Oregon Beer News, 11/17/2011

Here’s the Oregon beer news for Thursday, November 17th. We’re one week away from Thanksgiving today, so start thinking about what beer(s) to pair with your Thanksgiving dinner! Stephen Beaumont recommends Gueuze. In the meantime, I’ll be updating news throughout the day, so let me know if you have something to share.

Upcoming Worthy Brewing of Bend has cleared its latest hurdle, getting approval from the Bend City Council for the brewery’s planned location—essentially approving a re-zoning of the property for the mixed-use design (which calls for a brewery, beer garden, tasting room and more). The decision was in front of the City Council last night, and afterwards Brewmaster Chad Kennedy posted to Twitter about their approval: “Thanks to Mayor and Council for their unanimous support. Worthy wins! Let’s build a brewery #inBend”.

Lompoc Brewing (Portland) is getting ready to release 10(!) holiday beers: nine of these will be released on Tuesday the 29th at the Sidebar from 4 to 10pm, the tenth will be released for Chanukah on December 14th. Some of the beers have already been released, but here’s the full list: “Blitzen Spiced Golden Ale, Cherry Christmas Sour Blend, Brewdolph Belgian Style Red, Holiday Cheer Robust Vanilla Porter, Jolly Bock German Style Bock, C-sons Greetings Imperial IPA, Bourbon Barrel Aged C-sons Greetings, Old Tavern Rat Barley Wine, Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Tavern Rat and 8 Malty Nights Chocolate Rye.”

Seven Brides Brewing (Silverton) now has their pumpkin ale on tap: Pearl’s Pumpkin Pie Ale. If you find yourself around Silverton, stop in a try a pint and let me know how it tastes!

Deschutes Brewery (Bend) is holding a “Father of All Tap Takeovers” at Suds & Suds in Corvallis tonight, from 6 to 9pm. Check out this taplist: “The Abyss 2010 & 2011, Conflux #2, Black Butte XXIII, The Stoic, Fresh Hop Mirror Pond, Chainbreaker White IPA, Black Butte Porter, Obsidian Stout, Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Hop Trip, Inversion IPA, Jubelale and Green Lakes Organic Ale. Experimental pub-only beers (only chance to get these in Corvallis!!) LoveChild IPA, Cinder Cone Red, Super Jubel, Crown Point Brown, Rye-ders on the Storm, Odysseus IPA, Armory XPA, Coleman Stout, Nitro Jubelale and Nitro Obsidian Stout.” That’s an insane amount of Deschutes on tap in one location!

Ninkasi Brewing (Eugene) is going to be rolling out bottles of its barleywine, Critical Hit, which will roll out in January. Critical Hit has previously only been available in limited quantities on draft, so this will be a treat.

The Green Dragon (Portland) is hosting a Meet the Brewer tonight from 5 to 8pm with Oakshire Brewing out of Eugene. Look for specials on Oakshire beers, possibly even Hellshire II and Skookumchuck Wild Ale (or is that wishful thinking)?

Full Sail Brewing (Hood River) is hosting the latest stop on the Brewed Awakenings book tour: from 5 to 7pm at the Hood River tasting room and pub, author Joshua Bernstein will be on-hand talking about and signing copies of his book. Full Sail will also feature a special ”Full Sail Holiday Brews” taster tray for the event.

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