Oregon Beer News, 01/22/2015

Oregon BeerHere is the Oregon beer news for the penultimate day of the workweek, Thursday the 22nd of January. As usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day, so check back often. If you have news to share, please contact me and I can get that posted as well.

Bridge 99 Brewery (Bend): Today is the day for the launch of Bridge 99’s new tasting room! After having been in business for over a beer (launching late in 2013), Bridge 99 beers were primarily available at Wubba’s BBQ Shack and occasionally at some of the specialty pubs and growler stations. This new tasting room allows a dedicated space to both offer the full lineup of beers but also (eventually) expand the brewery from the current 1.5-barrel system to 7 (or more) barrels. The open launch celebration takes place today and tomorrow from 3 to 7pm, and the tasting room will begin regular hours of 2 to 6pm Thursday through Saturday. Make sure to check out the opening today or tomorrow!

Migration Brewing (Portland): Today they are releasing a new beer with an interesting backstory: “Join the Oregon Environmental Council, Hatfield Sustainability Resources, and Migration Brewing for the launch of their carbon-aware Little Foot Red Ale. After expert analysis (performed by Hatfield Sustainability Resources) of their delicious beer’s potential carbon impact, Migration worked on their production and distribution to reduce its carbon footprint. We are proud to join them in presenting Little Foot Red Ale: “a medium bodied red ale with citrus aromatics and a spicy, dry finish.” Proceeds from beer and promotional materials at the event will benefit Oregon Environmental Council’s work to reduce carbon pollution and curb global warming.” The event runs from 5 to 7:30pm this evening.

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Oregon Beer News, 01/21/2015

Oregon BeerHere’s the news in Oregon beer for Wednesday, January 21. We’re halfway through the week and over halfway through the month now, with plenty of beer happenings coming up! 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.

Portland’s Gigantic Brewing is coming to Bend today for a tasting and tap takeover at Broken Top Bottle Shop from 5 to 9pm! They’ll be pouring samples of Bourbon-Barrel Aged Barley Wine and Pipewrench Gin-Barrel Aged IPA, and for the tap takeover portion of the event there will be five on tap: Gigantic IPA, Ginormous Imperial IPA, Saboteur Baltic Porter, Peace Loving Decoy Lager, and Pipewrench. Now, I don’t know this for sure, but since Gigantic brewers and owners Ben Love and Van Havig were just in Eugene yesterday at The Bier Stein, I would speculate that they will be in Bend at BTBS tonight (it’s an easy drive over the mountains). I’ll update if confirmed.

McMenamins Cedar Hills (Beaverton) has a limited-edition beer tasting today starting at 6pm, for L-Train Cascadian Dark Ale: “This batch of Cascadian dark ale is brewed in honor of Portland’s favorite L-Train, LaMarcus Aldridge. Strength, power, grace, and plenty of hops are the things that this seasonal ale and the L-Train have in common. This CDA is a beer that is dark in color, with a lighter body and a promiment hoppy profile. So grab a pint, put on the game and raise a glass to the L-Train! LaMarcus Aldridge!” Remember, when the beer’s gone, it’s gone.

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Oregon Beer News, 01/20/2015

Oregon BeerHere’s the news in Oregon beer for Tuesday, the 20th of January. As usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day, so check back often for the latest news. If you have news to share, please contact me and I can get that updated as well.

The Bier Stein in Eugene today is celebrating the launch of Portland’s Gigantic Brewing in Tracktown—“Portland’s famed Gigantic Brewing finally gets distribution to our fair village. Come celebrate!” The Bier Stein doesn’t have a particular time attached to the event on their events page so let’s go with “all day”—head down and pick up some bottles and enjoy some of the terrific Gigantic beer they have on tap. Update: Brewers and Owners Ben Love and Van Havig will be on hand pouring as well!

Steens Mountain Brewing (Burns): I first wrote about Burns’ first brewery a year ago, and just last week the Bend Bulletin published a profile of the diminutive brewing operation that’s worth a read. “Working on a half-barrel system, [owner/brewer Rick] Roy sold .55 barrels of beer — about 17 gallons — mainly in October of last year, his first month of selling, according to the OLCC’s most recent report…. And of course there’s the hops. Roy uses his secret stash of wild Harney County hops in as many of his beers as possible.” That bit about the hops interests me particularly—Roy has found wild hops growing at old homesteads, which naturally makes me wonder… did the homesteaders plant them?

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Oregon Beer News, 01/19/2015

Oregon BeerHappy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! Whether you have the day off or have to work, take some time to reflect on Dr. King’s legacy and message. Meantime, here’s the news in Oregon beer for Monday, January 19. As usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day with the latest news as I find it, so check back often. And if you have news to share, please contact me and I can get that posted as well.

Bend Brewing Company (Bend) is just a month or so away from celebrating their 20th anniversary! February 20 is the big day, and BBC has sent out the word: “Mark your calendars for the evening of Friday, February 20, 2015. There will be music, lots of beer, prizes and fun to be had by the entire family. We’re still hammering out the specific details, but it is sure to be a good old fashioned Central Oregon party, so stay tuned!” I’ll have a separate post on this soon, with more details and some retrospective.

Don’t forget this Saturday at Base Camp Brewing in Portland, their Collabofest is kicking off from noon to 8pm, presented by #PDXNOW and featuring 10 breweries brought together to brew two specialty collaboration beers each—so that 10 different beers will be available to sample. (Actually 11, since the Ex Novo and Gigantic beers are intended to be blended.) New School has the full beer list. Cost is $20 or $35, depending on which package you want.

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Oregon Beer News, 01/16/2015

Oregon BeerTGIF! I hope you’re looking forward to having a fun and beer-filled weekend! Here’s the Oregon beer news for that weekend. 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.

McMenamins Old St. Francis School (Bend): Tomorrow, Saturday the 17th, is OSF’s High Gravity Extravaganza kicking off at 1pm, for which I wrote a detailed post last night. Read up on the details and get to Bend for this if you can—it’s going to be a great event not to be missed!

Breakside Brewery (Portland) is doing a tap takeover today at Beaverton’s Uptown Market, starting at 5pm: “This Friday, get ready for a tap takeover of epic proportions. We will be debuting Breakside’s Salted Caramel Stout on tap, alongside 4 other taps of Breakside new and special brews, including: Wanderlust IPA, EuroTrash IPL, La Tormenta Dry Hopped Sour, & Amuse Belgian-Style Ale. This is gonna be awesome.”

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