Here’s the news in beer from around Oregon for Tuesday, February 25 (winding down the month). As usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day with the latest news, so check back often. And if you have news to share, please contact me and I can get that updated as well.
Cascade Brewing (Portland): Today is the start of Cascade Brewing’s Tart Fruit Fest Extravaganza which runs through the weekend: The Tart Fruit Fest Extravaganza will take place at the Cascade Brewing Barrel House beginning with the Live Barrel Tapping at 6pm on Tuesday, Feb. 25th and will run through the weekend with additional beers getting tapped throughout the week. Here is a sneak peak at a few of the beers that will be featured: Pumpkin Smash, Apple Tart, Wild Elderberry, Supracot, Bourbon Honey Ginger Lime, Shrieking Violet, Concorde Grape, Wolfberry, Blackcap Raspberry, Cranberry, Spiced Cherry Gose, Chocolate Bourbonic, Cherry Bourbonic, Rum Vlad the Imp Aler, Bottleworks XIV, Pater, Honey Habanero, Ginger Snaps, Honey Combs, Mullberry & L’Agent Orange.” You have all week—don’t miss out!
Belmont Station (Portland): Their “Pliny Week” starts today and runs through Thursday. If you were one of the lucky ones to get a ticket to this event (good for one of these three days), you’ll get a glass each of Pliny the Younger and Pliny the Elder, for which you can visit anytime from noon to 10pm on your allotted day. If you’re a Pliny fan, hopefully you got in on this! And don’t forget, their Biercafe and Back Patio will still be open to the public.
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Just another manic Monday… with beer at the end of it! Here’s the Oregon beer news for Monday the 24th. 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 week is apparently Pliny the Younger week, as Portland’s Belmont Station is holding their annual “Pliny the Younger & Elder” event to benefit Habitat for Humanity this week. The event is already sold out, but if you have a ticket, it’s good for one glass each of Pliny the Younger and Elder on either Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, that you can redeem any time on the designated day between noon and 10pm. (The Biercafe and Back Patio will still be open to the public during all of this.) If you have your ticket(s), enjoy!
McMenamins Old St. Francis School (Bend) has their monthly O’Kanes Cask Series release this Wednesday, featuring the company’s winter seasonal, Rise Up Red IRA: “And with that here at OSF we have incorporated this ale into our Firkin keg for a special night! Stuffed with American Oak chips that were soaked in our Pot Still Brandy we hope that this subtle dry ending to such a wonderful ale will inspire all to Rise Up and enjoy life!”
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TGIF and Hoppy Friday! Here’s the Oregon beer news for the weekend! 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 posted as well.
Lompoc Brewing (Portland): Today is their Black Out Beer Fest taking place at the Sidebar starting at 4pm: their annual lineup of killer dark beers (think stouts, porters, CDAs and the like) from a host of guest breweries. “Tasting packages are required to drink the beers and cost $15, which includes a souvenir 15.5 oz glass tasting mug and 10 beer tickets. Additional tickets are available for $1 apiece. It costs four tickets for a full mug or $1 for a taste. Mug and ticket sales take place in Sidebar; the beers will be located in Sidebar, the brewery bar and the tented and heated parking lot. Live music will be provided by Leslie Lou and the Lowburners. The event is for ages 21+.” There’s a great beer lineup posted, and this is the place to be tonight!
Bend Brewing (Bend): They are celebrating their 19th anniversary tonight at the brewpub! To celebrate, beers are $3/pint all day long, and appetizers are half off. Tonight from 7 to 10pm there will be free live music from Tone Red. In addition to their regular line up of beers, they posted that Hop Head Imperial IPA, Black Diamond Dark Lager, Lovely Cherry Baltic Porter, Outback X and Pollen Oates Oatmeal Stout are all on tap as well. If you’re in Bend today, this is one of the places to be!
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This Saturday, the 22nd, is McMenamins’ 21st Annual Hillsdale Brewfest taking place at their venerable Hillsdale Brewery & Public House in Portland. This is the original and oldest of McMenamins’ fests and is the one that determines what beer will represent McMenamins at the Oregon Brewers Festival in July.
Twenty of the finest beers 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.)
It starts at 11am and runs all day, and they’ll have a heated tent set up to house the fest. Admission to the tent is free and for all ages, though of course only those 21 and over can drink the beers.
The 20 beers organized by tray are listed here (PDF); note that there are 10 beers per tray! And there are some fine-looking beers on that list too.
Having attended the High Gravity Extravaganza fest at the Old St. Francis School last month (and enjoying it thoroughly), I’d expect the Hillsdale Fest to make for a great day too. 20 beers and the chance to help select the Oregon Brewfest beer: why not?
Here’s the news in Oregon beer for Thursday, February 20. 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.
Belmont Station (Portland): Today from 5 to 8pm they are hosting an Anthem/Wandering Aengus cider tasting: “Rep. Brett Konopasek will be on hand to provide tastes of several of both Anthem and Wandering Aengus ciders, including Anthem’s Hops, Pear, Cherry, Cider, Bourbon-aged, Pinot-aged, Wandering Aengus Bloom and Wanderlust.”
McMenamins Kennedy School (Portland): Today they have a special wood-aged beer release kicking off at 5pm, featuring Black Sea Russian Imperial Stout: “Black as the darkest night, this stout is rich and chewy and full of flavor. An impressive hop bill gives the beer a noticeable hop presence and also works to balance out the sweetness from 580 pounds of malt. Molasses blends with the dark malts to give depth of flavor and add notes of dark fruits and roasty flavors. Na zdorovje!” It’s 9.42% abv and there are some special food pairings to go along with it.
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