Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Firestone Beers Available in Cans for First Time


Even after 18 years of brewing, there’s a first time for everything…

Indeed, Firestone Walker Brewing Company is set to release its first-ever canned Firestone beers, with Union Jack (IPA), Easy Jack (session IPA) and Pivo (hoppy pilsner) all being introduced in six packs starting in mid February.

“We could have rushed into canning a few years ago, but we wanted the timing to be right,” said brewery co-proprietor David Walker. “The market for canned craft beer is now hitting its stride, and canning technology has come a long way in a short period. Also, cans are a perfect fit for life here on the Central Coast. All of these factors converged to finally reach a tipping point for us.”

The brewery’s new canning line was made by leading beer packaging company KHS based in Dortmund, Germany.

“It was the best—and most expensive—solution,” said Brewmaster Matt Brynildson. “You can make the best beer in the world, but if you run it through a substandard packaging line, you end up with a beer-wrecking machine. With this KHS line, there are no worries about beer integrity.”

The canning line was first fired up last year to produce cans for the brewery’s 805 brand. The cans are dry-rinsed with ionized air and purged with CO2, then filled. The cans next run through a bubble breaker to remove any air bubbles before being surface purged with CO2 to eliminate oxygen from the head space. They are then seamed with a Swiss-made Ferrum seamer and inverted for a short period to detect any leaks as they exit the seamer. After a final rinse, cardboard carriers are auto-assembled around the cans. At full speed, the canning line produces 400 cans (12-ounce) per minute.

“I think there are advantages to both cans and bottles,” Brynildson said. “Cans do a great job of blocking UV light and maintaining a great seal, but on top of that they’re just fun. They’re light and they carry anywhere. I get goosebumps just thinking about having these beers in cans.”

Bridgeport Trilogy winner becomes a year round offering


Bridgeport has just released the results for the Trilogy Series voting.  The winner of the voting was trilogy 1 and as such, it will become a year round offering called Conviction Pale Ale.  

Results:
Trilogy 1: 45%
Trilogy 2: 24%
Trilogy 3: 31%


BridgePort Brewing Company, Oregon’s oldest craft brewery, proudly announced today the newest beer in its year-round line-up: Conviction Pale Ale, available now.

Throughout 2014, BridgePort fans had the chance to try each of the three Trilogy beers, created to celebrate the brewery’s 30th anniversary. At the end of the year, they placed their vote for which beer should come back as a year-round brew in 2015. Trilogy 1, a crystal dry-hopped pale ale, was the clear fan favorite and is now back on shelves in 2015 as Conviction Pale Ale.

“Last year, we came out with a record number of new beers for people to try. Don’t get me wrong, our team loves experimenting, but it’s also nice to have a beer that we all feel confident serving up to our fans throughout the seasons,” commented brewmaster Jeff Edgerton. “A large part of that confidence comes from the fact that Conviction was the fan-favorite so we know our fans already stand behind it.”

Conviction Pale Ale is an easy-to-drink, dry hopped pale ale that celebrates the incredible bounty of hops that come from Oregon’s Willamette Valley. The soft malt flavor and light body associated with pale ales make them the perfect base for showcasing the Crystal hop, a favorite amongst BridgePort brewers. The presence of Rye malt gives this beer a slightly spicy malt character and the Munich malts add a soft mouth feel.

Conviction Pale Ale Stats
IBUs: 40 
ABV: 5.2% 
OG: 13.1 
Color: Light Carmel Brown

2015 NW Coffee Beer Invitational


This Saturday I went to the NW Coffee Beer invitational at Goose Hollow Inn.  The weather was perfect and the festival was full of interesting coffee forward beers.

Barley Browns Beer - Barley's Imperial Breakfast Stout - 8.5% ABV - B+

This oatmeal stout was brewed with vanilla beans and Sorbentos coffee. It has a distinct chocolate and vanilla flavor. The beer itself is an opaque black beer with hardly any head.  A medium to full body with a silky texture, soft carbonation and a smooth finish.
Buoy Beer Co. - Brown Coffee - 5.5% ABV, 20 IBU - C

Topped by a sparse diminishing white head, this beer has a very strong chocolate aroma.  Caramelized sugar and coffee are also present in the nose.  The flavor is light roasted coffee with the support of the roasted malt as well.  A medium bodied beer with a thin texture and a soft carbonation. 

Burnside Brewing Co. & Kells Brewery - Cafe negra limello - 5% ABV, 28 IBU - B-

A copper colored beer with a sparse creamy head. a very light aroma of coffee and roasted nuts.  The flavor is of cookie and toffee.  A light bodied beer with a thin texture and medium carbonation.  Burundi coffee was selected for its vibrant citrus quality.  

Migration Brewing Co. - Odilicious Stron Ale - 7.8% ABV, 75 IBU - C+

A huge foamy head with the aroma of bread and burnt malts.  Made from Costa Rican Cascara coffee from Sustainable Harvest in Portland this beer has a tea and tobacco flavor that is very unique.

Pints Brewing - Mocha Banana Split -  7.6% ABV, 18 IBU B-

Instead of a head this beer was topped with whipped creme and has a maraschino cherry as a garnish.  I was actually dreading trying this beer because of  its presentation but it was actually pretty good.  The flavor was kick you in the groin banana with a minor soy sauce flavor.  The beer had a medium body with a silky texture, soft carbonation and smooth finish.  The whipped cream actually might have added to the flavor of the beer.

