Oregon Beer News, 05/30/2012

Oregon BeerHere’s the news in Oregon beer for Wednesday, the 30th of May. As usual I’ll be updating this post periodically throughout the day so check back often for the latest updates. And if you have news to share, please contact me and I can get it updated.

The Green Dragon (Portland): Tonight they have a Green Dragon Brew Crew Release starting at 5pm featuring an appropriately seasonal beer, a Maibock. “Inspired by the uMedviku brewery (Prague, CZ) bier comes this wonderful Maibock or Helles Bock. A blend of German Pilsner, Vienna, and Munich malts tempered with Carafa II and acidified malts produce this complex, malt forward beer. Brewed as a stonger version of a Helles, the beer has a firm malt forward character with a bit of spice in the aroma and finish supplied by Czech Saaz hops.” It’s 6.7% abv and sounds tasty.

McMenamins Cornelius Pass Roadhouse (Hillsboro): As I mentioned yesterday, tonight 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 beers in question sounds pretty awesome: Professor’s Malted Milk Balls Porter, Crazy Christina’s Caramel Corn Ale, Black Jack Russian Imperial Stout, and Golden Graham Cream Ale. I’m wondering how I can squeeze a roadtrip into the end of my day…

Belmont Station (Portland) is in the second day for their JW Lees Harvest night, which picks up today from 3 to 11pm. “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).” If you like strong, vintaged, barrel-aged beers, you should probably get down there!

Gilgamesh Brewing (Turner): The Salem Statesman Journal had an article yesterdayabout Gilgamesh’s need to expand, along with some nice history behind the Turner/Salem brewery, and they tentatively plan to have their new location opened by midsummer. “The Turner-based brewery will relocate its operations to the site of the former Loose Ends LLC retail building at 2065 Madrona Ave. SE. What started as a 2,500-square-foot brewery in the home of the Radtke family now will occupy 18,000 square feet of spaceat the site adjacent to Pringle Creek. The new location will allow the brewers to expand operations and have space for a brew pub and outdoor patio with Pringle Creek as a backdrop.” Nice to see this growth happening; Gilgamesh is definitely on my list of breweries I need to get over to the Valley to visit.

Migration Brewing (Portland) teamed up with Lompoc Brewing to brew a collaboration beer that is being released today: the beer is named “A’wry Wit” and will be on tap at Migration starting at 5pm. “A’wry Wit was brewed with Belgian pilsner malt, 100 #’s of domestic rye, Mt. Hood, Santiams, and Perle hops. During knockout 4 oz. of grapefruit zest and 4oz of crushed coriander were then added to provide a hint of spice and citrus notes. A unique blend of three yeasts were used, Belgian wheat, Hoegaarden Wit, and some 1056 American Ale yeast creating a must have Migration Lompoc collaboration.” It’s 5.9% abv and sounds like a tasty brew (of course I love Wits so it’s a no-brainer for me!).