Thursday, October 19, 2017

Baerlic Brewing Co. Presents DAY OF THE DEAD BEER




Your favorite Baerlic Beers back from the dead!! Come celebrate beers from years past! Seance starts at 6pm on Saturday, October 28th.

Over the last few years, we have brewed an insane amount of different beers—some good, some bad and some ugly! As an homage to the times we think we nailed it, we are bringing some crowd favorites back from the dead.

PRIMEVAL NW BROWN ALE - This amped up American Brown Ale is dryhopped with Centennial hops and bursts with aromas of evergreen, cocoa & sweet orange that dance with biscuit, roast and malty sweetness with bittersweet chocolate and citrus.

DeLOREAN WHEAT IPA - Brewed with Mosaic, Citra and Chinook hops, DeLorean jumps out of the glass with ginormous aromas of crisp pine, blueberry and tropical citrus in a fluffy and dry wheat finish.

BANANA STAND BLACK HEFEWEIZEN - Originally brewed in collaboration with Gigantic Brewing Company, Banana Stand is a traditional German Hefeweizen brewed w/ cold steeped roasted wheat. Aromas of banana & chocolate give way to a crackery body that finishes bright, fruity & spearminty. It's the George Daddy of beer!

GREAT GRANDPA's BREAKFAST - Our Black Grove Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout infused with cocoa nibs and a touch of maple syrup. And just like Great Grandpa himself, it’s a lot meaner than it looks.

OLD BLOOD & GUTS BARLEYWINE 2014 - Brewed in the year of our founding in 2014, this bad mamma jamma of a beer is aging beautifully. Brown Sugar, mollasses and dark fruit that finishes dry with a subtle alcohol spice that lingers…think of it as a big ‘ol cuddly bear hug of a beer.

Baerlic Brewing Company is located at 2235 SE 11th Avenue, Portland, OR 97214.

Holiday Ale Festival Announces Lineup for 22nd Annual Event

(Photo coutesy of Holiday Ale Festival)

PORTLAND, Ore. – The 22nd annual Holiday Ale Festival will take place Nov. 29 through Dec. 3 at Pioneer Courthouse Square, located at 701 SW Sixth Ave. (the event annually starts the Wednesday following Thanksgiving). The Northwest’s only outdoor winter beer festival – which is tented and heated – will feature 55 craft beers, ciders and meads in the main lineup, all of which are made or blended specifically for the event. 

In addition, the festival will also feature a number of Meet the Brewer events and dozens of specialty and rare beer tappings. The Holiday Ale Festival is highly regarded as presenting one of best lineups of winter beers and ciders anywhere in the nation. 

What makes this festival standout from other similar events is the selection: the festival works with every brewery involved to make sure they send a product that has either been made or blended specifically for the event, or is a rare or vintage beer that isn't commonly tapped in the state. (See the bottom of this press release for the 2017 list of participants)

Despite being held outdoors during one of the coldest months of the year, more than 14,000 festival attendees stay dry throughout the five-day festival under clear-topped tents warmed by gas heaters. An elaborate scaffolding design creates a second level for the venue, dubbed the Sky Bar, which serves additional taps and provides ample elbow room for attendees to relax, spread out and even peek at the revelers below. 

To enter and consume beer, the purchase of an entry package is required. Advance general admission costs $35 and includes the 2017 tasting glass – a flexible BPA & BPS-free polymer “glass” – and 14 taster tickets, plus expedited entry all five days with the print at home ticket. General admission at the door is the same price, but includes only 12 tickets and no expedited entry. Advance VIP packages cost $100 and include the tasting glass, 30 taster tickets, special VIP beer lines with little to no waiting, exclusive VIP only vintage beers, bottled water, and express entry all five days. VIP tickets are limited to 250 and are not available at the door. Advance tickets are available at beginning Oct. 20. 

Once inside the festival, most full pours costs four tickets, and a taster costs one ticket. Certain limited release and special tappings may not be available in full pours, or may cost extra tickets. Additional taster tickets can be purchased for $1 apiece. Previous years’ mugs or glasses will not be filled. Express re-entry requires a wristband and the 2017 tasting glass, and is subject to the festival's capacity. 

Designated drivers in a party of two or more may purchase a designated driver wristband for $10, which includes Crater Lake Soda or bottled water for the duration of the stay. One hundred percent of the money raised by the DD program, as well as from the onsite coat and bag check and the Crater Lake Soda Garden, is donated to the Children’s Cancer Association’s MyMusicRx Program, which delivers the healing power of music to the bedsides of children and teens facing cancer and other serious illnesses. 