Coalition Brewing Co. - Jumpy Juice - 7.0% ABV, 20 IBU - C

A medium frothy head tops this cloudy red beer. The aroma was that of clove and bubblegum with a mild spice character.  The bubble gum flavor caries over into the beer, without much coffee flavor.  Definitely a much more yeast forward beer than coffee.  Jumpy Juice had a full body with a thick texture, soft carbonation, and a smooth finish.
Sasquatch Brewing - Wired Whale - 9.5% ABV, 90 IBU B+

A delightful change of pace from all of the coffee forward beers today.  This beer had a great citrus hop aroma and a mild coffee flavor. Probably one of my favorite beers. Based on the Moby Dick imperial IPA infused with Rose City Coffee's Bakers Blend that has been cold pressed.

Widmer Brothers Brewing - Demitasse Coffee Pale - 5.1% ABV, 52 IBU - C

A frothy and lasting head tops this clear straw colored beer.  The aroma is very light coffee with a slight doughy smell.  The flavor is lightly hopped, the coffee is also pretty underwhelming. The body is light with a mildly mineral-like texture, a soft carbonation and a dry finish.



Walking Man Brewing - Happy Feet Coffee Brown Ale - 5.5% ABV, 22 IBU A-

This beer has a ton of cookie and coffee aroma, like a cold cup of coffee.  This beer smells really good.  The taste is a very pleasant great caramel and coffee flavor. The coffee addition to the beer was from Compass Coffee in Vancouver.

At this point in the day the beer fest was starting to get pretty busy and we had scouted out a table early in the day.  A couple of people came over and asked if they could use the table.  They turned out to be quite the delight.  The woman's name was Sarah and the gentleman in the suave cowboy hat introduced himself as Plutarco (we later discovered it was really Patrick.) Plutarco told us a story about when he was in Las Vegas and went to a Tom Jones show and it was "back in the day" when women would tie their room keys onto their underwear and throw them on stage.  It was quite the interesting conversation and some really  fun Portlanders.

Fire on the Mountain Brewing Co. - Spanish Coffee Mud - 6.7% ABV B+

A sparse and frothy head covers this root beer colored beer.  The aroma is very redolent of chocolate and coffee that transfers nicely into the flavor.  This beer has a medium body with a creamy texture and medium carbonation.  An overall good beer. I really enjoyed this beer. Based on the FOTM electric mud with fresh roasted Guatamala Tikala coffee beans from Spella Cafe.


Elysian - Cthulhu Imperial Oak Aged Coffee Stout - 8.6% ABV, 48 IBU A

The aroma and flavor of this beer  had a chili pepper character to it, but no heat.  The beer is black with a small foamy head. There was a thick and heavy body.  This was probably the best beer I had all day, thanks to the cold brew Stumptown coffee.

Grain Station Brew Works - Sidamo Coffee Stout - 6.96% ABV C+

An opaque black beer with a tan foamy head has a coffee and burnt grain aroma that transfers into a sweet coffee flavor.  The body of the beer was pretty thick, overall a good beer. A collaboration with Mud River Coffee Roasters in Corvallis using their lightly roasted Kilenso Rasa from the Sidamo region of Ethiopia.
Gigantic Brewing - Sabotage! Coffee Baltic Porter - 8% ABV B+

A black flat beer with coffee and toasted malt aroma.  The flavor is pretty much just coffee with a hint of chocolate and caramel.  A medium bodied beer with a thin texture and soft carbonation.  Using cold pressed Coava Roasters coffee to help give a chocolate caramel flavor to this beer.
Lucky Labrador Brewing Co. - Irish Coffee'd Red Ale - 5.2% ABV, 35 IBU C+

A very still brown ale with almost no head has a coffee aroma and a bitter coffee flavor like that of a cold cup of joe.  This red ale had a thin body and light carbonation.  The coffee used in this beer was Portland Roastings french roast coffee.


Chetco Brewing Co. - Black Thunder - 7% ABV, 28 IBU C

A black beer with a very small head and a toasty coffee aroma.  A full bodies beer has hints of chocolate and a sharp coffee aftertaste.Brewed with Signature Coffee from Humbolt.

McMennamins - Onward Caravan Turkish Coffee Ale - 5.68% ABV, 19 IBU - D

This was probably the most unexpected beer I had the whole day. This brown ale with little head had the distinct aroma of pine-sol and cardamom.  The flavor was seemed as if it was aged in gin barrels or was steeped with pine needles.  A thin mouth feel did not do this beer any favors.  Probably my least favorite beer here.





Another successful Coffee Beer Invitational I had a great time and tried some really interesting coffee beers.  The weather was much nicer this year and the addition of a couple extra tents helped cut down on the wind I think.  The only thing I noticed was the pours were a little more stingy this year.  Nothing to write home about but you can see most of the glasses had ample head space.  Which contributes to a decent percentage of the beer when you're dealing with such a small glass.  Overall great fest though I can't wait until next year.  I was impressed with how busy it was even though there were 3 additional fests and a bottle share going on that day.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Dawn of the Red Joins the Ninkasi Brewing Company Flagship Series

Ninkasi Brewing Company announces the addition of Dawn of the Red, an India Red Ale, to its year-round Flagship Series lineup starting February 15 across the brewery’s distribution footprint.

Originally released as a Rare & Delicious (R&D) Series beer, an experimental small-batch series, Dawn of the Red was first brewed out of a want to offer an IPA using new hop varieties, including El Dorado and Mosaic hops. The beer immediately became a favorite, advancing itself to the Ninkasi Special Release Series in 2014. Once again, the fanfare for this beer was undeniable, making it an easy decision to add it to the 2015 Ninkasi Flagship Series.

