Oregon Beer News, 01/27/2015

Oregon BeerHere is the news in Oregon beer for Tuesday, the 27th 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 and I can get that posted as well.

The Bier Stein (Eugene) tonight is doing a tasting with one of the great breweries of California, Firestone Walker: “It’s been a little while since we put on a bunch of these strong, barrel aged beauties from Firestone Walker– they’re certainly beers to showcase, to sip and enjoy. We’ll have Parabola Imperial Stout, Sucaba Barleywine, Double DBA, and Stickee Monkee, plus all of their regular lineup (Pivo Pils, DBA, Pale 31, Union Jack, Double Jack, Velvet Merlin, Opal Saison, and Wookey Jack) on draught– come enjoy with us!” It runs from 7 to 9pm.

Here’s an interesting bit of news from last week I hadn’t blogged yet: Astoria’s Buoy Beer Company is teaming up with Portland’s Growlers Hawthorne to brew a collaboration Imperial IPA to celebrate both companies’ one-year anniversaries, and the release is set for February 7 at Growlers Hawthorne from 6 to 8pm. From the press release: “Samples of the beer will be provided and representatives from Buoy will be on hand to talk about the Imperial IPA. A number of team members from Growlers Hawthorne traveled to Buoy Beer in Astoria to help brew the Imperial IPA, which is made with Galaxy and Mosaic hops. “Watching the brewing process showed me how creative, knowledgeable and committed Buoy is to making damn good beer,” stated Adi Zweier. “I am so excited to share the experience with our customers at Growlers Hawthorne.” The collaboration beer will remain on tap exclusively at Growlers Hawthorne and depending on demand, should be available throughout most of 2015.”

Double Mountain Brewery (Hood River) has a new very limited-edition beer out in bottles: My Little Runaway Belgian Style Cherry Ale. (I wonder if this was a runaway wild fermentation?) “This little runaway combines the Ardennes fruity yeast, Oregon Van and Bing Cherries and a tiny stolen blend of next year’s Devil’s Kriek to commingle as a sweet refreshing cherry ale with the ghost of bitterness. Served in goblets. Some beers last forever, some go away, some move to Florida, let’s see if this one stays. 6.4% ABV, 22BU.” Via the New School.

Also a hat tip to the New School, from last week: Corvallis’ Mazama Brewing is collaborating with Belgium-based Brouwerij de Plukker on a “Belgian American IPA”: “Kris Langouche and Joris Cambie of de Plukker will travel to the Mazama Brewery to brew with founder and Head Brewer, Jeff Tobin, on January 26th and 27th [today!]. The beer will feature a Belgian yeast strain cultivated by Mazama and Pilgrim hops grown on de Plukker’s organic hop farm.” I don’t see word yet on when it will be available but I will post when I do.

Sunriver Brewing (Sunriver) has the latest in their small-batch Single Hop Series available now: “Galaxy Single Hop Pale Ale: Hop Products Australia cultivar # 94-203-008, better known to us as Galaxy, was bred in the 1990s from high alpha acid Australian females and German Perle males. This hop’s oil profile creates distinct citrus, peach and passion fruit flavors.” It’s 6.3% abv and 43 IBUs.

Roscoe’s in Portland this Friday is holding its fifth annual “New Breweries of Oregon Summit” highlighting many of the breweries that launched in 2014. “Lots of great new breweries have opened in Oregon in the past year. This event will be your opportunity to meet some of the brewers and owners and to try their beers! The beers will all be tapped by 2pm and different brewers will be in the house throughout the night. You won’t want to miss it.” They will have taster trays available so you can try a variety.