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Oregon Beer News, 03/11/2016

Happy Friday! This Sunday it’s once again time to turn our clocks one hour forward for Daylight Saving Time and lose our hour (boo). But there’s some good beer events going on this weekend to make up for it. Here’s the weekend news starting this Friday the 11th; as usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day with the latest news, so check back often. And if you have news to share, please let me know and I can get that updated as well.

Oakshire Brewing‘s Hellshire Day & Barrel Aged Beer Fest is this Saturday! It’s their third annual Hellshire Day and promises to be great: “From noon to 8pm on Saturday, we’ll showcase 50+ barrel-aged beers from our brewer friends around the country. The fest will feature the release of Hellshire VI {our sixth barrel-aged beer released under the Hellshire label}, a rare opportunity to purchase reserve bottles from Oakshire’s cellar, hourly Buzz Beer tappings, live bands, local food and more. Ticket price includes entry, commemorative Hellshire VI tasting glass and five tasting tickets.” Tickets are $25 in advance, plus available online here, or $30 at the door.

And want a sneak peek? This Friday evening check out the Hellshire Experience to get on board early: “The Hellshire Experience is back this year with even more to experience! Join Oakshire Founder Jeff Althouse and Head Brewer Tyler West on Friday night for a behind-the-scenes tour of our barrel-aging program, including tastes right from our barrels, charcuterie and a candid chat on the challenges and successes of an award-winning barrel-aging program. You’ll head home with a special wax-dipped bottle of our first-ever Single Barrel Reserve Hellshire, and meet us Saturday morning an hour before the Hellshire Day doors open to be first in line to taste the most sought after beers at the fest.”

On Saturday the Baker’s Dozen Coffee Beers & Doughnuts fest is taking place at Culmination Brewing in Portland, and the event is officially sold out! They won’t be selling tickets at the door either, but if you have your tickets then you can look forward to a fun fest. “The 2nd Annual Baker’s Dozen stirs together the three things Portland does best: coffee, beer, and doughnuts. In a city with as many coffee roasters as there are craft brewers, the marriage of the two brews is a natural pairing, that itself pairs majestically with doughnuts. Paid admission includes a souvenir beer glass and 4-oz samples of all 13 coffee beers as well as samples of all 13 doughnuts. (Additional drinks may be purchased at the bar.) New this year is a Doughnut Decoration Station for kids and non-kids. Actual coffee will be provided, too, along with house-made breakfast sandwiches available for purchase. Live music can be enjoyed throughout the fest.”

Eugene’s The Bier Stein is hosting Firestone Walker Brewing this Friday for their Luponic Distortion Release from 6 to 8pm: “Paso Robles, CA darlings Firestone Walker have begun a new series of hoptastic beers called Luponic Distortion. Sneak previews have revealed a beer that dances on the tongue with some of our favorite new hop flavors while maintaining a balance with pale, complementary malts and just-right carbonation.”

Heater Allen Brewing (McMinnville): This Friday in Newport they are holding a beer dinner at Zach’s Bistro starting at 6:30pm: “Join Zach’s bistro fro a 6 course dinner paired with 5 wonderful beers from Heater Allen in McMinnville. Rick Allen the owner and head brewer will be out here with his wife talking about his beers, and the brewery. Dietary restrictions gladly accomodated.” The price is $49 per person, and tickets can be purchased at or by calling Zach’s Bistro directly at (541-265-2929).

Block 15 Brewery (Corvallis) is celebrating their 8th anniversary this Saturday the 12th: “We’re celebrating our 8th anniversary on Saturday, March 12th with the release of two limited beers. Both will be available at our downtown Pub when our doors open at 11am. Be on the lookout for an epic Saturday-only food special as well! (We won’t be hosting a brunch for this bottle release, so both are first-come, first-served.)” The beers are The Incredible Imperial Double IPA and Fortuitous 2016 Red Farmhouse Ale.

Saturday the 12th, Portland’s The Commons Brewery has a beer bottle release for their Clarabelle: “Clarabelle began as Maybelle, a barrel aged blonde farmhouse ale. It was then aged in Ransom Old Tom Gin barrels for one year before finishing in a stainless steel tank with a blend of Brettanomyces and 500 pounds of peaches from Baird Family Orchards. The result is a rich and aromatic farmhouse ale, with bold peach notes and a balancing floral character from the Brettanomyces and Gin barrels. Clarabelle is ready to drink now, as the deep fresh fruit character is woven delicately into the Brettanomyces profile, but can also be cellared for one year. Clarabelle will be available in 330ml bottles for $8 each in limited quantities and will also be available on draft during the release party.”

Bazi Bierbrasserie (Portland): Sunday the 13th they are hosting their annual Saison Greetings farmhouse ale tap takeover from 1 to 9pm: “It’s daylight savings time and the 4th Annual Saison Greetings farmhouse ale tap takeover featuring domestic and import Belgian-inspired saison style beers. Sampler trays will be available for purchase. The domestic flight will be available for $8 and the import flight for $12. Each flight consists of 4 – 5 oz pours. Pick one flight or try them side by side. And don’t forget our all Sunday Happy Hour is back, so come thirsty and hungry!”