Oregon Beer News, 01/10/2017

Oregon BeerHere is the nearly snowed-in beer news for Oregon for Tuesday, January 10. Because of the weather, keep in mind I’ll try to note if any events linked to are cancelled or updated, but please double-check as well. 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.

Bailey’s Taproom (Portland) is hosting Cascade Brewing tonight at the Upper Lip for a Cascade Night with Day One Distribution, who recently picked up Cascade for local distribution. From 4 to 10pm they’ll have a Cascade tap takeover featuring 2016 Blueberry, Date Night, Sang Noir 2015, Gin Gimlet 2015, Vlad the Imp Aler 2013, and Bourbonic Plague 2013. This should be a good night to fortify yourself for the coming snowstorm.

Standing Stone Brewing (Ashland): Tonight at their pub from 5 to 10pm is Pints for a Purpose, which raises money for a local charitable organization: “On Tuesday, January 10 from 5-10pm, we will host our third Pints for a Purpose event of the 2016-2017 season. Each winter SSBC hosts five evenings from which we donate $2 from each Beer, and $1 from each Root Beer sold, to a local, charitable organization. In December we raised about $400 for the Maslow Project to help homeless youth. This month Pints for a Purpose will benefit the Southern Oregon Alzheimer’s Association.” This is definitely a great cause so if you can get out to enjoy a beer or three tonight, do so!

And in addition to the Upper Lip tap takeover, tonight’s Tap It Tuesday at the Cascade Brewing Barrel House is featuring Peaches and Cream: “a preview of our 2016 Peach project with a slight twist. Peaches and Cream is a blend of sour wheat, spiced blond and spiced quad ales aged for up to 23 months in oak wine and bourbon barrels with Northwest-grown peaches and a late infusion of vanilla beans. This blend offers wonderful fresh peach fruit flavors and is complemented by complex bourbon oak notes and vanilla cream sweetness (7.8% ABV).”

Belmont Station (Portland) is hosting Ex Novo Brewing and Magnolia Brewing tonight for a “post-brew party” from 5 to 7pm: “Magnolia’s rock-star founder/brewer Dave McLean from San Francisco will be brewing a collaboration beer with Joel Gregory and the Ex Novo brew team earlier in the day, but they are coming to Belmont Station to celebrate the end of their brew day together! To get the party started, we will pour Magnolia’s Kalifornia Kolsch and Proving Ground IPA, plus Ex Novo Cloudy Future IPA and Nevermore Black Barley Wine. Come join in the fun!”

Portland’s Hopworks Urban Brewery teamed up with the Technology Association of Oregon to brew Silicon Forest, “created for the Oregon and Southwest Washington tech community.” Tonight at HUB is the release party from 5 to 8pm: “Inspired by the bearded woodsman and technology geek in all of us HUB’s Silicon Forest includes hints of light, more citrus-like flavors, that are produced by using bright green pine growth before the new needles and twigs harden and become woody. And like all of HUB’s beers, Silicon Forest is made with practices that drive quality, protect the environment, and improve the community we live in.”

Deschutes Brewery (Bend) officially announced the packaged year-round release of their Pacific Wonderland Lager in a press release issued today: “Nearly 60 years ago, the motto “Pacific Wonderland” first showed up on license plates in Oregon in celebration of the state’s 100th birthday. Oregon is still a place full of wonder and adventure, and Deschutes Brewery bottled it up in a new sessionable brew befitting of the Pacific Northwest: Pacific Wonderland Lager. Pacific Wonderland Lager is made with a pilsner malt and a trifecta of Hallertau Herkules, Hallertau Mettelfruh and Tettnang Mandarina hops. The result is a crisp, bright beer with citrus, floral and herbal hop flavors, a delicate malt body, and a crisp, clean lager finish. Pacific Wonderland Lager is 5.5 percent ABV and 37 IBUs. It will first be available on draft and in 6-packs throughout the brewery’s distribution area, and 12-packs will roll out in early spring.”

And Tuesdays are “Community Pints” days at Deschutes‘ Bend and Portland pubs, where they donate $1 from every pint sold to a designated non-profit for the month. I haven’t actually seen any notice about these charitable days this month yet—so be sure to ask if you are enjoying a pint at either pub today.

Rogue Ales (Newport) released their 2017 Product Calendar today, laying out what beers you can expect from the brewery and when. Among some of the new releases (Hazelutely Choctabulous, Paradise Pucker, Hot Tub Scholarship Lager) they also announced some new packaging—notably Dead Guy Ale, which is being released in cans with a new design. I have to say, that design looks pretty great!

Full Sail Brewing (Hood River) announced today the release of their Slipknot IPA in six-packs for the first time. From the press release: “This three-time gold medal winner features a big Northwest hop aroma and robust bitterness balanced with a full malt body. Slipknot leads with aromas of citrus, pine and stone fruit and is balanced by a clean, caramel malt body, with multi-layered hop flavors that lead to a crisp assertive finish. Brewmaster Reserve Slipknot IPA is available January through May in 6-packs, 12 oz. bottles, on draft and as Slipknot NITRO in the Full Sail Pub. 7.0% ABV, 80 IBUs.”