Oregon Beer News, 08/22/2012

Oregon BeerHappy hump day! Here’s the beer news from around Oregon for Wednesday the 22nd of August, aggregated from around the web. 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 to share, please contact me and I can get it updated.

Laurelwood Brewing (Portland) is staging a tap takeover at Portland’s Caps and Corks tonight from 5:30 to 8pm: “We are pouring Free Range Red, Portlandia Pils, Deranger Imperial Red, and Workhorse IPA.” Should be a good time, and don’t forget Laurelfest is going on this Saturday too—you can never get enough Laurelwood!

Alameda Brewing (Portland) has a couple of events these next two days: tonight is a meet the brewer over at Old Chicago in Tanasbourne from 6 to 8pm: “Carston & Marshall will be answering questions & serving up Yellow Wolf, Klickitat , El Torrero & Black Bear Stout.”  And tomorrow (Thursday the 23rd) Alameda is celebrating their 16th birthday! “$1.60 House Ales will be served all day/night as our gift to you.”  That’s a great deal, so be sure to stop by tomorrow and wish them a happy birthday! Congrats to Alameda and here’s hoping there are (at least) 16 more years to come!

Hair of the Dog (Portland) has a special blending event going on tonight at their tasting room, in conjunction with the release of their collaboration beer with Belgium’s De Proef, Flanders Fred. It’s a blend of HotD’s Fred (brewed collaboratively) with an 18-month-old lambic. Foyston has details: “The beer was brewed in early March, 2012, then blended and aged at De Proef… While these beers are always a collaboration, blending these different beer threads is unique — and a success, according to those who’ve tried it… Flanders Fred is a deep golden ale topped with a creamy off white head. The nose is complex with notes of lemon, pine, tropical fruits and spice. The palate is rich and layered with toffee, apricot and almond, balanced by some green apple, a hoppy bitterness and barnyard funk. 7.5% abv.”  Also tonight in addition to the Flanders Fred, they will also have the lambic by itself and regular Fred, and you will be able to blend them together yourself to mix up your own version.

Belmont Station (Portland) has a tasting with Fish Brewing of Olympia from 5:30 to 7:30 tonight: “Fish & Leavenworth Brewer Brad Shell joins us for a tasting of Fish Tale beers, including Ten Squared (Is it an Imperial IPA or a Barleywine–it’s both!), Amber, Wild Salmon Pale and IPA plus Leavenworth Whistling Pig Hefeweizen, Dunkelweizen, and this year’s just released Oktoberfest. Ten Squared & Starfish Imperial Red on draft (don’t miss this as I don’t recall ever having Starfish on tap in Portland).”

The Green Dragon (Portland) has a Green Dragon Brew Crew releasetoday, for Summer Sue Wheat: “This wheat ale was brewed in collaboration with Ken Fisher to celebrate his wedding in July. Summer Sue is a 50-50 blend of two row barley and white wheat, this beer is pure bubble from start to finish. Fermented with Bavarian Wheat yeast at close to 80°F the characteristic clove phenolics dominate the aroma and flavor of the beer. Complimenting the aroma is the spiciness of German Hallertauer hops and the earthiness of Willamette hops in the finish.”  It is 5.7% abv and the release begins at 5pm.

Deschutes Brewery (Bend): I posted last week about the new bottle and label (a mosaic of sorts of previous years labels) for this year’s edition of Jubelale; and now there’s more to the amalgam label story than I imagined—because this year is Jubelale’s 25th! From the press release today: “That’s why, in a majestic nod to the past, the 2012 label artwork is a grand amalgamation of 25 years of art. The 2012 label is literally “layered” with meaning –the artwork was created through a complex collaging process by Bend, Oregon artist Kaycee Anseth Townsend. She uses small scraps of paper to create designs, and she comprised the 2012 packaging entirely from pieces of Jubelale labels from years past. Fans may even be able to see a recognizable scrap or two from years gone by inside the incredibly intricate final design.”  Jubelale is one of my favorite winter seasonals and it was the first beer the Brewery ever bottled.

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