“The idea for this beer was to make a super drinkable, hoppy beer with a touch of caramel malt to bring some dryness and malt-flavor into the finish,” explains Ninkasi founding brewer and co-founder, Jamie Floyd, who had been wanting to brew an IRA for some time.

Join a Dawn of the Red Zombie Pub Crawl, February 13 & 14!Ninkasi will be hosting zombie pub crawls in 18 cities across the west, Including Portland February 13 and 14. Participants will get the first taste of this beer before its official release on February 15. Locations and details can be found online at www.ninkasibrewing.com/ninkasi-events. Costumes are encouraged.


Dawn of the Red Stats
An IRA bursting with tropical notes, this beer finishes juicy with a subtle malty backbone. After one taste, it’ll leave you wanting more. It doesn’t take brains to know this IRA is a delicious choice any time of year!


Style: India Red AleSeries: Flagship SeriesAvailable: February 15-December 31, 2015ABV: 7.0%IBU: 75Starting Gravity: 1072Malt: 2-Row Pale, CaraRed, Crystal, Flaked Barley, BlackHops: Galena, Millennium, Ahtanum, El Dorado, MosaicPackaging: 12oz. 6-pack, 12oz. Variety 12-Pack, 22oz. Bottles, 22oz. Variety 4-Pack, Draft
Tasting Notes: Mango, papaya, pineapple and stone fruit notes burst out with bitterness up front. Sustained by a subtle malt flavor, this beer finishes smooth, leaving one ready for the next sip of this flavortastic beer.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Kells teams up for “Green Rain” fundraiser to help children at Providence

PORTLAND, Ore. – It’s one of the rare times that Portlanders actually want to see umbrellas and rain. Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub has partnered with Providence Federal Credit Union for its annual “Kells Green Rain Fundraiser” to raise money for medically fragile children at Providence Child Center.

From now through Feb. 24, patrons at both Kells Irish Restaurant on NW 2nd Ave and Kells Brewpub on NW 21st Ave are invited to toss bills and change into clear umbrellas hanging from the ceiling; on Feb. 24, the money (green) will “rain down” from the ceiling and be collected and donated to Providence Child Center. Providence Federal Credit Union will then match up to $15,000 in donations made during the Kells Green Rain Fundraising event.

Providence Federal Credit Union will also match donations made online or onsite at any of its branches; donors will receive a coupon for 20-percent off of food at Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub. Large one-of-a-kind umbrellas are also available for purchase at any of the branches; for a list of branches, visit https://www.providencecu.org/index.asp.

The Center for Medically Fragile Children at Providence Child Center relies on donations from the community to bridge the annual $2 million gap between what Medicaid pays for care and actual costs of providing care for these children.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Cascade Brewing Tart Fruit Beer Fest returns

The Tart Fruit Fest is back! The fest will kick off on Wednesday, Feb. 25th and pouring until Monday, Mar. 2nd. The festival will feature past live barrels that contain fruit, vintage blends, and some unique one-off projects.

Just a brief preview of some of the beers we will be pouring include:

  • Most of the standard fruit blends (Kriek, Apricot, Black Cap Raspberry, Noyaux, Honey Ginger Lime, etc)
  • Melon Melange
  • Date Vlad
  • Berry Gose
  • Goji Berry
  • Sour Fruit Leather
  • Candied Cantelope
  • Shrieking Violet
  • Grey Monk
  • Supracot


With many more to come. A tap with Portland Pale and the Cascade IPA will be reserved for those looking for a non-sour option. Many of the fruit fest beers are only 2-3 gallons and will go fast, but we will keep an ever changing list of great beers throughout the fest.

When:
February 25 - March 2
Feb 25 at 11:00am to Mar 2 at 10:00pm

Where:
Cascade Brewing
939 SE Belmont St
Portland, Oregon 97214

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Lompoc Brewing Hosts 3rd Annual Black Out Beer Fest

Another fantastic dark beer event will be returning this year, the Black Out Beer Fest held at Lompoc Brewing.  The preliminary beer list has been released with more details to come.

When: Friday, Feb. 20 from 4 to 10pm
Where: Sidebar, 3901 N Williams Ave.
What: The Black Out Beer Fest will feature 19 dark beers: four from Lompoc and the remaining 15 from craft breweries including Alameda, Breakside, Burnside, Cascade, Ecliptic, Fort George, Gigantic, Hopworks, Lucky Lab, pFriem, The Commons, Three Creeks, Upright, Widmer and one yet to be named. There will also be live music and food specials.

Tasting packages are required to drink the Black Out beers and cost $15, which includes a souvenir 15.5 oz glass tasting mug and 8 beer tickets. Additional tickets are available for $1 apiece. It costs four tickets for a full mug or $1 for a taste. Original mug and ticket sales take place in Sidebar. The Black Out Beer Fest will serve the beers in Sidebar and the tented and heated parking lot adjacent to Sidebar on Williams. The event is for ages 21+.

BEER LINEUP (Updated on lompoc website when details become available.)

