Oregon Beer News, 03/03/2015

Oregon BeerHere is the Tuesday edition of the Oregon beer news for the 3rd of March. As usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day, so check back often for the latest news. If you have news to share, please contact me and I can get that updated as well.

McMenamins Fulton Pub & Brewery (Portland) has a limited-edition tasting today starting at 5pm, featuring Sweet Briar Golden Ale: “As the name suggests, there is a pleasant, sweet quality to this refreshing golden ale. Sweet Briar Golden Ale is fermented with Scottish ale yeast that gives it a crisp bready quality as well. An interesting flowery tartness arises from the use of rose hips in the latter stage of the boiling process. Sweet Briar is moderately bitter, with the hops playing a subtle role in the floral hoppy aroma and finish. Over-all this beer is designed to be light and refreshing without compromising flavor.” At 5.03% abv, this sounds pretty easy drinking.

Wild River Brewing (Grants Pass):┬áLast week on their Grants Pass Facebook page they posted about a new beer coming out today: “We are preparing another beer release party. On March 3 we will be releasing our Imperial IPA. Come by and enjoy some beer and good conversation. Let’s make it another hit. See ya there.” Wish I had more info—not sure if it’s at the restaurant or the Pub in Grants Pass (yes, there are two locations)—but if/when I find out more I will post it.

Cascade Brewing (Portland): Their Tap It Tuesday at the Barrel House tonight at 6pm is featuring Wild Cherry Blond. “At over three lbs. of wild cherries per gallon of beer, this blend of sour Blond ales is a cherry bomb. Aged in white wine barrels for six months before additionally aging on fruit for another eight months, Wild Cherry Blond features flavors of fresh tart cherry, red cranberries, rose wine and a hint of spice. 7.8%” Nice little follow-up to their Tart Fruit Fest of the past week.

The New School has the full beer list for The Lucky Lab‘s 18th annual Barleywine and Big Beer Tastival going on this weekend, and it’s a stunningly great list! Most appear to be only a few years old, from 2012 and newer, though there is a fair amount older than that and even some 2009 (6-year old) vintages on that list. If I could be there, I would; this is an event not to be missed.

The Bier Stein (Eugene) has added a cask handle for a Real Ale beer engine! Details: “We are thrilled to introduce Real Ale to our taplist! Our first beer on the beer engine is Hommel Horse, a Belgian-style pale ale from Falling Sky Brewing. Though not the traditional British ale, it is infinitely crushable. We recommend coming in for a pint today!” Cask is always a good addition to a beer bar, especially one as good as the Stein.

Standing Stone Brewing (Ashland): Tonight is their Pints with a Purpose at the pub: “Tonight’s the night…call your friends, your neighbors, and your friends’ neighbors to support Rogue Valley Earth Day with Pints for a Purpose. From 5-10pm we’ll give $2 for every pint of beer sold to this awesome organization.” Always nice to see proceeds going to a good cause.

Heads up: Sisters’ Three Creeks Brewing and Portland’s Burnside Brewing are brewing up a collaboration beer today. Frustratingly, no other details, but given the number of other breweries that have been collaborating for beers for next month’s upcoming Craft Brewers Conference in Portland, it wouldn’t surprise me at all to see it show up there.

Holy smokes! Bend’s Shade Tree Brewing—an on-again, off-again endeavor that started with an association with the now-defunct Phat Matt’s Brewing in Redmond, before moving back to southwest Bend and working on starting up (again)—is now legal! As posted on Facebook: “Yes! I’m finally legal to brew in the new location! Production only for now, more beers to follow.”