tickets, and additional tickets will be available.

1188 Brewing (John Day) should have beer back on tap by tomorrow: “The Black Oak Instigator is carbonating and will be ready to go. The Leaf Dropper IPA should be ready by the following Wednesday.”

I just discovered this new brewery based in Albany: Deluxe Brewing. They will be at Mazama’s Dark Days festival with their Schwarzbier. They opened as recently as September, and from the looks of things they are an all-lager brewery—joining only McMinnville’s Heater Allen in being lager-exclusive, if so. (Occidental in Portland is close, but they brew at least a Kolsch (an ale) to disqualify as all-lager.)  They are definitely one to check out next time I’m in the Corvallis/Albany area.

Cascade Brewing (Portland): Tonight’s Tap It Tuesday event at the Barrel House at 6pm is featuring “Live” Blueberry Espresso. “This NW style sour ale was barrel aged first in pinot barrels, then Bourbon barrels with 50 lbs. of blueberries, and finally blended with @Roseline Coffee Roasters’ seasonal espresso blend, Catapult. The color of the blueberry gets your expectations set, then the soft aroma of earthy coffee turns your expectations on their head. The flavor of the coffee and the blueberries take turns revealing themselves on your palate. The finish is of earthy blueberries and coffee, a great juxtaposition of flavors all pointing back to the fruits.”

Upright Brewing (Portland): This Friday is the third annual release of their Fantasia: “a lambic-style barrel-fermented Peach sour beer in 750ml photos. We think this is the best year yet! Bottles go on sale when the tasting room opens at 430pm with a 3 bottle per person limit at $20 per bottle.”