Oregon Beer News, 02/03/2017

Oregon BeerTGIF! Are you ready for Superbowl Sunday? Even if football’s not your thing there are still plenty of beer events taking place this weekend. Here’s the roundup for February 3-5. As usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day with the latest news, so check back often. If you have news to share, please contact me and I can get that posted as well.

The Salem Winter Brewfest continues this weekend, both Friday and Saturday from 11am to 11pm both nights. It takes place at the Capitol Mall outside the Capitol building, and they are featuring over 100 beers and ciders on tap. The cost for Friday/Saturday is $20 each day, or $30 for a weekend pass. Keep an eye on the Facebook event page for any updates and the list of what’s pouring.


Albany’s Deluxe Brewing will be at Corvallis Brewing Supply for a beer tasting from 4 to 6pm Friday: “Deluxe Brewing specializes in German style lagers. The Deluxe trifecta showcases their Pre-prohibition Pilsner, Amber Lager, and Schwarzbier. Come down to support this brewstillery (they also distill at their Albany location) in their quest to get delicious beer into your mouth!”

McMenamins Crystal Ballroom (Portland) is celebrating their Sabertooth Micro Fest on Friday and Saturday, their “psychedelicstonerrockmicrofest, a musical celebration of the Crystal Ballroom’s psychedelic history.” Music takes place at the various spots in the venue, and on Saturday they also have a “Blasphemous Beer Tasting with DJ Chancie Chance”: “As a hat’s off to the creative spirit at the core of psychedelic music, six McMenamins Brewers have created special beers inspired by (and some even in collaboration with) six of the bands performing at this year’s Sabertooth. Swing by Ringlers Pub (located on the Crystal’s main floor) during the Saturday event, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., for a free tasting of these inspiration-based brews. Styles range from the traditional Lager to the adventuresome Vanilla Coffee Porter, and all six brewers will be on hand to share tastes of their wares and chat about all things beer, psychedelia and rock and roll.”

Great Notion Brewing (Portland): Their crowler release features their Blueberry Muffin: “2 Crowlers per person of our latest batch of Blueberry Muffin today only!”

Caves Bier & Kitchen (Corvallis) has a big barrel day starting at 4pm Friday: “Join us in celebrating all beers barrel aged! Bourbon, Cognac, Port, Tequila and Wine are all welcome here! We’ll have an awesome array of styles and flavors from many local breweries including Block 15 Brewing Co., Alesong Brewing and Blending, Oakshire Brewing, Breakside Brewery, Wild Ride Brewing, Sierra Nevada, North Coast Brewing Company, Big Sky Brewing Company and many more!”


The Arch Bridge Taphouse in Oregon City is hosting a “Dark Arts Warm Up” with Fort George Brewery and others for Stout Month: “Kick off stout month with a Festival Of Dark Arts Warm Up event at Arch Bridge Taphouse. We won’t have fire dancers or blacksmiths, but we will have amazing dark beers from Fort George Brewing, Great Notion, Block 15, Prairie Artisan Ales, and more!” Starts at 1pm.

Block 15 Brewery (Corvallis) is celebrating Bourbon Month all February long, featuring a whole month of food and drink dedicated to bourbon. Of course this means bourbon-influenced beers, and Saturday they have their Bourbon Month release at the brewery and tap room on SW Deschutes Street: “Join us at Block 15 Brewery & Tap Room on Saturday, February 4th, for our annual Bourbon Month bottle and can release! This release will include Super Nebula, Breakfast with Woodford (a Super Nebula variation), Double Chocolate Vanilla Bean (a Super Nebula variation), Kriek, a Three Summers Cuvée, and 16oz tall boy cans of The DAB Lab, Juice Joint. The release will begin at 11am, but we will be opening our doors at 8:30am, so you can arrive early and hang with our brewers over complimentary hot coffee, NutCakes donuts, some killer food specials, and our release beers on tap. (We’ll issue you a number when you arrive, so you can mingle before the release without losing your spot in line.)”

Bend’s Worthy Brewing is celebrating their Golden Birthday this weekend—turning 4 on the 4th! They will be partying Saturday and Sunday with food specials, new beers including Crash Worthy Golden Ale for their anniversary and the re-release of their very first beer, Go Time Xtra Pale, and a commemorative glass that you can get for $6 which will include a fill. Here’s about the Crash Worthy: “It’s described as a light bodied and crisp golden with a healthy dose of Crystal and Citra hops for a big floral and grapefruit finish. At 5.8% and 28 IBU’s, this is a well-balanced and easy drinking compliment to the GTX.”