  • Alameda Siberian Bear Russian Imperial Stout 
  • Breakside Salted Caramel Stout 
  • Burnside Red Light District
  • Cascade Dark Day CDA 
  • Ecliptic OORT Imperial Stout
  • Fort George PB&J Stout
  • Gigantic Saboteur Baltic Porter
  • Hopworks TBA
  • Lompoc Batch 69 Baltic Porter
  • Lompoc Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Side Porter
  • Lompoc Jitterbrew Stout
  • Lompoc TBA
  • Lucky Lab Accidentally Iced Porter
  • pFriem Oatmeal Stout
  • The Commons TBA
  • Three Creeks Tenpine Double Chocolate Porter
  • Upright TBA
  • Widmer TBA
  • Brewery TBA

For more information about the event, including beer descriptions, visit www.lompocbrewing.com.

NW Coffee Beer Invitational Final Tap List

The final tap list for the NW Coffee Beer fest has been released and its is looking like a killer lineup.  Every beer has some type of coffee in them but that does not mean they will all be stouts.  Last year there were several lighter beers that only shared the flavor or aroma of coffee not the color.  This should be a great event if last year was any indication and I look forward to trying these coffee beers this Saturday.

Barley Brown's - Imperial Breakfast Stout
Oatmeal Stout brewed using vanilla beans and local (Baker City) roasted Sorbenots Coffee. Rich, smooth, with distinct flavors of coffee, chocolate, and vanilla. We brewed this beer on our original brewery especially for the Northwest Coffee Beer Festival.

Grain Station - Sidamo Coffee Stout
For this Coffee stout we collaborated with Mud River coffee roasters out of Corvallis Oregon using their light roasted Kilenso Rasa from the Sidamo region of Ethiopia. The high Altitude volcanic soil and wet ferment of these beans gives the coffee dark fruit and chocolate notes, nicely complimenting the chocolate sweetness of this stout. A 4.3 % blend of the cold press concentrate to beer volume does a great job of enhancing the stout flavor without overpowering the palete.  

Lucky Labrador - Irish Coffe’d Red Ale
This ruby red ale is made using imported Irish Ale Yeast, and a healthy dose of Portland Roasting coffee, giving your tongue a good dose of malty sweetness but finishing with a palate cleansing, light hoppiness, and a smooth coffee finish.

Widmer - Demitasse Coffee Pale or “Little Cup.”
This year, we partnered with Stumptown Coffee Roasters to brew Demitasse Coffee Pale or “Little Cup.” She is a dry hopped special bitter brewed with 2-Row Pale, Special Aromatic and Golden Naked Oats, hopped with Pilgrim for bittering, as well as Mandarina Bavaria and First Gold for flavor and aroma. After primary fermentation we dry hopped the “Little Cup” with more Mandarina Bavaria and First Gold and complemented the choice in hops with Stumptown’s Ethiopia Durmina whole bean coffee, chosen for its spectacular flavors and aromas including  hops, lemonade and peaches. We set out to create the perfect cup with the best of both worlds. Relax, sit, and enjoy a “little cup” of Demitasse Coffee Pale. Prost!

Burnside Brewing and Kells Brew Pub
We teamed up with Din Johnson from Ristretto Roasters to create Cafe Negra Limello. Our offering is a traditional Vienna Lager that was brewed in November and lagered for 8 weeks. We selected Burundi coffee for its vibrant citrus quality. The resulting beer drinks easy and has notes of toffee, chocolate and finishes with hints of lime.

Migration Brewing - Odilicious
"Made with Costa Rican cascara (coffee pulp) from Sustainable Harvest located right here in Portland, Oregon, Odilicious is deep mahogany in color and fills the palette with a rich malt body and pronounced notes of tobacco, raisins and dried red fruit. Healthy doses of cluster and fuggle hops balance out the fruit and earth profiles from the cascara."
We know spring has not arrived yet, but why not migrate to the Goose Hollow Inn for this rare brew!

Gigantic Brewing - Sabotage! Coffee Baltic Porter
Sabotage! clocks in at 8% ABV with a huge aroma and flavor of chocolate, caramel, dark fruit and roast melded with cold pressed Coava coffee.

Elysian Brewing - Cthulhu Imperial Oak Aged Coffee Stout
A malevolent Stout worthy of its ages-old Lovecraftian namesake, Cthulhu brings together components from Earth's dark, dead corners: Crystal malt, Munich, roasted barley, chocolate and black malts, midnight wheat, and flaked oats. This monstrous stout was bittered with Jarrylo hops, along with some late Belma, then aged on American Oak staves and infused with Stumptown Cold Brew to set minions ululating with delight.

Chetco Brewing - Black Thunder
Brewed with Signature Coffee from Humboldt, is a full bodied stout beginning with subtle, chocolatey notes and leaves a crisp coffee after taste. In other words - it's freaking great!

Fire on the Mountain Brewing - Spanish Coffee Mud
For this years Coffee Beer Invitational, we at FOTM Brewing Co. have brewed up what might be the perfect winter beer. What could be better than a rich beer form of the classic cocktail, Spanish Coffee? We started with our house chocolate oatmeal stout, Electric Mud, fermented it with sweet orange peel, and blended it with freshly roasted Guatemala Tikal coffee beans from our friends at Spella Cafe. From there, we conditioned it on rum soaked oak and vanilla beans. The result is a truly delicious beer that covers the major food groups; coffee, rum, and most importantly beer! Please enjoy responsibly for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Coalition Brewing - Jumpy Juice
What do Portlanders and long haul truckers have in common? They both love coffee! We call it plain old coffee around these parts, but the truckers call it Jumpy Juice, a name we've borrowed for this special offering. At its base, Jumpy Juice is a dark Belgian ale...fruity Belgian esters and candi sugar sweetness pair delightfully with Seven Virtues Columbia Tello coffee, contributing notes of roast, pear, toffee, and white grape. We don't condone drinking and driving, but when you get to that truck stop for the night, enjoy a pint of Jumpy Juice. 10-4, Coalition out.

