Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Saraveza's 5th Annual IIPA Festival

On August 16th and 17th, Saraveza will be hosting their 5th annual IIPA Fest from 1pm-8pm in their main building and spilling into The Bad Habit Room.  The event will feature over 30 rotating Imperial IPAs, Double Bacon BLTs, a new table dedicated to firkins, a Berliner Weisse Oasis & live music; sounds like an incredible time!

The festival will cost you $20 and you get a commemorative glass and 10 drink tickets that are good for a 4 oz. sample (Some bigger beers may be two tickets).  They suggest you purchase tickets in ADVANCE Saraveza is not a huge venue and may sell out. They HIGHLY recommend purchase of advanced tickets.

Festival goers will have the opportunity to try unique IIPA Fest beers made by Block 15, Base Camp Brewing Co, Coalition, Gigantic, Solera and more! This year also boasts the release of “Freaky Nasty”, an Imperial IPA brewed by the Saraveza crew with Breakside Brewery especially for the Fest! The draft list also includes classics like Hopworks “Ace of Spades” , 10 Barrel “DUB”, Avery “Maharaja”, Dogfish Head “120 Minute” & Goodlife “Comatose”. Look for some surprise IIPAs (and even some IIIPAs) from both near and far making their way onto the festival list. Taps will be rotating at Saraveza, Bad Habit Room and in the outdoor seating area on N. Michigan.

To compete with big bold IIPA flavors, Saraveza has brought back their infamous BBLT (Bacon x 2)! Also they have added Berliner Weisse sorbet cones which will aid as a refreshing palate cleanser between the crazy hoppy goodness!

The musical accompaniment will be from NW talents: Carinne Carpenter, Flat Rock Stringband & Ryan McAlexander.

Sneak peak of some of the participating breweries:
-Alameda Brewing Co.
-Amnesia Brewing
-Avery Brewing Company
-Base Camp Brewing Co.
-Bear Republic
-Bison Organic Beer
-Block 15 Brewing
-Boneyard Beer
-Breakside Brewery
-Burnside Brewing Company
-Crux Fermentation Project
-de Garde Brewing
-Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales
-Double Mountain Brewery
-Epic Brewing Company
-Evil Twin Brewing
-Gigantic Brewing
-Gilgamesh Brewing
-Hopworks Urban Brewery
-Laurelwood Brewery
-No-Li Brewhouse
-Oakshire Brewing
-Old Town Brewing
-Plank Town Brewing Company
-Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
-Solera Brewery
-Stone Brewing
-10 Barrel Brewing
-Trinity Brewing
-Widmer Brothers Brewing
-Worthy Brewing Company

Check back later for a full tap list!

10 Barrel Brewing Co. recalling Swill

This was just posted on the 10 Barrel Facebook page regarding this years release of Swill:

A Note from 10 Barrel Brewing Company 

We Are Voluntarily Recalling Swill 

To our retailers and consumer friends, 
10 Barrel Brewing Company is conducting a voluntary recall of Swill in all 12 and 22 ounce bottles. It has come to our attention that some of this product may be experiencing secondary fermentation in the bottle, causing over carbonation. This consistency issue does not meet 10 Barrel Brewing’s quality standards and, as a precaution, we are removing all inventory of Swill from our wholesalers and retail shelves and we are asking that consumers immediately dispose of any Swill already purchased. Swill is brewed with a completely different process than any of our other beers, isolating this issue to only Swill. This recall does not affect any of 10 Barrel Brewing’s other products. 

Consumers: if you have any Swill in your home, please do not open it, attempt to transport it, or return it to your retail store. Dispose of the product by following these steps: (i) Before disposing of any bottles of Swill, please put on protective gloves and eye wear; (ii) Place all remaining Swill bottles in a closed box and place immediately in a secured dumpster or trash container outside. 

We take the utmost pride in producing an extremely high quality product and continuously striving for new and innovative beers to send to the consumer. Unfortunately in this instance, despite a rigorous testing and brewing quality-check process, we didn’t hit the mark. We have an amazing new beer coming out in a few weeks to replace it so keep an eye out for something new in stores. 

