San Diego-based Coronado Brewing has been on a roll lately with new beers and the PR end of things, so when I get the email from them about a new beer with samples available, I’m happy to let them know I’ll accept samples. Accordingly I got these two bottles this past weekend:
Stingray IPA, and Blue Bridge Coffee Stout, both somewhat imperialized. Handsome labeling, too. I’ll write them up when I drink them.
Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! I hope the day is finding you well and recovered from the weekend. Here is the news for January 18; 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.
Crux Fermentation Project (Bend): The first in their new “BEER’ducation” series of events takes place tonight from 4 to 10pm, featuring Cast Out IPA vs. Ella IPA: “Same base recipe, two different hops. Our popular Cast Out IPA (formerly Outcast) is brewed with Galaxy hops imported from Australia which deliver quenching tropical fruit notes to the palate and the nose. Australian hop growers recently developed a variation of the Galaxy, called “Ella,” which we’ve used to replace the Galaxy hops in our Cast Out recipe to create our aptly named Experimental “Ella” IPA. While this new strain of Ella hops is only a slight variation from the Galaxy, the flavor and aromatic characteristics shift significantly from fruit to floral and spice.”
Back Pedal Brewing (Portland) has a new beer releasing today at 6pm, BMX Session IPA: “We are excited to release our latest beer, a small but punchy IPA that has intense hop aroma. We packed this low ABV beer (4.5%) with lots of Simcoe, Centennial, and Cascade hops, and added some oats to give it a bit more body. Come try our new beer and stay for trivia at 7.”
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Bend’s Crux Fermentation Project is launching a new tasting and education series, dubbing it “BEER’ducation,” designed to highlight their beers and learn about them along the way. From their press release:
Join us in exploring the wonderful nuances and breadth of craft beer every Monday evening in our Tasting Room. Our BEER’DUCATION SERIES of beer menu specials are designed to stimulate greater appreciation and understanding of craft beer through the self-guided experience of comparing and contrasting variations in styles and brewing processes. Each Monday evening, a different Crux beer will be highlighted via a special beer menu offering that includes a tasting guide to help you make the most of your experience.
The series starts this Monday, January 28, and features Cast Out IPA vs. Experimental Ella IPA—the same base beer brewed with different Australian hops. Future Mondays they have lined up are:
- January 25: [Banished] Doublecross vs. “Regular” Doublecross — exploring barrel aging;
- February 1: Snow Cave + Food Pairing — with a special savory and sweet dish to pair;
- February 8: Pre-Prohibition Lager vs. Crux Pilz.
Keep an eye on Crux’s Facebook events page for an up-to-date schedule of these BEER’ducation events (plus I’ll have them in my Oregon Beer News posts).
Happy Friday! Here’s the Oregon beer news for the week of January 15. As usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day with the latest news, so check back often. And if you have news to share, please let me know and I can get that updated as well.
Deschutes Brewery (Bend) is releasing their special and super-limited alternative versions of The Abyss today—one 100% barrel aged in Rye barrels, another 100% in Cognac barrels. Bottles of each will be on sale for $25 at both the Bend and Portland pubs, and in Bend they will be serving up Brewer’s Flights of all three 2015 Abysses (regular plus the variants), with food pairings, and a special tasting bar from 4:30 to 9pm. Definitely something you don’t want to miss out on!
McMenamins Old St. Francis School (Bend) is holding their third annual High Gravity Extravaganza tomorrow, Saturday the 16th, a terrific event that invites 20+ breweries (a mix of McMenamins breweries and Central Oregon brewers) to bring a seasonally-appropriate strong beer to pour for this fest. It takes place from 1 to 10pm, with a special “meet the brewers” portion the first three hours, and there will be (free) live music later on in the day. Cost is $15 for the full punchcard and glass—10 tasters worth at $1.50 each, and you can buy more as you go. This is a favorite January event of mine, and if you can make it to Bend (or are already here) you won’t regret attending!
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It’s Thirsty Thursday! Or if not, at least it should be. Here’s the Oregon beer news to accompany your libations for January 14. 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.
As I just posted a few minutes ago, Sunriver-based Sunriver Brewing has officially announced that they will be taking over the former Oblivion Brewpub space in Bend, with plans for a grand opening on February 13. It’s a good move for them, and they plan to release a new beer concurrently with the opening, Rippin Northwest Ale.
McMenamins Edgefield (Troutdale) has their Meet Your Maker beer tasting tonight from 5 to 8pm, featuring Cone of Cold India Pale Lager: “If you don’t have your Dungeon Master’s Guide handy, you might not know what level wizard spell this beer’s name is referring to, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less delicious. Cone of Cold India Pale Lager is very similar to an IPA except that it was brewed with a cold-fermenting lager yeast strain. This crisp beer’s pleasing hop flavor profile and huge citrus and pine aromatics were achieved using nothing but whole cone hop flowers.”
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