Thursday, December 29, 2016

Hopworks Vancouver Brewpub to Open on Friday

(PRESS RELEASE)

Vancouver, WA — Hopworks Urban Brewery, known for a sustainable, Eco-friendly approach to craft beer, will open their third location on Friday, December 30. The new space is a 6,000 square foot brewery and restaurant in East Vancouver, Washington, at 17707 SE Mill Plain Boulevard.

“We are a neighborhood brewery,” said Hopworks Brewmaster and Founder, Christian Ettinger. “Part of being a good neighbor is simple - treat the neighborhood with love and respect, and always serve your neighbors the best beer you can. Vancouver is packed with families and people who love craft beer, and it has a rich brewing history. There is such a great community feeling here, so we are happy to share our beer and space with the people of this beautiful city.”

The new brewery, which features an 8 barrel brewhouse and restaurant with seating for 300, continues the commitment to sustainability that made Hopworks the first Certified B Corporation brewery in the Northwest.The brewpub will serve a number of beers exclusively for Vancouver, including a new Imperial IPA that debuts on Friday. All beers are brewed with thoughtfully sourced ingredients from Washington and Oregon, including organic barley malted in Vancouver, and a combination of local, organic, and Salmon-Safe hops.

In true Hopworks fashion, the Vancouver site is at the intersection of two bike paths, with plenty of bike parking. The brewpub is a Salmon-Safe Certified development and contains a 10Kw solar array, native landscaping, and energy and water efficient design.

“Like our other locations, the Vancouver brewpub is also family friendly,” added Ettinger. "You can take in views of Mt. Hood from the mezzanine, hang out in the beer garden, or relax with a pint in the lounge.” The Hopworks kitchen will serve a variety of the classic Hopworks pizzas, sandwiches, and burgers along with a number of new menu items.

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About Hopworks Urban Brewery
Hopworks Urban Brewery strives to revolutionize and inspire the brewing industry with practices that drive quality, protect the environment and improve the community we live in. Utilizing organic malts and a combination of locally-sourced, organic and Salmon Safe hops, the company’s 20-barrel brewery in Portlad produces 13,500 barrels of beer and cider a year for HUB’s brewpubs and for distribution throughout the Northwest. Hopworks is a family-owned and operated business, the first Certified B Corporation brewery in the Pacific Northwest, a gold-level bike friendly business, and Long Root Ale received Brewbound’s “Marketing Initiative Award of the Year” in 2016. At the end of 2016 Hopworks will open a new 8 barrel brewery in Vancouver, Washington. More info at: hopworksbeer.com

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Vertigo Brewing - Friar Mike's India Pale Ale

Join the Friar's Club...
According to OregonCraftBeer.org, there are currently 69 breweries in the city of Portland, and 105 in the Portland Metro Area, I'll admit that I don't get out to the suburban areas surrounding my fair city very often. I don't have a car of my own and I rely on public transportation to get me around town. (No, I'm not a  car-less loser--it's a lifestyle choice. Okay, a lifestyle choice forced on me by the ridiculous lack of parking in my NE Portland neighborhood.) That's life in the big city.

A trip to what I call the Hinterlands--nearby communities like Tigard, Milwaukie and Hillsboro--take me at least an hour and a couple of transfers from bus to light rail. Ugh. too much of a chug. Nevertheless, there are a good number of breweries just outside Portland-proper that deserve a visit, if you're not too lazy to get to them.

Vertigo Brewing is located in the city of Hillsboro, OR. The brewery/taproom is situated in an unassuming business park that took me a few turns to find the first time I dropped by. If you should happen to find yourself out that way, I recommend paying Vertigo a visit. Excellent beer brewed by excellent people.

Today, I'm drinking a bomber of Vertigo Brewing's Friar Mike's India Pale Ale. This IPA comes with an ABV of  6.1% and 62 IBU's. How is it, you ask? Let's find out!

The beer poured into my glass a golden orange color with a bright, white head. The head rose up to a finger thick and dissipated slowly. Copious sheets of webby lacing were left behind on the glass.

Aroma was citrus hops and caramel malt. Orange and grapefruit. Hints of pine. Floral notes.

Taste followed the nose. Citrus and pine. A level of hops bitterness that I appreciated very much, with sweet caramel malt providing an appropriate balance. Nice!

Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. Nice, bitter hops taste left on the palate at the finish.

Overall, this is a solid, old school IPA that does not disappoint. Loads of flavor. Sufficient hops bitterness for a picky hophead. I like it and I would be happy to find Friar Mike's on any tap list. Merry the Wonder Beagle demanded a taste and I obliged with a small drop from the tip of my pinky. She reversed sniffed, which is a high compliment from a beagle. I'm giving Friar Mike's IPA a BeerGuyPDX rating of 3 1/2 crushed cans out of 4 and the coveted Droolie.


Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Block 15 Releases Early Winter Seasonal Offering, Cosmic Cold Brew, Café Borgia

(Photo courtesy of Block 15 Block 15 Brewing Co)

(PRESS RELEASE)

A stout brewed with citrus and matured on cocoa and Ethiopian Celinga coffee beans from Bespoken Coffee Roasters

Corvallis, OR — Today Block 15 Brewing Company releases its early winter seasonal, Cosmic Cold Brew, Café Borgia, available bottled and on tap at bottle shops and beer bars around Oregon. Block 15 worked alongside their south Corvallis neighbors, Bespoken Coffee Roasters, to elevate their classic stout Nebula with additional malt and a 24-hour cold extraction on freshly roasted Ethiopia Celinga coffee. Both varietal and roast profile were selected to complement this stout with bright acidity, pie spice, and hints of caramel and citrus. For their Café Borgia variation, they also added sweet orange peel to the boil and cocoa extract to the tank— additions that layered notes of citrus and chocolate onto the base stout and coffee blend.

Grains: 2-row, Maris Otter, Chocolate Malt, C120, Chocolate Wheat, C-35, Roast, Flaked oats
Hops: Columbus, Crystal
Adjunct: Ethiopian Celinga coffee beans, sweet orange peel, cocoa extract
Yeast: London Ale III
ABV: 7%
FG: 1.021

Cosmic Cold Brew, Café Borgia is available in 500mL bottles featuring artwork from artist Patricia Smith.

About Block 15 Brewing Company
Offering unique hop forward ales, crisp lagers, barrel-aged rarities and one of the Northwest’s most extensive wild & sour programs, Block 15 produces a range of artfully crafted beers, brewed with a nod toward fresh ingredients and fresh thinking. Established in 2008, and brewer-owned from day one.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Belching Beaver Brewery - ¡Viva La Beaver!

Leave it to Beaver...
I'm a firm believer that less is more, especially when it comes to beer. Reinheitsgebot, the German Beer Purity Law, has been around for more than 500 years. Water, barley, hops: that's it. No other ingredients are allowed--and it's hard to argue with such a winner of a formula.

Of course, I might as well go all in with the hackneyed idioms and remind you, dear reader, that variety is indeed the spice of life. Thus, I will, on occasion, sample a beer that goes a tad beyond those three legendary ingredients. Today, I'm drinking a peanut butter, Mexican chocolate, milk stout from Oceanside, California's Belching Beaver Brewery called ¡Viva La Beaver! Yup, that's really the name of the brewery and that's really the name of the beer.

I've been enjoying milk stouts lately. They're a good beer for the holidays: sweet, a little festive; like the hot cocoa you leave out for ol' Sandy Claws.

This milk stout comes with an ABV of 7.5% and the label says that it's made with water, grain, lactose, hops, yeast, Mexican chocolate (sugar, chocolate, soy lecithin, vegetable oil), natural and artificial flavors. Not very Reinheitsgebot-y there, am I right? Well, let's get this show on the road and see how ¡Viva La Beaver! stacks up on the Crushed Can Scale...

The beer poured into my glass a solid black color with a light mocha head. The head rose up to two fingers thick, presented some large, Swiss cheese-like bubbles, and dissipated at a moderate rate. A thin ring of foam was left behind, along with a few spots of thin lace on the glass.

Aroma was peanut butter and milk chocolate up front. Sweet malt. Hints of filberts in there, too.

Taste followed the nose. Big on the peanut butter--Nutter Butters--with the filbert flavor that the nose foretold. (Filberts are hazelnuts, for those outside of Oregon.) Dark roast coffee and milk chocolate. Malted milk balls. Is this a beer or a dessert? That's not a slam. This is a very tasty beer that would go well with a chocolate-y dessert--or a handful of Peanut M&M's.

Medium body but with a thinner mouthfeel than I expected. Smooth finish that left that peanut butter and milk chocolate flavor behind. Appropriate carbonation.  Not at all boozy.

Overall, this is a delightful, sweet treat that I very much enjoyed. I would absolutely have to be in the mood for ¡Viva La Beaver!, though, and there's no way I'd ever be up for finishing an entire bomber by myself. Hey, Belching Beaver Brewery, may I suggest 12 oz bottles? In any case, this one gets a very respectable BeerGuyPDX rating of 3 1/2 crushed cans out of 4.


Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Gigantic Brewing Company - Shazoo Milk Stout

Do you shazoo?
What the heck is a shazoo? I googled it but the only thing I could find was a YouTube video of a Family Guy clip involving a European See and Say. Apparently, European cows say "shazoo" instead of "moo". Hey, I'm not making this crap up, I'm just reporting it.

