Here’s the Oregon beer news for Monday, April 11; sorry I didn’t post the news on Friday for the weekend, but a somewhat last-minute trip kept me largely offline. But back for today, 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.
A new beer festival in Portland has been announced: Pints in the Pearl, which will take place Saturday, June 4, in the (you guessed it) Pearl District. From the press release: “The Pearl District Business Association has announced the debut of Pints in the Pearl, a one-day craft beer festival that will showcase some of the best beers Pearl District breweries have to offer. The event will take place on June 4 from Noon to 9pm at NW 13th and Everett; the street will be closed to vehicles. Four craft breweries — 10 Barrel Brewing, BridgePort Brewing, Deschutes Brewery and Fat Heads Brewery — will each host a station serving three different beers, including one made exclusively for the event, along with a complementary food pairing menu. Each station will be manned by brewery staff, allowing attendees to learn more about the beer from the very people who make and serve it.” More details as it gets closer.
Ecliptic Brewing (Portland): From a press release issued last week, a new beer is coming: “Ecliptic Brewing continues to expand their Special Release line-up in 2016 with the addition of another unique beer. Callisto Tripel with Blackcurrants, inspired by their love of beers brewed with fruit, will be released on April 27th in both draft and 22oz package. Callisto Tripel is named after the outermost of Jupiter’s four Galilean moons, and the most heavily cratered object in our solar system. This golden Belgian ale features traditional flavors of a sweet tripel with the addition of tart blackcurrants.” This will be a fun one to watch for!
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Happy National Beer Day! On this day in 1933, the Cullen-Harrison Act went into effect, legalizing the manufacture and sale of 3.2% beer (as a stopgap until Prohibition could be fully repealed). Cheers to that! Here’s the news for this Thursday, April 7; 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.
Saraveza (Portland): Tonight they are welcoming Corvallis’ Flat Tail Brewing to celebrate their Dam Wild release: “Come join the Dam Flat Tail crew as we celebrate another Dam Wild release! We’ll have three varients of their seasonal Dam Wild series on side-by-side-by-side for you to try, and Dam Dave will be Dam here! Plus we’ll be debuting the new one, the Dam Wild Pink Lemonade, made with Oregon raspberries and lemons! It will be a Dam good time, for certain! We will also be talking about what Dam is your favorite Dam! The Hoover Dam, Contra Dam, Gordon Dam? Which is your favorite? The Dam with the most votes will win a Dam prize from our Dam gift shop!”
Eastern Oregon brewery highlight! Boardman’s Ordnance Brewing teamed up with Milton-Freewater’s Dragon’s Gate Brewery on a collaboration beer that is being released today at Ordnance, Dragon Force: “We are proud to announce the release of Dragon Force. A delicious Belgian Dark Strong Ale that was brewed in collaboration with Dragon’s Gate Brewing in Milton-Freewater. Please join us for a glass and the opportunity to meet and greet the brewers!!” It takes place from 5 to 7pm tonight.
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The media tip sheet for Deschutes Brewery went out last week and it contained the list of upcoming (bottled) beers from them for the next few months; it started with the year-round release of Armory XPA in six-packs (12-ounce bottles, down from the 22-ounce bombers it was previously packaged in), and then highlighted five additional upcoming brews, detailed below.
Down ‘N Dirty IPA — 6.3% abv, 80 IBUs, released in 22-ounce bottles year-round starting in April.
Originally developed and named for The Dirty Half marathon, a longtime beloved staple of the Central Oregon trail running community, Down ‘N Dirty IPA is (obviously) the perfect post-run brew. Cascade and Centennial hops deliver bright citrus notes against the earthy bitterness of Bravo hops, balanced by a biscuity malt body. For non-runners, we recommend drinking it while you watch those marathoners speed by, or perhaps pair it up at dinner with a tasty elk burger.
Big Rig — 6% abv, 46 IBUs, also 22-ounce bombers year-round as of this month.
This classic Pub Ale has been an annual favorite at our pubs for years, and now it’s heading down the road…in bottles. Inspired by a love for outside play (and the big truck driven by one of the beer’s original brewers), Big Rig balances a smooth, silky maltiness with crisp, floral notes and just the right bitterness from Crystal hops. Good time to drink? Anytime and anywhere, preferably with a side of sweet baby back ribs.
Both of these beers appeared on the website last week (see my image above), which I noticed before the media tip sheet was sent out. Big Rig is subtitled, “A Classic Pub Ale” and it used to be named Big Rig Bitter.
Pinot Suave — 11.2% abv, 15 IBUs, a new Reserve Series beer coming out in early May, with a wax-dipped bottled like the others in the Series.
