Oregon Beer News, 01/17/2017

Oregon BeerHere is the news in beer from around Oregon for Tuesday, January 17. 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 and I can get that posted as well.

The 2017 American Hop Convention starts today in Bend, and as I wrote about previously a number of ancillary beer events are taking place in conjunction with it:

Cascade Brewing (Portland): Their Tap It Tuesday event at the Barrel House at 6pm is featuring Pits-Burgh Punch: “A blend of sour blond and spiced red ales aged for up to three years in oak wine and bourbon barrels with cherry pits, apricot noyaux and vanilla beans. This blend offers a complex bouquet of maraschino cherry, soft perfume and floral notes, rounded out with flavors of toasted oak and vanilla.”

Portland’s Old Town Brewing collaborated with the NBC TV series “Grimm” for a third time to brew up a beer to benefit OHSU Doernbecher. From the press release: “Wesen Venom (pronounced Vesen Venom), a red wheat lager, will benefit OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, and culminate the series’ final season. The beer will be available at both the Old Town location on NW Davis and the brewery location on Martin Luther King Blvd, with $2 of every pint going directly to the Grimmster Endowment at OHSU Doernbecher. The Wesen Venom is a wheat lager brewed with red wheat and crystal malt, giving the beer a venom red color and hint of sweetness. Don’t be fooled, however, just like venom, the beer packs a bit of a bite thanks to the spicy hops used in the brewing process. This unique lager comes in with an ABV of 5.4 percent and 40 IBU. The beer will be officially launch on Thursday January 19, at the brewery located at 5201 NE MLK Boulevard and Taproom on 226 NW Davis St.”

Deschutes Brewery (Bend): Tuesdays are Community Pints at the Bend and Portland Pubs, with $1 of every pint sold all day benefiting a local charity. While I don’t know what the Bend pub has on tap for January, at the Portland pub the beneficiary is Special Olympics Oregon Polar Plunge. Be sure to stop by for a pint or three to help raise money!

And in Bend, the pub has put the Oregon Tr’Ale IPA on tap as part of the American Hop Convention. Be sure to swing by and try a pint.

Cascade Brewing is tapping (has tapped?) a keg of 2015 Honeycot at noon at the Barrel House. “This Northwest sour ale is a blend of blond ales aged for 15 months on fresh apricots with a late addition of wildflower honey. Honeycot features flavors of apricot preserves, honeysuckle flowers and raw honeycomb.”

Big Horse Brew Pub (Hood River) posted news about beer on tap: “IT’S BACK! Pale Rider is bigger, better, and ranker. Packed with more hops than before, this beer definitely is hitting the spot. Also, DON’T FORGET to try our new Pendleton Roundup (insert whip cracking sound here) Porter. Released at the Breweries in the Gorge. Holiday Habgover festival. You’re bound to LOVE it. Cheers!” We don’t see enough news from Big Horse, which is a great spot for lunch, brews, and views of the Columbia River.

Crux Fermentation Project has a new marketing and branding manager: Jason Randles, formerly of Deschutes Brewery! From the press release which came out today: “Crux Fermentation Project is delighted to announce that they have selected craft industry veteran, Jason Randles, to run their marketing and branding efforts. With founder Paul Evers stepping down from the day-to-day role, Crux was looking to bring on someone who could not only take over where Evers left off, but had the experience to lead the brewery to the next level. Having spent the last 17 years honing his marketing skills at Deschutes Brewery, where he once worked with Crux founder Larry Sidor and head brewer Cam O’Connor, Randles was the inherent choice.” Congrats Jason!