Oregon Beer News, 01/28/2016

Oregon BeerHere’s the Oregon beer news for Thursday, January 28. 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.

McMenamins Highland Pub (Gresham) has their “The Proper Taste” beer tasting tonight from 5 to 8pm, featuring Tiger’s Blood Ruby: “For this Limited Release, our standard Ruby gets an exotic flair with blood orange puree. Each glass appears a little deeper in color and maintains a slight sweetness. This tasty fruit beer goes out to the adventurous Ruby drinkers with an affinity for a faraway flavor.”

The Platypus Pub (Bend) is hosting their annual Deschutes Brewery Tap Invasion tonight from 5 to 7pm: “On Draft: Class of ’88 Barleywine, Hop Henge, 2014 Abyss, 2015 Abyss, Black Butte XXVI, Black Butte XXVII. Samples of the Cognac and Rye Abyss will also be available for purchase.” Sure to be a busy night with these phenomenal beers, don’t miss out!

Belmont Station (Portland) is once again joining in on the annual Samuel Smith’s Salute, hosting it tonight from 5 t0 8pm: “Belmont Station is proud to once again be a part of the annual Samuel Smith’s Salute, paying homage to the first beer to be imported in the United States way back in 1978. Samuel Smith’s beers were a game-changer in the day when American beers were all fizzy yellow lagers. We will be hosting a toast to Sammy Smith’s and will also be hosting a few brewers whose work has been inspired by one way or another by these international icons. Gigantic’s Van Havig, Hair of the Dog’s Alan Sprints, Ecliptic’s John Harris and Gilgamesh head brewer Sean Martin will be in the house — along with their beers — for this annual tribute!”

The Green Dragon (Portland): Tonight’s meet the brewer event is featuring Head Brewer Reid Spencer of Georgetown Brewing: “Georgetown Brewing from Seattle is focused on just one thing, making the best craft beer possible. All they do is make beer and fill kegs and growlers. They don’t own a pub. So if you want to try some of their brews on draft, you’ll have to go to one of the many fine public houses that serve Georgetown beers. This makes finding a Georgetown brew a challenge here in Portland. But we at the Green Dragon, being ever so thoughtful, invited Head Brewer Reid Spencer to join us for this week’s Meet The Brewer. Reid is returning the favor by bringing with him four kegs of Georgetown’s best.” Kegs are tapped at 5pm.