There will also be two food vendors, as well as self-guided cheese and beer pairings. Event hours are 11am to 9:30pm Wednesday through Saturday, and 11am to 5pm Sunday. To avoid lengthy lines, the festival encourages patrons to attend Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday. The Holiday Ale Festival is for ages 21 and over. 

For more information, visit and follow the event @HolidayAleFest on social media, hashtag #HolidayAle.

Holiday Ale Festival Participants
2 Towns Ciderhouse (Corvallis, OR): Bourbon Barrel Nice & Naughty, Imperial Cider
54°40' Brewing Co. (Washougal, WA): Restoration Bock, Dopplebock
Ancestry Brewing Co. (Tualatin, OR): Horchata Winter Stout, Spiced Stout
Anthem Cider (Salem, OR): Honey Crisp Holiday Spirit, Unfiltered Cider
Base Camp Brewing Co. (Portland, OR): Barrel Aged Imperial S'more Stout, Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout
Bear Republic Brewing Co. (Cloverdale, CA): Olive the Other Reindeer, Dark Sour
Burnside Brewing Co. (Portland, OR): Owd Cappy Mac, Whiskey Barrel Aged Wee Heavy
Caldera Brewing Co. (Ashland, OR): Caldera Pink Peppercorn, Lavender, Chocolate Imperial Stout, Imperial Stout
Cider Riot! (Portland, OR): Winter Orchard Imperial Cider, Barrel Aged Cider
Collaborator (Portland, OR): Moore Holiday Ale, Imperial Bohemian Pilsner
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project (Denver, CO): 5 Golden Rings, Golden Sour Ale aged in White Wine Barrels with Mulberries, Candied Ginger, Orange Peel, and Muscat Raisins
Defeat River Brewery (Reedsport, OR): Firry Sweater, Experimental Ale
Deluxe Brewing (Albany, OR): Bock The Holidays!, Pilsenbock
Depoe Bay Brewing Co. (Depoe Bay, OR): Hakari nui pia, Wheat IPA
Drake's Brewing Co. (San Leandro, CA): Vin-Drak, Wine Grape Fermented Imperial Stout
Drinking Horse Brewing Co. (Clackamas, OR): Jack Horner's Imperial Porter, Imperial Porter
Ecliptic Brewing (Portland, OR): Cosmic Bog Sauce, Sour Brown Ale
Eel River Brewing Co. (Fortuna, CA): Conspiracy of Ravens, Chocolate Coconut Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Oatmeal/Milk Stout
Falling Sky Brewing (Eugene, OR): Cranberry-Juniper Gose, Cranberry-Juniper Gose
Finnriver Farm & Cidery (Chimacum, WA): Finnriver Disco Peach Cider, Sour Fruit and Spice Cider
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. (Paso Robles, CA): Single Hop Pale, Pale Ale
Fort George Brewery (Astoria, OR): Breaking the Mulled, Barrel Aged Spiced Strong Ale
Fremont Brewing (Seattle, WA): Winter Fuego, Imperial Winter Ale
Gigantic Brewing (Portland, OR): The Cat Ate My Stash & Pissed On The Christmas Tree, IPA
Gilgamesh Brewing (Salem, OR): Charlie Bruin, Oud Bruin
Golden Valley Brewery (McMinnville, OR): Tickle my Dickel, Whisky Barrel Aged Old Ale
Hopworks Urban Brewery (Portland, OR): Yule Only Live Once, Imperial Dessert Beer
Kells Brewery (Portland, OR): The Selfish Giant, Bourbon Barrel Aged Irish Stout with Cherries
Lagunitas Brewing Co. (Petaluma, CA): The Devil Came to Petuluma, Barrel Aged Blend
Logsdon Farmhouse Ales (Hood River, OR): Gnome For the Holidays, Bourbon Barrel Aged Belgian Strong Dark with Cocoa Nibs
Lompoc Brewing (Lompoc, OR): Top Shelf Dubbel, Old Sport, Belgian Dubbel
Migration Brewing (Portland, OR): Hazy Holidays Lager, Imperial Lager
Modern Times Beer (San Diego, CA): Black House Vanilla Macadamia Nut Latte, Oatmeal Coffee Stout with Vanilla and Macadamia Nuts
Montavilla Brew Works (Portland, OR): Severe Concussion IPA, Triple IPA
Natian Brewery (Portland, OR): Old Grogham, Wood Aged IPA
Nectar Creek (Corvallis, OR): Top Bar, Coffee Session Mead
Ninkasi Brewing Co. (Eugene, OR): These Hips Don't Lie, American Hopped Belgian Style Pale Ale with Rose Hips and White Pepper Corns
Oakshire Brewing (Eugene, OR): Florgia Borgia, Chocolate Milk Stout with Orange and Coffee
Pelican Brewing Co. (Pacific City/Tillamook/Cannon Beach, OR): Dark Hearted Blonde, Pale Stout
pFriem Family Brewers (Hood River, OR): Juicy Winter Ale, Winter Ale
PINTS Brewing Co. (Portland, OR): Christmas Down Under, Session IPA
Portland Brewing (Portland, OR): The Dude Abides, White Russian Imperial Stout
Portland Cider Co. (Clackamas, OR): Cranberry Sauced, Spiced Fruit Cider
Reverend Nat's Hard Cider (Portland, OR): Warm Abbey Spice with Cranberry, Cider
Rogue Ales (Newport, OR): Woodsman's Wine, Whiskey Barrel Aged Barleywine
Santiam Brewing (Salem, OR): Hibernal Druid, Braggot
Sixpoint (Brooklyn, NY): Mad Scientists Ale #22 Pina Colada, NE IPA with Experimental Hops
Stickmen Brewing Co. (Lake Oswego, OR): Tryptophantastic, Stout
StormBreaker Brewing (Portland, OR): Barrel Aged Kilt By Death, Barrel Aged Scotch Ale
Three Mugs Brewing Co. (HIllsboro, OR): Mrs Claus's Peppermint Desire White Chocolate Ale, Blonde Ale with White Chocolate and Peppermint
Trap Door Brewing (Vancouver, WA): Holidank, Double IPA
Vanguard Brewing Co. (Wilsonville, OR): Uninhibited, Imperial Oatmeal Stout
Wayfinder Beer (Portland, OR): Rotorvator Doppelbock, Doppelbock
Wild Ride Brewing (Redmond, OR): Twist & Shout Coffee Blonde Holiday Edition, Coffee Blonde Ale
Wolf Tree Brewery (Seal Rock, OR): The Barrel Aged Belgian Dip, Belgian Dark Strong