Shazoo is also the monicker of the beer I'm drinking tonight. Gigantic Brewing Company's Shazoo Milk Stout to be precise. I picked up a bomber of this beer at New Seasons. Sorry, I don't recall the price. Hey, it didn't bankrupt me, I can tell you that. The label proclaims an ABV of 8.5% Ah, the label also says the beer is "inspired by Europe" with the addition of milk sugar. I see what they did there.

How does this Europe inspired beer rank on the ol' Beer Guy PDX crushed can scale? Let's find out!

The beer poured into my glass a pitch black color that showed some mahogany tones when held up to the light. A creamy, clumpy, mocha head rose up to almost a finger thick. The foam dissipated at a moderate rate and left behind a thin cap of spotty lacing.

Aroma was espresso and chocolate. Sweet malt. Vanilla. Caramel.

Taste was sweet lactose right up front, but that was immediately toned down by coffee and bitter cocoa flavors. Robust roasted malt. Smooth. No hint of booze to this 8.5% beer. Sweet but not at all cloying. Just a hint of smokiness.

Medium to slightly full mouthfeel. Appropriate carbonation. Creamy, silky finish with all the aforementioned flavors balancing on the palate at the end.

Overall, this is an excellent beer. Flavorful, rich and surprisingly complex for the style. I like it!

I'm giving Shazoo a BeerGuyPDX rating of 3 1/2 crushed cans out of 4.


Beer Guy PDX Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Happy freakin' holidays, ya filthy animal!
Yeah, yeah, I know! I'm getting off the mark a little late this year. I've been a wee bit distracted by the collapse of Western Civilization, the destruction of Democracy and, uh, stuff. You know how it is. Anyway, anyhow, anyhoo, we have about 18 shopping days until Christmas, and for all the Johnny Come-Latelies like me who do most of our shopping on-line, there's about a 10-day window to get this job done. Yikes!

This isn't so much a "gift guide" as it is the random meanderings of a desperate man across the internet. I must say that once again I've found a number of amazing beer-related gifts--for myself. What? Did you think I was going shopping for you? Don't be silly.

1) Let's start out with a great little stocking stuffer. Does  your significant other love beer? Does he also have a mustache? What happens to his 'stache as soon as he takes a long sip on that pint glass?

FOAMSTACHE!

Here's a little tool to solve that problem: The MoGuard Mustache Guard Drink Attachment. The MoGuard is made from flexible silicon and can fit a variety of glasses. Just slap it onto the glass and enjoy some foam-free sipping. Available right now at Amazon for only $9.99 and free shipping for Prime members, the MoGuard comes in a variety of colors and is dishwasher safe. There's also a hole in the thing for attaching to a keychain, but my keys are filthy, so that's not gonna happen. CLICK HERE for ordering information.

2) Is your primary mode of transportation a bicycle? Do you ever have a hard time transporting mass quantities of beer by bicycle? If so, I have  a great little item for you!

The Beer Gear 6 Pack Bike Carrier by True is made from sturdy nylon and holds six bottles of beer. It can be easily attached to a bike frame or a  pannier rack, and it's even insulated! Won't you be the stylin' devil when you pull up to the next bottle share with this  tote strapped to your fixie? Hell, yeah, you will!

Only $11.89 right now on Amazon AND there's free shipping for Prime members.

CLICK HERE for ordering information.

3) I don't know about you, but I don't think it's possible to own too many bottle openers. Of course, Mrs. BeerGuyPDX would disagree, but she just doesn't understand the  pure tragedy of needing a beer bottle open and not having an opener immediately within reach. Come on! Somebody might actually have to walk into another room to pop that top off a cold one? That's crazy talk!

No matter. I will have an opener conveniently mounted in every room as soon as I get this Diablo III Bottle Opener from ThinkGeek.

This devilish device is the spittin' image of good ol' Diablo from the epic Blizzard video game. It can also be magnetically attached to the fridge! What more could you want? I'm pretty sure my lovely spouse will have no problem with me mounting this thing on our living room wall, right next to the velvet Jesus.

Only $19.99! CLICK HERE for ordering information.

4) It's my personal opinion that a man just isn't a real man unless he has a little fire in his pocket. Do you know what I mean? No? Okay, a man is supposed to be able to cut stuff and set stuff on fire whenever asked. It's the law of the urban jungle. That's why a decent pocket knife and a reliable lighter are de rigueur for any dude worth his snuff.

There's nothing more awesomely reliable than a trusty Zippo lighter. I firmly believe every man should carry one in his pocket--whether he  smokes or not. And wouldn't you know it? Zippo has several beer-themed lighters  available.

Right now, at Amazon, you can order a Zippo Beer 6 Pack Engraved Lighter for  the low price of $29.95 (okay, that's not so low) and with free shipping!

CLICK HERE to get one!

