TGIF—perhaps also TGIB (you can figure that one out!). Here’s the Oregon beer news for the weekend of January 22. 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.
Portland’s new Labrewatory, a “craft beer lab,” is celebrating their grand opening today (Friday) starting at 3pm: “Come celebrate the Labrewatory in our taproom and enjoy our unique brews, like our Golly G. Cranberry Porter, @PDXBottleShareIPA, Hulk S.M.A.S.H. IPA, Billy the Squid Gose and more. Tamale Boy will be in the building with their food truck serving up delicious food. We’ll be filling crowlers for purchase and will be having a raffle for give-aways!”
McKenzie Brewing of Eugene, better known as the brewpub that it started under, Steelhead Brewing, is celebrating its 25th(!) anniversary this Friday and Saturday! “We’re celebrating for two nights: Friday Jan 22nd & Saturday Jan 23rd from 6:30-9:00. Enjoy live music on Friday from Skip Jones and Paul Biondi and on Saturday from Rob Tobias. Both nights will include a schwag raffle and $2.50 pints of our Anniversary Ale (American pale ale brewed with cherry wood smoked malt). See you there!” BIG congrats to the silver anniversary!
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Here is the news in Oregon beer for Thursday, January 21—I don’t know about you, but it feels like a Friday! 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.
McMenamins Kennedy School (Portland) has an “Extra Credit” beer tasting today from 5 to 8pm, featuring Blood Orange Pale Ale: “We thought blood oranges would make a tasty addition to our Limited Release Pale Ale. Golden Promise & Cara-Vienna Malts were used to create a base that would allow the fruit to shine. Ultra Hops were used to help compliment the orange flavors. We then dry hopped this ale with Meridian Hops to blend in aromas of lemon, mixed berry, and tropical fruit. Cheers!”
Belmont Station (Portland) welcome’s Seattle’s Schooner Exact Brewing today for a tasting from 5 to 7pm: “Seattle’s award-winning Schooner Exact Brewery will be here providing tastes of 3-Grid IPA, Hopvine IPA and the Bourbon Barrel Imperial Porter. Plus, we will have their Hopvine IPA and Barrel-Aged Imperial Porter on tap. The Hop Vine IPA recently won best of show at the Brussels Beer Challenge, an international competition and the imperial porter was recently awarded gold in the Wood & Barrel Aged category at the Washing Beer Awards.”
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This is the second bottle Portland Brewing sent to me; the first was damaged and leaked and had to be disposed of (no, not by drinking—sent back to UPS where they disposed of it):
Their new Belgian-style Red Ale, Raise the Roost, their spring seasonal. I’m trying to remember if I’ve ever had a beer with chickens on the label; I don’t think I have, unless there’s an obvious one I can’t remember. (Old Speckled Hen doesn’t have any imagery on it except the small logo mark, only lettering.)
This month is just flying by, as it’s now 2/3 over! Here’s the Oregon beer news for your Hump Day, Wednesday the 20th; 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.
Saraveza (Portland): Tonight they are hosting the release of Sierra Nevada’s Bigfoot Barleywine, and as a bonus they also have a vertical tasting of Bigfoot’s to pour! “Come celebrate with us and Kat from Sierra Nevada as we delve into our cellar and put on a three year vertical of Bigfoot! Bigfoot is the best example of a classic American style barley wine. Aggressively hoppy, warming, and intense when young, this beer mellows so well with age! So well in fact, we’ve been hiding some away in our cellar for a while. So to celebrate the 2016 version of this beer, we are busting them out!” The vintages are 2014, 2014 Barrel Aged, 2015, and of course 2016.
McMenamins Cedar Hills (Beaverton) has a beer tasting tonight from 6 to 9pm, featuring A Saison Creed Belgian Pale Ale: “Saison’s are a summer seasonal style produced in Wallonia, the French-speaking part of Belgium. They were originally brewed at the end of the cool season to last through the warmer months before refrigeration was common. They had to be sturdy enough to last for months but not too strong that they weren’t refreshing in the summer. It is now brewed year round in tiny, artisanal breweries whose buildings reflect their origins as farmhouses. This is a traditional Belgian Farmhouse Ale made with Pale Malt, Rolled Oats, Special Aromatic, and Pilsner Malts. This ale is light in color and body but full of flavor thanks to the Belgian Yeast. Lemon peel and Sweet Spanish Orange Peel with Perle Hops also add to this unique Pale.”
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Here’s the news in beer from around Oregon for Tuesday, the 19th of January. 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.
Bend’s GoodLife Brewing and The Ale Apothecary have teamed up to produce what sounds like a pretty unique beer: a Dortmunder lager inoculated with a mixed strain of wild yeasts, including Brettanomyces. The beer has gone into barrels to age for a year—so we won’t see this beer until at least 2017! GoodLife posted a video of The Ale Apothecary’s Paul Arney describing the process. This will definitely be one to look forward to.
Belmont Station (Portland) has a fun popcorn and cider pairing event today from 5 to 7pm, featuring Washington’s Finnriver Cider: “Masala Pop, savory Indian-spiced popcorn, is one of our favorite bar snacks and it pairs well with Finn River’s incredible ciders. Swing by for samples of both ciders and spicy popcorn and find your own favorite pairing!”
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