Oregon Beer News, 05/20/2015

Oregon BeerHappy Wednesday, I hope it’s going well for you so far! Here’s the news in Oregon beer from around the state. As usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day with the latest news, so check back often for updates. And if you have news to share, please contact me and I can get that updated as well.

McMenamins Oak Hills Brewpub (Portland) has a limited-edition tasting starting at 4pm today featuring SMASH Hit Centennial IPA: “SMASH stands for a Single Malt And Single Hop. This is a cool style of beer because we have the opportunity to isolate these two ingredients and really get to know what they are all about. Pilsner malt is great for IPAs because it’s light in body, color and provides an excellent back drop to really taste the hops. Centennial hops have often been referred to as the “Super Cascade”. They have fruity, tropical aromas but also provide a good amount of signature IPA bitterness.” It’s 6.5% abv and 85 IBUs.

BridgePort Brewing (Portland): Today is the release of this year’s edition of Stumptown Tart! This year’s vintage was brewed with fresh northwest raspberries, and from 5:30 to 8pm at BridgePort’s brewpub you can get a first taste: “Swing by the brewpub for the ‘Tasting with the Tart’ party on Wednesday, May 20, to try our favorite warm weather beer, Stumptown Tart. Giveaways will be plentiful, and bottle model Bernie Dexter will be there ready to pose with guests for a Stumptown Selfie and to sign bottles of this new brew.”

Today is the first of three Bend-based hikes for Beers Made By Walking, taking place up at Scout Lake with Crux Fermentation Project. “Beers Made By Walking is pleased to announce that we are working again with the Oregon Natural Desert Association to bring our program to the high desert of Central Oregon. Each brewer will create a beer inspired by the plants we find on the trail, giving the beer a truly place-based character.”

The Tin Bucket (Portland) is celebrating their 2nd anniversary this week, and today Covallis’ Block 15 Breweryinvades the bucket” for a tap takeover starting at 6pm: “Kicking off our anniversary with our good friends Block 15. We will be tapping our last keg of Tin 15, the blend Block did for our first anniversary. Here’s whats on draft so far: Giving Thanks, Hypnosis, 2014 Super Nebula, 2014 Brewers Brunch Blend, Sticky Hands, and More TBA!”

Cascade Brewing (Portland): They have some super special beers being tapped at the Barrel House today (here and here): “we’re tapping of a single keg of 2012 Cherry Bourbonic Plague… A variation on our Bourbonic Plague blend, Cherry Bourbonic consists of Spiced Double Porters aged in Bourbon barrels for up to two years with dates and cherries. 12.7%. This will only be available in 4 oz pours while they last.” And, “a rare three-year vertical flight of our Vine projects from 2011, 2012 and 2013. The Vine is a blend of sour Wheat and Blond ales aged in oak wine barrels with freshly pressed white wine grape must. Flight of all three vintages in 2 oz tasters is $9, get it while it lasts!”