Oregon Beer News, 11/14/2016

Oregon BeerIt’s Monday, November 14, and in addition to the start of a new week of Oregon beer news, tonight’s full moon is a Supermoon, and happens to be the largest one since 1948. Anyone got a “Supermoon” beer? 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 posted as well.

Bend Brewing Company‘s Dozen Days of Drafts concludes today, with their award winning HopHead Imperial IPA as their featured beer for the day. All day long they will be offering HopHead at Locals Day (happy hour) pricing to celebrate their new draft system (with 12 taps at the pub instead of the original six).

Portland’s second annual Cherry Festivus is taking place this weekend at Bazi Bierbrasserie, running from Friday the 18th through Sunday the 20th, with Friday being a VIP session and general admission taking place Saturday and Sunday. “This limited, premium event features a collection of rare artisinal beers and ciders that are hard to find or made exclusively for this event.” All cherry themed, of course. “Highlights of this years three day tasting event include a special Randall version of Ecliptic Brewing’s Third Orbit Anniversary Ale, this Imperial Cherry Porter will be poured through a device called a Randall that will be filled with even more cherries plus chocolate for a one time only treat. Rare kegs include one of the world’s most sought after, Cantillon’s Kriek and Oregon’s acclaimed De Garde, Upright, Deschutes breweries. On the cider front, Swift Cider releases their first keg ever of a multi vintage cherry cider blend called O’Dell All Sour Cherry Cider and Reverend Nat’s Hard Cidery has crafted a one off collaboration with Walking Man Brewing using their Black Cherry Stout in a cider hybrid blend. All in all expect at least 25 different beers and ciders to be poured.” $30 for the VIP session, $20 for general admission.

This Saturday, November 19, McMenamins is celebrating the 31st birthday of Terminator Stout at all locations. “Our big Stout is celebrating 31 years on this day with $4 pints, as well as a growler fill of Terminator for $8. We’ll have limited-edition 22-ounce bottles available at all locations as well.” 31 years is quite an accomplishment for a flagship beer, so make sure to get out to your local McMenamins and grab a pint!

Upright Brewing (Portland) has announced their new festival, the Beer & Wine Varietal Fest, to take place on Black Friday, November 25. “Featuring ten unique, sometimes tart, dry and wine-like beers that are brewed using actual wine grapes or wine grape juice in an attempt to bridge the two worlds. Adding to the complimentary experience, there will be wines served from the Pacific Northwest alongside the beers with special appearances by Patton Valley Vineyards and Statera Cellars among others. Join Upright Brewing, beermakers and winemakers at the Upright Brewing tasting room on black friday for this non-ticketed, cash only event. Featuring 4oz beer pours for $3 and 12oz glasses for $6 of some very rare and special beers with free wine samples and individually priced glass pours.”

McMenamins Ringlers Pub (Portland) has a beer release tonight from 7 to 9pm: Man It’s a Hop One IPA. “Come out and celebrate the release of the Crystal Brewery’s (brewers Drew Phillips and Stephen Harper) newest IPA – Man, It’s A Hop One. Happy Hour prices and a raffle ticket with each pint for a chance to win the Grand Prize – a used copy of Santana’s 1999 Grammy award-winning album Supernatural on CD. Served at 38°F, this IPA is sure to help you stay so cool, even if you’re seven inches from the midday sun. Chinook, Mosaic, and Citra hops come together to create the smoothest collaboration since Santana feat. Rob Thomas of Matchbox 20.”

Boneyard Beer (Bend): The local paper has a short update today on the state of the upcoming Boneyard pub: “Plans by Boneyard Beer LLC to open a pub on NE Division Street have moved into 2017. Brewery co-founder Tony Lawrence said plans for the pub, which in June he projected would open before the year was out, have “morphed.” Tuesday, he said several factors, including his own travel, had contributed to a slowdown. Lawrence said he has a deadline in mind but would not describe the change in plans as a delay. The Bend brewery on Saturday posted a message on Twitter that the pub is taking longer than anticipated and should open by spring.” It’ll happen when it’s ready.