Sasquatch Brewing - Wired Whale
Our Moby Dick Imperial IPA with a cold coffee extraction. Deep notes of citrus and coffee excite the senses!

Buoy Beer - TBD
The base for our Brown Coffee beer is a traditional malty brown ale that emphasizes chocolate and caramel notes. Ground Ethiopian Yirgacheffe coffee beans, roasted in Astoria at Columbia River Coffee Roaster, are added to secondary conditioning in a process that is similar to dry-hopping. Cold steeping the coffee this way produces true coffee flavors and aromas that play well with the beer’s base to create an enjoyable treat.

Pints Brewing - Mocha Banana Split
The base beer is PINTS' Hibernator, a German-Style Weizendoppelbock (7.6% ABV, 18 IBU). It is like liquid banana bread, but in a really good way. Add cocoa nibs, a judicious shot of Portland Roasting's Goose Hollow coffee, then toss a cherry on top and bam!

McMenamins Crystal Brewery - Onward Caravan Turkish Coffee Ale
We teamed up with McMenamins Coffee Roasters Martyn Leaper and Kelly Ockinga to make an ale based on traditional Turkish coffee. Along with a nut brown ale base full of smooth caramel malt tones, we highlight flavors and aromas of fresh nuts, chocolate, heavy cream, and golden syrup from our Kenyan and El Salvador locally roasted coffee beans. A slight roastiness rears up at the end, along with the full floral spiciness of ground green cardamom seeds added during the brewing process and post-fermentation. A unique, satisfying brew.

Walking Man Brewing - Happy Feet Coffee Brown Ale
We worked with Bryan Wray of Compass Coffee in Vancouver fairly extensively to find a roast and origin of coffee that would pair well with our Barefoot Brown Ale. After a few jittery afternoon tasting sessions we settled on a medium roast from Kenya. It lends wonderful nutty and fruit flavors that play well with the malty hazelnut and caramel notes found in the the Barefoot Brown.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Fort George Brewery Festival of the Dark Arts 2015

This Valentine's day you could do the traditional roses followed by a dinner date followed up by a movie that has been overdone for years.  Or this year you could try something a little darker.  Fort George brewing will be holding their annual Festival of the Dark Arts where they will serving up some of the countries finest dark beers as well as live entertainment.  The festival will include live music, demonstrations from blacksmiths, glass blowers and ice sculptors. Some of the live entertainment will include fire dancers, belly dancers, tattoo artists, tarot card readers, and tintype photographers.
But most importantly, prepare your palate for 55 of the finest dark beers you’ll ever see assembled in one location.  The tap list is truly impressive, and an absolute must-attend for any dark beer fanatic.  I will definitely be attending and can't wait to try some of these amazing beers.  Purchase your tickets in advance because this event will likely sell out.

Where:
Fort George Brewery
1483 Duane Street
Astoria, Oregon
(503) 325-PINT

When: Saturday, February 14th, 2015
Noon to 10pm

HOUSE BEERS
  • Fort George - Long dark winter milk stout
  • Fort George - Polish’s black walnut stout
  • Fort George - Viva la stout
  • Fort George - Spank stout
  • Fort George - Squashed stout
  • Fort George - Murky pearl stout
  • Fort George - Coffee girl stout
  • Fort George - Cavatica stout
  • Fort George - Rum BBL Cavatica stout
  • Fort George - Rye whiskey Cavatica stout
  • Fort George - Rumkin stout
  • Fort George - Kentucky girl stout
  • Fort George - Bete noire wheat stout
  • Fort George - Dark matter stout

GUEST BEERS

  • Deschutes - Abyss
  • Block 15 - Nebula
  • Block 15 - Super nebula
  • Stone - Woot stout
  • Oakshire - Rye tous oraz burton
  • Hopworks - Motherland russian imperial stout
  • Sasquatch - Vanilla bourbon hairy knuckle
  • Gigantic - Most premium russian imperial stout
  • Firestone Walker - Parabola
  • Firestone Walker - Velvet merkin
  • Widmer (pilot system) - Multiple barrel-aged kgb
  • Mcmenamins - Lord snow imperial stout
  • Mcmenamins - Cherry bomb
  • Great Divide - Chocolate oak aged yeti
  • Walking Man - Jaywalker imperial stout
  • Epic Brewing - Big bad baptist
  • Boneyard - Suge knite
  • Pelican - BBL-aged tsunami stout
  • Bear Republic - Old baba yaga
  • Buoy beer co. - TBA
  • Alesmith - Speedway stout
  • Midnight Sun - Moscow
  • Ommegang - Take the black stout
  • Lompoc - Sour bbl-aged stout
  • Anderson Valley -Wild turkey bourbon barrel stout
  • Barley browns - Bourbon don vanucci
  • Off color/Mikkeller beer - Beer geek mus
  • Breakside - Salted caramel sweet stout
  • The Bruery - Grey monday
  • Elysian - bourbon-aged dragonstooth stout
  • Evil Twin - Yin
  • Cascade - Diesel
  • Moa - Imperial stout
  • Alameda - Siberian bear ris
  • Ninkasi - Conventionale
  • 10 Barrel Brewery - Power to the people
  • Oskar Blues - Ten fidy
  • Pdx B-Brew - Cinnamon chocolate milk stout
  • Lagunitas - Barrel-aged cappuccino stout
  • Burnside - Chocolate habanero stout

