Friday, August 29, 2014

10 Barrel Brewing releases "Big Ol' Pumpkin"

10 Barrel Brewing Co. will be releasing their latest beer in their ultra-rotational 22oz bottle series “Big Ol’ Pumpkin” This beastly Imperial Pumpkin Ale comes in at 9.3% and is brewed with over 14 lbs. of organic pumpkin per barrel and finished off with Cinnamon, Nutmeg and All Spice. This limited release beer is available on tap and in bottles at their Bend and Boise pub now. Just in time for the fall season Big Ol’ Pumpkin 22oz bottles will hit shelves and limited kegs on draft around OR, ID and WA in the coming weeks.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Brigdeport releases Trilogy 3 Dry-Hopped Session Brown Ale or Brewers’ Class

Bridgeport is releasing their third and final beer in their Trilogy Series, celebrating 30 years of brewing fantastic craft beer.  A collaboration with Oregon State University's Fermentation Science program this beer was given little constraints other than something the students would drink.  I can't wait to try this hoppy brown session ale!

PORTLAND, Ore.—August 28, 2014 — The third and final beer in BridgePort’s anniversary series, Trilogy 3 Brewers’ Class, starts shipping this week in all markets where BridgePort is sold.

Designed as a collaboration with students enrolled in the Fermentation Science Program at Oregon State University, Trilogy 3 Brewers’ Class looks to the future of craft brewing in Oregon and nationwide. Conceptualizing the liquid started over three months ago when the students, alongside program director Thomas Shellhammer, joined brewmaster Jeff Edgerton at the brewpub for a beer and some great conversation.

“We weren’t given many parameters, aside from that it needed to be a beer that the students would want to drink,” commented Shellhammer. “Knowing that BridgePort’s end goal was to sell this beer in all of their markets, we also tried to avoid anything too ‘out there’ that wouldn’t scale well.”

After a productive brainstorming session and review of Bridgeport’s current lineup, the Oregon State students dreamt up an easy-to-drink brown ale with a blend of dry hops that lend a unique aroma. Over the following months, there were multiple rounds of test brews at the OSU lab before landing on the final product: a sessionable dry-hopped Brown ale with an ABV below 5-percent.

“We used several classic Willamette and Yakima Valley hop varieties for this one” commented Edgerton. “Centennial, Sterling, Cascade. The unique hop flavors present themselves on the finish of this smooth, mellow beer and blend very well with the delicious flavors from the dark Caramel and Chocolate malt.”

It is now up to BridgePort fans to determine which Trilogy release will return as a year-round beer in 2015. Fans can compare each of the Trilogy beers, all available in the upcoming Voter’s Box Variety Pack, and then cast their vote on, on Instagram, or on Twitter. The BridgePort Voter’s Box will start to hit shelves in early September.

About Trilogy 3 Dry-Hopped Session Brown Ale or Brewers’ Class

IBUs: 30 ABV: 5.0% OG: 13.0 Color: Brown

Ingredients: Centennial, Sterling, and Cascade hops, dark caramel malt

Description: Easy-to-drink brown ale with a blend of dry hops give this beer a unique aroma character. Dark caramel malt is used to give this beer a decidedly brown color. Low alcohol but still retains a malty backbone.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Peche Fest 2014

Saraveza will be hosting a peach beer festival, Peche Fest, with some heavy hitters in the brewing industry presenting their version of a peach beer. The samples for this event is a little different than most fests. A glass must be purchased for $10 which comes with 2 drink tickets.  Each ticket is good for a 5 oz. pour, with further tickets costing $2.

The event will take place in The Bad Habit Room at Saraveza located at 1004 N. Killingsworth St in Portland. More details can be found below.

Peche Fest
Saturday October 11th
2pm -10pm @ Saraveza 3pm- 10pm @ The Bad Habit Room
$10 for a Glass and 2 drink tickets good for 5oz pours. Additional tickets $2.

A dizzying array of fresh and vintage Peach beer and cider will be featured along sweet and savory peach food dishes and fresh peach tasting and sales from Baird Family Orchards at the 2nd annual Peche Fest on October 11th at Saraveza and The Bad Habit Room. Featuring a high proportion of barrel-aged and sour beers, vintage Peach lambics, refreshing Berliner-Weisse's and ciders and new offerings made exclusively for the fest. Expect 20+ rare Peach beers and ciders on tap in addition to the special food menu and chance to purchase mouthwatering peaches for home.

Some of the participating breweries and cideries: Logsdon Farmhouse Ales, De Garde, The Commons, Oakshire, Reverend Nat's, Block 15, Bushwhacker, Elysian, Deschutes, Gigantic, Flat Tail, Mazama, Lompoc, Blue Mountain, Dogfish Head, Agrarian, Scaldis, Epic Ales, Breakside and more...

Friday, August 22, 2014

Roscoe's Sour Beer Summit

Roscoe's Sour Beer Summit will be celebrating Tart, Sour, and Wild beer with 14 sour beers on tap on Friday August 29th beginning at 2:00pm. Roscoe's is located at 8105 SE Stark St in Portland.  For more information call (503) 255-0049.  Some of the breweries and beers that will be poured at this event will include:

  • The Commons Brewery - Myrtle
  • Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom - Devil's Kriek
  • Russian River - Supplication/Consecration
  • Gigantic Brewing Company - Who ate all the pies? Strawberry Rhubarb Gose
  • Oakshire Brewing - Special Barrel Aged Strawberry Sour Beer
  • Upright Brewing - Lactovasilios
  • Breakside Brewery - WunderBrett
  • Firestone Walker Brewing Co. - Bretta Weiss
  • The Bruery - TBD
  • New Belgium Brewing - Le Terroir
  • Boneyard Beer - Funky Bunch
  • Bon Chien - TBD
  • More to come...

And in case you are not in to the sour beers they will have a couple of great IPAs on tap as well. Taster trays will be available, and representatives from some of the breweries will be in attendance!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Cantillon Zwanze Day 2014

     Cantillon is coming to town.  September 20th is Zwanze Day where the Belgian brewery annually releases a limited release beer.  This year Portland is on the extremely limited list of cities hosting the release.  Apex will be the venue for the release this year in Portland.  No word on exactly what the beer is going to be but it should be at a minimum interesting.  It is pretty rare to find Cantillon in the US and even more rare that you can find an official event.  If you are a fan of Cantillon or Belgian beers this event is one not to be missed.

From the Cantillon Facebook page:

Dear Zwanzeurs, here is the list of the bars where the Zwnaze Day 2014 will take place on 20/09/2014. We are happy to welcome 2 new countries : Australia and Germany ! We will update the locations for Japan and British Columbia asap.

- Alewife Queens -- Long Island City, New York
- Apex – Portland, Oregon
- Armsby Abbey -- Worcester, Massachusetts
- Avenue Pub -- New Orleans, Louisiana
- Bagby Beer – Oceanside, California
- Beachwood BBQ -- Seal Beach, California
- Bier Station – Kansas City, Missouri
- Birch Bar -- Norfolk, Virginia
- ChurchKey -- Washington, D.C.
- Crooked Stave Barrel Cellar -- Denver, Colorado
- Hill Farmstead Brewery -- Greensboro, Vermont
- Holy Grale -- Louisville, Kentucky
- Jester King Brewery -- Austin, Texas
- Lord Hobo - Cambridge, Massachusetts
- Mikkeller Bar SF -- San Francisco, California
- Monk's Café -- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Novare Res Bier Café -- Portland, Maine
- REAL a Gastropub -- Honolulu, Hawai'i
- Redlight, Redlight -- Orlando, Florida
- Russian River Brewing -- Santa Rosa, California
- Schera’s – Elkader, Iowa
- Spuyten Duyvil -- Brooklyn, New York
- West Lakeview Liquors -- Chicago, Illinois


