Zwickelmania 2015 and the return of Zwickel Bingo

Zwickelmania 2015

I can’t help it: I have fun with the Zwickel Bingo generator I created. Just because. I’ve been going through and making sure it is all up to date with this year’s Zwickelmania info from the Oregon Brewers Guild, and I’ll be printing one out and playing along tomorrow as we’re zwickel-ing.

And speaking of Zwickelmania tomorrow—it’s shaping up to be a great day across the state!

Zwickelmania, the annual one-day event in Oregon when breweries open their doors to the casual and hardcore beer fans, lands on Feb. 14 this year — Valentine’s Day — from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 110 breweries, both big and small, are participating with meet-the-brewer events and beer samples.For those who are planning a special Valentine’s Day trip to a place in Oregon, visitors are invited to click on one of the seven regions of Oregon on the Zwickelmania event page to see which breweries are participating, itineraries and maps available for the Bend, Eugene, Portland, Salem and Southern Oregon areas.

Last year, more than 36,750 people toured 105 participating breweries statewide and the Oregon Brewers Guild is expecting that number to increase in 2015 with Valentine’s Day starting off what will be a three-day Presidents’ Day weekend.

If you’re planning on visiting breweries, my best piece of advice is to either have a designated driver, or take advantage of the shuttles running in a number of the regions. Stay safe! You might also consider bringing along a bottle of water too, and maybe some snacks.

Tomorrow is going to be a lot of fun, and don’t forget to tag all your social media posts with #zwickel15!

Oregon Beer News, 02/13/2015

Oregon BeerHappy Friday the 13th, and Zwickel/Valentine/President’s Day weekend! Here’s the news in Oregon beer for all of those and more. 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.

Ninkasi Brewing (Eugene) is embracing the Friday the 13th-ness, by hosting a series of “zombie pub crawls in 18 cities across our distribution footprint, including Portland and Eugene” today in honor of the year-round release of their Dawn of the Red India Red Ale. Zombie costumes are highly encouraged, and you can find details (and ticket information) for each zombie pub crawl here, so if you want to join, find your city and go for it! (Sadly none here in Bend.)

As if you need any more reminders, tomorrow is Zwickelmania! From 11am to 4pm many of the state’s breweries will be opening their door for tours, samples from the zwickel, meet the brewers, and more. The Brewers Guild’s page has all the up-to-date listings of who’s participating, as well as maps and printable PDFs for each region (the major ones also have shuttles running). And of course I have to plug my own Zwickel Bingo card generator that you can print out and play along as you’re zwickel-ing. Enjoy the day!

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Oregon Beer News, 02/12/2015

Oregon BeerWe’re almost to the end of the week and a busy weekend! Here’s the Oregon beer news for Thursday, February 12. 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.

The Commons Brewery (Portland) has two big bottle releases coming out this week:

On Thursday, 5pm this year’s vintage of Brotherly Love will be available. Brotherly Love is our belgian dark strong ale aged in 2nd use Bourbon barrels with sour cherries and a blend of Trinidadian and Ecuadorian cacao nibs roasted by Woodblock Chocolate. 2014 and 2015 will be tap! Come down and get a perfect Valentine’s Day treat. Bottles are limited and will be $12 each.

On Saturday, 2pm, Boysen our next seasonal will be available. Bottled at the request of our tasting room regulars, Boysen is a strong dark farmhouse ale with Boysenberries added during fermentation. This is a full bodied beer with notes of bittersweet chocolate, berry jam and dark fruit. Bottles will be $9 each.

These will be available in their tasting room—do not miss out!

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Oregon Beer News, 02/11/2015

Oregon BeerFirst off I have to wish my sister-in-law a happy birthday today! She’s a beer lover of all sorts of styles with a particular fondness for McMenamins’ Ruby Ale. Happy day! And here’s the rest of the news in Oregon beer for Wednesday the 11th of February. As usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day with the latest news, so check back often for updates. If you have news to share, please contact me and I can get that updated as well.

Belmont Station (Portland): Their “Bigger, Badder, Blacker!” event concludes today, which is dubbed “Kick The Kegs Day.” Along with the various big, black, strong beers they’ve been pouring include: “There will also be selections from Epic, The Commons, Georgetown, Block 15 and more! Plus we will tap a pin of Dansk Mjød Viking Blod mead that will pour on top of the bar during Bigger Badder Blacker — at least until it runs out!” Make sure to hit up the last day and get your fix!

Vertigo Brewing (Hillsboro) has some fresh beer for you today: “We made it to Wednesday and what could be better than that? Well, fresh batches of Uno MAS and The Closer are being tapped this afternoon. Lots of hoppiness to enjoy. Taproom opens at 4:00.”

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Received: Deschutes Jubel 2015

The latest from Deschutes Brewery‘s Reserve Series came to the house today: Jubel 2015 (the “Super Jubel”):

Deschutes Brewery Jubel 2015

Here’s the description:

Affectionately referred to as “Super Jubel”, Jubel 2015 is an imperial take on our festive winter ale. Notes of toasted caramel, raisins, dates and figs are complemented by spicy and herbal hop aromas. Originally planned as a once-a-decade-ale; we just couldn’t wait another five years.

Malt: Pale, Special B, Crystal, Roasted Barley, Flaked Barley
Hops: Millennium, Nugget, Cascade, Willamette, US Tettnang, East Kent Goldings
Barrel-Aging: (50%) 12 Months in Pinot Noir and new Oregon Oak

I’ll be sitting on this bottle for a while, as I stopped in to the brewery last Friday during the release and had a snifter of it already. It’s a nice beer, chewy with dark fruits, but it does need some age on it (and the “best after” date on the bottle is in 2016).

Incidentally, the original “Super Jubel” that all the stories emanate from—about a stolen Jubelale keg that got dropped in the snow and freeze-distilled, like an eisbock—date back to John Harris’ reign as brewmaster, probably circa 1990. Apparently it was so good that then-brewer Tim Gossack hauled another keg up to the roof to try to recreate it (unsuccessfully).