Oregon Beer News, 04/06/2016

Oregon BeerHappy Hump Day for this Wednesday, April 6! Hope your week is going well. Here’s the news in Oregon beer; as usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day with the latest news, so check back often for updates. And if you have news to share, please contact me and I can get that updated as well.

Lompoc Brewing (Portland) is holding their Hip Hop IPA Night today at the Lompoc Tavern starting at 4pm; the latest in their series of themed IPAs which are always fun. “Lompoc is known for doing themed IPA series; past themes have included spies, baseball, classic rock, science fiction and more. According to head brewer Bryan Keilty, ‘If someone suggests a them and it sounds like fun, we’ll do it!'” On tap tonight will be five beers: World Class Wreckin Brew, Mama Said Hop You Out, Hotel Motel Holiday Inn, MCA IPA, and Hopster’s Paradise.

And also announced today, Lompoc is releasing two of its popular IPAs in six-pack; from the press release: “For the first time in its 20-year history, Lompoc Brewing has released six-pack carriers with 12 oz. longneck bottles, featuring Pamplemousse Citrus IPA and C-Note IPA. Mobile Bottling Source did a first run of 17,000 bottles at Lompoc’s Fifth Quadrant Brewery on March 24, and the six-packs have recently begun appearing on store shelves throughout Oregon and Washington. The six-packs will complement, not replace, Lompoc’s current lineup of 22-oz bottles.”

Portland’s Brewvana Brewery Tours is celebrating their fifth anniversary today with a party at Ecliptic Brewing from 5 to 9pm: “Join us for a night filled with beer, close friends & cool people, beer snacks and more at Ecliptic Brewery! Each ticket includes entry to the event, a commemorative glass filled with beer (graciously provided by our dear friends at Glass Tech), beer snacks, and a live performance by local out-of-this-world band Space Shark. KIND Bars will also be at the party as well doing a special beer and bar pairing! PLUS each ticket provides $2 to the Oregon Brewshed Alliance Program that works to protect our precious water sources.” Tickets are $12 at the door, $10 if you get them in advance. Congrats!

Les Caves Bier & Kitchen in Corvallis today has their monthly tasting event featuring Sunriver Brewing: “Join us the first Wednesday if every month from 4:30-6:30 for our Monthly Tasting Series. Each tasting features stand out offerings from a local brewery, alongside small plates crafted from the Caves kitchen. Our next installment will offer beers from Sunriver brewing in Bend! Know us Wednesday April 6for some great company and delicious food and drink! Featuring their first time ever real ease of their Motörhead Black Barleywine! Along with Viscous Mosquito IPA, S.U.P. Summer Session Ale and Rippin’, their newest seasonal release, a Hoppy Pale!”

16 Tons (Eugene): Tonight from 5 to 7pm they are hosting Eugene’s ColdFire Brewing for a tap takeover with the opportunity to meet the brewers as well. I don’t see the beers they will be pouring listed anywhere (yet) but it’s a good opportunity to check out one of Eugene’s newest breweries.

Cascade Brewing (Portland) is releasing their Manhattan NW 2014 today, something you may be interested in: “Releasing Manhattan NW 2014 in bottles & draft today at opening. Manhattan NW is a blend of sour quad and blond ales aged in bourbon barrels with sour pie cherries and apricot noyaux. A tribute to the classic Manhattan cocktail, this fan favorite features flavors of bourbon, maraschino cherries, bitter almond and a hint of malt sweetness. 9.6% ABV.”

The Green Dragon (Portland): Today’s Green Dragon Brew Crew release is featuring Jaggery IPA kicking off at 5pm: “We’re weeks away from summer, but that doesn’t stop the Brew Crew from celebrating the season with it’s week’s release of Jaggery IPA. Mashed with jaggery, also known as palm sugar, this brew is the taste of the summer tropics. Fruity and spicy from the jaggery, flowery and citrusy from a huge helping of Meridian hops. Bring your dark shades, a summertime attitude, and join us for a pint of Jaggery IPA this Wednesday at the Green Dragon.”

Three Mugs Brewing (Hillsboro): Today starting at 3pm, Three Mugs is releasing their first sour beer: “Our first swing at the sour beer craze! Kettle soured light beer with Boysenberries and Raspberries put strait into the fermenter to kick it up a few notches. Making it an amazing pink shade with delicious fruit flavor! This beer is appropriately named “We’ll Never Make A Sour” Sour.”

Wilsonville’s Vanguard Brewing is going to be at Venti’s Cafe and Taphouse in Salem tonight for a meet the brewer event: “We would like to introduce Salem to Vanguard Brewing, a brand new brewery out of Wilsonville, OR. We will be featuring 6 of their beers on tap, taster trays, growler fills, and swag giveaways.” It will run from 6 to 8pm.