Oregon Beer News, 08/27/2012

Oregon BeerWelcome to another Monday, the final week of August, and here’s the news in Oregon beer accordingly. As usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day, so check back often for all the latest. And if you have news to share, please contact me and I can get that posted as well.

Bend’s The Little Woody is back and taking place this week! This “Barrel Aged Brew and Whiskey Fest” is one of the best specialty beer events in Central Oregon (and maybe elsewhere!), offering up a specially curated selection of wood-aged beers from Central Oregon’s local breweries (along with a few guests). It starts Friday evening, the 31st, from 5 to 10pm, and continues Saturday the 1st from noon to 10, and takes place in the parking lot of the Des Chutes Historical Museum (which sounds weird, I know, but really works). I wrote up a more detailed post a few days ago, and if you can only get to one Bend beer event this year, you should try to make it The Little Woody!

The Lucky Lab (Portland) is holding their annual Hop Harvest tomorrow, Tuesday the 28th—the event behind their fresh hop beer “The Mutt” that the brew every year, where they invite folks to bring in their hops to be picked for the beer. Any and all hops, it doesn’t matter what they are—bring in your bines and drop them off, or even stay for the picking party which starts around 6pm. Last year the harvest yielded 270 pounds of fresh hops, and this year the goal is 300 pounds. It’s a great way to share your hops if you don’t know what else to do with them and have fun at the same time!

Belmont Station (Portland): Tomorrow night they are hosting Hair of the Dog and De Proef for a tasting of the collaboration Flanders Fred from 6 to 8pm: “Join us in our Biercafe for an evening with Hair of the Dog founder Alan Sprints and Deproef representative Tim Ensign. We’ll be pouring Flanders Fred (the collaboration between these two breweries) and the two base beers that were blended to create it: Hair of the Dog Fred (the local version, not the Belgian batch) and an 18 month old lambic from Belgium’s Bockor brewery. Try a flight of all 3 to get the full flavor spectrum.”

Lompoc Brewing (Portland) is holding a Sour Night at the Sidebar from 4 to 10pm and they’ve assembled a fantastic lineup of their own and guest beers: “Lompoc Fleming Red; Lompoc Cherry Bomb, our Proletariat Red fermented in Maryhill Winery Port barrels with 40 pounds of sour cherries for a big cherry aroma with a fruit forward flavor, finishing dry with a touch of oak; Breakside Passionfruit Berliner Weisse, a sharply sour German wheat ale made from a 100% sour mash, infused with the tart and tropical flavors of passionfruit; Cascade Elderberry, a NW style sour red ale initially aged for 14 months in French oak wine barrels, then additionally aged on elderberries for 10 months; The Commons Berliner Weisse, a traditional European inspired Berliner Weisse; and Upright Lactovasilios, a one-off barrel fermented Berliner Weisse that features a pleasantly funky and aromatic nose with the characteristic sharp sour flavor produced by large amounts of lactic acid bacteria.” Sour fans should not miss this showcase!

Boneyard Beer (Bend) is brewing their 500th batch of beer today! With a cake and everything! Big congrats to Boneyard, who’s just over two years old—that’s a lot of brewing.

Coalition Brewing (Portland) is rolling out the first run of their new pounder (16 ounce) cans, and have a first look at the new Wheat the People on Facebook. “[T]here is a limited amount so grab it off the shelves while you can (pun intended)!”