Oregon Beer News, 02/18/2014

Oregon BeerHere’s the news in Oregon beer for Tuesday, the 18th of February. As usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day, so check back often for the latest news. If you have news to share, please contact me and I can get that posted as well.

McMenamins Bagdad Theater (Portland) is pouring the Edgefield’s “Extra 2013” today for a special beer release and meet the brewer starting at 5pm: “The Extra’s roots go back nearly to the very beginning of the brewery’s founding in 1991. In its original form, the Extra was a 7%-8% ABV strong ale that was famous for wreaking havoc at the 1992 company picnic and in taphouses around McMenamins. It’s been more than twenty years since that fateful day, but now it has returned as Edgefield’s barleywine and strongest offering at nearly 9.5%. This Extra is a traditional English barleywine that is huge on Maris Otter malt character and brimming with graham cracker and toffee flavors. This special link between the past and present has been one of our brewers’ favorite technical challenges to make and is a beer that promises to age extremely well. The Extra will surface occasionally as the base for some of our barrel-aged offerings, and will be re-released from time to time as it matures. We at Edgefield hope you enjoy it for years to come.”

Belmont Station (Portland) is hosting the release of Portland’s newest cidery, Cider Riot!, today as well as a meet the cider maker, from 5 to 8pm. “Longtime beer writer, homebrewer and home cider-maker Abe Goldman-Armstrong’s Cider Riot! cidery is ready to launch. We are honored to be part of Cider Riot’s launch, and Abe will be joining us in the Biercafe to release his first cider, Everybody Pogo. We also will be pouring a collaboration cider Abe made with Reverend Nat’s called Cider Kin.”

Cascade Brewing (Portland): Tonight’s Tap It Tuesday at the Barrel House at 6pm is featuring “Live” Honey Ginger Lime: “This sneak peek of our NW style sour rye ale was barrel aged for up to 12 months before aging additionally on ginger and lime zest for six months. Aromas of sweet ginger and lime pour forth from your glass. Tart ginger, lime zest and honey sparkle on the palate and give way to a refreshing crisp finish of ginger and honey with a lingering note of sweet lime. A sour summer sipper! $8 glass, $2 taster”

The Bier Stein (Eugene): Tonight from 6 to 8pm they’ll be pouring a selection of Ballast Point Brewing beers: “Come try some of San Diego’s finest! Ballast Point hit the Eugene scene last year and made waves with its line of seafaring-themed beers. We’re going to reel you in again with five beers, free samples, and their rep Skipp giving away some BP swag.” On tap will be Tongue Buckler Imperial Red Ale, Sculpin IPA, Grunion Pale Ale, Victory At Sea Imperial Porter, and Longfin Lager.