Among the many, many events taking place next week during the Craft Brewers Conference is one taking place at Saraveza on Wednesday the 15th starting at 7pm: Brits & Yanks, A Toast to Tradition. (Saraveza’s link is here.) Unfortunately this one is taking place concurrent with the Central Oregon Brews & Beats so I doubt I’ll be able to attend, but this frankly looks fantastic:
Join us for a tribute to Samuel Smith featuring IPAs, Pale Ales, ESBs, Porters & Stouts all directly or indirectly influenced by Samuel Smith’s classic brews that include: India Ale, Oatmeal Stout, Organic Pale Ale, Imperial Stout & Taddy Porter.
Here are a few of the brewers & breweries who will be bringing us their finest to raise a glass in tribute:
- Anderson Valley – Wild Turkey Bourbon BBL-Aged Oatmeal Stout – Head Brewer: Fal Allen
- Breakside – Bergamot Special Bitter – Brewer: Nao Ohdera
- Brooklyn- Wild Horse Porter & Some Surprises – Head Brewer: Garrett Oliver
- Ecliptic – Pegasus ESB – Founder/Head Brewer: John Harris
- Fremont – Dark Star Imperial Oatmeal Stout – Director of Brewing Operations: Matt Lincoln
- Ninkasi – Vanilla Oatis Oatmeal Stout – Founder/Brewer: Jamie Floyd
- Pelican – Silver Spot English Style IPA – Head Brewer: Darron Welch
- Rogue – Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout – Brewer: John Maier
- Sierra Nevada – Pale Ale – Brewery Technical Director Danny Khan
Samuel Smith’s will be bringing bottles of all the favorites including:
- Organic Pale Ale
- Oatmeal Stout
- Nut Brown Ale
- Imperial Stout
- Taddy Porter
- India Ale
Try the originals alongside their unique US counterparts. A line up and all-star cast like this will be one for the history books.
If I can be there, even for a bit, I will be. (No entry fee that I’m aware of.)
Since I already posted about Deschutes Brewery’s Beer Machines event during the Craft Brewers Conference next week, I figured I’d also highlight some of the other events going on next week in Portland. Not all of them, obviously—I mean, look at how big this list is!—but a few that are of interest to me and that I’ll likely (try to) attend.
On Wednesday, the 15th, starting at 6pm the Central Oregon Brewers Guild is holding their event dubbed “Brews & Beats” at McMenamins Crystal Ballroom (on West Burnside, downtown). I’m highlighting this for somewhat obvious reasons—it’s a great showcase of beers from my hometown area that a lot of CBC attendees have not experienced, plus I know most of the folks involved.
Here’s the description:
Central Oregon breweries have come together to provide an exhilarating experience of specialty beers and fantastic music at the Crystal Ballroom. Kicking the night off with music from DJ Miss Briana & Twitt from Portland and headlining the event is the band Black Pistol Fire – a rock/blues/punk duo that split their time between Ontario and Austin. Breweries that will be bringing some fun and interesting brews are GoodLife Brewing, Worthy Brewing, Sunriver Brewing, Deschutes Brewery, Mcmenamins OSF, Silver Moon Brewing, Bend Brewing Company, Wild Ride Brewing, Crux Fermentation Project, Three Creeks, Solstice and more!
Tickets are $15 presale and general public; $10 at the door with your CBC badge!
If you want to pre-purchase tickets you can do so on the Crystal Ballroom’s page here.
These are some terrific breweries being showcased, and at only $10/$15 is a really good deal considering the beer and the music. (You don’t have to be attending CBC to attend, but you do get that discount if you are.)
Here is the Oregon beer news for Thursday, April 9. Who’s counting the days until the CBC next week? 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 Edgefield (Troutdale) has a limited-edition beer tasting today featuring The Kraken IIRA: “The Kraken is an Imperial India Red ale brewed strong and hoppy- with Centennial character that will bring you back to the early days of craft IPAs. However, this dark red beast is still pleasantly malty and balanced even at its impressive ABV. Add a dash of the much coveted Mosaic hop in the late additions, and you’ve got a true monster of an IRA.” It starts at 5pm and lasts until the beer is gone. (And it’s big at 9.16% abv.)
