Oregon Beer News, 03/05/2013

Oregon BeerHere’s the Oregon beer news for Tuesday, the 5th of March. As usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day, so check back often for the latest. And if you have news to share, please contact me and I can get that updated.

Belmont Station (Portland): Tonight from 5 to 8pm they are hosting a tasting with Utah’s Epic Brewing: “Salt Lake City’s Epic Brewing has established itself as one of the most creative craft breweries in the country. Not afraid to take chances they are known for making each batch of many of their beers a little different. By intention that is! Thus each time a seasonal or new release comes around it’s always a fun try. Come sample some yourself, including their Barleywine, Utah Sage Saison, Double Skull Doppel Bock, Elder Brett Wild Ale, the new Brainless IPA and Brainless on Raspberies (Belgian style ale with Raspberries aged in oak). Brainless on Peaches on tap in the Biercafe.”

Double Mountain Brewery (Hood River) is going to be in Bend tonight at Brother Jon’s Alehouse for a Molten Lava Imperial IPA release party (for the newly bottled beer). The release starts at 5pm and in addition to bottled Molten Lava there will be eight other Double Mountain beers on tap.

Silver  Moon Brewing (Bend): This week’s Growler Power Hour is featuring just one beer this week: China Cat Black Lager. Silver Moon’s “GPH” is their weekly growler fill special where you can get $6 fills on Tuesday and Wednesday from 4 to 6pm for the selected beer(s). China Cat is 5.7% abv and described as: “Hoppy American amber lager meets German Schwarzbier in China Cat Black Lager. This gold rush era black lager is fermented with the distinctive California steam beer lager yeast strain. China Cat features a complex blend of NW 2 Row pale malt, Munich, Carafoam crystal and Carafa malts. Cluster and Northern Brewer hops spice for this classic style.”

Cascade Brewing (Portland): Tonight’s Tap It Tuesday at 6pm at the Barrel House is featuring “Live” Rum Barrel Vlad. “Aged in rum barrels for 18 months, this NW style sour ale is a single barrel project from the blenders’ archive. Aromas of sweet malts, light spices and island rum are noticed up front. Smooth, rich rum and spices dance on the palate and lead to a pronounced rum note that hints at summer days in the sun with no care and a great view. Caution, after a few of these, you might not be able to see straight! 14.5% ABV, $9.00 Glass, $3.50 taster.”

Oakshire Brewing (Eugene) has a new Single Batch beer hitting the taps: “Our newest single batch beer: Spring Forth. A medium bodied NW Extra Pale ale made with cascade and centennial hops; plus two experimental hops: 6300 and 1210. Waves of floral and citrus hop aromas greet the nose of this orange hued pale ale with a nice refreshing finish. ABV:5.8% Cheers!”

Full Sail Brewing (Hood River): Congratulations are in order for Full Sail as they are among a select few “to achieve Gold level recognition in Travel Oregon’s Sustainable Business Challenge”—the brewery’s commitment to the environment and working to become a green company has gained them this level of recognition, and is hugely commendable. It’s not easy for breweries, especially as they grow large, to manage a lot of sustainable practices, so it’s always great to see those that do (or can) be noticed.