Oregon Beer News, 05/30/2017

Oregon BeerI hope your weekend and Memorial Day were good and you are ready for a new week (and in a couple of days, a new month). Getting back into the swing of things, here is the Oregon beer news for Tuesday, May 30. As usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day, so check back often for the latest news. And if you have news to share, please contact me and I can get that posted as well.

McMenamins Fulton Pub (Portland) has their “Take a Sip in Southwest” beer tasting today from 6 to 8pm, featuring Black Widow 2016: “Carefully tucked away deep in the darkest coldest corner of the Fulton beer cellar, Black Widow 2016 is back for another go! Each deep-black goblet of Black Widow is packed full of the robust notes afforded by generous amounts of black and roast malts and further spirited with ethereal wisps of caramel and licorice. The extended cellaring time has allowed these flavors to mingle and mellow. Get this rare treat while it lasts!”

Deschutes Brewery (Bend): Tuesdays are Community Pints days at the Deschutes pubs, where $1 from every pint sold goes to benefit a local non-profit organization. In Bend, the May partner is Grandma’s House of Central Oregon, and in Portland they are partnered with Friends of Trees for the month. Get over to the pubs today and help out with a pint or three.

Ninkasi Brewing (Eugene) has their Pints for a Cause fundraiser taking place today starting at noon: “Bring your friends for a fun evening of sunshine, tasty nosh, live music from Eric Stalker, great company, and, of course, pints of Ninkasi beer! A dollar from every pint sold 12-9 pm will support CALC’s peace and justice work. Sign up during our 5-8 pm festivities to become a CALC pledger/member, and we’ll buy you a pint! Cheers! Music starts at 6 p.m”

Cascade Brewing (Portland): Their Tap it Tuesday at the Barrel House at 6pm is featuring Twisted Julep: “our play on the classic Mint Julep cocktail with a twist of lime. We aged our sour quad ale in a bourbon barrel for 16 months with fresh lime peel. Served with fresh mint in the glass, the Twisted Julep brings a Southern touch to our line of Northwest sour ales!”

Rogue Ales (Newport): They are releasing a series of cans of their Pendleton Pale Ale honoring National Parks. From the press release issued today: “In a three-way collision between Rogue Ales, Pendleton Woolen Mills and America’s treasures, Rogue announces the release of four Pendleton Pale Ale cans, each dedicated to a National Park. Brewed with hops and malts grown on Rogue Farms in Oregon, Pendleton Pale Ale is a refreshing ode to Crater Lake, Grand Canyon, Yosemite and Mt. Rainier. Each park is honored with limited-edition cans inspired by Pendleton Woolen Mills’ National Parks Collection. Six packs of Pendleton Pale Ale National Parks 12oz. cans are available now at select retail locations in Oregon, Washington, California, Nevada, and Arizona. They can also be found at select Pendleton stores and Rogue pubs.”

Migration Brewing (Portland) has a press release out today touting new hop varietals and techniques being used in their beers: “Some breweries… are staying ahead of the hoppy beer trends by incorporating Hop Hash, Vic Secret, and other up-and-coming hop varietals into their brews. Hop Hash, made with the residual from the pelletizing process, comes from the oil glands that are stripped from the hop plant and has quickly become a favorite way to brew amongst brewers Mike Branes and Kevin Hanny at Migration Brewing. Currently used in their “Outlaw Josie” and their “HOPE 2.0 IIPA,” the hop hash is more concentrated and creates less volume loss (due to less plant material finding its way into the beer), which makes it more appealing in the brew process. Vic Secret, a lesser-known hop both to consumers and brewers, is one that Migration Brewing is using more of these days. Though it has a slightly dank quality, it has notes of tropical fruits (such as mangos and passionfruit), which gives the beer a more diverse flavor profile.” Sounds like some beers worth seeking out to try.