Oregon Beer News, 05/17/2016

Oregon BeerIt’s Voting Day here in Oregon—did you get your ballots turned in? Here’s the Oregon beer news for this Tuesday, May 17. As usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day, so check back often for the latest news. If you have news to share, please contact me and I can get that updated as well.

BridgePort Brewing (Portland) announced a new year-round beer added to their lineup—BridgePort Cream Ale. Suprisingly, it’s their first of the style. From the press release: “Our brewers started off with Great Western 2-row Pale Ale malt and then added generous amounts of malted wheat and flaked oats, yielding a pale gold brew. Cream Ale comes in at a sessionable 4.8% alcohol by volume, low bitterness, and finishes with slightly sweet fruit notes and a creamy mouthfeel from the added specialty malt, Carafoam. BridgePort Brewing released Cream Ale in February as a test brew, available exclusively at the Portland-based BrewPub and select locations in Oregon. The local response was extremely positive and now, BridgePort’s Cream Ale will be available in 6-packs, 22 oz. bottles and on draft where BridgePort Brewing is sold.”

Cascade Brewing (Portland): Tonight’s Tap It Tuesday at the Barrel House at 6pm is featuring Bump N’ Rind: “our first watermelon sour beer, spearheaded by brewer Mike Mathis. This sour wheat was aged for 18 months in oak with more than 100 pounds of watermelon added in the last month. Bright watermelon character dominates the nose and palate with a light oak flavor on the finish. You know we don’t see nothing wrong with a little Bump N’ Rind. 6.8%”

Imperial Bottle Shop (Portland) is hosting an epic IPA voting throwdown tonight from 6 to 9pm with Stone Brewing vs. Fat Head’s vs. Barley Brown’s that you’re going to want to get in on: “The great State of Oregon does voting right, so we miss out on the “fun” of going to a polling location on May 17th to vote for the presidential primary race. Stone Brewing has decided to bring some of that voting “fun” to Oregon this election year by holding a beer-off between them, Fat Head’s Portland, and Barley Brown’s Brew Pub! We’ll be pouring an IPA and a imperial stout from each brewery, and then you get vote for your favorite brewery of the 3.”

Deschutes Brewery (Bend): Tuesdays are Community Pints fundraising days at the Bend and Portland pubs, where Deschutes donates $1 of every pint sold to a charitable organization, a new one selected each month. Today at the Bend Pub they are benefiting the Bend Spay & Neuter Project, and at the Portland Pub they benefit Luke-Dorf (“Luke-Dorf helps the greater Portland area through mental health recovery, homeless outreach, as well as housing placement and support”). Stop in and enjoy a pint or three today to help out!