This Friday couldn’t come soon enough! Here’s hoping you have a beery and mellow weekend planned—maybe the rundown of news will help you plan something. As usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day with the latest news for this February 10th weekend, so check back often. And if you have news to share, please let me know and I can get that updated as well.
The KLCC Brewfest kicks off today at the Lane Events Center in Eugene! This annual brewfest fundraiser for KLCC 89.7 FM radio takes place on Friday from 5 to 11pm and Saturday from 1pm to 11pm. From the Facebook event page: “85 Breweries serving over 175 Beers & Ciders!! Largest and oldest Brewfest in Eugene. Admission includes glass + 2 beer tickets. Single-Day and Two-Day tickets on sale now. Entertainment by DJ Nate Roberts Friday night and early Saturday. The Essentials Saturday night. Giant Record and CD Sale! 50th Anniversary Collaboration Brew! Homebrew Competition! Fun Fun Fun!!!” This is definitely Eugene’s premier beer festival and one that I know brewers love to attend. Make sure to get over there if you can.
Boardman’s Ordnance Brewing has issued a press release detailing their “Brewvine” concept—aging beers in wine barrels. From the release: “There are a growing number of quality whiskey barrel aged beers on the market and while Ordnance Brewing offers some of their own, they decided to take barrel aging a different route, into their regions wineries. The first of the Brewvine releases, of which there will be four in 2017, is an Oat Brown Ale aged in Oregon Pinot Noir barrels provided by internationally acclaimed Dundee winemaker, Jesus Guillen. The Oat Brown was aged six months in Jesus’ barrels and the end result is a dynamic, rich ale that has layers of flavors of the beer, Pinot Noir, and the oak from the barrel. It is age worthy and exceptionally rare with just 100 cases bottled and just 85 of those released in the Pacific Northwest.” This is a series to look forward to.
Great Notion Brewing (Portland): Their Friday Crowler Release is featuring Paperback Pale (a hazy IPA, of course): “Double crowler release day for our new hazy IPA, Paperback Pale. This beer is made with almost all new Amarillo hops from local hops farm, Crosby Hops! Paperback Pale is named after Barry “Paperback” Reiter for his generous kickstarter donation.”
Culmination Brewing (Portland) has the release of their triple IPA, Ferret the Younger, today with a tapping at 4pm: “This Friday, 2/10 @4pm, we will be tapping a keg of Ferret the Younger in our taproom. This is our smooth drinking triple IPA. This beer is delicious and dangerous because you can’t even tell that it is an 11.9% ABV beer! Only 5 barrels of Ferret was brewed so this beer is pretty limited. This beer has a big juicy aroma and a slightly sweet alcoholic finish. It was dry hopped with El Dorado and Mosaic hops. Don’t miss this! Cheers!”
McMenamins 23rd Avenue Bottle Shop (Portland) is tapping a special beer from the Edgefield today at 5pm: Don’t Call It a Hopback IPA. “Don’t call it a comeback, we’ve been here for years. This is our exciting new IPA brewed in that hazy, juicy, New England-style. This IPA is packed full of tropical citrusy character from dry-hopping with Simcoe, Mosaic, and Citra Hops. It was dry-hopped twice and conditioned for extra time to pull the most aroma and flavor from the intense dry-hopping schedule to which it was subjected.”
1188 Brewing (John Day) is doing a beer tasting at the Grant County Regional Airport on Friday starting at 6pm: “* A variety of 1188 beer & food and Pacific NW wine
* Cost is $12/person and includes food and 6 tasting tickets
* Beer and Wine will be available by the glass
* Silent Auction of Romantic Baskets
* THE PEOPLE MOVER WILL BE AVAILABLE TO PICK PEOPLE UP AND DROP THEM OFF BEHIND 1188 BREWING COMPANY EVERY HALF HOUR FROM 6:00 PM TO 10:00 PM!
* Sorry, no minors at this event”
Claim 52 Brewing (Eugene): Friday from 3 to 8pm is the Crowler Release of Fluffier: “Crowler release of Fluffier our Double Fluffy IPA. Brewed with Lactose and double dry hopped at 4.5#s per barrel. $15, No limit”
Three Creeks Brewing (Sisters): Their annual Dessert and Beer Pairing event takes place from 3 to 5pm: “Our annual BEER & DESSERT PAIRING is back. We will be pairing three delicious TCBC brews with three mouthwatering desserts. Join us as our head Chef Mark and Brewer Zach walk you through each pairing. $20/person, gratuity included. Seating is limited. Reservations required. Call today to reserve your spot at the table. (541) 549-1963.”
