Oregon Beer News, 01/17/2013

Oregon BeerHere is the news in Oregon beer for Thursday, the 17th of January. As usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day, so check back often for the latest news. And if you have news to share, please contact me so I can get that posted too.

Golden Valley Brewery (McMinnville): Today their seasonal Geistbock is hitting the taps, and to celebrate GVB is offering $2(!) pints (I had previously assumed/said $3) on the beer until the first keg blows. “Beer Release Madness! This Thursday we welcome back the Geistbock. This is one of our rare lagers brewed in the style of the German Heiliges Geist Bock, or Holy Ghost Bock. The name refers to the lighter nature of the beer as opposed to the darker and heavier Doppel Bock and Mai Bock also brewed during the spring in Germany. There is a rich malt flavor, a firm German style lager head, and a clean lagered finish to this beer.” At 6% abv this is a drinkable and tasty beer (one I originally reviewed here).

Belmont Station (Portland) is Stone Central today as they are holding the bottle release party for Stone Brewing’s Enjoy By IPA, the 2/15/13 version which has made it to Oregon. “Many of you are aware that Stone Brewing created the intensely hoppy Enjoy By Imperial IPA with the mandate that every bottle is consumed within 35 days of when it was bottled fresh. We all know IPAs are best fresh, and in this case Stone are delivering. Each month they send fresh Enjoy By to a different market and require each retailer who stocks it to agree to sell it all by the Enjoy By date or dump it. Bottles & a keg will arrive sometime Thursday January 17th. Let’s just say we don’t expect to be dumping any (unless it is down your editor’s mouth)! We’ll tweet its arrival & tap the keg as soon as it is settled so follow us @belmontstation.” If you’ve been hankering to try this much-publicized beer, Belmont Station is the place to be today.

The Green Dragon (Portland) is featuring a meet the brewer with Corvallis’ Sky High Brewing tonight starting at 6pm: “We’re taking 3 kegs – Russian Imperial Stout, Big Attitude Double IPA and Jingle Balz to the Green Dragon in Portland for a night of drinking and talking about our beers. Laurence, our brewer, will be there with the rest of the Sky High top dogs!”

Lompoc Brewing (Portland) is having a meet the brewer and bottle tasting of their own at the Portland Bottle Shop tonight, from 5:30 to 7:30pm: “Join Bryan & Irena for a Meet the Brewer and Bottle Tasting at The Portland Bottle Shop on Jan 17th from 5:30-7:30. On tap we’ll have Prime Directive IPA and Scarlet Red. We’ll be pouring bottle samples of C-note, LSD and Proletariat Red. Come say hi!”

It looks like Ninkasi Brewing and Falling Sky Brewing (both based in Eugene) are brewing up a collaboration beer, based on this photo Ninkasi’s Jamie Floyd posted today. The caption: “Brewing Bock Out With Your Decoction Out! A traditional Bock with Michael and Scottie. Sending mash over for the decoction now! Excited to work on this cool German System with my friends! We loved the name too much not brew a Bock : )” That will one to look forward to.

Fort George Brewery (Astoria): If this post on Facebook today is any indication, Fort George will be canning up a rye whiskey barrel aged version of their Cavatica Stout to be released at their Festival of Dark Arts next month—and I’m hoping some of those cans escape into the wild! (*cough*Bend*cough*)

Speaking of barrel-aged beers, Seven Brides Brewing (Silverton) has got some Russian Imperial Stout in some brandy and port barrels for aging—what a beautiful sight! They also have their 2010 vintage of the RIS on tap now.

Deschutes Brewery (Bend): News hit the paper today that Deschutes has hired Kris Scholl, former executive at Anheuser-Busch, to “fill the newly created position of technical director at the Bend-based brewery… [Scholl] will oversee all activities related to brewing, packaging, maintenance and quality control for Deschutes Brewery.” That’s a big, and important, step for Deschutes to take, which is testament to their continued growth.