Smooth and slightly sexy…Pinot Suave is a Belgian style beauty aged in French oak and Pinot Noir barrels filled with Pinot grape must. Part of our limited Reserve Series lineup, this new beer is the first of five releases not to be missed in 2016. The result is a unique flavor profile with some delicate notes of acidity and wine tannins. The light malt body makes sure the berry flavors stay at the forefront.
That note about “first of five releases” — meaning in the Reserve Series, I’m guessing? Well every year sees The Abyss and the latest Black Butte XX anniversary beer iteration, so that accounts for three; does that leave The Dissident and The Stoic to return, or is there something new?
Hop Slice Session IPA — 4.5% abv, 45 IBUs, the new 12-ounce bottled seasonal coming out from May to September.
We’re celebrating summer in a fresh way this year…by introducing a brand-new seasonal to our lineup: Hop Slice Session IPA. This new beer invites fans to “grab a slice of summer” with floral hop notes and crisp lemon refreshment. Hop Slice is brewed with Meyer Lemon, characterized by a more delicate aroma than the standard lemon, complemented by Azacca, Galaxy and Amarillo hops. This session IPA packs the hop flavor of an IPA in a light bodied beer crafted for a long summer day.
Bad news, Twilight fans—this beer is replacing Twilight Summer Ale, which has been retired this year. The Brewery has been trying out various lemon-infused India Session Ales at the (Bend) Pub for awhile now, which led to this release. I guess Twilight just wasn’t selling enough anymore, which seems weird to me because it seems like they always sell it out early every year…?
Black Butte XXVIII — the 22-ounce bottled Reserve Series anniversary beer, dropping on June 27.
Every year, we celebrate our anniversary with an imperial, barrel-aged version of our flagship Black Butte Porter. Our brewers love to experiment and they always add some fun new ingredients to this beer to celebrate. In the past, you may have found chilies, cranberries, pomegranate molasses, dates, figs and other such treats. This year, our brewers tell us that they’ve added goodies like peated malt, cocoa, vanilla and sweet orange peel…all aged in bourbon and scotch barrels.
Yep, this is the 28th year of Deschutes Brewery and this year’s BBXX, in keeping with the tradition of incorporating a fruit element, goes with orange peel (and peated malt, which is new I think). But that also means the big 3-0 is only two years away! It’s not too early to start thinking of thirtieth anniversary celebration plans and beers…
Happy Hump Day for this Wednesday, April 6! Hope your week is going well. Here’s the news in Oregon beer; 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.
Lompoc Brewing (Portland) is holding their Hip Hop IPA Night today at the Lompoc Tavern starting at 4pm; the latest in their series of themed IPAs which are always fun. “Lompoc is known for doing themed IPA series; past themes have included spies, baseball, classic rock, science fiction and more. According to head brewer Bryan Keilty, ‘If someone suggests a them and it sounds like fun, we’ll do it!'” On tap tonight will be five beers: World Class Wreckin Brew, Mama Said Hop You Out, Hotel Motel Holiday Inn, MCA IPA, and Hopster’s Paradise.
And also announced today, Lompoc is releasing two of its popular IPAs in six-pack; from the press release: “For the first time in its 20-year history, Lompoc Brewing has released six-pack carriers with 12 oz. longneck bottles, featuring Pamplemousse Citrus IPA and C-Note IPA. Mobile Bottling Source did a first run of 17,000 bottles at Lompoc’s Fifth Quadrant Brewery on March 24, and the six-packs have recently begun appearing on store shelves throughout Oregon and Washington. The six-packs will complement, not replace, Lompoc’s current lineup of 22-oz bottles.”
Portland’s Brewvana Brewery Tours is celebrating their fifth anniversary today with a party at Ecliptic Brewing from 5 to 9pm: “Join us for a night filled with beer, close friends & cool people, beer snacks and more at Ecliptic Brewery! Each ticket includes entry to the event, a commemorative glass filled with beer (graciously provided by our dear friends at Glass Tech), beer snacks, and a live performance by local out-of-this-world band Space Shark. KIND Bars will also be at the party as well doing a special beer and bar pairing! PLUS each ticket provides $2 to the Oregon Brewshed Alliance Program that works to protect our precious water sources.” Tickets are $12 at the door, $10 if you get them in advance. Congrats!
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Arriving yesterday: the return of Portland Brewing Company’s SMASH Pale Ale, their summer seasonal:
Last year it had the “Summer” in the title, but the ingredients are the same. I might have some notes when I drink it. (See also: review from last year of Summer SMASH.)