Oregon Beer News, 11/28/2016

Oregon BeerWho’s ready for a Monday back to work after a four-day holiday? (I’m not.) Here’s the news in Oregon beer for this November 28. 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.

Culmination Brewing (Portland) has a big release today for their new Bourbon Barrel Aged Multnomah County Imperial Stout: “Come by the brewery and pickup a 22oz bottle of our bourbon barrel aged Multnomah County imperial Stout. Multnomah County Stout features an aroma of oak and bourbon with a silky brown head. This full bodied beer, with mild roast flavor, also features notes of rich dark chocolate, bourbon, and a sweet alcohol warmth. Multnomah County imperial Stout, A.B.V. 11.5%, $13.00 each. *LIMIT of 3 per person* Very limited quantity.” In addition to being available at Culmination, Multnomah Stout is also being release at Belmont Station, Tin Bucket, and Bailey’s Taproom (see next item).

Bailey’s Taproom in Portland is kicking off a week-long celebration of barrel-aged stouts, their Dark Days, which will run today through Saturday the 3rd. Today they are participating in Culmination’s release and will have bottles and draft of the Multnomah Stout available. The lineup for the rest of the week looks pretty great, too.

The 21st annual Holiday Ale Festival kicks off this week in Portland! This along with summer’s Oregon Brewers Festival is one of the premiere beer festivals in the Northwest, if not the country, and runs from Wednesday the 30th through Sunday, December 4th. The winter and holiday themed beers pouring at the HAF are all specialty beers brewed just for the fest, and they also have a slate of limited release beers that will go on tap at scheduled times throughout the week. It takes place at Pioneer Courthouse Square downtown and costs $35 for entry (and re-admission subsequently is free with your wristband). Plan accordingly!

In case you missed my post over the weekend, Griess Family Brews in Grants Pass had their last day on Saturday (November 26). The taproom itself will continue but the brewing operation has closed.

Don’t forget that Mondays at McMenamins are Growler Mondays! Each location is offering a special on one of their beers, fill a growler for only $8. Hit up the various Facebook pages for each location to find out what’s on special there for the day.

The Bier Stein (Eugene) is hosting the latest Beers Made By Walking release from 5 to 8pm: “For the second year running, the McKenzie River Trust hosted three summer walks on their protected lands for brewers to gather inspiration for a special beer. This year, The Bier Stein is joining forces with Eugene’s Tap & Growler to present the six fermented beverages brewed for this year’s Beers Made by Walking, dividing the beers between each location at 5pm on Thursday, December 1st. The participating businesses are Agrarian Ales, Claim 52, Falling Sky, Oakshire, and WildCraft Ciderworks. Plus, there will be free samples of a homebrewed beer! 100% of the proceeds from each BMBW beer tapped that day will be donated to the McKenzie River Trust, which helps people protect and care for the lands and rivers they cherish in western Oregon. Additional support for the event was provided by Ninkasi Brewing.” Definitely one to check out.

Here’s a bit of news I didn’t see coming: Rogue Ales is renovating and changing the Green Dragon in Portland, according to Willamette Week. WW says: “The Newport-based brewery has owned the Green Dragon since 2008. For the last eight years, they left it pretty much the same. Now, they’re undergoing renovations to turn it into the Rogue East Side Pub & Pilot Brewery. More Rogue beer, booth seating and the removal of the back bar [are part of the changes]. Rogue will keep 19 taps for “independent breweries.” The menu will have Rogue fare, plus some items from the Green Dragon menu. They will continue to host special events like the Firkin Fest and Killer Pumpkin Fest, as well as keep the Green Dragon Founder Club and Brew Crew.” The new changes are set to be done by December 11.