This came last week in fact:
McMenamins‘ annual Halloween seasonal, Black Widow Porter. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the first brewing of this beer, at the Thompson Brewery in Salem. In addition to the bottled version, each of the breweries also brewed Black Widow to serve on draft, which will go on tap October 15.
Saturday morning, October 8, the 2016 Great American Beer Festival awards ceremony revealed this year’s winners for one of the largest and most popular beer festivals around. Big congratulations are always in order for all of the winners, but naturally since I live in Oregon I always like to highlight the Oregon winning breweries each year.
Winners are listed (and can be searched) on the GABF’s page, and this Saturday morning I’m also watching the livestream of the ceremony and attempting to liveblog the Oregon winners. We’ll see how I do!
Category 1: American-Style Wheat Beer
- Silver: Barley Brown’s Shredder’s Wheat
Category 3: American-Style Fruit Beer
- Bronze: Vertigo Brewing Apricot Cream Ale
Category 5: Belgian-Style Fruit Beer
- Bronze: Logsdon Farmhouse Ales Cerasus
Category 6: Pumpkin/Squash Beer
- Bronze: BTU Brasserie Butt Ah-Nut
Category 14: Rye Beer
- Gold: Breakside Brewery Rye Curious?
Category 22: Gluten-Free Beer
- Gold: Ground Breaker Brewing Dark Ale
Category 24: American-Style Sour Ale
- Silver: Great Notion Brewing Heart of Gold
Category 25: Brett Beer
- Gold: AleSong Brewing & Blending Touch of Brett
Category 26: Mixed-Culture Brett Beer
- Bronze: Flat Tail Brewing Dam Wild: Marionberry Pink Peppercorn
Category 35: American-Style or International-Style Pilsener
- Silver: Pelican Brewing Pelicano Extra!
Category 37: American-Style Lager or Ice Lager or Malt Liquor
- Bronze: Craft Brew Alliance – Omission Brewing Lager
Category 54: Classic English-Style Pale Ale
- Silver: Breakside Brewery Breakside ESB
Category 56: Australian-Style or International-Style Pale Ale
- Bronze: Breakside Brewery Lunch Break ISA
Category 58: American-Style Strong Pale Ale
- Silver: Sunriver Brewing Rippin
Category 65: Ordinary or Special Bitter
- Silver: Craft Brew Alliance – Widmer Brothers Brewing Drop Top Amber Ale
Category 67: Scottish-Style Ale
- Silver: Two Kilts Brewing Scottish Ale
Category 79: Specialty Saison
- Bronze: The Commons Brewery Creme de Peche
Category 85: Other Belgian-Style Ale
- Bronze: The Commons Brewery Petite Classique
Category 86: Brown Porter
- Gold: Three Creeks Brewing FivePine Chocolate Porter
Category 90: American-Style Stout
- Gold: 10 Barrel Brewing P2P American Stout
Category 95: Old Ale or Strong Ale
- Bronze: Migration Brewing Old Silenus Ale
And that’s a wrap! All told, 21 medals were earned by Oregon breweries—three by Breakside, two by The Commons, and the rest above earned one each.
One of my favorite local beer festivals is taking place this Saturday, October 1: the Sisters Fresh Hop Festival! This year is the seventh annual event, taking place at Village Green Park from noon to 8pm, and the price is still right: $5 for the glass, and $1 for a four-ounce taste.
This year features 25 breweries (actually 23 breweries, one cidery, and one kombucha maker), which means at least 25 different fresh hop beverages. I’m being conservative with that count, because many will bring two fresh hop beers, so I expect more like 30-40 on tap.
Fresh hop season is one of my favorite (beer) times of the year, and seeing this many breweries represented is fantastic! This is also such a low-key, orderly festival that it’s a great end to summer.
Bonus: my print article in the Bulletin newspaper this week is on fresh hops and this fest. Check it out!
Finally, here is the official press release for the Fresh Hop Fest:
Join us in Sisters for the 7th Annual Sisters Fresh Hop Festival, benefiting the American Cancer Society. The event runs from 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. in Sisters Village Green Park. All ages are welcome in the tent, but you must be 21+ to purchase a pint glass and tasting tickets. There will be free live music by Bigfoot Mojo featuring Pete Kartsounes and The Rye Smiles.
The Sisters Fresh Hop Festival features unique fresh hop brews from 25 breweries around the state of Oregon. Participating breweries bring at least one fresh hop beer (meaning the hops go from farm to kettle within hours!) Adding to the fun, the breweries compete for the People’s Choice award – the coveted Golden Bunny!
Tasting pint glasses and tickets are required to taste the beer,. The cost is $5 per pint glass and $1 per ticket for a 4 oz taste.
Breweries for the 2016 festival include:
Alameda Brewing Co. – Portland, Oregon
Base Camp Brewing Company – Portland, Oregon
Bucha Buena Kombucha – Bend, Oregon
Buoy Beer Co. – Astoria, Oregon
Burnside Brewing Company – Portland, Oregon
Cascade Lakes Brewing Company – Bend, Oregon
Crux Fermentation Project – Bend, Oregon
Deschutes Brewery – Bend, Oregon
Gilgamesh Brewing – Salem, Oregon
Goodlife Brewing – Bend, Oregon
Immersion Brewing – Bend, Oregon
Mazama Brewing Company – Salem, Oregon
McKenzie Brewing – Eugene, Oregon
McMenamin’s Old St. Francis School – Bend, Oregon
Ninkasi Brewing – Eugene, Oregon
Ordnance Brewing – Boardman, Oregon
Pelican Brewing – Pacific City, Oregon
Red Tank Cider – Bend, Oregon
Riverbend Brewing – Bend, Oregon
Seven Brides Brewing – Silverton, Oregon
Silver Moon Brewing – Bend, Oregon
Sunriver Brewing – Sunriver, Oregon
Three Creeks Brewing Co. – Sisters, Oregon
Wild Ride Brewing – Redmond, Oregon
Worthy Brewing – Bend, Oregon
Two different press/media arrivals last week:
The Book of Dangerous Cocktails, and the imperial winter/holiday cider Nice & Naughty from 2 Towns Ciderhouse. Not sure if there’s a theme. I will note neither of these things have much to do with beer directly; a quick check of the index of the book only showed two beer-related recipes, though there’s a significant focus on marijuana-infused drinks.
The Pine Tavern‘s annual Beerfest Challenge returns again this year, the PT81 (last year was PT80, celebrating the 2016 80th anniversary of the restaurant), taking place on Tuesday, September 27th. Like last year, I am returning as head judge to help pick the winning beer that the Pine Tavern will feature always on tap for the following year. And there is of course a People’s Choice award once again too.
Last year’s event was a lot of fun, and I’m looking forward to this year as well. The event has been re-tooled slightly:
- Hours are from 4 to 8pm (later than last year to give more people a chance to attend)
- The featured beer style is Pale Ale (last year was IPA)
- The cost is $15, which gets you the glass plus eight tasting tickets
Proceeds will benefit the Humane Society of Central Oregon, and of course the winning beer will be featured on tap throughout 2017.
Come on out next week!