The Bier Stein (Eugene) has the Eugene release of Breakside Brewery‘s India Golden Ale kicking off today, and will include a tap takeover. The release party is from 5 to 8pm. “It’s that time of year again– the third year in a row that we’ve hosted Portland’s Breakside Brewing to release their India Golden Ale, originally a collaboration brew with Ninkasi. This year, along with IGA, we will be tapping several other lovely Breakside beers: Lunch Break ISA, Amuse (Belgian-style blond), Tropicalia (infused with lychee and chiles), Fortunella (with kumquats, coriander, and chamomile), and Safe Word Triple IPA. Come on in for a taste!”
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Happy Hump Day! Here’s the news in Oregon beer for Wednesday, the 8th of April. As usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day with the latest news, so check back often for updates. If you have news to share, please contact me and I can get that updated as well.
Brewvana Brewery Tours (Portland) is celebrating their 4th anniversary today with a party at Ecliptic Brewing from 6 to 9pm: “Join us for music, libations, dancing and merriment as we reflect on a CRAZY 4 years and look forward to the next year (and years!). We’ll have the tunes to make your booty bounce, the beer to make your taste buds smile AND a photo booth courtesy of J Forbish Photography to capture all the memories! Ecliptic Brewing will be pouring beer, $5 for the first and a BREWVANA 12 oz pilsner glass to take home, and $3 refills after that!” Congrats!
PFriem Family Brewers (Hood River) is bringing their bottle release party (the first of several) to Portland’s Belmont Station today from 5 to 8pm: “We are honored to be the first place the pFriem Family Brewers will be releasing their highly anticipated bottled beers outside their Hood River brewery. pFriem is set to launch 23 bottled varieties in 2015, including annual, seasonal, barrel-aged and limited varieties. The Classic Series will be offered in a capped, 500ml bottle, while the Select Line and Barrel-Aged beers will be packaged in corked and hooded 375 ml bottles. Please plan to join us, Josh, Annie and Matt for both a release party and a tasting of these long-awaited bottled offerings. Of course, it’s not a party without something on draft, so rest assured we will have something very special from pFriem pouring in the biercafe as well.”
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One of the more unique events taking place during next week’s Craft Brewers Conference is Deschutes Brewery’s and Columbia Distributing’s official CBC event Beer Machines: A Steampunk Ode To The Craft Revolution. (It’s listed as the official CBC nightly event for Thursday, April 16.) I’m not sure how else to describe it except as beer-pouring performance art blended with live burlesque, particularly if the beer-pouring machines were invented in Victorian times (hence “steampunk”). Check out their video:
Here’s Deschutes’ description:
Join us for a memorable evening with a Beer-Dispensing Art Competition, Immersive Circus Theater and an array of Live Music! This year’s Craft Brewers Conference (CBC) is in our backyard so we’re throwing a huge warehouse party full of surprises!
Everyone is invited! Drink some amazing beers while being entertained by a variety of acts from Vau de Vire Society, J.Boogie, Aima The Dreamer & special friends, Trio Menage, Shovelman, extreme contortionist Blaze, Global Ruckus, Expatriate, TRAPEZE, the internationally acclaimed electroswing & burlesque sensation and much more!
Steampunk-themed, original art pieces from local artists will not only be showcased and auctioned off, but they will also be dispensing beer, of course! All will be for sale and available to take home (or to your home brewery)! Winner of the best Beer Machine (as voted by party-goers!) will take home a grand prize of $5,000.
In partnership with Boelter & JVNW and proceeds benefiting Salmon-Safe, this will be THE craft beer event of the year, so don’t miss out! Join our crew and Columbia Distributing for a night to remember.
Anyone who’s seen one of Deschutes’ Beer-leseque shows already has an idea of the types of live performances to expect, but combine that with this unique idea of Rube Goldberg-esque steampunk beer pouring machines, and, well, I’m not really sure what to expect to be honest. But I suspect it will be pretty amazing.
It takes place from 8pm to 1am at Pure Space in Portland (at 1315 NW Overton Street), and you can buy tickets here. The ticket cost is currently $20 online, and $25 at the door. And, they say, “Flash your CBC Badge at the event for swag, drink tokens and more…” so make sure if you’re attending CBC to not forget your badge.
I’m definitely going, and in the interests of full disclosure, I did receive a complimentary ticket to the event from the brewery. But really, $20 is a steal that I would gladly pay to attend this event (and I am paying for other events during CBC week as well). Seriously, it’s not one you should miss.
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