Oregon Beer News, 01/10/2014

Oregon BeerTGIF and happy Friday! Here’s the beer news from around Oregon to hoist a beer to for January 10th. 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 posted as well.

Upright Brewing (Portland) is celebrating the third annual release of their Fantasia today, starting at 4:30pm: “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.” Fantasia is one of their most anticipated beers and is fairly limited; if you plan to buy bottles today, make sure you have cash as they do not take cards at the tasting room.

Mazama Brewing (Corvallis): Tomorrow, Saturday the 11th, is their first-ever Dark Days Winter Ale Fest taking place from 4 to 10pm at their brewery and should be a fun event. “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. Entry is $15. You’ll receive a souvenir pint glass and tasting tickets. Additional tickets will be available for purchase as well. 21+ only, please.” The breweries participating include: “2 Towns Ciderhouse, 4 Spirtis Distillery, Agrarian Ales, Block 15, Deluxe Brewing, Flat Tail, Heater Allen, McMenamins, Nectar Creek, Sky High, and of course Mazama Brewing.” If you’re in the Valley, don’t miss out!

Deschutes Brewery (Bend) has some interesting and exciting new releases for 2014 planned, announced in a press release today. First, the very popular Fresh Squeezed IPA is returning to join the year-round portfolio of beers, starting in March; it will be released in 6-packs as well as on draft. Then: “One of the largest changes to the beer menu for 2014 are three 22-ounce mainline offerings available year-round starting at the end of March. Distributed primarily in the Mountain and Pacific regions, these beers include Pine Mountain Pilsner, Armory XPA and the classic Cinder Cone Red (yea! It’s back!!).” And there will also be a Belgian IPA added to the 22-ounce Bond Street Series, and a new Reserve Series offering: Not the Stoic. It’s looking to be a great year for new beers!

The Bier Stein (Eugene) is hosting Corvallis’ 2 Towns Ciderhouse tomorrow (Saturday the 11th) for the release party for 2 Towns’ cider Serious Scrump: “Corvallis’ premiere cider company debuts this year’s strong, dry, English-style cider, Serious Scrump in Eugene! An eclectic blend of apple varietals are slow fermented with traditional English cider yeast. Enjoy this tart, floral, celebratory cider and get serious about your scrump! 2 Towns folk will be here with samples and swag, too!” The party runs from 6 to 9pm.

Oblivion Brewing (Bend) has a new beer release to add to their growing lineup: “Golden Aurora! A classic golden ale using only whole flower Cascade hops. Light & quenchable! 4.5% ABV 25 IBU” The beer will be appearing on tap in Bend at Barrio downtown and Broken Top Bottle Shop in the coming days.