Welcome to the last Monday of April! This month is almost over, though the beer news rolls on. Here it is for Monday, April 25; 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.
Crux Fermentation Project (Bend): Tonight they are holding a Beer Seminar, the topic of which is Hop History. No details other that it is free, and limited to 35 guests, but if Larry Sidor is leading the seminar—not only an industry veteran but he also worked for Yakima hop dealer S.S. Steiner for seven years—I expect this is will be very interesting and informative. It starts at 6pm.
The Bier Stein (Eugene): Today they are celebrating King’s Day with La Trappe Trappist Ales starting at 5pm: “Join our Dutch cousins to celebrate the birthday [week] of their monarch… with beer! La Trappe is one of 11 breweries in the world to carry the Trappist moniker, and we’ll have five of them on tap for your enjoyment: Witte, Puur, Dubbel, Bock, and Quadrupel. The first 24 folks to purchase La Trappe on tap will get to keep the glassware! A representative of the brewery and Artisanal Imports will be here accepting praise and/or questions about the beers.”
Block 15 Brewery (Corvallis): Their downtown pub all day today is holding a benefit for a local fermentation science student: “Zeno is a local fermentation science student who was diagnosed early this year with a rare blood disorder known as aplastic anemia. Aplastic anemia is a rare condition that occurs when your body stops producing enough new blood cells, causing fatigue and increasing the risk of infections and uncontrolled bleeding. Treatment is available but requires multiple expensive procedures over a considerable amount of time. Zeno had accepted a job with Jim Beam before his diagnosis, and instead faces long-term treatment. Help Block 15 support Zeno’s recovery and show your love by joining us on Monday, April 25th. All you have to do is enjoy our delicious, handcrafted food at our downtown pub, and we will donate 10% of food sales for the day to their cause! As a special bonus, we will be featuring a Biere de Garde brewed by Block 15’s head brewmaster Matt and OSU’s Jeff Clawson, head of the fermentation science department. In addition to the 10% of sales, a dollar from every Biere de Garde sold will be donated to Zeno.” It’s a good cause so be sure to stop by for food and drink today.
John Harris of Ecliptic Brewing (as well as McMenamins, Deschutes Brewery, and Full Sail Brewing) is celebrating a HUGE milestone this week: he’s been brewing beer for 30 years, and this week Ecliptic is celebrating with a Cheers to 30 Years toast and special beer: “Come celebrate John Harris and his 30 years as a brewer! It all started at McMenamins in April of 1986, from there on to Deschutes, Full Sail, and then the start of Ecliptic Brewing in 2013. John has brewed a special beer for the event and would love for you to stop by to celebrate his 30 years as a brewer. We will be tapping his special 30-year brew, Reflection Nebula Pale Ale at 6pm followed by a cheers to John!” That is taking place this Thursday starting at 6pm.
Breakside Brewery (Portland) once again teamed up with Lewis & Clark College to offer a course on brewing and the business of beer to students, and three beers have spun out of the project, designed and brewed by students. From the press release: “In the capstone project of the course students split into small groups and each brew a beer of their own design on Breakside’s 3 barrel pilot system. The students work closely with Breakside’s brewing staff to select raw materials, develop a recipe, and create a sales plan for the beer. In the final class of the semester, the beers are evaluated by brewers from other breweries in Portland, so the students get real-time feedback from sources other than their day-to-day instructors. Unlike other brewing seminars for students, these beers are actually sold to the public and marketed just like any of Breakside’s other beers.” The beers will be available at both Breakside’s locations. The New School has more details.
Mt. Tabor Brewing (Portland): This Friday is the last day at their current location: “This Friday (4/29) is the last day for our downtown tasting room as we get ready for our lease to end and figure out how to move a brewery to it’s new location. So we figured we’d go out in style, joining us Friday night will be the Pimento Cheese Kitchen to serve up some tasty downhome cooking. If you’ve never had their stuff you’re in for a real treat. We’ll also have a guest behind the taps with us for a couple hours. Our esteemed City Councilman Bart Hansen has reached greatness by finally getting his server’s license after all these years of threatening to step behind the bar and sling some beers (heavily supervised I might add). Should make for a fun night so stop in and enjoy a pint or two.”
Sasquatch Brewing (Portland) has a new beer on tap: “Our new, Warrior single hopped IPA- with notes of citrus, stone fruit, and spiciness at the finish. New West Hop squeeze- Packed with 6 unique hops & over 300 pounds of fresh lemon juice.”
Cascade Brewing (Portland): They announced today new distribution deals that sees their beers distributed in a number of states. From the press release: “The producer of award-winning Northwest sour ales has begun shipping its 750 ml bottled products to Alabama (Pinnacle Distributing); Connecticut (Sarene Craft Beer Distributors); Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Washington D.C. and West Virginia (Kysela Pere et Fils); Indiana and Ohio (Cavalier Distributing); Maine (Mariner Distribution); Michigan (Henry A Fox Sales); Minnesota (Clear River Beverage); South Carolina (Advintage Distributing); Tennessee (Bounty Beverage); Upstate New York (Gasko and Meyer); and Wisconsin (Johnson Brothers of WI).” Congrats!