Cherry Festivus – Portland’s first cherry brewfest, today

The first annual Cherry Festivus, billed as a celebration of cherry beer and cider, takes places today at Portland’s Bazi Bierbrasserie all day from noon to 11pm.

Cherry Festivus

What simpler pleasure than nature’s finest Cherry? Tart, sweet, distinctly it’s own flavor, the Cherry goes well with sweet or savory as well as Beer and Cider. The Cherry may be the world’s most popular fruit and there is a world of beers to showcase them. So the creators of uber-popular events like the Portland Fruit Beer Festival and the Peche Fest are pleased to announce the first annual Cherry Festivus, a showcase of 25+ beers featuring Cherries and a cider.

In addition to beer, the Bazi Bierbrasserie bar will be serving new cherry cocktails and a special food menu including a Cherry Flemish Stew.

Saturday 11/21 Noon to 11pm General Admission tickets are on sale for $20 and you receive a glass and 6 drink tickets.

Additional tickets are available for $2 each. There are only 200 glasses for the festival, there may be passes available at the door on Saturday but to assure entry we recommend purchasing in advance.

Advance ticket sales are ended now, so if you want to go but didn’t pre-purchase, try contacting Bazi to see if there are still spaced.

Oregon Beer News, 11/20/2015

Oregon BeerHappy Friday, the last weekend before Thanksgiving! Because next week is the holiday I may be taking some time off from the blog, though I’m not sure yet. In the meantime, here’s the news in Oregon beer for the weekend of November 19th. As usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day with the latest news, so check back often. If you have news to share, please contact me and I can get that posted as well.

Tonight is Silver Moon Brewing‘s grand opening of their new Redmond production brewery as well as their annual “One Beard To Rule Them All” fundraising event, taking place from 6 to 10pm. The night will feature beers and cocktails, live music, food, and of course crazy beard competitions (real and fake) with a portion of the proceeds going to the St. Charles Foundation to aid in prostate cancer prevention and research. It’s going to be a fun evening and I’ll even be there to sell some books!

McMenamins Bagdad Theater (Portland) has their monthly “Reel Beer Series” special beer tasting tonight starting at 5pm, featuring the Edgefield’s Lord Snow Imperial Stout: “Black as a crow, this strong, dark beer was brewed with wintergreen and peppermint candies to give it a hint of the chill of winter, but its massive, thick body and warming strength help to ward that chill off. A huge supporting cast of dark malts- including a hundred and fifty pounds of rolled oats to add a smooth mouthfeel- provide a great depth and complexity of flavor accentuated by the herbal, faintly sweet undertones of wintergreen and peppermint. Grab a pint and bundle up. Winter is coming…”

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Oregon Beer News, 11/19/2015

Oregon BeerHere’s the Oregon beer news for Thursday, November 19—can you believe it’s only one week until Thanksgiving? Where is the month going? Anyway, as usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day, so check back often. And if you have news to share, please contact me and I can get that updated as well.

It’s a big McMenamins day as today is the 30th birthday of their flagship Terminator Stout! All day long at all McMenamins locations, pints of Terminator are $3 and growler fills are $8. Many of the pubs will have Terminator-inspired food specials, and the Mission Theater in Portland has special screenings of the Terminator movie today as well. Go get some!

And today is the grand opening of their new 23rd Avenue Bottle Shop, which features over 800 bottles of beer, cider, wines, and spirits, 16 beers on tap (McMenamins and guests), and for today’s big opening they will have four different versions of Terminator Stout on tap. I posted details the press release previously here. This is definitely one you’ll want to check out!

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Oregon Beer News, 11/18/2015

Oregon BeerHappy Hump Day! I hope your week is cruising right along. Here is some Oregon beer news to hopefully make it go quicker. As usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day with the latest news, so check back often for updates. If you have news to share, please contact me and I can get that updated as well.

