Oregon Beer News, 01/09/2015

Oregon BeerHappy Friday! Here’s some news in Oregon beer for January 9 and the weekend (which I hope is a great one!). As usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day with the latest news, so check back often. And if you have news to share, please let me know and I can get that updated as well.

Mazama Brewing (Corvallis): Tomorrow (Saturday) from 2 until 10pm they are holding their second annual Dark Days Winter Ale Festival at their brewery, a 21+ event that costs $15 for the glass and tasting tokens, and definitely the weekend’s “must do” if you’re over in Corvallis! “Get out of the cold, blustery weather, and warm up in our brewery with over 15 Beers, Ciders, and Meads from our favorite Oregon Fermentors including special Mazama releases and free tastings from HOTV Homebrewers and Stowaway Spirtis. Live music from 7-10 by Dogheart and Terry Lee’s Got a Buzz. Kalamata Bisto and First Due Smokey BBQ will both have their delicious food for sale. There will be a FREE shuttle provided by Ale Ways that will pickup at LaSells Stewart Center and drop off at Mazama Brewing every 20 minutes or so.”

The Oregon Beer Growler will be in Newport today, at Bier One (also the home of Newport Brewing) to host a free blind tasting of stouts to feature in their February issues. “Tasters will choose their favorite stout beers to be featured in the February issue. There is no charge to taste 12 stouts, all from Oregon. Tasters choices will be revealed at the end of the event.” It starts at 5pm, if you’re in the area swing on by and render your opinion on your favorite Oregon stout.

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Oregon Beer News, 01/08/2015

Oregon BeerHappy Thursday, hopefully the penultimate day of your work week! It’s a “beer release” kind of day, with news of beer releases dominating my list of items so far. 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.

Double Mountain Brewery (Hood River): Tonight at The BeerMongers in Portland, Double Mountain is releasing their Pale Death Belgian Style Imperial IPA in bottles with the event starting at 5pm. From OregonBeer.org: “Open the Fourth Seal and partake in the luminous pungency of dank tropical forest. Aromas of ripe kiwi, mango, and pineapple consort with the coriander and orange peel of the Ardennes yeast. A noticeable bitterness hangs in balance with a hint of malt sweetness hiding in the vast, pale orange foundation.” The beer itself is a 9.5% abv with 93 IBUs. Should be a great party, so make sure to stop in a grab a few bottles.

McMenamins Edgefield (Troutdale) today has a limited-edition beer tasting starting at 5pm, featuring Saison Noir: “Saison is a Belgian ale style that is traditionally brewed to be light, refreshing and spiced. This is a darker and richer version to celebrate the black nights and the cold afternoons. Gather inside with friends and family around a warm fire with a cold pint. Cheers!” This particular Saison is spiced with grains of paradise and vanilla beans, and brewed with midnight wheat malt to give it its dark appearance. If you’re looking to try it, be sure to head over because once the beer is gone, it’s gone!

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Oregon Beer News, 01/07/2015

Oregon BeerHappy hump day! Here’s the news in Oregon beer for Wednesday, January 7. 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.

This news has been unfolding in slow motion for me, but I think I finally have a handle on it: the collaboration beer between Terminal Gravity and GoodLife was brewed here in Bend yesterday, and is called G-two Imperial Red Ale. Tomorrow (Thursday) the GoodLife brew team will be on their way to Enterprise to brew up another version there. I hope this makes it to bottles (or cans)!

Culmination Brewing (Portland): This up-and-coming brewery is getting close; they posted an update with photos on Facebook this morning: “The brewhouse has been delivered! Looking more and more like a brewery in here! We should be brewing beer by the end of Jan. The taproom also coming together. Hoping to get the taproom open next week!” Interestingly, their “about” on FB indicates they plan to be a beer and sake brewery. If they truly are licensed and brewing by the end of the month, we should see beer available by the end of February (when they are planning their grand opening).

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Oregon Beer News, 01/06/2015

Oregon BeerSecond day of beer news for the new year, so far so good! Here’s the news for Tuesday, the 6th of January. As usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day, so check back often for the latest news. If you have news to share, please contact me and I can get that updated as well.

Hopworks Urban Brewery (Portland) has launched a new “Community Tap” program to donate a percentage of pint sales to a given cause. “On the first day of 2015 we are officially kicking off our Community Tap program. The program is one way we work to support the great organizations in our community. Each month we will send 1% of pint sales to a partner organization. In January, our Community Tap partner is Friends of Trees.” I missed their official kickoff last night, but all this month if you drink at HUB you’ll be helping support Friends of Trees. (Via Brepublic)

Cascade Brewing (Portland): Their weekly Tap It Tuesday event at their Barrel House tonight at 6pm is featuring “Live” Brambleberry Quad. “This NW style sour ale is a blend of Spiced Quads aged nine months in Bourbon barrels before blending with black and red raspberry pressings. Tart bramble fruit flavors of raspberry, blackberry and boysenberry combine with a rich malt presence from the Quads to create a beer that is uniquely Oregonian. 9.4% ABV”

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Oregon Beer News, 01/05/2015

Oregon BeerHappy (hoppy) New Year! I’m taking another crack at starting up the daily Oregon Beer News posts, since I’m not (currently) writing a book. However other projects may yet intercede, so we’ll see how it goes! Here’s the news for Monday, January 5. 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.

Full Sail Brewing (Hood River) starts off the year right, expanding their Session series beers by introducing Session Export Golden Lager (this joins the current lineup of Sessions Lager, Black, Fest, and IPA): “Brewed in the Dortmunder Export lager style, Export pours a deep golden color and imported hop varieties impart noble hop aromas with subtle herbal and hop spice notes. Hop bitterness and malt sweetness are balanced with a firm, smooth, mineral/malt character and clean finish. So rich, so elegant, so well-traveled – Imported all the way from Hood River, Oregon, Session Export is available in 12-packs and on draft from winter to spring. ABV 5.8% IBU 28.” Good stuff, particularly after winning a bunch of awards at the World Beer Championships recently.

Across the McMenamins brewery empire, Mondays are growler fill specials days, where you can fill up a growler of whatever beer that particular location has selected (for instance, the Old Church has Reverse Order ISA and the Old St. Francis School has Tip Top Double IPA) for only 8 or 10 bucks. Fill ‘er up!

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