The big news to come out of yesterday is that Charlie Devereux is leaving Double Mountain Brewery which he co-founded to possibly pursue his own ventures in Portland (where he lives). I saw the news first on Brewpublic, and John Foyston has a good writeup about it as well; everything appears amicable but understandably this is a big change for the Brewery. Brewer and co-founder Matt Swihart is buying out Devereux’s share of the company and is planning to brew 9500 barrels this year (up from last year’s 8000). No plans yet from Devereux as to what’s next from him, but there’s many beery folks who will be eager to find out.
Silver Moon Brewing (Bend): Their weekly Growler Power Hour growler fill specials starts today with specials on Le Sorcier (The Sorcerer), a Belgian Pale Ale, and Lone Crow American Wheat. Their “Power Hour” runs on Tuesday and Wednesday from 4 to 6pm, where you can fill a growler with one (or both) of the special beers for only $6 each.
Cascade Brewing (Portland): They have a couple of their bottled specialties being released this week: “Bottle release this Thursday at 4:30pm: Apricot is available in house & online, $20, no limit. Elderberry is available ONLY at the Brewery and the Barrel House, $20, 6 bottle limit.”
And their Tap It Tuesday tonight at 6pm is featuring “Live” Figaro: “a strong blond ale aged in chardonnay barrels for 12 months, then aged with dried white figs & lemon peel for up to 12 more months. Aromas of sweet figs, golden raisins and citrus zest are noticed up front. Hints of white wine grapes, lemon peel and sweet figs roll across the palate, leading to a crisp lemon tartness in the finish that leaves a lingering sweetness on the tongue. 10% | $7 glass | $2.5 taster”
This year’s official Portland Beer Week beer is a collaboration between Breakside Brewery and Gigantic Brewing, which I saw today for the first time is an “India Wild Ale.” Yes, this is the first time I’ve encountered India Wild Ale as a name/style reference, and I found this description on Breakside’s Upcoming Releases page: “The boys from Gigantic Brewing came over to our production brewery and together, we brewed up a dry-hopped Northwest red ale, which we then inoculated with Brettanomyces claussenii. The “Brett” gives the beer some dark fruit and tobacco notes. This is a delicious beer now and will cellar well for many years.” So, more of an “India Red Ale” kicked up with Brett. Interesting.