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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2nd Annual High Gravity Extravaganza at McMenamins Old St. Francis School

McMenamins Old St. Francis SchoolThis Saturday, January 17, in Bend, Oregon is the second annual High Gravity Extravaganza hosted by McMenamins Old St. Francis School—a mini-brewfest celebration of high gravity (strong) beers, featuring 22 breweries in all—10 McMenamins breweries, and 12 Central Oregon breweries.

The Extravaganza runs from 1pm until 10pm, with brewers on hand to pour and talk about their beers until 5pm. The package is a special glass and tasters, like the traditional brewfest, but the taster management is fairly unique: you purchase a punchcard with 10 punches, one per taste which costs $1.50 (so $15 in all), which gets punched each time you get a sample—no need to manage tickets or tokens. They did the same last year and I have to say, it worked really well. If you want additional tasters, you will need to purchase an additional punchcard however.

This is a fantastic invitational fest. I attended the inaugural High Gravity Extravaganza last year, and it was a great event, and I expect this year to be as well. Besides the beers and brewers there will be live music starting at 3pm. And food is available of course from McMenamins.

They have the beer list posted on the event page; here’s the roundup, by brewery/location, beer name/style, and strength. If you want the full description, go to their site.

  • Crux Fermentation Project (Bend): Snow Cave Winter Warmer, 10%
  • Sunriver Brewing (Sunriver): Shred Head Winter Ale, Northwest-style strong ale, 8.7%
  • Solstice Brewing (Prineville): Winter Schnocker, Winter Warmer, 9.25%
  • McMenamins OSF (Bend): Shadow of The Dark Belgian Strong, 8.3%
  • Deschutes Brewery (Bend): The Must Have, Belgian-style Tripel with grapes aged on grape must, 9.2%
  • McMenamins Thompson Brewery (Salem): Red Riser IRA, India Red Ale, 7.1%
  • McMenamins West Linn (West Linn): Angry Reindeer IRA, India Red Ale, 8.51%
  • McMenamins Edgefield (Troutdale): Double Dragon DIPA, 9.55%
  • GoodLife Brewing (Bend): Comatose Imperial IPA, 9.5%
  • McMenamins Monroe Brewery (Corvallis): Wade’s Choice Oak Aged, Oak-aged Double IPA, 8.75%
  • Boneyard Brewing (Bend): Notorious, Triple IPA, 11.5%
  • McMenamins High Street Brewery (Eugene): Day Tripper Double IPA, 9.68%
  • RiverBend Brewing (Bend): Right Said Red, 10%
  • Wild Ride Brewing (Redmond): XR7 Triple IPA, 11%
  • McMenamins Concordia Brewery (Portland): Hibernator Doppelbock, 7.22%
  • McMenamins Roseburg Brewery (Roseburg): Locomotivator, 7.74%
  • Bend Brewing (Bend): Baltic Porter, 10.2%
  • McMenamins on the Columbia (Vancouver, WA): Pistol Pete Porter, 8.51%
  • Three Creeks Brewing (Sisters): Ten-Pine Double Chocolate Porter, 8.4%
  • Worthy Brewing (Bend): Navy Strength Barleywine, 9.5%
  • Silver Moon Brewing (Bend): Trainwreck Barleywine, 10.9%
  • McMenamins Crystal Brewery (Portland): 13th Avenue Barleywine, 12.77%

Bend is the place to be this weekend, and this is going to be a terrific event! If you can possibly make it to this Extravaganza, do so—you won’t be sorry.

Oregon Beer News, 01/15/2015

Oregon BeerHere is the news in Oregon beer for Thursday, the 15th of January. As usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day, so check back often. And if you have news to share, please contact me and I can get that updated as well.

McMenamins Kennedy School (Portland) has a limited-edition beer tasting today starting at 5pm, per usual, for Black Days Dark Lager. “Brewed for the long, dark days of winter, Black Days Dark Lager is sure to please all the German lager drinkers out there. Based on the Munich-Dunkel style, our latest lager is crisp and easy drinking with a nice malt flavor and just a touch of roastiness.” At 4.9% abv that sounds pretty easy drinking.

Ground Breaker Brewing (Portland) has the latest in their Experiment Ale releases today, their spring seasonal: Coffee Pale Ale. “To create this beer Ground Breaker started with their award-winning Pale Ale and then added cold-brewed coffee from Equal Exchange rather than the typical dry-hops. Coffee Pale Ale comes in at 30 IBU and 5.5% ABV…. For the release Ground Breaker will be offering a flight that includes three pub only beers. The second beer in the flight is Vanilla Cream Coffee Pale Ale, a small batch of Coffee Pale Ale that has vanilla beans and milk sugar. The final two beers in the flight are brewed with teas from The Jasmine Pearl Tea Company.” That is an interesting theme to fit this release into (coffee and tea), and of course all of them are entirely gluten free.

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