Oregon Beer News, 02/27/2014

Oregon BeerHere is the Oregon beer news for Thursday, February 28 (the penultimate day of the month). As usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day with the latest news as I find it, so check back often. If you have news to share, please contact me and I can get that updated as well.

Belmont Station (Portland): In addition to their final day of their “Pliny Week” they are hosting Corvallis’ Nectar Creek Honeywine this evening for a mead tasting from 5 to 7pm: “Corvallis meadery Nectar Creek was created by two brothers with a contagious energy to redefine the world’s oldest fermented beverage as a new and artful libation. All of their mead is handcrafted in small batches using the best ingredients the Pacific Northwest has to offer, highlighting specific blends of Willamette Valley honey, water and yeast to produce a sensational pint. Look for samples of Nectar Creek’s Wildflower Session Mead, Ginger Session Mead and Raspberry Session Mead — all naturally gluten-free.”

McMenamins Highland Pub & Brewery (Gresham) has a special beer tasting and meet the brewer today starting at 5pm, featuring Hyper Heifer Stout: “Let us steer you in the right direction here: with a cold-extract addition of McMenamins very own coffee beans in a deep black stout already full of wonderful, roasty aromas it would behoof you to know that this brew will get you mooving. It’s so good you’ll wish you had a second or third stomach for more. With the lactose sugar that was added during the boil this beer has some body and some sweetness to chew on like a cud. I won’t milk it for compliments, but you can cownt on this brew to slake your thirst. Okay no more puns, I promise. Enjoy.” It’s 6.18% abv and when it’s gone, it’s gone.

Boring Brewing (Boring) announced today that they’ve signed with a distributor: “Boring Brewing is pleased to announce their new distribution agreement with General Distributing Inc. effective March 1st, 2014. They will represent the Boring Brewing brands in Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington, Columbia, Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties.” Hopefully we’ll see some down Central Oregon way too, though I recently tried Boring’s Big Yawn IPA from the Growler Guys.

Rock Bottom Brewing (Portland) has a beer tapping event today that is for a good cause: “Come join us and the Portland Fire Department in celebrating the tapping of our Fire Chief Ale! The keg will be tapped at 6 pm and we will give away some free food samples as well as sell $3 pints of Fire Chief Ale for 1 hour. We will also do a drawing for great Rock Bottom prizes at 7 pm. All proceeds from the beer and drawing will go to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association.” Definitely a good cause and worth stopping by.

Beerworks (Medford) is on the Pliny the Younger train: “We will be tapping Russian River Brewing Company’s Pliny The Younger Triple IPA 5pm! This is the most sought after IPA in the US & will go very quickly so if you want to get a chance to try it you’ll want to get down here early. It will be poured in 8oz glasses & there will be no growler fills. Enjoy!! & please let us know how you liked it.” This might be the first time PtY has ever made it to Medford?

N.W.I.P.A. (Portland) is hosting the release of 10 Barrel Brewing Boise’s popular DUB Imperial IPA tonight from 6 to 9pm: “Shawn Kelso’s highly sought after double IPA, DUB,is back and we are going to celebrate! We have also scored a keg of S.A.M. IPA and Apocalypse!”