Oregon Beer News, 01/25/2016

Oregon BeerIt’s the final Monday of January! With February just a week away it’s time to start looking ahead. As such, here’s the news in Oregon beer for this Monday the 25th; 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.

Crux Fermentation Project (Bend): The latest in their new BEER’ducation Series takes place tonight at the brewpub starting at 4pm, featuring barrel-aged education taking place with [Banished] Doublecross vs. “regular” Doublecross: “Our very first barrel aged beer released was [BANISHED] Doublecross— which didn’t see the light of day until after spending a full year banished to pinot noir barrels. Barrel aging results in complex flavors reminiscent of dried fruit, vanilla and sherry. It’s unaged counterpart, Doublecross Strong Dark Belgian Ale, stands on its own as well. Brewed with Belgian malts, Belgian dark candi sugar, Oregon Sterling hops and Yakima Delta hops for flavors that are deceptively balanced. Discover the depths of what barrel aging achieves in this side-by-side comparison.”

Fort George Brewery (Astoria): Looking ahead one week, February is the start of Fort George’s annual Stout Month, their celebration and showcase of this dark roasty style. “Every Monday starting February 1st, new Fort George specialty stouts will be released at the pub. Grab a pint, fill a growler, or sample a blind stout taster tray. At least eight unique stouts will be on tap in every location at the brewery.” And of course the showcase event for the month is the Brewery’s Festival of Dark Arts, taking place on Saturday, February 13 this year. Tickets are $40 and there are still tickets available, so if you want to attend you need to jump right on that!

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Reminder: The next Session is “Snowed In” on Feb. 5

Just a quick reminder: in less than two weeks, on Friday, February 5, I’m hosting the next round of The Session.

The theme is “Snowed In,” and I want it to be open-ended. It’s the first week of February—we are solidly in the grip of the winter, which means hunkering down from the cold and, depending on where you live, waiting for warmer days to thaw out the ice and snow. But perhaps it’s one of those winters, where the snow starts falling… and falling… and falling some more, and the next thing you know, schools are closed, there’s four or more feet of snow on the ground—and you are effectively snowed in and not going anywhere.

So what’s next? That is what I want you to write about—as it pertains to beer, of course!

Don’t forget to write up your contribution on that first Friday, and leave a comment here at the blog pointing to it. Or, if you’d rather do The Session on other social media—a picture and story on Instagram, or Facebook, or whatever—that works too! Be sure to tag The Brew Site at various sites or use the hashtag #thesession.

See you the 5th!

Oregon Beer News, 01/22/2016

Oregon BeerTGIF—perhaps also TGIB (you can figure that one out!). Here’s the Oregon beer news for the weekend of January 22. 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.

Portland’s new Labrewatory, a “craft beer lab,” is celebrating their grand opening today (Friday) starting at 3pm: “Come celebrate the Labrewatory in our taproom and enjoy our unique brews, like our Golly G. Cranberry Porter, @PDXBottleShareIPA, Hulk S.M.A.S.H. IPA, Billy the Squid Gose and more. Tamale Boy will be in the building with their food truck serving up delicious food. We’ll be filling crowlers for purchase and will be having a raffle for give-aways!”

McKenzie Brewing of Eugene, better known as the brewpub that it started under, Steelhead Brewing, is celebrating its 25th(!) anniversary this Friday and Saturday! “We’re celebrating for two nights: Friday Jan 22nd & Saturday Jan 23rd from 6:30-9:00. Enjoy live music on Friday from Skip Jones and Paul Biondi and on Saturday from Rob Tobias. Both nights will include a schwag raffle and $2.50 pints of our Anniversary Ale (American pale ale brewed with cherry wood smoked malt). See you there!” BIG congrats to the silver anniversary!

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Oregon Beer News, 01/21/2016

Oregon BeerHere is the news in Oregon beer for Thursday, January 21—I don’t know about you, but it feels like a Friday! 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 Kennedy School (Portland) has an “Extra Credit” beer tasting today from 5 to 8pm, featuring Blood Orange Pale Ale: “We thought blood oranges would make a tasty addition to our Limited Release Pale Ale. Golden Promise & Cara-Vienna Malts were used to create a base that would allow the fruit to shine. Ultra Hops were used to help compliment the orange flavors. We then dry hopped this ale with Meridian Hops to blend in aromas of lemon, mixed berry, and tropical fruit. Cheers!”

Belmont Station (Portland) welcome’s Seattle’s Schooner Exact Brewing today for a tasting from 5 to 7pm: “Seattle’s award-winning Schooner Exact Brewery will be here providing tastes of 3-Grid IPA, Hopvine IPA and the Bourbon Barrel Imperial Porter. Plus, we will have their Hopvine IPA and Barrel-Aged Imperial Porter on tap. The Hop Vine IPA recently won best of show at the Brussels Beer Challenge, an international competition and the imperial porter was recently awarded gold in the Wood & Barrel Aged category at the Washing Beer Awards.”

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Received: Portland Brewing Raise the Roost

This is the second bottle Portland Brewing sent to me; the first was damaged and leaked and had to be disposed of (no, not by drinking—sent back to UPS where they disposed of it):

Portland Brewing Raise the Roost

Their new Belgian-style Red Ale, Raise the Roost, their spring seasonal. I’m trying to remember if I’ve ever had a beer with chickens on the label; I don’t think I have, unless there’s an obvious one I can’t remember. (Old Speckled Hen doesn’t have any imagery on it except the small logo mark, only lettering.)