Oregon Beer News, 10/16/2012

Oregon BeerHere’s the news in Oregon beer for Tuesday the 16th of October. As usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day, so check back often for the latest happenings. And if you have news to share, please contact me and I can get that updated.

Seven Brides Brewing (Silverton): I had seen that they were planning on brewing a pumpkin ale this year (and yes, I am keeping track) but my assumption was that the pumpkin in the picture would be added to the beer in the usual manner. Not so—I was surprised to see yesterday that they are brewing in the pumpkin: yesterday they were mashing the malt inside of the pumpkin and I can only assume they will ferment in the pumpkin as well. I’m looking forward to seeing how this progresses (and it would be interesting to try this beer for sure!).

Belmont Station (Portland) has a bottle release and meet the brewer today featuring Seattle’s Schooner Exact Brewing, from 5 to 8pm: “We had a great time when Matt McClung brought his excellent drafts to town and now we’re honored he’s bringing us 3 Grid IPA, King Street Brown, and Hoppy Holidays in bottles for everyone to take home. Free tastes of all 3. Plus 2011 and 2012 Hoppy Holidays and Dark Kriek on tap in our Biercafe.”

Cascade Brewing (Portland): Their Tap It Tuesday tonight at the Barrel House at 6pm is featuring “Live” Dark Storm: “This live barrel of NW style sour wheat was barrel aged for eight months, then blended with Bourbon black mission fig essence. Aromas of rich Belgian chocolate, dark fruit and oak are noticed up front. Dark and rich, tart chocolate notes with hints of Bourbon on the palate lead to a tart yet smooth chocolaty finish. Bring on the rain, we’ve got dark beer! 8% ABV / $6.5 Glass / $2 Taster.”

Golden Valley Brewery (McMinnville) has a beer release this Thursday the 18th at both the McMinnville and Beaverton locations: Exit 65 IPA. “The EXIT 65 IPA is an over the top IPA brewed for our Beaverton location, but the beer is coming here! Assertive Hop bitterness with the combination of cascade and Columbus finishing dry Hops!” From 3 to 6pm they will be offering $2 pints of this beer for as long as the first keg lasts (which is how they usually do it), so don’t miss out.

Hopworks Urban Brewery (Portland): It’s just about winter beer time at the HUB! Their Abominable Winter Ale is being officially released tomorrow (the 17th) at both the main Pub and the BikeBar at 5:30pm. And this year’s Abominable will be hitting the shelves in cans as well, and I really like the design on them—they will definitely catch they eye!

Pelican Pub & Brewery (Pacific City): The brewery announced the release of their MacPelican’s Wee Heavy this Thursday on draft: ” Our version of the “Wee Heavy” Scotch Ale style is literally a batch of MacPelican’s Scottish Ale brewed with half the water and twice the boiling time to create a beer with a massive malty flavor and a deep red color.” Their Wee Heavy is one of their annual “big” beers and it’s definitely a delicious one to get you through the colder months. Hopefully bottles will be soon to follow.

Wet Dog Café/Astoria Brewing (Astoria) has their beers available in cans, which is a new (and very cool!) development: “We now have canned beer to go!!! Old Red Amber & Poop Deck Porter $2.00 per can or $10.00 per 6 pack. Bitter Bitch $2.50 per can or $12.00 per 6 pack. Mixed 6 packs also available.” I hope these will become available outside of the brewery, I’d love to see them get some traction.

McMenamins Cornelius Pass Roadhouse (Hillsboro) has a Brewers’ Dinnertaking place tomorrow, Wednesday the 17th, featuring six courses for $60. “Do you like beer? How about food? If you answered yes to either question, you are sure to enjoy this event, featuring the brewers’ favorite ales. Hear from the brewers as they introduce their favorites, all paired with a seasonal menu.”  There are still tickets available, call (503) 640-6174 to get in on that.

Speaking of beer dinners, Burnside Brewing (Portland) just posted about one they are doing this Thursday with Foster Burger in southeast Portland: “We may be known for our kickass pub burgers but our friends at Foster Burger are kings! This Thursday they have put together a super cheap brewers dinner for only $30 with us. Get your tickets now! Call Foster Burger to make your Reservation: 503-775-2077”  It’s a five-course meal with a great line-up and for $30 you shouldn’t pass this one up!