5) My wife just loves candles. That's my go-to stocking stuffer for her. "Mmmm, isn't the smell of this lavender-scented votive divine," she'll say. I'll just nod in the affirmative--like I know what lavender is--like I know what a votive candle is--you know, like I know.

This year, I want a candle! The Beer Scented Stinky Candle from the Stinky Candle Company sounds like it's  perfect for moi! Truthfully, I've never smelled one of these. I have no idea if it actually smells like beer. Heck, for only $10.99 at Perpetual Kid, why not give it a try? I mean, seriously, how bad could it be?

Order one today and let me know how it goes. CLICK HERE for more information.

6) Ah, yes! Every year I run across an item that is just so ridiculously wrong that I MUST have one! Here's the conversation I imagine between two drunks at the last George Foreman Grill Inventors Convention:

DRUNK ONE: Say, Billy, you know what would be terrifi-, turrifi-terr--AWESOME!

DRUNK TWO: No, Joe--BURP!--I do not!

DRUNK ONE: A bottle opener that can shoost out the bottle cap like a gun!

DRUNK TWO: (misses high-five) HELLS, YES! That would be clashic! I mean CLASSIC! Let's do it!

Yup, because nobody's eye is getting shot out here! Nope! Nopitty nope! The LMS Cap Zappa Beer Bottle Opener Cap Launcher Shooter by Spinning Hat can be had  at Amazon for only $8.44 with free shipping. What could go wrong? Don't sue me if anything does!

CLICK HERE for more information.

7) How is your beer lover set for steins? Come on! Nobody can have too many beer steins! Steins are collectible! My wife actually lets me display mine in a "discreet" spot in our living room. Okay, they're in the hall closet but that's CLOSE to the living room.

Check this out! They have a trio of Star Wars steins available for $39.99 on Amazon with free Prime shipping! They have Darth Vader, R2D2 and my personal fav: Chewbacca. I want one!

The Star Wars Chewbacca Stein is a collectible, 22oz, ceramic mug with a metal hinge that unfortunately does not make the distinctive Chewbacca roar sound when you lift his head for a sip. You can, however, provide the sound effect for yourself.

CLICK HERE for the info.

8) To quote the timelessly skeevy Dean Martin Christmas tune, "Baby, it's cold outside!" What can you do to keep yourself warm, other than put yourself in harm's way hanging out with a slurring, leering, semi-inebriated lounge lizard?  How about the perfect winter scarf?

The Beer Time Scarf from Portland's own Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB) is appropriately stylish for all kinds of yucky weather.

Get yourself one for only $22.00 at the Hopworks on-line store. CLICK HERE for ordering information.

Okay, that's my list for now. I may follow up with a Part 2 tomorrow. If I don't, here's wishing you all a very merry Christmas, a happy Hanukkah, and the best New Year ever!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

GoodLife Brewing Company - Comatose Imperial IPA

You snooze, you booze.
Yeah, sorry about the caption on the photo over there. (groan) I was drawing a blank for about thirty minutes and finally decided that I needed to type something--anything--or this blog post was never going to happen. Man, I don't know what's wrong with me lately. You'd think I got some really, really, really bad news this month. It's like I'm in a coma or something...sigh.

Well, the world might be going to hell in the proverbial handbasket, but at least I'm still surrounded by lots of tasty, tasty beer. Today's tasty beer is from Bend, Oregon's GoodLife Brewing Company. Comatose Imperial IPA comes with an ABV of 8.5% and I got mine in a 500ml bottle at New Seasons for $4.99. 95 IBU's according to the label.

The beer poured into my glass a slightly hazy, golden orange color with a creamy, clumpy white head. The head dissipated slowly. A full, thin cap of suds was left behind with thick webs of lacing all over the glass.

Aroma was juicy fruit galore. Tropical fruit scents of melon, guava, and pineapple. Luscious citrus: tangerine and Mandarin orange. Hints of pine. Floral notes.

Taste followed the nose. This is a big flavored beer. Some spicy, herbal notes mixed in with the citrus and tropical fruit. Sweet caramel malt up against some well-rounded hops bitterness. Nice!

Medium mouthfeel with a bit of a chew to it. The finish was just a bit hot. The 8.5% ABV was apparent but not overbearing. No doubt that this is an Imperial IPA.

Overall, this is one heck of a delicious beer. I can't find any fault with it. I get a lot of grief from my friends about my generous ratings, but I'm giving Comatose a BeerGuyPDX rating of 4 crushed cans out of 4. All that really means if that I would buy this beer again without hesitation. I'm also giving it a Droolie. Merry the Wonder Beagle's nose perked up the instant the cap came off the bottle of this one. Trust me, her nose knows.


