Oregon Beer News, 02/03/2012

Oregon BeerHappy Friday! Here’s the beer news from around Oregon for Friday, February 3rd (and going into the weekend). I will be periodically updating this post throughout the day with news bits, so if you have something to share please contact me and I’ll get it updated.

Old Mill Brew Wërks (Bend): The original owners of the brewpub/restaurant in Bend’s Old Mill District have sold the pub to focus entirely on building out their own (production) brewery, according to a local Bend Bulletin article (which is unfortunately behind their paywall). They will be renovating the brewery space formerly occupied by 10 Barrel Brewing tentatively beginning in March, installing a 7bbl system. They’ve tapped Michael McMahon from Langley Brewing in Langley, Washington to be their new head brewer. (I’m not sure how/if the name will change considering they’ve taken the brewery out of the “Old Mill”.)

Brewpublic has a nice article on the new Golden Valley Brewery Beaverton which opened recently, giving a nice overview and introduction to the new brewpub and former Chili’s location. “The bar now offers up large TV’s to catch some sports while sitting at some tall bar tables in the middle and shorter tables around the perimeter. Speaking of the bar, Golden Valley offers a full liquor selection along with 6 wines on tap and 10 taps of their beer that they bring in from their McMinnville location. The ten selections offer some excellent variety in styles that you’d expect from a brewpub with this history.” And they just recently released their first beer brewed at the new Beaverton location, “Exit 65 IPA” which is looking to be a popular addition to the GVB lineup.

There are a number of beer dinners coming up this month, perhaps moreso than in other months I’m aware of; among them are:

  • Laurelwood Brewing (Portland): Their Collaboration Brewer’s Dinner is taking place next Wednesday the 8th from 6:30 to 9:30pm; where Laurelwood has collaborated with other prominent Portland brewers to produce special beers to be paired with the five-course meal event. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at their Northeast Portland and Battle Ground (Washington) locations.
  • Full Sail Brewing (Hood River): Their February Brewmaster Dinner is taking place on the 9th (Thursday) starting at 5pm, and this month’s theme is a “Retro Classics” menu. Cost is $30 and is basically walk-in—and when it runs out, it’s out.
  • Oakshire Brewing (Eugene) has a beer dinner with Marché Restaurant of Eugene, also on the 9th apparently (though I can’t find more details on it at the moment).
  • Deschutes Brewery (Bend): Saturday, February 11th is their popular Chocolate Beer Dinner, featuring five courses of chocolate-themed and infused food paired with beers and a specialty “Smoore’s Beer” for dessert brewed with chocolate and toasted marshmallows(!). It runs from 6 to 10pm and the cost is $65.
  • Ninkasi Brewing (Eugene): They are having a Brewer’s Dinner on Tuesday the 7th at The Granary in Eugene, featuring a vegan and vegetarian menu, and it’s a fundraiser supporting the Civil Liberties Defense Center to boot. It starts at 6pm and tickets are $50 in advance (use the form on the link) or $60 at the door (depending on availability).
  • Hopworks Urban Brewery (Portland) is holding a beer pairing dinner at Trellis in the Heathman Hotel in Kirkland, Washington on Friday, February 24th. (Yes it’s Washington so a little out of the way for Oregon news, but with HUB involved you may want to get in on it anyway.) Cost is $75 for five courses, and the reception begins at 5:30pm (with the dinner starting at 6:30). (via Brewpublic)

Upcoming tastings, releases, and “Meet the Brewer” events:

  • Logsdon Farmhouse Ales (Hood River) is holding a tasting at Barrel in St. John’s in Portland tonight starting at 6:30pm: “The brewer will be serving free samples of Seizoen, Bretta, and the NEW Kili Wit.”
  • Elysian Brewing (Seattle) is back in Bend tonight pouring beer at Velvet from 5 to 9pm, during Bend’s First Friday festivities.
  • Silver Moon Brewing (Bend): Tonight is their “Keg Killer Special” which goes on tap at 4pm: Dark Side Stout infused with coffee and hazelnuts and aged in bourbon barrels for three months. Only one keg is available so get it while you can!
  • Heater Allen Brewing (McMinnville): “Rick will be pouring tomorrow at New Seasons Arbor Lodge [in Portland] from 3 to 6 – Pils, Coastal, Schwarz, and Mediator, our limited production Dopplebock. Stop by, say “hi”, and try the beers!” (via Facebook)
  • Ambacht Brewing (Hillsboro): “We’ll be giving tastes of Ambacht Ales at New Seasons in Cedar Hills this afternoon from 4 to 7 pm; On Saturday we will be tasting New Seasons at Orenco Station from 1 to 4 pm and Hawthorne from 3 to 6 pm.” (via Facebook)
  • GoodLife Brewing (Bend): It’s not just Stout Month at Fort George Brewery—“February is stout month at GoodLife and the best news is Pass Stout is officially back on tap! Rotating guest taps from Great Divide Brewing Co., Hopworks Urban Brewery, Walking Man Brewing — Stevenson, WA are a few currently featured.” (via Facebook)
  • Pelican Pub & Brewery (Pacific City): “Today, we’ll be pouring Kiwanda, Tsunami, IPA & Riptide at Albertsons Tanasbourne from 4pm to 7pm. Saturday at New Seasons Orenco Station from 1pm to 4pm we’ll have IPA, Tsunami & Riptide. And if you make it to Whole Foods Hollywood between 3pm & 6pm, you’ll be able to taste Riptide Red Ale and Nestucca ESB.” (via Facebook)