Oregon Beer News, 03/08/2017

Oregon BeerToday International Women’s Day, and related, International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day. Shout out to all the women in the industry, without you there wouldn’t be a beer industry! Here’s the news in Oregon beer for this Wednesday, March 8; as usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day with the latest news, so check back often for updates. And if you have news to share, please contact me and I can get that updated as well.

San Diego’s Modern Times Beer is landing in the Pacific Northwest this week, and they’ve lined up a number of release parties and tasting events in Portland over the next few days, starting today. Here’s today’s lineup:

The Bier Stein (Eugene) has their latest Tapping Into Community fundraiser tonight starting at 5pm, benefiting the Archaeology Channel Film Fest: “Drink beer, support a cool local nonprofit event! Hey, maybe you’ll learn something– the Archaeology Channel’s International Film Festival features films about the human past and our shared cultural heritage. Film screenings will be held at The Shedd Institute from May 4-7. The featured beer for the event is Hop Valley’s Solid Baby! IPA. 100% of the proceeds from this keg will benefit the festival. Cheers!”

McMenamins Thompson Brewery (Salem) has their Savor in Salem beer tasting today from 5 to 7pm, featuring an ominous-sounding beer: A Beer Called Death. “There’s an interesting coalition between beer and people when collaborating on a recipe. You’re met with a subject and the spark of an idea. The mind starts running with an inspiration fueled fire that leads you to question how you can manifest this in a way that allows both the beer and the subject to meet. A Beer Called Death is the answer. Don’t let the name deter you. Punk fans will know instantly what the name represents. It’s Detroit in the mid-seventies. It’s punk before punk existed, stashed away in attics, only to be discovered some 30 years later. In honor of the band called Death, we present you with an Imperial Coffee Stout. A mild sweetness and an alcohol warmth lay over soft bitter notes of coffee and chocolate. The blend creates a beer worthy of time, but thankfully, it’s here for you to enjoy, here and now.” The Thompson brewer is Jen Kent, so be sure to stop by and say hi for International Women’s Day!

Roscoe’s (Portland) kicks off their inaugural Pints for a Purpose fundraiser today! “We will be working with 20 different breweries to raise money for Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, National Resourses Defense Counsel and Oregon Public Broadcasting. The event will take place on March 8th from 11:00 AM til 2:00 AM. All draft beer and cider sales for the entire day will be donated to the four different causes. Every single beer purchased will equate to a $5 donation to whichever of the four charities you choose! You will be given a token to place in a jar that corresponds to charity of your choosing. At the end of the night the tokens will be added up and each charity will get $5 per token.” This is a terrific way to do a beer fundraiser and I hope all you Portlanders get over there today to drink some beers!

Bend’s Silver Moon Brewing is tapping the (commercial) release of the winning beer from the 2016 Battle of the Brews Homebrew Competition today—Tweed Jacket English Brown Ale. “Last fall we called for homebrewers all over the PNW to submit their unique recipes for British Style Ales! After local BJCP certified judges tasted all the entries, we were able to crown the 2016 winner & invite him into our brewhouse to brew it for us! Kevin Multop’s Tweed Jacket English Brown Ale is deliciously chocolatey & nutty with notes of coffee. We’ll be tapping it in our pub on Wed, March 8th & it will available at our sponsor locations Platypus Pub, The Brew Shop, & selected The Growler Guys! Thanks to F.H. Steinbart Co. for also sponsoring!”

Rogue‘s Eastside Portland pub (formerly the Green Dragon) has their Green Dragon Brew Crew release today, featuring a Vienna Lager: “Our Vienna Lager is inspired by the classic European lager developed in Austria by Anton Dreher in 1841. Premium Continental Vienna and Munich malts provide elegantly complex toasted malt flavors balanced by a spicy blend of hops from regional neighbors including Hallertau Mittelfreuh (Germany), Saaz (Czech Rep.) and Styrian Golding (Slovenia). Rich and slightly sweet at first, this finely balanced, amber-hued beer is well attenuated with a dry finish that is satisfyingly crisp and clean.”

Portland Brewing has their March Brewer’s Dinner taking place tonight from 6 to 9pm: “Enjoy a 4 course meal, featuring locally sourced meats and produce prepared by Chef Brian Arnest! Each course will be paired with a favorite Portland Brewing beer and guests will receive a complimentary Portland Brewing tasting glass to take home. Private brewery tour starts at 6pm with the dinner served at 6:45pm! $45 each or 2 for $85, limit of 40 tickets sold.”

Belmont Station (Portland) has Everybody’s Brewing in the house tonight from 5 to 7pm to taste their Get a Pear Saison: “Everybody’s Brewing is introducing their brand new “Tiny Tank” beer. Get a Pear is a Belgian-style Saison brewed with pear juice. If you’ve never had Everybody’s beer — or if it’s your favorite — please join us in the bottle shop for the tasting. Also, in the taproom, we will be pouring a very special keg of Uncle Step Dad Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout.”