Oregon Beer News, 05/23/2017

Oregon BeerHere’s the news and events in Oregon beer for Tuesday, May 23. 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.

Central Oregon Beer Week continues today, with a couple of beer dinners and more:

Pelican Brewing (Pacific City) announced the latest in their Lone Pelican Small Batch Series today: Udder Tugger Milk Stout. From the press release: “The unique silky-smooth, slightly-sweet brew is the perfect quaff for Oregon’s spring-into-summer ‘tweener’ season. It will be available early June in 6-packs, 12oz and 22oz bottles, 50 liter kegs and 1/6 barrel. With more cows than people in Tillamook County, it was perhaps inevitable that Pelican would eventually create a milk stout. Brewed with lactose and debittered black malt, Udder Tugger sports a deep black color, long-lasting tan foam, and a soft, rich roast profile. Aromas of baker’s cocoa and toffee-like caramel combine with a slightly herbal hop character to create an inviting impression. The flavors follow through with a dark chocolate character and a slight sweetness in the finish. Enjoy with cookies—or not. Pale Ale malt, Black Prinz malt, caramel malt, lactose, Willamette hops, Magnum hops, pure local water, pure ale yeast combine to create yet another Pelican small batch that flies in the face of convention. The Lone Pelican Series takes traditional beer styles and ingredients and reimagines them to demonstrate the vast spectrum of flavor experiences possible in beer.”

Cascade Brewing (Portland): Tonight’s Tap It Tuesday at the Barrel House at 6pm is featuring Aquavit Plum: “a blend of sour red and imperial red ales aged in bourbon and wine barrels for over two years with Black Mission figs and dried plums soaked in House Spirits Distillery Aquavit. Layers of caraway and star anise from the potent plums are balanced with a smooth chocolate character from the figs.”

Deschutes Brewery (Bend): Tuesdays are Community Pints days at the Deschutes pubs, where $1 of every pint sold is donated to a local non-profit organization. Unfortunately I don’t know what the Bend Pub is donating to this month, but the Portland Pub is benefiting Friends of Trees today. Head on down to your local and help out with a pint or three!

Crux Fermentation Project (Bend) is growing and expanding into new markets outside of the Pacific Northwest, announced in a press release issued today: “Starting in June, Crux will distribute a limited selection of their beers to the following markets though a distinguished group of distributor partners. Washington, D.C. & Northern Virginia – Hop & Wine Beverage. New York City – Union Beer Distributors. Vermont & Maine – VT Beer Shepherd. British Columbia & Alberta, Canada – UnTapped Craft Imports. Up to this point, Crux beers could primarily be found in Oregon, Washington, and Southern Idaho. Looking to expand with a few years under their belt, Crux is eager to introduce beers like Crux Pilz, Gimme Mo, and Half Hitch to a new, craft savvy audience. A limited amount of draft, 500 ml bottles, and six-pack cans will ship to these markets throughout the year for craft beer drinkers to seek out and enjoy.”

Portland’s Ecliptic Brewing teamed up with Wyoming’s Melvin Brewing for the latest brew in their Cosmic Collaboration Series, Space Ghost Golden Session Barleywine. From the press release: “Session Barleywine?! What cosmic sorcery! An unclassifiable phantasm, Space Ghost explodes with a panopoly of Citra, Mosaic, Galaxy, Southern Cross tropical hop flavors with a taste not unlike Melvin’s famous Imperial IPAs. Complex yet infinitely drinkable, Space Ghost defies all explanations. ABV 8% IBU 75.”