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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Happy Hump Day! I hope this Wednesday is finding you well and looking for the Oregon beer news. As usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day with the latest news, so check back often for updates. And if you have news to share, please contact me and I can get that updated as well.
McMenamins Oak Hills Brewpub (Portland) has a limited-edition beer tasting today starting at 4pm, featuring Orange Dot Double IPA: “Here it is! The long awaited Double IPA. 450 pounds of pilsner malt accompanied with some crystal malt and Flaked Barley, give this beer its beautiful orange hue. Determined to get this beer up to the Double IPA category, we filled the mash tun to its absolute limit. Incredibly luscious Centennial hops give the Orange Dot its bittering flavors while Amarillo and Simcoe hops make up the flavor and aroma profile. Also, 7 pounds of falconer’s flight pellet hops give this massive ale an extra kick in the pants.”
Belmont Station (Portland) is hosting McMinnville’s Golden Valley Brewery for a special Black Panther Imperial Stout Bottle Release and tasting, and a meet the brewer from 5 to 8pm: “This black behemoth of a brew is strong, full-bodied and redolent of chocolate and roast malt. The barrel-aged version was aged in Pinot Noir barrels, giving it a smooth body, vinous notes and a hint of oak. Both versions can be cellared for several years. Golden Valley brewer Jesse Shue will be on hand in the bottle shop to pour tastes of both versions of Black Panther so you can try them side-by-side and chat with him about the beers. We’re quite sure you will want to take some home to enjoy now and for years to come! We also will be pouring Der Kaffeeklatsch in the biercafe. It’s a Munich-style dunkel made with fine roasted coffee from Caravan Coffee.”
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Here’s the news in Oregon beer for Tuesday, the 18th 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 posted as well.
McMenamins Bagdad Theater (Portland) is pouring the Edgefield’s “Extra 2013″ today for a special beer release and meet the brewer starting at 5pm: “The Extra’s roots go back nearly to the very beginning of the brewery’s founding in 1991. In its original form, the Extra was a 7%-8% ABV strong ale that was famous for wreaking havoc at the 1992 company picnic and in taphouses around McMenamins. It’s been more than twenty years since that fateful day, but now it has returned as Edgefield’s barleywine and strongest offering at nearly 9.5%. This Extra is a traditional English barleywine that is huge on Maris Otter malt character and brimming with graham cracker and toffee flavors. This special link between the past and present has been one of our brewers’ favorite technical challenges to make and is a beer that promises to age extremely well. The Extra will surface occasionally as the base for some of our barrel-aged offerings, and will be re-released from time to time as it matures. We at Edgefield hope you enjoy it for years to come.”
Belmont Station (Portland) is hosting the release of Portland’s newest cidery, Cider Riot!, today as well as a meet the cider maker, from 5 to 8pm. “Longtime beer writer, homebrewer and home cider-maker Abe Goldman-Armstrong’s Cider Riot! cidery is ready to launch. We are honored to be part of Cider Riot’s launch, and Abe will be joining us in the Biercafe to release his first cider, Everybody Pogo. We also will be pouring a collaboration cider Abe made with Reverend Nat’s called Cider Kin.”
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Good Monday to all! I hope Saturday’s Zwickelmania was a fun event (it was for me) and we’re back with all the news in Oregon beer for Monday the 17th. 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.
Lompoc Brewing (Portland) has a couple of big events coming up this weekend: Friday, the 21st, is their annual Black Out Beer Fest, taking place at the Sidebar from 4 to 11pm: “The Black Out Beer Fest will feature 15 dark beers from Lompoc and special guests Alameda, Breakside, Cascade, The Commons, Ecliptic, Laurelwood, Lucky Lab, pFriem and Widmer. 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+.” Terrific beer lineup, too!
And on Saturday the 22nd, their 8th annual Chowder Challenge follow up the Black Out fest. This is taking place at their 5th Quadrant location from noon to 4pm and is the ultimate chowder throwdown: “Who serves the best clam chowder in the city? A dozen local brewpubs and restaurants will vie for the coveted Chowder Cup… Participating restaurants include Cascade Brewing Barrel House, Columbia River Brewing, Ecliptic Brewing, Farm House Cafe, Ice Axe Grill, Laurelwood Public House, Lompoc 5th Quadrant, Lompoc Tavern, RingSide Fish House, Salty’s on the Columbia, Tabor Tavern & Widmer Gasthaus. Two-ounce samples of traditional New England-style clam chowders from each of the participants are served in non-labeled tasting cups. After tasting all entries, attendees vote for their favorite. The chowder receiving the most votes is named the People’s Choice Winner and takes home the coveted Chowder Cup; awards are also given for second and third place.”
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