Happy Halloween (weekend)! I hope you have a beery spooktacular weekend lined up, with Halloween-themed beers and more! (I have my lineup.) Here’s the Oregon beer news for a great weekend; as usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day with the latest news, so check back often. And if you have news to share, please let me know and I can get that updated as well.
McMenamins Old St. Francis School (Bend): Tonight is the latest installment in the O’Kanes Garage Series, where brewer Mike White is re-creating iconic, classic McMenamins beers, and they are released at the O’Kanes garage bar at 5pm. This time around, it’s Rhino Stout: “The Oak Hills Brewpub in Northwest Portland is home to one of McMenamins favorite creations, Rhino Stout. In 1992 pub manager Troy Dockins approached brewery general manager Keith Mackie and made the suggestion that although customers truly enjoyed Terminator Stout®, with its robust flavor and full-body, a beer that was lighter and drier, but with the rich roasted character of Stout would be wonderful to try. Keith agreed and set to work designing a beer, Rhino Stout is the result of this design. Crafted with just enough pale malt to give the brew substance, and just enough dark malt to render a pronounced coffee and roast character, Rhino Stout is happy medium in the Stout-lovers world. Produced in very limited quantities at various McMenamins breweries throughout the nineties, both brewers and customers of McMenamins have enjoyed Rhino Stout whenever and wherever it poured. And now for a limited time Old St Francis School Brewery will be re-creating this recipe for all to experience and enjoy! Try a pint of a historic and popular McMenamins Stout!”
16 Tons (Eugene) has their Halloween candy pairings and pumpkin beer tapping continuing today, with the Friday “candy” consisting of ice cream beer floats, featuring Ninkasi’s Imperial Pumpkin Sleigh’r and Red Wagon Creamery. And it all leads up to tomorrow, Saturday the 31st, with 16 Tons’ 2nd annual Release of the Dark Ales, featuring 20 Imperial Stouts, Porters, and more! Along with trick or treat candy, and fake mustaches and beards encouraged.
The Bier Stein (Eugene) tomorrow, Halloween, is holding Killer Beer Fest, the Halloween edition, all day long! It’s the bonus to Brewpublic’s Killer Beer Week which ended last week, and there’s beer, costumes, and more: “Another splendid lineup of unique beers from all around Oregon will fill our taplist and your glasses for this year’s Killer Beer Fest, put on by Brewpublic. The beers are still queuing, so stay tuned for the list, but know this: there will be costumes. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the National Brain Tumor Association. Costume Contest Details: Take a picture at the photo booth (or somewhere in the building); Post your photo on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram with the hashtag #biersteinhalloween. First place will get an Elysian Night Owl flag, a Bier Stein t-shirt, and a $10 gift card; Second place gets a 6-pack carrier and 2 glasses; Third place gets a $5 gift card” If you’re in the Eugene area, don’t miss out!
The BeerMongers (Portland) has their own pumpkin beer tap takeover and costume contest taking place on Halloween: “Join the BeerMongers for our Annual Pumpkin Beer Tap Takeover. We will have some of our favorite fall spiced ales on draft from Epic, Ballast Point, Southern Tier, Elysian and more…Plus we will host a Costume Conteast with prizes for our favorite outfits. Prizes will include beer related items, Timbers tickets, Winterhawks tickets etc The BeerMongers is a great place to stop by and get beer for your party and enter the contest!” It starts at 5pm.
McMenamins Kennedy School (Portland) has the Halloween edition of their Concordia Barrel Series beer releasing tomorrow: the 2014 vintage of their Whiskey Widow, the Black Widow Porter aged in barrels. “The stately Black Widow has once again emerged from hibernation and is spinning a whole new web. This 2014 vintage Whiskey Widow is a darkly sublime porter that was aged three months in a Hogshead Whiskey barrel originally used at the Edgefield Distillery. It was then racked, laid down and cold-conditioned for over a year. The result is a dark mature elixir, rich with oaky smoothness, a bold bourbon aroma, and hints of vanilla. Whiskey Widow is truly a dark beauty that packs a vicious bite. Very limited!” It takes place from 4:30 to 7pm.
The Horse Brass (Portland) is celebrating their 39th anniversary this Sunday, November 1st, during which they will be pouring beers from an amazing taplist—view that here. At least two of those look to be specially brewed for the Brass: Fort George Brewery’s Hot Shit Hops IPA, which was brewed by their very own bartender King C and his brother Tim Ensign (the Fort George rep); and Buoy Beer’s Black Currant Weiss, a kettle soured fruited Belgian wheat. If you can get over there, make sure to help one of most iconic beer bars in the state celebrate!