Oregon Beer News, 02/17/2015

Oregon BeerHappy Mardi Gras! Here is the news in Oregon beer for Tuesday, the 17th of February. 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.

Cascade Brewing (Portland) has a new beer out, and of course their Tap It Tuesday event tonight. Check out this new beer: “Introducing 2014 Barrel Aged Karma Citracide DIIPA: This is what happens when you take our tropical fruit and citrus hop bomb Imperial IPA brewed with a blend of Columbus, Chinook and Citra hops and organic coconut palm sugar, then age it in Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels. Candied-citrus and caramel aromas begin the journey, followed by flavors of vanilla and coconut, and ending with a malty, citrusy finish. 10.4% ABV/ 70 IBU’s/ $7 Glass / $2.5 Taster / $50 Growler / $30 Grenade”

And for their Tap It Tuesday tonight at 6pm at the Barrel House, they are tapping: “Pineapple Wheat, a special release for our upcoming Tart Fruit Fest happening Feb. 25 through Mar. 2. Pineapple Wheat is blend of Wheat and Blond sour ales aged in white wine barrels with pineapple for up to 14 months. Rich flavors of both dried and fresh pineapple are complemented with subtle notes of Pinot Gris and tropical fruit. 6.5% ABV / $7.5 – 8oz Glass / $2.5 Taster”

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Bend Brewing 20th anniversary beer list

Bend Brewing CompanyWith Bend Brewing Company‘s 20th anniversary party coming up this Friday, they are planning on “20 beers for 20 years”—meaning yes, they will have 20 beers available on tap. That’s a mini-brewfest all their own! Head brewer Ian Larkin posted on Facebook a list of the beers that he’ll be putting on tap for Friday, including the uber-special ones, so I thought I’d re-list them here.

  1. High Desert Hefeweizen
  2. Metolius Golden Ale
  3. Elk Lake India Pale Ale
  4. Outback Old Ale
  5. Pinnacle Porter
  6. Big Eddy English Pale Ale (aka Bitter)
  7. “M.C.” Session IPA
  8. Doppelbock
  9. Pollen Oates Oatmeal Stout
  10. Scottish Heart Scotch Ale
  11. Volkksekt Berliner Weisse
  12. Raven Baltic Porter (Bourbon Barrel Aged)
  13. Wicked Medicine Belgian Strong Ale
  14. Outback X Strong Ale
  15. Ching Ching
  16. Moon Tang “Tree D.A”
  17. Big Bad Russian Imperial Stout
  18. Scarlet Imperial Red
  19. Salmonberry Sour
  20. Lovely Cherry Baltic Porter
  21. Tainted Love (soured Lovely)
  22. HopHead Imperial IPA
  23. 20th Anniversary Outback XX – Brett-fermented Pinot barrel aged Strong Ale

Yes, technically that is 23 beers… the first five are the house signature brews that Ian posted would be on tap as well, so I extrapolated. With 10 taps inside and 10 taps outside, expect several of these beers to rotate out throughout the night.

And it gets better! That 20th anniversary Outback XX is a collaboration between Ian Larkin and former BBC brewer Tonya Cornett, and there will be a limited run of 100 bottles available for purchase. They posted a picture too:

Bend Brewing Outback XX bottle

Bottles go on sale at 11:30am on Friday, so if you want one don’t wait, they might very well go quick.

McMenamins 22nd Annual Hillsdale Brewfest

McMenamins Hillsdale Public HouseThis Saturday, February 21st, the first and oldest of McMenamins’ in-house beer festivals, the Hillsdale Brewfest, is celebrating its 22nd incarnation. Fittingly, they will have 22 beers from as many breweries, and attendees have the opportunity to sample them and vote on their favorite—the ultimate winner of which will go on to represent McMenamins at the Oregon Brewers Festival in July.

More than 20 of the finest ales from McMenamins’ breweries are sent into battle, their brewers vying for bragging rights, the notorious championship belt and a berth in the annual Oregon Brewers Festival held in downtown Portland in July. Patrons order “trays” of beer samples, arranged from lightest to darkest. It is our guests’ official duty to decide who deserves the coveted title. The beers cover the spectrum of brew styles – from hefeweizen to oatmeal stout, barleywine to smoked amber ale and beyond. Each taster casts one ballot that lists his or her top three choices. (And beware the brewers’ shameless vote-mongering. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.)

The Hillsdale Brewery and Public House is the first and oldest post-Prohibition brewpub in Oregon, established in 1985 right after the Brewpub Bill was passed into law, allowing the on-premise sales of beer by brewers. (You can read about this in detail in Portland Beer by Pete Dunlop.) Not coincidentally, Hillsdale was also the first of what would be many McMenamins breweries and was the birthplace of many of their iconic beers.

