Oregon Beer News, 11/03/2016

Oregon BeerToday is International Stout Day, a celebration of the stout style. Plan your drinking accordingly! Here’s the Oregon beer news for Thursday, Novembrer 3. As usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day, so check back often. If you have news to share, please contact me and I can get that posted as well.

Montavilla Brew Works (Portland) is holding a release party for a Cream Ale they brewed in conjunction with the Montavilla Food Co-op, taking place from 6 to 9pm this evening: “Our friends at Montavilla Brew Works have created a delicious Cream Ale especially for the co-op and we’re having a friendraising, FUNraising party to celebrate its release! Please note that MBW is a 21 and over venue.”

Portland’s The BeerMongers is hosting California’s Bagby Beer Company for a Bagby Beer Night from 5 to 8pm: “Since his days at Pizza Port, Mr Jeff Bagby has been brewing delicious, award winnning beers. Join us for a pint, or two. Taplist: Herd Of Turtles Baltic Porter , Sweet Ride Pilsner, Genius Imperial IPA, and Grief Counselor Pale Ale”

The Platypus Pub (Bend) is hosting Silver Moon Brewing tonight from 6 to 8pm for a tasting: “Please join us Thursday night as Jeff Schauland and Dolly Miller from Silvermoon Brewing will be here for a tasting. We will have Fresh Hop Maui Wowie and Elf Brew on tap and for samples. Jeff and Dolly will also be sampling out Ghost Fields, Get Sum, Chapter 2 Ale and IPA 97”

Parkdale’s Solera Brewery will be at Saraveza in Portland tonight for the release of a collaboration stout they brewed with Clutch Coffee: “Clutch Coffee has teamed up with Solera Brewing to create a delicious and unique beer: Clutch Coffee Oatmeal Stout. What makes this stout so unique? It didn’t use any roasted malts in the recipe, yet it is still dark, rich, and roasty! Raffles, swag, and more great Solera beers will be on tap to make this a fun evening! Dave from Clutch Coffee and Jason from Solera Brewing will be there to mingle and answer questions.” The party runs from 6 to 10pm.

McMenamins 23rd Avenue Bottle Shop (Portland) is hosting the release of New York-based Sixpoint Brewing’s 5Beans Imperial Porter today from 6 to 8pm. “Entranced by the alluring aromatics of cardamom, the Mad Scientists capture the pod’s essence to join the flavors of coffee, cocoa, and vanilla in a melting pot of beans – taking this brew from trinity to quandrality to insanity. Or is it divinity? Its Mad Science.” They will also be pouring Sixpoint’s Resin Imperial IPA.

Bend’s Worthy Brewing announced today a product line rebrand—something I’d seen a little bit of being rolled out at recent beverage trade shows. From the press release: “Worthy Brewing Company proudly announces a rebrand and aesthetic makeover of the company’s brand and line of six-pack cans. After rapidly growing over the past four years in business, the update to the packaging gives a more cohesive presence that retains the look and feel of the brewery and its campus on the east side of Bend. “The new packaging, which was created in house, focuses more attention on the individual styles by giving each beer its own unique look,” said Chief Operating Officer, Dave Zinn. “The designs were developed to give a nod to various eras of retro and vintage advertising. Change is good, but what hasn’t changed is the great beer on the inside.” The new designs of Worthy IPA, Prefunk Pale Ale, Easy Day Kolsch and Lights Out Stout will be hitting store shelves all over Oregon, Washington, and Idaho over the next four weeks.”

Hopworks Urban Brewery (Portland) announced the release of two of their big beers hitting shelves and taps on November 9: Kentucky Christmas and Noggin Floggin Barleywine. From the press release: “2016 Kentucky Christmas begins as Organic Abominable Winter Ale, Hopworks’ most popular seasonal offering, and is aged for 10-13 months in a variety of bourbon barrels. Before entering bottles it is blended to highlight nuances from different barrels. Expect flavors of vanilla and spice layered with luscious caramel malt character. Just 1100 bottles of Kentucky Christmas were made for distribution in Oregon. Very limited draft will be available throughout Oregon and Washington. Organic Noggin Floggin Barleywine is a big winter warmer that sits at 9.5% ABV and 100 IBU. Deep mahogany in color, Noggin boasts of rich toffee and toasted malt character, flavors of fig and plum, and resinous hops. 1500 bottles and limited draft were produced for distribution in Oregon and Washington.”