StormBreaker Brewing (Portland) is celebrating their third anniversary on Saturday with an all day party: “Help us celebrate our 3rd birthday. We have a few special beers for you on tap including our anniverary Triple IPA for the occasion, obviously. We’ll also be debuting our Barrels Full of Chocolate, an imperial brown ale aged on cocoa nibs and aged in bourbon barrels for a full year. Limited bottles will be availalbe for purchase as well! And we hope to bring back some barrel aged winter coat too! We will also have beer and food specials all day, prize raffles, and other exciting surprises. Hope you can make it!”

Bend’s Broken Top Bottle Shop is also celebrating an anniversary this weekend—their fifth! The party starts at 3pm on Saturday: “Broken Top Bottle Shop is 5 years young! Help us celebrate 5 years in business with awesome live music and some of our favorite brews. 2 Towns Ciderhouse will be pouring samples from 3-6pm. Leadbetter & Young will open at 6pm and Upstate Trio will play from 7:30-10pm. On tap: Pliny the Elder IPA from Russian River Brewing Company, Return of the Mack Cider from 2 Towns Ciderhouse, Hopscotch from Crux Fermentation Project, and GingerSnap Sour from Cascade Brewing.”

Freebridge Brewing (The Dalles) is celebrating an anniversary of sorts—one year and one month on Saturday the 4th. “We simply wished to say…thank you. But really, that sounded pretty weak. So, Saturday February 4th beginning at 6:30, Freebridge Brewing will be celebrating…with you… our one year and one month anniversary. It’s kind-uva big deal. Check this out. Local “Pop Stars” Al and Nolan Hare canceled a performance at The White House in order to entertain our patrons at this inaugural event. Pretty sweet. Please don’t let them down. They’re a couple of really, really bad hombres. Not only will we have Al and Nolan, we’ll have raffles, food specials, and other specials too. Did I mention “smoked meat?” As usual no cover, bi-partisan, kid friendly, servin’ authentic beers to authentic people. See you Saturday.”

McMenamins 23rd Avenue Bottle Shop on Saturday is hosting a cider tasting with Woodbox Cider from 2 to 4pm: “Woodbox Cider was started by the Thierfelder brothers and their mother, Mama Gibson. They’re a family-owned and operated boutique cidery that uses locally sourced apples and produces delicious products here in Portland’s very own Northeast quadrant. All of their ciders are partial wild ferments and bone dry. Unapologetically bone dry. So they’re coming by to pour samples of four of their ciders: Heritage 8, Pippen, American Sidra Style, and Double Barrel Cider. We‘ll also be featuring a special Double Barrel Cider Cocktail during the event.”

Eugene’s The Bier Stein is celebrating National 2×4 Day with Melvin Brewing: “On February 4, Melvin Brewing is pulling out all the stops for its International 2X4 Day, and we are part of it! The ONLY stop in Eugene! We’ll have a truck-ton of Melvin beer on tap, a couple of ninjas, Kung Fu, the works. Join us! If you show up to an official 2×4 Day bar you can expect: Great Beers – Lambda IIIPA, Drunken Master IIPA, Asterisk IIPA, Citradamus IIPA, Carlton CDA, Pilsgnar Pilsner, Hubert, MPA Melvin IPA and of course 2×4 DIPA. Great Fun – You know Melvin. Kung-Fu, Hip-Hop, Free Swag! No Tickets Needed!”

Boardman’s Ordnance Brewing will be at Chinook Winds Casino in Lincoln City this weekend for beer tastings both Saturday and Sunday: “Ordnance Brewing is proud to be the Featured Craft Brewery for this weekend’s events on the Floor at Chinook Winds Casino and Resort. If your plans take you to the Beach this weekend, please stop by and see our guy Steve, learn more about Ordnance Brewing, and Sample 4 tasty Ordnance Brews. (5 pm – 9 pm) on Saturday, and (2 pm to 7 pm) on Super Bowl Sunday. Cheers!”


Thunder Island Brewing (Cascade Locks): For Superbowl Sunday they have the game on as well as a special beer release: “The New England Patriots take on the Atlanta Falcons and Thunder Island is going to celebrate with $3 on our Kolsch, Porter, and Chinook Pale Ale! We’ve also got a large list of food specials and the very special release of Thunder Island Brewing’s Citra Pale Ale. Come celebrate with us!”