If you have any questions regarding this voluntary recall, please call 10 Barrel Brewing at (541) 678-5427 or send an email to If you have any of the potentially affected product and would like a refund, you can use the same phone number or email address.

I'll be interested to see what they come out with next. I felt like this years version was not as good as last years.  Perhaps its because of the different brewing process.  Stay tuned for more updates on the new beer release.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Oregon Brewfest 2014

This year at OBF I decided to take worst notes and enjoy the fest a little more.  So to supplement my description of the beer I have included the breweries description so if my wordsmith-ery does not satisfy your desire for information about the beer you can read what they have to say about it.  Overall the this was a great as usual I took of Thursday to got to enjoy the short lines arriving shortly after noon.  The first beer I went for was a Floridian beer from Cigar City Brewing.

Cigar City Brewing - Blood Orange/Dragon Fruit Florida Weisse - A+
Berliner Weiss with Fruit -  ABV: 3.5% IBU:12 
My Notes: Pinkish orange in color with a tart and fruity in flavor really a great beer probably one of my favorite at the fest this year.Light bodied with a lively carbonation and tart finish.  Just a fantastic beer not to sour but just tart enough.  The Blood Orange is fragrant and very flavorful.
Description: Ever sipped juice from a cactus? Try this beer and check that one off your bucket list. Dragon Fruit is actually a member of the cactus family and tastes like a combination of kiwi and pear. Added to the fermentables (Pilsner, pale wheat and acidulated malt) and fermented with a neutral English style yeast, it's kettle-soured with Lactobacillus, then boiled to sterilize and isomerize the low dose of Magnum hops. Tart and fruity in flavor, "Florida Weisse" is its own unique style of beer.

Lompoc Brewing Co - Pamplemousse IPA - C
American Style IPA - ABV: 5.8% IBU: 70 
My Notes: A clear golden ale with aspares head. More grapefruit rind flavor came thourh that I was expecting.  Had a biting bitterness to it. Pamplemousse is of course french for grapefruit.
Description: Pamplemousse is a straw-colored, medium-bodied, hop-forward IPA with a big malt backbone contributed by the grist of pale malt, malted wheat, Carastan and a bit of flaked barley. The hop bill includes Tettnanger, Summit, Chinook and Meridian in the boil; it's then dry-hopped with Summit, Chinook and Meridian. Wyeast's classic American ale yeast ferments it clean with some pleasant fruity esters.

Klamath Basin Brewing Co - Breakfast Blend IPA  - C 
My Notes: A clear straw colored beer with a crazy coffee flavor.  not what you expect coming from such a light beer. Not much other than the espresso beans came through though.  Kind of like a light yellow  cup of watered down coffee.  For being as heavily hopped as this beer was the hops were not very present.
Description: IPA Brewed with Espresso Coffee - ABV: 5.9% IBU: 50 
Wake up and smell the brewski! This beer is flavored with espresso coffee beans sourced from Berds Beans in Boardman, Oregon. The grist is comprised of two-row, Munich and Vienna malts, and it's hopped with six varieties: Cascade, Chinook, Mosaic, Falconer’s Flight, Simcoe and Summit. A dry-hop dose of Falconer's and Simcoe give it a hoppy finish.

Laht Neppur Brewing Co - Peach Pie Heffy - B-
American Hefeweizen with Fruit & Spice - ABV: 5.4% IBU: 21 
My Notes: A hazy peach colored beer tasted like liquid peach pie.  The balance of this beer was spot on with the cinnamon and nutmeg with the peaches was great as well as the malt giving the beer a slight "crust" flavor.  Definitely a great dessert beer.
Description:What makes this beer unique? The addition of peaches and peach juice, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg and milk sugar, on top of a grist (or crust?) of two-row pale, white malted wheat and Vienna malt. It's first-wort hopped with Cascades but only enough to balance the peach-pie sweetness. This would make a great dessert.

