Oregon Beer News, 08/05/2015

Oregon BeerHappy Hump Day! I hope your week is going well this fine Wednesday. Here is the Oregon beer news for August 5; 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.

Crux Fermentation Project (Bend) has teamed up with Sierra Nevada Brewing and Columbia Distributing to brew Paddle Trail Ale Session IPA, which will help complete funding for Bend’s new Whitewater Park. From the press release: “Brewing industry veterans Larry Sidor of Crux Fermentation Project and Ken Grossman of Sierra Nevada Brewing Company have been talking for years about getting together to collaborate on a great beer. The Bend Whitewater Park in Bend, Oregon, will remove an old mill pond dam on the Deschutes River to create three channels downstream: a safe channel for paddle boarders and other floaters, a natural river area to enhance habitat, and a whitewater play area, the first of its kind on the west coast. Paddle Trail Ale is a session IPA, brewed with experimental whole-flower hops for bright citrusy notes—inspired by summer days playing on the river. Paddle Trail Ale will be distributed in Oregon in four-packs of 16-ounce cans.” Great project and I can’t wait to try the beer.

Hopworks Urban Brewery (Portland) continues their efforts toward sustainability and environmental awareness, announcing this week that their brewery has earned Salmon-Safe Certification, becoming the “world’s first Salmon-Safe Certified brewing campus.” From the press release: “Salmon-Safe certified HUB’s site based on an assessment that considers the overall development and maintenance practices of stormwater management, water use management, chemical and pesticide reduction, water quality protection, and enhancement of urban ecological function. The certification includes an annual review to ensure the site reaches the goal of treating one-hundred percent of stormwater on site over five years, up from the current twenty-five percent.” More great work by HUB!

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Oregon Beer News, 08/04/2015

Oregon BeerHere’s the news in Oregon beer from around the web for Tuesday, August 4. As usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day, so check back often for the latest news. And if you have news to share, please contact me and I can get that posted as well.

Brannon’s Pub & Brewery (Beaverton): The Portland alt-newspaper Willamette Week broke the news yesterday that Brannon’s is closed, until further notice: “Brannon’s… closed on Aug. 1, ‘until further notice,’ after less than a year in business. WW discovered this while passing by (long story!), and we’ve so far unable to contact owner Kevin Brannon or his team for confirmation.” That confirmation appears to be on Brannon’s social media feeds now as well; hopefully this will only be temporary but we’ll have to wait and see.

McMenamins Fulton Pub (Portland) has a limited-edition beer tasting today featuring an Oatmeal Pale: “This NW style pale ale is characterized by a floral, as well as a citrus like hoppiness. This beer has a medium body with a mildly bready malt quality. The use of rolled oats gives this beer a nice smooth texture and drinkability.” An easy-drinking 5.55% abv ale with 37 IBUs; the tasting starts at 5pm and lasts until it’s gone.

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Oregon Beer News, 08/03/2015

Oregon BeerAnd just like that, we’re in the high summer of August! Here’s the news in Oregon beer for the first Monday of August (the 3rd); as usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day with the latest news as I find it, so check back often. If you have news to share, please let me know and I can get that updated as well.

The 4th annual Mighty Mites Session Beer & Cider Fest has been announced, returning this year on Sunday, August 16, taking place at Bazi Bierbrasserie (really outside as part of the Hawthorne Street Fair). From the press release: “Featuring beers that fall under the “Session” style category as defined by being 5% ABV or below, The Mighty Mites presents a selection as varied as they are flavorful from session IPA’s to tart refreshing Berliner-Weisse’s, Ciders, and even sessionable, quaffable, poundable cans. Beer and cider tasting is $10 for a cup and four tickets each good for a large 7 oz beer or cider tasters and two tickets for a full cup. Additional tickets are $2 each.” There are more details that warrant a deeper look soon.

