Happy Tuesday! We are exactly one week away from St. Patrick’s Day, and I’m sure many folks are already cementing their beer plans for the day. I’ll start posting the various St. Paddy’s events as they come up. In the meantime, here’s today’s news in Oregon beer; as usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day, so check back often for the latest news. And if you have news to share, please contact me and I can get that posted as well.
Oregon City is getting a new brewery, Coin Toss Brewing, and I just got the press release this morning for it; they are targeting an early June opening. “The brewery is the vision of local radio personality Tim Hohl, who, like so many pioneering craft brewers before him, is taking his passion for homebrewing to the next level. The 1,400 sq. ft. facility will house a brand new 10-barrel brewhouse, including four 10-barrel fermenters, all fabricated by Practical Fusion, stainless steel tank fabrication experts based in Portland. The brewery will eventually include a taproom, slated to open in July, that will serve the brewery’s flagship Black Hole CDA (Hohl’s most popular homebrew), as well as an IPA, a Golden Ale and a Stout. Perhaps most interesting will be Coin Toss’ rotating “Heritage Series” that will feature a regular selection of beers brewed using historical recipes. Hohl recently brewed a small beer based on a recipe found in a journal entry belonging to George Washington, using ingredients that closely resembled those of our founding father.” Coin Toss joins Feckin Brewing and Oregon City Brewing in the OC.
Buoy Beer (Astoria): Tonight they have their monthly brew pairing dinner taking place at their pub: “2nd Tuesday every month, the chefs and brewers of Buoy Beer Company will present a unique menu, a pairing of dishes of local fare and Buoy Beer brews. This ticketed event will include a special menu of 5 courses with talks by our chefs and brewers. Tickets can be purchased online or at the taproom.” (Note, online link isn’t working as of this writing.) Cost is $65 per person, or $60 each for 2 or more, and the menu looks pretty tasty. Dining on the water with great beer, doesn’t get much better than that!
McMenamins on Monroe (Corvallis) has a special beer release and tasting today from 5 to 9pm, featuring Ballena Joe (Buy-Yen-Na): “This is a Russian Imperial Stout aged with coffee liquor soaked Oak spiral. Ballena means whale in Spanish. 42 ounce bottles of Pacifico in Baja are called Ballena’s. I consumed several these bottles while watching whales in Baja California Sur. My wife suggested I name a brew after these magnificent beings. Sounded like a good idea to me. A big beer like an Imperial Stout seemed to fit. Bad roads bring good people was what she said to me. [Gary Nance, brewer]”
Cascade Brewing (Portland): Tonight’s Tap It Tuesday at the Barrel House at 6pm is featuring Baked Blackberry: “a blend of sour Wheat ales aged in oak wine barrels for up to 12 months with blackberries, vanilla beans and lemon peel. A variation on our upcoming Blackberry 2014 blend, this one-off project features flavors of blackberry scones with a bright lemon note and rounding vanilla presence. 7% ABV | $8 Glass | $3 Taster”
Worthy Brewing (Bend): Here’s the first notice of St. Patrick’s Day events as promised above—Worthy is holding “A Hoppy St. Patrick’s Day” all day on the 17th, and featuring among other things: “Release of our Irish Dry Stout from the Heart and Soul Series; Corned Beef & Cabbage, our Famous Rueben, and more Irish food specials; A free Leprechaun’s Treasure Hunt for kids at 4:30pm; Local Irish Dancers at 6p”
Mazama Brewing (Corvallis) has a new beer on tap: “Introducing Gillian’s Red, an American Style Red. The very first beer Mazama founders Jeff and Kathy brewed was a red ale. This updated version celebrates their 30 years of brewing. On tap now in the taproom.”