Oregon Beer News, 11/26/2013

Oregon BeerHere’s the news in Oregon beer for Tuesday, November 26, counting the days until Thanksgiving—can you taste turkey yet? 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 contact me and I can get that updated as well.

As we all know the day after Thanksgiving is Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year, and Belmont Station is celebrating with their “BlackER Friday” featuring vertical flights of Deschutes Brewery‘s The Abyss in the Bier Café all day long! “Shopping is SO overrated. Instead of working off your Turkey Day stupor fighting all the holiday shopping crowds or getting into nearly mortal combat with crazed customers at the mall, why not dip into the deep, dark-as-midnight flavors of Deschutes’ The Abyss? (Or maybe you’d prefer to just dive right in?) Either way, all day in the bier cafe, from open to close (or until the kegs blow), we will be pouring vertical flights of The Abyss: 2010, 2011, 2012 (a silver medal winner at the recent Brussels Beer Challenge international beer competition) and 2013. Now that’s a Black Friday we all can get excited about!”

10 Barrel Brewing (Bend): This Saturday, November 30,10 Barrel is holding their 4th annual Pray for Snow party at their Bend pub—kicking off the winter season with a lot of fun! “Live music from Seattle’s hottest Ben Union and Boise locals Customary Hip Hop, huge giveaways including ski passes from Mt Bachelor and swag from Powderhouse, Skjersass, Dakine, Backstrap, Aspect. Elk Lake resort, Pine Mountain sports and more! Free entry, all ages and beer and food at the cash bar outside.” And of course plenty of their Pray for Snow winter beer.

Oakshire Brewing (Eugene) has their newest Single Batch series beer going on tap tonight: “Tonight at 6pm we will be tapping Steel Cut Pale Ale. It’s an oatmeal pale ale hopped and dry-hopped with Simcoe and Citra. On top of that we’ll be tapping it on Nitro and on Cask dry-hopped a second time with Simcoe. Our brewer Brandon will be here to talk about it. 6pm. Don’t miss out!”

The Green Dragon (Portland) is getting into the Black Friday spirit this Friday with their own “Black Friday & Black IPAs” event that will also be a fundraiser fro Brewpublic’s Angelo De Ieso: “Tired of standing in line and fighting for parking spots at the mall? Come to the 3rd Annual Black Friday & Black IPAs instead. Over a dozen black IPAs will be on draft. No lines to get in … promise. Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit Angelo M De Ieso II, founder of Brewpublic.com and the number one resource for all things beer in Portland.” The event runs all day.

Roscoe’s (Portland) is holding their 4th annual Holiday Beer Summit this weekend, kicking off Friday and running through Sunday: “Roscoe’s 4th Annual Holiday Beer Summit will be celebrating our favorite beers and flavors of the holiday’s. The festivities will kick off at 11:00 AM on Black Friday (November 29th), and the holiday beers will flow all weekend! The Civil War game will be playing for all of the football fans out there.” They’ve got some great beers listed that you’re going to want to check out, and taster trays will be available.

Stickmen Brewery & Skewery (Lake Oswego) has a new beer release this week perfect for the colder weather: “This week’s new beer release is an Oatmeal Stout. This stout has notes of chocolate, coffee, and toasty-roasty bitterness. Creamy goodness in a glass. 5.5% 29 IBU’s”

Cascade Brewing (Portland): Their Tap It Tuesday in the Barrel House tonight at 6pm is featuring “Live” White Cherry Velvet. “This NW style sour blond ale was barrel aged seven months before additionally aging on 265 pounds of white cherries for four months and spiced with vanilla and a little cinnamon. Cherry, spice and hints of marshmallow and sweet candy are noticed up front. Vanilla, cherry, light spice and notes of sweet pineapple roll across the palate. The finish is of tart cherries and subtle spicing with lingering candy and vanilla. 8% | $8 Glass | $3 Taster”