Oregon Beer News, 06/15/2015

Oregon BeerHappy Monday! I hope your weekend was grand and the coming week is as well! Here’s the Oregon beer news kicking off the week of the 15th; 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.

The Oregon Garden Brewfest is this weekend! It’s the 11th annual festival taking place at the gorgeous Oregon Garden in Silverton, and runs Friday the 19th through Sunday the 21st (Father’s Day, and kids will be welcome that day—otherwise, the first two days are 21+ only). It starts at noon on each day, and features: “68 breweries, pouring 136 beers, ciders and meads from throughout Oregon and across the country; 12 great regional bands on two stages; Free Shuffleboard, Skee-Ball & Foosball; Amazing food from local vendors; 80-acre botanical garden; Kid’s coaster-making activity & free root beer on Sunday.” There are also tickets available for the Thursday night Brewer’s Tasting Dinner for $50, featuring six courses paired with six Oregon beers. I’ll have a longer post on the Fest and dinner shortly!

The New School and Bailey’s Taproom are holding a great featured event for Portland Beer Week today that you’ll want to check out: the New School’s New Breweries Showcase. (It’s the second annual!) “This year we have an eclectic lineup with only a few from Portland and brewers coming from as far as Grants Pass and Cottage Grove, Oregon. Please join us on Monday, June 15th, to try 20 new beers from 10 breweries, on tap all day at Bailey’s Taproom and the adjacent upstairs bar, The Upper Lip; from 5-8pm all of the brewers and many of the brewery owners will all be on-hand. This is your chance to meet the next great Oregon brewery you have never heard of!” They have a great lineup posted, don’t miss out!

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Oregon Beer News, 06/12/2015

Oregon BeerTGIF! We are heading into a busy, beautiful weekend with a ton of beer things going on, I hope you make the most of it! Here’s the news in beer for the weekend of the 12th. 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.

Medford Beer Week starts today and runs through June 20th, highlighting the great beer of Medford and Southern Oregon! Yes, along with Portland Beer Week there are now two beer weeks running concurrently at opposite ends of the state (opposite ends of I-5, even!) so I’ll do my best to keep track of everything going on each day (with events listed below the fold).

Beers Made By Walking is taking place in Bend with Worthy Brewing today, doing a hike in the Oregon Badlands east of Bend. Hikers will join a brewer from Worthy and they will craft a beer inspired by (and including) plants found along the hike. And then tomorrow, June 13, is the next Portland BMBW, featuring a hike with Ecliptic Brewing, Hopworks Urban Brewery, and Lompoc Brewing on Springville Hill.

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Portland Fruit Beer Fest once again brings fruit to the forefront

It’s hard to believe this weekend’s Portland Fruit Beer Fest is only in its fifth iteration; this festival, billed as the “world’s first dedicated fruit beer festival” has become both the signature event of Portland Beer Week and one of the absolute-must beer events in a city already overflowing with them. This year’s event has added a third day (Friday evening) as well as “40% more” space by adding spillover space in the car lot adjacent to Burnside Brewing (where the Fest is held every year). Pete Dunlop has a good writeup of these changes.

Portland Fruit Beer Fest 2015

Quick disclosure: I’ve never been, and though I very much want to go—I was a fan of fruit beer long (before it was cool—it won’t be this year; a family wedding and houseguests are keeping me in Bend.)

As I mentioned, the location is Burnside Brewing, and the hours are Friday 4 to 9pm, Saturday 11am to 9pm, and Sunday 11am to 6pm. Cost is $20 and “includes a collectible real 16oz glass and 12 drink tickets. Guaranteed re-entry all 3 days of the festival with the required glass and 21+ wristband.” It is an all ages fest, I don’t believe minors have to pay to enter, and you can pre-purchase your package online here.

The beers look phenomenal, and they have a special, fest-only collaboration fruit beer from Burnside and Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider: Fruit of the Garden of Good and Evil.

This unholy marriage of beer and cider is the ultimate temptation of luscious, juicy and tropical fruit character with notes of Pineapple and Apricot that pulls you in before ending in a firey tropical heat of Ghost Peppers, Scotch Bonnets and Aji peppers and a thirst quenching 4.5% (estimated) ABV. Available in 22oz bottles only at Burnside Brewing during the Fruit Beer Fest for $7 with limited draft poured at the festival, Reverend Nat’s and special events.

And just check out the other beers that will be pouring:

  • Alameda Brewing: Berried By Night (Marionberry CDA)
  • Baerlic Brewing: Apolis Cider Weiss
  • Breakside Brewery: Tropical Fruit Salad (Quasi IPA Six fruit blend)
  • Burnside Brewing: Peaches of Immortality
  • The Commons Brewery: Rouge Mélangé (Syrah and Grenache grape must)
  • Deschutes Brewery: Dr. Plum
  • Ecliptic Brewing: Ultra Violet Blackberry Sour Ale
  • Elysian Brewing/Payette Brewing: Huckleberry Sour
  • Ex Novo Brewing: Class Monkey (A blend of Ex Novo Olde Ex Malt Liquor and fine orange juice)
  • Fat Head’s Brewing: Prickly Pear Saison
  • Flat Tail Brewing: Apricot Orange Ginger Saison
  • Gigantic Brewing: Passionfruit Tart
  • Hopworks Urban Brewery: Radlerita (Margarita-esque beer made with Lime radler, sea salt and tequila infused oak chips)
  • Kells Brew Pub: Raspberry Creamcicle
  • Lucky Labrador Brew Pub: Banana Bread
  • Oakshire Brewing: Stone Free Cranberry Ginger Wild Ale
  • Fort George Brewery: Pucker Pi Beer (Kettle Soured Strawberry-Rhubarb Wheat Ale)
  • Laurelwood Brewing: There Gose the Neighborhood
  • Lompoc Brewing: Golden Pear
  • Upright Brewing: B.B. Stout
  • Widmer Brothers Brewing: Fresh Strawberries (Tart Farmhouse Saison with Strawberries)
  • 2 Towns Ciderhouse: Peach Saison Cider
  • Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider: Ghost Chili Tepache (Pineapple Cider)
  • Cider Riot: Hedgerow Fruits (plum and blackcurrant cider)
  • Hi-Wheel Cider: Kiwi Lime

Simply put: Are you in or near Portland this weekend? Make it a point to attend this festival!

