Here is the news in beer from around Oregon for Tuesday, June 27. 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.
Happy 29th birthday Deschutes Brewery! On this day in 1988 Deschutes Brewery opened its door in Bend for the very first time, and believe it or not, they struggled to stay open their first year. Now, nearly three decades later, Deschutes has grown into one of the largest independent breweries in the U.S., with an east coast brewery planned and a nearly national presence. To celebrate the anniversary, the Bend pub is holding a Birthday Back Alley Bash featuring an 80s themed party, Black Butte XXIX, games, live music and more. In Portland, they are Saved by the Butte — celebrating the birthday of Black Butte Porter as well as the brewery. Food, drink, and merriment! Congrats on 29 years Deschutes — next year is the big one!
Cascade Brewing (Portland) is releasing their Figaro 2015 project today at noon at both their Barrel House and the Raccoon Lodge, as well as to their distribution channels. From the press release: “The Figaro project is a blend of sour strong blond ales aged in chardonnay barrels for up to 18 months with white figs, lemon peel and orange peel. Cascade begins this blend with freshly emptied chardonnay barrels from the Willamette Valley wine region and fills them with its strong blond ale, imparting a complex white wine character to the beer with a hint of oak. After several months of maturation, lemon peel, orange peel and dried white figs are added to each barrel and allow a slow, steady fruit fermentation to take place. Several more rounds of figs are added over a 12 month period, contributing layer upon layer of flavor until the beer has achieved optimum fruit intensity. The fruited beer is then transferred to a stainless steel tank and blended with a small portion of non-fruited sour blond ale until the desired balance of flavors is achieved. The beer comes in at nine percent alcohol by volume.” Definitely one to check out.
Zima has making a comeback in recent weeks, and today Belmont Station is getting in on the fun with a “Throwback Tuesday” Zima Party from 5 to 8pm: “It’s baaaaack! The taste of the 90s has returned for a brief time and we are going to party like it’s 1995! Come dressed as you were (or wanted to be) – neon, grunge, overalls, pull it all out of the closet! We’ll be selling ice-cold bottles of Zima in the biercafe. Grab one out of the bucket, and if it’s specially marked, you will win a goodie bag containing some great prizes like Belmont Station sunglasses or gift certificates, Pickles baseball tickets and more! Grab a neon straw and pick a Jolly Rancher to plunk into your Zima bottle (or maybe create a new blend!), then wander over to the #ThrowbackTuesday photobooth to snap some shots of you and your buds celebrating this brief return to the 90s! Don’t forget to tag your photos #ZimaStation! Come taste the memories because, just like the 90s, Zima will once again be a thing of the past soon enough!” ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Coin Toss Brewing (Oregon City) is hosting “Tiger Tuesday” with the re-release of their Frosted Flakes cereal beer: “It’s back and it’s GRRRRRREAT! We are releasing another batch of our “Catch A Tiger” Double IPA collaboration with Montavilla Brew Works! Come wrap your paw around a pint & grab a CRRRROWLER or GRRRRROWLER to go!”
Ground Breaker Brewing (Portland) also has a new beer release out today, a lime habanero ale named Higher Ground for Teote restaurant: “Higher Ground, a collaboration between Hi-Wheel Fizzy Wine Co. & Ground Breaker Brewing made especially for Teote. When you go on a gluten-free crawl around Portland, Oregon, the Hi-Wheel Taproom, Ground Breaker Gastropub, and Teote are likely at the top of the list of must-visit places. Teote is a special place, not only does it feature a gluten-free kitchen, it always has Hi-Wheel’s fizzy wine and Ground Breaker’s gluten-free beer on tap. These two local brewing companies have always received amazing support from Teote. What better way to show our appreciation to this amazing restaurant than teaming up on a collaboration made especially for Teote? Higher Ground is that collaboration. Try a pint and meet the collaborators! Hi-Wheel Fizz Master Robert Crowell and Ground Breaker Head Brewer Tyler Kueber will be in attendance for a meet and greet.” It’s from 5 to 8pm.
Ninkasi Brewing (Eugene) has their Pints for a Cause fundraiser today, benefiting Willamette Resources & Educational Network: “Join us at the Tasting Room for Pints for a Cause! From noon to 10pm, $1 from each pint sold in the Tasting Room will go to Willamette Resources & Educational Network.”
Cascade Brewing also has their Tap It Tuesday taking place at the Barrel House at 6pm tonight, featuring Café Squeeze, “a unique construct of flavors featuring roasted coffee along with berry and citrus fruits. This refreshing blend consists of oak-aged sour wheats, blonds, and triples infused with cold brew coffee, Heirloom orange zest and a hint of fresh blackcap raspberries.”
Stickmen Brewing (Lake Oswego) has a beer collaboration release with Stein Distillery tonight from 5:30 to 8:30pm: “Come down for the official tapping of One Rye Bitch 2017! We got three wet 5yr rye whiskey barrels (Double Gold Winning) from Stein Distilling and aged our 11.5%ABV rye barleywine, which is now going on 4 months. We will post the final ABV and tasting notes when we blend and keg the beer. We are excited have the Stickmen and Stein Distilling team in the house to talk to you about the new beer and talking about their spirits! We will only be tapping one 1/6bbl (~5 gallon keg), so get here before it blows!”