Oregon Beer News, 11/02/2015

Oregon BeerWelcome to November! I hope you had a fantastic Halloween, now it’s time to start looking ahead to Thanksgiving. Here is the news in Oregon beer for Monday the 2nd and the week; 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 let me know and I can get that updated as well.

BridgePort Brewing (Portland): Their Stumptown Tart Belgian-styled fruit beer is back, and this time it’s brewed with Marionberries from (appropriately) Marion County. From the press release: “We came across Willamette Valley marionberries from Stahlbush Farms in Corvallis, Ore. and the selection was too good not to use in our beloved Tart. For this brew, we used a Belgian Wit yeast and Czech Saaz hops giving the beer a slight bitterness and pleasant fruity base that melds perfectly with the berry flavor.” This is released under BridgePort’s new “Stumptown” brand series, which included the new CandyPeel recently introduced.

Speaking of fruited beers, last week Hopworks Urban Brewery released a beer dubbed “I Am A Jelly Donut,” a cranberry Berliner Weisse brewed in collaboration with Starvation Alley Farms and their organic cranberry farm: “The base of this beer is a Berliner Weisse, a historical Northern German wheat beer that is tart due to the introduction of lactobacillus. Traditionally this beer is served with a side of simple woodruff syrup that is blended to taste by the thirsty patron. We saved pub-goers the guessing game and blended organic cranberry juice straight into the beer. The juice not only turns the beer pink, it adds layers of complexity to an already tart profile.” This limited beer is only available at their pubs.

Fat Head’s Brewery (Portland) is celebrating their first anniversary this week, on Tuesday the 3rd: “We will be serving Happy Hour all day and as well as tapping some killer beers! Keep your eyes peeled as we announce the beers we will be tapping this week.” Check out some of the lineup here.

This Thursday the 5th, The Bier Stein in Eugene is hosting the first Eugene-based Beers Made By Walking beer release with eight beers and ciders inspired by natural areas in the Eugene and Springfield area. “The hike-inspired beers and cider come directly from a collaboration with the McKenzie River Trust, which sent experts to lead public, summer hikes with brewers on three conservation areas in the southern Willamette Valley. Brewers learned about private land conservation and water resources in the area, in addition to native and invasive plants. The brewers have been challenged to create a beer or cider that represents the trails they walked.” The events starts at 5pm and features a terrific-looking lineup.

Here’s an event I’d love to be able to attend sometime: Portland’s Woodstock Wine & Deli in the Woodstock neighborhood is holding their annual vertical tasting of Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale this Saturday, November 7, from 1 to 6pm: “We holding a vertical tasting of the 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and the newly relased 2015 vintages of Celebration Ale. Our celebration tasting is our store’s kickoff to the holiday season! Our Sierra Nevada representitive will be here handing out raffle prizes including Sierra Nevada shirts, beer & fun knicknacks. On this day we will also be selling a limited supply of vintage Sierra Nevada Celebration Ales as well as special pricing for the new 2015 Ales!”

Baerlic Brewing (Portland) is brewing up an interesting-looking beer today (warning, auto-playing video): “Today we’re brewing Hotfoot Smoked Imperial Porter with house made dulce de leche! Sweetened condensed milk boiled in the can for four hours makes for a ridonkulously delicious caramel like goo! Brewed for Portland’s @holidayalefest” One to look forward to.

Ambacht Brewing (Hillsboro) has a new beer available now that also looks interesting: “The all-new Oregon Wild Rice is now available, now with more munich malt and extra gluten (just kidding about the gluten) this amber ale is smooth and mellow, try one and see!”