Oregon Beer News, 06/11/2015

Oregon BeerHere’s the Oregon beer news for the penultimate day of the week, June 11. 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.

Today is the start of Portland Beer Week! This is the premier beer week celebration in Oregon and offers up 11 days of beer-soaked activities: “Dedicated to promoting Portland and our diverse craft beer culture, Portland Beer Week is a grassroots organization founded in 2011 as an annual city-wide event. We explore the boundaries and the things that make us great with fun, unique and educational events that take place all over the city with the best in restaurants, breweries, bars, retail stores, bottle shops and more.” I’ll be listing daily events below the fold for each day (for as long as I can keep up!).

Today is also the start of the Molalla Brew Fest—the 5th annual fest taking place in downtown Molalla (northeast of Salem and south of Oregon City). This year is a fundraiser for the Wheeler Family Cancer Fund, and take place over three days (June 11-13) starting at 5pm today and Friday, and running from noon to midnight Saturday. Here’s the Facebook event page for the fest. There will be live music and food of course, and cost is, “$20. Packages include 2015 souvenir beer mug (or glass) and drink tickets on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Limited supply of glass – we do sell out. Purchase of a package allows for re-entry the rest of the weekend for only $5.00 (must have your 2015 mug, wristband and identification).” In addition to 30 taps of beer, there will also be wine from St. Josef’s Winery and draft root beer from Crater Lake Soda.

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Brian Yaeger’s “The Rural Brewer”

Beer writer Brian Yaeger looks to be getting into the beer event scene a bit, with a cool event coming up this Sunday the 14th at Portland’s Hawthorne Hophouse whereupon he gets to draw directly on his experience in driving all over the state visiting breweries for his book, Oregon Breweries: The Rural Brewer, a “rural brewfest” if you will.

Brian Yaeger's The Rural Brewer

Here’s the press release that Brian sent out:

Hawthorne Hophouse will be hosting Brian Yaeger’s Rural Brewer on Sunday, June 14th from 2:00-7:00 p.m. This beerfest will celebrate 13 of the smallest and most remote breweries in Oregon by featuring one brew from each brewery. Tickets are $13 advance/$15 entry includes 13 tokens to ensure sampling from each of these remote, often obscure brewhouses.

The all-ages festival also boasts festivities such as an acoustic jug band, country-fashioned bbq eats, a kids zone, and a benefit for the Oregon Environmental Council.

“Beyond Portland, Bend, and Oregon’s celebrated beer Meccas, great breweries exist all over the state”, says Yaeger. The following far-flung yet truly great breweries are participating: Boring Brewing (Boring), Twisted Snout (Toledo), Wolf Tree (Seal Rock), Solera (Parkdale), Beer Valley (Ontario), Prodigal Son (Pendleton), Hermiston Brewing (Hermiston), Plough Monday (Veneta), Ochoco (Prineville), Fire Mountain (Carlton), Yachats Farm & Brewery (Yachats), Conner Fields (Grants Pass), and Dragons Gate (Milton-Freewater). A variety of styles will be pouring, from fruit beers and other summer delights, to Belgian styles and naturally there is no shortage of IPAs and other hoppy creations.

Brian Yaeger has gone to extensive lengths to visit and cover these remote breweries, and has the goal of “introducing beer lovers to these off-the-beaten-path destinations—places like Yachats, Veneta, and Prineville—each worthy of its own beer-trip!” Having said that, no road-tripping is necessary to experience a little slice of these rural breweries by attending the fest.

Yaeger’s book, Oregon Breweries, will be on sale during the event, and he will be available for book signing, as well. Oregon Breweries is the only comprehensive guidebook to Oregon’s breweries. Each entry delves into the beers, people, and places that distinguish each brewery. Yaeger personally visited each brewery and brewpub and met with the owner and/or brewer (and yes, sampled the beers).

This looks like a great event and I’d love to see a “traveling road show” version come to Bend (hint, hint Brian). The current beer list from the Facebook event page looks like this:

  • Beer Valley from Ontario: Hop Shoot American Pale Ale
  • Boring Brewing from Boring: Big Yawn IPA
  • Conner Fields from Grants Pass: Zin Saison
  • Dragons’s Gate from Milton-Freewater: Blood Orange Saison
  • Fire Mountain from Carlton: Free Thinker Citrus IPA
  • Hermiston Brewing from Hermiston: Lemondrop Kölsch
  • Ochoco from Prineville: Prinetucky Pale
  • Prodigal Son from Pendleton: Huckleberry Wheat
  • Plough Monday from Veneta: Summer IPA
  • Twisted Snout Brewing & Pig Feathers BBQ from Toledo: Raspberry Squeal
  • Solera from Parkdale: Raspberry Sour Wheat
  • Wolf Tree from Seal Rock: Spruce Tip Ale
  • Yachats Farm Store and Brewery from Yachats: Coastal Dark Ale

Good work on Brian’s part on pulling these together, I’m sure that was no mean feat. Make sure to check it out if you can.