I hope your Friday is going well, for this last (HOT!) day of July. Do you have plans for the weekend yet (other than staying cool)? A number of things are going on; here’s the weekend’s beer news. 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.
Of course BenFest is taking place at Belmont Station in Portland tonight from 6 to 9pm, an event I just wrote about earlier; this fest features beers exclusively brewed from Portland brewers named Ben, including: Ben Parsons of Baerlic Brewing Co., Ben Edmunds of Breakside Brewing, Deschutes Brewery’s Ben Kehs, Gigantic Brewing Co.’s Ben Love, Ben Flerchinger of Lucky Labrador Brewing Co., Ben Engler of Occidental Brewing Co., and Ben Dobler of Widmer Brothers. It’s sure to be a fun time with beer and other activities, make sure to check it out if you’re in the area!
McMenamins Blue Moon Tavern (Portland) is celebrating its 30th birthday all day today! Aptly enough they’re calling this their “Once in a Blue Moon” party (if you didn’t already know, today is indeed the blue moon) and in addition to drink and food specials, they’ll have live music tonight from 5:30 to 10pm. And a special beer, of course: Blue Moonberry! “Happy 30th Birthday Blue Moon! For 30 years now, the Moon has shone down on Nob Hill and we’ve brewed up a little something sweet, tart, and fruity to celebrate. Like her cousin, Ruby, Blue Moonberry is a light golden ale- but instead of raspberry we’ve added locally produced blueberries and blackberries. This brew was designed for the heat of summer and pairs well with birthday cake.” This was brewed up by the Edgefield brewery and is only $4 per pint all day long. Happy birthday indeed! (Trivia: the Blue Moon was among the first McMenamins establishments I visited, back in the late 90s.)
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One of the most unique beer fests I’ve seen spawned in Oregon, BenFest, returns today for its fifth annual incarnation, taking place at Belmont Station in Portland from 6 to 9pm. This is a beer festival featuring all beers brewed by, you guessed it, brewers named “Ben” in Portland—of which there are an unusual number!
Here’s the rundown from Belmont Station:
BenFest serves as the official closing ceremony of Oregon Craft Beer Month and features new or special-release beers from seven Oregon brewers named Ben: Ben Parsons of Baerlic Brewing Co., Ben Edmunds of Breakside Brewing, Deschutes Brewery’s Ben Kehs, Gigantic Brewing Co.’s Ben Love, Ben Flerchinger of Lucky Labrador Brewing Co., Ben Engler of Occidental Brewing Co., and Ben Dobler of Widmer Brothers
This year’s theme is “Which Ben Are You?” and will feature two awards that will be announced during the event. Event attendees are invited to take the “Which Ben Are You” quiz, and a special “Ben of the People” award will be announced at the event for the Ben whose personality is most popular in the quiz. The second award will name the “Best Ben 2015” for the Ben whose beer is the most popular at the event (as determined by sales that evening). The event will showcase each Ben’s personality as exemplified through their beers, including: “Bentropy” Kehs’ dry-hopped lager, a wheat beer from “Bentertaining” Flerchinger, a Mexican lager from “Bendejo” Dobler, and “Tiny Benpire” Love’s super-dry-hopped India Session Ale.
“Benmont” Station will be selling the Bens’ beers in three sizes: 5-oz tasters, 25-cl glasses, and 16-oz pint glasses, and will feature the beers as the “Flight of the Day” for a discounted price. There is no entry fee. There will also be a free door prize raffle including glassware, gift certificates and goodies from Belmont Station and from the breweries.
Such a fun, goofy idea for a mini-brewfest. Here’s the “about” blurb (yanked from New School):
BenFest originated in 2010, when a candid group photo from the Craft Brewers Conference happened to include several of the brewers who currently participate in BenFest. Currently in its fifth year, BenFest offers a unique “meet the brewers” opportunity for Portland beer fans and promises a boisterous bounty of Bens.
