Oregon Beer News, 05/14/2012

Oregon BeerHappy Monday! I hope everyone had a good Mother’s Day yesterday, whether you were celebrating FredFest, taking mom out to eat, or whatever! And with another beautiful day on tap, here’s the Oregon beer news for Monday the 14th. As usual I’ll be periodically updating this throughout the day, so check back often for the latest updates. And if you have news to share please contact me so I can get it posted.

Deschutes Brewery (Portland) has their Collage Beer Dinner in Portland tonight at Wildwood Restaurant: celebrating the release of their first collaboration beer (Conflux #1) with Hair of the Dog Brewing with an amazing menu pairing not only with Collage but also with each of the four constituent beers that make up the Collage blend: The Dissident, The Stoic, Fred, and Adam—each specially aged in different barrels. Tickets are $85 (with a portion of the proceeds being donated to the Oregon Food Bank), and there are 10 left—if you want reservations you can contact Special Events Director Shelly Jones at 503.225.0130 or shelly@wildwoodrestaurant.com.

The Bend Collage Beer Dinner is this Friday the 18th, with a slightly different menu but the beers are the same. Tickets are also $85 (benefitting NeighborImpact of Central Oregon) and there look to be 30 tickets remaining—so don’t wait!

(And, the general brewery release for Collage is tomorrow, Tuesday the 15th.)

Belmont Station (Portland): Tomorrow, Tuesday the 15th, has a “Three Ring Circus” event from 5 to 8pm which sounds cool: “Homebrew chef Sean Paxton collaborated with brewers from Ninkasi, Speakeasy, and Schmaltz (Hebrew) to create a nut brown ale brewed with dulce de leche, popped corn and peanuts. Really! Ninkasi Ringleader himself Jamie Floyd will tap this keg and Ninkasi Helles Belles and reps from Schmaltz and Speakeasy are tapping Funky Jewbelation barrel-aged blend and Scarface Imperial Stout respectively.”

Block 15 (Corvallis) will be bottling their Wandelpad ale starting in June: “Starting the week with notification of label approval for Wandelpad! Belgian inspired Blonde ale brewed with Oregon Hops. We have gently tweaked the recipe over the last few months and are ready to brew a batch for bottles, releasing late June.” I got to sample this beer at the Oregon Garden Brewfest and quite enjoyed it, it’s a good choice for bottle release.

The Green Dragon (Portland) will be hosting Bend’s 10 Barrel Brewing for a meet the brewer this Thusday, the 17th, from 6 to 11pm. Don’t know what’s being poured yet, but 10 Barrel posted on Facebook, “If you’re in PDX, come share a pint with BDK (Big Daddy Kelso)! Rumor has it he is bringing something special from Bend…”

Barley Brown’s Brewpub (Baker City): They’ve set up a Facebook page (go Like it) for the new expansion, and based on that it looks like the expansion (and perhaps the original?) are going to be named “Baker City Brewing Company”: “Baker City Brewing Company is a new Brewery Public House being opened by the Barley Brown’s Brew Pub Crew” (according to the About blurb on the Facebook page). Watch that space for the latest updates.