Mazama Brewing - Rasplendent - C-
Raspberry Hibiscus Wit Fruit Wheat Ale - ABV: 5.0% IBU: 13
My Notes: This beer didn't have much going on, basically pureed and pressed raspberry juice with a little beer added.  The color was a chunky pink that was alien to me in at a beer fest.
Description: Two-row barley malt and raw white wheat form the fruity Belgian-Style base of this low-hop brew. Fermented with a Belgian Wit yeast for an inherent fruity character, the brewers added a low dose of bittering hops as well as orange peel, coriander, Oregon raspberry and Italian plums for flavoring and balance of the malt, while hibiscus flowers add a refreshing tartness. Moderately soft brewing water diminishes the impact of the hops, letting all of those other lovely flavors move forward on your palate.

Gigantic Brewing Co - Who Ate All the Pies? - B+
Strawberry Rhubarb Gose - ABV:  4.3% IBU: 18 
My Notes:  While this cloudy amber beer didn't have the literal taste of pie like the Peach Heffy it was pretty good.  The lightly sour beer had a good balance of the rhubarb and strawberries.
Description: This beer is as American as soccer, boudin blanc sausage, Trabant cars and, well, strawberry rhubarb gose. Strawberries, rhubarb and salt join Pilsner malt and malted wheat and just enough hops to notice that they're there. A sour kettle technique is used to make a tart beer fermented by an ale strain that yields fruity esters on top of the berries. It's strawberry rhubarb pie in a glass.

Scuttlebutt Brewing Co - Jalapeno Tripel - D+
Belgian Style Tripel infused with Jalapeno & Serrano Peppers - ABV: 9.0% IBU: 10 
My Notes: Probably my least favorite beer,  slightly burning in the back of the throat which wasn't intolerable but just did not taste that good. There wasn't much going on with this beer other than the peppers. Tasted slightly musty.
Description: This beer will surprise you. Not a burner at all, it's surprisingly refreshing and drinkable. The broad pungent flavor of jalapeño and serrano peppers ally beautifully with the pear and clove flavors contributed by the Belgian wit yeast. Two-row barley malt and rolled oats provide lots of fermentables – and ferment they do, up to 9% alcohol. Nuggets do a little bit of bittering, and Tettnangers provide hop flavor and aroma, but not so much that you lose the pepper flavors.

Fort George Brewery & Public House -  The Optimist - A
American Style IPA -  ABV: 6.9%
My Notes: Awesome beer super aromatic dank and citrus flavors erupt from the glass with a slitht fruity flavor. Great beer.
Description: Organic two-row barley and flaked maize mashed with super soft, slow sand-filtered Astoria coast range water give this beer its golden color and light body. A triple dose of Simcoe and Centennial hops for bittering, flavor and aroma gets topped off with a dry-hop dose of Calypso in the fermenter. Its highly flocculent and mildly attenuative yeast produces a malty, fruity character in the finish to balance out all those hops. Your glass is always half full with an Optimist.

Sixpoint Craft Ales Barrel Aged - 3Beans - B+
Coffee Cacao Baltic Porter - ABV: 10.3% IBU: 89 
My Notes: A sparse creamy head top this murky black beer. The aroma of molasses, raisin and bourbon are very present and transfer nicely in the the toasted burn bourbon flavor.  Great balance with the bourbon not overdone at all.  A light hint of vanilla and chocolate round the full bodied beer out as its drank.
Description: The name "3 Beans" is derived from the fact that three separate beans are added to this recipe. Baltic porter brewers historically used romano beans in the mash in order to boost the fermentable sugars at northern latitudes as barley and wheat were scarce at the time, while dried beans were a cheap, durable source of convertible sugar. Cacao and coffee beans are the other two exotic ingredients added for an extra nuance of flavor. This beer was an active partnership with Mast Brothers Chocolate of Brooklyn, NY and Stumptown Coffee Roasters of Portland, OR.

Boundary Bay Brewery - Double Dry Hopped Mosaic - A
American-Style Pale Ale - ABV: 5.5% IBU: 45 
My Notes: A Hazy light colored beer exploded the floral, pine, and grapefruit aromas from the glass.  Definitely dry hopped and its got a lot of it,  the flavor is not overbearing, nice citrus notes are carried over from the aroma.  Fantastic beer.  Love the Moasic hops
Description: Mosaic represents the fourth year in a row that Boundary Bay has proudly presented a double-dry-hopped pale ale at the OBF. Unique to the festival, this beer gets its name from the double dose of Mosaic hops in the fermenter. A simple grain bill of premium two-row and Munich malts provides enough body to balance the high-alpha Simcoe and Citra hops. Simcoe and Citra are high in lemon, citrus, mango and tropical fruit character, with an earthy pine and some herbal characteristics, making for a complex but quaffable pale ale.

