Oregon Beer News, 01/20/2016

Oregon BeerThis month is just flying by, as it’s now 2/3 over! Here’s the Oregon beer news for your Hump Day, Wednesday the 20th; as usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day with the latest news, so check back often for updates. If you have news to share, please contact me and I can get that updated as well.

Saraveza (Portland): Tonight they are hosting the release of Sierra Nevada’s Bigfoot Barleywine, and as a bonus they also have a vertical tasting of Bigfoot’s to pour! “Come celebrate with us and Kat from Sierra Nevada as we delve into our cellar and put on a three year vertical of Bigfoot! Bigfoot is the best example of a classic American style barley wine. Aggressively hoppy, warming, and intense when young, this beer mellows so well with age! So well in fact, we’ve been hiding some away in our cellar for a while. So to celebrate the 2016 version of this beer, we are busting them out!” The vintages are 2014, 2014 Barrel Aged, 2015, and of course 2016.

McMenamins Cedar Hills (Beaverton) has a beer tasting tonight from 6 to 9pm, featuring A Saison Creed Belgian Pale Ale: “Saison’s are a summer seasonal style produced in Wallonia, the French-speaking part of Belgium. They were originally brewed at the end of the cool season to last through the warmer months before refrigeration was common. They had to be sturdy enough to last for months but not too strong that they weren’t refreshing in the summer. It is now brewed year round in tiny, artisanal breweries whose buildings reflect their origins as farmhouses. This is a traditional Belgian Farmhouse Ale made with Pale Malt, Rolled Oats, Special Aromatic, and Pilsner Malts. This ale is light in color and body but full of flavor thanks to the Belgian Yeast. Lemon peel and Sweet Spanish Orange Peel with Perle Hops also add to this unique Pale.”

The BeerMongers (Portland): Tonight starting at 5pm they are hosting a tap takeover with Washington’s Schooner Exact Brewing: “We’ll be featuring some unique draft offerings on this evening. Taplist: Sour Blonde, Schwarzbier, Hopvine IPA, Hamma Hamma Imperial IPA, Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Porter”

Belmont Station (Portland): Tonight they are hosting Newport’s Rogue Ales for a tasting of their Hop Family IPAs from 5 to 7pm: “Rogue grows its own hops on a 42-acre hopyard on the banks of the Willamette River in Independence, Oregon. The eight varieties include Alluvial, Freedom, Independent, Liberty, Newport, Rebel, Revolution, and Yaquina hops. Join Rogue in celebrating all eight varietals with a tasting of its a family of four distinct IPAs, each a unique blend of hops personally selected by Rogue Brewmaster John “More Hops” Maier. The Hop Family is comprised of 4 Hop IPA, 6 Hop IPA, 7 Hop IPA and 8 Hop IPA. Come sample them all and taste the differences!”

10 Barrel Brewing (Bend) has a new spring seasonal coming out, Riding Solo, available on tap and in six-packs starting today. From the press release: “Made with Comet hops and joined by grapefruit notes and subtle malt undertones, this single-hop pale ale is going to crush it on taste and awesomeness. So even though we could talk about the beer forever, we’d rather talk about Benny (Shirley), the brewer behind this pale ale. Four years ago, Benny was on the fast track working for a large brewery, and then it all came crashing down. He made a bad choice, climbed the wrong building in Bend and found himself in the clink without a job. We hired him the next day, and he has been crushing it ever since. One brewery’s loss is another brewery’s gain. So grab a pint or a six-pack, and join us in raising a glass to the man behind the beer.”

The Platypus Pub (Bend) is hosting Colorado’s Oskar Blues Brewing for a tasting tonight from 6 to 8pm: “Erik Carels from Oskar Blues will be here Wednesday night to sample some of their new beers. Their new IPA and Hot Box Porter will be on tap. Erik will also bring some other beers for sampling including Death by Coconut.”