Friday, January 16, 2015

Travel Portland partners with Base Camp Brewing to create 10 Limited-Availabiliity #PDXNOW Beers

Travel Portland, the official destination marketing organization for the city of Portland, is partnering with Base Camp Brewing Company to introduce a series of limited-availability #PDXNOW beers as part of the organization’s larger “Portland is Happening Now” winter tourism campaign.
In a program spearheaded by Base Camp, 10 Portland breweries have paired up to create 10 different #PDXNOW brews. Each pair shares a particular beer style, but individual breweries have crafted their own interpretations, utilizing local ingredients to showcase the brewing talents found around the clock in Portland. The #PDXNOW beers will be available at the breweries’ respective taprooms from Jan. 24 through Feb. 28. Also available, while supplies last, will be the #PDXNOW “Beerport” passport with tasting notes on each of the beers.
“Portland is the ultimate destination for beer lovers. With more craft breweries than any other city on the planet, Portland is the craft brewing capital of the world,” said Courtney Ries, Travel Portland marketing director. “This limited-availability series showcases a variety of breweries in town, and we hope this encourages beer lovers to visit Portland before they miss this exclusive collection.”
“This initiative typifies the collaborative spirit Portland is known for,” said Ross Putnam, co-founder of Base Camp Brewing Company. “Portland has an amazing craft beer scene that has made this city home to some of the best beers in the world. We’ve very much enjoyed working with this group of exceptional breweries to create a #PDXNOW collection that both tourists and locals are sure to love.”
Here’s a look at the #PDXNOW brews, which debut on Jan. 24:

Amber
Base Camp Brewing Company - Bridge Builder Bock
Coalition Brewing Co. - Mutual Fermentation

Hefeweizen
Hopworks Urban Brewery - Hop-Lic Kellerweizen

Baerlic Brewing Co. - Baer-Works Radlerweizen

Gose
Breakside Brewery - Juggling Plums Gose
Fat Head’s Brewery - Weiss Weiss Baby

Belgian
Ecliptic Brewing - Downkriek Cosmic Storm Belgian Sour
StormBreaker Brewing - Upkriek Cosmic Storm

Gose
Gigantic Brewing - Quadtastic B² + G + EX = #PDXNOW
Ex Novo Brewing Company - Gose Either Way


Launch Event: 
#PDXNOW Presents Base Camp’s Collabofest, Jan. 24, noon–8 p.m.
Beer lovers will be able to meet the brewers and sample all 10 limited-edition beers in one location at the kickoff event. The family-friendly celebration will be held Saturday, Jan. 24, from noon to 8 p.m. at Base Camp Brewing Company (930 S.E. Oak St., Portland). Collabofest will cover two city blocks, feature iconic food trucks Koi Fusion, Gonzo and Grilled Cheese Grill, and host a free, all-ages ski and snowboard rail jam (7-10 p.m.), presented by local clothing brand All The Homies and complete with fresh snow trucked in from Mount Hood.

Collabofest Tickets
$20 for general admission, which includes a plastic mug, #PDXNOW Beerport and 10 pours

$35 for VIP entry, which includes a Klean Kanteen Collabofest steel pint cup, #PDXNOW Beerport,10 tickets (each good for a 5 ounce pour), tokens for two full pints and early admission at noon, Prices will increase by $5 on the day of the event.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.travelportland.com/article/collabofest

Thursday, January 15, 2015

New Farmhouse ale from Fort George, The Commons and Plazm Magazine

Fort George, in collaboration with The Common and Plazm magazine are are releasing a Farmhouse Ale in the Pacific Northwest. Beginning January 23rd through the end of April these 16 oz four packs will be available where fine beer is sold.

The Northwest loves independence. With locally sourced foods, neighborhood craft breweries, and indie record labels and magazines, people here take pride in sidestepping the establishment. In many ways Fort George’s latest collaboration
represents this spirit - from the satisfyingly messy 16-ounce can design, to the dark Saison within. It’s a blatant disregard to a hop-heavy culture. Introducing Plazm Farmhouse Ale: a limited Pacific Northwest collaboration featuring the art of Plazm magazine and the craft brewing of Fort George and The Commons.

Art
Founded in 1991 by Portland artists, Plazm magazine publishes challenging and innovative art, design, cultural, and literary works. Plazm is also an award-winning design firm led by creative directors Joshua Berger and Niko Courtelis. Plazm has been heavily involved in creating the Fort George aesthetic, including the iconic building logo, custom typography, and striking can designs. For a free downloadable sample of the current issue of Plazm magazine, go to plazm.com/farmhouse. To see a video of every page of every issue of Plazm magazine being turned by a summer intern check out this video: http://youtu.be/IC19nUZ6xGg. And to view the two hour video in two minutes, watch their 10,000x edit: http://youtu.be/RxC7dWSbsxM

Beer
If you set out to make a Farmhouse Ale, who better to collaborate with than The Commons Brewery? From their beginnings on a 1-barrel nano system in Mike Wright’s garage, to the upcoming 10,000 ft2 expansion on Belmont Street, The Commons has consistently brewed some of the finest Farmhouse Ales in the country.  And while much focus is placed on the hop bill in the Pacific Northwest, this collaboration focuses on the less popular (yet most important) ingredient in brewing, the yeast. Fort George and The Commons worked closely to land on the perfect yeast for this beer, bringing out just the right flavors and aromatics. With a bright white head and a golden amber glow, expect hints of tropical fruit, with light mint, pepper, and clove.

