Oregon Beer News, 03/14/2017

Oregon BeerHappy Pi Day! Pie with your beer is required today, and if you’re looking for recipes to make your own, Homebrew Chef Sean Paxton has you covered. In the meantime, here’s the news for this Tuesday, March 14 (3/14… get it?). 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.

Portland’s Saraveza is hosting Coalition Brewing for a tapping of their CBD-infused Two Flowers IPA today starting at 4:30pm: “Question: If I drink “Two Flowers IPA,” will I pass a drug test? Answer: Yes. There is no THC (the psychoactive element found in marijuana) in this beer. Only CBD and hemp oil. Question: Will I get high if I drink this beer? Answer: No, but you will feel the effects of the CBD. It will feel more like you’ve been relaxing in a hot tub with a, you guessed it, beer. These questions and more answered by Coalition Brewing after we tap “Two Flowers IPA,” the first commercially produced Cannobidoil (CBD) Hemp infused beer in Oregon.”

Cascade Brewing gets into the Pi Day theme with tonight’s Tap It Tuesday featuring Faux π: “[It’s] a blend of sour red and strong blond ales aged for up to 18 months in oak barrels with blueberries and cinnamon. This blend features flavors of sugared berries with a touch of cinnamon reminiscent of a warm slice of blueberry pie.” This will be tapped at 6pm at the Barrel House.

Deschutes Brewery (Bend) has their Tuesday Community Pints taking place at their pubs today, with $1 from every pint sold benefiting a designated non-profit for the month. At the Bend Pub, from 4:30 to 10pm they will be benefiting Healthy Beginnings, “a local non-profit who’s goal is to provide accessible, educational, preventative screenings to ALL children.” The Portland Pub is benefiting The Bloom Project, “a non-profit that provides weekly fresh floral bouquets to hospice and palliative care patients.” Make sure to hit one of the pubs today and help out with a pint or three!

Bend’s Worthy Brewing is taking their experimental hops beer tastings on the road, starting this Saturday the 18th at Produce Row in Portland. From the press release: “Worthy Brewing will be holding tastings throughout Oregon and Washington on beers brewed with hops produced by Portland-based Indie Hops and Oregon State University’s Experimental Hop Breeding Program. “We’re looking for the public’s feedback on the aroma and taste to help the Indie Hops/OSU program with future breeding projects,” said Worthy Brewing’s Brewmaster, Dustin Kellner. “It’s a great opportunity for craft beer lovers to help choose up-and-coming hop varieties.” Worthy’s brewery team brewed up four pale ales using the following experimental varietals: 1007-35, C1002-37, G9-1-374 and C115L-1.”

Ordnance Brewing (Boardman) issued a press release today on their upcoming canned six-packs that are coming out: “Ordnance Brewing, the farmer owned brewery from Boardman, Oregon will take it’s two best selling beers, EOD Double IPA and Bloops Blueberry Wheat, into twelve ounce six pack cans and roll them out across Oregon and Washington in early April. The can design, created by Chris Noud of Now Design in Salem, Oregon. It echoes the current bottles with historic images of the World War 2 support effort that took place at Ordnance, Oregon are screened in the background. Those seeking key details will find the ABV and IBU up front.” Look for those to hit the shelves in a few weeks.

Wayfinder Beer (Portland): Their latest collaboration beer release is tonight with a meet the brewer event featuring two other Portland breweries, Occidental Brewing and Ross Island Brewing. “Occidental Brewing Collaboration: Traditional Vienna lager brewed with the great lager brewers at Occidental Brewing. Clean, toasty, crisp and refreshing, this brew pairs great with food and the budding feeling of spring. Ross Island Collaboration: Moving the Goalposts IPA is a collaboration between two brewers waiting too long to open. It uses a more traditional hopping of Chinook, Centennial and Citra with a balance of a more modern dry, lower caramel IPA. Great for the upcoming soccer season, changing deadlines and causes for celebration.” It takes place from 5 to 7pm.

Thunder Island Brewing (Cascade Locks): They have an early St. Patrick’s Day beer release tapping today: “March’s Beer Release Party! March 14th at 5:30pm. Featuring the Gritty Kitty Irish Red Ale. Live Music with Fields of May”