Oregon Beer News, 10/28/2011

Beer news from around Oregon for today, the 28th (Friday). If you have any Oregon beer-related news you’d like to share, let me know and I’ll update this page (which happens throughout the day).

Deschutes Brewery (Bend) has promoted brewers Cam O’Connor (out of the Portland Pub) and Brian Faivre to two newly formed brewmaster positions. From the press release: “Both Brian and Cam have played critical roles for the past several years in the ongoing success and growth of Deschutes Brewery. In their new roles as brewmasters, they will continue to help guide the development of the company’s future.” However, neither of these roles is intended to take over from Larry Sidor when he leaves at the end of the year; the Brewery is still looking for a Senior Brewmaster to replace Sidor.

Brewers Union Local 180 (Oakridge): They posted on Facebook yesterday evening, “A six month old cask of our 100th batch of ale, cleverly named Batch 100, will be tapped tonight and on the pumps tomorrow. This is a Stock Ale aged with oak chips soaked in whisky.” That means it’s on tap as of today! You should definitely find your way down to Oakridge if you can. (See also my recent write up of Brewers Union.)

Migration Brewing (Portland) is having their Second Annual Halloween Bash on Saturday the 29th (tomorrow) from 7 to 10pm featuring live music, a costume contest, and a “special keg of our Old Silenus infused with raisins and cinnamon.”

The Platypus Pub (Bend) is featuring a Meet the Brewer event with Hopworks Urban Brewing: “Hopworks Urban Brewery’s Jaime Rodriguez will be joining us Friday October 28th from 6:00-8:00 to sample a few of their beers. We will also have their Lager and Abominable on tap. These beers will be discounted during the tasting. All HUB bottled beer will also be 5% off from the cooler.”

Tonight is Burnside Brewing‘s Jamaican-themed Brewers Dinner at the Sympatica Dining Hall at 828 SE Ash St. in Portland, partnering with Simpatica Catering, at 7:30pm. Price is $50 per person and you can make reservations online.

Fort George Brewery (Astoria): Don’t forget that Fort George will be in Portland tonight at Belmont Station for the release party of their “North V Strong Ale” from 5 to 8pm. 22-ounce bottles of North V will be on sale (limit 2 per customers), and it will be on draft as well along with Drunken Pumpkin.

The Holiday Ale Festival has posted the beer list for the Fest on the website (in addition to the participating breweries they had posted the other day). Looks like a great list! The Fest takes place from November 30th through December 4th in Portland.

Pelican Pub & Brewery (Pacific City): Brewmaster Darren Welch is brewing the collaboration beer CoHoperation India Rye Lager at Red Rock Brewery in Salt Lake City today (and the Brewery added a photo of the label online as well).

Deschutes Brewery (Bend): The main Brewery on Simpson Avenue is still closed for construction; according to Facebook: “Due to all of the construction at our brewery in Bend, we will be CLOSED for tours, tastings and gift shopping today, Monday, Oct. 31st & Tuesday, Nov. 1st. We will be conducting tours this weekend and our pub will be open all of these days! Cheers!”

Lompoc Brewing (Portland) is holding a free tasting at Hop Haven (2130 NE Broadway) tonight from 7 to 9pm with C-Note IPA, Kick Axe Pale Ale, Proletariat Red, Monster Mash Imperial Porter and a new hoppy red, the Closet Cleaner Red on tap.

The Horse Brass Turns 35 (Portland): Starting today and running through November 4th is the Horse Brass’s week-long anniversary celebration. There will be special beers and guest beertenders throughout the week—the Oregon Brewers Guild has a good summary, as does the Horse Brass site events page.