Happy Pi Day! Today’s the day to enjoy a slice of pie to commemorate 3/14 along with your beer. And don’t forget St. Patrick’s Day is this Thursday! Here’s the roundup of Oregon beer news for this Monday and the week. As usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day with the latest news as I find it, so check back often. If you have news to share, please let me know and I can get that updated as well.
It’s a big week for Portland’s Belmont Station, as today they welcome Perennial Brewing from St. Louis and Brouwerij Van Eecke from Belgium for a co-meet the brewery and tasting event from 5 to 7pm. “St. Louis’ own Perennial will be releasing Savant Blanc, a 100% Brettanomyces fermented Belgian Blonde Ale aged for 5 months in Chardonnay barrels with Chardonel grapes. In the tap room, we will be pouring the Savant Blanc and Hommel Bier. And the owners Phil and Emily Wymore will be on site to tell us more about their incredible brewery. Plus, at the same time, Danny Dieussaert of Belgium’s Brouwerij Van Eecke will be here to chat with and sign bottles of the brewery’s famous Poperings Hommel Bier. We love the coincidence of being able to enjoy both Hommel Biers side by side and hosting brewers from two different parts of the world who are passionate about similar styles — but with their own twists! We hope you will too.”
And then this St. Patrick’s Day, Thursday the 17th, Belmont is celebrating their 19th anniversary! “St. Patricks Day! A time-honored tradition that annually demands you have a beer. Well as fate would have it, this day is also Belmont Station’s Anniversary, and this year will make us 19! As we have in the past, our entire staff picked their own beers to share, and this year the staff outdid themselves! We’d hate to ruin the surprises that will be in store, but in case you need extra coaxing, these are but a few of the outstanding beers we will be pouring: Block 15 Intergalactic Hop Shop, Deschutes Abyss 2015, Upright Hearts Beat, Fremont Barrel-aged Abominable Stout and Lagunitas One-Hitter Imperial Stout with Hazelnuts, Cacao Nibs and Brandy-Soaked Vanilla Beans — the only keg of its kind in Oregon. Plus we will have a sneak preview of our 19th Anniversary beer: a bourbon barrel-aged barley wine by Ecliptic! Come help us celebrate our 19 years of bringing you the best beer selection in the region!” The party starts at 3pm and goes until “whenever the kegs kick!”
And then Saturday is Belmont’s 19th anniversary bottle release party, taking place from 5 to 7pm: “We can’t let something like our 19th anniversary go on without another awesome special beer to help us celebrate! So, on this day, as we near the end of our anniversary week, we will begin selling bottles of our 19th Anniversary Bourbon Barrel Aged Barley Wine that we brewed with Ecliptic Brewing (and they so kindly aged in bourbon barrels for about a year). John Harris and the Ecliptic crew will be on site around 5-7 PM to help us raise a glass and chat about this special beer. But bottles will be available at noon for purchase. This limited edition bottle will be a fine addition to any cellar, but you will want to enjoy a few right now, too, because it is tasting mighty fine!”
Feckin Brewery (Oregon City): As one of the few Irish-themed breweries in the state, Feckin is naturally hosting an Irish Craft Beer Festival this week, starting on the 17th (St. Patrick’s Day, naturally) and running through the 19th: “The inaugural Feckin Irish Craft Ale Festival will host over a dozen local breweries and will be featuring craft brews with Northwest flavors and traditional Irish roots. The event highlights include live music, Irish dancers, bagpipers, Irish bar food, and a plethora of local delicious beers.” Should be fun!
The annual Pouring at the Coast beer festival is taking place in Seaside this weekend, Friday and Saturday the 18th and 19th. Friday is the Brewer’s Dinner and Saturday is the actual fest, taking place at the Seaside Civic and Convention Center. Dinner tickets are $65 each and it features a five-course meal; purchase online here. For the Saturday festival session from 3 to 8pm, tickets are $10 for the glass and 3 tasting tickets, $20 for the glass and 10; additional tickets are $3 each. You can pre-purchase here. They have a nice representation of coastal and western Oregon breweries as well as the usual suspects.
Double Mountain Brewery (Hood River): They are celebrating their 9th anniversary this Saturday, March 19! “We survived the first 9 years of business and do you know what that means? Time to celebrate! Join us for our music and beer filled annual anniversary street party. $5 Cash Entry Fee (21 and over) ~ Includes a Souvenir Mug.” It runs all day, from 11am until 10pm, and kids are welcome until 8pm. Also– “Brewer’s Lounge (noon-8pm) -$25~Includes a Souvenir Mug, Snacks, Specialty Beer from our Reserves”
Hopworks Urban Brewery (Portland): A press release out today is announcing the addition of a new beer to their year-round lineup, to appear in a new can format for the brewery: Gear Up IPA. “Gear Up IPA, a Northwest-Style IPA with an ultra-tropical hop profile, represents HUB’s first 12 oz. six pack can. Six-packs release in mid-April throughout HUB’s distribution channels in Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Idaho, Utah and western Canada. The beer is currently available as a popular draft offering at both Hopworks brewpubs and at craft beer bars in Oregon and Washington. From the recipe to the can artwork, every element of Gear Up IPA is meant to celebrate the majestic region HUB calls home. The beer is brewed with organic malted barley from Oregon, naturally filtered water from the Bull Run Watershed, and local hops from Oregon and Washington.” It’s 6.2% abv and 65 IBUs and sounds like a nice addition to Oregon’s canned offerings.
Ex Novo Brewing (Portland) has a new beer release today: “New beer Monday! “Cactus wins the Lottery” is a 4.3% Berliner Weisse with Prickly Pear. Infinitely crushable, this is an outstanding beer getting us ready for the warmer weather!” Okay, yum.
And Salem Ale Works likewise has a beer back on tap (not quite new but new-for-now), plus some upcoming beers: “It’s back! Stump Humper IPA is back on tap after a lengthy time away. Stop in and get some before it’s gone again! New Beer Alert! Two new beers will be released at the taproom in the next week. The Empire Hops Back (Mosaic, Simcoe, Amarillo hops) and Pale Ale #503 (floral citrus deliciousness). More info, including release dates, coming soon!”
And then Portland’s Migration Brewing has a new stout out in time for (and a bit early for) St. Paddy’s Day: “Who says we can’t celebrate early, Celtic Irish stout now on tap on Nitro. Who thinks we should release new beers on $3 Monday’s more often?” And oh yeah, $3 pints on Mondays!
And, the Raccoon Lodge in Portland has their stout on as well: “Just in time for St Patrick’s Day celebration, our new Dry Stout is now pouring on both CO2 and nitro! This is a classic easy drinking stout with notes of toffee, dark fruit and roasted barley complemented by a flavorful crisp finish!”