Oregon Beer News, 11/13/2017

Oregon Beer, Widmer Brothers BrewingHere is the news in Oregon beer for this Monday, November 13. 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.

Big news from Widmer Brothers Brewing over the weekend, as they announced on Facebook some big changes for their (Gasthaus) Pub: “Today we are announcing that our pub is shifting from a full-service restaurant to a dedicated pub/tasting room to support the focus on our new 10-barrel innovation brewery and small-batch beer program. Starting today, we will begin remodeling the pub and building a new tasting room to expand our small-batch capabilities and give our guests more visibility and access to our small batch brewery, our brewers and the brewing process. With this shift, we will no longer have an operating kitchen and will be serving light snacks only. While we are under construction, the main bar area of the pub will remain open throughout the remodel. The pub will be temporarily closed for construction until this Wednesday, November 15, 2017. When we reopen, the new pub hours will be: Monday to Friday 3-10pm, and Saturday and Sunday noon-10pm (retail hours will remain the same).” This definitely feels like a loss, and unfortunately it sounds like the pub staff was laid off with no notice, according to the New School. It will be interesting to see the overall progress on this.

Lompoc Brewing (Portland) is releasing Barrel Aged Cranberry Saison this week: “Just in time for Thanksgiving, Lompoc Brewing will release its Barrel Aged Cranberry Saison, part of Lompoc’s Select Series of beers, in 500 ml bottles and on draft. The beer release will take place on Friday, Nov. 17 from 4pm to 11pm at Lompoc Sidebar, 3901 N Williams Ave. Lompoc’s Barrel Aged Cranberry Saison is a Belgian style ale brewed with fresh cranberries and aged one year in port barrels that infused the beer with a drinkable tart and spicy flavor and subtle notes of port and oak. Pale and wheat malts keep it light, while the peppery yeast and noble hops lead to a tangy finish (5% ABV). The release party will also offer a food special of Sage Derby Turkey Sliders, created by Lompoc chef Mark Otey specifically to pair with this beer. Featuring ground turkey, cranberry cream cheese, sage Derby cheese, arugula and a cranberry compote for some tanginess, the sliders will be available for $3.50 apiece.”

BridgePort Brewing (Portland) announced the return of their Ebenezer Ale for the holidays, as well as the annual Ebenezer Pub Crawl in early December: “To celebrate the release of this year’s Ebenezer, and to kick-off the holiday season, BridgePort will be hosting their 9th Annual Ebenezer Bar Crawl (open to the public) through Multnomah Village on Thursday, December 7th. Stops along the way include John’s Marketplace, Journey’s, O’Connor’s, The Ship, and Renner’s. Guests who complete their full Ebenezer passport will qualify for various prizes. The crawl is free and guests can pay as they go.”

Uptown Market in Lake Oswego is hosting Block 15 Brewery this week for a week long “Block party“: “Get to Uptown Market-Lake Oswego for our “Block 15 Party” all week starting Monday at 11am while supplie’s last we will pouring 6 different Block 15 brews, YES 6!!! FRESH sticky hands in cans available along with a super secret surprise beer on draft and in can! Snag a bite while you’re here Monday between 11am-3pm as we will be offering “Double Stamp” Monday’s for all Lunch Club Members too! Get 2 stamps for the price of one!”

Pints Brewing (Portland) has a new Baltic Porter on tap which sounds perfect for fall weather: “Now available in the taproom is Demodog Baltic Porter – rich and creamy Munich malts with just a touch of smoked malt and wheat to pair with the Chocolatey Phoenix hops. At 7.5% it’s just what you need to warm you up during these crisp autumn nights.”