Here’s the Oregon beer news for this Tuesday, September 26. As usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day, so check back often for the latest news. If you have news to share, please contact me and I can get that updated as well.
Laurelwood Brewing (Portland) is hosting their 15th annual Dine Out to Wipe Out Cancer fundraiser today, all day long at their northeast Portland location. They’ve partnered with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and today’s event will donate 20% of the day’s sales to the organization. This is a terrific longstanding event that has raised over $30,000 over the past 14 years! There is also entertainment: “Consider it dinner and a show with some local entertainment, including crazy balloon artist, Joe Mishkin, from 5 to 8 PM (so bring the kids!), as well as the folk/rock band, Catch & Release, from 6-9 PM.” Make sure to get over to Laurelwood today if you can and enjoy a meal with a pint or three!
Deschutes Brewery (Bend): Tuesdays are Community Pints days at the Bend and Portland Pubs, where $1 of every pint sold goes to benefit a local non-profit in the community. In Bend this month, they are benefiting Equine Outreach Horse Rescue. In Portland, they are benefiting Rock’n’Roll Camp for Girls. Make sure to hit the pubs today and help out with a pint or three!
Ninkasi Brewing (Eugene) has their Pints for a Cause fundraiser today at their tasting room, this week benefiting Food for Lane County: “Join us at the Tasting Room for Pints for a Cause! From noon to 10pm, $1 from each pint sold in the Tasting Room will go to Food for Lane County.” You know what to do!
Cascade Brewing (Portland): Their Tap It Tuesday at the Barrel House at 6pm is featuring Duke of Earl: “To celebrate our seventh anniversary, we’ve paired up with some of our favorite Portland beverage makers to create Duke of Earl. This is a blend of sour triple from one of our foudres and two-year-old sour blonds and wheats aged in Chardonnay barrels infused with Smith Teamaker’s Lord Bergamot tea, House Spirits Distillery’s Aviation Gin botanical blend, and Meyer lemon zest. This beer is an herbal medley with notes of Earl Grey tea, bergamot, juniper, lavender and lemon. All hail the Duke!”
McMenamins Edgefield (Troutdale) has an event tonight that should be of huge interest to anyone interested in Oregon’s beer and wine history: A conversation with Dick & Nancy Ponzi, founders of Ponzi Vineyards (1970) and BridgePort Brewing (1984). “Join us for a lively conversation with Dick and Nancy about such early-day adventures as when they (and their young children) were the primary labor force of the winery; and the historic debut of their brewery amidst abandoned buildings and active rail yards– today’s Pearl District in Northwest Portland. For both ventures, Dick was designing and building much of the needed machinery. Throughout their near half-century in Oregon, the Ponzis point to the genuine feeling of community among winemakers and brewers here. This cooperative spirit fostered much success and a lot of fun over the years! Other regions and states haven’t been so lucky.” The doors open at 5pm and the event begins at 6:30.
Block 15 Brewery (Corvallis) has their Dine Out fundraiser all day today at their downtown pub, benefiting Lincoln Elementary: “Please join us for a delicious, locally sourced meal at our downtown pub on Tuesday, September 26th – 10% of food sales will be donated to Lincoln Elementary School.”
Baerlic Brewing (Portland): They have a draft beer release today at 4pm for their Arctos Winter Ale: “Its that time of year again! And this year we updated the recipe and added some Citra in the dryhop. As the sun begins to set earlier in the evenings and the air gets that Autumn chill, we embrace the exit of summer—if only for the darker and richer beers ahead. Arctos is designed to fill the void between those big and spiced winter ales of craft beer’s past and the old reliable West Coast IPA. A blend of toasted and crystal malts make for a full mouthfeel while spicy and piney hop character balance a rich finish.” Might be a tad early for winter beers to start hitting the taps…
Fort George Brewery in Astoria also has a benefit night tonight, starting at 4:30pm: “Fort George Benefit Night is held the last Tuesday of every month. Raise a pint and some funds for local non-profits. Fort George hosts the Lunch Buddy Mentoring Program for Benefit Night on Tuesday, September 26th. This non-profit provides valuable mentoring time for kids in all Clatsop County Elementary and Middle Schools. They’ll be hosting a raffle and all profits upstairs for the night will go to the cause.”
Coin Toss Brewing (Oregon City) is kicking off their own version of Oktoberfest today—OctTonyFest! “Here at Coin Toss Brewing Co., we love Oktoberfest almost as much as we love our regulars named Tony. So we are planning 6 days of fun to celebrate BOTH! It all starts Tuesday September 26th with the release of Hop Goes The Wheats Ale #!. It’s a Bavarian-style wheat beer & a taproom exclusive. ALL WEEK: Customers named Tony receive $1 off all beers + $2 off all crowlers & growler fills + a 25% discount on schwag (while supplies last). Must present valid ID, although we know who most of you are & you don’t have to be a regular to get in on the fun! As usual, we’ll have some special snacks & surprises along the way!” This will run through Sunday the 1st.
And Eugene’s Beergarden’s Oktoberfest continues with Viking Braggot tonight at 5pm: “Viking Braggot Company will be here from 5-7p! We’re tapping their Oktoberfest, Beowilf, Valkyrie and Malstrom. From 7-9p we will have trivia as usual with Ty Connor.”
Pelican Brewing (Pacific City): Today they announced the release of the latest in their Lone Pelican beer series, Bronze God, their Märzen-style Lager or German-style Oktoberfest beer. From the press release: “The deliciously malty lager is available this week in 22 oz. bottles in addition to kegs, 1/6 barrels and on tap at Pelican brewpubs. Bronze God features an abundance of rich, toasty, rounded malt flavors. A vibrant copper-bronze color attracts the eye, while the floral aroma, deep smooth character and moderate strength keeps you coming back for another taste. A combination of Munich malt, GoldenPils malt, Mt. Hood hops, pure local water and pure lager yeast combine to showcase a classic Pelican beer with a clean, snappy finish. Bronze God is affectionately named in honor of Pelican’s head brewer, Jason Schlebach, who created the autumn treat.”
Full Sail Brewing (Hood River) has added a new beer to their Session series lineup—Session EZ IPA! From the press release: “We are happy to release our Session EZ IPA, the newest member of the Session family of beers. It’s everything you always wanted in an IPA, only less. Wait. Less? You got that right. It’s an unfiltered IPA with all the aromatic hops, fruit notes and citrus vibe that you and your taste buds desire – minus the mouth-puckering bitterness or the high-octane ABV. After all, it’s not called EZ for nothing. Session EZ IPA is available year-round on draft and in 6-packs. 4.8% ABV, 35 IBUs.”