Oregon Beer News, 02/27/2012

Oregon BeerHere’s the Oregon beer news for Monday, February 27th. I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day, so if you have some news you’d like to share, please contact me and I’m happy to get it posted.

Burnside Brewing (Portland) is all set to release their first specialty barrel-aged beer in 1.5 liter magnum bottles: Neptune’s Wrath, which is a “Strong Ale brewed with 18 gallons of Hama Hama oyster liquor and 4 pounds Lemon peel. We took half of this batch of beer and aged it in Cristom Pinot noir barrels. After 6 months on oak we back blended it with the non barrel aged half. This beer is 10.2% ABV and has notes of cherry, french oak, malt sweetness with a slight brininess at the back end.” The official release is tomorrow, Tuesday the 28th, and there will only be 100 bottles available; they will be on sale when the brewery opens at 3pm for $30 per bottle. (Which seems like a lot but remember that is the equivalent for $15 for a 750ml bottle which is what you’d normally see on the shelves.)

The Concordia Ale House (Portland) is featuring “Beer Brawl V” all this week starting today: “Oregon vs. Washington vs. California, 12 BEER blind Taster Tray featuring the best Pale Ale, IPA, STOUT, and Brewers Choice Beers each STATE has to Offer.” Today through Sunday, you’ll be able to blind taste and vote on the best beers from Hopworks Urban Brewing (representing Oregon), Hales Ales (Washington), and Firestone Walker (California). (Don’t know the cost of the blind taster tray.) Sounds like fun!

Add The Bier Stein in Eugene to the “Pliny Watch” for Oregon appearances of the much-coveted Pliny the Younger from Russian River Brewing: it’s showing up this Thursday, March 1st. “We will be offering this once a year brew on Thursday, March 1st. Tickets are being sold prior to the event. Tickets are very limited, cost is $8 for an 8oz draft. We will be offering other Russian River beers on draft as well. Proceeds to benefit Luv-A-Bull.”

Prodigal Son Brewery (Pendleton): It’s a bit last-minute on this one, but they are holding a beer dinner tonight at 6pm, “Pints & Plates.” It’s a four-course dinner paired with Prodigal Son beers (of course), but I don’t know the price—however, the Facebook post indicates there are still a few reservations available so if you’re interested leave a comment on the post.

Oakshire Brewing (Eugene) has a new website design launched, and it’s a nice upgrade from their previous design with some interesting new functionality (speaking as a web developer—my day job—in this case). Social media is prominent, of course, and they’ve gone a good job of highlighting the beer and the people. Nice work!