Here’s the weekend edition of the Oregon beer news for the 20th through the 22nd! As usual I’ll be periodically updating this post the rest of today (and perhaps even on the weekend) so check back for the latest news. And if you have some news to share, please contact me and I can get it posted.
Broken Top Bottle Shop (Bend) has a tasting tonight featuring Eugene’s new Falling Sky Brewing from 6 to 9pm. A little bit about Falling Sky: “After nearly a decade of providing exceptional service and products for home brewers and winemakers, Valley Vintner & Brewer, 30 E 13th Ave, in downtown Eugene has changed it’s name to Falling Sky Brewing and expanded to bring Eugene a new Brew House, featuring handcrafted brews and locally sourced eats.”
McMenamins Cornelius Pass Roadhouse (Hillsboro) is celebrating their 11th annual Roadhouse Brewfest tomorrow, Saturday the 21st. It starts at 2pm and is free admission, and will run the rest of the day and evening; live music kicks off at 4, and there will be a bunch of great beers on tap. “This noncompetitive celebration of beer “puts the brewer back in brewfest,” featuring knowledgeable and idiosyncratic McMenamins brewers ready to answer queries throughout the entire event. Meet, mingle and chat with our brewers, enjoy food from Imbrie Hall’s summertime menu, let the kids run around all crazy-like and beyond. It has become a summertime tradition for loads of Pacific Northwest beer lovers.”
Speaking of fests, the Portland International Beerfest starts today, and runs through Sunday the 22nd: Over 150 beers from around the world collected and pouring in Portland’s Pearl District North Park blocks. Cost is $25 in advance online, $30 at the gate, which gets you admission, the official glass, and 10 beer tasting tickets (additionally available for $1 each). Today it’s open from 4 to 10pm, Saturday from noon to 10pm, and Sunday from noon to 7pm. Will you be going?
Cascade Brewing (Portland) has bottles of their Strawberry 2011 going on sale today starting at 5pm—this is their “NW style sour ale that features a blend of wheat ales that were aged in oak barrels for up to 12 months before aging on strawberries for an additional three months.” Bottles will cost $20 for 750ml, limit 4 per person, and be available only at the Raccoon Lodge and the Barrel House.
Burnside Brewing (Portland): Tomorrow, Saturday the 21st, Burnside is (finally!) releasing “International Incident”, the beer that started with the name Kali-Ma but had been postponed due to controversy. To celebrate the release of the beer they are also featuring a free showing of “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” in the parking lot tomorrow night. Ezra has a good write-upon the New School of the story behind the beer, which is something of an Imperial version of their apricot chili wheat beer, Sweet Heat. In addition to the beer and movie, there are 150 1-liter bottles for sale that will be available starting at 6pm; I don’t see a current price for it but this will be one of the most limited vintage beers you’ll be able to get your hands on.
McMenamins Oregon City is having a beer tasting and meet the brewer today from 4 to 7pm, featuring OC Imperial IPA and Jen Kent from Thompson Brewery in Salem: “Oregon City Pub patrons will have a chance to meet Thompson Brewer extraodinaire Jennifer Kent for this Friday the 13th meet and greet, and sample some of her special OC Imperial IPA brewed just for this event.”
And the McMenamins Thompson Brewery is also holding a limited-edition tasting for that OC Imperial IPA as well, all day long while the beer lasts. I don’t see any specific details about the beer but I’m quite sure it will satisfy the hopheads nicely!