Friday, November 14, 2014

PDX Beer News - November Pressers

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Kells Brewery announces partnership with Portland Trail Blazers
New taproom introduces Kells handcrafted ales to thousands of basketball fans and craft beer lovers alike

PORTLAND, Ore. – Nov. 12, 2014 – Kells Brewery at 210 NW 21st Ave. has announced a partnership with the Portland Trail Blazers that introduces the Irish brewery’s handcrafted beer to thousands of Blazer fans and craft beer lovers alike.

The local family-run restaurant and brewery has recently installed a taproom on the 300 level of the Moda Center; craft beer lovers can also find Kells beers throughout the stadium at select locations, and pre- and post-game at Dr. Jack’s, located just across the concourse from the southwest entrance.

“We chose to install a taproom in the Moda Center because, as locals, we are longtime devoted fans of the Trail Blazers,” explained Kells Brew Pub manager and lead brewer Garrett McAleese. “We are looking forward to the exposure that the partnership will bring to our beer.”

There are currently six beers on tap at the Kells Tap Room at the Moda Center, including Kells Irish Red, IPA, Lager, Pale, Fresh Hop (seasonal) and Stout. Kells has also announced plans to bottle its popular Kells Irish Red in 12-oz bottles, which will be available in early 2015.

Kells has already supported the Blazers for a number of years with its double-decker bus, transporting legions of fans to and from the games.

Kells Brewery recently won the Willamette Week Beer Pro/Am People’s Choice and Judge’s Choice award for its Boom Roasters Coffee Milk Stout, a collaboration between homebrewer Natalie Baldwin and Kells head brewer Dave Fleming that will also be served at the upcoming Holiday Ale Festival in Pioneer Courthouse Square Dec. 3 through 7.

In addition to the Moda Center taproom, Kells beers can be tasted at Kells Brew Pub in NW Portland, and at Kells Irish Pub at 210 NW 21st Ave. in downtown. For hours and additional information, visit www.kellsbrewpub.com or call 503-719-7175.

ABOUT KELLS Serving the Northwest since 1983, Kells is a local family-run establishment that is consistently voted and ranked among the top Irish pubs in the United States. With locations in Seattle, Portland and San Francisco, it is a touchstone of each community that stays true to its roots, annually hosting the largest St. Patrick’s Day festival in the Northwest. Owners Gerard and Lucille McAleese are also recognized for their generosity to a number of nonprofits and community organizations.


Cascade Brewing Announces Figaro Release

Cascade Brewing released 2013 Figaro in 750 ml bottles and on draft this pastWednesday at both the Barrel House and Raccoon Lodge.

This NW style sour ale is a strong blond ale aged in chardonnay barrels for up to 12 months, then aged with dried white figs and lemon peel for up to 12 more months. Aromas of sweet figs, golden raisins and citrus zest are the first to be noticed. Hints of white wine grapes, lemon peel and sweet figs roll across the palate, leading to a crisp lemon tartness in the finish that leaves a lingering sweetness on the tongue. 10.7% ABV / $7.5 Glass / $2.50 Taster / $25 750ML bottle (no limit)


Lompoc Brewing to reopen its renovated Sidebar Barrel Tasting Room

 PORTLAND, Ore. – Lompoc Brewing is reopening its Sidebar Barrel Tasting room at 4pm on Thursday, Nov. 20 following a month-long remodel. The new and improved Sidebar, located at 3901 N Williams Ave, now features a glass roll up door that lets in natural light and allows passers by to see inside the cozy bar. It will also allow for extended seating and fresh air in the warmer seasons.

“We really wanted to open up the space to let people see what we do in here,” said Lompoc owner Jerry Fechter. “Sidebar has always been a showcase for our beers, but not everyone knew what happened behind the mural. The new space has a friendly, approachable feel that perfectly complements our North Portland neighborhood.”

Sidebar's lineup of six taps has expanded to an even dozen: 11 Lompoc beers and one rotating cider. The tap list, which will change up to twice weekly, will include both Lompoc’s mainstay ales and lagers and its seasonal and barrel aged specialty beers. There will also be a rotating cheap beer in a can for $2. The tasting room continues to offer cocktails as well. Sidebar is for ages 21 and over.

“At Lompoc, we sidestep stylistic constraints and instead use an artisanal approach best highlighted at our Sidebar location,” explained head brewer Bryan Keilty. “Thinking outside the barrel, we use Kentucky Bourbon, Oregon Whiskey, and Northwest wine barrels to age and ferment our beer, in addition to locally-sourced fruit projects.”

Sidebar regulars will appreciate the addition of a couple of booths, more TVs for soccer and basketball viewing, expanded days and hours, and the implementation of a menu featuring small plates and shareables. The menu, designed by Lompoc corporate chef Mike Parmenter, ranges from Argentinean sliders, mole pork soft tacos and wild mushroom flatbread to the pub’s popular Buffalo wings, nachos and truffle fries.
Sidebar opens at 4pm every Tuesday through Sunday, closing at Midnight Tuesday through Thursday, 1am Friday and Saturday, and 11pm Sunday. The popular space remains available to rent for meetings and private parties. For more information, visit www.lompocbrewing.com or call 503-288-3936.





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