Culture
Join Plazm magazine, Fort George, and The Commons in celebrating the official release of Plazm Farmhouse Ale with a free concert at Holocene in Portland.  There will be a raffle for a Plazm Collector's Edition box, among other things, and a free limited-edition commemorative stamp for the first 50 people through the door. Plus listen to music from Asss, Regular Music, Mary Lattimore, and DJ Jason Urick.

Holocene - Portland, Oregon
1001 SE Morrison Street
Sunday - February 1st
8pm - 11pm
No Cover

And for the beer-centric enthusiasts, meet the collaborators at these events featuring tap lists from The Commons and Fort George:

The Bier Stein – Eugene, Oregon
1591 Willamette Street
Thursday – January 29th
6pm – 9pm

Belmont Station – Portland, Oregon
4500 SE Stark Street
Friday – January 30th
5pm – 8pm

Beer Junction – Seattle, Washington
4511 California Ave SW
Saturday – February 7th
4pm – 7pm



Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Give Dad what he really wants for Fathers Day, The Oregon Garden Brewfest

The Oregon Garden has announced a new date for its popular Oregon Garden Brewfest, presented by Growl Movement. The 11th annual event, traditionally held in the spring, will take place June 19 through 21 this year, coinciding with Father’s Day. The popular Willamette Valley festival will feature 130 handcrafted beers, ciders and mead from more than 65 different breweries from across the nation. Event hours are Noon to 11 pm Friday & Saturday, and Noon to 5 pm Sunday.
“We have moved Brewfest to June in hopes of better weather and to more fully showcase the beauty of the Garden,” said Brittney Hatteberg, regional marketing manager for The Oregon Garden. “We encourage guests to grab a beer and take it with them as they explore our 80-acres, and by mid-June the Garden will look spectacular.”

Located in the historic town of Silverton, just an hour’s drive from the Portland metropolitan area, the Oregon Garden Brewfest also features live music from a dozen regional bands on two stages, local food, and a Brewer’s Tasting Dinner. The Oregon Garden Brewfest is for ages 21 and over on Friday and Saturday; minors are welcome all hours on Sunday.

Admission ranges from $15 to $50, but all admission packages include a souvenir tasting glass and a number of tasting tickets; see ticket pricing and purchase in advance.

A full glass of beer costs four tickets, and a taster costs one ticket. Additional tasting tickets may be purchased for $1 apiece. Designated drivers pay a cover charge of $5 and receive a bottle of water. Parking at The Oregon Garden is $5 per car; free shuttles are available from various locations in Silverton.

The fourth annual Oregon Garden Brewer’s Tasting Dinner will take place on the eve of the festival, June 18 at 7 pm. This six-course dinner, which features small plates paired with local beers from six area breweries, is attended by participating brewers, industry insiders and a few lucky beer aficionados; a limited number of tickets will be made available to the public this spring.

The ideal way to enjoy the Brewfest is to book a room at The Oregon Garden Resort, a Moonstone Hotel Property located just steps away from the festival. Brewfest Packages starts at $239 and include accommodations, two 3-day admission passes to Brewfest (each pass includes a tasting glass and five tasting tickets), a food voucher for the Oregon Garden Resort’s food booth, a continental buffet breakfast and admission to The Oregon Garden. Packages can be booked on their website or by calling 503-874-2500.

The Oregon Garden Brewfest is presented by Growl Movement and sponsored by Venti’s CafĂ©, Wave Broadband, Pepsi and The Oregonian/Oregon Live. For more information about the event, visit www.oregongarden.org/events/brewfest/.

The Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America comes to Portland

The Craft Brewers Conference (CBC) & BrewExpo America is coming to Portland, OR. This is the Detroit Auto Show for craft brewers, where industry leaders meet annually to exchange ideas and get educated on one of the countries most thriving industries. The estimated 11,000 attendees will be able to view over 500 exhibits, as well as 160 presenters on a range of brewing industry related topics.

The CBC is an opportunity for the craft brewing community to share ideas and learn from one another.  It is no surprise that Portland has been chosen to hose the conference this year because of its nationally recognized dedication to craft beer.

BrewExpo America is the trade-show portion where nearly 500 vendors bring their latest offering to exhibit for the brewing industry.  Big and small alike everything from tank manufactures to yeast labs will be in attendance.

The Craft Brewers Conference will run from Tuesday April 14th to Friday April 17th and BrewExpo America will be the 15th until the 17th. The Brewers Association is a not-for-profit trade association that is dedicated to small and independent american brewers that represents more than 70% of the brewing industry.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

2nd Annual NW Coffee Beer Invitational

Its that time of year again for the NW Coffee Beer Invitational. Last years festival, was a well run, albeit cold, event with a lot of great coffee beers.  The preliminary details are available below, for the most up to date beer information check on Twitter and Facebook.  The NW Coffee Inviational is sponsored by Goose Hollow Inn, Ristretto Roasters, and Willamette Valley Hops.

When: Saturday, January 24, 2015  12–7 pm
Where: Goose Hollow Inn, 1927 SW Jefferson St, Portland, OR
Cost: $15 admission includes a festival glass and 8 taster tickets

The Northwest’s two favorite brews are in the spotlight again for the 2nd NW Coffee Beer Invitational. Sixteen talented brewers were asked to create freshly-brewed beer made with locally-roasted coffee. With the emphasis on flavors, and an abv of 7% or less, this event promises to surprise us with both provocative and inspired combinations.

The cozy Goose Hollow Inn on SW Jefferson is the venue again, so join us for not only great beers but a unique, convivial atmosphere. The menu will include some special savories to compliment the brews and we will have live music in the outdoor heated tent.
 
Here is a list of the Participating breweries:

  • Barley Browns Beer
  • Buoy Beer
  • Burnside Brewing 
  • Chetco Brewing  
  • Coalition Brewing  
  • Elysian Brewing  
  • Fire on the Mountain Brewing  
  • Gigantic Brewing  
  • Grain Station Brew Works
  • Lucky Labrador Brewing 
  • McMenamins Crystal Brewery 
  • Migration Brewing  
  • Pints Brewing 
  • Sasquatch Brewing
  • Walking Man Brewing
  • Widmer Brothers Brewing

Monday, January 5, 2015

Stone Brewing releases gluten reduced IPA

Stone Brewing is getting in the gluten "free" beer game with a boastfully named Delicious IPA. Like Omission beer Stone is using an enzyme to break down the gluten protein chain in order to make it easier to digest for those who can't.  I haven't had it yet but it sounds pretty awesome especially those who are doomed to live a life of sorgum and buckwheat beer.

Full Press release below:

ESCONDIDO, CA (Jan. 5, 2015) – Since 1996, Stone Brewing Co. has been obsessed with its mission of providing people access to high-quality, big-character craft beer. After all, great beer is for everyone and anyone with the good taste to recognize it. With that goal in mind, the company is introducing Stone Delicious IPA, a citrusy ale dry-hopped exclusively with El Dorado hops. As if that wasn’t enough, the beer has also been crafted to reduce gluten. Starting today, Stone Delicious IPA will begin arriving in 12-ounce six-packs to retail accounts and on draft to restaurants and bars where Stone beer is sold.

A few years back, Stone CEO and Co-founder Greg Koch proposed developing a beer delicious enough to warrant making that its formal name…a lofty challenge coming from the man in charge. Koch also requested that the beer be brewed with ample amounts of new and unique hop varietals. After many trials, Brewmaster Mitch Steele finally tasted a hop flavor combination that lived up to that moniker.

El Dorado hops were added late in the boil, both abundantly and exclusively during the dry-hop stage, providing the beer with prevalent herbal, citrus and lemon-candy flavors and aromas. An earlier hop addition of a new variety called Lemondrop complemented the El Dorado hops perfectly, enhancing the beer’s bold lemon taste. Stone Delicious IPA has a mild, dry malt character and the copious hop traits of a traditional West Coast IPA.

Steele has taken Stone Delicious IPA a step further by creating a beer that may make it possible for individuals sensitive to gluten, or anyone looking to reduce their gluten intake, to experience Stone’s aggressive, no-holds-barred approach to craft brewing. With the addition of an enzyme from San Diego-based White Labs called Clarity-Ferm, gluten protein chains are broken down, separated and denatured to measure below 20 parts per million². This process, which is initiated during the beer's fermentation, does not affect its color or, more importantly, its wonderful aroma and decidedly delicious flavor.

White Labs tests the gluten levels of each batch, and Stone publishes the results on the beer’s dedicated webpage. To further ensure levels remain constant, Stone’s Quality Assurance team also monitors the beer by testing samples at different stages of the production process—from fermentation through packaging.

“My father-in-law is a big fan of craft beer and was recently diagnosed with a gluten intolerance,” explains Steele. “With Stone Delicious IPA, I’m thrilled that we’ve made it possible for more people, especially my father-in-law, to enjoy a delicious, hoppy Stone craft beer.”

When crafting an IPA deserving of the name Delicious, intense flavor was paramount, and that’s just what this bright, hoppy, lemony standout delivers. Stone Delicious IPA should be enjoyed fresh, and all bottles will feature an “enjoy by” date on the bottle neck.

For more information on Stone Delicious IPA, to view lab results for individual batches of bottled beer or to review frequently asked questions, please visit the beer’s dedicated webpage, stonebrewing.com/deliciousipa.

1 Due to uncontrolled conditions when served from draft lines, Stone cannot guarantee that Stone Delicious IPA on draft is gluten-reduced.
2 Stone Delicious IPA was fermented from barley, a grain containing gluten, and then crafted to reduce gluten. The exact gluten content of this beer cannot be verified, and this beer may contain gluten.

Stone Delicious IPA Quick Facts
Name: Stone Delicious IPA
Stats: 7.7% ABV, 80 IBUs
Availability: Limited 12-ounce bottles in six-packs and draft, beginning January 5
Hops bill: Calypso, El Dorado, Lemondrop, Nugget




Tasting notes, provided by Stone Brewmaster Mitch Steele
Appearance: Pours deep gold with a white-colored head.
Aroma: Spicy, herbal and citrusy hop aromatics balanced with light-toasted malt. The spiciness is reminiscent of lemongrass.
Taste: The hop flavors really explode with a dominant flavor that reminds many on the brewing team of a lemon Starburst candy!
Palate: Medium body with a bitter, dry finish.
Overall: We went through many iterations of this beer at our Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station restaurant and brewery, using several hop recipes until we had that “Aha!” moment tasting a beer that I had asked Liberty Station Brewing Manager Kris Ketcham to brew. It was a single-hop beer called the Lost City of Liquid Gold, using 100 percent El Dorado, a new hop from Yakima, Washington. This beer gave us the last piece to the puzzle on the formulation for Stone Delicious IPA. We changed the dry hop to 100 percent El Dorado, and we achieved magnificent lemon candy and spicy hop flavors that are fun and unique.