Oregon Beer News, 02/06/2017

Oregon BeerHow about that Superbowl? I’m not a usual consumer of football but we’ll have the Superbowl on as much for commercials. And enjoy plenty of beer too of course! Here’s the Oregon beer news for Monday, February 6. As usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day with the latest news as I find it, so check back often. And if you have news to share, please contact me and I can get that posted as well.

Founders Brewing continues their Oregon launch this week, with two Portland beer bars hosting them today. First, Imperial Bottle Shop is hosting a Founders Pint Night from 4:30 to 7:30pm: “Join us to be the first to properly welcome Michigan’s Founders Brewing Co. to Oregon! We’ll have a lineup of 9 killer beers including: All Day IPA, Azacca IPA, Centennial IPA, Red’s Rye IPA, Porter, Rubaeus Raspberry Ale, Backwoods Bastard Bourbon Barrel-Aged Scotch Ale, Frootwood Cherry Ale aged in Maple Bourbon Barrels, and Lizard of Koz Imperial Stout with Blueberries, Chocolate, and Vanilla aged in Bourbon Barrels. The first 36 customers will receive a free Founders pint glass and get pours of [the first] 5 beers at our 12 oz price ($3.50) during the event.”

Then at Roscoe’s, they are hosting a Founders Oregon Release Party from 5 to 10pm: “Join Roscoe’s in welcoming Founders Brewing to Oregon! Things will kick off on Monday, February 6th at 5PM! The Founders crew will be in the house to answer questions and give away some schwag. There will be tons of great Founders beer on tap including Breakfast Stout!”

Belmont Station is hosting a cider tasting with Bend’s Atlas Cider today from 5 to 7pm: “Come in for a free tasting with the folks from Atlas Cider. This Oregon-based cider company has been killing the cider market with innovative flavors, while also giving back to the community through sponsoring various causes. During the tasting, Atlas will be featuring their Hard Pom-Cherry, Blackberry and the current seasonal, Cinnamon Pear.”

Crux Fermentation Project (Bend) has a new canned beer joining their lineup: PCT Porter, which supports the Pacific Crest Trail Association. From the press release: “We wanted to celebrate the Pacific Crest Trail in a very real, authentic and human way. We wanted the imagery to convey the human experience of the trail so that those who would eventually enjoy this beer could gain a little bit of a deeper appreciation for the trail itself. We conducted online research for PCT hiker blogs and journal entries looking for examples that went beyond words to include illustrations that captured their experience. It didn’t take long to discover thehikeguy.com and our very own local PCT enthusiast, Kolby Kirk. We immediately fell in love with the stories (both verbal and visual) that the pages of his journal shared. It turns out that Kolby was a fan of Crux and loved the idea of celebrating the trail experience in a collaborative way with us.” It’s Kolby’s artwork featured on the can. Keep an eye out for the cans anywhere Crux is sold.

The annual KLCC Brewfest returns to Eugene this weekend, February 10th and 11th (Friday and Saturday, respectively), to the Lane Events Center. The fest is a fundraiser for KLCC 89.7 FM NPR radio. As is tradition, Eugene-area breweries collaborated to brew up special fest-only beers, and this year is a KLCC 50th Anniversary Brew! “14 local breweries collaborated to create 9 special brews in honor of KLCC’s 50 years of informing and inspiring our community. All Collaboration Brews incorporate the Golden Anniversary theme with recipes using golden ingredients Golding hop varieties, Golden grains, golden beets, marigold & other gold things! Purchase an “Anniversary Card” for a half sample of every brew!” They have 80+ breweries and cideries that will be pouring, and tickets are $12 per day in advance, $15 at the door.

Occidental Brewing (Portland) has a new beer on tap: “Dry Hopped Rye Lager on tap now! This beer is made with Mandarina Bavaria hops and is light and crisp with a hint of spice from the Rye. In other words, super tasty!”