Here’s the news in Oregon beer for Tuesday, October 8. As usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day with the latest news, so check back often for updates. If you have news to share, please contact me and I can get that updated as well.
Today is the White Owl Social Club‘s Heathens & Hops fresh hop event taking place starting at 6pm at the Portland fixture: “Heathens & Hops is a massive celebration of this special time of the year—so get ready because FRESH HOPS are here! We’ve rounded up special offerings from fifteen different craft brewers and we’re rolling them out for one special night on Tuesday, October 8. Festivities commence at 6pm, when we tap the first batch of kegs and get the party going with HEAVY METAL TRIVIA–and pay attention, there will be prizes. Then at 9pm, the second batch of kegs will go on while you raise your glass and bang your head to HEAVY METAL VIDEOS until midnight and beyond!” No cover, 15 fresh hop beers—how can you go wrong?
Cascade Brewing (Portland): Their Tap It Tuesday at the Barrel House at 6pm tonight is featuring “Live” Pumpkin Smash: “We started by roasting 75 lbs of fresh pumpkin (no puree here). We aged old stock quad in rum barrels for 16 months, then additionally aged it in the barrel for seven months on the roasted pumpkin with spices. The aromas of spiced rum, mingled with the soft notes of roasted pumpkin and spice, rise from the glass. Spice, roasted pumpkin and rum on the palate is followed by a soft warming finish from within. Be warned, at 12.5% ABV, you may get pumpkin smashed!”
Oakshire Brewing (Eugene) has their own pumpkin Single Batch beer going on tap today as well: The Existential Pumpkin. “This beer is a Pumpkin Saison, Hazy golden farmhouse ale. It has a big aroma of ripe fruit intertwined with subtle fall spices. Lone Pine Farms Sugar Pie Pumpkins added to the mash. Need I say more?” It goes on tap at their tap house at 6pm.
The New School has more details today on the new brewery coming to Astoria previously named River Barrel Brewing, and a big part of that news is the new name: Buoy Beer Company. “Five main founders and fewer than 20 investors are taking over the old New England Fish Company cannery at 42 Seventh St. with a 20 barrel brewery with 40 barrel tanks. They have also hired Kevin Shaw, previously Head Brewer at Bridgeport Brewing, to oversee a lineup of ales and lagers and hope to send lots of beer to Portland and Seattle.” This should definitely be one to watch, with a possible grand opening as early as January.
Lucky Lab (Portland) posted about a new beer going on tap which, while it doesn’t outright say “fresh hop” sure sounds like it: “Just as the Mutt is running around, we’ve got something special that the Quimby boys brewed up. After getting 80 lbs. of Tettnanger hops from our friends at the Smith Farm in the Willamette Valley, we’ve made what we call the King Tet. Available at all four pubs tomorrow while supplies last.”
Mazama Brewing (Corvallis) has a pumpkin ale being released this Thursday at their taproom! “We’re releasing our Batch 13 Pumpkin Ale on Thursday at 5! We’ll have food and drink specials and giveaways all night. And we’ll have a live pumpkin carver at the party showing off his skills! Join us in the taproom for the festivities!”
13 Virtues Brewing (Portland), the new/updated brewing venture attached to Philadelphia’s, has their tap room open: “At last, our taproom is open!! Swing by Friday night for a pint. Growler fills starting at just $6 from 5-9p.m.”