Oregon Beer News, 04/24/2012

Oregon BeerHere’s the Oregon beer news for Tuesday, April 24. As usual I’ll be updating this post periodically throughout the day, so if you have some news to share, please contact me. And check back often to see the latest news.

Double Mountain Brewery (Hood River) and Terminal Gravity Brewing (Enterprise) have joined together to brew a collaboration beer known as “Gravity Mountain IPA,” a 7.2% abv beer that, “combines the breweries’ two house yeasts, their unique base malts, and some of their signature hops to make a strong, blond-colored IPA that’s aggressively hoppy and satisfying. It’s a true marriage of two brewery identities.” The bottled version is being handled by Terminal Gravity, and the draft version by Double Mountain. Early tweets are favorable, so I’m looking forward to trying this one out.

Widmer Brothers (Portland) has announced their latest beer in their Brothers Reserve series, and it sounds like a killer (pun intended): Kill Devil Brown Ale, which will be available during a special release at the brewery this Saturday the 28th from 9 to 11am. “Aged in Puerto Rican rum barrels, and brewed with Sweet Barbados and Blackstrap molasses, palm sugar, and Calypso hops, Kill Devil’s flavor and name were inspired by the ingredients used by Caribbean distillers. Be among the first to get your hands on bottles of Kill Devil before it hits store shelves in mid-May. Kurt and Rob Widmer will be on hand to share samples, talk about the beer, and sign packages of the limited release. 22oz bottles will be sold for $13 each with a three-bottle limit until 11:00am or until 30 cases are sold.” A rum-inspired beer… definitely one I want to try!

Upright Brewing (Portland) is having a beer dinner tonight at Block 15’s Les Caves Bier & Kitchen in Corvallis, starting at 6pm. Five courses and six Upright beers will be available for $60 per person. The menu may still be a bit tentative, but at first blush has beer pretzels, pork belly tamales, ceviche, short ribs, and profiteroles; and all of the paired beers sounds like they would be a perfect accompaniment. Email reservations@biercaves.com to find out if there is any availability left.

Upright is also doing a tap takeover and meet the brewer at Bottles in Portland on Friday this week, from 6 to 9pm. Head down to meet Brewer Alex Ganum and try some eight different Upright beers on tap—regulars and rarities both.

Cascade Brewing (Portland): Their Tap It Tuesday tonight at 6pm features a new Live beer: “Sour Lime, a sour blond ale that was barrel aged for 8 months before getting a fresh lime zest infusion. Excellent tart, dry, gin-like finish.” 7.25 % ABV / $6 glass / $2 taster.

The People’s Choice winner for this past weekend’s Cheers to Belgian Beers has been announced: Logsdon Farmhouse Ales, for the second year in a row! (Last year they tied with Hopworks.) Their prize? Bragging rights, and they get to select the yeast strain for next year’s PCTBB. Congrats!