Oregon Beer News, 08/08/2012

Oregon BeerHere’s the Oregon beer news for Wednesday the 8th of August. As always I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day, so you’ll want to check back often for the latest news. And if you have news to share, please contact me and I can get it posted.

Migration Brewing (Portland): They are updating their logo due to a legal threat from what seems like an unlikely source: the Multnomah Athletic Club. Brewpublic has the story: “The brewpub’s winged M logo has become a beacon for the malty goodness within. But recently this logo has been forced to go by the wayside after Multnomah Athletic Club (MAC) filed a cease and desist order on the small business last year. Instead of battling the tumultuous uphill fight that so many must do to keep their brand imagery, Migration used the opportunity to spin the litigation into a dynamic new look for the company, avoiding any negativity or costly court battles.”  Looking at the two logos side-by-side, there’s enough similarity that the Athletic Club is basically required to protect their logo—if they’ve trademarked it. But it gives Migration the chance to develop a new logo and tweak their brand identity, and from what I see of the new one that’s definitely a good thing.

Tyler Brown, owner of Barley Brown’s Brewpub in Baker City, posted a photo yesterday on Facebook of the new brewery space coming together (which I wrote about extensively here). It looks pretty close to being ready, and indeed Brown commented on the photo, “JVNW is just finishing the details and final welds.” So that should mean beer will be flowing out of there soon!

10 Barrel Brewing (Bend) has hit a major snag in their planned Boise brewpub expansion: Idaho’s current three-tier system won’t allow them to sell 10 Barrel beer made here in Bend, and the brewpub won’t be brewing enough on its own to make up the deficit. Ezra over on the New School has a good writeup and analysis. I expect they’ll be able to come to a resolution but it’s worth keeping an eye on.

Deschutes Brewery (Bend): Time to get excited—Deschutes is brewing The Abyss today!

BridgePort Brewing (Portland) is all set to release their new fall seasonal tomorrow, a spiced ale that sounds for all the world like a pumpkin ale without the pumpkin: Witch Hunt Spiced Harvest Ale. Brewpublic has the details.