Oregon Beer News, 08/08/2013

Oregon BeerHere is the news in Oregon beer for Thursday, the 8th of August. As usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day with the latest news, so check back often. If you have news to share, please contact me and I can get that posted as well.

Oregon’s first-ever Lagerfest is coming to Portland on August 24 and 25, hosted by the White Owl Social Club and running from 11 to 7pm each day. “Over 40 breweries will participate and each will provide their own sophisticated take on the classic lager beer. The twenty dollar entrance fee includes ten free tastings, a Lagerfest beer drinkin’ mug, and one epicly good time! Killer food provided by Eastside Deli and White Owl Social Club! Go to the Mercury Stranger Tickets online to buy now in advance at a discounted price. Be sure to plan on dancing some of those empty calories off the night of the 24th at the Lagerfest After Party with DJ’s Jessicat and Danny Dodge — This event is free and hosted by White Owl.” This definitely looks like an interesting fest and there looks to be a solid lineup of good breweries representing.

McMenamins Edgefield (Troutdale) has their “Meet your Makers” tasting and meet the brewer event tonight for their latest beer, 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””  It starts at 5pm and when the beer’s gone, it’s gone.

Belmont Station (Portland) has a cider tasting today with Corvallis’ 2 Towns Ciderhouse 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!”

Flat Tail Brewing (Corvallis) has taken delivery of their new 15-barrel brewhouse today! This is going to greatly increase their capacity as they currently have (if I remember correctly) a 7-barrel system now, good news all around for the Corvallis brewer.

And speaking of growing, Worthy Brewing here in Bend has cans in-house—palettes of them! They should be starting their commercial canning runs soon after some earlier testing (with good results, I might add) and they’ve previously posted some imagery of what you can expect the cans to look like. (Fun fact: they can fill 3000 cans per hour!)