Oregon Beer News, 11/05/2015

Oregon BeerIt’s International Stout Day today! Be sure to enjoy your favorite stout (of any variation) today to celebrate. And here’s the Oregon beer news for Thursday, November 5. As usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day, so check back often. And if you have news to share, please contact me and I can get that updated as well.

Tonight Eugene’s The Bier Stein hosts the release of the Eugene Beers Made By Walking, featuring eight beers from Eugene/Springfield areas breweries (and cideries) that were inspired by hikes into the natural areas in the region. “Proceeds from all of the kegs will be donated to the McKenzie River Trust, a Eugene nonprofit that works to protect special lands in watershed areas in Lane County, from the McKenzie River to the Siuslaw.” Breweries involved include Agrarian Ales, Claim 52, Elk Horn Brewery, Falling Sky, Oakshire, Plank Town, Viking Braggot, and WildCraft Cider Works. Tapping is at 5pm, be there to try out some one-of-a-kind beers!

Three Creeks Brewing (Sisters) recently partnered up with Idaho’s Payette Brewing to brew up a couple of collaboration beers, “Juniper Rising,” a rye saison with Oregon juniper berries, and “Yam! It feels Good to be a Thankster,” a sweet potato brown ale (to celebrate Thanksgiving, obviously!) and starting today they are celebrating the release of the beers, beginning with Portland’s Belmont Station: “Idaho’s Payette and Central Oregon’s Three Creeks breweries teamed up to make a couple of collaborative beers that reflect each other’s geography. And we get to pour both of them. Plus we will be pouring Three Creeks’ Rye Barrel-Aged Five Pine Chocolate Porter and Payette’s Outlaw IPA. And Three Creeks’ Brewer Zak Beckwith will be holding court in the tap room.” 5 to 7pm tonight.

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Oregon Beer Awards 2016 – Call for Submissions

Oregon Beer Awards 2016

The second annual Oregon Beer Awards, the statewide competition organized by Portland’s Willamette Week, is fast approaching this January, and the organizers have a call out for submissions now. This competition is somewhat unique in that it is only featuring Oregon breweries, and that there are only 14 categories to be judged—not the umpteen fragments of categories and subcategories that characterize many of the big contests.

The inaugural OBAs that took place at the beginning of this year were somewhat Portland-centric, so this year the organizers are hoping to get more entries from breweries from all across the state—and it would be great to see many entries from rural and remote brewers, so consider entering your beer if you fall into that category!

Here’s the official press release:

The call for beer submissions to the 2016 Oregon Beer Awards, Oregon’s only statewide craft beer competition is now live. Brewers may apply with up to eight beers in 14 categories that closely reflect the state’s current market trends, including Sessionable Hoppy Beers, Stout/Porter, Sour/Wild, Pils/Helles/Kolsch and more.

“We recognized the need for an in-state competition to celebrate the world-class beers being brewed in Oregon,” said Martin Cizmar, Willamette Week’s arts and culture editor and OBA’s editorial director.

“We hope to draw somewhere between 400 and 650 entries from across the state,” added Ben Edmunds, brewmaster at Breakside Brewery and OBA’s competition director. “If successful, this will be the only competition of its kind, and (in my opinion) it is the sort of competition that Oregon Beer deserves.”

Forty-eight qualified industry insiders will participate in a blind tasting judging weekend, January 16-17, 2016 in Portland, with the goal of selecting gold, silver and bronze medalists in 14 beer categories. Additionally, a Voting Academy of more than 200 industry experts from a wide variety of beer-related professions across the state will vote on Best New Brewery, Best Beer Festival, Best Brewpub Experience, Best Beer Bar and Brewery of the Year.

Winners will be announced, celebrated and sampled at a gala ceremony at Revolution Hall (1300 SE Stark Street, Portland) on Tuesday, February 23, 2016. The ticketed event is open to the public and tickets will be on sale in January.

Ezra Johnson-Greenough, of The New School (newschoolbeer.com), and Steph Barnhart, events and mar- keting manager at Willamette Week join Cizmar and Edmunds on the OBA Executive Committee.

