Oregon Beer News, 08/09/2012

Oregon BeerHappy Thursday—most of the week is behind us and we’re working for the weekend! And here is the news in beer from around Oregon for the 9th of August. As usual I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day, so check back often for the latest news. And if you have news you’d like to share, please contact me and I can get it updated as well.

Belmont Station in Portland is hosting a tasting with Bend’s 10 Barrel Brewing tonight from 6 to 8pm, featuring the debut of their new Kolsch: “Taste the full line of 10 Barrel beers, including the debut of their delicious Kolsch. Kolsch, Warwick Bitter, and possibly other 10 Barrel beers pouring in the Biercafé.” 10 Barrel posted a picture of the new Road 41 Kolsch here, their latest bottled seasonal to replace Oregon Brown, and I had a chance to try it on tap last night during a free summer concert and it’s a clean, tasty beer, perfect for hot weather.

Block 15 Brewery (Corvallis) is having the Portland bottle release tonight at The Beermongers in Portland, from 6 to 8pm: “Official Portland release of Golden Canary, Wild Golden Ale, and Ferme de La Ville Provision Farmhouse Ales at The Beer Mongers Thursday August 9th 6-8pm. Bottles of both beers will be available. Also, on tap 2011 Provisions, 2012 Provisions & Golden Canary, Super Nebula, Imagine, and Alpha IPA. Block 15 Brewers will be on hand to talk beer.” (via Oregon Brewers Guild). And, from Brewpublic comes the info that “Bottle Limits: 3 Canary & 3 Provisions per person” will be in effect (unless that changes of course).

The Bier Stein (Eugene) is holding a tasting/release for Steelhead Brewery’s new bottled offerings (under the “McKenzie River Brewing” label) tonight: “Eugene’s beloved Steelhead Brewing Co. bottled 2 of their IPAs under the name McKenzie Brewing Co.! They changed the name to avoid a lawsuit with Mad River Brewing Co., who has a line of beers called Steelhead. Robbie from McKenzie River will be here sampling their wares TONIGHT from 7-9pm. Sample the bottles and a few small batch seasonals on draft for FREE! See you here, Cheers!”

McMenamins Edgefield (Troutdale) has a limited-edition beer tasting tonight, featuring Whiskey Barrel-Aged Terminator Stout which sounds great: “Black as the darkest night, rich as the most decadent dessert, Terminator is for the true stout lover. We took our beloved stout to the next level and aged it in our own Edgefield Distillery’s Hogshead Whiskey barrels. This is a full-bodied and flavor-packed ale that draws its robust complexity from kiln-baked specialty grains and maturation in 2-char American Oak whiskey barrels. Look for a wide array of toasted chocolate and smoky vanilla-laced whiskey flavors in every pint!” I like the natural synergy between the brewery and distillery. The tasting starts at 5pm and lasts until the beer is gone.

BridgePort Brewing (Portland) has the release for their new fall seasonal Witch Hunt tonight at their Pub in Portland’s Pearl District starting at 5:30pm. “Free and open to the public, attendees can be among the first to try samples of this new fall seasonal while supplies last. The brewpub team will also have a fortune teller on hand for guests who want to get into the spooky spirit of this new brew.” The beer itself is 5.8% abv and spiced similarly to a “traditional” pumpkin ale, with cinnamon and nutmeg—but no pumpkin was used, so it is in effect a spiced amber ale.

Rock Bottom Brewery (Portland) has a “Cascadian Pilsner” tapping going on tonight, from 5:30 to 6pm, and featuring “The finest pilsner malt, Mt. Hood and German Tradition hops create this traditionalist’s take on the emerging Cascadian Pilsner style.” I’m not exactly sure what a “Cascadian Pilsner” is, I’m assuming a Pilsner malt bill with Northwest hops (and probably amped-up hoppiness all around)? I also note that Gigantic and Laurelwood did a collaboration version, so that makes sense.

Pelican Pub & Brewery (Pacific City) has a new beer coming out on August 21st: Silverspot IPA! Silverspot will be hitting the shelves in bottles, and there’s more about it here: “Silverspot IPA will be taking a permanent slot in the Pelican lineup with its brilliant gold color and assertively complex hop aroma. Brew Master Darron Welch selected the blend of Sterling, Fuggle and Meridian hops, focusing on herbal, floral, spicy and tangerine-like characters to create this highly drinkable 6% abv English-Style IPA.”

Solstice Brewing (Prineville): Ever wonder about the status of this brewpub, and when they’ll actually start brewing their own beer? I do. They posted a bit of an answer today: “Right now we are finishing up the last bit of rough construction and then it will be in the hands of our mechanical contractors. We are hoping that we’ll be able to turn some machines on and start testing the system by the end of the month.”  Looking forward to seeing that happen!