Gresham’s The Hoppy Brewer is hosting a Pyramid Brewing beer event tonight from 6 to 8pm: “What a better way to kick-off the Winter Beer Season than with Pyramid Brewing featuring a Horizontal of Snowcap, Super Snowcap and Bourbon Barrel Aged Snowcap.” This is Pyramid’s 30th year so expect to see more of these tastings (I’m particularly excited about Barrel Aged Snow Cap!).

Rogue Ales (Newport) announced this week this year’s recipients of their Jack Joyce Scholarships: “Five Oregon State University Fermentation Science students stepped up to the podium last Friday to receive a combined total of $70,000 from the Jack Joyce Scholarship. The fund, created by Columbia Distributing and Rogue Ales as a tribute to Rogue Founder Jack Joyce after his passing in 2014, has given away $185,000 since its inception. Additional scholarships were made possible this year by generous donations from industry partners, including Hop Valley Brewing, the Beer Institute, KG Specialties, Crux Fermentation Project, Coleman Agriculture, National Beer Wholesalers Association, Great Western Malting Co., Saxco International, Fremont Brewing Company, Gilgamesh Brewing, Indie Hops and JVNW.” The lucky award winners are Kaylyn Kirkpatrick, Brad Barnett, Lorena Ramos, Justin Alexander, Josh McCallum. Congratulations!!

2 Towns Ciderhouse (Corvallis): Rhubarbarian is back! From the press release: “Rhubarbarian, a seasonal rhubarb and apple cider from 2 Towns Ciderhouse, releases this week. Made with Oregon Crimson Red Rhubarb and 100 percent fresh-pressed Northwest apples, Rhubarbarian is a fearsome unfiltered cider not for the faint of heart. Borderline barbaric, this tangy, wild, and sour cider pairs well with hearty fare, like a juicy French dip sandwich, savory roasted root vegetables, cured meats and hard aged cheese. Rhubarbarian will be available now through the end of February in cans, bottles, ⅙ BBL and ½ BBL kegs. It’s available to 2 Towns Ciderhouse distribution areas in Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, Alaska and Hawaii as well as the Minneapolis and Chicago areas.”

ColdFire Brewing (Eugene) is hosting a fundraiser in conjunction with Oregon BrewLab and Science Factory from 4 to 10pm tonight: “On Thursday, November 3, we’re tapping into science fun with BrewLab and ColdFire Brewing Company! Oregon BrewLab has developed an experimental batch of “Against the Currant” Belgian Tripel, and they’re donating the sales from this very special keg to the Science Factory! Stop by ColdFire Brewing between 4 and 10PM to have a pint with friends and family. Science Factory educators will be on hand from 5PM to 8PM with hands-on activities for kids and adults alike. Cheers!”

Viking Braggot Company (Eugene) has two new releases coming out for the weekend: “We are going to be partying with this nicer weather this weekend! Two new brews being released: “Maelstrom” CDA with orange blossom honey and Fresh-Hop Mosaic IPA!”

Occidental Brewing (Portland): Tonight at their Wursthaus they are holding a fundraiser from 5 to 9pm: “The Wursthaus is generously donating 15% of their *food* sales to James John PTA between the hours of 5:00-9:00 PM. Please join us for dinner & bring your friends!” Make sure to swing by and help the cause!

Portland’s Ecliptic Brewing and Astoria’s Fort George Brewery teamed up once again on JH² IPA (named for the two brewer JHs— John Harris and Jack Harris) and tonight Portland’s Lombard House is hosting the release party from 6 to 9pm! “Ecliptic and Fort George have more than great beer in common. Ecliptic’s Brewmaster John Harris and Fort George’s Brewmaster Jack Harris not only share the same initials, but they both got their brewing start at McMenamins. John and Jack met in the 1980’s when it was cool to be a brewer, now they have teamed up to brew a unique India Pale Ale. JH² (JH Squared) is brewed with Pale malt, Munich malt, Pinot Noir and Syrah jucie giving it a subtle wine taste. Mosaic, Calyspso, Simcoe, and Centennial hops add a wonderful hop aroma and flavor to the beer.” Lombard House will have JH² IPA on tap as well as two other beers from each brewery.