Oregon Beer News, 07/08/2015

Oregon BeerHappy Hump Day! Here’s the news in Oregon beer from around th web for Wednesday, July 8. 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.

McMenamins Hillsdale Brewery (Portland): The original brewpub has an all-day special beer tasting for Barrel Aged White Van Wheat: “This Belgian style wheat beer was brewed with traditional malts and yeast which gives it a light color and crisp, slightly fruity finish. Crushed coriander seeds, Juniper berries and dried sweet orange peel were added late in the boil to compliment the yeast and add complexity. After fermentation the beer was aged for three weeks in a Billy whiskey barrel from Cornelius Pass Roadhouse picking up char, oak, and whiskey flavor and aromas.” N0t sure I’ve had a barrel-aged Witbier before.

The Green Dragon (Portland): Today’s Green Dragon Brew Crew release at 5pm is featuring Baltic Shipwreck, a hefty 8.5% abv beer: “When the traditional Baltic porter collides with the Green Dragon Brew Crew, what you get is the Baltic Shipwreck. Tradition says lager yeast. The Brew Crew says let’s cold ferment it with ale yeast and then age it in an oak whiskey barrel. With flavors of toasted oak, chocolate and a tart finish, Baltic Shipwreck is complex brew that will put you in a Baltic state of mind.”

The Session #101: Bottles, Caps and Other Beer Detritus

The SessionI’m late to the game on this month’s edition of The Session (Beer Blogging Friday), which is what happens when it falls on a holiday weekend and I have the Friday off. (Happy late Independence Day!) This month’s Session was hosted by Deep Beer, with a topic on breweriana under the title “Bottles, Caps and Other Beer Detritus“:

The focus is on the liquid inside the bottle, can or keg, and rightly so. What about all the other products necessary to bring that beer to you? What about the things that are necessary but are easily overlooked and discarded.

Detritus, according to one definition in the Merriam Webster Dictionary is “miscellaneous remnants : odds and ends”. While the number and quality of our beer choices has certainly improved over the recent decade, have you paid any attention to the rest of the package. Those things we normally glance over and throw away when we have poured and finished our beer. These are sometimes works of art in themselves. Bottle caps, labels, six-pack holders, even the curvature of the bottle. For this month’s The Session theme, I’m asking contributors to share their thoughts on these things, the tangential items to our obsession. Do you have any special fetish with bottle caps, know of someone that is doing creative things with packaging, have a beer bottle or coaster collection.

Back at Session #52 we had the topic Collectibles & Breweriana, and then for Session #55 we discussed Label, Coaster, and Cap Art, so this isn’t really the first time we’ve touched on this topic. For #52 I wrote:

I don’t collect much in the way of breweriana: I have some odds and ends, including a few pieces of wall art (posters and signs), a small collection of coasters, glassware which I use regularly, T-shirts, and a small collection of cans and bottles which gets re-evaluated periodically.

But I do pay attention to that detritus and packaging and enjoy the art behind the beer, and my daughter has been collecting my bottle caps for awhile now. And we have a ton of old six-pack holders that get re-used for carrying random bottles of beer and homebrew, but I don’t pay much more attention to those than that. In my current collection (which, frankly, needs culling again) I have the following:

Can collection

Jubelale bottles

Deschutes bottles

Random bottles

Plus other odds and ends. But then you should see my beer collection…

Oregon Beer News, 07/07/2015

Oregon BeerHere’s the Oregon beer news for Tuesday, July 7. 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.

McMenamins Fulton Pub (Portland) has a limited-edition beer tasting today starting at 5pm, featuring Vanilla Porter: “This porter has a nicely rich chocolate flavor that blends nicely with the vanilla bean hammered inside the keg and allowed to age with the beer. The hops play a back-up role in this beer, allowing it to have a pleasant sweet quality. Smooth, rich, and delicious!” When it’s gone, it’s gone.

Cascade Brewing (Portland): Tonight’s Tap It Tuesday at the Barrel House at 6pm is featuring “Live” Run Like A Cantaloupe: “Like melons? …Run Like A Cantaloupe [is] a Strong Blond ale aged for 14 months in a chardonnay barrel with cantaloupe and Santa Claus melons. Will there be a sour shower?” I have to say, a melon-based fruit sour would be rather interesting.

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Oregon Beer News, 07/06/2015

Oregon BeerHere’s the news in Oregon beer for Monday, July 7. I hope everyone had a good long holiday weekend! 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.

The Bier Stein (Eugene) is celebrating their 10th anniversary today! They’re celebrating all day and you’ll not want to miss out:

For our celebration, we would like to offer up some beers that reflect where we were then and where we are now. Since we were the first place to serve Ninkasi’s Total Domination, Oakshire’s (then Willamette Brewing Company) Watershed IPA, and Hop Valley’s Alphadelic (then Alphaholic) IPA, we will be tapping kegs of those (note: not from those first batches) and charging our old school price of $3.50/pint (those pints are now half-liters, 16.9oz). How times have changed. In addition, we will tap two kegs that we carried over from our small, cramped cellar at the old location: 2012 Russian River Sanctification and 2012 Firestone Walker Double DBA. We’ll also throw on Blood Sugar Hops Magik, a new IPA Chip brewed with Patrick over at Hop Valley.

This year, we did a special collaboration brew with some of our staff at Agrarian Ales in Coburg. Chip wanted to brew a Belgian-style Golden Strong Ale called Decadence, so we did that and then some. Two batches of beer were brewed with slightly different specs; the first batch with over 20 lbs of Clary Sage honey, the other without honey but with grapefruit and orange peel and extra Centennial hops added at the end of the boil. Part of the first batch went into Rose barrels, the second into Ransom Old Tom Gin barrels. We’ll be serving a couple different blends of these beers, and maybe a firkin.

Congrats to one of the best beer bars in the state!

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Oregon Beer News, 07/02/2015

Oregon BeerHere’s the Oregon beer news for Thursday, July 2. I’m off tomorrow, so there may or may not be a 4th of July weekend beer news post. 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.

McMenamins Old Church & Pub (Wilsonville) has their monthly special beer tasting tonight starting at 5pm, featuring Zesty’s Best Citrus Infused IPA: “Are you an IPA fan who just can’t get enough citrus in your beer? Then try our one and only Zesty’s Best IPA! Dry hopped with a special blend of hops and zested citrus fruits, Zesty’s overflows with notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, and fresh pine. This beer is sure to please your inner hophead while quenching your thirst on a hot July day. A beer like this only comes around once and awhile so gets it while it lasts!” It’s celebrating Oregon Craft Beer Month. Enjoy!

Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider (Portland) is hosting Finnriver Cider today at their taproom for some fun tastings: “Join us as Reverend Nat’s hosts Finnriver Cidery Thursday, July 2nd. The event runs 4-11pm, with complementary Finnriver cider samples served 5-8pm. Finnriver’s Summer Seasonal, Lavender Black Currant Cider will be on draft and being served as a cider cocktail with Reverend Nat’s Tepache! Limited Finnriver bottles will be on hand for purchase to go. The draft line up also includes Finnriver Farmstead Cider and limited release, Finnriver Oak and Apple, recently awarded Gold in the Oak Aged Category at the Portland International Cider Cup. A very special offering of Finnriver’s Pommeau will be available for purchase in small pours during the event.”

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