Here is the news in Oregon beer for Tuesday, the 21st of April. 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.
This weekend the inaugural Rogue Valley Fermentation Celebration kicks off in Medford, taking place this Friday the 24th (5 to 10pm) and Saturday the 25th (noon to 10pm). This fest was inspired by Bend’s Little Woody and indeed is put on by Lay It Out Events (the same company), so expect beers, ciders, and whiskeys; you can check out the beer list here. Basic entry is $5, and a tasting package (glass, entry, 6 tokens) costs $16 in advance and $20 at the door (you can buy advance tickets here).
The Oregon Garden Brewfest is taking place in June this year, from Friday the 19th through Sunday the 21st, and tickets are on sale now for their Brewer’s Tasting Dinner taking place Thursday evening the 18th at the Oregon Garden Resort (all of which is over in Silverton). The Dinner is great, featuring six courses paired with beer (of course) with each brewery talking a bit about their beer as it and that course are presented. This year’s breweries are Buoy Beer, Crux Fermentation Project, Ex Novo Brewing, Ecliptic Brewing, Vagabond Brewing, and Wild Ride Brewing. Tickets cost $50 and are well worth the price, available online here. Mark you calendars and get your tickets now!
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This arrived for me while I was in Portland at the CBC:
The new single malt and single hop pale ale from Portland Brewing, their Summer S.M.A.S.H. It’s brewed with Goldpils Vienna malt and Simcoe hops, to 5.6% abv and 35 IBUs. It’s available as of April 1 through mid-August. I should have some tasting notes for it tomorrow.
Time to get back on the wagon after last week’s incredible Craft Brewers Conference in Portland. I have a number of things to write about spinning out from that, but in the meantime let’s check out the news in Oregon beer for Monday, April 20. 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.
The Bier Stein (Eugene), likely to no one’s surprise, is hosting Lagunitas Brewing‘s “Waldo’s 4/20 at 4:20″ today: “Each year, Lagunitas Brewing in Petaluma, CA puts out Waldo’s Special Ale, a big, hoppy Imperial IPA sort of beer. They like to be cheeky and have us tap it at 4:20 pm on April 20th, and that’s just what we do!”
Widmer Brothers Brewing (Portland) is releasing the final beers in their 30 Beers for 30 Years series to wrap up their 30th anniversary project: Kill Devil Brown Ale and Massive Upheaval Imperial IPA. “For the last two releases in the series, Widmer Brothers brewed two of the biggest beers in the series. Kill Devil Brown Ale – a rum-barrel-aged imperial brown ale brewed with palm sugar, two kinds of molasses, and Calypso hops – was originally released as part of the Brothers Reserve Series in 2012. Massive Upheaval IPA is the last beer in the series and the second series release that wasn’t previously brewed and distributed in some fashion. Massive Upheaval is a look to the future as Widmer Brothers took the recipe for Upheaval IPA, which was developed in 2013 and released in the year-round lineup in February of 2014, and brewed a bigger, imperialized version for the 30 Beers for 30 Years Series.”
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A few quick tips for running around during the Craft Brewers Conference (beyond the usual “hydrate, hydrate, hydrate” mantra I usually preach).
- Double-check the hours of an establishment or event before going, particularly if it’s late.
- Eat when you can—with so many people in town and things happening, you never know when your next chance to grab a bite will be.
- Google Maps is your friend (particularly if you have a smartphone). It’s easy to navigate the Convention Center, but in getting to/from the Conference and around Portland for the myriad events, having a GPS-enabled map app will save time and sanity.
These might be a bit obvious, until you find yourself lost, late and hangry. And now some pictures!
Widmer Hefe Shandy, coming out this year
Sam Calagione, Pain Relievaz
Just a few of the pictures I snapped from yesterday, I’ll have more to post and say later. Enjoy!