Happy Monday! Here’s some Oregon beer news for your perusing pleasure. As usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day with the latest news as I find it, so check back often. If you have news to share, please let me know and I can get that updated as well.
Mondays are “Growler Mondays” at McMenamins locations, featuring $8 growler fills on a select beer at each location (higher-gravity fills are $10). Over at Bend’s Old St. Francis School, the special is Mandalorian Double IPA, while at Hillsboro’s Cornelius Pass Roadhouse, you’ll find Squeeze Play IPA on tap.
This Saturday, August 29, there’s yet another brand new beer festival taking place: the Beaverton Craft Beer Festival (I probably don’t need to mention where it’s taking place). For first year fest the price seems a bit steep—$30 but that gets you the glass and 12 tasting tickets, though they will donate $1 per ticket to HomePlate Youth Services. You can pre-purchase online or wait til entry. Brewpublic has the beer list, so check it out and if you’re in the Beaverton area Saturday, you might want to look into this new Fest.
Hop season is in full swing, and brewers are brewing fresh hop ales; and over at Agrarian Ales in Eugene, they are inviting everyone to join them today for hop picking! “The lupulin is ripe and our Fuggle hops are ready to pick! Come on out to the farm with your helping hands, and get in on the exclusive farmhands release of Clairvoyance, our new tart ale with organic heirloom raw wheat and clary sage flowers. 4:00-8:00 tonight!” New beer too, can’t go wrong with that! (And I love the nod to the original saison/farmhouse ale tradition of lighter beer for field workers.)
Standing Stone Brewing (Ashland) has a brand-new beer on tap you’ll want to check out: Lavandula Saison. “Lavandula is the genus name for lavender, which we added at the finish of this Farmhouse-style brew. Historically, saisons are brewed using a range of different spices such as coriander, orange zest or ginger. We threw in some lavender flowers to add to the floral character, without being too over-powering. We think you’ll like it. This Farmhouse-style saison is hazy yellow with a mild floral lavender aroma, light body and slightly tart mouthfeel. 5.3% abv, 15 IBU”