I met Widmer’s Ben Dobler recently, and in an offhand moment asked him about BenFest. He related the story of how it came about—if I can remember it properly: him and a number of other Bens were together (as described above) and Angelo De Ieso of Brewpublic declared, “It’s a Ben-pocalypse!” (At least I hope that’s what Ben said, because I rather like that quote!)
Here’s the Oregon beer news for the penultimate day of July, Thursday the 30th. 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.
The Bier Stein (Eugene) is hosting Spokane’s No-Li Brewing for a tasting from 5 to 8pm tonight: “Come hang with the inventors of the Spokane Style Ale, which is a beer made in Spokane with ingredients that come from within 300 miles. They will be in the house raffling off some swag, and we’ll be running a $1 pint glass deal. Beers are: Poser Pale Ale, Crony Northwest Brown Ale, and Brass Monkey (Strong ale brewed with orange peel)”
The Green Dragon (Portland): Their meet the brewer event at 5pm tonight is featuring Rick Allen and Patrick Harkins of McMinnville’s Heater Allen Brewing: “Heater Allen is a small, artisan brewery from McMinnville, Oregon known for their unique interpretations of German and Czech style lagers. Heater Allen uses a German-style step-mashing process that, when combined with long, low temperature lagering, results in maltier and naturally clearer beer without filtering. Join us at the Green Dragon and discover the love of lagers.”
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Halfway through the week and I hope it’s treating you well! There’s always a beer at the end of they day/week… much like the beer news, there’s always more! Here’s the Oregon beer news for Wednesday, July 29. 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.
Silver Moon Brewing (Bend): This Friday, July 31, they are releasing a special summer seasonal—Sun Worshiper Summer Ale—that was the winning beer recipe from their Battle of the Brews homebrew competition they held late last year. “Out of 38 entires, judged by Central Oregon Beer Angels, professional brewers, and a BJCP certified judge, COHO [Central Oregon Homebrewers Organization] member Doug Jordan’s Sun Worshiper Summer Ale won the Grand Prize: To brew his recipe in our brewhouse with our Head Brewer, to hold a tap handle in our pub, and to be available on tap at Growler Guys locations all around Oregon!” Such a fun idea. The beer is 5.4% abv and 20 IBUs. The release party starts at 7pm.
McMenamins Crystal Ballroom (Portland) has their monthly special beer tasting at Ringler’s Pub tonight from 5 to 9m, featuring Oaken Tower BBL-Aged Ginger Beer: “A blend of American and French oak barrel aged raspberry-hibiscus ginger beer. The wild micro-beasties in our oaken tower of barrels imparted a tart acidity and muted funkiness, complimenting the flavors from Stewart Brothers’ organic raspberries and Tao of Tea’s hibiscus-ginger herbal blend.” This one sounds interesting!
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Here’s the news in Oregon beer for Tuesday, the 28th of July. 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.
Block 15 Brewing (Corvallis): Today’s the big day—the opening day of their new taproom location at 3415 SW Deschutes Street in south Corvallis. They’ve posted the tap list: “We’re offering a killer lineup of craft beer brewed on-site, including: Farmhouse Ale Batch #1; Sticky Hands; Consortium III #IPA from our Consortium Series; & several other Block 15 standards. Also available on day 1—growler & #Crowler fills on Farmhouse Ale, Aboriginale, Nebula Stout, Alpha IPA, Consortium III, and Sticky Hands. PLUS, corni fills on Farmhouse, Aboriginale, and Constorium III.”
Cascade Brewing (Portland): Tonight’s Tap It Tuesday at their Barrel House at 6pm is featuring Grapefruit Lime: “a collaboration project with visiting New Zealand brewmaster, Carl Vasta of Tuatara Brewing. This live barrel features a blend of Wheats and Triples aged with grapefruit and lime peel. Aromas of lime are backed by a firm grapefruit flavor that finishes with a mildly bitter grapefruit presence. 7.1% ABV $7.5/glass $2.50/taster”
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