Oregon Beer News, 07/27/2015

Oregon BeerHappy Monday! I hope everyone had a good weekend, I ducked out on Friday to head out of town, ending up in southern Oregon for a family birthday trip. And now back for the Oregon beer news for this final week of July! As usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day with the latest news as I find it, so check back often. And if you have news to share, please contact me and I can get that posted as well.

The Bier Stein (Eugene) is hosting a tap takeover with Wyoming’s Melvin Brewing tonight from 6 to 9pm: “Welcome to Melvin Brewing from Jackson Hole, Wyoming! They are in the process of moving from a nano brewery in a Thai restaurant to a real pro 30-barrel system. Reading through their website, you might think they’re joking around, but three medals at last year’s GABF and a win at the Alpha King competition prove otherwise. We haven’t seen much, if any, of their beer in the state, so we are proud to be one of the first places to serve them. Check out the lineup: 2×4 Imperial IPA (Gold Winner at WBC, GABF, NABA, and the Alpha King Championship!); Doppelbock; Killer Bees Honey Ale; Hoppy Pale; Coffee Ruckus Imperial Stout; Hey Zeus Mexican Lager; Hoppy Amber”

McMenamins Mission Theater (Portland) today is hosting the “It All Starts with Beer” Movie Screening & Panel Discussion starting at 7pm: “This documentary shows how and why Portland catapulted ahead in the microbrew revolution, comparing it with Holland and its uprising of craft beermaking. Footage is from the Oregon Brewers Festival and much more. We welcome special Dutch Brewers who will be on hand to discuss their movie… Together with 10 Dutch Craft brewers we went to Portland to find out why this market is flourishing so well in this city. The Dutch Brewers were invited to present their beer at the Oregon Brewers Fest.” $7 tickets is well worth it for a cool event like this.

And over at McMenamins Old St. Francis School in Bend, they are debuting a new monthly beer tasting series—O’Kanes Garage Series, which has the OSF brewers recreating past McMenamins recipes as a special showcase (which is a cool idea). Friday’s tasting is Barn Own Bitter: “A Cornelius Roadhouse classic, Barn Owl Bitter (aka “Bob”) is a creation of longtime Roadhouse brewer-turned-distiller Bart Hance. This ale is clean, crisp, and packed with Simcoe hop goodness. For a special release at OSF we have recreated this ever popular beer for all to enjoy and revel in here in Central Oregon! Enjoy a pint and see how other McMenamins Breweries create great beer too! Prost!” It starts at 5pm.

Block 15 Brewery (Corvallis): I’d reported last week that they have their new brewery and tap room opening today; not long after that went out, Block 15 issued an email update saying the opening was moved to Tuesday, the 28th (that’s tomorrow!). From their missive: “Our hours will be 12pm – 9pm, which will continue daily throughout the summer. We will be offering beer in the form of pints and tasters, as well as growler, corni and keg fills. Packaged beer to go will also be available, including 32oz Crowlers! Bomb food from our bakery will also be on hand, including snacks and sandwiches.” So, check them out tomorrow!