The time is no 2:05 PM and we have had our first first Wooooo of the day which can only mean that I will be berated with them until the festival is over.  It was nice to have two hours without them but the festival has reached the critical woooo mass and much now release the pressure or risk an all out beerfest explosion.

Caldera Brewing Co - Caldera Toasted - A+
Coconut Chocolate Porter - ABV: 6.2% IBU: 24 
My Notes:  A medium creamy head  with a dark brown, almost black color. Great balance of chocolate and coconut the chocolate is a little more present than the coconut but not overpowering.  Really nice beer to drink not too sweet as you would expect I could probably drink a few of these unlike most other dessert beers.
Description: This award-winning, rich, flavorful beer uses hand-toasted coconut chips and natural liquid chocolate as "dry hops." A grist of premium two-row, Munich, crystal, brown, pale chocolate and chocolate malts gives it a rich body, balanced by a low dose of Willamette hops and fermented with a clean American ale yeast so you can taste the chocolate and coconut in the finish. Get in line early for this one.

Paradise Creek Brewery - Huckleberry Pucker - B-
Berliner Weisse -  ABV: 4.7% IBU: 4 
My Notes: A lightly sour beer with a nice Huckleberry flavor and aroma.  Nicely balanced between sweet and sour definitely a good choice for a hot day.
Description: According to the brewery, most people’s first statement when tasting this beer is “Wow! It’s like drinking a sweet tart.” This award winning, amazingly tart, sour mash Berliner Weisse is tempered with the sweet essence of great Northwest huckleberries. The huckleberry aroma draws you in and the tartness makes you come back for more. Don’t miss this unique sour.

While in line my eyes were drawn to a shirt for some reason I then discovered it was because it said "strip clubs" on it. I had never seen this shirt from McTarnahans before but I am glad I did.

Central City Brewing - Red Betty Imperial IPA - B-
Imperial IPA - ABV: 9.0% IBU: 90 
My Notes: SUPER MALTY, moderately hopped with herbal pine flavor that could barely be found over the rich deep bread and caramel flavors.
Description: If you're into maltier IPAs, this is the Imperial for you. Superior pale ale, floor-malted Maris Otter pale malt, carastan and Munich malts provide all of that amazing malt flavor, with just enough German Magnum bittering hops for balance. Four additions of Amarillo and Simcoe hops in the last 30 minutes of the boil give it hop flavor and aroma. A moderately-attenuative English ale yeast leaves some unfermented malt sugars and provides a fruity character. This beer is a four-time winner at the Canadian Brewing Awards in the Imperial IPA category.

Crux Fermentation Project - Off Leash NW Session Ale NW - B
 American Session Ale - ABV: 4.5% IBU: 30 
My Notes: A medium foamy head top this hazy golden beer.  The smell is caramel and celery with a slightly herbal character.  The hop flavor is of papaya and other tropical fruit.  A light bodied ale with a thin texture ans soft carbonation.
Description: This beer's no dog, and you won't be barking up the wrong tree if you try it. Debuted at an event that crowned Bend as "Dog Town USA," this lighthearted ale bounds with regional Citra, Centennial and Crystal hops for those citrusy notes beloved by Northwest hop hounds. Crux nudged the malt bill in the downward direction to create a sessionable ale that’s easy to love, especially in summer.

Boulder Beer Co - Shake - A
Chocolate Porter -  ABV: 5.7% IBU: 44 
My Notes: Great name for this beer it tastes like chocolate malt shake.  The medium frothy head top this black ale that has cookie chocolate and coffee aromas.  The flavor is toasted and chocolatey with a full body creamy texture and a sweet finish.  Another great dessert beer.
Description: Chocolate beer? You bet! Cacao nibs and lactose give this beer its unique, rich flavor that melds beautifully with the black, crystal, chocolate and chocolate wheat malts on top of a pale malt base. Nugget and Tettnang hops give this black, smooth beer just enough bitterness to balance. An estery American ale yeast livens up the aromas and gives it a slightly fruity character. Don't just save it for dessert, though – it might be gone by then.