This year’s beer list is on the event page here, and you can check out past winners on the main Brewfest page. But for easy scanning, here are the beers that will be pouring Saturday (arrange by “tray”):

Yellow Tray

  1. Thompson Brewery – Czech It Out (Pilsner) – 6.19% abv
  2. Concordia Brewery – Black Days Dark Lager – 4.9%
  3. Spar Brewery – Hot Break Habanero Extra Pale Ale – 5.05%
  4. John Barleycorns Brewery – Day Tripster Oatmeal Pale – 5.29%
  5. McMenamins on the Columbia Brewery – Apple Jack Ale (ale with “apple cider, apple spice, and oak infused with our own Aval Pota as well as Jack Daniels and cinnamon”) – 5.16%
  6. Hillsdale Brewery – Daydream IPA – 6.4%
  7. Roy Street Brewery – Confined Spaces DIPA – 9.16%
  8. Oak Hills Brewery – L-Train Cascadian Dark Ale – 6.32%
  9. East Vancouver Brewery – Cherrysh the Moment (Cherry? Porter) – 6%
  10. Edgefield Brewery – Cerberus Wild Ale – 6.58%
  11. Cornelius Pass Roadhouse Brewery – Death Star (Imperial Stout) – 11.09%

Blue Tray

  1. Roseburg Brewery – Vienna Lager – 5.7%
  2. Wilsonville Brewery – Lumber-Sexual India Pale Lager – 5.42%
  3. Monroe Brewery – Pepperhead (Golden Ale with chili peppers) – 4.27%
  4. Fulton Brewery – Lost Frisbee Dry Hopped Amber Rye – 5.29%
  5. Mill Creek Brewery – Blueberry Doughboy (Blueberry Wheat) – 5.42%
  6. Lighthouse Brewery – The Admiral’s IPA – 7.87%
  7. Old Saint Francis Brewery – High Top Double IPA – 8.2%
  8. High Street Brewery – Boysenberry Cream Stout – 5.16%
  9. West Linn Brewery – Nutella Porter – 5.16%
  10. Crystal Brewery – Boudicca’s Revenge (Braggot) – 9.67%
  11. Highland Brewery – The Spud-nik Russian Imperial Stout – 9.67%

Trays are $9 and you get 4-ounce tastes of each beer on the respective tray—and that’s a lot of beer, especially if you’re trying for all 22! As they say on their event page, “Pace yourselves, lads and lasses. And don’t forget to eat! This is really super-important!”

The Brewfest starts at 11am and runs all day long, so there’s plenty of time to sample.

Oregon Beer News, 02/16/2015

Oregon BeerHappy President’s Day! I hope you had a great weekend as well! Let’s kick off the holiday (where I don’t have the day off myself) with this week’s news in Oregon beer. 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.

This Saturday, February 21st, McMenamins is holding their 22nd annual Hillsdale Brewfest, taking place all day at the Portland brewpub that started it all (the brewing portion, anyway) for McMenamins. There will be 22 beers from the different McMenamins breweries all vying to win the belt and the chance to be the beer sent to the Oregon Brewers Festival in July. “Patrons order “trays” of beer samples, arranged from lightest to darkest. It is our guests’ official duty to decide who deserves the coveted title. The beers cover the spectrum of brew styles – from hefeweizen to oatmeal stout, barleywine to smoked amber ale and beyond. Each taster casts one ballot that lists his or her top three choices.” I’ll have a more detailed post up shortly.

Bend Brewing Company (Bend) is celebrating their 20th anniversary this Friday, the 20th, from 5 to 10pm with a street party, live music, and “20 beers for 20 years”—featuring yes, 20 beers on tap! I’ll post a beer list of what I know will be pouring, but in particular look for Outback XX—a Brett-fermented Pinot barrel aged version of their Outback X Strong Ale (which was brewed 10 years ago to commemorate their 10th anniversary). It’s going to be a great party, worth the trip to Bend to celebrate with BBC! (And I will even be there selling books.)

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Zwickelmania 2015 and the return of Zwickel Bingo

Zwickelmania 2015

I can’t help it: I have fun with the Zwickel Bingo generator I created. Just because. I’ve been going through and making sure it is all up to date with this year’s Zwickelmania info from the Oregon Brewers Guild, and I’ll be printing one out and playing along tomorrow as we’re zwickel-ing.

And speaking of Zwickelmania tomorrow—it’s shaping up to be a great day across the state!

Zwickelmania, the annual one-day event in Oregon when breweries open their doors to the casual and hardcore beer fans, lands on Feb. 14 this year — Valentine’s Day — from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 110 breweries, both big and small, are participating with meet-the-brewer events and beer samples.For those who are planning a special Valentine’s Day trip to a place in Oregon, visitors are invited to click on one of the seven regions of Oregon on the Zwickelmania event page to see which breweries are participating, itineraries and maps available for the Bend, Eugene, Portland, Salem and Southern Oregon areas.

Last year, more than 36,750 people toured 105 participating breweries statewide and the Oregon Brewers Guild is expecting that number to increase in 2015 with Valentine’s Day starting off what will be a three-day Presidents’ Day weekend.

If you’re planning on visiting breweries, my best piece of advice is to either have a designated driver, or take advantage of the shuttles running in a number of the regions. Stay safe! You might also consider bringing along a bottle of water too, and maybe some snacks.

Tomorrow is going to be a lot of fun, and don’t forget to tag all your social media posts with #zwickel15!