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Fresh Hops Are HERE! Part 2

Fresh Hops Galore!
In my previous posting, I listed a number of Portland breweries that currently have their own fresh hop beers on tap. Of course, there are myriad taprooms, bars and beer drinking establishments throughout the greater Portland area with extensive, eclectic and deliciously current tap lists that cannot be forgotten.

If you look over at the sidebar on my lil' ol' blog, you will see links to many, many PDX tap lists. (Okay, you won't see them on your phone, only on an actual computer or tablet. I'm too technologically challenged to make it THAT convenient for you.) Check out all of those links! A bunch of them have fresh hop beers on tap already! Score!

Once again, I've perused the lists and provided you with a handy synopsis of the current offerings. (You're welcome, AGAIN!) Of course, this would be AS OF RIGHT NOW. I strongly recommend that you double check by looking at my taproom list on the left sidebar, or call the bar. Taps change constantly.

  • Imperial Bottle Shop and Taproom (Division)
    • Lompoc Brewing Fresh Hop Death Punch Golden Ale
    • Mazama Brewing Mazama Green Magic Fresh Hop Pale Ale
    • Montavilla Brew Works Tangled Up In Hops Fresh Hop IPA
    • Finnriver Cidery Fresh Hop Cider
  • ABV Public House
    • Ex Novo Brewing Fresh Hop Eliot IPA (Amarillo)
    • Baerlic Brewing Fresh Hop Hellsner Helles Lager
  • Apex
    • Fremont Brewing Fresh Hop Centennial Pale Ale
    • Double Mountain Brewery - Fresh Hop Killer Red IPA
  • Bailey's Taproom
    • Double Mountain Brewery - Fresh Hop Killer Red IPA
  • Belmont Station
    • Double Mountain Brewery - Fresh Hop Killer Red IPA
    • Mazama Brewing Mazama Green Magic Fresh Hop Pale Ale
  • Fat Heads
    • Hop Stalker Fresh Hop IPA
  • 15th Avenue Hophouse
    • Level Brewing Game On! Fresh Hop Pale Ale
    • Mazama Brewing Mazama Green Magic Fresh Hop Pale Ale
  • The BeerMongers
    • Fremont Brewing Field to Ferment Fresh Hop Pale
  • Tin Bucket
    • Level Brewing Game On! Fresh Hop Pale Ale
  • Portland Cider House (Hawthorne)
    • New West Cider Fresh Hop Cider
    • Finnriver Cidery Fresh Hop Cider
    • Portland Cider Fresh Hop Cider
  • Horse Brass Pub
    • Two Beers Brewing - Fresh Citra Hop IPA
    • Fremont Brewing Field to Ferment Fresh Hop Pale Ale

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Fresh Hops Are Coming! Fresh Hops Are HERE!

