Oregon Beer News, 05/06/2015

Oregon BeerHere is the news in beer from around Oregon for Wednesday, May 6. 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.

Claim 52 Brewing (Eugene) is pairing up with Eugene’s Marché restaurant to put on a beer dinner tonight starting at 6:30pm. It’s a five-course, prix-fixe menu for $65 per person, and you can find details here; it’s a nice-looking spread, starting with a beer cocktail (made with Claim 52’s Insta IPA) and the rest of the courses paired with their beers. You can get reservations by calling 541-342-3612.

The Green Dragon (Portland) has a Green Dragon Brew Crew release tonight, featuring guest brewer Cody Hoesly and their beer “I Did It For The Lulz” Kolsch: “When Cody Hoesly won a chance to create a brew with the Green Dragon Brew Crew, he knew it had to be something special. “I wanted to brew something to celebrate my daughter Lola’s first birthday and I decided on a Kolsch because I like Germany and it’s a great beer for a sunny day,” says Cody. We can’t guarantee you a sunny day this Wednesday, but drop in to try this home-brewed ale with a proud tradition.” The beer is 5.1% abv and 22 IBUs, and the release starts at 5pm.

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Received: Karl Strauss Mosaic Session Ale

This is first time I’ve received beer from Southern California’s Karl Strauss Brewing:

Karl Strauss Mosaic Session Ale

Their Mosaic Session Ale is “he latest release in the hoppy playground we call our Coastal Reserve Series” and is now available year-round, brewed exclusively with Mosaic hops (which are insanely popular right now). I’d question the “Session Ale” aspect at 5.5% abv, but then again Full Sail’s Session Lager is 5.1% abv so what can you do? Looking forward to sampling this one.

Oregon Beer News, 05/05/2015

Oregon BeerHappy Cinco de Mayo (America’s other drinking holiday…)! Here’s the news in Oregon beer for this fifth of May; 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.

The Green Dragon (Portland): Today is the release day for a new beer that possibly could only have been brewed in Portland: “The Green Dragon is proud to announce the release of a very special, one-off beer that was brewed alongside an iconic Portland figure. Brian Kidd, better known by the people of Portland as The Unipiper, has joined forces with Buckman Botanical Brewery’s Danny Connors to produce a beer almost as unique as The Unipiper himself: The UnipIPA! Brewed using bagpipe-roasted Habanero Peppers, this fiery IPA is the brain child of the Darth Vader mask toting, kilt wearing, unicycling, flame throwing, bagpipe playing Unipiper we all know and love.” The release party runs from 5 to 8pm and tiki garb is encouraged.

McMenamins Fulton Pub & Brewery (Portland) has a limited-edition beer tasting today featuring two beers, Whiskey Widow (their Black Widow Porter aged three months in an Edgefield whiskey barrel, and a Cinco de Mayo-themed beers in Jalapa: “Jalapa has been a Fulton Pub tradition for going on 26 years. Jalapa is a crisp refreshing golden ale with, you guessed it, jalapeno peppers! The flavor of these popular peppers comes through loud and clear followed by a lingering spiciness and heat.” Tasting starts at 5pm.

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Oregon Beer News, 05/04/2015

Oregon BeerMay the 4th be with you—happy Star Wars Day! Not much to do with actual beer news but you can’t not observe the day! As usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day with the latest news as I find it, so check back often. And if you have news to share, please contact me and I can get that posted as well.

This weekend is the annual Cheers to Belgian Beers festival in Portland—back for it’s ninth year! It’s bigger than ever: “The Belgian-style Beer Festival will feature a single yeast strain, Wyeast Laboratories Yeast Strain: 1762 | Belgian Abbey II™ for the beers entered, with the beers available determined by a dart throw to diversify the color and strength of the beers. The 2015 Cheers to Belgian Beers currently features 58 beers from 54 brewing companies.” It takes place at MCF Craft Brewing Systems Friday the 8th from 5 to 9pm, and Saturday from noon to 9. Free admission, $15 for the glass and 5 tickets. I’ll likely have a detailed post this week as well.

Pelican Brewing (Pacific City) is doing a Brewer’s Dinner with Cooper Spur Mountain Resort (on Mt. Hood) this Saturday, the 9th, at the resort’s Crooked Tree Tavern. The site itself is having issues with the event page but you can view the PDF menu here. Cost is $39 and you can make reservations by calling (541) 352-6692, ext. 6000.

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Received: “Mastering Homebrew” review copy

Towards the end of last week I received a review copy of Randy Mosher’s latest book, Mastering Homebrew:

Mastering Homebrew

These days there are a lot of homebrewing books on the market so I’m a bit leery of new ones that appear simply because you reach a point where what can be said, probably has been (though approaching the topic from unusual or niche angles can be interesting). That having been said, Mosher’s Radical Brewing is one of my go-to homebrew books, and quick thumb-through of this one reveals quite an in-depth covering of the topic—advanced books on homebrewing are much more interesting to me these days and this looks like it definitely hits that mark.

I will be reading through and posting my own review and thoughts soon.