Oregon Beer News, 10/09/2012

Oregon BeerHere’s the Oregon beer news for Tuesday, the 9th of October. As usual I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day with the latest news as I find it, so check back often for updates. If you have news to share, please contact me and I can get that posted as well.

Brewpublic‘s Killer Beer Week is just two weeks away—Angelo’s week-long celebration of 4 years of Brewpublic and “Spectacular Cascadian Beer” from October 21st through the 28th at venues all over Portland. Of course the event that interests me the most is the Killer Pumpkin Fest at the Green Dragon on Monday the 22nd, but you definitely won’t go wrong with any or all of the events! Angelo has curated and lined up a spectacular itinerary and even better beers so you will not want to miss out.

McMenamins Cedar Hills (Beaverton) has a limited-edition beer tasting today next Wednesday the 17th featuring Therapist Scotch III, starting at 4pm: “Take a seat in the therapist’s chair and unwind. Oak Hills brewer Stephen Harper raided the old brew sheets to find a classic brew from the archives to bring back to life. Brewed back in 2004 by Chris Haslett, this traditional Scotch Ale has flavors of smoke and peat backed up by smooth Carmel and roast notes. The mash tun was packed to the brim with a pale malt base giving us a solid 7.5% ABV. It wouldn’t be therapy without that right?  That smokiness that you find in Scotch whiskey is what makes this beer so unique. “Peat” is a mossy turf that grows on the hills of Scotland. Highly flammable, it is used as the fuel to cook the grains and imparts that one of kind flavor you only find from the kilns of Scotland.” Sounds like a tasty beer, but there’s only one keg and when it’s gone, it’s gone!

Southern Oregon Brewing (Medford) is expanding, adding three additional 100-barrel tanks in a move to boost their capacity to 7000 to 9000 barrels per year, according to the Medford Mail Tribune. Interestingly, the tanks are coming from Ninkasi Brewing. From the article: “Southern Oregon Brewery has been limited to seven varieties per year, [brewer Scott] Saulsbury said, while making the most of its flagship Pin-Up Porter and Na Zdraví pilsner brews. Tom Hammond, SOB’s president and founder, said the tanks also will allow the company to enter the 16-ounce can market early next year.”  Always nice to see expansion beyond just the beer-crazy Portland and Bend areas.

Hair of the Dog (Portland): The release date for Doggie Claws, Cherry Adam, and Michael have been set—Alan Sprints today posted on Facebook that they will be released on November 10 at 10am. “There will be a 1 case limit on Cherry Adam and Michael, no limit on Claws. The line forms early, my guess is that people here before 7am should have no problem getting Beer.” Mark your calendars!

Cascade Brewing (Portland): Tonight’s Tap It Tuesday is featuring 2009 Old Bing: “This NW style sour ale was the oldest barrel we had, but we pried it from the Blenders’ grip just to bring it to you, because you are awesome. This dark red ale was barrel aged on Bing cherries for more than three years, then further aged with Bourbon vanilla beans for six months. Aromas of deep, dark cherry flesh and port are noticed up front. Rich, tawny port, black cherries and leather on the palate lead to a pronounced cherry port and sherry note that lingers in the finish. 6.5% ABV / $8 Glass / $3 Taster.”