Coming up on Saturday, July 19th, McMenamins Cornelius Pass Roadhouse is hosting their 13th annual Roadhouse Brewfest—and this year for the first time they have invited outside breweries to come pour at the fest (previously it was only CPR and other McMenamins breweries on hand). The Brewfest starts at noon and runs all day long. Here’s their description that was sent out:
Taking place at Imbrie Meadow, the Roadhouse Brewfest is a day of great beer, live music, family activities and food. Sip brews from McMenamins Cornelius Pass Roadhouse Brewery, John Barleycorns Brewery and Oak Hills Brewery, and from our friends at Three Mugs Brewing Company, Heater Allen, Ambacht Brewing, Vertigo Brewing, Golden Valley Brewery and Two Kilts Brewing Co. Guests are invited to tour the brewery and distillery, chat with enthusiastic brewers and distillers (don’t forget to collect your passport stamp!), and wander the six-acre former farmstead, a colorful oasis with buildings and barns dating back to the mid-1850s. On the grounds you’ll also find Imbrie Hall Pub, which was built from original timbers from Portland’s Henry Weinhard’s brewery.
Admissions is free and open to all, though you need to be 21 and over to drink (obviously) and to taste the various beers you’ll have to purchase tokens.
Here’s the beer list:
- Cornelius Pass Roadhouse: Grapefruit Session Ale
- Three Mugs Brewing: Blue Me Away
- Header Allen: Heater Allen Pils
- Ambacht Brewing: Ambacht Ginger Farmhouse Ale
- Cornelius Pass Roadhouse: Edelweiss Helles Bock
- Vertigo Brewing: Friar Mike’s IPA
- John Barleycorns (McMenamins): Two Falcons Double IPA
- Golden Valley Brewery: Brune De Bourgogne
- Two Kilts Brewing: Two Kilts Scottish Ale
- Oak Hills (McMenamins): Morning Blend Espresso Stout
This looks to be a great time, so mark it off on your calendars and head out to Hillsboro if you can!
I completely missed The Session on Friday because I was distracted by the holiday as well as the book project, but it was on a similar topic to the one we had two Sessions ago: Beer in History, hosted by the Pittsburgh Beer Snob, Bill Kostkas.
At many points in history you can look back and find alcohol intertwined. A lot of times that form of alcohol is beer. Beer is something that connects us with the past, our forefathers as well as some of our ancestors. I want this topic to be a really open-ended one. So, it should be fairly easy to come up with something and participate.
Do you want to write about an important beer event with great historical significance? Famous figures that were brewers? Have you visited an establishment that has some awesome historic value? Maybe a historically-themed brewpub? I wouldn’t be surprised to even see a few posts on Prohibition. It doesn’t really matter when it comes to history!
It’s late, and I’m largely focusing on the last big push for the book, but this Session was tailor-made for this beer history I’ve been writing, so an anecdote from Bend, Oregon beer history.
During Prohibition, there appeared an article in the Bend Bulletin offering up suggestions for the use of confiscated homebrew. Central Oregonians (along with most of the rest of the population) thought so little of Prohibition that many articles of the time were blatantly tongue-in-cheek, offering the nudge-nudge wink-wink sensibility that reads like something from The Onion these days. This “suggestion” from that article is simply perfect in that regard:
The other suggestion was that the beer be sprayed on trees in the Deschutes national forest to eradicate pine beetles. Even if the beer did not kill them, it would stupefy the insects so that they would be unable to pick out the valuable trees for their destructive work, it was pointed out. A certain forest ranger volunteered to do the spraying.
I’ll just bet he did.
Taking place in Bend today, yet another example of Bend’s great beer scene—the 3rd Annual Whole Foods Market Summer Brewfest! How many groceries/markets do you know hold their own brewfest?
Today’s fest takes place from 1 to 6pm at east Bend specialty market, and has some 20 breweries on hand pouring beer. Pricing is some of the cheapest you’ll find at a fest these days: $5 entry which nets you a glass and 2 samples, and additional tokens are only 50 cents. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Humane Society of Central Oregon.
When I had received the three Twilight Summer Ales from Deschutes Brewery, I noted that they all were freshly bottled within days of receiving them (all bottled on the same day, April 25). I thought it might be interesting to drink each of the three Twilights at different times, sort of a slow-motion mini-vertical tasting, to see how they changed over the few weeks the experiment would be carried out. So, I did just that, took some notes on each one as I drank it, and I’m finally writing up those results.
The beers were all stored cold so as to keep them as close to a “control” as possible.
Date: May 1. Notes:
(Aroma) Green hops, mustard greens, floral and mildly tropical. Nice toasty malts, moderately sweet. (Taste) Bready luscious malts on the tongue, crisp herbal hoppiness. Not terribly pungent though it smells like summer.
Date: May 15. Notes:
(Aroma) Herbal, mustard/wild mustard greens, spicy. Crystal malt nose, mild, sweet, bread crust. I think it got spicier/less “green” and fruity. (Taste) Malty and a touch thinner than previously, I think. Crusty bread and a clean bitterness that’s a bit herbal but also more neutral (clean).
Date: June 2. Notes:
(Aroma) Green and herbal but not really spicy, more like fresh-cut grass in that it’s fresh and refreshing. Malts a little more pronounced, with bready sweetness. (Taste) Malt at the forefront, toasty caramelized grains, with English-spicy hop bitterness that’s crisp and clean. Luscious with a bit of a dry finish.
I think it’s pretty clear that this was quite a bit more hop-forward barely a week after being bottled, with a fascinating progression from floral and fruity(ish) to spicy to herbal and mellow and more English in character. The malts do not follow a similar pattern, instead becoming more pronounced as the hops fade and not tasting “old” or “stale”, instead which I think actually improved (the maltiness, not necessarily the overall beer).
Not a bad progression by any means, though I could see how different people and tastes could appreciate different levels of age more (or less). You like a malty Twilight? Aim for a month old or more. More hop-forward? As fresh as possible. Neither of these bits of advice should be a revelation… nor should you think too hard on it. Just go pick up some Twilight Ale.
This weekend is a good one for Bend brewery anniversaries, as three of our locals are celebrating a collective 31 years in business.
Deschutes Brewery celebrated their 26th anniversary yesterday, but you can still head down and enjoy their Black Butte XXVI (brewed with chocolate and cranberries this year) on tap today, as well as their new Foray Belgian IPA. I tried both last night, both are excellent.
Today you’ll want to check out Crux Fermentation Project, as for their 2nd anniversary they are holding their CRUXAPALOOZA III festival all day long, starting at 11:30. “Come out and join Crux Fermentation Project for our 2nd Anniversary Festival! It’s FREE, ALL AGES and music will run from 11:30am to 10:30pm. All performances will be on a special outdoor festival stage which features one of the best sound systems in the region.” Expect to see a specialty beer brewed just for the event and make sure to sample their current line-up, which looks great.
And GoodLife Brewing is celebrating their 3rd anniversary today from 4 to 10pm, featuring a special anniversary beer, food from local restaurant Rockin’ Dave’s, live music, and more. Here’s what they posted on Facebook this morning: “Today marks our 3 Year Anniversary!!! We are celebrating in the Biergarten starting at 4pm with live music, corn hole, bocce ball, and drinking our special Anniversary Beer! Come say hi and let us thank you for all of your support!”