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Old Town Brewing Company - Mushroom Ale

Will this beer make you a...
wait for it...fun guy?
One thing I've learned through my beer adventures is to always keep an open mind--always. If the brewing process is anything, it's transformative. You can literally make beer from dang near anything and chances are good it will, in the very  least, be drinkable. "What the holy heck are you talking about, Wolf?" you ask. "Are you 'shroomin'?" you say. Yes, as a matter of fact, I am!

Tonight, I'm drinking a beer that was brewed with mushrooms. Yup, mushrooms. If you're not from around here, I should probably clue you in about mushrooms and the Pacific Northwest. We have a lot of rain. We have a lot of forests. Mushrooms love damp forests. It's where they live. Lots of Oregonians forage for mushrooms. It's kind of a big deal. Some mushrooms are for eating--like my favorite Chanterelles--and some are for, uh, other things. We have a veritable mushroom bounty every fall in these parts, and there are dozens of delectable mushroom varieties that most folks out in the real world have never heard of before.

Old Town Brewing Company's Mushroom Ale is flavored with Candy Cap mushrooms. I'm not sure when the mushrooms are added. To the boil? In the fermenter? Beats me. A REAL journalist would find out for you, but I'm just a lowly blogger, so I'm not held to any kind of standards--other than my own very low ones. Sorry.

Candy Caps are an interesting little fungus because they taste and smell exactly like...are you ready for this? Maple syrup. Bam! How are they in a beer? Delicious! Pow!

The beer poured into my glass a dark amber color with a creamy, light tan head. The head rose up to almost two fingers thick and dissipated at a moderate rate. A thin cap of lacing was left behind.

Aroma was full-on maple syrup up front. Brown sugar. Sweet caramel malt. Some muted citrus and floral notes.

Taste followed the nose. Maple syrup. Sweet malt. A mild but appreciable hops bitterness was present to balance  things out quite  nicely.

Medium to slightly full mouthfeel with a smooth, creamy finish. Very drinkable and light on the palate  at the end.

Overall, this is a terrific beer. Something new, different and unapologetically  Pacific Northwest. I love this beer. I must go get some more tomorrow! My wife tried a sip and proclaimed this the beer that she will use to make her special holiday gingerbread cake this year. That's quite an honor, Old Town Brewing, and I'll let you know how  it turns out.

I'm giving Mushroom Ale a BeerGuyPDX rating of 4 crushed cans out of 4. Get yourself some of this seasonal beer while you can. I bought my bomber at Hollywood Beverage on Sandy Blvd, here in beautiful Northeast Portland.


Thursday, November 10, 2016

Hopworks Urban Brewery to Release HUB Brewer's Whiskey

(photo courtesy of Hopworks)

(PRESS RELEASE)


Hopworks Urban Brewery today announced that they will release HUB Brewer’s Whiskey at both Hopworks pubs on Wednesday November 16. More than four years in the making, the whiskey was distilled at New Deal Distillery from the wash of Hopworks’ award-winning Organic HUB Lager. Highly limited in production, HUB Brewer’s Whiskey will be available primarily by the glass at Hopworks pubs, with an upcoming bottle sale in December.

“What really sets our Brewer’s Whiskey apart is the use of our beautiful, finished and filtered organic beer in the still,” said Hopworks Brewmaster and Founder, Christian Ettinger. “We get a smooth spirit that exhibits characteristics well beyond its years. Making whiskey is a natural extension of our passion for craft beer. Our Brewer’s Whiskey is a product of our playfulness and our commitment to push the limits of what we can do as fermentation experts.”

“We’re used to working in a fast-paced brewing facility. It was an exciting challenge to make a whiskey based off organic beer and give it the love, patience, and neglect it needs to age well,” said Hopworks Head Brewer, Trever Bass. “We did just that and we’re truly proud of the results.”

Unhopped Hopworks’ Organic HUB Lager received a traditional double pot still distillation and was aged in a variety of American oak barrels where it picked up flavors of brown sugar, dark currant, chocolate, and leather. Much like Organic HUB Lager, the whiskey has a clean honey flavor, restrained ester profile and a smooth finish.

“We had a lot of fun working with Hopworks to create a single malt whiskey,” said Tom Burkleaux, New Deal Distillery owner and distiller. “Being brewers, the Hopworks team excels at working with all malt fermentations. We wanted the deeper notes of the malt to carry through. Once distilled the malt had a pleasant nutty character, which mellowed nicely in the barrel. Of course the best part was finally tasting it after several years!”

Of the partnership with New Deal Distillery, Christian Ettinger said, “We found a great partner in New Deal. Their decisions to use organic ingredients resonates with us, and they have been excellent in helping us bring to fruition a product that is made with the same skill and care as our beer.”

Release Party

HUB Brewer’s Whiskey will be available at both Hopworks’ pubs beginning Wednesday, November 16 at 5pm. The whiskey is served neat or in a variety of house cocktails that include a Hopworks Old Fashioned and Blackberry Sour. The Hopworks brewpub on Powell will also serve a BBQ Whiskey Burger special with beer battered in the days following the release.

