Oregon Beer News, 06/12/2013

Oregon BeerHalfway through the week, and I hope everyone attending various Beer Week events is doing well! Here’s the Oregon beer news for Wednesday, the 12th of June. As usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day with the latest news, so check back often. And if you have news to share, please contact me and I can get that updated as well.

Double Mountain Brewery (Hood River) is releasing a new special limited-release bottled beer: Cluster Single Hop IPA. “This tasty offering features America’s original hop in all its glory, with abundant tropical, citrus and herbal notes all in one. Pilsner and honey malt provide the malty stage for the hops to shine. 7.3% ABV, 85 BU. Bottles will be on shelves at your favorite outlets in Oregon this week and in Washington the week after; kickoff party this Thursday at Velo Cult in PDX, 6pm.” Cluster is an older American hop variety, and is the bottled version of their infamous “Clusterf#ck.”

Both Portland Beer Week and Medford Beer Week are rolling on again today; one of the interesting Portland events looks to be the 2nd annual Barrel-Aged Beer Seminar, featuring Widmer and Cigar City Brewing starting at 5:30. Down south in Medford the events are headlined by a Wings & Beers event featuring 10 Barrel Brewing (perfect Wednesday food?). Really there are tons of things going on so hit up each event calendar and plan your schedule!

Pfriem Family Brewers (Hood River): Tonight they are releasing their new Schwarzbier at their tasting room, with a tasting starting at 5:30pm. “4.8% 28 IBU’s Dark, Toffee, Marshmallow, Roasty…goes perfect with a summer camp fire!”

Crux Fermentation Project (Bend) is continuing their bottle release rollout around Oregon today in Eugene, at The Bier Stein: “Ready to share some Tough Love, Impasse Saison, Double Cross Dark Belgian and Insider IPA in bottles. Also pouring Nitro Stout, Mosaic Imperial IPA, Marzen and Tough Love.” Plenty to go around, and a good chance to try some of the great beers they’ve got coming out of the brewery if you haven’t yet!

Tonight is the Terminator Night at the Ground Kontrol classic arcade in Portland as part of Lompoc Brewing and Hollywood Theatre’s “Sci-Fi Heavy Hitters Series” (with the first two Terminator movies playing at Hollywood on Friday), and featuring Lompoc’s Sci-Fi IPA series. It runs from 7 to 11 tonight and sounds like a lot of fun, not only the Lompoc beers on tap but also Terminator trivia, costume contest, pinball challenge and more.

Rock Bottom Brewery (Portland) apparently has some kind of monster beer release hitting the taps at 5:30 today: Thunderdome (I think). “We are tapping this super hoppy 1,000,000 IBU beer today and if you come in at 5:30 pm you can try your first pint for free!” Don’t miss out on free burning hoppiness!