Oregon Beer News, 10/21/2013

Oregon BeerHappy Monday and welcome to the start of a new week! Here’s the news in Oregon beer for the 21st 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. If you have news to share, please contact me and I can get that posted as well.

Brewpublic’s Killer Beer Week continues today with an event sure to be hugely popular: Killer IPA Tasting at Portland’s all-IPA beer bar, N.W.I.P.A. starting at 5pm: “Portland’s first exclusively IPA taphouse, N.W.I.P.A., will be tapping more than a handful of the most floral and sought after India Pale Ales in the region for this event designed for lupulin addicts and hopheads in mind. Specialty beers from Boneyard, Laurelwood, Barley Brown’s, Breakside, Gigantic and more.” This is definitely a must-attend tonight in Portland, so don’t miss out if you’re around!

By all accounts it looks like the soft opening of John Harris’ Ecliptic Brewing (Portland) this weekend was a big success, and today is the official opening to the public of the new brewpub (opening at 11am). “The brewpub is located right off the popular N. Mississippi strip in an unassuming large warehouse that faces downtown Portland and the waterfront. Behind an imposing gated parking lot is a bright and open restaurant and bar featuring open concrete walls with hollowed-out holes to imitate star systems like the big dipper. Even the interesting twisting lighting fixture featuring large half globes of glass is inspired by our solar system.” (From the New School.) Beers on tap already include Procyon Pale Ale, Arcturus IPA, 1/2 Mile Pale Ale (collaboration with Widmer), and  TicWitTic Sour Wit (collaboration with Gigantic Brewing).

Belmont Station (Portland) has a few events going on this week, including tastings with Washington breweries Lazy Boy and Propolis Brewing on Tuesday and Thursday, respectively, plus the return of “Beers Made by Walking” on Saturday the 26th: “We are once again hosting Beers Made By Walking, where beers are inspired by plants brewers found on hikes around Oregon. There will be nine different beers this time, from these breweries: Agrarian Ales, Breakside, Claim 52, Coalition, Fort George, Hopworks, Laurelwood, Standing Stone, Thunder Island and Upright. The beers will be on tap all day, but the brewers will be available to tallk about their beers and their hikes from 2-4 PM.” I always find indigenous-type beers like this fascinating, this should be a cool event to attend.

Orenco Taphouse (Hillsboro) and Portland’s Gigantic Brewing have teamed up to tap a special limited keg of Gigantic beer to benefit Brewpublic’s Angelo de Ieso: “Join us tonight at 5:30 PM when we tap a very special keg on behalf of our friend Angelo De Ieso II. We’ll be tapping a keg of Gigantic Brewing’s “Mervyn’s 24-Hour Sale” their 9% bourbon-barrel-aged 2012 Black Friday Imperial CDA, with ALL proceeds going towards Angelo’s medical expenses. Please help us give back to someone who’s done so much for the industry we love!”

Oakshire Brewing (Eugene) has two more of their beers newly available in cans, their Amber Ale and popular Overcast Espresso Stout, and plan to roll them out at several release parties this week: at Dig-a-Pony in Portland tonight starting at 4:30pm, at The Bier Stein in Eugene on Wednesday at 6, and at The Barn Light in Eugene Thursday at 5.

This Saturday the 26th Beerworks in Medford is hosting a Halloween Tap Takeover Costume Contest featuring Medford’s own Southern Oregon Brewing and Astoria’s Fort George Brewery: “Dress up (not mandatory, but c’mon-have some fun!) We will be giving away prizes for the best costume/costumes! Jenn from SOB will be serving ‘Old Humbug’ and ‘Citra Pale’ and Brad from Fort George will be serving ‘Next Adventure Black IPA’ and ‘Drunkin Pumpkin’.” The party starts at 6pm.