I was fortunate to pick up a couple of (complimentary/marketing) winter seasonal beers this week from Worthy Brewing and McMenamins Old St. Francis School:
I stopped in at Worthy on Thursday after work to try the premier release of their new Powder Keg Winter Ale, a “winter IPA” that’s 7.1% abv, and ran into both my friend Lindsay Landgraf (Worthy’s social media and PR person) and Brewmaster Chad Kennedy. We chatted up beer and the local brewing scene and how you don’t see too many winter IPAs around these parts (or hop-forward seasonals in general, opting for more of the malty Winter Warmer style). Good stuff, and they made sure to provide me with a bottle to go (and Chad comped my beer). Will have more of a write-up on this.
And the Old St. Francis School’s Mike “Curly” White got in touch with me to offer up a growler sample of McMenamins’ annual Kris Kringle Yuletide Ale. I stopped by on Friday and in addition to the growler fill, Curly also sent me with the bottled version of Kris Kringle (brewed and bottled at the Edgefield in Troutdale) to compare and contrast. I haven’t yet tried this year’s batch but I do like Kris Kringle generally and of course the beer geek in me is excited to try both of these beers side-by-side. I’ll have a write-up of that as well.
TGIF! Are you ready for the weekend? We are now halfway through the month of November and the holidays are fast approaching. For this weekend, here’s the news in Oregon beer. 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 posted as well.
Claim 52 Brewing (Eugene) is one year old and they are celebrating their birthday today from 5 to 9pm: “Friday from 5PM-9PM COME CELEBRATE WITH US!!! We will be celebrating our first year in operation with LIVE MUSIC from Manouche Noir, Swag Raffles, Bacon Nation Food Truck, Beers on the $2 Tower, and a very special beer release.” Congrats on the first year! And if you’re in the Eugene area today swing by and show them some love.
Three Creeks Brewing (Sisters): Tonight is the release of their winter seasonal ale, Rudolph’s Imperial Red, their 8.5% abv hop-forward strong ale, which is kicking off at 6pm. A bit about this year’s vintage: “This 2013 vintage of our annual holiday release is brewed with 8 specialty malts. Bravo, Centennial, Crystal and Chinook hops in the kettle balance the candy-like malt sweetness while a dry hop blend with Amarillo hops adds a fruity aroma.” And, mark your calendars for Saturday, December 7th because that’s when Three Creeks’ 3rd annual Rudolph’s Imperial Red Vertical Tasting is taking place. It’s $25 per person and you get appetizers along with four years of Rudolph’s: 2013, 2012, 2011 and a barrel-aged 2010.
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Portland-based BridgePort Brewing, one of Oregon’s oldest (and in my opinion most influential) craft breweries, is turning 30(!) in 2014, and to celebrate they are releasing a “Trilogy Series” of three limited-edition beers that will be released throughout the year, starting in January. The idea behind these beers, according to the press release, is:
The first two beers in the series will honor pivotal moments in BridgePort’s history by highlighting the adoption of aroma hops and the IPA movement. In contrast, the third and final beer in the series will explore what’s still to come for craft beer in Oregon.
The first beer to be released in January is “Crystal Dry-Hopped Pale Ale.” Here’s some detail about it from that press release:
Given that aroma hops ignited the Oregon craft beer movement, it only made sense for the first beer in the “BridgePort Trilogy Series” to honor one of Edgerton’s favorite, the Crystal Hop, a varietal known for it’s slightly spicy and citrus notes.
“We chose to do a dry-hopped pale for the first beer in this series because of how well a pale can really spotlight a hop varietal,” said Edgerton. “We’ve experimented with dry hopping in the past but never built a whole beer around it. Our brewers are really excited and we think that BridgePort fans are going to love this first beer in the BridgePort Trilogy series.”
Trilogy 1 uses a big charge of Crystal Hops at the end of fermentation for a pleasant dry-hop aroma and flavor. The presence of Rye malt gives this beer a slightly spicy malt character and the Munich malts add a soft yet definite mouthfeel. ABV 5.2% | OG: 13.1 | IBUs 40
Based on the two pivotal beers released by BridgePort that shaped the Northwest and American beer scene (in my opinion), Blue Heron Pale Ale and BridgePort IPA, I would guess the second beer in the Trilogy coming out in May will be an India Pale Ale.
The third one—”exploring what’s yet to come”—I have no idea, but it will be released in September. And they say, “The release of Trilogy 3 will coincide with the re-release of the first two beers in the series and BridgePort will encourage fans to vote for their favorite. The winning brew will return as a year-long offering in 2015.”
I’m definitely looking forward to trying these beers, and I have to offer up congratulations to BridgePort on their three decades in the the business!
Happy Thursday! Thanksgiving is two weeks for today, so start picking out what beer(s) you’ll be enjoying with your holiday meal. In the meantime, here is the news in Oregon beer for Thursday the 14th of November. 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.
Deschutes Brewery (Bend): Today is The Abyss release! All day long starting at 11am at the Bend Pub and Portland Pub they will be celebrating the release of the 2013 vintage of The Abyss: “Grab a bottle, a snifter, or a vertical flight with previous year’s versions at our Bend and Portland Pubs beginning at 11am on Thursday, November 14th. We’ll also have a special food menu that will pair perfectly with this dark, delicious beer!” They have the food specials posted (on the links) and don’t miss out on the chance to sample the vertical flight!
McMenamins Edgefield (Troutdale) has a limited-edition beer tasting today at 5pm featuring Lord Snow Imperial Stout: “Black as a crow, this strong, dark beer was brewed with wintergreen and peppermint candies to give it a hint of the chill of winter, but its massive, thick body and warming strength help to ward that chill off. A huge supporting cast of dark malts- including a hundred and fifty pounds of rolled oats to add a smooth mouthfeel- provide a great depth and complexity of flavor accentuated by the herbal, faintly sweet undertones of wintergreen and peppermint. Grab a pint and bundle up. Winter is coming…”
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Happy Hump Day to everyone, I hope your Wednesday is going along smoothly and there is beer for you at some point in the day. Here’s the news in Oregon beer for the 13th of November. 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) tonight is hosting a special beer dinner with Bend’s Blue Pine Bar, offering up five courses paired with a variety of Crux brews. Blue Pine’s owner and chef Matt Neltner was formerly executive chef at Deschutes Brewery and has a ton of experience and creativity when it comes to food and beer so this will be a great dinner. Cost is $60 and you can still purchase tickets online, don’t miss out.
Roscoe’s (Portland) is holding a Sierra Nevada Night tonight from 5 to 8pm and offering up some special pours: “Come and join us as we tap some great beers and hang out with Kathleen ‘Kat’ Finn from Sierra Nevada, We will be tapping 2012 Narwhal, 2013 Narwhal, Celebration, and Devastation!”
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