CBC Events: Lompoc Brewing’s week-long medley

For the Craft Brewers Conference in Portland next week, Lompoc Brewing has a full slate of events taking place at their Sidebar in North Portland—something happening every night from Monday through Thursday! Not only will Sidebar be pouring some of Lompoc’s best beers, there will also be guest beers on tap throughout the week. I’d highly recommend visiting at least one of the nights if your schedule accommodates.

Here is their breakdown:

All events are open to the public from 4pm to Midnight, and free appetizers will be offered nightly from 5 to 7pm.

Monday, April 13: CBC Welcome Reception
Lompoc will showcase a number of its barrel aged and seasonal specialty beers on tap, plus cider and guest tap Grapefruit Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing of San Diego.

Tuesday, April 14: Touched by Oak
Lompoc will be serving 2009 Bourbon Barrel Aged Big Bang Red, 2011 Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Tavern Rat, 2012 Franc’ly Brewdolph, 2013 Port Barrel Aged Big Bang Red, 2014 Pinot Noir Barrel Aged Cheval de Trait Belge, plus other specialty beers and cider and guest tap Barrel Aged Victory at Sea from Ballast Point.

Wednesday, April 15: Night of the Living Red
Lompoc will be serving 2013 Revelry Red, 2014 Brewdolph, Dagda Pan Gaelic Red, Proletariat Red and Cherry Bomb Smoked Red Ale (brewed for International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day), plus other specialty beers and cider.

Thursday, April 16: Fruit & Sour Power
Lompoc will be serving 2013 Pear n’ Kramer, 2013 Cherry Christmas, 2014 Peachy Keen, Plumed Procession & Cherry Gold, plus cider and guest tap Raspberry Sour Wench from Ballast Point.

Lompoc head brewer Bryan Keilty will be present at the start of each of the events, along with other key Lompoc team members.

Sidebar is located at 3901 N. Williams Avenue, only about 2 miles from the Convention Center, so plan accordingly.

Lompoc Brewing CBC events

CBC Events: Brits & Yanks at Saraveza

Among the many, many events taking place next week during the Craft Brewers Conference is one taking place at Saraveza on Wednesday the 15th starting at 7pm: Brits & Yanks, A Toast to Tradition. (Saraveza’s link is here.) Unfortunately this one is taking place concurrent with the Central Oregon Brews & Beats so I doubt I’ll be able to attend, but this frankly looks fantastic:

Join us for a tribute to Samuel Smith featuring IPAs, Pale Ales, ESBs, Porters & Stouts all directly or indirectly influenced by Samuel Smith’s classic brews that include: India Ale, Oatmeal Stout, Organic Pale Ale, Imperial Stout & Taddy Porter.

Here are a few of the brewers & breweries who will be bringing us their finest to raise a glass in tribute:

  • Anderson Valley – Wild Turkey Bourbon BBL-Aged Oatmeal Stout – Head Brewer: Fal Allen
  • Breakside – Bergamot Special Bitter – Brewer: Nao Ohdera
  • Brooklyn- Wild Horse Porter & Some Surprises – Head Brewer: Garrett Oliver
  • Ecliptic – Pegasus ESB – Founder/Head Brewer: John Harris
  • Fremont – Dark Star Imperial Oatmeal Stout – Director of Brewing Operations: Matt Lincoln
  • Ninkasi – Vanilla Oatis Oatmeal Stout – Founder/Brewer: Jamie Floyd
  • Pelican – Silver Spot English Style IPA – Head Brewer: Darron Welch
  • Rogue – Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout – Brewer: John Maier
  • Sierra Nevada – Pale Ale – Brewery Technical Director Danny Khan

Samuel Smith’s will be bringing bottles of all the favorites including:

  • Organic Pale Ale
  • Oatmeal Stout
  • Nut Brown Ale
  • Imperial Stout
  • Taddy Porter
  • India Ale

Try the originals alongside their unique US counterparts. A line up and all-star cast like this will be one for the history books.

If I can be there, even for a bit, I will be. (No entry fee that I’m aware of.)

CBC: Saraveza's Brits & Yanks

CBC Events: Central Oregon Brewers Guild Brews & Beats

Since I already posted about Deschutes Brewery’s Beer Machines event during the Craft Brewers Conference next week, I figured I’d also highlight some of the other events going on next week in Portland. Not all of them, obviously—I mean, look at how big this list is!—but a few that are of interest to me and that I’ll likely (try to) attend.

