Oregon Beer News, 02/14/2013

Oregon BeerHappy Valentine’s Day! Here’s the Valentine’s edition of Oregon beer news. 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 updated as well.

McMenamins Thompson Brewery (Salem) is getting into the spirit of the day with a special “I Heart Beer!” taster tray available all day today: “To celebrate Valentine’s, and with a nod to Zwickelmania, brewer Jen Kent will present guests with a special taster tray of several seasonal beers for $7.50.┬áSeasonal beers include Cupid’s Curve (chocolate vanilla porter on Nitro), Red Riser on Whiskey Oak Spiral, Citra IPA, Dr. Who, Ginger Golden, and Raspberry Stout!”

Full Sail Brewing (Hood River): Today is the release and meet the brewer event at the Hood River pub for the new Brewer’s Share “Mathias’s Main Ingredient Oatmeal Stout” beer from 5 to 6:30pm: “The beer was brewed by Chef Mathias Engblom to celebrate the brewing and culinary arts, and it just so happens that February is Stout Month.┬áMain Ingredient pours with a thick creamy head and the color of dark chocolate. The oatmeal in this stout provides a full body on which to support the darker roast and caramel flavors. The beer has a smoothly rich, complex palate with notes of chocolate, toffee, and espresso. Northern Brewer hops provide a slightly spicy back note in this ale. 5.58% ABV 51 IBU.”

McMenamins Edgefield (Troutdale) has a limited-edition beer tasting starting today at 5pm, featuring “Over the Counter Pilsner”: “Just what the doctor ordered! Pilsners are generally light colored, clean flavored beers with a distinct hop aroma and this beer is no exception. The primary difference is that we’ve kicked the hops up just a tick with some American Simcoes that really shine through the light, smooth flavor of Pilsner malt. You don’t need a prescription for this beer, but it will certainly cure what ails you.” An “American Pilsner” at 5.95% abv, which sounds pretty drinkable to me.