Sierra Nevada Brewing/Ninkasi Brewing Co - Double Latte Coffee Milk Stout - B+
Coffee Milk Stout - ABV:  7.6% IBU: 60 
My Notes: Maybe because I just had Shake but this beer tasted very similar. Choclate and cookie aromas were present with a hint of vanilla and coffee.  A full bodied beer with a creamy texture and soft carbonation as well as a sweet finish.
Description: Brewed for Sierra Nevada's Beer Camp Across America collaborative 12-pack in collaboration with Ninkasi Brewing, this beer was inspired by the perennial café favorite. Double Latte combines two of the greatest things in life: good coffee and great beer. Oregon’s Ninkasi Brewing knows its way around a good cup of joe. Featuring cold-press coffee from the legendary Stumptown Coffee Roasters and a dose of milk sugar, this coffee milk stout is a rich and roasty treat.

McMenamins Concordia Brewery - Double Helix Double IPA -
Imperial IPA - ABV: 8.5% IBU: 100 
My Notes: My notes had got so sloppy at this time I couldn't distinguish what was made out anymore I can read citrus and tropical fruit but the rest is kind of a mess so just suffice it to say I liked this one.
Description: Double Helix won the 2014 Hillsdale Brewfest, earning Concordia the right to represent McMenamins at the OBF for the third time. Chinook, Simcoe and Falconer's Flight 7C's hops add balancing bitterness and hop flavor to the complex grist of two-row, dextrapils, Munich, flaked barley, caramel Vienna and dextrose malts. A house yeast strain with a very clean flavor lets all that hop and grain complexity shine through.

Day 2
On Friday I went down with my work for a half work day and full brewfest day. Nothing of note happened other than I saw these people carrying around this cut out of their boss.  When I asked them about it they said he goes down with them every year but he had to be away on business out of the state and couldn't make it this year.  So they brought this so he could be there in spirit.  The company was Fundy Software, they make photo album software for weddings, seemed like a fun place to work.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

3rd Annual Migration Towards a Cure

1PM on Saturday August 9th 2013 will mark the start of Migration’s 3nd annual Migrating Towards A Cure.  This annual event is our effort to assist local families and organizations that are working towards curing and assisting those who have been diagnosed with severe illnesses and disabilities. 

Migrating Towards a Cure was created in 2012 to help a local family who is near and dear to Migration. This family had the unfortunate circumstances of both parents being diagnosed with cancer, which led Migration to help out and raise $5,000 in this inaugural event.

This year’s beneficiary will be CHAP (Children’s Healing Art Project) an amazing organization whose mission is to: “bring the healing power of art to children in crisis through a mobile team of teaching artists working in a partnership with hospitals, community organizations and schools. At CHAP, children are known for their creativity and ingenuity—not by their disease, diagnosis or disability.” 

Migration will partner with Casta and DJ Queasy who have graciously donated their time and musical ability to help raise money for Migrating Towards Cure.  They will also be partnering with Pips and Bounce, a local pop up Ping-Pong Company who is graciously donating the use of 4 Ping-Pong tables for the day. Migration will be donating a sizeable percent of house sales from the day and all revenue graciously donated from patrons. 

This is a great cause that I think everyone can get behind, so stop by and enjoy some great beer and help out a worth cause.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Oregon Brewfest Mobile Site

The Oregon Brewfest has just gone live with their mobile site for this years festival.  The site allows you to sort by name, trailer, color, ABV, and IBU. There is also a schedule of what bands are playing and when as well as a map of downtown and information on the festival.  This is a welcome change from having to carry around the book that eventually get trashed by the end of the night.  However, the booklets will still be available at the token counter. Check it out at:

Friday, July 18, 2014

2014 Oregon Brewfest Fun Facts

This is the 27th year of the festival has happened featuring 88 beers at the main festival and over 100 more at the Specialty Tent.  There are 30 different beer styles being poured with IPA being the most prevalent style presented.

