Oregon Beer News, 02/06/2012

Oregon BeerHappy post-Super Bowl Monday! Did you all unlock the “Brew Bowl XLVI” badge on Untappd? Back to work today… and here’s the news for February 6th. I’ll be updating this post throughout the day, so please contact me if you have news to share.

The Broken Top Bottle Shop is now open in Bend—in fact they opened Saturday late afternoon to a large, eager crowd. We stopped in for dinner and beers, and we very impressed overall; there were a few opening night snafus but all were entirely understandable. They are going to be a valuable addition to Bend’s craft beer scene.

McMenamins Edgefield (Troutdale): They are continuing to showcase the distillery/brewery connection this month with their limited edition tasting coming up this Thursday the 9th, featuring “The Widowmaker”: “Shortly after Halloween, we filled a freshly emptied Hogshead Whiskey barrel from our own Edgefield Distillery with a limited-release Black Widow Porter. For a month, the complex flavors of this wicked ale mingled with the whiskey barrel, resulting in a beer that marries the two — it is sublimely full-flavored with plenty of whiskey aroma and flavor, coupled with hints of vanilla and oak.” The tasting starts at 5pm and lasts until the beer is gone; in addition you can get tastings of the Edgefield Distillery’s Hogshead Whiskey along with The Widowmaker, and the brewers and distillers will be on-hand to answer questions about it.

And over at McMenamins Old St. Francis School in Bend, two beer events are happening this week: Wednesday the 8th, they are bringing back “Curly’s Firkin” for their limited edition beer tasting starting at 11am, featuring “Castle Rock Old Ale” in the firkin. And on Friday the 10th, they are hosting a special limited edition beer flight all day starting at 11am, featuring three beers: Hammer Strike (a 2.5-year wood-soured version of Hammerhead Ale), Whiskey Brown (“Sleepy Hollow Nut Brown aged in a Hogshead Whiskey barrel for 3 months and then cold conditioned for another month”), and Blind Ambition IPA (a dry-hopped version of the regular OSF IPA). Sampler trays will be $5.

Fort George Brewery (Astoria): They are getting set to release their fourth beer in cans, their Sunrise Oatmeal Pale Ale—based on this photo on Facebook with lovely orange cans coming soon. Sunrise OPA is a 5.5% American Pale Ale with 50 pounds of oatmeal added per batch.

BridgePort Brewing (Portland) is holding a “Dark Rain Streetcar Pub Crawl” this Thursday, February 9th, starting at 5:30pm: “The crawl will start at our BrewPub in the pearl district where participants will be given passports to be stamped at each of the stops along the route. Crawlers with full passports at the final stop will be entered to win a number of prizes from BridgePort and KINK-FM.” It is of course to promote their new Dark Rain Black Pale Ale, and I have to say a streetcar pub crawl sounds like a lot of fun. And it’ll on cost you the $2.10 fare fee for boarding the streetcar.