Oregon Beer News, 01/29/2013

Oregon BeerHere is the news in Oregon beer for Tuesday, the 29th of January. As usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day with the latest news, so check back often. And if you have news to share, please contact me and I can get that updated.

There are a couple of fun things coming up in Bend this week: first, the Broken Top Bottle Shop is celebrating their first anniversary all weekend long, from Friday the 1st through Sunday the 3rd, featuring lots of live music and plenty of good beer (including a cask-conditioned firkin of¬†Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA on Friday). It’s amazing that a year has passed already—not only did they successfully move into the old Abbey Pub space, but they’ve also expanded into the space next door and installed the coolers, already filled with several hundred different beers. Big congrats to BTBS, and if you’re in Bend this weekend consider this a must-stop.

And then on Thursday, Bend’s Platypus Pub is hosting their first annual Platypus Pub Brewfest, featuring beer pouring from at least 14 breweries and likely taking place in the latter half of the day. No real details yet unfortunately, what I have is the flyer at the link. The Platypus and adjoining Brew Shop have been doing a good job of bringing good beer to Bend, so this should definitely be a good event to check out.

Oakshire Brewing (Eugene), like so many other Oregon breweries, is undergoing expansion—adding two new 80-barrel fermentation tanks which are arriving and being installed today. Brewpublic has the story; in essence, they will have upgraded to a potential capacity of 17,000bbl annually, and the expansion is expected to be finished by the first of April.

Cascade Brewing (Portland): Tonight’s Tap It Tuesday at the Barrel House at 6pm is featuring a sneak peek of “Live” The Vine 2012. “This NW style sour ale is a blend of blond and wheat ales that were barrel aged for up to 12 months before aging on fresh pressed white grape must for an additional three months. Aromas of sweet foxy grape skins, hints of cotton candy and soft oak are the first to be noticed. Rich, sweet white grapes dance on the palate, then lead to a pronounced finish of sweet grape flesh. 8.85% ABV, $6.5 glass/$2 taster.”

Silver Moon Brewing (Bend): For all you growler hounds out there, Silver Moon’s “Growler Power Hour” this week (where you get $6 growler fills from 4 to 6pm on Tuesday and Wednesday for selected beer) is featuring Bridge Creek Pilsner and Jack Straw from Wichita (a pale lager/California Common). Silver Moon is one of those few breweries that absolutely nails lagers, so these are good ones to fill up on.