Yesterday being the first Friday of the month means it’s time for The Session—and unfortunately, I’m a bit behind and didn’t get this post out for the actual day, but at least it’s the day after! Here in Bend it’s the Snowpocalypse™ has moved in, and it’s been snowing pretty steadily for the past 24-48 hours. We have about 18 inches of snow in the northeast part of town where I live, some reports in other areas claim three feet—the most snow Central Oregon’s had in years!
So snow and being snowed in is on my mind as I review the theme for this month’s Session. February is being hosted by Oliver over at Literature & Libation, and the topic he’s suggested is “Alternative” Reviews:
I ask all of you to review a beer. Any beer. Of your choosing even! There’s a catch though, just one eentsy, tiny rule that you have to adhere to: you cannot review the beer.
I know it sounds like the yeast finally got to my brain, but hear me out: I mean that you can’t write about SRM color, or mouthfeel, or head retention. Absolutely no discussion of malt backbones or hop profiles allowed. Lacing and aroma descriptions are right out. Don’t even think about rating the beer out of ten possible points.
But, to balance that, you can literally do anything else you want. I mean it. Go beernuts. Uncap your muse and let the beer guide your creativity.
So, “snow” on my mind and a bottle of 10 Barrel Brewing‘s Wino at hand, I decided to take a page from Stan and
rip off be inspired by all of the other beer-in-the-snow (or “snowpocalypse” if you prefer) photos being posted online today, and present a photo review as my “alternate.”
(A quick bit of backstory: “Wino” doesn’t exist, officially—it’s the same beer as 10 Barrel’s “16 Barrels”, a wine-barrel-aged Belgian-style Double Golden Ale. Unfortunately, the TTB had issues with name and label of “Wino” for a beer and they had to change the name. Chris Cox of 10 Barrel was kind enough to give me a bottle when I was interviewing him for the book.)
TGIF and I hope you like snow! Amid all the obligatory beer-in-snow pictures being posted, there’s a bit of beer news here and there as well. 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.
The venerable KLCC Microbrew Festival kicks off today over in Eugene, running today from 5 to 11pm and tomorrow (Saturday) from 1 to 11pm. It takes place at Eugene’s Lane Events Center and will be featuring some 150-plus beers served by 65 breweries, as well as announcing the winners of the annual KLCC homebrew competition. And of course there’s the Collaboration Brew which is awesome: “Each year, Eugene area brewers work together to create a Collaboration Brew specifically for this Festival. Following last year’s Tour of the British Isles, brewers chose to continue showcasing European style beers with A Tour of Germany. Participating breweries each chose a sub style of German beer to brew, deciding the recipe on their own. The common thread is that every beer is of German origin and most follow the German Purity law of 1516, or Reinheitsgebot. Taste them all and enjoy the Tour!” If you can brave the weather to get there, it costs $15 at the door for the souvenir glass plus 3 tickets.
Worthy Brewing (Bend): Their first anniversary week is continuing but due to the weather it’s been scaled back a bit; Saturday’s big party will move indoors with the live music as with the amount of snow and weather a heated tent in the biergarden won’t work out. So the big outdoor party will be postponed but music will still start at 5pm tomorrow, along with beer and food specials. Today is their “Firkin Friday” starting at 4pm; the beer “will be our dry hopped Go Time Extra Pale (GTX). It was the first beer we ever made and Chad and the brew crew are bringing back for our 1 year! $3 firkin pints, until its gone, and Hoppy Hour until 530p.”
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Happy Arctic Blast Day! Here’s the Oregon beer news for Thursday, the 6th of February. 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 posted as well.
Full Sail Brewing (Hood River): Today is the release of their much-coveted Bourbon Aged Imperial Stout and at the Hood River Pub they are holding a special horizontal tasting of the beer starting at 5pm: “For 12 months our Imperial Stout has been aging in three types of bourbon whiskey casks — Maker’s Mark, Heaven Hill, and Four Roses. Our final release is a blend of all three, but we reserved some of each from the individual barrels for a stellar horizontal tasting. Compare the distilleries’ barrels to the final blend with us at our Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout release party, at our Brew Pub in Hood River on Thursday February 6th at 5pm.”
Speaking of Imperial Stouts, The Bier Stein in Eugene has a doozy of a pouring going on all day today: a four-year vertical flight of Deschutes Brewery‘s The Abyss! “An Imperial Stout saved is an Imperial Stout earned, so the saying goes. Well, we’ve saved, and are passing the interest on to you! Starting in 2010, we’ve stashed away kegs of this limited release black behemoth. These beers change over time, some flavors mellow, others emerge, and are generally great. We will tap the beers at the beginning of the day, so you can get a flight with lunch and dinner! Deschutes rep Chad will be here from 7-9pm to raffle off some growlers, wearables, and glasses. To clear your palate, we’ll have the new Pine Drops IPA and Red Chair (on nitro) on tap as well!” Definitely not one to miss today if you’re near Eugene!
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Here is the news in beer from around Oregon for Wednesday, the 5th of February. As usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day with the latest news, so check back often. If you have news to share, please contact me and I can get that posted as well.
Worthy Brewing (Bend): Their daily countdown to their one-year anniversary on Saturday continues today with their “Worthy Wednesday,” featuring a “beer flight, served with three crab cakes and a lemongrass remoulade for $20″ that’s being served all day long.
PFriem Family Brewers (Hood River) has a new beer debuting today at 5:30pm at their pub: “New experimental Hop in the house! pFriem HBC -366 Single Hop Pale will debut [tonight] @5:30PM in the Hood River tasting room! Strawberry, Kiwi & Spearmint…this experiment does not disappoint!! 6.3% ABV 45IBU’s”
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A few weeks ago I was in Eugene for a day on a non-beer-related trip, and found time to swing by the “new” Bier Stein for a quick beer and snack. I write “new” but really they moved into their space on Willamette and 16th almost a year ago, in April—but I hadn’t yet been so it’s new to me!
It’s super impressive, with tons of space, a fantastic bar with real-time taplist on a couple of LCD screens, and of course the huge selection of bottled and canned beers that you can open there or purchase to go (you get a 20% discount if you take them). I enjoyed an Agrarian Ales beer, Wee Hoppy, their hop-infused Winter Warmer that reminded me more of an Imperial IPA, being rather more hop-forward than malty. It was also the very first of Agrarian’s beers that I’ve sampled, incidentally. It paired well with the soft pretzel I ordered, which came with cheese sauce and mustard sauce—and the mustard sauce was amazing.
Overall, I can’t help but agree with an assessment I remember seeing from someone after they moved into the new location last year, that the Bier Stein is one of the best beer bars around. It’s definitely a must-visit when you’re in Eugene.
Some pictures that I took while there:
The same refrigerated case as above, just from the other end.