- Dieu du Ciel -- Montréal, Québec
- barVolo -- Toronto, Ontario
- One location in British Columbia still to come


- Ma Che Siete Venuti A Fà -- Rome
- The Dome -- Nembro
- Sherwood Pub -- Nicorvo
- The Drunken Duck -- Quinto Vicentino
- Ristopub Margherita -- Quartu Sant’Elena
- Ottavonano -- Atripalda


- Moeder Lambic Fontainas -- Brussels
- Moeder Lambic Saint-Gilles -- Brussels
- Mi-Orge Mi-Houblon – Arlon
- Rose Red -- Brugge


- Belgian Beer Café -- Melbourne


- 2 locations still to come


- Nøgne Ø -- Grimstad


- Pikkulitu -- Helsinki


- Olbutikken -- Copenhagen


- Café Herman -- Berlin


- De Bierkoning -- Amsterdam


- Akkurat -- Stockholm


- Masia Agullons -- Sant Joan de Mediona


- La Fine Mousse -- Paris
- La Capsule -- Lille


- The Dove Broadway Market -- London
- Kernel Brewery -- Bermondsey
- Six° North -- Aberdeen


- Erzbierschof -- Liebefeld

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Two new Fall releases from Ninkasi Brewing

With the approach of cooler fall weather, Ninkasi Brewing Company announces two lagers rooted deep in European traditions. Oktoberfest, the newest addition to Ninkasi’s Seasonal Release Series, and Venn, the third release in the Prismatic Lager Series this year.  Descriptions and other details for both beers can be found below.

Available September through October, Oktoberfest is a Festbier lager crafted to honor the region’s great bounty. “Festbier is a unique Bavarian lager that’s made around the harvest time, similar to an Oktoberfest, but it has what German brewers consider to have a more hoppy presence,” explains Jamie Floyd, founding brewer and co-founder of Ninkasi. “Oktoberfest has a darker hue than most lagers and a toasty malt flavor with a sweet impression up front paired with an earthy and grassy hop flavor.” Brewed with hops grown in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, these hops were selected to impart the earthy, grassy flavor of traditional German hops.

Style: Festbier Lager
Series: Seasonal Release Series
Available: Sept.-Oct. 2014
ABV: 5.9
IBU: 25
Starting Gravity: 1058
Malt: Pilsner, Carahell, Cara Munich
Hops: Sterling, Willamette, Tettnang
Packaging: 22-ounce bottles, 12-ounce bottles, draft

Description: To celebrate the harvest, we decided to brew a beer dedicated to the tradition of Oktoberfest. Using Pilsner malt and hops grown in the Northwest, this beer is our way of toasting to the great bounty that our area brings us. Cheers!

Tasting Notes: Our Oktoberfest has a slightly higher ABV than most Bavarian-style lagers, followed by a more prolific aromatic hop profile. With a deep copper color, this lager has a toasty malt flavor and a dry finish with earthy, grassy hop notes.

Venn, available September through December, is a balanced Dortmund-style lager providing a deliciously easy drinking option for the crisper months ahead. “The most important characteristic of this style is its balance,” says Floyd. “All ingredients must be in perfect harmony, giving the beer a Noble hop bitterness with a rounded, sweet malt flavor.”

Style: Dortmund-Style Lager
Series: Prismatic Lager Series
Available: Sept.-Dec. 2014
ABV: 5.1
IBU: 25
Starting Gravity: 1050
Malt: Pilsner, Vienna, Carahell, Acidulated
Hops: German Magnum, German Hersbrucker

Description: Venn is the definition of balance, where American craft meets European tradition. First brewed in 19th century Dortmund, Germany, the hallmark of the style is its sophisticated symmetry. Brilliantly marrying a perceptible Noble Hop bitterness with a rounded, sweet malt flavor, Venn is golden in color, clean and harmonious.

