Oregon Beer News, 02/24/2015

Oregon BeerHere is the news in Oregon beer for Tuesday, the 24th of February. As usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day, so check back often for the latest news. And if you have news to share, please contact me and I can get that posted as well.

Brannon’s Pub & Brewery (Beaverton): One of the state’s newest brewpubs has a new release tapping party tonight from 7 to 9pm, featuring Reynard Belgian IPA. “This beer is our first collaboration! We brewed this beer with Culmination Brewery Company. Stop by Tuesday night Feb 24th from 7-9 PM, you will be able to enjoy our newest beer, and visit with the brewers who made it. Our Brewmaster Devin Benware and Culmination’s Founder Tomas Sluiter will both be here for the tapping party. In celebration of our newest beer we will be offering $1.00 off a pint of Reynard during this tapping party.”

Last night the Willamette Week‘s inaugural Oregon Beer Awards was held in Portland, an industry event supporting the launch of the alt-weekly’s 2015 Portland Beer Guide hitting the stands tomorrow, issuing a number of awards in a variety of categories including Best New Brewery, Best Beer Bar, Best Beer Festival, and more. The New School has a writeup with a bit of the background and listing the top 3 winners in each category, and Brewpublic has one as well with more commentary as well as a list of all the nominees in each category not just the winners. Congrats to all who won!

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2015 Craft Brewers Conference Keynote Speaker Announced

Jon and I both got the press release late last week that Simon Sinek will deliver the keynote address for the 2015 Craft Brewers Conference and I thought I’d post it because it’s something that I’m looking forward to. Jon and I have press passes and I’m starting to strategically plan out my day (and night) for the conference and then this came along. I saw some Pete Dunlop’s blog and became even more excited for the keynote address. “Why” has been floating around here a lot with surprising buyouts, rumors, etc. I’m excited for insights and inspiration and learning the why concept.

Abby Berman (on behalf of the Brewers Association)

Simon Sinek to Keynote 2015 Craft Brewers Conference

Boulder, CO • February 19, 2015 — Leadership expert and anthropologist Simon Sinek will deliver the keynote address at the Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America® (CBC) in Portland, Oregon on April 15. Presented by the Brewers Association, CBC is the industry’s largest gathering, bringing together some 11,000 brewing professionals.

Sinek is best known for popularizing the concept of “Why”—the belief that people don’t buy what you do; they buy why you do it. A visionary thinker, he is leading a movement to inspire people to do the things that inspire them, so they go home every day feeling fulfilled by their work.

“Simon’s philosophy parallels a lot of what we’re seeing in the craft brewing industry: an inspired and innovative community, filled with passion, stories and people doing what they love most—brewing beer,” said Paul Gatza, director, Brewers Association. “As craft brewers continue their commitment to quality and work towards an aspirational goal of increasing market share to 20 percent by 2020, we hope that attendees at the Craft Brewers Conference will draw on Simon’s insights and inspiration.”

Sinek is an adjunct staff member of the RAND Corporation, one of the most highly regarded think tanks in the world. He is also active in the arts and not-for-profit world, working with charity: water, an organization devoted to helping bring clean water to the over 700 million people around the world who don’t yet have it. He also serves on the board of the Tami Stronach Dance Company. He is the author of two books: the global best seller, Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action and his newest book, the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t. His TED talk has been viewed over 20 million times.

About the Craft Brewers Conference
Presented by the Brewers Association, the Craft Brewers Conference is the largest industry event. Thousands of brewing industry professionals from the across the country will gather from April 14-17 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland for nearly 80 seminars focusing on topics including sustainability, sales, packaging and export development, along with daily receptions, brewery tours and hospitalities. CBC also includes BrewExpo America®, the nation’s largest trade show for the craft brewing industry, featuring more than 575 of the top vendors in the industry. For more information, visit CraftBrewersConference.com.

Press Credentials
Media wishing to attend and cover the Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America must apply for press credentials.


About the Brewers Association

The Brewers Association is the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, their beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts. The Brewers Association (BA) represents more than 70 percent of the brewing industry, and its members make more than 99 percent of the beer brewed in the U.S. The BA organizes events including the World Beer Cup®, Great American Beer Festival®, Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America®, SAVOR℠: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience, AHA National Homebrewers Conference, National Homebrew Competition and American Craft Beer Week®. The BA publishes The New Brewer magazine and its Brewers Publications division is the largest publisher of contemporary and relevant brewing literature for today’s craft brewers and homebrewers.