For 17 breweries  this will be thier first appearance at the festival, including Ashtown, Central City, Cigar City, Coronado, Crux, Ecliptic, Ex Novo, Fitger’s, Grain Station, Kells, Mazama, No-Li, North Rim, Payette, Sixpoint, Viking Braggot and Wild Ride.  Another fun fact is that Bayern, BridgePort, Deschutes, Full Sail & Widmer have never missed a festival.

The lowest alcohol beer is Cigar City's Blood Orange/Dragon Fruit Florida Weisse at 3.5% ABV and the highest being Dogfish Head Oak Aged Strong Ale at 11% ABV.

This year the Specialty tent will be host to several Dutch Brewers and their beer during the festival.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

2014 Lagerfest at the White Owl Social Club

     The second annual Lagerfest is going to be held this Saturday and Sunday from 2:00 to 10:00 PM at the White Owl Social Club. Entry to the White Owl will be FREE; prices for tastings will be announced soon and will benefit XRAY.FM and The Pixie Project!  Below is the Schedule of beers that will be pouring each day as well as Maui Brewing - Pau Hana Pilsner has just been added to Sunday.  You can also get more information on their website or facebook page.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Your chance to rename Harvester Brewing

     Harvester Brewing in Portland has fallen victim of a frivolous lawsuit by Hope Family Wines in Paso Robles, CA. They are claiming that they have the sole rights to use Harvester for their wine that I could not even find on their website. So instead of fighting them Harvester has decided to rename their brewery and is giving its fans a chance to have a say in it. Hope Family Wines, or rather their owner, Treana Winery LLC, was issued the trademark for Harvester on May 31, 2011. I find it difficult to believe that there would be any "brand confusion" between a wine that doesn't use the name harvester and a gluten free beer company but Hope Family Wines may have patrons of below average intelligence.
    If you would like to throw your idea for a name into the ring and support "The brewery previously known as Harvester", email your suggestions to:

Here is the full text of the press release:

If you were disappointed that you missed out on the opportunity to help name the first dedicated gluten-free brewery in the United States then we have some great news. Hope Family Wines in Paso Robles, California has decided that our use of Harvester will create brand confusion and has demanded that we change the name of our brewery, despite being in a different trademark class. Rather than spend time, money, and energy focused on a lengthy legal battle we have decided to ask our fans to help us choose a new name.

Hope Family Wines finds the use of “Harvester” in any form “unacceptable” so ideas like New Harvester Brewing or G.F.Harvester Brewing will not be permitted by Hope Family Wines. We would like it if the new name worked well with our love of farming, farmers, and tractors so we can continue using our tractor logo but we will consider non-tractor related ideas too.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Ninkasi Space Program

Ninkasi has announced today that they are going to partner with Civilian Space eXploration Team (CSXT) to launch 16 strains of brewers yeast into earths orbit. CSXT was the first amateur rocket group to successfully launch a rocket into space in 2004 and now, 10 years later, they are going to do it again with everybody's favorite microorganism as a payload.

Almost a year in planning, Ninkasi Space Program will get off the ground this month. Ninkasi lab technician, Dana Garves got together with Portland 3D Printing company RapidMade to create a custom payload container to safely transport the 16 strains of yeast into the space.

“I couldn’t contain my excitement when I first heard of NSP,” said Garves. “We spent hours researching, developing and testing what we think will ensure that the yeast travels safely and returns to us healthy enough to brew with.”

After the rocket has successfully landed, CSXT will retrieve the payload and give the yeast samples to Garves, who will analyze the samples on-site with a microscope in conjunction with her smart phone to test the viability of the cells. If the yeast are still healthy the NSP team will return to Eugene with the healthy yeast with the plans of making a very special extra-terrestrial beer.

“Obviously, the fact that we’ve never launched yeast into space presents many challenges in itself even with months of planning,” explains Nikos Ridge, CEO and co-founder of Ninkasi. “While we have confidence in our partners and the process, this is uncharted territory on several fronts and I can’t wait to see how it all unfolds on launch day.”

Ninkasi has made a microsite to help followers keep up-to-date with all NSP related news for their July launch. To learn more, visit: