Oregon Beer News, 03/17/2015 – Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Oregon BeerHappy St. Patrick’s Day! I hope you have fun and safe plans lined up for this most stout of holidays (see what I did there?); if not, keep an eye on this post as I’ll list various goings-on and news that I find for the day. As usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day, so check back often for the latest news. If you have news to share, please contact me and I can get that updated as well.

St. Paddy’s Day is big at McMenamins, and accordingly all across the McMenamins properties you’ll find St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations featuring live music, Irish Stout, food specials, and more. See a list on their events page here. For instance, here in Bend at the Old St. Francis School, they’ll have Bend Fire Pipes & Drums roaming the property, as well as live music at O’Kane’s, Father Luke’s Room, the main Pub, and the Fireside Courtyard and of course there will be “Irish Coffee cocktails, and Irish Reubens and Corned Beef & Cabbage.” You’ll find similar merriment at other locations, so enjoy the day!

Belmont Station (Portland) is not only celebrating St. Paddy’s—it’s also their 18th anniversary they’re celebrating today! It’s a huge day for them and details are on their events page: “For our 18th Anniversary, we are super excited to once again feature some favorite beers. Each member of our awesome staff gets to select one, and they even get to write the description on the menu for their beer! Plus, we are honored to have Barley Brown’s brew our 18th Anniversary beer, a Cascadian Dark Ale called Belmont Black. Barley Brown’s founder, Tyler Brown, describes Belmont Black as, “A cross between Turmoil CDA and Chaos Imperial CDA with experimental hop 472 — Neomexicana. Warrior hops for bittering, Citra, Chinook, Cascade, Simcoe and Crystal.” We can’t wait to tap the first keg of Belmont Black on our anniversary on March 17 — and we will host Tyler at a Belmont Black bottle release party that very next Saturday afternoon, March 21.” Festivities start at 4pm and they have a terrific beer list lined up for today! If I were in Portland I’d be there, so don’t miss out!

As for additional St. Patrick’s Day specific events, I’ll list them in short format here:

Oakshire Brewing (Eugene) is partnering up with Ninkasi, Falling Sky, Mazama, Fort George, Caldera, and Double Mountain for a Craft Brewers Conference collaboration beer—at least, that’s how I read Matt Van Wyk’s update today: “We’re brewing! @ninkasibrewing symposium beer for #cbc @brewersassociation #beer #collabo @fallingskybrew @oakbrew #bsg #simpsons #mazama #fortgeorge #caldera #doublemountain”

1188 Brewing (John Day) has a new beer on tap: “Come by the pub and get yourself a pint and growler full of our newest libation creation – Wild Horse IPA. It’s getting excellent reviews!” Check it out if you find your way out in Eastern Oregon.