Oregon Beer News, 09/17/2015

Oregon BeerHere’s the news in Oregon beer from around the web for Thursday, the 17th of September. 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.

Terminal Gravity Brewing (Enterprise): Their fresh hop beer is out, Slick Rock Fresh Hop IPA! It’s a Simcoe-hopped Northwest IPA, and will be available at the Terminal Gravity taproom and a few selected places in Portland. From the press release: “We partnered with Carpenter Ranches in Granger Washington; they’ve been growing hops since the late 1800’s, and have some of the finest varieties in the Pacific Northwest. With large and juicy hop cones, it was a no brainer to drive the 300 miles to snatch up a few hundred pounds of freshly picked Simcoe hops to brew our annual Slick Rock Fresh Hop IPA.” Hopefully some will find it’s way to Bend…

McMenamins Kennedy School (Portland) has a limited-edition beer tasting today, featuring Barrel Aged 5K Scotch Ale: “We wanted to brew something special for batch number 5000 here at the Concordia Brewery and we settled on a Wee Heavy. This beer is a big, boozy, malt bomb of a beer. A hint of peated malt gives it some smokiness and a touch of hop helps to balance out all that malt sweetness. Further aging in a Hogshead Whiskey barrel mellows the flavors and adds flavors of whiskey, oak and vanilla to the mix. Batch 5000 only comes around once so don’t miss it!” It starts at 5pm at their Boiler Room bar.

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Bend: Catch a bus to Mt. Angel Oktoberfest, Sept. 19

Mt. Angel OktoberfestFolks in Bend and Central Oregon—if you were interested in going over to this weekend’s Mount Angel Oktoberfest, the local Bend homebrew club, the Central Oregon Homebrewers Organization, has chartered a bus to do just that for this Saturday, September 19. Details are here:

This year COHO has reserved a charter bus to take members to this fantastic event.  The bus will pick us up at a central location in Bend, and take us directly to the event.  It will then pick us up later that evening, and return us back to our original pick up location. The cost for a seat on the charter bus to/from Mount Angel is only $38.

It is approximately a 2 3/4 hour drive to Mount Angel, but luckily there will be a keg of beer on-board!  The bus will leave Bend promptly at 8:30am, and return by 10:00pm the same day.

Tickets for entry into the Mount Angel Oktoberfest are currently on sale here for $10. A day’s ticket also includes access to their shuttle bus which runs frequently to the Mount Angel Abbey.  With any luck their Benedictine Brewery will be open by then.  Check out the brewery information here.

A one-day chartered trip for only $38 (plus Oktoberfest admission, of course) is a great deal, and you have today and tomorrow to pick up a seat—just go to the COHO page and hit the Paypal link.

Oregon Beer News, 09/16/2015

Oregon BeerHappy Hump Day! I hope the week is going well for you so far, only a couple of days left ’til the weekend! Here’s the Oregon beer news for Wednesday, September 16. 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.

Full Sail Brewing (Hood River) has a new release to their Pub Series lineup: O’Fest, an Oktoberfest Lager. From the press release: “‘This four-time, gold-medal winner is a smooth, malty lager brewed in the true Bavarian style, using two-row pale, Vienna, caramel and imported roasted Munich malts, moderately hopped with imported Czech Saaz and Yakima sterling hops,’ says Jamie Emmerson, Full Sail’s Executive Brewmaster. ‘It is complex and beautifully balanced, with flavors reminiscent of honey, nougat and roasted nuts.’ O’Fest is now available in six-packs and on draft. Prosit! ABV 5.7% IBU 26”

McMenamins Murray & Allen (Beaverton): They have a limited-edition beer tasting today being tapped at 3:30pm, featuring the unusually-named Blassen Vanille Bauern Ale: “This is a traditional Belgian Farmhouse Ale made with Pale malt, Rolled Oats and CaraPils malts. Light in color and body but full of flavors thanks to the Wyeast French Farmhouse Yeast(3711). Traditional Belgian notes of clove and banana are present along with citrus flavors and floral aromas. Aged with Oak chips soaked in Whiskey and spiked with a vanilla bean makes this keg a one of a kind.” That sounds pretty tasty.

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McMenamins Hard Blackberry cider

Jon has been receiving periodic offers for growler samples of select McMenamins beers for awhile now. When the notice came in for a sample of their Blackberry Cider, I immediately told him the growlette was mine. :) Having just bought a fresh pint at the pub a few days prior, I waited a bit before filling the growlette provided to us by McMenamins for such a sample.

McMenamins Blackberry Cider

The color is a very dark purple and tastes pretty tart, but also very balanced with a light sweetness at the finish.

Description from McMenamins website:

Blackberry Cider
(on tap July – October)

Dark garnet in color, the aromas of fresh blackberries burst from the glass. The slightly tannic and tart blackberry component is balanced out by a small amount of residual sugar, while the fermented apple rounds out the mid-palate and finish.

My go-to when visiting a McMenamins and I encourage you to at least ask for a taster when grabbing some happy hour tots!

Oktoberfest around Oregon (2015 edition)

Mt. Angel Oktoberfest Festhalle

This Saturday, September 19, is the official start of Oktoberfest for 2015, and fittingly there are a number of Oktoberfest celebrations taking place across the state the same day. Of course the celebrations aren’t confined to just the one day; so this year I thought I’d write a round-up post of the various Oktoberfests taking place, this weekend and beyond, around Oregon. I’ll be updating this article if I come across more events so bookmark this post and check back in over the next week or so.

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