Imperial Bottle Shop (Portland) continues to celebrate Stout Month with their Heart of Darkness Imperial Stout Festival all day Saturday: “Come celebrate the darkest, most sultry and sinfully delicious beers in the world at our 3rd annual Heart of Darkness Imperial Stout Fest! From noon to midnight, we’ll be pouring a decadent lineup of 18 world-class imperial stouts, featuring bourbon-barrel aged stouts and some selections from our cellar. Entry is free, however you will need to either bring your glass from last year or purchase a $5 commemorative glass, which will be good to use for years to come! Drink tickets will cost $2 each for a 4 oz pour (some beers may be 2 tickets per pour).”
Corvallis’ Block 15 Brewery will be at N.W.I.P.A. in Portland for their Bourbon Block Out from 5 to 8pm: “We are pleased to have Block 15 back in the house this February for Bourbon Month. We will have 2016 Super Nebula, Kriek, A Three Summers Cuvee and several more treats plus the new DAB Lab, Juice Joint! We will have a delicious BBQ offering to pair with all these tasty brews!”
Hop Valley Brewing (Springfield) is celebrating their 8th anniversary on Saturday from 11 to 4pm at their Eugene tasting room: “Celebrate our 8th Anniversary Party at The Tasting Room! Live by PTO (Rock and Roll) and Greg Nestler (R&B/ Jazz. Music starts at 12), Brewery Tours, New barrel aged beers releases, Blind Taster/Sampler Trays with prizes, and Trivia. Prizes include Hop Valley swag and a side by side massage ( 1 hour classic massage per person), donated by Bello Spa! See you there!”
Deschutes Brewery (Bend): Starting Saturday and running through Valentine’s Day, the Bend Pub is featuring “For the Love of They Abyss” with special Abyss pours and menu: “The Abyss is back in all its glory! From Saturday, February 11th through Valentines Day, Tuesday, February 14th, we will be pouring all your favorite Abyss varieties, available together in one sample tray for $22! Snifters of each for $7! Delicious food pairing specials are also planned and ready to go! Head down to the pub this weekend and warm up with The Abyss!”
Ground Breaker Brewing (Portland) has a Dessert Bites & Beer Flights dinner on Saturday as a prelude to Valentines Day: “Valentines Day comes early at the Gastropub this year. A Trio of Desserts: Red Velvet Cake with Orange & Goat Cheese Frosting, Snickerdoodle Cookie with Espresso Streusel, and Imperial Darkness Chocolate Mousse with Huckleberry Candy. Paired with 4oz Tasters of: Red Velvet Ale, Coffee Pale Ale, and Imperial Darkness. $14, available February 10-12 & February 14, 4PM-close.”
Portland’s Breakside Brewery won Hawthorne Hophouse’s annual IPA month challenge and Saturday from 2 to 5pm the Hophouse is throwing a Breakside IPA Party: “Breakside wins top IPA in our month-long blind tasting. Come drink $3 Breakside beers with us at Hawthorne Hophouse to celebrate, meet the brewers, pick up some free swag. First come first served!”
Three Mugs Brewing (Hillsboro): They have a beer release for their TropicAle Midnight Breeze CDA on Saturday: “Tim Brinson, homebrewer extraordinaire and Heart of Cascadia Homebrew Competition Best of Show runner up brewed his delicious CDA with us. Please come meet Tim and help celebrate his beer with us.”
Eugene’s Ninkasi Brewing is hosting their Believer Celebration for the re-release of their Believer Double Red Ale: “Originally released as a winter seasonal in 2006, our co-founders Jamie and Nikos brewed Believer Double Red Ale as a way to thank those who believed in their mission: to start a craft brewery dedicated to community. Now back by popular demand until April, we’re celebrating the return of Believer while honoring our great community. Join us and help give back to nonprofits doing amazing work right here in Eugene! With great beer, food, music, crafts and prizes, there’s a little something for everyone.” The fun runs from noon to 6pm and should be a great time.