Here’s the news in beer from around Oregon for Wednesday, April 19. As usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day with the latest news, so check back often for updates. If you have news to share, please contact me and I can get that updated as well.
The Oregon Brewers Guild released their annual numbers report for 2016, highlighting a number of stats surrounding the brewing and consumption of beer in Oregon. From the press release: “Beer consumption increased in 2016, with 23.3 percent of the 3.04 million barrels of all beer (both bottled and draft) consumed in the state were made in Oregon. 707,000 barrels of beer consumed by Oregonians in 2016 were made by an Oregon brewery, an 8.7 percent increase from 2015. Barrel production in the state increased by 4.8 percent in 2016, coming in at a grand total of 1,782,000 barrels. As of December 31, 2016 the state had 230 brewing companies operating 261 brewing facilities in 73 cities across the state, an increase of 15 brewing facilities in 2016.”
Belmont Station‘s 20 Days for 20 Years anniversary celebration is nearly finished. Today though they’re not done yet! “Three of Oregon’s hottest breweries made special beers for our 20th anniversary celebration! And they will all be here, pouring their beers, tonight! Join Culmination, pFriem and Ruse for these very special beers: Culminaton Euphoric Brett Ale (bottles available in the store), Ruse Sparrow Sin English-American Barley Wine Aged in Rye Whiskey Casks, and pFriem Belmont Belgian Single” Pouring from 5 to 8pm.
McMenamins Cedar Hills (Beaverton): Today from 5 to 8pm is their Liquid Longevity beer tasting event, featuring Francochamps Belgian Session Ale from Oak Hills brewer Dan Black. “Let this Belgian Session take you across the finish line. The light, malty body from the Pilsner Malt allows the Cluster Hops to be the star of this brew. Light-bodied and full of hoppy flavor, this beer is brought together by a Canadian Belgian Yeast strain in short supply. This beer was finished with a dry-hopping of whole Chinook Hops for over-the-top flavor and aroma.”
In Eugene, The Bier Stein is hosting Breakside Brewery for a beer dinner tonight starting at 6pm: “We are thrilled to announce a collaborative beer dinner with Breakside Brewery! Fans are likely familiar with their GABF Gold-medal winning IPA among the other award-winning beers in their repertoire. Well, we couldn’t have done a Breakside dinner without the IPA– however, this beer dinner focuses more on those that don’t have as far of a reach. You may not know that Breakside maintains two separate barrel-aging rooms at its Milwaukie production facility (one “clean,” one wild), and has a catalog of beer from which to create some pretty spirited blends. We had a great time tasting and brainstorming with the crew in Portland, and think you’ll enjoy the dishes we’ve created to complement and enhance these lovely beers. Tickets are $65, including gratuity, and must be purchased in advance. Pick them up at the register or call and reserve your ticket over the phone.”
Saraveza (Portland) is holding a Samuel Smith’s Salute today along with several breweries: “The SAMUEL SMITH SALUTE is an annual nationwide series of events celebrating the amazing craft and specialty beer scene, tracing paths of influence from the New World pioneers back to the seminal Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery in Tadcaster. Saluting the roots of English brewing, Saraveza will be pouring three beers that highlight Sam Smith’s contribution to today’s craft beer scene. On Wednesday night, you’ll find Breakside‘s Bergamot ESB, A Grains of Wrath and 54-40 collab an Imperial Chocolate Oatmeal Stout and a cask of Machine House‘s IPA. At 7pm, we’ll toast to Sam Smith and how this historic brewery influenced the best of today’s local craft brew scene.”
Ninkasi Brewing (Eugene) announced this week a new design for their Maiden the Shade Summer IPA, hitting the taps in May. From the release: “Crafted to celebrate summer and inspired by the annual Oregon Country Fair, a three-day gathering held on 280 acres west of Eugene with music, food and culture, Maiden the Shade quickly became a favorite way to revel in the season. Deemed a Summer IPA, the beer captures a complex hop profile—bold, dank and bursting with floral notes—and an exceptional drinkability. The updated look of this beer follows the evolution of Ninkasi’s branding, displaying a more hand-illustrated design created by its in-house team of artists.”
Portland’s Base Camp Brewing is hosting a fundraiser to save the “Tilly Jane” A-frame cabin on Mt. Hood tonight starting at 6:30pm: “Tilly Jane A-Frame was built on Mount Hood at 5700′ by the CCC in 1939. For the past 77 years, it’s been a refuge for winter climbers, and a backwoods getaway for friends and families. The cabin is at a critical juncture. To maintain the structural integrity, it’s going to take $213,000 to do the required repairs to Save Tilly Jane. Tilly Jane represents a legacy that’s greater than us. Donate $10—Get a custom Tilly Jane pint glass and a beer! Donate $20—Get a custom Tilly Jane t-shirt!” There are more options for donating as well, check the event page for all of them.
Fat Head’s Brewing (Portland) has a barrel aged beer release today: “We are tapping two new barrel aged beers! 1. Rum Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout. 2. Indio Whisky Barrel Aged Pimp My Sleigh (Belgian Dark Strong Ale)”