Oregon Beer News, 02/22/2012

Oregon BeerHere’s the news in Oregon beer for Wednesday, February 22nd. As usual, I will be periodically updating this post throughout the day, so if you have some news you would like to share please contact me and I will get it posted.

The Bier Stein (Eugene) is hosting a FOOD For Lane County benefit today: “Local homebrewer Denny Conn is turning his camp experience into a benefit for FOOD For Lane County. One of a select few to attend Sierra Nevada Brewing’s “Beer Camp” last November, Conn was able to participate in the brewing of a 20 barrel batch of beer. The result is an Americanized version of the German alt bier style. Camp participants are able to share in the results of their brewing experiences and Conn chose one of his favorite charities to benefit. “Alternate Ending” will be on tap beginning February 22nd until all three of Conn’s kegs are sold. Because of Conn’s and The Bier Stein’s generosity, all proceeds from the special brew will be donated to FFLC. The specialty beer will be $5.00 per pint, which means each pint sold will provide the equivalent of 15 meals! During the kick-off event there will also be drawings for Sierra Nevada Brewing merchandise, along with FFLC barrels to collect food donations.” This is a great event benefiting a terrific cause, so if you’re in Eugene swing by and buy a pint or three. The keg will be tapped at 4pm today.

The Green Dragon (Portland) has a Green Dragon Brew Crew release tonight starting at 5pm, Hoppy Night CDA: “Brewed by Oregon Brew Crew Burgermeister, Roy Nifoussi, this Cascadian Dark Ale boasts a strong, hoppy aroma with hints of chocolate, citrus and pine. A foundation of Caramel malts provides Hoppy Night CDA with a dark body and a creamy tan head, while maintaining a light mouthfeel and a dry finish.” It’s a 6.9% abv beer with 79 IBUs.

Ninkasi Brewing (Eugene) is doing a tasting in Bend today at the Whole Foods on the east side from 3:30 to 5:30: “Troy will be sampling the full Ninkasi lineup!”

Belmont Station (Portland) is hosting a meet the brewer with Redmond’s Phat Matt’s Brewing tonight from 5 to 8pm: “Phat Matt’s is a brand new brewery in Redmond, Oregon. Brewer Matt Mulder will pour tastes of their Gold, Red, and IPA and tell us how he made the leap from restauranteur to craft brewer in Central Oregon. We’ll have a keg of their tasty IPA on tap.”

Flat Tail Brewing (Corvallis) is apparently celebrating its second anniversary—something I haven’t seen posted elsewhere (and last year it was celebrated in July), so congrats! “HAPPY 2nd ANNIVERSARY FLAT TAIL!!! Come down and celebrate with us. 🙂 We have 3 new releases to share with you… Hulk Roggen, Goldihops, & Nitro Bourbon 6am Stout. Thank you Corvallis for a great two years!”

McMenamins Cedar Hills (Beaverton): Today they are holding a Limited-edition beer tasting featuring “Iron Fist Double IPA”, brewed by Anthony Balzola at the McMenamins Oak Hills Brewpub. This is a 7.61% abv beer brewed with Citra, Chinook, Brewers Gold, and Amarillo hops. The tasting starts at 4pm, and when it’s gone, it’s gone.