Bottle Sale

750ml bottles of HUB Brewer’s Whiskey will be available during a special bottle sale on Saturday, December 17th, from 11am - 3pm at the Hopworks brewpub on Powell Blvd. New Deal Distillery will also have a variety of bottles available for purchase at the pub during the sale.

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About Hopworks Urban Brewery

Hopworks Urban Brewery strives to revolutionize and inspire the brewing industry with practices that drive quality, protect the environment and improve the community we live in. Utilizing organic malts and a combination of locally-sourced, organic and Salmon Safe hops, the company’s 20-barrel brewery produces 13,500 barrels of beer and cider a year for HUB’s brewpubs and for distribution throughout the Northwest. Hopworks is a family-owned and operated business, the first Certified B Corporation brewery in the Pacific Northwest, a gold-level bike friendly business, and is recognized as one of the Best Green Companies To Work For In Oregon. In 2016 Hopworks will open a new brewpub in Vancouver, Washington. More info at hopworksbeer.com

About New Deal Distillery

New Deal Distillery has been proudly crafting small-batch, award-winning spirits in Portland’s Southeast Industrial District since 2004. Visit their Tasting Room & Distiller’s Workshop to sample and see what they’re playing with, or take a hands-on whiskey-making class taught by owner and distiller, Tom Burkleaux. Find New Deal at local farmers markets, spirits event around town, or on the shelf of your local liquor store. More info at www.newdealdistillery.com

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Hopworks Motherland Russian Imperial Stout Returns to the Northwest


(PRESS RELEASE)

Hopworks Urban Brewery is pleased to announce the return of their popular seasonal Organic Motherland Russian Imperial Stout. The release party for Motherland is on Wednesday, November 02 at 5pm at the Hopworks brewpub on Powell Blvd. In addition to Motherland, Hopworks will tap two seasonal one-off beers and serve up a Motherland-based food special.

Motherland is a deep black Russian Imperial Stout that sits at 9.8% ABV. Bittersweet chocolate flavors mingle with deep fig and plum fruitiness. The beer finishes with a lingering spiciness and heat. Motherland’s focus on a hearty organic malt bill will warm your heart during the upcoming rainy and snow-filled evenings. Motherland is available on tap and in 22oz bomber bottles throughout the Northwest

Motherland Release Party
November 02, 5pm
Hopworks Urban Brewery, 2944 SE Powell Blvd. Portland, OR

Motherland will be released at the Hopworks brewpub on Powell beginning on November 02 at 5pm. For the release, the restaurant kitchen will serve up two beer-based food specials. The first is a Motherland braised beef brisket sandwich to be paired with Motherland Russian Imperial Stout. The second special is a traditional Vienna sausage platter with horseradish mustard and curried ketchup to be paired with Wave Train Amber Ale.

Additionally, two new pub-only beers will be on tap:

Wave Train - With Wave Train our goal is to reinvent the Amber Ale. Influenced by Vienna-Style Lagers, we ferment the beer cold, gave it a beautiful caramel profile and subtle earthy and toasty flavors.

Cranberry Lemon Gose - Gose with a zesty zip from Jacobson’s Lemon Sea Salt and light tartness from Local Harvest Cranberries from Starvation Alley Farm in Long Beach, Washington.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

How to Un-Squash Your Autumn Beer Selection

Dark, Robust and PERFECT for Fall
Fall is probably my favorite season. The weather gets crisp, the Oregon trees present their spectacular color changes, and the best holiday EVER--Halloween--delivers frights and chills galore, but there's one thing about Fall that I positively dread. What could possibly ruin my awesome Autumnal vibes, you ask? PUMPKINS! I absolutely despise pumpkins! They are containers for the souls of the damned! Hard, demonic, waxy shells filled with slimy seeds and stringy guts! GAAAAAAAH!

Hey, I don't want you to think I'm some kind of wacky, out-of-control anti-pumpkin crusader. I don't mind the occasional decorative gourd or two. I can even enjoy a slice of pumpkin pie, given the right amount of whipped topping, but what I can't enjoy--and refuse to allow in my fridge--is PUMPKIN BEER! Why? Why, people? What is this desire to ruin a completely decent batch of beer by tossing copious amounts of gourd-y goo into the boil? Noooooo!

Believe me, I tried to get into this seasonal craft beer trend. Over the years, I've choked it down by the bomber and glass. I've found that the best compliment I can bestow on a pumpkin beer is that it doesn't taste like pumpkin at all. Finally, after decades of gagging and unceremonious drain-pouring, I gave up. I decided to be true to myself--and my taste buds--and just shun the stuff.

