Here is the news in Oregon beer for Monday, April 10. I’m still getting back up to speed after a long weekend out of town doing entirely non-beer-related things, so bear with me as I round up the news for today and this week. As always, feel free to contact me with any news and events we should know about.
Belmont Station‘s 20th anniversary celebration continues, and today they are welcoming the return of Bell’s Brewery which will be epic: “Belmont Station becomes BELL’Smont Station once again as this awesome Michigan brewery brings us another load of goodies from Kalamazoo! A Midwest treat at the midpoint of our 20/20 Experience: 20 Days of Events for 20 Years! In what is a very rare occasion, we got a chance to design and brew a one-off anniversary beer that we had the honor to brew on the original Bell’s system, which is now mostly used for pilot brews and small batches. The finished product, Bell’s Belmont Station 20th Anniversary Ale, will be tapped at high noon! (Don’t worry, we have plenty of this exclusive draft-only beer!) The only other place it’s being poured at this time is at Bell’s Eccentric Cafe in Kalamazoo!” They will have some additional specialties on tap as well, all day long!
Mondays at McMenamins are Growler Mondays, with growler fill specials on all regular beers at all locations only $8 (high gravity fills are $10). Great deal all around, as many of the locations have specialty beers you can only find on tap at that particular location. (For instance, McMenamins Old St. Francis School here in Bend has Pistol Peach Double IPA and Morning Foam Coffee Porter on tap currently—which you won’t find elsewhere.) Fill’er up!
Rogue Ales (Newport) announced the early release of two of their honey-brewed products on Friday, Honey Kolsch and Marionberry Braggot. From the press release: “Rogue Farms honeybees feed on nectar from marionberry, cherry, pumpkin, jalapeño and wildflower blossoms, creating a honey that captures the terroir of the Rogue’s farm, located in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. It’s a symbiotic relationship between the bees and the farm; pollinating improves the quality and productivity of the crops, while Rogue Farms provides a healthy environment for the bees.”
Sunriver Brewing: their new 500 milliliter bottles for their reserve series beers, Cocoa Cow Chocolate Milk Stout and Motorhead Black Barleywine, hit the shelves last week. They will be out a limited time; no word yet on what the next reserve series beers will be, but keep an eye out for these two. From the press release: “Cocoa Cow is one Sunriver Brewing’s most sought after beers. It has won three People’s Choice Awards at three different brewfests in the last two years, KLCC in Eugene Oregon, McKenzie Brewfest in Springfield Oregon, and most recently at Bend Brewfest in Bend Oregon last summer. It also just received a bronze medal at the Oregon Beer Awards in the combined flavored beer category. Motorhead Black Barleywine is a newer beer that combines the robust malt flavor of a barleywine, but with a big resinous hop profile. This beer is great for the reserve series that is dated on the label, knowing that its complexity will change over time. A beer meant for vertical tastings over the years.”