Oregon Beer News, 08/05/2013

Oregon BeerGood Monday to you, sorry for the late start—it was a long (beery) weekend for me so I’m still catching up (and will have a report on the beer soon). Here’s the news for Monday the 5th of August; 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.

Belmont Station (Portland): This Thursday the 8th Belmont is hosting a tasting featuring 2 Towns Ciderhouse out of Corvallis, from 5 to 8pm: “Three childhood friends—living in 2 different towns—banded together with meager savings, a love of craft brewing and cider to launch 2 Towns Ciderhouse in Corvallis. This trinity seeks to advance the cider craft industry through mixing both old and new cider techniques and experimentation. They use all Northwest ingredients and each recipe is vetted through their team to find the most interesting blends of body, aromatics and flavor that honors the fruit. They will be pouring a variety of their tasty ciders (TBA) and we will have one on tap in the biercafe, too!” I recently visited the cidery in Corvallis and was impressed, this would be well worth attending.

McMenamins Edgefield (Troutdale): Also this Thursday they have a “Meet your Makers” tasting and meet the brewer event starting at 5pm, featuring Der Rasenmäher Kölsch. “Guten Tag, meine Freunden! In Germany, lawnmower beer isn’t a fizzy macro lager, it’s a Kölsch loaded with crisp, tangy Noble hops and the finest Pilsner malts all the way from Heidelberg. The name of our tribute to this traditional summer stein filler even means ‘lawnmower” in German. So, do it like they do in the Old Country and have a few liters: Prost! Say it like they do in Köln! “Dare Rah-zen-may-er”

Coalition Brewing (Portland): Tomorrow (Tuesday the 6th) they have a new beer release hitting the taps and bottles: “Join us at the pub Tuesday August 6th for the release of Simple, or delicious new ISA! Available on draft and in bottle, this delicious ISA is the ultimate easy drinking hoppy beer!” ISA’s do seem to be all the rage these days; I don’t see a note about any stats though.

Standing Stone Brewing (Ashland): They have their German Hefeweizen back on tap as a summer seasonal, with a bit of details on their blog about it: “Summertime beer lovers, rejoice! Our German Style Hefeweizen is back on tap as our latest summer seasonal, and this batch is getting rave reviews… this year we’ve upped the percentage of wheat malt from 40% to 60%, giving the beer a strong cracker-like flavor and hazy, unfiltered character. With its strong carbonation as well, this brew is refreshing and palate cleansing on a hot day. This German style wheat beer has a hazy yellow color and very mild banana and spice aroma. The light mouhtfeel is accompanied by clean clove and cracker flavor. 5.8% abv, 18 IBU”