Oregon Beer News, 11/11/2011

Happy 11/11/11 and Veteran’s Day! If you know anyone that has served in the Armed Forces buy them a beer today. In the meantime, here’s the beer news for Oregon for today and going into this weekend. I’ll be updating this post throughout the day, if you have any beer news to share please contact me.

Hop Valley Brewing (Springfield) is celebrating 11-11-11 with a new CDA release: “Join us tomorrow night, November 11, at 11pm for the release of our new Imperial Cascadian Dark Ale named “ELEVEN”, brewed with 11 malts, 11 hops, and 11% ABV! We will be showing the movie “SPINAL TAP” in honor of NIGEL TUFFNEL DAY and serving 11 oz burgers and 11 inch hot dogs. THIS. IS. ELEVEN. Cheers!”

Lompoc Brewing (Portland): Tonight is the release party for both C-sons Greetings and the Bourbon Barrel-aged Old Tavern Rat, at the Lompoc Sidebar from 4 to 11pm. C-sons Greetings is the higher-alcohol holiday edition of their C-Note Imperial Pale Ale, brewed with seven of the (in)famous American “C” hops. Old Tavern Rate is their tribute beer to the Horse Brass’s Don Younger, a “Barley Wine that was originally brewed in December 2009, then aged in Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels for 10 months and cellared for another 13”. The label was painted by Portland beer writer John Foyston who will also be on hand to sign bottles.

This weekend The Apex Bar in Portland is continuing their “Embrace the Darkness!” theme featuring dark beers from Oregon and beyond, through the weekend; taking a look at their current beer menu, they have a truly impressive lineup of dark (and many very strong) beers on tap—makes me wish I could hit up Portland this weekend!

And it’s not Oregon beer news, but I’ll make the exception for today’s 11/11/11 date which marks the Stone Brewing release of their latest Vertical Epic 11.11.11 beer, which I’m sure will be popular among the various bottle shops and beer bars everywhere.

Hair of the Dog Brewing (Portland) is having their anniversary sale tomorrow (Saturday the 12th) at their brewery at Yamhill, from 9am until noon. This is always one of the Big Events in Portland each year—people on Facebook are already talking about showing up at 5am!

Oakshire Brewing (Eugene) is officially releasing Hellshire II, their bourbon barrel-aged Imperial Stout, tomorrow, Saturday the 12th. From noon to 4pm, stop by the brewery in Eugene to pick up a bottle (or many) of the Hellshire—there’s no limit to how many you can purchase, but the overall supply is limited. There will also be some rare and/or limited beers on hand as well: “a preview of Skookumchuck Wild Ale, Gin Barrel Aged Frederic’s Lost Arm and the very last keg of Nitro Bourbon Badger”. Don’t miss it!

Eugene is also playing host to the 16 Tons Coffee Stout Fest on Saturday: from 4 to 10pm the Supreme Bean Coffee Company is holding this amazing-sounding tasting event. “Sample well over 20 coffee infused beers. Stouts, Porters, & Imperial Stouts! Chocolate Stout Cake and other Baked Goods infused with Beer! Add a shot of Espresso to any pint!” It’s free to enter and tasters will cost from $1 to $3.

GoodLife Brewing (Bend): They announced today on Facebook the name of their new stout: “Pass Stout” (say it out loud). “It’s dark as night, with a subtle cocoa and coffee flavor that lingers smoothly on the tongue.” Also to note, the will officially release the Stout next Friday (the 18th) and will open up their Biergarten for it.

Is this the first year McMenamins has bottled their holiday seasonal, Kris Kringle? They posted today on Twitter, “The 2011 Kris Kringle Yuletide Ale will be available in 22 oz Bombers at many of our Oregon locations 11/18/2011.” (Along with a picture.) I like Kris Kringle so I’ll be on the lookout for it.