Oregon Beer News, 03/02/2015

Oregon BeerAre you ready to tackle a new week and month? Yes indeed, it’s Monday and it’s the 2nd of March already! Here is the news in Oregon beer—as usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day with the latest news as I find it, so check back often. And if you have news to share, please contact me and I can get that posted as well.

Deschutes Brewery (Bend): Have you ever had a chance to taste their Pinedrops IPA? Perhaps not, it’s only been available on draft—until now. (Or soon from “now.”) Deschutes is releasing Pinedrops in six-packs on a year-round basis, hitting in early April. “Beginning as a locals favorite in our pubs, we decided to bottle this crisp and hoppy ale made with Nugget, Northern Brewer, Chinook, Centennial and Experimental hops. We can’t wait to have this IPA available year round!” They’ve put together some cool-looking packaging too.

This weekend is one of Portland’s longer-running and highly-regarded events: The Lucky Lab‘s 18th(!) annual Barleywine & Big Beer Tastival. (Facebook event page here.) Taking place at their Quimby Beerhall, it runs this Friday and Saturday from noon to 10pm each day, and the focus is exclusively on barleywines and other rare and aged “big beers.” I don’t see a taplist online (yet) but they say: “We have over 50 beers so far! We will have about 25 on tap at any one time and we will rotate through as the event progresses. An event glass and four tasting tokens are just $15 and extra tickets are $2.00 each.” This is definitely a must-attend event if you can make it to Portland, so plan accordingly!

The annual Pouring at the Coast beer festival is taking place this weekend over in Seaside. The Friday night Brewer’s Dinner is already sold out, but you can still purchase tickets for the Saturday “pouring” part of the fest, which runs from 3 to 8pm at the Seaside Convention Center. They have something like 30 breweries pouring, listed here, which like in past years showcases a nice assortment of lesser-known breweries from the state. Prices are $10 and $20 which gets you entry and the glass and a set number of tasting tokens, and you can purchase extra tickets in blocks of 4 for $5.

It’s the final day of Cascade Brewing‘s Tart Fruit Fest and here’s what they have on tap: “Tangerine Dream, Midnight Diesel, Pumpkin Smash a la Mode are some of the beers now on tap. On deck are a pre-release of Vlad the Imp Aler, Vintage 2012 Vine, & Pink Bellini.”