Oregon Beer News, 11/11/2015

Oregon BeerHappy Veteran’s Day! I will toast the service of the military veterans who fought for our country today, I hope you do too, and if you are a veteran, thank you! Here is the Oregon beer news for this November 11; as usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day with the latest news, so check back often for updates. And if you have news to share, please contact me and I can get that updated as well.

The Bier Stein (Eugene) is hosting the latest stop on the Three Creeks Brewing/Payette Brewing collaboration release tour, tapping their two beers tonight from 5 to 8pm: “Up in the high desert to the east, Three Creeks in Sisters and Payette in Boise have melded minds and come up with a couple interesting brews using local ingredients. In keeping with past collaborations, Payette’s “Yam it Feels Good to be a Thankster” (oh god the puns) uses the tuberous yam as a sugar source, along with muscovado sugar and marshmallows– sounds like a Thanksgiving side dish, yes? Three Creek’s offering comes in the form of Juniper Rising (for all you astrology fans), a rye saison infused with Oregon juniper berries. We’ll be tapping those beers along with one more from each brewery. Start your Thanksgiving early… and with beer!”

Belmont Station (Portland) has “An Evening with The Bruery” tonight starting at 7pm. Everybody knows The Bruery, from Placentia, California, right? “It has been a while since we’ve had a visit from the brew crew at The Bruery, and we will be celebrating their presence here with a fun evening that includes several specialty and rare drafts as well as some equally rare bottles for sale in the shop. We’ll be pouring 8 Maids a Milking, Gypsy Tart, Humulus Terreux, Melange #3, Prairie Rue (collaboration with Prairie Artisan Ales, Tart of Darkness, and more! We’ll also have a limited number of bottles of all of these beers available for sale starting at 7pm”

The Green Dragon (Portland): Tonight’s Green Dragon Brew Crew release is a super special one: it’s the sixth anniversary of the Brew Crew and from 5 to 8pm they have a tremendous Imperial Stout for you: “In honor of their sixth anniversary, we invite you to raise a glass of “Descent Into Darkness”, a Russian Imperial Stout that’s become one of the Brew Crew’s most acclaimed creations. A multi-day collaboration between several crew members, this dark monster was aged in a Rogue Dead Guy Whiskey barrel for two months, then cellared for nearly two years. The full, rich flavor of five malts displays layers of chocolate and vanilla complemented with the subtle flavors of toasted oak and whiskey from the barrel.”

Rock Bottom Brewery (Portland): Tonight from 5:30 to 6:30pm they are holding the tapping for their seasonal, Naughty Scot: “A wee heavy scotch ale makes for a wee happy beer drinker. We’re thankful for all beers that are delicious and filling.”

Coalition Brewing (Portland) is doing a tap takeover today at 5pm in Wilsonville, at Neighbor Dudes Tap House. They’ll have great beers and prizes on hand.

And yesterday, Coalition posted about a collaboration beer project with Zupans Markets: “Introducing the next in the ‪#‎farmtomarket‬ series a collaborative project with ‪#‎Zupans‬ and ‪#‎coalitionbrewing‬. This Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout (ABV 7.5% 40 IBU) highlights local, artisanal and sustainable processes as we teamed up with Caffe Umbria and Woodblock chocolate to bring this wonderful beer! Black Barley and Chilean caramel malt impart flavors of roast and a light sweetness, while flaked barley intermingled with the taste and aromatics of Italian espresso and cacao from Tanzania. This beer is complex, supremely drinkable and the embodiment of the handmade deliciousness that is the hallmark of these collaborations. Exclusively found at Zupans. Cheers!”

Block 15 Brewery (Corvallis) has a new beer that is “now tapping across Portland” — Consortium VI IPA. “Our Consortium Dual-Hop IPA Series is all about finding unique pairings of hops to produce interesting—and often unexpected—flavors and aromas. Consortium VI unites American and German hops in Amarillo and Mandarina Bavaria. The result is a blend of familiar citrus and tropical fruit notes that transition into a rustic and juicy fruit finish. Consortium VI is sure to challenge the everyday IPA drinker’s palate with a new hop experience.” One to look for!