Oregon Beer News, 03/28/2013

Oregon BeerIntro. 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.

Deschutes Brewery (Bend): Monday, April 8 is the first of the Brewery’s Class of ’88 collaboration events, this one featuring the Barleywine brewed with Rogue Ales and California’s North Coast Brewing; from 6 to 9pm at the Deschutes Bend Pub you’ll be able to taste all 3 Barleywines side-by-side along with food pairings. “The three partners teamed up to brew their own interpretation of a recipe that appeared in Fred Eckhard’ts The Essentials of Beer Style, published in 1988, the same year the three breweries were founded. The resulting barley wines have a common heritage and ingredients but are distinctive in flavor.” The cost is $38 which is a great deal. Don’t miss out!

Belmont Station (Portland) has a tasting and meet the cider maker today from 5 to 8pm featuring Portland Cider Company: “Jeff Parrish is bottling his locally crafted ciders: Kinda Dry & Sorta Sweet. That kinda says it all, short and sweet. They are already selling well so if you haven’t grabbed a couple yet, come taste what others already know!” This is one of the newest cider makers in town, established just last fall.

McMenamins Highland Pub & Brewery (Gresham): I incorrectly reported this event for yesterday, but really it’s today at 5pm: limited edition tasting featuring Euro Wheat with Tequila-Infused Oak Spirals: “Highland brewer Dan Black produced this unique wheat ale using half premium 2-row and half white malted wheat.  A small pinch of Nugget hop cones were added for a mild bitterness which provides balance to the proceedings.  London Ale Yeast was used to impart an old-world European flavor profile.  Medium-bodied oak spirals were then infused with tequila and added to a keg of the resulting Euro Wheat.  A conditioning which added subtle flavors of oak, vanilla and a hint of tequila.  Enjoy!”  Which just sounds like a lot of fun.

The Green Dragon (Portland) is hosting a meet the brewer and tasting tonight featuring Redmond’s Cascade Lakes Brewing, starting at 5pm (when the beers are tapped; the meet the brewer portion starts at 6): ” Stop into taste an amazing selection from Cascade Lakes’ Brewmaster including Sorachi Ace IPA. This IPA is brewed with Sorachi Ace hops which give it a lemon grass aroma, combined with floral citrus notes from Cascade hops.”

Solstice Brewing (Prineville) has a bunch of their own beers on tap, as they posted yesterday on Facebook: “For the first time ever this week we have six of our own brews on tap! Come in and check’m out. Our dinner special this week is Grilled Pork Loin served over risotto with a rich mushroom demi-glace.” From what I know/remember four of the beers are the Prinetucky Pale Ale, Copper Ale, Chocolate Porter, and (new) IPA; curious to what the other two are.