Oregon Beer News, 08/20/2012

Oregon BeerWelcome to the start of a new week! Here is the news in Oregon beer that I’ve aggregated from around the web for Monday the 20th of August. As usual I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day, so check back often to see the latest. And if you have news to share, please contact me and I can get that updated.

Belmont Station (Portland) tonight has a tasting featuring Colorado’s Oskar Blues Brewery from 5 to 8pm: “Taste the exemplary beers of these pioneering craft beer canners: Dale’s Pale Ale, Old Chub Scotch Ale, Mama’s Little Yella Pils, and the big three hop monsters: Gub’na, Deviant Dales, and G’Knight (all 3 rated 98 or better at RateBeer.com!). G’Knight Imperial IPA on draft.”

Pelican Pub & Brewery (Pacific City) is getting all set to release the latest beer that will be joining their core line-up tomorrow, Silverspot IPA: an English-style IPA at 6% abv that will be hitting the taps on Tuesday the 21st, with bottled versions showing up starting September 6th. Where does the name come from? “Silverspot IPA celebrates the Oregon Silverspot butterfly which once flourished in coastal grasslands from Washington to California. Due to habitat loss, this threatened butterfly is now found only in a handful of protected areas. The Oregon Coast is home to most of these sites including nearby Mt. Hebo and Cascade Head, which can be seen from the patio of the Pelican Pub & Brewery.  Oregon Silverspot butterflies depend on a unique ecosystem of coastal grasslands, with caterpillars feeding on violet leaves and butterflies drinking the nectar of flowering plants. A collaborative habitat restoration and reintroduction program is helping to increase this butterfly population. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this beer will help fund conservation efforts for the Oregon Silverspot Butterfly.”

Deschutes Brewery (Bend): The Dissident is coming! The Brewery is bottling up The Dissident today as seen on Facebook, for a September 7th release. It will hit the pubs first before being made available in its limited bottling run, so keep an eye on Deschutes online to see when and where those bottles will hit.

Seven Brides Brewing (Silverton): They have a beer pairing dinner over in Sherwood tomorrow night at Trees Restaurant, featuring a six-course meal all paired with Seven Brides beers. The meal looks tasty unfortunately there’s no detail posted about time or cost; if you’re interested in attending call Trees at 503-822-5583 to find out more.

McMenamins Crystal Ballroom (Portland) tonight has a limited-edition beer tasting from 6 to 8pm, featuring cask-conditioned No Remorse Imperial IPA: “For our August release, Crystal brewers Tony Balzola and Alex McGaw offer No Remorse in an English-style Imperial IPA that is bold and intense. The malt character is slightly nutty with a touch of sweetness. The use of five different styles of hops creates a spicy, floral and mild citrus quality. This beer is not for the faint of heart and will give you No Remorse.”  It’s 9.03% abv and I don’t believe I’ve ever had an Imperial IPA on cask before; would like to give that one a try!

Cascade Brewing (Portland)  has used barrels for sale, not to be used for beer, but it might still be cool to have one: “We have barrels for sale, mostly Bourbon & a few wine. $30 each, cash only. First come first serve, we will not hold or reserve barrels. These are for water barrels or planters; they are retired barrels that have been sitting outside for a few weeks and are not meant for brewing. Available any day this week but Tuesday, from 9 to 5 pm.”