Time to kick off the new week, leading into Memorial Day weekend! Here’s the news in Oregon beer for Monday, May 22. As usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day with the latest news as I find it, so check back often. And if you have news to share, please contact me and I can get that posted as well.
Central Oregon Beer Week continues today, with Broken Top Bottle Shop hosting their Beer Geek Week, featuring a Cider Night tonight with Red Tank Cider and Tumalo Cider from 5 to 7pm. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for the official COBW IPA from Bend Brewing Company on tap around Central Oregon!
There are a number of anniversaries coming up this weekend to watch for:
- Heater Allen Brewing is turning 10! They are celebrating Saturday the 27th with at least 10 different beers on tap, with special Steins for sale and maybe some cellar specialties as well.
- Bazi Bierbrasserie is turning 6! The party takes place on Friday the 26th starting at 5pm, with special collaboration beers highlighting a great overall lineup.
- Immersion Brewing in Bend turns 1! They will be celebrating Friday and Saturday with a parking lot party, bottled beer releases, a barrel aged beer release and more.
- Ancestry Brewing turns 1! They will also be partying both Friday and Saturday with an anniversary barbecue at their Tualatin brewery, featuring an Anniversary IPA and more.
GoodLife Brewing (Bend) announced the latest IPA in their Secret Stash series—#003. “People’s palates change with the seasons and we want to adapt with you. GoodLife Brewing is excited to announce Secret Stash #003 is a refreshing Blood Orange IPA that is 6.5% and 60 IBU’s. We brewed Secret Stash #003 with Comet, Mosaic, Idaho 7, and Cascade. We didn’t want to stop using hops there, so we then dry hopped it with Galaxy and Citra. Secret Stash #003 has a burnt orange/golden color, slight haze, and a white head. Subtle citrus and blood orange notes on the nose combine well with bright citrus flavors finishing with subtle bitterness. Re-fermented on blood orange puree and lighter in alcohol at 6.5% ABV, this is a refreshing IPA with a playful palate.” It’s available for June and July.
Rogue Ales (Newport) is releasing their latest beer which will benefit the Jack Joyce Scholarship Fund—Hot Tub Scholarship Lager. From the press release: “Brewed for a great cause, Rogue Ales will donate 10% of Hot Tub Scholarship Lager sales to the Jack Joyce Scholarship Fund, established in honor of the founder of Rogue Ales & Spirits, to further the education of future fermenters. Established in 2014, the Jack Joyce Scholarship has awarded $185,000 to 15 recipients. The fund helps students at Oregon State University’s Fermentation Sciences program pay for their education. When one of the first recipients was asked to share a few words about what the scholarship meant to them, it was disclosed that, in addition to helping pay for books and tuition, the winner had taken a portion of the scholarship proceeds to buy a hot tub. Inspired by the common passion of both Jack Joyce and this honest student, Hot Tub Scholarship Lager was created.” Hot Tub is a German-style helles lager that will be available through September.
The Salem Ale & Cider Trail has officially launched! From the press release issued today: “In celebration of the area’s dynamic craft beer and cider culture, the Salem Brewery Association and Travel Salem have officially launched the Salem Ale & Cider Trail, showcasing nine local breweries and three cideries in and around Oregon’s capital city. Visitors are encouraged to navigate the trail using the special printed passport, which includes information about each participating brewery or cidery, a place to jot down tasting notes and special offers from select advertisers.” It launches with 12 stops, and: “Explorers will receive a stamp in their passport after visiting each brewery or cidery. Once the passport is full, guests can bring them to the Travel Salem Visitors Center (located at 181 High Street NE in downtown Salem) and receive a commemorative glass etched with the Salem Ale and Cider Trail logo. Guests can also receive stamps in their passport from select advertisers. Once that portion of the passport is complete, they will receive a key chain bottle opener sporting the Ale Trail logo.”