Here’s the news and events in Oregon beer (and cider) for Wednesday, June 21. As usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day with the latest news, so check back often for updates. And if you have news to share, please contact me and I can get that updated as well.
McMenamins Murray & Allen (Beaverton) has their Sippin’ in the Suburbs beer tasting today from 5 to 8pm, featuring Flocon de Mais brewed at the Oak Hills Brewpub: “A 400 year-old Belgian beer style that almost died out is now gaining in popularity again. Flocon De Mais is a Belgian Witbier made with Wheat, 2-Row and Corn Flakes. This tasty brew is lightly-hopped with Ultra Hops and spiced with sweet Spanish orange peel and Grains of Paradise, for added complexity. A Belgian Witbier Yeast was used to complete this ale. This brew is pale in color with a medium-body mouth feel. It’s light and drinkable with lots of pleasing, complex flavors for your palate to enjoy.” Corn flakes?
Monkless Belgian Ales (Bend): They are hosting a Zesting Party for their Shepplekofeggan witbier today, for which they are scaling up a batch: “Help us get ready to brew our first triple-batch of Shepplekofeggan, and get half-off all flights! This will be our first canned batch coming in Mid-July! We have nine cases of oranges that need to be hand zested with love, and we can’t go home until we finish! Bring your zester/grater if you have one (we’ll have some too).” This is taking place from 2 to 6pm.
Oregon Cider Week continues today with a bunch of events in their lineup:
- Make Music Day in the Electric Alley @ Salem with 1859 Cider
- Summer Solstice Party @ NePo 42 – 4 to 8pm
- Revival Night @ Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider – 4 to 10pm
- Mid-Week Cider Maker Mingle at Cider Bite – 5 to 8pm
- Timbers Viewing Party with Tieton Cider Works @ Portland Cider House – 5 to 8pm
- Timbers Viewing Party with 2 Towns at Tin Bucket – 5 to 7pm
- 2 Towns at Hops on Tap- PDX Book Club Charity Event – 5 to 8pm
- Meet the Cidermaker at La Moule – 5:30 to 7pm, featuring Dragon’s Head Cider
- 2 Towns Oregon Cider Week Cider Cocktail at Loyal Legion (ongoing)
- Release of Cider House Love Collaboration Cider (ongoing) @ Portland Cider House & Schilling Cider House
- Cider Club Kick Off @ 1859 Cider (runs through Friday)
Belmont Station (Portland) is hosting a beer tasting with Springfield’s Hop Valley Brewing from 5 to 8pm tonight: “What better way to officially welcome summer than with a fun tasting with Springfield’s own Hop Valley? They will be sampling great beers from their core lineup as well as a few specialty items, so come check it out and keep an eye out for updates on the tasting list!”
Culmination Brewing (Portland) has their New England-style IPA back on tap today: “Our NE style IPA, Obscured By Clouds, is back on tap this Wednesday 6/21! This hazy NE style IPA is a juice bomb with flavors of Mandarin Orange, Pineapple, & Mango. We used oats and rice in this beer along with Polaris, Mosaic and Galaxy hops. This beer comes in at 8.4% A.B.V. Haze craze fans rejoice!”
2 Towns Ciderhouse (Corvallis): 2 Towns’ La Mûre, their Lambic-style cider, is back, fresh off a win at the Portland International Cider Cup awards. From the press release: “The 2015 vintage La Mûre (6.9% ABV) from 2 Towns Ciderhouse is available starting this week. La Mûre, a lambic-style craft cider, is inspired by the famous lambic beers of Belgium and embodies the Flemish styles of old. Northwest apples and Oregon-grown Marion blackberries are fermented, then soured with Lactobacillus. Aged in Willamette Valley Pinot Noir barrels for one year, this unique cider is then removed from these barrels and bottle conditioned, revealing complex aromatics and a lactic tang that only time can unfold. Previously released as an extremely limited Cellar Series cider available only in the 2 Towns Taproom, La Mûre received silver medals from both the 2017 Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Festival and the 2017 Portland International Cider Cup competition. This year 2 Towns was also honored as Large Cidery of the Year at the PICC.” You can read my review of La Mûre from last year here.
Deschutes Brewery announced today that Michael LaLonde has been named as President and CEO. Previously LaLonde served as President and COO. From the press release: “Deschutes Brewery today announced that Michael LaLonde has been named president and CEO of the Oregon brewery. Most recently serving as COO and president of the company, as CEO, LaLonde will fulfill many of the same duties he currently manages for the brewery. Gary Fish, founder and chairman of Deschutes Brewery, said, “In reality, Michael has been serving in a CEO capacity for some time now, as he handles many aspects of strategic planning and daily operations of the company. The title President and CEO more accurately describes Michael’s role and his guidance will continue to help us fulfill our goals.” Fish formerly held the role of CEO.” Congrats to LaLonde!