Happy Earth Day! Enjoy an organic beer today with your daily helping of Oregon beer news. Speaking of which, here it is for the weekend of April 22. As usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day with the latest news, so check back often. And if you have news to share, please let me know and I can get that updated as well.
Three Creeks Brewing (Sisters): Their annual IPApril begins this Friday and runs through the weekend: “It’s that time again. Eight fabulous Oregon IPAs on tap at Three Creeks for three fleeting days. Come in, order a taster tray and cast your vote for “Best in Show”. Don’t miss this never to be seen again line-up: Three Creeks – Raptor, Three Creeks – Crowdpleaser, Three Creeks – Hoodoo Voodoo, Bend Brewing Co.- Hophead IPA, Buoy IPA, Ecliptic – Orbiter IPA, Mazama – Mosaic Eruption, and Lompoc – Pamplemousse.”
And also on Friday, Three Creeks’ head brewer Zack Beckwith will be at McMenamins 23rd Avenue Bottle Shop for a tasting and meet the brewer event from 5 to 8pm: “Meet Zach Beckwith, the head brewer of Three Creeks Brewing Co. from Sisters Oregon. We will be pouring samples of the Hoodoo Voodoo IPA, the Stonefly Rye IPA, the Crowdpleaser IPA, and the Stampede Strong Ale. We will also have the Rye Barrel Aged Stampede Ale on Draft.”
And on Saturday, Three Creeks‘ Beckwith will be at The BeerMongers for a tasting event starting at 5pm.
Bend’s westside Growler Guys is hosting Sierra Nevada Brewing for a tasting on Friday starting at 5pm: “Sierra Nevada will be at west to sample some tasty brews, eat some food, and hang out with the Growler team!”
The Bier Stein (Eugene): This Friday from 5 to 8pm they are hosting Eugene’s WildCraft Cider Works for a special barrel-aged flight of their cider: “There’s more to cider than just apples. WildCraft Cider Works uses some pretty unique ingredients in its constantly evolving lineup of fermented fruit beverages, and even sets some aside in barrels to age and pick up what the wood puts down. Founder Sean Kelly will be handing out samples from some of WildCraft’s lineup, and if you want to pick over a flight of ciders, come on in and enjoy a flight for $9.”
The Little Woody Barrel-Aged Beer Fest, Rogue Valley edition, is taking place in Medford this Friday and Saturday: “The Little Woody Barrel-Aged Brews and Whiskey Festival will celebrate craft wood-aged beers from across the Northwest during the 2nd Annual Little Woody Festival Friday April 22nd from 5pm-10pm & Saturday April 23rd from 12-10pm. Come enjoy the intimacy of small batch brewing from 20 local and regional brewers; taste the velvety, deep, intense flavors that occur when beer meets wood.” It’s taking place at Harry & David field and if you’ve attended the original Little Woody in Bend, you can expect a similar experience.
Bend’s Broken Top Bottle Shop is hosting Redmond’s Wild Ride Brewing Friday evening for a tasting and tap takeover from 5 to 8pm: “Wild Ride Brewing will be in the house sampling Whoopty Whoop Wheat Brewer with Lemon Peel, 3 Sisters Red Ale, and Stand Up and Shout on nitro! And, they might also have Quencher, their ginger lime Summer release beer just in time to bring it too! All will be on tap as well.”
Portland’s Bailey’s Taproom is celebrating their 6th annual GermanFest this Saturday the 23rd, offering a full lineup of German-style beers brewed by Oregon breweries. In addition to a wide variety of beers (you can go from Gose to Doppelbock easily!): “Altengartz German Brand Bratwurst will be parked out front of Bailey’s Taproom providing authentic German sausages throughout the day! Additional fun begins at 6PM upstairs (The Upper Lip) with a musically German inspired chronology of electronic music (Krautrock or Berlin School if you will).”
Baerlic Brewing (Portland) is tapping into the German geist as well as the 500th anniversary of the Reinheitsgebot by holding their first-ever Reinheitsge-Not Fest (tagline: “Celebrating Ingredient Freedom”) this Saturday the 23rd from noon to 5pm: “Celebrate the world’s oldest beer rules by drinking beers that break them! The German Beer Purity Law of 1516 turns exactly 500 years old on April 23rd, 2016. Also called the Reinheitsgebot, this law states that beer can ONLY be made from Water, Barley, Hops and Yeast. But that’s just boring! So we pulled together some our favorite breweries in the Northwest to brew some beers that break these silly beer rules. $20 includes Souvenir Glass and 8 taster tickets. 21 and up, please and thanks!” They will have beer from a number of other breweries, the full list of which is here.
Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider (Portland) is holding their 3rd annual Hopped Cider Fest on Saturday the 23rd from noon to 9pm: “Get ready for the Third Annual Hopped Cider Fest! I am currently gathering the finest hopped ciders from across the country for the greatest showcase of hoppiness ever assembled in the known universe. $20 for entry, commemorative tasting glass and 7 tokens each worth a 4 oz pour. Additional tokens are $2.” They have a terrific lineup of ciders to pour, and this event is 21 and over only (and no dogs).
Saraveza (Portland) is hosting their second Lagunitas Pinewood Derbeer Derby Saturday the 23rd, with proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society. We are teaming up once again with the good folks at Lagunitas and NWIPA to bring to you the pinewood derbeer derby! Weigh-In and Judging is at 3pm! Races start at 4:20pm! There will be prizes to be won, but most importantly, bragging rights are up for grabs! Can NWIPA defeat the reigning champs at Saraveza on their turf? Will you be the champ and craft the winning bar’s car? To celebrate the races, we will be tapping some fun kegs! Lagunitas Pils, Waldo’s Special, and Aunt Sally will all be on tap for the festivities! You can stop by either Saraveza or NWIPA to pick-up a pinewood derby car kit! The kit includes a sleek and smooth block of pine, 4 axles and 4 wheels! From there, creativity is all yours! The ONLY restriction we put on your car is that it can’t weigh more than 5 ounces!”
Sky High Brewing (Corvallis): They are hosting the Earth Ball, Corvallis’ annual Earth Day celebration, on their rooftop, Saturday starting at 6pm, and they brewed up a special Steinbeer (stone beer, brewed with hot rocks) for the event. “Imagine the taste of locally brewed Earth Wind and Fire Steinbrau, enjoying the company of good friends, all to the beat of live music from Big Outside on the rooftop of Sky High Brewing. That’s Earth Ball; it’s going to be a stellar evening, that serves an even more exciting purpose. Earth Ball brings us together to celebrate our connections to community and it supports the Corvallis Environmental Center programs that work in that community each day – Avery House Nature Center, Edible Corvallis Initiative and Energize Corvallis. You won’t want to miss our annual Earth Day celebration.”