McMenamins Oak Hills (Portland) has a limited-edition beer tasting today starting at 4pm, featuring Aloha Elsinore Imperial Cream Ale: “This bold cream ale was inspired by the short days and long nights. Light and sweet, creamy and strong, this easy drinking cream ale was aged on Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Beans that adds a touch of sweetness and a hint of vanilla and the end. Cascade hops provide just enough bitterness to balance the sweetness, and Simcoe hops provides the hint of citrus flavors and aromas that adds to the sweetness and creamy sensation. Then spiked with organic Pineapples just ’cause.” It’s 8.4% abv and I am definitely intrigued!

The Bier Stein (Eugene) is hosting Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider today for their Winter Abbey Spice release: “A new cider from Portland’s zany Reverend Nat’s will be gracing our taplist and bottle cooler. Just in time for the cold season, this cider is brewed with raisins, unrefined cane sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg, fermented to dryness with oak. A rep will be here with free samples of the Winter, Deliverance Ginger Tonic, and Newtown Pippin.” Release party is from 5 to 8pm.

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Tuesday Tastings: These Modern Times

For this week’s Tuesday Tastings, I have two beers from San Diego’s Modern Times Beer, which I had picked up back over the Labor Day weekend when we were visiting family in Burbank.

Modern Times is a recent addition to the southern California brewing scene, launching in 2013 supported by a Kickstarter campaign, and have focused on interesting, hybridized, style-eschewing beers. They say:

We focus (non-monogamously) on aroma-driven, complex, flavorful, sessionish beers. We often brew hybrid styles, combining the features we like from established categories to create new, Island-Of-Doctor-Moreau-style mash-ups.

And I have to say, I think they’ve got some of the best packaging design I’ve seen, a beautiful retro/throwback look that’s clean and eye-catching.

Both of the beers I picked up were from their Special Release series.

Fruitlands Sour Cherry Gose

Modern Times FruitlandsYou should know by now that I can’t pass up a Gose! This one is sessionable and intriguing, brewed with cherries and only 4.8% abv.

A sour gose that’s tart, fruity, complex, and delicious. The sour, salty base beer brings the funky refreshment, while the heavy dose of sour cherries turns the whole thing into a fruity, tasty cherry bomb. An intricate mix of flavors that works remarkably well.

Appearance: Burnt orange with pink highlights, clear, with a fizzy white head that broke quickly to none.

Smell: Lightly lactic (tart) with a cherry pie character; fruity in a very subtle way. Mellow.

Taste: Tart right up front, with a fruited character that is very cherry and stone fruit-like. Hits the Gose mark for me, lactic with a subtle saltiness, and I get the cherry juice in the back of the mouth. Well done.

Mouthfeel: Slightly puckery over a light body with a pleasant, appetizing aftertaste.

Overall: Well done, hits the right marks with a lovely subtle fruitiness.

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Universal Friend Juicy Grape Saison

Modern Times Universal FriendAnother find that piqued my curiosity, a Saison brewed with grape must (the juice and crushed fruit of the grape). It’s 7.2% abv.

Universal Friend is a Saison made with grape must. The first variation features Pinot Grigio. Future varieties may include Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

Universal Friend is brewed with our house Saison yeast, and has an elevated fruit and wine note from the grape must. Universal Friend is light, crisp, and refreshing. The nose is clove, grape, citrus, and a little sweetness that all carry into the flavor.

Appearance: Pale, golden color and very clear. Fizzy, crisp white head that fell to nothing right away.

Smell: Sweetish white wine character, with a bit of Belgian-esque spicy tartness and a hint of bubblegum.

Taste: Interesting, fruity-yet-wine-dry twist on a Saison. Very much in the direction of white wine, you can taste the Pinot Grigio in its makeup, and there’s the malt at the back with a bit of Saison-y spiciness and a hint of tannins. A touch of sweet grape juice too.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp, on effervescent side—fizzy.

Overall: Pretty fascinating and an enjoyable drink. This is one to explore with food.

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