Hops, Wonderful Hops!
Fresh hop season is upon us! I know because I have a whole bunch of beautiful homegrown hops to harvest this weekend. I've got Cascade, Willamette and Zeus Hops, all looking pretty spectacular.  Of course, looks don't mean much if you can't brew worth a crap. Urp, sorry, but I'm going to try my best.

Gratefully, folks won't have to rely on my brewing skills in order to partake of some tasty, fresh hop beers. Soon, we'll have fresh hop festivals galore to attend. (I must say, I'm a little worried about the Hood River Hops Fest. It's always one of my favorites. What with the fires in the Gorge and the closing of I-84, I imagine there will be an impact.)

Fresh hop beers will be on tap in breweries across the city very soon. There are also a few Portland breweries with fresh hop beers ALREADY on tap. I made a few phone calls so you don't have to! You're welcome! Just raise a pint to me when you're passing this delicious stuff through your lips and over your quivering taste buds.

  • Double Mountain Brewery and Taproom
    • Killer Green IPA
    • Killer Red IPA
    • (Fresh Hop Lion IPA coming soon!)
  • Labrewatory
    • So Fresh, So Clean IPA
  • Ex Novo Brewing Company
    • Fresh Hop Eliot IPA w/ Simcoe
    • Fresh Hop Eliot IPA w/ Amarillo
  • Laurelwood Brewing Company
    • Fresh Hop Free Range Red
    • Lowerwood Fresh Hop Pale Ale (collab w/ Lowercase Brewing)
  • Alameda Brewing Co
    • Solar Cone Pale Ale
  • Baerlic Brewing Co
    • Fresh Hop Hellsner Helles Lager
    • Fresh Hop Early Bird Pale Ale
    • Fresh Hop Pioneer ESB
  • Montavilla Brew Works
    • Tangled Up In Hops IPA
    • Pocket Full of Goschies Red Ale
  • McMenamins
    • Ben's Fresh Hop Ale

Enjoy! I'll update this list as I receive more information.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Final Draft Taphouse Opens Today!

Final Draft Taphouse, Vancouver's newest craft beer bar, opens today, July 3.

I must admit that until recently there were really only two reasons I ever took a trip to Vancouver, WA: 1) My daughter lives in Vancouver with her husband and my two adorable granddaughters, and 2) Trader Joe's in Vancouver always has plenty of parking, unlike the nightmare store near my Portland neighborhood. (Don't ever get between me and my chocolate Joe-Joe's.) Gratefully, I now have another reason to take a little trip across the bridge into Washington. Final Draft Taphouse opens its doors to the public today at 3PM. I was lucky enough to pay them a visit yesterday during an industry preview. Needless to say, I was impressed.

Final Draft Taphouse is the dream come true of two of the nicest craft beer folks you'll ever meet. Mike Bolt and Kimberly Johnson have pooled their extensive beer knowledge and created a destination taphouse that I expect to become the gem of Mill Plain Boulevard. I followed them put some significant blood, sweat and probably a few tears into this venture. They have much reason to be proud of their efforts.

The taplist is extensive and eclectic. Thirty taps line the wall behind the natural wood bar. Mike advised me that it is his intention to keep a focus on local, Vancouver area beer and they will always have a good rotating selection to showcase. That was certainly my experience when I visited yesterday. Washington craft beers are typically found only in smattering numbers throughout Portland and it is awesome to now have a top tier taproom within a short drive where more than just a few can be sampled and enjoyed.

The taproom is spacious, clean and bright. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. I usually prefer to do my beer drinking at the bar and Final Draft's bar has plenty of seating. Just for fun, three ukeleles are available for customers to strum, should the desire suddenly strike. Mike is quite the uke virtuoso!

I absolutely, positively will visit Final Draft Taphouse whenever I'm in Vancouver. If you live in Vancouver and love craft beer, you need to get yourself over there ASAP. If you live in Portland, consider piling your friends into the Family Truckster and heading up 205 to Vancouver soon.

Final Draft Taphouse is located at 11504 Mill Plain Boulevard, Vancouver, WA 98684, right behind Starbucks.

Cool artwork greets you at the entrance.

Bright open space and a beautiful, natural wood bar.

30 taps tracked by two bright screens behind the bar.

Cozy tables for two if you're on a date night.