Oregon Beer News, 12/06/2012

Oregon BeerHere’s the news in Oregon beer for Thursday, the 6th of November. 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 posted, as well.

BridgePort Brewing (Portland): Today is BridgePort’s fourth annual Ebenezer Pub Crawl, taking place in Portland’s Multnomah Village, celebrating their seasonal Ebenezer Ale. “BridgePort’s 4th Annual Ebenezer Pub Crawl through Multnomah Village will start at 5pm on 12/6 at John’s Market. This has turned into one of our largest and most successful events of the year, so it is one you won’t want to miss! We will be giving away very cool prizes throughout the evening, but most importantly, partaking in many Ebenezer pints along the crawl. So grab your favorite Santa Hat or Elf shoes and join us on this year’s crawl!” That seems to me like an unusual location for a pub crawl; though other than John’s Market I’m pretty unfamiliar with the area. Still it sounds like a lot of fun!

Solstice Brewing (Prineville): They officially have their own beer on tap! They posted the picture of their new (and first!) Solstice Pale Ale on Facebook yesterday, the first of many to come I’m quite sure. It’s been a long time coming for the Prineville brewpub, and I’m glad to see it’s finally here; I’ll be making an effort to get over there sometime soon to check them out.

Full Sail Brewing (Hood River): Today they are holding the Hood River release and meet the brewerfor the Brewer’s Share Experimental beer Lord of Darkness, from 5 to 6:30pm. “Come celebrate the release of our newest Brewer’s Share Experimental beer “Lord of Darkness” crafted by Brewer Gavin Lord, brewed to celebrate that in darkness you can find light. You are invited to swing by and raise a toast with the Full Sail Crew to celebrate the release of Gavin’s new beer and to “Meet the Brewer and the Beer” at our Tasting Room and Pub in Hood River, on Thursday, December 6th from 5:00 to 6:30PM.” Lord of Darkness is a big Cascadian Dark Ale brewed to 7% abv and 70 IBUs.

Belmont Station (Portland) is hosting the release party for Laurelwood Brewing‘s returning Workhorse IPA tonight from 6 to 8pm. “We welcome the magnificent Workhorse IPA back to bottles for the first time in a long time with a tasting of that and Laurelwood’s Free Range Red, Vinter Varmer, and Moose & Squirrel. Plus Brewers Cut Double IPA and a rare firkin of cask conditioned Workhorse pouring in our Biercafe.”

Cascade Brewing (Portland) has their bottle release of Blueberry today, hitting the Brewery (Raccoon Lodge) and Barrel House at 4:30pm. Immediately following that they’ll be taking online orders as well. The beer costs $20 per (750ml) bottle, and “is a blend of wheat and blond ales that were aged in oak barrels for up to 12 months before aging on fresh blueberries for an additional three months.”

Ninkasi Brewing (Eugene) is doing a Tap Takeover at Eugene’s Hot Mama’s Wings today, including some rarities: “We’re taking over with some Ancient Aleians, Dry Hopped Tricerahops, Sleigh’r and Quantum. Prizes and giveaways?! Is this too much? Maybe we shouldn’t…” They’ll be featuring happy hour pint prices from 3pm until closing, a good deal worth hitting up!

McMenamins Fulton Pub & Brewery (Portland) has a limited edition beer tasting today starting at 5pm for a Christmas beer, Pere Noël: “Pere Noël is our “winter warmer” Kris Kringle with a spin. It has been allowed to cellar and age on French oak. The result is a hearty and robust ale with a big and bold malt complexity as well as an intense and flavorful hop profile. Pleasant French oak notes come through in the aroma and finish. Generous amounts of four different hop varieties were added in five different additions, which delivers a magnificent and massive hop assault. A votre sante and bonne anée!” Good things come from wood-aged winter ales! It’s limited though, and when it’s gone, it’s gone.

McMenamins Old Church & Pub (Wilsonville) also has a special beer tasting and meet the brewer event today starting at 5pm, featuring Cask-Conditioned Barrel-Aged Sleepy Hollow Nut Brown (now that’s a mouthful!): “Aged in a Hogshead Whiskey barrel, the aromas of vanilla and oak hit you on the nose while the smooth caramel malt dances on your palate. This longtime favorite has a chestnut color, medium body and complex malt character which is well balanced with Chinook and US Golding. Perfect for a cold autumn night.”

Worthy Brewing (Bend): Big news posted on Facebook today! “First brewday is the 16th. As you know, it takes good tunes to make good beer. Help us make this first batch a winner by sending us your ultimate brewday playlist. Best 6 song playlist wins a Worthy tshirt.” Pretty exciting, it means Bend will have yet another brewery with beer flowing by January!

The Commons Brewery (Portland) has got a couple of things going on to round out the week; tonight from 5 to 9pm they are hosting a bottle share and potluckas well as the release of their Bourbon Little Brother in bottles. “We’d like to host a bottle share and potluck at the brewery. Just show up with a bottle of beer and/or food to share with friends. We will also be releasing Bourbon Little Brother that night, our Heaven Hill Bourbon aged Belgian Dark Strong. We’ll have 750ml bottles for sale for $11 and $125 per case.” And tomorrow they are celebrating their one-year anniversary (which I’ll have more on in the morning).