And over on the official OBA page, they have the beer submission guidelines up, which I’m reproducing here:

Beer Submission Form
We look forward to receiving your beer submissions. Any one brewery may submit up to eight beers for judging. The submission deadline is January 8, 2016. Please submit your beers using this form.

Important Competition Details:

  • Limit eight entries per brewery
  • $10 per beer entry fee
  • No single beer may be entered more than once or in multiple categories
  • A brewer may enter a single category with as many entries as she/he likes
  • Judges notes will be provided for all entries in the competition
  • Breweries with multiple TTB-licensed brewing facilities may enter 8 per site, with a maximum of 32 beers across any family or chain of breweries.
  • All beers entered into the competition must be produced on a fully-licensed commercial brewery with a notice on file with the TTB. Breweries in planning and homebrewers are not eligible.

Brewer’s Style Guidelines and User’s Manual 
All applicants submitting beers to the 2016 Oregon Beer Awards must download and read this manual, as it contains imperative information about the submission process including full descriptions of the categories, deadlines and more.


And if you’d like to apply to be a member of their Voting Academy to vote on the five “Non-Beer Categories” (Best Beer Bar, Best Brewpub Experience, Best Beer Festival, Best New Brewery, and Brewery of the Year) fill out this form here.

I’ll reiterate what I wrote above: if you’re an Oregon brewery, particular outside of the Portland metro area, enter your beer! This is a great way to shine a spotlight on all of Oregon’s great beer, and I’d love to see some far-flung breweries winning some awards here.

Oregon Beer News, 11/04/2015

Oregon BeerHow is the week already half over? I hope it’s going well for you this Wednesday and this week overall; here’s the news in Oregon beer for November 4. 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.

Belmont Station (Portland) is hosting the Portland launch party for Washington’s Sound Brewery today from 5 to 7pm: “Sound Brewery, of Poulsbo, Wash., is officially making its way into the Portland market, and we couldn’t be more excited to help welcome this popular craft brewery. We will be holding a tasting of four of the package beers they will be bringing in: Bombshell Belgian Blonde, Dubbel Entendre, Tripel Entendre, and Portage Porter. And will have a four kegs pouring in the tap room as well: Latona IPA, Humulo Nimbus Double IPA. Monk’s Indiscretion Belgian Specialty Ale, and Elijah Craig Barrel-Aged Old Scoundrel Barley Wine.”

Heater Allen Brewing (McMinnville) will be in Corvallis today at Les Caves for a tasting event: “Join us this Wednesday, when the Champions of Oregon Lager Beer come to visit! Heater Allen Brewing will be here from 4:30 – 6:30 with their Pilsner, Dunkel Lager, Sticke Alt and their Coastal Lager! We’ll have some fantastic food pairings to go with each! Come try some beers, have some delicious food, and talk beer with the Heater Allen Crew!”

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Tuesday Tastings: Angel City Brewery mix pack

Today’s Tuesday Tastings notes comes from a mixed case of Angel City Brewery beers, which I had picked up at Costco while in Burbank over the Labor Day holiday. The pack contained their IPA, Social IPA, Pilsner, and Oktoberfest, a decent style spread.

Angel City was founded in 1997 in downtown Los Angeles, to be LA’s first micro/craft brewery, and at the beginning of 2012 they were acquired by acquired by Alchemy & Science, some sort of “brewery incubator” or “craft beer collaboration” venture of some sort (which seems to focus mainly on acquiring other breweries). On to the beer.

Angel City IPA

Angel City IPAThis is their year-round India Pale Ale, 6.1% abv and 65 IBUs. They say:

Angel City IPA is a medium-bodied, copper-hued beer brewed with enough hops to satisfy any Angeleno. It’s the perfect treat for the hop inclined.

Appearance: Bright and shiny light copper color, clear, with a minimal off-white head.

Smell: Nicely pungent with tropical fruit, a bit of sweaty character, some resin and light pitch. Herbal with a touch of ganja.

Taste: Bitter greens—big upfront bitterness that dominates the palate, a little heavy-handed, with a slightly steely malt presence. A bit woody and as I sip I keep coming back to “bitter greens;” would like more flavor at the back of the tongue, but overall there are good flavors here.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a big bitter wash at the sides of the tongue, aggressive.

