Oregon Beer News, 08/22/2017

Oregon BeerHappy Tuesday! Did you watch the total solar eclipse yesterday? I did from my own house though wasn’t in totality, and enjoyed some eclipse beers too. Now back at it with Oregon beer news for this August 22. 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 that posted as well.

Ninkasi Brewing (Eugene): Their Pints for a Cause fundraiser today benefits River Road Santa Clara Volunteer Library, starting at noon at their tasting room: “Join us at the Tasting Room for Pints for a Cause! From noon to 10pm, $1 from each pint sold in the Tasting Room will go to River Road Santa Clara Volunteer Library.”

And big news from Ninkasi this morning: they are introducing cans starting in 2018! From the press release: “Years in the making, the brewery will unveil three brands to 12-ounce cans across its distribution footprint early next year. “Since 2006, we have operated under a single core purpose: Perpetuate Better Living,” says Ninkasi CEO, Cheryl Collins. “The addition of cans allows us to carry this through to our fans who, just like us, want to enjoy our beer alongside whatever activity they choose; cans make that possible.” Ninkasi cans are set to hit shelves January 2018 in select markets across the brewery’s distribution footprint.” No mention, however, of just which beers will be first in cans.

Belmont Station (Portland) is offering up a beer tasting with Portland’s Royale Brewing today from 5 to 8pm: “Join us for a tasting of some of Royale’s bottled beers: Willamette Stone Meridian Wheat Ale, Pilsner, Inspektor Red Ale, Fat Unicorn Pale Ale, Albedo Belgian-style Pale Ale (with Ecliptic), and 1997 Belgian Strong Ale (with Melvin & The Commons)”

Deschutes Brewery (Bend): Tuesdays are Community Pints days at the Bend and Portland pubs, where $1 from every pint sold goes to benefit a local non-profit organization. In Bend for August, they are benefiting Volunteers in Medicine Clinic of the Cascades, and in Portland they are benefiting Voz Workers’ Rights Education Project. Make sure to head down to your nearest pub and help out with a pint or three!

Cascade Brewing (Portland): Tonight’s Tap It Tuesday at the Barrel House at 6pm is featuringLemon-Kissed Hibiscus: “a blend of blond and wheat ales aged in oak wine barrels for up to 14 months with hibiscus flower and Meyer lemon peel. Pouring a bright ruby red, Lemon-Kissed Hibiscus captures flavors of hibiscus tea, pomegranate, watermelon and a kiss of lemon citrus (7.2%).”

And Cascade is releasing Sang Noir 2016 at both the Barrel House and the Raccoon Lodge today: “Sang Noir is a blend of imperial red ales aged in bourbon and wine barrels for up to two years with Bing cherries. The darkest in our series of “Sang” projects, Sang Noir features flavors of dark roast malts, bourbon, black cherries and port wine (10.1%). In addition to the 2016 project, the Barrel House will also have vintage draft and bottles available of Sang Noir 2014 & 2015, perfect for vertical tastings!”

Portland’s Culmination Brewing has their NE-style IPA back on tap today: “Our NE style IPA, Obscured By Clouds, is back on tap! This hazy NE style IPA is a juice bomb with flavors of Mandarin Orange, Pineapple, & Mango. We used oats and rice in this beer along with Polaris, Mosaic and Galaxy hops. This beer comes in at 8.4% A.B.V. Haze craze fans rejoice!”

Plank Town Brewing (Springfield) is hosting the Pints & Dreams fundraiser with Oregon Supported Living Program today from 5 to 9pm: “Oregon Supported Living Program has partnered with Plank Town Brewing Company for our next Pints & Dreams Fundraiser. A portion of the sales on food and drink, between the hours of 5 to 9pm, will go towards the One Dream at a Time fund and help to fulfill the dreams of adults with developmental disabilities. One Dream at a Time has supported over 30 trips in the last four years which have included a European cruise, visiting friends and family, and participating in events like the Special Olympics. To learn more about One Dream at a Time, check out our website here >>> http://www.oslp.org/one-dream-at-a-time.html Grab your friends and family, share some appetizers and a pint (or two), and help make the dream of travel a reality for someone in your community.”

BridgePort Brewing (Portland) announced today that they were “recently chosen as the “Taster’s Choice” winner of Oregon Beer Growler’s blind taste test for their Bullpen Session IPA.” More info: “The beer, originally created for the recent Hillsboro Hops All-Star Game, which took place at the end of July, will soon be served in BridgePort’s brew pub. Here are full details about the Bullpen Session IPA: 5.0% ABV; 47 IBUs. Brewer’s Description: A smooth, lower alcohol ale, this beer gives a surprising burst of citrusy hop flavor in the finish. We make a malt base using our Two-Row Pale Malt then add Golden Oats and Honey Malt for a smooth, slightly sweet mouthfeel. Then we add hops. We use Northwest Nuggets, Meridians and Crystals. Then we finish the beer by dry hopping twice with a combination of Citra and Meridian hops for a burst of fresh citrus flavor.”

Oregon City Brewing is hosting a Pint Night fundraiser for Global ADE tonight starting at 5pm: “Come Join Global ADE at Oregon City Brewing Company and help give educational access to students that deserve it. OCB will donate $1 for every beer sold.”