Also coming up this month—the same weekend, in fact, as Mighty Mites—is the 11th annual North American Organic Brewers Festival, taking place at Portland’s Overlook Park from August 13 through 16 (Thursday through Sunday). This fest is dedicated to organic beers and ciders, and goes all-in on sustainability, with compostable sample cups and food vendor plates and cutlery, onsite composting and recycling stations, no parking (fest-goers are encourage to walk, bike, or ride mass transit), and more—certainly making it one of the most “Portland” of beer fests. Price structure $7 for a cup, $1 per tasting token, and free admission. It’s family friendly and sure to be a great weekend—get it on your calendars!

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Medford, Oregon: Portal Brewing and BricktownE Brewing

This past weekend (OBF weekend, in fact) was spent in Southern Oregon on a family vacation-slash-birthday trip, and while in Medford we managed to slip in a couple of mealtime brewery visits: Portal Brewing for lunch, and BricktownE Brewing for dinner. I’m not writing full reviews, but I have some thoughts on each, the beers, and took a number of pictures.

First though, a quick note about Southern Oregon in general. It’s a beautiful, temperate region, hot in the summers, green and fertile—the Rogue Valley region in particular is one of Oregon’s great wine regions. It’s relatively sparsely populated, with Medford and Roseburg being the most populous cities (with about 78,000 and 22,000 people, respectively), which means it’s fairly agrarian and rural in atmosphere, which is fairly apparent when you cross over into the State of Jefferson area.

Which for a lot of years translated into, “not having very many local breweries.” That’s been changing quite a lot in recent years, which a plethora of new breweries and brewpubs popping up in Roseburg, Grants Pass, Medford, Ashland, and elsewhere. Seeing that develop is always fun.

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Huge changes at Logsdon Farmhouse Ales

Logsdon Farmhouse AlesBig breaking news regarding Hood River’s Logsdon Farmhouse Ales today, as reported by both Brewpublic and the New School: the brewery is being bought out by Portland-based Uptown Market along with current partners/investors John Plutshack and Jodie Ayura, with founder Dave Logsdon retiring and brewer Charles Porter leaving entirely.

A snippet from Brewpublic:

Plutshack is also an owner of Tin Bucket in North Portland. In a deal that is still being finalized David Logsdon will retire from the brewing industry and will sell his stake of the brewery while Porter will completely walk away from the business he proudly founded.

Today is Porter’s last day at the brewery he founded with Logsdon four years ago. The recipes that he developed over the years with Logsdon will continue on with current Assistant Brewer Aaron Gilliam and the new ownership, but Porter will have no involvement with Logsdon Farmhouse Ales after today.

And Ezra at the New School has more:

Chuck Porter said in a statement “Today is my last day as Head Brewer at Logsdon Farmhouse Ales. I’ve put head and heart into building this business since we started this partnership in 2011 and while our beers have never had my name on them, they’ve always had my soul in them. Along with Dave, and as Founding Brewer, I’ve played an essential part in the face, taste and character of our beers. I’m proud of my contribution to our success and to the impact we’ve had on the American-Style Brett Beer category.”

What does this mean for the brewery? Logsdon Farmhouse Ales as a brand will continue, in fact they are planning to open a new Barrel House taproom in Hood River any day now and are receiving a brand new bottling line and recently installed an awesome coolship open fermenter.

I have to say this is pretty surprising news to me, especially considering it’s Uptown Market making the buy—the bottleshop turned recent (small) brewer is pretty under the radar. And then Logsdon itself is relatively young, and specialized enough that I would have expected them to continue their artisanal efforts. I’m sure there will be plenty more written up about this sale, stay tuned.

Update: As has been making the rounds, Stuart Faris of Uptown Market has issued an update from Dave Logsdon: “This is an agreement between two private, family-owned companies, with the Logsdon family remaining involved. There is a restructuring of Logsdon Farmhouse Ales, in which Dave Logsdon will continue as the Founding Farm Brewmaster, to sustain the growth and exceptional quality Logsdon fans respect and covet. New members will join the current Logsdon Team in management and operations, as Dave is stepping back from directing the day-to-day operations full-time and Charles Porter has indicated his intent to leave his position as farmhouse brewer.”