Oregon Beer News, 12/14/2016

Oregon BeerHappy Hump Day! We are getting hammered with snow here in Central Oregon so it’s something of a snow day as well. Here’s the news for this white Wednesday, December 14. As usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day with the latest news, so check back often for updates. And if you have news to share, please contact me and I can get that updated as well.

The Bier Stein in Eugene has their Tapping Into Community fundraiser tonight kicking off at 5pm: “Come in and have a pint of Ninkasi’s Hop Cooler to support Healthy Moves, a Eugene nonprofit that is dedicated to improving the health of kids through physical activity at school. The Bier Stein and Ninkasi will each donate $1 per pint sold. Healthy Moves is a nonprofit organization bringing movement, fitness and fun to elementary students. Due to school budget cuts, many physical education programs have been eliminated. Healthy Moves trainers work with students and their teacher to demonstrate fitness activities and provide a model for the teacher to use in future PE classes. Healthy Moves provides fitness formats that can be used by all teachers of grades one through five.” Drink for a great cause!

And the Stein also appears to be hosting a Deschutes Brewery beer dinner tonight—according to their events page, though there is no listed time. They have a six-course menu posted and say, “Join us for a special pairing dinner featuring beers from Deschutes! $55 per ticket includes gratuity– grab a date and come have a great time! Tickets are available at the register, or you can purchase them over the phone. Vegetarian option available, be sure to let us know when you purchase your ticket.”

Portland’s Belmont Station has a couple of Belgian-themed events taking place today you should check out if you get the chance! First from 5 to 7pm, they are hosting the North American launch of The Belgian Beer Book with an exclusive signing: “Forbes Magazine recently named The Belgian Beer Book one of the top beer books of 2016, and with good reason: at 702 pages, it may rightfully be considered the most comprehensive book on Belgian beer and its culture. With lush photographic landscapes and topics that cover everything from history to styles to café etiquette to tourism to beer cuisine, it’s both armchair travel book and a Belgian beer encyclopedia. One of the two authors, Luc De Raedemaeker, will be on hand in our Biergarten for the book signing and to talk Belgian beer.”

Then from 7:30 to 9:30pm the fun continues with PFriem Family Brewers as they are presented with the Brussels Beer Challenge Best American Beer Award: “Oregon’s own pFriem Family Brewers took home the American Revelation Fermentis Trophy for their Super Saison. The prestigious award was given in November to Super Saison for the Best American Beer in the competition. This exceptionally reputable competition brought in 80 international experts to judge over 1,250 entries from all over the world. Festival organizer Luc De Raedemaeker will be personally hand-delivering the American Revelation award to pFriem co-founder and brewmaster Josh Pfriem and many members of the brew crew will be in attendance to celebrate. Of course, Super Saison will be on draft and available in bottles to take home!”

Lompoc Brewing‘s 20th anniversary Zwanzig Fest continues today, with the 4pm tapping of Zwanzig Marzen taking place at the Hedge House. Other beer special that will be pouring: “Fruit & Sour Night Taster Tray featuring 2008 Bluebird, 2012 Peach Wheat, Brewdolph’s Revenge & Cherry Christmas (taster trays are $12)”

Bend’s Craft Kitchen and Brewery is slated to do a tasting in Prineville tonight at Sons of Beer Growler Station—honestly though, with the snow coming down and places closing early for the day I don’t know if they are still doing it. If so it starts at 5pm and they will have samples and swag on hand.

Hood River’s PFriem also has a new beer on tap today: “Feelin’ inspired after a recent trip to New England, our brew crew decided to create an East Coast inspired Juicy IPA the pFriem way! Our Juicy IPA came out very tropical – bursting with flavors of orange sherbert, huge peach, and is filled with a delightful creaminess. There is a touch of haze but don’t worry this beer is pulp free. Check this New England influenced IPA out for yourself and let us know what you think!”