Oregon Beer News, 04/11/2016

Oregon BeerHere’s the Oregon beer news for Monday, April 11; sorry I didn’t post the news on Friday for the weekend, but a somewhat last-minute trip kept me largely offline. But back for today, as usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day with the latest news as I find it, so check back often. If you have news to share, please let me know and I can get that updated as well.

A new beer festival in Portland has been announced: Pints in the Pearl, which will take place Saturday, June 4, in the (you guessed it) Pearl District. From the press release: “The Pearl District Business Association has announced the debut of Pints in the Pearl, a one-day craft beer festival that will showcase some of the best beers Pearl District breweries have to offer. The event will take place on June 4 from Noon to 9pm at NW 13th and Everett; the street will be closed to vehicles. Four craft breweries — 10 Barrel Brewing, BridgePort Brewing, Deschutes Brewery and Fat Heads Brewery — will each host a station serving three different beers, including one made exclusively for the event, along with a complementary food pairing menu. Each station will be manned by brewery staff, allowing attendees to learn more about the beer from the very people who make and serve it.” More details as it gets closer.

Ecliptic Brewing (Portland): From a press release issued last week, a new beer is coming: “Ecliptic Brewing continues to expand their Special Release line-up in 2016 with the addition of another unique beer. Callisto Tripel with Blackcurrants, inspired by their love of beers brewed with fruit, will be released on April 27th in both draft and 22oz package. Callisto Tripel is named after the outermost of Jupiter’s four Galilean moons, and the most heavily cratered object in our solar system. This golden Belgian ale features traditional flavors of a sweet tripel with the addition of tart blackcurrants.” This will be a fun one to watch for!

Mondays at McMenamins locations are growler fill special days (“Growler Monday”) where each location has a featured beer they will fill a growler with for only $8. This week it looks to be the newly-released Jam Session ISA spring seasonal, so make sure to swing by your local and fill up a growler or two!

Sunriver Brewing issued a detailed press release about their new canned lineup, which I’d been pointing to lately on their Facebook page: “Just in time for the longer and warmer days of spring, Sunriver Brewing Company will roll out its award winning Rippin NW Ale and Fuzztail Hefeweizen in twelve ounce cans this April. Both brands will be available year round in six packs throughout Central Oregon and in select stores around Oregon. With the new launch comes a new look from Sunriver Brewing. Bold colors and clean lines reflect all the packaging for the company’s bottles and cans. With the recent opening of its second pub location in Bend, Sunriver refined its branding with updated logos, graphics and signage.” Get your hands on the cans.

Crux Fermentation Project (Bend): Tonight’s BEER’ducation series event is featuring the Schwarzbier style: “Pronounced “shvahrts-beer”, this goes on as a “brewers tap”. Dark malts provide chocolate aroma and a dark brown color. The malt profile of the beer provides a soft, rich and balanced flavor with very little bitterness. It has low hop aroma and flavor. Join us in exploring the wonderful nuances and breadth of craft beer every Monday evening in our Tasting Room. Our BEER’DUCATION SERIES of beer menu specials are designed to stimulate greater appreciation and understanding of craft beer through the self-guided experience of comparing and contrasting variations in styles and brewing processes. Each Monday evening, a different Crux beer will be highlighted via a special beer menu offering that includes a tasting guide to help you make the most of your experience.” It’s taking place from 4 to 9pm.

Laurelwood Brewing (Portland): I mentioned last week that Laurelwood was to be bottling two of their beers in 12-ounce bottles (and six-packs) for the first time, and today they issued a press release with some additional details: “Laurelwood Brewing Co., Portland’s original organic-certified brewery, has announced the addition of Workhorse IPA 12-pack bottles to their lineup of year-round beers. The spring 2016 roll-out marks the first 12-pack release from Laurelwood. Fans of Laurelwood Brewing Co.’s popular IPA can look forward to seeing the new 12-packs in Fred Meyers, Safeway, and Albertsons throughout Oregon and Washington, with additional retailers to follow.”

Bend’s GoodLife Brewing is brewing up a collaboration beer today with Matt Bonney of the Toronado Seattle, a beer that is destined for this year’s Seattle Beer Week: “Matt Bonney is in the house brewing a collaboration beer for Seattle Beer Week 2016! Only at Toronado Seattle will you be able to drink this Imperial Red Rye!”

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