Oregon Beer News, 01/22/2015

Oregon BeerHere is the Oregon beer news for the penultimate day of the workweek, Thursday the 22nd of January. As usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day, so check back often. If you have news to share, please contact me and I can get that posted as well.

Bridge 99 Brewery (Bend): Today is the day for the launch of Bridge 99’s new tasting room! After having been in business for over a beer (launching late in 2013), Bridge 99 beers were primarily available at Wubba’s BBQ Shack and occasionally at some of the specialty pubs and growler stations. This new tasting room allows a dedicated space to both offer the full lineup of beers but also (eventually) expand the brewery from the current 1.5-barrel system to 7 (or more) barrels. The open launch celebration takes place today and tomorrow from 3 to 7pm, and the tasting room will begin regular hours of 2 to 6pm Thursday through Saturday. Make sure to check out the opening today or tomorrow!

Migration Brewing (Portland): Today they are releasing a new beer with an interesting backstory: “Join the Oregon Environmental Council, Hatfield Sustainability Resources, and Migration Brewing for the launch of their carbon-aware Little Foot Red Ale. After expert analysis (performed by Hatfield Sustainability Resources) of their delicious beer’s potential carbon impact, Migration worked on their production and distribution to reduce its carbon footprint. We are proud to join them in presenting Little Foot Red Ale: “a medium bodied red ale with citrus aromatics and a spicy, dry finish.” Proceeds from beer and promotional materials at the event will benefit Oregon Environmental Council’s work to reduce carbon pollution and curb global warming.” The event runs from 5 to 7:30pm this evening.

The Bier Stein (Eugene) has a hometown beer tasting with Eugene’s own Ninkasi Brewing today from 5 to 7pm: “We all know Ninkasi, and we certainly know they do more than IPA! Come down and have a taste of some of their more adventurous beers: Expo 58 Belgian-style Pale, Lux Helles Lager, Oak-aged Sleigh’r (super rare!), and Doppelbock.”

Portland’s Belmont Station is hosting Spokane, Washington’s No-Li Brewing today for a meet the founder and tasting event from 5 to 7pm: “Please welcome No-Li founder/Owner Mark Irvin , who is bringing a very special keg of Vanilla & Chocolate Rise and Grind for the biercafe. Described as “vanilla bean ice cream with a touch of cocoa,” it’s like dessert in a glass! The No-Li gang also will be holding a tasting in the bottle shop of all their bottled offerings, plus their new release, Van Lambert, a red wine barrel aged cherry sour that features 900 lbs of local cherries.”

Double Mountain Brewery (Hood River) has a new beer coming up that they brewed for Chef’s Week PDX next month, and have posted the label today which amuses me to no end: “The labels are made, the beer is almost ready for drinking, and the beer is scheduled to be kegged next week. It is all smooth sailing from here for Yacht Rock -India Red Ale, our collaboration ale with Doug Adams #topchef for Chefs’ Week PDX.” Yacht Rock IRA… let that label sink in.

Worthy Brewing (Bend): They are getting set to release this year’s batch of Dark Muse Imperial Stout, and the release party is scheduled for next Wednesday, the 28th, starting at 11:30am. “Join us for the 2nd Annual Release of Dark Muse Imperial Stout! We’ll have 22-ounce bottles available for purchase, as well as 8-ounce draft pours of this 10.1% monster stout. Chad is also sharing a very limited amount of Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Muse on draft for one day only. We’ll also have special menu pairings, including Dark Muse Brownies!”

The Green Dragon (Portland): Tonight they have their weekly meet the brewer event, featuring Stevenson, Washington’s Walking Man Brewing. “Tonight we welcome James Landers, head brewer of Walking Man Brewing as he stops by to talk about the brewery and four special brews we’ll be tapping: Black Cherry Stout; Blended Sour; Little Foot ISA; Big Phat Pale Strider (double dry-hopped with a single experimental hop). Beers start at 5pm, James starts at 6pm.” I do love that Black Cherry Stout…

Santiam Brewing (Salem): This Saturday they have a cherry stout of their own going on tap: “BigBlack rum barrel cherry stout 7.8% 50 ibu will be on tap starting Saturday when the doors open. Hoppy hour pricing all day on this beer. The first gowler fill gets a Santiam hat.”