McMenamins Murray & Allen (Beaverton) has a limited-edition beer tasting today for a cask version of Thundercone Fresh Hop Ale: “Our favorite seasonal of the year is going back to the old cask tradition! This special keg of Thundercone Ale was racked out with a small amount of McMenamins Ale yeast to allow the beer to finish and self-carbonate in the cask. It is then set on the bar, and gravity poured right when you order. This is what the beer snobs would consider “Real Ale”. I hope you “really” like it!” It starts at 4pm and will last until the keg is empty.
This year’s Oregon Brewers Festival in Portland generated $31.2 million for the local economy, according to the press release issued today. That’s huge! For a general breakdown, the OBF “generated an estimated $21.9 million in direct and $9.3 million in indirect (additional input purchases made by local businesses) economic impact” and some additional interesting numbers include: 52.5% of patrons were out-of-town visitors; 40% were first-time visitors; and the average out-of-town visitor spent $587. It’s always great to see positive economic impact from craft beer, and the OBF is definitely one of the leading fests in this area.