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Oregon Beer News, 03/21/2012

Here is the news in Oregon beer for Wednesday, the 21st of March. As usual I’ll be updating this post periodically throughout the day so keep checking back for the latest! And if you have some news to share please sent it along and I can get it posted.

Laurelwood Brewing (Portland) is celebrating their 11th anniversary today, along with a release party for their Green Mammoth Imperial IPA at their Sandy Boulevard location (in other words, don’t show up at the Battle Ground or Portland Airport locations and expect anniversary deals!). They are featuring happy hour prices on beer all day (excluding the Green Mammoth) and face painting and live music from 5 to 9pm. Should be a party! And that Green Mammoth—it’s a 9% abv organic beer, and will also see a limited bottle release on April 1st (here’s the label).

The Bier Stein (Eugene) is hosting the Oregon release party for Elysian Brewing‘s latest release in their 12 Beers of the Apocalypse series, Fallout, from 6 to 9pm: “Elysian Brewing will officially release the 3rd of their 12 Beers of the Apocalypse beer series, FALLOUT Green Cardamom Pale Ale. The dystopian future of brewing is bound to have a couple of happy accidents, like a spice cloud of green cardamom settling in a batch of strong and hop-spicy Pale ale. Fallout is here to console the afflicted, brewed with pale and Weyermann Munich and Cara-hell malts, bittered with German Northern Brewer and both finished and dry hopped with lots of Czech Saaz. Elysian will be on hand to join in the revelry, sample brews and raffle off some cool stuff. There will be 3 other Elysian draft offerings and we will offer flights.”

Belmont Station (Portland) is hosting a “Dogfish Head Fun Day” from 3 to 11pm with some fantastic pours: “We’re putting 4 big Dogfish Head beers on tap & will sell our very limited supply of Pearl Jam Twenty Faithful Ale that we held for this day (limit one per person, sales start at 3PM). On tap: Old School Barleywine, Immort Ale, Worldwide Stout, 120 Minute IPA. Now that’s a sturdy flight!”

Ambacht Brewing (Hillsboro) is going to have a Ginger Farmhouse Ale available Thursday (the 22nd) at the brewery: “This is our Golden Farmhouse Ale infused with shredded ginger root. This is a nice warm ginger ale made with real ale! Stop by for a taste!” Ambacht is open from 4 to 6pm on Thursdays, so there’s your window to get down there tomorrow.

McMenamins Ruby Ale is turning 26 years old today, which I of course blogged about in detail previously. All day long McMenamins (all of them) will be offering $2.50 pints of Ruby and Ruby-themed food specials, among other things, and there are even some limited-edition versions of Ruby available at a couple of places. Check out my other post for those details.

Lompoc Brewing (Portland) has their Scotch & Beer Pairing today at the Sidebar from 4 to 10pm tonight: “After extensive research, we’ve chosen to pair Balvenie Doublewood & Stout Out Loud; The Macallan 12 & Bierz Brown; and Lagavulin & Kick Axe Dry Hopped Pale Ale. Taster trays will be available with all three pairings for $18.” That sounds like a good price for an extremely interesting (and inebriating) event. I might have to do some “extensive research” of my own!

The Green Dragon (Portland) has a Green Dragon Brew Crew release tonight from 5 to 8pm featuring Bump-in-the-Night Russian Imperial Stout: “Sometimes things just go bump in the night and this massive Russian Imperial Stout experienced several bumps. This beer was fermented in stainless steel and aged in an oak bourbon barrel for several months. While in the barrel, something went bump, resulting in a subtle hint of sour aroma in the finished beer. Brewed with seven grains and bittered with Summit hops, this jet black beer has a firm body with a strong roast flavor shining through. The strong roast and bitter is complemented by the silky smooth texture produced by serving it on nitro.” 9.1% abv.

Alameda Brewing (Portland): Their “next cask” is tonight, featuring their “Golden with limes, roasted serrano peppers, cilantro, and a touch of salt and coriander”—which sounds an awful lot like a Mexican fiesta in a beer…

Deschutes Brewery (Bend): They had posted the label last week for the Conflux #1, named Collage, collaboration beer the Brewery has been working on with Portland’s Hair of the Dog, and revealed that the beer will finally (tentatively) be released on May 14th. Here’s what they’d posted: “The label is finally approved so it’s time to start blending the final batch of Collage, also known as Conflux No. 1. We’re looking at May 14th now for a release date…stay tuned for details!” Finally! They had barrels of the various component beers aging and viewable during Zwickelmania, and this beer has been going on what… two years? May 14th is less than 2 months away!