On Wednesday, the 15th, starting at 6pm the Central Oregon Brewers Guild is holding their event dubbed “Brews & Beats” at McMenamins Crystal Ballroom (on West Burnside, downtown). I’m highlighting this for somewhat obvious reasons—it’s a great showcase of beers from my hometown area that a lot of CBC attendees have not experienced, plus I know most of the folks involved.

Here’s the description:

Central Oregon breweries have come together to provide an exhilarating experience of specialty beers and fantastic music at the Crystal Ballroom. Kicking the night off with music from DJ Miss Briana & Twitt from Portland and headlining the event is the band Black Pistol Fire – a rock/blues/punk duo that split their time between Ontario and Austin. Breweries that will be bringing some fun and interesting brews are GoodLife Brewing, Worthy Brewing, Sunriver Brewing, Deschutes Brewery, Mcmenamins OSF, Silver Moon Brewing, Bend Brewing Company, Wild Ride Brewing, Crux Fermentation Project, Three Creeks, Solstice and more!

Tickets are $15 presale and general public; $10 at the door with your CBC badge!

If you want to pre-purchase tickets you can do so on the Crystal Ballroom’s page here.

These are some terrific breweries being showcased, and at only $10/$15 is a really good deal considering the beer and the music. (You don’t have to be attending CBC to attend, but you do get that discount if you are.)

CBC's Central Oregon Brewers Guild Brews & Beats

Oregon Beer News, 04/09/2015

Oregon BeerHere is the Oregon beer news for Thursday, April 9. Who’s counting the days until the CBC next week? 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 Edgefield (Troutdale) has a limited-edition beer tasting today featuring The Kraken IIRA: “The Kraken is an Imperial India Red ale brewed strong and hoppy- with Centennial character that will bring you back to the early days of craft IPAs. However, this dark red beast is still pleasantly malty and balanced even at its impressive ABV. Add a dash of the much coveted Mosaic hop in the late additions, and you’ve got a true monster of an IRA.” It starts at 5pm and lasts until the beer is gone. (And it’s big at 9.16% abv.)

The Bier Stein (Eugene) has the Eugene release of Breakside Brewery‘s India Golden Ale kicking off today, and will include a tap takeover. The release party is from 5 to 8pm. “It’s that time of year again– the third year in a row that we’ve hosted Portland’s Breakside Brewing to release their India Golden Ale, originally a collaboration brew with Ninkasi. This year, along with IGA, we will be tapping several other lovely Breakside beers: Lunch Break ISA, Amuse (Belgian-style blond), Tropicalia (infused with lychee and chiles), Fortunella (with kumquats, coriander, and chamomile), and Safe Word Triple IPA. Come on in for a taste!”

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Oregon Beer News, 04/08/2015

Oregon BeerHappy Hump Day! Here’s the news in Oregon beer for Wednesday, the 8th of April. 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.

Brewvana Brewery Tours (Portland) is celebrating their 4th anniversary today with a party at Ecliptic Brewing from 6 to 9pm: “Join us for music, libations, dancing and merriment as we reflect on a CRAZY 4 years and look forward to the next year (and years!). We’ll have the tunes to make your booty bounce, the beer to make your taste buds smile AND a photo booth courtesy of J Forbish Photography to capture all the memories! Ecliptic Brewing will be pouring beer, $5 for the first and a BREWVANA 12 oz pilsner glass to take home, and $3 refills after that!” Congrats!

PFriem Family Brewers (Hood River) is bringing their bottle release party (the first of several) to Portland’s Belmont Station today from 5 to 8pm: “We are honored to be the first place the pFriem Family Brewers will be releasing their highly anticipated bottled beers outside their Hood River brewery. pFriem is set to launch 23 bottled varieties in 2015, including annual, seasonal, barrel-aged and limited varieties. The Classic Series will be offered in a capped, 500ml bottle, while the Select Line and Barrel-Aged beers will be packaged in corked and hooded 375 ml bottles. Please plan to join us, Josh, Annie and Matt for both a release party and a tasting of these long-awaited bottled offerings. Of course, it’s not a party without something on draft, so rest assured we will have something very special from pFriem pouring in the biercafe as well.”

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