Oregon Beer News, 11/15/2011

Here’s the beer news from around Oregon for Tuesday the 15th of November. I’ll be updating throughout the day so if there’s any news I’m not already covering please contact me and I can get it out there.

The big news is of course the release of Deschutes Brewery‘s The Abyss today: the Brewery is kicking off with celebrations at the Portland Pub and the Bend Pub, which will feature vertical tasting flights of The Abyss (2008 through 2011) starting at 5pm along with a special Abyss-themed menu specially prepared at each pub. Bottles of the 2011 Abyss will also be available for sale at both locations start at 11am, with a limit of 6 per person. I expect the price is $12 per bottle (based on past years but that could go up).

Laurelwood Brewing (Portland): Tonight is their Collaboration Brewer’s Dinner I blogged about previously, a five-course dinner partnering with Cascade Brewing, Heater Allen Brewing, and Breakside Brewery from 6:30 to 9:30pm. Tickets are (were?) available for $35 at the Brewery, but I don’t know if there are any left—I’ve been unable to find an update. If interested you should call down there to see.

The Brewed Awakenings book signing tour continues tonight at the Cascade Brewing Barrel House at 6pm; it’s also the Barrel House’s Tap-it Tuesday and Brewed Awakenings author Joshue Bernstein will be the guest tapper for the evening as well—book signing and mallet swinging all in one!

Silver Moon Brewing (Bend): This week’s “Growler Power Hour” specials are Hop Knob IPA and Bridge Creek Pilsner. The Growler Power Hour special is a $5 growler fill for the selected beers from 4 to 5pm Tuesday through Friday.

Oakshire Brewing (Eugene): They are releasing their very first wild ale, Skookumchuck Wild Ale, this Friday starting at 3pm during their dock sale hours. Sales of the beer support the McKenzie River Trust.

And speaking of Eugene, Deschutes Brewery‘s Little Woody rolled into town to kick off Base Camp Eugene¬†five days of beer, music, and more; the Base Camp events are “A multi-venue, multi-event celebration of Mirror Pond, where any serious craft brew exploration begins.” There’s a kick-off tasting at Market of Choice from 4 to 7pm, the kick-off party from 6 to 10pm at 16 Tons Supreme Bean, and other fun in the evening at Laughing Planet.

Breakside Brewery (Portland) has announced their Imperial Pumpkin Stout Release Party for this Thursday the 17th from 6 to 11pm. The beer: “This year’s Imperial Pumpkin Stout clocks in at 8.4% ABV and was made with over 18 lbs per barrel of locally grown pumpkin and aged on toasted coconut.” As a bonus, they’ll be tapping their “pumpkin cask” (yep, casked in a pumpkin!) to pour tasters as well.