Oregon Beer News, 06/23/2015

Oregon BeerA bit of a late start today; here’s the news in Oregon beer for Tuesday, the 23rd of June. 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.

Uptown Market (Portland) is opening a second location in Lake Oswego, and tomorrow is their grand opening—kicking off four days of grand opening celebrations: “Draft Brew specials all day! June 24th- Guest tastings with Oakshire Brewing and Hop Valley Brewing Co. from 2pm-5pm. Georgetown Brewing and Ninkasi Brewing from 5pm-8pm.” I’ll post additional updates on each day for those particular specials. No word (yet?) on whether they are also going to be brewing at this new location.

Oregon’s latest beer book, Portland Beer Stories by Steven Shomler, is out now and the official release party is taking place this Saturday, June 27, at Lardo Sandwiches. “Saturday June 27th from Noon – 10 PM Lardo PDX on Hawthorne is hosting a book release party for Portland Beer Stories! Come enjoy a beer, a meal, purchase a copy of Portland Beer Stories and have it signed by Author Steven Shomler. Lardo is working to have a beer or cider on tap that day from EVERY brewery and cidery profiled in Portland Beer Stories! Many of the brewers and personalities profiled in Portland Beer Stories will be at Lardo on June 27th and you can also have them sign their chapter in Portland Beer Stories!” Congrats Steven!

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Oregon Beer News, 06/22/2015

Oregon BeerHappy Monday! I hope you’ve recovered from the weekend, whether you were at the Oregon Garden Brewfest, wrapping up Portland and Medford Beer Weeks, or something else. Here’s the news for June 22; 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.

Hopworks Urban Brewery (Portland): Today they are holding their “Radler Ride,” a release party for the new Totally Radler, starting out at their BikeBar at 5pm: “We’re releasing our 100% Organic Totally Radler in 16 oz cans! To kick off the release, we’re planning a totally rad group bike ride, which will be led by our good pals at Portland Bike Club. Cyclists will meet at BikeBar at 5:00pm and ride away at 5:30. At 6:30 cyclists stop at the Portland International Raceway to sample Totally Radler and enjoy Short Track Races before heading back to BikeBar for a Totally Radler party at 8pm. Invite your friends!”

Belmont Station (Portland), as part of Oregon Cider Week, is hosting Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider today from 5 to 7pm to sample some ciders: “Rev. Nat’s Cidermaker Chris will be on hand to drink cider, talk cider and probably toss back a beer or two. A super rare keg of White Wine Barrel Aged Fresh Hopped Hallelujah Hopricot will be pouring in the biercafe, along with Revival and their blended beer-Tepache cider collabo with Mazama.”

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Oregon Garden Brewfest ’15 going strong this weekend

I know there are a lot of beer events competing for your attention this weekend, but the Oregon Garden Brewfest is continuing today and tomorrow out in Silverton, and if you can make it, you won’t be sorry! I once again got to attend the opening of the fest on Friday and quite enjoyed it.

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It opens at noon both today and tomorrow and remember, tomorrow is Father’s Day and minors are allowed. Cheers!

Oregon Beer News, 06/19/2015

Oregon BeerHappy Friday! I’m off at the Oregon Garden Brewfest today so while I’ve got this post pre-scheduled with Oregon beer news for the weekend, I won’t be updating it throughout the day. However if you have news to share, please feel free to still let me know and I can get that posted soon.

Obviously the big news is the official start of the Oregon Garden Brewfest at noon today! This is a great festival due in no small part to the venue of the Oregon Garden itself, an amazing 80-acre botanical garden reserve. I wrote about the Brewfest in detail here (and no doubt you’re seeing updates here on the blog and the various social media channels), but it runs all weekend and is open to minors on Sunday (Father’s Day). There will be “68 breweries, pouring 136 beers, ciders and meads from throughout Oregon and across the country” as well as food, live music, and the Garden itself. Pricing short version is $15 for one day, and $35 for all three days, and the usual beerfest structure applies (tasting glass, tasting tickets, etc.). Hope to see you there!

Today is also the start of the Eastern Oregon Beer Festival, taking place in La Grande today and tomorrow (Friday the 19th and Saturday the 20th). From their about page: “This is our second annual festival and it promises to be huge. We are now a two-day event and we’ll be featuring beer from over TWENTY breweries across Eastern Oregon, the Pacific Northwest, and beyond. Live music throughout, local crafts, great local food, and Q&A’s with brewers will all be a part of the festival. Everyone with a Tasting Pass, or VIP Pass will be given a commemorative tasting mug!” It runs from 6 to 10pm today (Friday) and noon to 10pm Saturday, with a cost of $25 (per day). Yes, it’s a bit remote but they’ve got a nice beer list represented and it’s nice to see this taking off in the far eastern part of the state.

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Oregon Beer News, 06/18/2015

Oregon BeerHere is the news in Oregon beer for Thursday, the 18th of June. I am off to Silverton today for the Oregon Garden Brewfest and Brewer’s Tasting Dinner, so I won’t be updating throughout the day. If you still have news to share, please contact me and I can report on that when I get the chance.

Bend’s 4th annual Fermentation Celebration takes place today! This is a fun event hosted by the Old Mill District, a outdoor shopping and events center, and is a “beer walk” where nearly all of Bend’s breweries and cideries will be set up at stations throughout pouring samples of beer and cider. It takes place from 4 to 10pm, and costs $20 which “includes a fluted tasting glass and 9 drink tickets.” I’ve enjoyed this event for a number of years, sadly will miss it today since I’ll be out of town. One neat feature is the Central Oregon Homebrewers Club is represented as well, and will be pouring (free) samples of homebrews—including one of my own! Don’t miss out!

Today is the start of Oregon Cider Week, which I wrote about a couple of weeks ago—a 10 day long “week” celebrating cider with quite a few events taking place around the state. To help kick it off today, McMenamins Kennedy School in Portland today is holding a special Cider Dinner starting at 7pm pairing six courses with (you guessed it!) ciders: “In honor of Oregon Cider Week, join us in the Kennedy School Library for a cider-themed dinner. Executive Chef Chris Lawrence has created a sumptuous menu, which will be paired with Edgefield ciders-apple, cherry and pomegranate-as well as Bordelet Sydre from France.” Cost is $75 and you can purchase tickets online here.

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