Happy Friday! Here’s the roundup of Oregon beer news for Friday the 20th and the weekend. I’ll be updating this post periodically throughout the day, so if you have news to share please contact me and I’ll get it updated.
Bailey’s Taproom (Portland) is holding their third annual Cellarfest tomorrow, the 21st, from 4 to 11:30pm. This year there’s no admission cost or souvenir glasses, just come and enjoy the fantastic beer lineup—each beer is available in 4oz and 10oz pours, though there are no sampler trays being served. With a beer list populated by a variety of vintages of terrific beers, this is one Portland fest you won’t want to miss.
Upright Brewing (Portland): Today is the official release of Fantasia, their soured wild-style peach ale that was fermented entirely in oak barrels. The beer will be on tap when the brewery taproom opens today at 4:30, and you’ll be able to buy wax-dipped 750ml bottles of it for $20 each (with a one-case limit). Would someone like to send me a bottle? Pretty please?
Gigantic Brewing (Portland) is the subject of a good writeup today over on the New School; Ezra visited the still-in-development brewery and provides a nice overview of their general plans, and gives a (tentative) opening date of March. Also, I was noticing and commenting on brewers Ben Love and Van Havig showing up around the state brewing collaboration beers, and the final paragraph gives a reason: “Meanwhile, Messrs. Love and Havig have been bouncing around Oregon, brewing guest beers at many local breweries. The strategy behind this–other than just being fun–is that when the tasting room is ready to open but the brewery does not have a lineup of beers, they will be able to save kegs of all their collaboration beers to have on tap. So far beers have been made in collaboration with Pelican, Breakside, Oakshire, Laurelwood, and Anchorage Brewing (yes, in Alaska).”
Below Grade Brewing (Bend): They’ve bottled up and released their latest beer in their lineup, Dangerous Kate: “Newport Market is now carrying Below Grade Brewing’s newest foray into the craft beer market, Dangerous Kate, an Imperial Cascadian Black Ale (also known as a double Black IPA). This ale is not for the meek; it is big and hoppy like an IPA but has roasted malt character as well. This is a great beer for a cold winter night, in front of a crackling fire with a good book or just good friends.”
Cascade Brewing (Portland) had a really interesting week lined up: “It’s Scottish Beer Week at the BBL House starting next Monday. We’ll be serving up Mc Shagger Strong Scotch, Lil’ Bo Peat Peated Pale, Black Sheep Stout and a Scottish IPA. Next week’s Tap It Tuesday will be Soured Mc Shagger, a 12+ month old barrel aged Strong Scotch.”