Oregon Beer News, 02/06/2015

Oregon BeerTGIF! Here’s the Oregon beer news for the weekend starting Friday, February 6. 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): Today is the release of Jubel 2015, the brewery’s ordinarily-once-a-decade “Super” Jubel aged in barrels. The release celebration takes place all day at the Bend and Portland pubs, and you’ll be able to buy bottles as well as samples and food specials at each pub. Here in Bend they will also feature artist Dennis McGregor as part of downtown Bend’s First Friday celebration; McGregor’s “art was featured 15 years ago on the 2000 label of Jubelale.” Cheers!

Belmont Station (Portland): Tomorrow, Saturday the 7th, is the start of Belmont’s “Bigger, Badder, Blacker!” winter event, which lasts through the 11th! “In honor of Stout Month, we will be pouring several big, dark, luscious beers in the biercafe and they will be rotating through during the entire event. So keep an eye on the draft list here on the website and skedaddle over when something strikes your fancy, because it might be gone before you know it!” They have a teaser lineup on their event page, and today is “Deschutes Day” featuring a vertical of Black Butte XXIV, XXV & XXVI. If you’re a stout fan, don’t miss the next 5 days at Belmont!

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Pictures from Bridge 99’s tasting room opening

Still catching up! Here are pictures from the official opening launch of Bridge 99 Brewery here in Bend (which took place on January 22-23). I stopped in on the 22nd around 5:30 and got some pictures of the space and had some of the samples they were pouring as well as a pint of the Winter Trail Stout.

Bridge 99 Brewery tasting roomThe new tasting room and brewery space is located across the parking lot from Wubba’s BBQ Shack (which is the main outlet for the lineup of beers), at 63063 Layton Avenue. I say “brewery space” because adjacent to the tasting room (the garage door in the picture) is the space that brewer and owner Trever Hawman will be moving his (currently 1.5 barrel) brewery into, and will be where he upgrades to at least a seven barrel system. Right now it’s mostly empty, of course, though that night it was packed full with people.

Bridge 99 tasting

Brewer/owner Trever Hawman, center


Bridge 99 beer samples

The tasting room itself is understandably a bit small, but looks great: the walls are paneled in juniper, and the bar is a gorgeously sanded and polished chunk of reclaimed redwood (they found the wood behind the building).

Bridge 99 tasting room and bar

Too much movement! Trever Hawman, left, and Trever’s wife Angel (center) in the gorgeous tasting room


Bridge 99 tasting room and bar, Angel pouring

Bridge 99 tasting room and bar, Angel pouring

There are I believe nine taps with the full range of Bridge 99 beers available right now, and plenty of room to grow. I even got a sample of the Red Eye Rye, the barrel-aged brew they collaborated on with the Platypus Pub, that was present at the Little Woody last year. Tasty.

Bridge 99 hoodie

Local books at Bridge 99!

Obligatory book shot! They were on display in the tasting room.

All in all it’s a great space and I’m looking forward to watching Bridge 99 grow there.


Oregon Beer News, 02/05/2015

Oregon BeerThursdays always seem to be busy days for tasting events, for some reason. The roundup is below for this Thursday the 5th of February. 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.

Belmont Station (Portland) tonight is hosting formerly-Oregon Amnesia Brewing from 6 to 8pm for their 10th anniversary Barleywine release: “Join us for Amnesia Brewing’s release party for the 10th Anniversary Barley Wine. The biercafe will have the Barleywine on draft along with Milk of Amnesia Stout. Sean and the Beer Lady will be pouring samples of Barley Wine along with Damnesia IPA & Dusty Trail cans in the beer store … A very limited amounted of these 22 oz. bottles will be available as well.”

McMenamins Old Church & Pub (Wilsonville) has a special beer tasting tonight starting at 5pm (and like always, lasting until the beer is gone), featuring Little Miss Citrus IPA: “If you’re a hop head, then prepare to fall in love with this bold and aggressively hopped little beauty. We’ve taken our Prime Meridian IPA and upped the ante by adding a healthy dose of grapefruit and orange peels as well as a heavy helping of citra hops. Each sip lures you in with notes of tangerines, lemon zest, and fresh cut pine. We couldn’t pack more citrus into this smooth Northwst IPA if we wanted to!”

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Oregon Beer News, 02/04/2015

Oregon BeerHalfway through the work week! (Unless you work on weekends…) Here’s the Oregon beer news for Wednesday, February 4. 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.

It’s a big day for Bend anniversaries. First, Broken Top Bottle Shop kicks off the celebration of their third anniversary which has five days of free live music and beer specials (including a tasting and release with Sisters’ Three Creeks Brewing tomorrow). Over the past three years Broken Top has become one of the go-to, best beer destinations in Central Oregon for a great tap lineup and excellent food; you have five days in which to find some time to stop in and enjoy a congratulatory beer, so do!

And Worthy Brewing is celebrating their second anniversary today with a special tapping of GTX (Go Time Extra Pale), which was the very first beer brewer Chad Kennedy brewed on their system way back in December of 2012 (they officially opened February 2013). Starting at 2:30pm they’ll have “Hoppy Hour” specials until closing; and you can also pick up bottles of this year’s Dark Muse Imperial Stout. And later this month, watch for the return of bottles of Local 36 Red Lager, “dedicated to the Local 36 Asbestos Workers Union in Portland, Oregon, as a way of saying thank you for their dedication and sacrifices.” Happy anniversary Worthy!

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Oregon Beer News, 02/03/2015

Oregon BeerHere’s the news beer from around Oregon for Tuesday, February 3. As usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day, so check back often for the latest news. If you have news to share, please contact me and I can get that updated as well.

Worthy Brewing (Bend): I wrote yesterday about Bend’s Broken Top Bottle Shop kicking off their 3-year anniversary tomorrow—well, Worthy is also having an anniversary tomorrow, their 2nd! They are celebrating tomorrow with specials all around: “To celebrate, we’re tapping our annual batch of GTX (Go Time Extra Pale), the first beer we ever brewed back in December 2013. This beer only comes out once per year! Plus, we’ll have Hoppy Hour from 2:30p until close! That’s discounted snacks and beer specials all night.”

McMenamins Fulton Pub (Portland) has a limited-edition beer tasting today starting at 5pm, featuring Electric Ginger Orange Weizen. No description posted on the page, but the name alone definitely sounds like something Anheuser-Busch would “make up” for a Budweiser commercial! Get down there to taste it, because when it’s gone, it’s gone.

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