Oregon Beer News, 05/29/2012

Oregon BeerBack from hiatus (for Central Oregon Beer Week), here’s the Oregon beer news for Tuesday, May 29. As always I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day, so check back often for the latest news and updates. If you have news to share, please contact me and I can get it updated as well.

Below Grade Brewing (Bend): Bend’s basement nanobrewery is adding a new beer to its lineup, brewed just this weekend: “I’m Brewing a new beer today (and will brew it again tomorrow), a “white IPA.” Expect this beer to have superior hop character, thanks to copious quantities of Apollo, Bravo, Summit and Cascade hops, balanced with malt notes from 2 types of pilsener malt, 2 types of wheat malt, Maris Otter, American 2-row and cara-pils. My target O.G. = 1.070. This new brew has been dubbed “Nevermind.” Expect to give it your attention in about 3 weeks.”  White IPA is the new black!

Belmont Station (Portland) has a cool 2-night event for strong and vintaged beer lovers (which is all of us, right?): JW Lees Harvest night(s), from 3 to 11pm today and tomorrow. “We’ll have 4 versions of this legendary classic English strong ale on tap: 2011, 2011 matured in Calvados barrels, 2011 matured in Lagavulin barrels, and the 25th Anniversary Harvest (special version fermented with champagne yeast). These will be available in a flight of all 4 on these two days only (while they last).”

The Green Dragon (Portland): This Saturday, June 2, is their annual Firkin Fest, their celebration of all cask Real Ales: “Rogue Ales will host the 5th Annual Firkin Fest at the Green Dragon. The Firkin Fest will feature beers from 30 of Oregon’s top breweries. Firkin beers are unpasteurized, unfiltered, naturally carbonated in the cask and served at cellar temperature. Artisan cheeses, chocolates and meats will accompany. Proceeds benefit Buckman Elementary School.” The day is split into two sessions, the first from 11am to 2pm, and the second from 3pm to 6pm, and you can purchase tickets for session one here and session two here; tickets are $10 each regardless of which session, and gets you entry plus 5 drink tickets.

McMenamins Cornelius Pass Roadhouse (Hillsboro): Tomorrow, Wednesday the 30th, they are holding their Roadhouse Beer Invitational featuring “The Unique Side of Beer” from 6 to 9pm: “We will feature a unique ale from our own Cornelius Pass Roadhouse brewers and three guest ales from other McMenamins brewers. We will compare the four choices, talk beer with the guest brewers and even award a people’s choice award to the best brew of the night.” The four beers are Professor’s Malted Milk Balls Porter, Crazy Christina’s Caramel Corn Ale, Black Jack Russian Imperial Stout, and Golden Graham Cream Ale. Sounds awesome!

Silver Moon Brewing (Bend): This week’s Growler Power Hour beers are Lincoln Lager and HopKnob IPA; during the Power Hour you can fill your growlers with either (or both) of these beers for only $6, from 4 to 6pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Bull Ridge Brewpub (Baker City): I’ve been waiting to see when this brewpub would start brewing and serving their own beer, and it looks like it’s going to be within a couple of weeks, based on this Facebook status update. Talking about the weekend of June 8 through 11: “We are bringing in this awesome entertainment not only for our friends of the HCMR, but our OWN beer will be available for sale that weekend too – and that is definitely worth celebrating!!!”  I’ll try to get more details.

The Zoo Brew is this Friday, June 1 at the Oregon Zoo in Portland! This is one of the more unique beer festival venues I know of, with a live music concert state, some 60 breweries pouring beer, carnival-style games, and various beer workshops—all within the Oregon Zoo. The Zoo opens at 4pm, the events start at 5, and if you don’t already have tickets this late in the game you can purchase them here for $35. It’s a 21 and over event, and it will be held rain or shine, so keep an eye on that weather and dress accordingly!