Overall: Nicely done, would like to see more flavors coaxed out of the hops but it’s a solid IPA.

Untappd, BeerAdvocate, RateBeer (not the proper entry but RateBeer appears to not have an updated version)

Social IPA

Angel City Social IPAThis is Angel City’s entry into the Session IPA field, clocking in at 4.4% abv with 55 IBUs.

Social IPA is a light-bodied, session ale punctuated by strong hop aromas of grapefruit & melon. This beer has a moderate, pleasing bitterness and a bright, refreshing finish.

Appearance: Pours thick with chunkies/floaties—it’s a hazy yellow, with a fizzy head, and lots of floaties.

Smell: Earthy with a bit of green resin. Sticky and herbal.

Taste: Kind of “green,” almost citrus juice character. A little rough around the edges. Malt is light and crisp with a hint of honey sweetness. Grassy, herbal hops at the back of the mouth with a bit of lime or maybe even lime leaf.

Mouthfeel: Light with a mostly clean finish.

Overall: Decent, but it’s a bit muddled and rough.

Untappd, BeerAdvocate, RateBeer

Angel City Pilsner

Angel City PilsnerIt’s always nice to see a brewery offer up a Pilsner. This one is angling towards a German-styled Pils, with 5.6% abv and 40 IBUs.

A crisp golden lager brewed with traditional German and Czech hops, resulting in a slightly dry, hop-forward finish.

Appearance: Nicely clear golden brew, with a delicate and lacy white head.

Smell: Grainy, light honey sweetness, nice breadiness. Hints of spicy noble hops.

Taste: A bit harsh up front with a rough bitterness and a bit of husk, perhaps tannic. Notes of bread crust, with some vegetal and wet-grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied. Not as crisp as it should be.

Overall: Does not meet my expectations for a Pilsner unfortunately.

Untappd, BeerAdvocate, RateBeer

Oktoberfest Lager

Angel City OktoberfestLike the Pils, I’m always happy to see a brewery tackle the Oktoberfest/Märzen style. Angel City’s seasonal version comes in at 6% abv, with 20 IBUs.

A traditional Oktoberfest-style Marzen lager. It’s medium-bodied and auburn-hued with a sweet, caramel-like finish.

Appearance: Clear, nutty amber color, with a fizzy, short-lasting head that’s light tan in color.

Smell: Nutty maltiness, grainy, bread crust sweetness. A bit of dried grass and wheat.

Taste: Caramelly, roasty malt with a slight steely tinge. Sweet, and it goes a bit cloying at the back fo the tongue. As it warms this cloying sweetness grows stronger.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and goes sweet in the finish.

Overall: It’s not bad, but definitely too sweet for the style—should be drier and cleaner.

Untappd, BeerAdvocate, RateBeer

Oregon Beer News, 11/03/2015

Oregon BeerHere’s the news in beer from around Oregon for Tuesday, November 3. 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.

Today Fat Head’s Brewery in Portland is celebrating their first anniversary all day long, with happy hour prices all day and special beers being tapped, including: Head Crusher IIIPA, Owen’s Demise Barleywine, Gin Aged Biere de Mars, Satyr Bourbon Barrel Aged Zeus Juice, Maple Tripel, Weekend Wine Trip, Purple Worm IPA, Bourbon Barrel Iron Mike Old Ale, Blitzkrieg Bock, and 2 Kilts Walk Into a Bar. Make sure to get down there!

Belmont Station (Portland) today has a cider tasting with a brand-new cidery, Jester & Judge, today from 5 to 7pm: “Stevenson, Wash., is the home of Jester & Judge Cider, and owners Carrie and Bruce Nissen are no newbies to cider. After developing and then selling the brands Fox Barrel and Crispin, they moved to Stevenson and started working on Jester & Judge Ciders. They will be sampling all three of their ciders for us: Sharp Cherry, featuring Portland cherries; American Apple, from Northwest apples and Columbia Belle, highlighting Northwest peaches and fresh mint.”

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