Tasting Notes: The hallmark of this Dortmund-style lager is the balance between perceptible Noble Hop bitterness and rounded malt flavor; making it deliciously easy to drink.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Kells Brewpub 2nd Birthday Party

This Friday, August 15th Kells Brewpub will be celebrating its second year by inviting everyone to thier birthday party. There will be two special tappings at 6pm and live music starting at 9pm.  Should be quite the showing the two special release beers are listed below.

Kells Barrel Aged Red: The brewers took their Kells Irish Red Ale and barrel aged it for many months in Bull Run Distillery whiskey barrels. Honey and vanilla notes of whiskey dance in your mouth with the light toffee and red fruits of the ale. 5% ABV

Billy Ray Citrus CDSL: Billy Ray Citrus merges the dark roasty richness of a stout with the smooth, easy taste of a session lager. Two-row, caramel, carafa II (dehusked black malt) and Vienna malts are balanced by Northern Brewer, Hallertauer, Mt. Hood and Saaz hops, a great blend of the traditional European noble hops with the freshness of the Northwest. Fermented with lager yeast at room temperature gives this beer its fruity esters and a mild green-apple aroma.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Upright release of Special Herbs

Upright Brewing has released a new beer featuring Doctor Doom reaching for  this gin barrel aged saison.

Oregon's original farmhouse-style brewery, Portland's Upright Brewing is preparing for their 2nd highly anticipated release of Special Herbs. Released in bottles this Thursday August 7th at the brewery tasting room only this Gin barrel-aged Gruit will be limited to 6 bottles per person and based on sales at the brewery may or may not be available in limited amounts at local bottleshops. This years Special Herbs, already an amalgamation of styles mixes in barrels once containing fruit lambic along with gin barrel aging and all the flavors those entail.

2014 Special Herbs Commercial Description:
Special Herbs began as an experiment years ago and has turned into one of our favorite releases of the year. This second batch was made much like the first, aging our lemongrass, orange peel, hyssop, and Sichuan peppered gruit recipe in two Ransom Old Tom Gin casks and two former Fantasia casks full of spent peaches carrying their own mix of years and bacteria, both contributing layers to this wild beer. A new addition for 2014 was blending in 12% fresh gruit which brought back some of the botanicals that faded during the aging, maintaining a crisp, bright profile.

Grains: organic pale, organic munich, rolled spelt
Yeast: house saison
Brewed: May 30th 2013, bottled on July 9th 2014
Total Yield: 2 kegs & 89 cases, 5.7% abv

Upright Brewing is located at:
240 N. Broadway
Suite 002
Portland, OR 97227

Friday, August 1, 2014

Additional Recall from 10 Barrel

OK maybe a bit dramatic
10 Barrel has found the root problem in the bottle bombs of Swill and unfortunately that means that they are also going to have to recall their Cherry Tart Beer #1.  At least they have discovered the root cause of the problem and it should not be an issue in the future.  
From 10 Barrel Facebook Page:

Update on Swill Recall Notice

After two days of continuous testing, researching, and investigating by our entire team (including outside help), we have been able to discover the root cause of the issue. We used a unique and specific enzyme in the brewing process thats purpose is to break down complex starch strains and reinvigorate early fermentation in some of our sour beers. This enzyme is the cause of the issue we are having. It's important to note that there are no health concerns if this product has been consumed.

With this discovery comes an ADDITIONAL RECALL notice. This enzyme was also used in the first beer of our number series, a Cherry Tart named Beer #1. Though this beer was brewed and sold a couple of months ago, we fear that there is still some remaining in your beer cellars, refrigerators, or other storage areas. Please, if you still have Beer #1, dispose of it in the same method that we asked for Swill in the below post.

To contact the brewery regarding a refund, please call or email the same information for the Swill recall. or (541) 678-5427.

We apologize greatly for these issues and inconveniences. We are absolutely confident that this discovery will prevent this issue from happening in the future in any of our beers. We thank you all for following the instructions of the recall, as well as your support.


10 Barrel Brewing Company

UPDATE: One of my friends made a video with instructions on how to discard of the Swill and Beer #1 bottles properly.