Happy Hump Day! Here’s the Oregon beer news for the middle of the first week of November. As usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day with the latest news as I find it, so check back often. And if you have news to share, please contact me and I can get that updated as well.
Widmer Brothers (Portland) has a big release tonight for the latest in their Collaborator Project beer, Steel Bridge Porter, taking place at Belmont Station from 5 to 7pm: “Widmer has a longstanding commitment to working with homebrewers. After all, Kurt and Rob Widmer started as homebrewers themselves! One of the ways they do this is through the Collaborator Project with the Oregon Brew Crew homebrew club. Each year, homebrewers submit their beers to be judged for a chance to brew their recipe at Widmer. One of those winners is Steel Bridge Porter, which became so successful as a Collaborator brew, Widmer is now brewing it and bottling it! The original recipe belongs to Noel Blake, who has also designed other brews that became commercially available — including Ommegang’s Three Philosophers. Come meet Noel, and get a taste of the Steel Bridge Porter in the bottle shop. We also will be pouring the Steel Bridge Porter in the bier cafe!”
RiverBend Brewing (Bend) is holding their sneak peek opening today marking the official transition from “Rivals Sports Bar” to “RiverBend Brewery and Sports Pub” featuring their own beer on tap. “Riverbend Brewery and Sports Pub would like to invite you and a guest to an exclusive sneak peek of Bend’s latest Brewery and sports pub this Wednesday November 6th beginning at 4pm till 11pm. Stop by any time and meet our award winning brewer Daniel Olsen and try some of his latest, delicious creations along with our tasty menu from Chef Gary Sobala.”
Cascade Brewing (Portland): They have a bottle release of their Gose (not sure which one—Winter perhaps?) going on sale tomorrow: “Our Gose bottle release is this Thursday, Nov. 7th at 4:30pm at both the Barrel House and Raccoon Lodge. Bottles are $15, limit 6 per person. This was a limited run, therefore bottles are available in-house only, no online sales. This NW style sour ale is a re-creation of a historic German beer style, spiced with coriander and sea salt to replicate the water in the town of Goslar where the beer originated.”
Pfriem Family Brewers (Hood River) has their new seasonal release going on tap tonight: “We’ll be ringing the bell for our new Winter Ale full of aromatic hops, bursting w/ flavors of fruit cake & spruce tree! Drink up winter is here! Powder lines & beer drinking is around the corner!”