Oregon Beer News, 12/21/2011

Here’s the Oregon beer news for Wednesday, the 21st of December. I’ll be updating this post throughout the day with news that I come across, so if you have something to share please contact me and I’ll update it here.

BridgePort Brewing (Portland) is holding the “world premiere” of their latest beer, Dark Rain, at the Concordia Ale House tomorrow (Thursday the 22nd) from 11am until the keg blows. Concordia post a picture of the label on their Facebook page, from which we can see Dark Rain is a “Black Pale Ale” (“Hoppy with a drizzle of roasted malt”) and I think it is 5.6% alcohol by volume.

Belmont Station (Portland) is raffling off something special: “Raffling off Westvleteren 8 & 12, only $2 a ticket. All proceeds go to the Oregon Food Bank. Drawing will be December 26th @6PM. Feel lucky?” Westy 12 is widely considered one of the best (and hardest-to-get) beers in the world (though Jeff doesn’t necessarily think so), so this is something special indeed! $2 a ticket is a steal for a chance to win, plus it’s for a good cause. Don’t pass this up! (Additional detail on their events page.)

Double Mountain Brewery (Hood River) is holding a vertical tasting of their seasonal Fa La La La La on Christmas Eve (Saturday) from 11:30am to 2:30pm: “Come sample the last four years of the Fa La La! Tasters will be $2 for a 5-ounce mini-snifter, and $7 for a full flight of four Fas. We’ll be putting on one keg of each vintage, so it’s definitely first-come, first served. Brewmaster Matt will likely be lurking. And with any luck there may be some left post-Christmas, too. Happy holidays everybody!” Since Fa La La La La is an exuberantly hopped beer I’d be very curious to see how well it stands up to aging (since hoppy beers generally don’t age well as far as the hops are concerned).

Pelican Pub & Brewery (Pacific City): They have their “Mother of All Beer Tastings” coming up tomorrow, the 22nd, where they’ll be tasting an amazing lineup of vintages: Mother of All Storms 2008, 2009, and 2010, and Stormwatcher’s Winterfest 2007, 2008 and 2009. Appetizers and beers will be served cocktail-party-fashion, and it costs $40 per person, with reservations required—and today is the last day to reserve tickets! Get on it!

The Green Dragon (Portland) is releasing their Solstice Amber Ale (a Green Dragon Project  Release) tonight from 5 to 8pm, to celebrate the winter solstice (which occurs tonight at 9:30pm PST astronomically speaking). This is a 7% abv ale with “bready, bittersweet chocolate & caramel malt aroma supplemented by a flowery kiss of Northwest and Czech hops.”

Happy hours, specials, and cheap pours:

  • Cascade Lakes Brewing (Redmond/Bend): It’s Locals Night at their Lodge in Bend, from 6 to 10pm, with $3.25 pints.
  • Occidental Brewing (Portland): Every Wednesday they offer $8 growlers.
  • Coalition Brewing (Portland): Wednesday (I believe) is their pint night, featuring $2.50 pints.
  • Silver Moon Brewing (Bend): This week’s Growler Power Hour features Oktoberfest Lager, Bridge Creek Pilsner, and Snake Bite Porter. The Growler Power Hour runs on Tuesday and Wednesday from 4 to 6pm and offers $5 growler fills on those two beers.
  • Boneyard Beer (Bend): Wednesdays they fill growlers for only $6.
  • Three Creeks (Sisters): They offer $3 pints and $7 growlers from 4 to 8pm.

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