Oregon Beer News, 02/26/2016

Oregon BeerHere is the news in Oregon beer from around the web for the last weekend of February, Friday the 26th through Sunday the 28th. As usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day with the latest news, so check back often. And if you have news to share, please let me know and I can get that updated as well.

The Bier Stein‘s Starkbierzeit Festival of Strong Beer continues this weekend, with some amazing strong (and aged) beers going on tap. This Friday we’ll see the following: Alaskan – Smoked Porter 2013, De Molen – Barrel-aged Cease & Desist 2014, North Coast – Old Stock Cellar Reserve 2013, Russian River – Supplication 2011, and Stone – Espresso Imperial Russian Stout 2013. And on Saturday the 27th (the final day) there’s a four-year vertical of Firestone Walker’s Parabola Barrel-aged Imperial Stout (2012 – 2015)!

And Cascade Brewing‘s Sour Fruit Fest runs through Sunday, running through a nice rotation of limited and vintage sours. “Most of the beers will be available as 2oz tasters and will run $2 to $3.50. Some of the limited, vintage beers will be available as 4oz pours and priced at $5.50-$8.” Keep an eye on the event page for the list and their general status updates to find out when a beer is on (or blown, as Tropic of Cascadia was the first to blow yesterday).

The BeerMongers (Portland): Friday evening starting at 5pm they are featuring 10 Barrel Brewing for a meet the brewers event with brewers Shawn Kelso and Whitney Burnside: “We love good beer, and that’s what we’ll be pouring this Friday. We’re pleased to have both, Whitney and Shawn in the pub tomorrow night. We’ll be pouring beers that don’t normally leave their respective pubs. Draft list to follow. Should be a treat!”

Hermiston Brewing (Hermiston): They are holding their 2nd Annual BeerEx Fest on Saturday the 27th, taking place from noon to 7pm at their Nookies Restaurant location. There will be live music, smoked food, and at least 15 breweries pouring beer; “Great Local NorthEast breweries coming together to have a good time with great beer and great friends.” Tickets are $20 at the door, $15 for pre-sale (not sure where you can get those), which gets you entry, the taster glass and five drink tickets; additional tickets are $3 or 6 for $15.

Vagabond Brewing (Salem): Saturday they are celebrating their second anniversary starting at 2pm: “Come celebrate 2 years of delicious Vagabond beer on Saturday, February 27th! What better way to celebrate than sumo suit battles, free photo booth pictures, cake, giveaways and live music by the Chris Jones Band!” Big congrats to Vagabond on 2 years!

Bend’s Boneyard Beer just posted a bombshell photo and status on Facebook: “Just having a little fun decorating the walls of our new PUB! Opening in Bend this summer…you ready or what!?” More details as I get them, of course.

Great Notion Brewing (Portland): Saturday they have a release party for their Juice Box Double IPA: “Bursting at the seams with pungent tropical hops. We get slammed with Grapefruit, Mango & Peach. Juice Box is brewed with over 4 pounds of hops per barrel, but the mellow bitterness and soft mouth feel makes this DIPA dangerously drinkable! 8.2% ABV” It starts at 3pm.

Plank Town Brewing (Springfield): This weekend is a big one for the Springfield brewery, as they are celebrating their 3rd anniversary with a cask ale festival! “Join us in celebrating our 3rd anniversary for a truly rare gathering of real ales. We will have pins of cask conditioned beer flowing with creations from Plank Town Brewing Company, Brewers Union Local 180, Agrarian Ales, Claim 52 Brewing, Block 15 Brewing Co., McMenamins High Street Brewery & Cafe, Santiam Brewing Co., Viking Braggot Company, Oakshire Brewing, Sam Bond’s Brewing Co., Sky High Brewing & Pub, and even a cask conditioned cider from WildCraft Cider Works! $10 entry comes with a specialty cask glass, drink tickets, and discounts on food. Starts at 12pm Saturday and Sunday and goes until 10pm or until the pins drop! Live screenprinting with a Cask Fest design from Threadbare Print House SATURDAY FROM 3-6PM. Brunch starts at 10am Sat & Sun and goes until 3pm. Cheers to turning 3!” Huge congrats to Plank Town on three great years!

N.W.I.P.A. (Portland) is holding their 3rd Annual Triple IPA Fest Saturday all day long: “The biggest and the baddest shine on this day. Triple IPAs from heavy hitters like Barley Brown’s, Pfriem, Boneyard, Fat Head’s, Breakside and more! Chicken and Guns is taking the afternoon shift and Bunk Sandwiches is locked in for the late shift from 6 to 9 to feed your face. Glasses and 10 tickets will run for $10. if you have a glass from last year, you may certainly use that again this year.”

StormBreaker Brewing (Portland): Their 2nd Annual Brewstillery Festival is taking place Saturday the 27th from noon to 8pm, where breweries and distilleries have teamed up to create the perfect beer-and-spirit pairing. “Each pairing will consist of a 4oz beer pour and a 1/4 oz spirit taste. Only like beer? Then just drink beer. You can pick and choose, although we strongely recommend going for the pairing. Even bigger this year with 22 breweries and 21 Distilleries! Here is the pairing list: Baerlic/Rolling River; Barley Brown’s/Stein; Base Camp/North Coast; Breakside/Thomas&Sons; Cascade/House; Coalition/New Deal; Commons/Stone Barn; Culmination/4 Spirits; De Garde/Ransom; Double Mountain/Hood River; Ecliptic/Clear Creek; Ex Novo/Parliament; Fat Head’s/Big Bottom; Gigantic/Ransom; Ground Breaker/Vinn; Humble/Tualatin Valley; Laurelwood/Indio; Migration/House; pFriem/Camp 1805; Upright/Eastside; Wild Ride/Bendistillery; StormBreaker/Bull Run; StormBreaker/Wild Roots”