Okay, enough ranting about the horrors of pumpkin beer. I'm here to provide support for my fellow pumpkin shunners out there--and I know you're out there...somewhere. The question: what's in the cold case for US when those leaves start to fall? The answer: PLENTY!

Today, I'm featuring three local Portland beers that are more than appropriate Autumnal libations. These beers are all sufficiently dark, robust and flavorful for the season at hand, and not a pumpkin taste anywhere near these beautiful brews. 

4 & 20 Imperial Black IPA from Culmination Brewing Company. Jet black in color with a creamy mocha head. Looking into a pint of this hop-tastic beer is like staring into the abyss--and finding the abyss staring back at you. To me, this is a perfect Fall beer. The 9.5% ABV certainly helps take the chill off when the temps drop in the evening. The sweet, roasted malt is expertly balanced against an array of citrus and pine hops flavors. The Pacific Northwest hops profile of Simcoe, Chinook, Cascade and Centennial makes this the quintessential Oregon Fall beer for me.

Black Widow Porter from McMenamins. This offering truly is a Fall seasonal. I look forward to Black Widow every year and the good folks at McMenamins were kind enough to send me a bomber. Of course, Kennedy School is right down the street from my house (google it) and I love to get this beer poured from the tap. It's always superb and this year is no exception. Deep, dark brown color with a creamy, tan head, it is a lovely beer to behold. The rich, roasted malt flavor is the star of show. Robust, but smooth and highly drinkable. Hints of cocoa nibs and coffee. Once again, PERFECT for Fall.

Stubs Old Crow Hazelnut Porter from Alameda Brewing Company. This beer has an appropriately spooky, Halloween-ish label. Crows are generally creepy. Gratefully, the beer inside the bomber is not creepy at all. This porter has rich, robust, roasted malt flavor with the subtle taste of roasted hazelnuts in the mix. It's a deep, dark brown, almost black color with a dark tan head. Bitter cocoa and espresso. The nuttiness gives this beer a Fall feeling.

Alrighty! I think I have my fridge sufficiently stocked up with enough non-pumpkin beers. Perhaps I'll be much less annoyed when I see all the space those jack-o-lantern brews will be hogging up on the shelves. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Block 15 Releases Late Fall Bottled Offering, Cosmic Cold Brew

(Photo courtesy of Block 15)
(PRESS RELEASE)

A stout conditioned with Ethiopian Zonegediyo Gedeb coffee from Bespoken Coffee Roasters

Corvallis, OR — Today Block 15 Brewing Company releases its late fall seasonal, Cosmic Cold Brew, available bottled and on tap at bottle shops and beer bars around Oregon. Block 15 worked alongside their south Corvallis neighbors, Bespoken Coffee Roasters, to elevate their classic stout Nebula with additional malt and a 24-hour cold extraction on washed Ethiopian Zonegediyo Gedeb coffee. Both varietal and roast profile were selected to complement the base beer with delicately fruity notes, moderate acidity, and a delightful aroma that seamlessly melds into their stout's rich chocolate and caramel roast character.

Block 15 plans on releasing future variations of Cosmic Cold Brew, featuring additional ingredients that are inspired by classic coffee drinks from around the world.

Grains: 2-row, Maris Otter, Chocolate Malt, C120, Chocolate Wheat, C-35, Roast, Flaked oats
Hops: Columbus, Crystal
Adjunct: Washed Ethiopian Zonegediyo Gedeb coffee beans
Yeast: London Ale III
ABV: 7%
FG: 1.019

Cosmic Cold Brew is available in 500mL bottles featuring artwork from artist Patricia Smith. 

About Block 15 Brewing Company
Offering unique hop forward ales, crisp lagers, barrel-aged rarities and one of the Northwest’s most extensive wild & sour programs, Block 15 produces a range of artfully crafted beers, brewed with a nod toward fresh ingredients and fresh thinking. Established in 2008, and brewer-owned from day one.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Hopworks Urban Brewery - Abominable Winter Ale (2016)

Have you tried this yeti?
I'm trying my best to stay hunkered down while the pumpkin beers take over every cold case in town. Gawd! They're everywhere! It's truly my least favorite beer season. Just in case you didn't know, I believe putting squash in beer is an abomination! An ABOMINATION, I say! If you like pumpkin beer, well, you are out of your gourd. Heh, heh, I crack myself up.

Gratefully, the seasonal winter beers will be on the way soon. Even more gratefully, Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB) has gotten on the stick and already released their most popular seasonal beer, Abominable Winter Ale. I love the stuff and this year it's better than ever!

It's good! The SALES SHEET describes Abominable as a "Winter IPA". 7.3% ABV. 70 IBU's. Munich and light caramel malts. An organic Northwest-hop medley that creates complex floral, spicy, and citrus hoppiness. What's my two cents? Let's find out...