Oregon Beer News, 02/23/2015

Oregon BeerHappy Monday! Here’s the Oregon beer news as we enter the last week of February. As usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day with the latest news as I find it, so check back often. If you have news to share, please let me know and I can get that updated as well.

Obligatory Pliny the Younger mention: Once again it’s that time of year where Russian River Brewing‘s super-limited triple IPA Pliny the Younger is trickling into Oregon, and a number of beer bars and locations are holding special, limited tappings. Ezra over at the New School helpfully has an updated list of Oregon appearances of PtY, and I know The Bier Stein in Eugene has already sold out of tickets for the beer. (None, I note, are in Central Oregon, or even outside Portland and Eugene.)

This Saturday, the 28th, is the 2015 edition of the Malt Ball taking placing in Portland at the Wonder Ballroom—the brewers-paired-with-bands music/beer fest: “What happens when you put together the two best things in the world: delicious beer and rocking bands? You get the third annual Malt Ball, a weekend-long fest that celebrates the staggering abundance of terrific music in our city AND the finest craft breweries that the Portland area has to offer. Your pals at the Mercury have partnered with the Oregon Brewers Guild to bring you the best-sounding beer festival in town, or the best-tasting music fest — whichever way you want to look at it.” Tickets are $25 and they have a great lineup of participating breweries.

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Oregon Beer News, 02/20/2015

Oregon BeerHappy Friday! This is a busy weekend with a number of anniversaries and fests, so let’s get right into the newsy items. As usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day with the latest news, so check back often. And if you have news to share, please let me know and I can get that updated as well.

Bend Brewing Company (Bend) is celebrating their 20th anniversary today, with a street party (closing the block in front of the brewpub), live music, 20 beers for 20 years, and more! The party runs from 5 to 10pm with 10 taps inside, 10 taps outside, and is going to be huge—with many specialty beers including a Brett-fermented Pinot barrel aged Outback XX which goes on sale in a limited run of 100 bottles today as well. Make sure you are in Bend tonight for this, BBC truly deserves all the kudos and congratulations they’ve earned over the years!

Lompoc Brewing (Portland) has their annual Black Out Beer Fest today—their third annual event featuring all dark beers (and a great lineup of them too). It runs from 4 to 10pm at the Sidebar: “Tasting packages are required to drink the Black Out beers and cost $15, which includes a souvenir 15.5 oz glass tasting mug and 8 beer tickets. Additional tickets are available for $1 apiece. It costs four tickets for a full mug or $1 for a taste. Original mug and ticket sales take place in the fest tent. There will also be live music by Comanche Joey in the fest tent. Food service will be available in the 5th Quadrant. Bring ID, the event is for ages 21+.” Check the event page for the beer lineup.

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Oregon Beer News, 02/19/2015

Oregon BeerHere is the news in beer from across Oregon for Thursday, February 19. 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.

The Bier Stein (Eugene): Today is the start of their third Starkbierzeit—their Festival of Strong Beer! “Rarely does the opportunity to taste rare, old, strong beer happen in concentrated doses and with such ease as this. This year, we decided to take Starkbierzeit on a four-day run, including a mostly foreign bottle tasting and an eight-beer horizontal of 2013 50/50 Eclipse Imperial Stout. Starkbierzeit is a festival in Germany, much smaller than Oktoberfest, which began as an observance of the Lenten fast with higher gravity beer. Traditionally, the holiday falls toward the end of March, but we decided to lift people’s spirits in the last stretch of the dreary winter season.” Starkbierzeit runs through the 22nd (Sunday) with a terrific taplist each day, culminating in an “Eight-beer horizontal tasting of 2013 50/50 Eclipse Imperial Stout” on Saturday at 5pm.

McMenamins White Eagle (Portland) has a special beer release today starting at 5pm, featuring Double Dragon Rum Barrel-Aged DIPA brewed up at the Edgefield: “Long has the beast waited – coiling in the deep, gaining strength in the darkness of the barrel. A major threat to all your tastebuds can sense, this big, hoppy DIPA is packed with excellent hop character both in flavor and aromatics and rounded out with a hearty dose of rum, vanilla, oak, and even a little coconut. Where once there was thirst, nothing remains… now the dragon has been released.” It’s a nice little 9.55% abv.

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