Oregon Beer News, 05/25/2016

Oregon BeerHappy Hump Day, we’re getting closer to the weekend! Here’s the Oregon beer news for this Wednesday, May 25. 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.

The ten-day Central Oregon Beer Week continues today with a laundry list of goings-on (most of which listed below the fold), with today’s feature event taking place at Crux Fermentation Project: the COBW Tap Takeover going on all day, featuring 14 Central Oregon breweries on tap at Crux! Proceeds will benefit the Central Oregon Brewers Guild. From 4 to 7pm, brewers from each brewery will be on hand to talk about their beers, and there’s live music from 5:30 to 7:30. Don’t miss a chance to taste a wide variety of local beers in one place!

The Bier Stein (Eugene) has their Tapping Into Community fundraising/charity night tonight starting at 5pm for Pro-Bone-O: “Please join us for this benefit tapping event for Pro-Bone-O, a local nonprofit that offers veterinary care to pets of people without homes. We will have a donated keg from Viking Braggot Company, and 100% of the proceeds will go to the cause.”

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The next Session: The secondary beer economy

Carla Jean Lauter, aka The Beer Babe, is hosting The Session #112 for the month of June. The topic: The Other Beer Economy.

Growing alongside of the boom of breweries are many small businesses that are supporting, or supported by the craft beer industry. Maine is now home to a malt processing facility, and several hop farms. There are multiple beer tourism-focused businesses that help connect visitors to the state’s best beer offerings. There are companies that create beer-related apparel for beer fans, some that have designed unique bottle openers and manufacture them in-state. Maine is also home to a company that manufactures and installs brewing equipment, and another whose sole mission is to clean the lines that serve up that beer to thirsty beer fans.

Yet, we rarely give these businesses a second thought. They are the second beer economy, often operating behind-the-scenes. I think we could give them a bit more credit for keeping things growing, sharing the products of our local breweries with more people, and sometimes even literally keeping the beer flowing.

For this month’s session, let’s talk about those businesses in the beer world that aren’t breweries. What are the roles that they can play? What opportunities still exist for new niche roles to be developed? What can local/state/regional governments do to encourage this kind of diversity of businesses around an industry?

Write up your thoughts on Friday, June 3, and leave a comment over on Carla’s blog.

Oregon Beer News, 05/24/2016

Oregon BeerHere’s the news in Oregon beer for Tuesday, the 24th of May. As usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day, so check back often for the latest news. And if you have news to share, please contact me and I can get that posted as well.

Central Oregon Beer Week rolls on, with a number of events and specials taking place (the list is big enough that it’s below). Today Three Creeks Brewing in Sisters is hosting a Brewers Dinner for Beer Week, featuring four coursess paired with their beers, with head brewer Zach Beckwith and their head chef on hand to talk about the pairings. Cost is $55 per person, with reservations required; call (541)549-1963 to get in on that.

Cascade Brewing (Portland): Tonight’s Tap It Tuesday earns so much geek cred today: “Tonight’s Tap It Tuesday at 6pm is Indigo Montoya, a variation on our Elderberry project, featuring a blend of sour red and wheat ales aged in oak barrels for up to 16 months with dried elderberries and a dash of blackcap raspberries. Pouring a deep indigo color, this limited blend features flavors of dried fruit, blackberries, leather and earth.” Yes you need to quote “The Princess Bride” while drinking it!

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Oregon Beer News, 05/23/2016

Oregon BeerWelcome to the start of a new week! I hope your weekend was good and you’re ready to get back into the swing of it! Here’s the new for Monday, May 23; 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.

Central Oregon Beer Week continues today, with a laundry list of specials and events (most of which are below the fold). Today’s highlight event features a special bottle release and reception with The Ale Apothecary and poet Emily Carr, at the downtown Tin Pat Theater from 3 to 5:30pm: “[They] collaborated on a project which resulted in a book and a beer, both named Whosoever Has Let a Minotaur Enter Them, Or a Sonnet. The beer is a dark sour aged in wine and bourbon barrels with blackberries. The book of poems is inspired by a transitional period in the author’s life. The brewer, poet, book, and beer will all be on hand at the Tin Pan Theater for a casual reception with beer available by the glass. Signed copies of the book and bottles of beer will be available to-go.”

Bend’s Crux Fermentation Project has their weekly BEER’ducation series event today from 4 to 9pm, talking about “Bill’s Bitter” as English-style ESB brewed in collaboration with Dr. Bill Pengelly’s local brewing class: “This beer is a collaboration with COCC’s brewing class. It is their rendition of traditional Extra Special Bitter using all English ingredients. This one is a moderately dry beer with a sweet malt backbone.” Pengelly is a former brewmaster of Deschutes Brewery.

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