Oregon Beer News, 09/09/2013

Oregon BeerMonday beckons again! I hope everyone had a good weekend, as now we’re getting right back into the swing of the work week and Oregon beer news. As usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day, so check back often. If you have news to share, please contact me and I can get that updated as well.

Of course I just posted about the third annual Corvallis Beer Week kicking off today, featuring a packed week of events starting with today’s block party hosted by Flat Tail Brewing from 7 to 10pm! Corvallis Beer Week runs from today the 9th through Sunday the 15th and I’ll be posting about various events each day.

This Friday the 13th is the official release day for McMenaminsThundercone Fresh Hop Ale, the product of the 22 various breweries that was brewed up during their hectic “Running of the Brewers” day a few weeks ago. Thundercone is a 6.19% abv ale brewed with fresh Cascade hops; I’m looking forward to trying it!

Widmer Brothers (Portland) is releasing the first bottled beer from their pilot brewery today, Krystal Pear, which will be found in 22-ounce bottles. “Krystal Pear is a filtered American-style wheat beer brewed with Oregon pears as the official beer of this year’s Bon Appétit presents Feast Portland: A Celebration of Oregon Bounty, a four-day festival celebrating Oregon’s culinary culture with top Oregon chefs, along with nationally recognized chefs and food influencers. The festival runs from September 19 to September 22 and we hope to see you there.” Brewed with pears definitely sounds interesting, I’ll be looking forward to finding this on the shelves to try.

Wakonda Brewing (Florence) is closed down: I had seen in the last couple of weeks some Facebook status posts about closing the doors and such, and today found this post (which I hadn’t found earlier, perhaps it was private) that explains the situation. From what I gather Wakonda was really a nano-brewing operation but was the only one in Florence. Hopefully they will be able to re-open or something similar at some point in the future.

Migration Brewing (Portland) has fresh hops in the kettle! “75 lb’s of crystals being added to fresh hop 2 of 3 farmhouse Saison” using yeast acquired from The Commons.