Oregon Beer News, 06/02/2016

Oregon BeerHere’s the Oregon beer news for Thursday, June 2. As usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day, so check back often. If you have news to share, please contact me and I can get that posted as well.

Eugene Beer Week rolls on today, with a number of events going on (below the fold as usual). One of the featured events today is taking place at The Bier Stein as they are tapping all six of the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America collaboration beers: “31 breweries, 6 beers. What does the mind of a brewer smell like? Find out tonight! Sierra Nevada teamed up with five breweries in 6 regions of the country. Some of the breweries are newer upstart startups, others have a couple decades under their belts. Using inspiration not only from the collision of creative spirits but the geography and history of the regions, the six-pack that emerged from this collaboration series at once reflects traditional styles and unique ingredients.”

And Medford Beer Week starts today! (June is definitely Oregon’s beer week month!) They have a huge list of goings-on taking place, most of which I’ll list below the fold, and today’s marquee event is a tap takeover and barrel release with Gold Beach’s Arch Rock Brewing and Immortal Spirits: “We are releasing our first barrel project for Arch Rock Brewing at Immortal Spirits. We used their Absinthe barrel and aged our State of Jefferson Porter. The result is…Another State of Mind. You’ll have to try it. We are also taking over the taps at the distillery bringing our 3 signature beers; Gold Beach Lager, State of Jefferson Porter,& Pistol River Pale, a Ginger Shandy made with our lager, Banana Belt Bavarian Hef, & of coarse Another State of Mind.” It’s taking place from 4 to 6pm.

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Oregon Beer News, 06/01/2016

Oregon BeerHappy first of June! Here’s the news in Oregon beer for this Wednesday. 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.

Eugene Beer Week continues today, with one of today’s featured events being a Farmhouse Beer Fest and Brewers Panel organized by Alesong Brewing and hosted by 16 Tons from 5 to 7pm: “There will be a rad lineup of great farmhouse inspired beers from around the globe and featuring select beers from Alesong Brewing and Blending, The Ale Apothecary, The Commons, and Agrarian Ales! There will also be a panel discussion starting at 6 pm with some great brewers of these styles. The panel includes Paul Arney of The Ale Apothecary, Sean Burke of The Commons, Tobias Schock from Agrarian Ales and Matt from Alesong.”

Bend’s Platypus Pub is hosting a beer tasting with Everybody’s Brewing tonight from 6 to 8pm: “Pat Velten from Everybody’s Brewing will be here Wednesday night to sample a few of their great beers. We will have their Hoppy Imperial IPA and Country Boy IPA on draft and available for samplers. Pat will also be bringing samples of Pub Only beers. One is a Barrel Aged Cherry Saison and the other is a Russian Imperial Stout. To add to the fun, a little trivia challenge will be held at around 7:00.”

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Received: 33 Beers Professional Edition

There’s a new edition of the 33 Beers tasting books out for beer: the Professional Edition. I received several complimentary booklets today:

Received: 33 Beers Professional Edition

Not only are these made with a special water- and beer-proof paper—actually “made from the same stuff milk jugs are made of” — but they also contain a color SRM reference guide and notations for tracking the color of a beer you drink.

The new version will debut during PDX Beer Week coming up in June, at the Beer Week kickoff party. And you can buy them online now for $6 each.

This Professional Edition is pretty slick (pun slightly intended, given the paper), and I will make a point to use these consistently when I’m out and about to give a thorough vetting.

Received: 2 Towns specialty ciders

After a weekend with FedEx (they tried to deliver Friday but missed), these were picked up today:

Received: 2 Towns specialty ciders

The center “Cellar Series” is La Mûre, a Lambic style blackberry hard cider from 2 Towns Ciderhouse, which I’m frankly excited to try. According to 2 Towns, “We’ve made a small batch for our Cellar Series that will primarily be available in our tap room.”

The other two are Hop & Stalk, their seasonal cider made with Citra hops and rhubarb. Should also be pretty interesting!

(Apologies for the slightly blurry photo.)

Oregon Beer News, 05/31/2016

Oregon BeerHere’s the Oregon beer news for this final day of May (already!). I hope everyone had a good Memorial Day weekend and are back at it! 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.

Eugene Beer Week is going on now! It runs this year from May 30 through June 5 and is featuring many events taking place each day (a list of which I’ll feature below the fold). One of the spotlight events today is the world debut of Alesong Brewing with a beer dinner at The Bier Stein (already sold out, sadly): “Tonight will be your first opportunity to taste beer from Eugene’s newest fermenting joint, Alesong Brewing & Blending! Founded by Matt Van Wyk and Brian & Doug Coombs, Alesong’s oeuvre is based on barrel-aged beers of all sorts.
There are two components to tonight’s event:
-A ticketed beer dinner at the Back Bar featuring brews from Alesong and other producers of barrel-aged beers (menu TBA, tickets purchased in advance; stay tuned!).
-Meet and greet with the Alesong team, and the first public tapping of Alesong’s beers”

McMenamins Fulton Pub (Portland) has their “Take a Sip in Southwest” beer tasting today from 6 to 8pm, featuring Cleo’s ESG: “This refreshing, light golden colored ale is a hybrid of sorts. It’s fermented with Scottish Yeast and has the light, crisp body of a Blonde Ale, but carries the unmistakable hoppiness of an ESB or Pale Ale. A generous amount of US Golding Hops are used late in the boil to give this Extra Special Golden Ale a nice floral hop flavor without an overbearing bitterness. Crisp, refreshing and a great pair with spicier fare.”

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