Oregon Beer News, 08/29/2012

Oregon BeerHere is the beer news from around Oregon for Wednesday, August 29, and (probably) the rest of the week—I’ll be busy the next couple of days and may not have time to post regular news updates. As usual, I’ll be updating this post periodically 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 it posted.

Lompoc Brewing (Portland): Tonight they are holding their Sour Night at the Sidebar, from 4 to 10pm, featuring not only sour beers from Lompoc’s own barrels, but guest sours from Breakside Brewery, Cascade Brewing, The Commons Brewery, and Upright Brewing as well. Sour beer heads (lemonheads?) will love what’s being offered I think, and this is definitely worth checking out tonight if you’re in Portland.

Oakshire Brewing (Eugene) is in Corvallis again tonight at the CrowBar, where you’ll be able to “Sample 5 different Oakshire Brews, enter in a raffle for a chance to win swag, and chat with the Oakshire crew” from 6 to 9pm. This sounds like a fun night, and it looks like the CrowBar has outdoor rooftop seating as well—it’s hard to beat sitting on the roof in nice weather with a Line Dry Rye in your hand…

The Green Dragon (Portland) has a Green Dragon Brew Crew release tonight, featuring Jaggery Imperial IPA: “With a blend of 2-row malt with wheat and carapils, this beer has a firm malt base to support the flowery flavor and aroma of palm sugar – jaggery. A liberal dose of magnum hops for bittering and amarillo gold for flavor and aroma complete the package adding complexity and balance. A big, bold Northwest IPA shines through the finished product providing a potent and flavorful IPA for summer afternoons.”  It’s 9% abv and 77 IBUs, and the release kicks off at 5pm.

The Green Dragon also has a meet the brewer tomorrow (Thursday) featuring Portland’s all-gluten-free Harvester Brewing, starting at 5pm when the beers are tapped. The meet the brewer portion begins at 6. If you’re interested at all in gluten-free beers, check out Harvester and sample their beers—they’re pretty good for GF! I sampled several recently and was impressed.

Don’t forget The Little Woody is taking place in Bend this weekend! This Barrel Aged Brew and Whiskey Fest is happening on Friday and Saturday (from 5 to 10pm and noon to 10pm respectively) at the Des Chutes Historical Museum and it’s the big event everyone here in Bend is talking about. With 15 breweries pouring 29 beers (plus 5 different whiskeys to taste), all of which have been touched by wood in some way, this is truly a specialty festival. Bend is definitely the place to be this weekend!

Belmont Station (Portland) is hosting “A Positive Night with Dogfish Head” tomorrow night (Thursday) from 6 to 8pm: “We’ll be raffling off bottles of Dogfish Head’s Positive Contact, an ale brewed with a combination of Fuji apple cider, slow-roasted farro, a bit of cayenne and fresh cilantro. Anyone who would like an opportunity to purchase a bottle of the limited Positive Contact (we only have a few) will receive a raffle ticket. Also, Dogfish Head released a very small amount of LPs of beer inspired music to pair with the brew. We only have three! At random, 3 people will have the choice to buy the bottle and get to take the LP home too. We will tap Dogfish Head Positive Contact, Indian Brown Ale and 90 Minute IPA.”  I tried Positive Contact during the Oregon Brewers Festival and it’s an interesting, tasty beer.

Roscoe’s beer bar in Portland has a couple of events the next couple of days: first, they had collaborated with Rock Bottom Brewery to brew a special beer that is being release Thursday at 5:30pm at Rock Bottom: Roscoeweizen. It’s a hoppy wheat beer and will also make an appearance the next evening (Friday) at Roscoe’s Collaboration Summit: this second annual event features a variety of collaboration beers from a number of breweries, including: “Hair of the Dog/De Proef (Flanders Fred), Castelain/Two Brothers (Diversey and Lille), Fort George/Dunedin (Astoria on the Rock), Russian River/Avery (Collaboration not Litigation), Sierra Nevada/Dogfish Head (2011 Life and Limb), Alpine/New Belgium (Super India Pale Ale), Ninkasi/21st Amendment ‘Allies win the war’, Stone/Victory/Dogfish Head (Saison Du Buff), a couple of Roscoe’s collaborations.” You’ll be able to get taster trays as well as full pours. The Summit lasts from 4pm until closing (2am).

McMenamins Old St. Francis School (Bend) today has Curly’s Firkin limited-edition tasting, featuring Father D’s Kölsch: “This month, Old St. Francis brewer Mike “Curly” White has filled his famous firkin with a very mellow-bodied and easy drinking kölsch ale. Clean and crisp makes this a must try during the summer months. If you are anything like Father D, himself you will be laughing and enjoying a pint with good friends and good conversation. Cheers!” The tasting starts at 5pm and when the keg is kicked, it’s gone.

McMenamins Cornelius Pass Roadhouse (Hillsboro) meanwhile has their Roadhouse Session Beer Invitational going on tonight from 6 to 9pm, featuring four beers from different breweries all sessionable (I can’t quite say “session” because one is over 5%): Osito Summer Session from High Street Brewery, Organic Liquid Friend from the Crystal Brewery, Small Dog Session Lager from Cornelius Pass, and Cascadian Light Ale from Old Church Brewery. Come on down, meet the brewers, and enjoy the beer at happy hour prices during the Invitational.

Golden Valley Brewery (McMinnville & Beaverton): Tomorrow night, Thursday, is the second in their Harvest Series releases and they are featuring St. Paul Fresh Hop Ale (confirmed) kicking off at 3pm and lasts until 6; during that time, pints from the first keg are only $2! Centennial hops are the ones in question, and the beer itself is 5.4% abv.

Hop Valley Brewing (Springfield): Starting at 4pm today they have a special brewers reserve beer being tapped: “We brewed a very small batch of a CHOCOLATE COVERED STRAWBERRY STOUT named “TOIL AND TROUBLE”. Less than 5 Gallons will be served on NITRO! 14P, 5.5%ABV, 30 IBUS. Cheers!”