The beer poured into my glass from a bomber (also available in pint-sized cans) a hazy, reddish amber color with a thick, creamy, light mocha head. The head had great retention, dissipating slowly and leaving a solid cap and webs of lacing behind.

Aroma was citrus hops and caramel malt. Pine. Floral and herbal notes.

Taste followed the nose. Resinous pine. Indistinct citrus: orange, lemon and grapefruit. Lucious, earthy malt flavor. Herbal spiciness. Sweet malt flavor expertly balanced against a bitter hops punctuation that perked up the taste buds after every sip. Notes of tropical fruit and pear.

Medium mouthfeel with a bit of body to it. Good carbonation.

Overall, this is an amazing IPA. Layers of complex flavor to continually delight the palate. SO good. Virtually perfect and enough to earn a BeerGuyPDX rating of 4 crushed cans out of 4. Plenty of taste and a terrific distraction from the heinous atrocity of pumpkin awfulness assaulting us right now.


Monday, October 3, 2016

Hopworks Urban Brewery (with Patagonia Provisions) - Long Root Ale


This afternoon, I was fortunate enough to try one of the newest and most interesting beers in Portland, Hopworks Urban Brewery's Long Root Ale. What's so interesting about it, you ask? Beer is beer, you say? Well, have you ever heard of Kernza? I didn't think so, Mr/Ms Smarty-Tarty Pants. This tasty pale ale is brewed with copious amounts of Kernza. Wouldn't you like to know what Kernza is? No, it's not that MMA fighter who got KO'd at Moda Center last Saturday night. Kernza is almost as tough, though.

Kernza is a perennial grain that is produced via organic regenerative agriculture. Basically, unlike wheat and most other grains, Kernza will keep growing back, year after year after year. No replanting necessary. The roots grow deep into the ground (thus the name Long Root Ale), which helps prevent soil erosion AND allows the plant to grow quite well without pesticides, thank you very much. There's even some speculation that if grown in enough quantities, Kernza could help remove carbon from the atmosphere and reverse global warming. Hey, I ain't no scientist! All I know about is drinking beer, but this sure sounds like a super hero of a plant to me!

For more coherent information about Kernza than I can provide, check out the video HERE.

Hopworks has partnered with Patagonia Provisions to distribute this sustainable, organic beer at Whole Foods markets throughout the West Coast, starting today, in pint-sized cans. Long Root Ale is also available on tap at all Hopworks locations. 

I really enjoyed the flavor of this beer. The Kernza actually adds something unique. It's a little spicy like a rye beer. It has great head retention and foam like a wheat beer. The flavor is lightly nutty. It's kind of difficult to put an accurate descriptor on it... Can we say it has a distinctive Kernza flavor? That's probably the best I can do, and you'll have to try it for yourself.

This one is definitely different and very much worth a try. It's very drinkable. Many pale ales are too hop-wimpy for my liking. Long Root Ale has an appreciable hops flavor that keeps on giving. I'm giving Long Root Ale a BeerGuyPDX rating of 4 crushed cans out of 4. Organic, sustainably produced, eco-conscious; you can't get much more PDX than that and it makes me proud that Hopworks is showcasing this very Portland beer across the Pacific Coast.


Saturday, October 1, 2016

Wayfinder Beer Is Worth Exploring

Portland's Newest Brewery Opens Today with an All-Star Line-Up



Bring together the food, beer and business acumen behind Double Mountain Brewery, Sizzle Pie and Podnah's Pit and what do you get? One helluva awesome new Portland brewery, that's what! Wayfinder Beer opened its doors the the public today. but I was very fortunate to get a sneak peek at the place and their most excellent offerings on Thursday. I was thoroughly impressed. EVERYTHING is spot on; from the decor, the space, the beer, the food, the cocktails, and...did I already mention the beer and food? 

Let's start with the beer, shall we? According to Charlie Devereux (Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom), the beer will be "lager-centric", meaning that Wayfinder intends to carve its niche in the Portland beer scene by concentrating on lagers--but with a Pacific Northwest twist, of course. The brewing operation is headed by lager specialist Kevin Davey, formerly of Firestone Walker, Gordon Biersch and Chuckanut Brewing. The current taplist is an array of collaborative beers that were brewed with a stellar list of established local brewers (Baerlic, Breakside, Hopworks, 54° 40', Widmer). I got to sample them all and I was certainly not disappointed.

How about a cocktail? I must say that an issue I have with most brewery taprooms is that they typically only serve beer. Great for me, but my better half, Mrs. BeerGuyPDX, is not a big fan of beer. I know! Crazy, right? If you have a similar issue, never fear, Wayfinder is here! They have an appropriately appealing cocktail line-up for the distilled spirits lover in your life.

Food? Come on, do you think the guys behind Sizzle Pie and Podnah's Pit could screw that up? Heck no! They have a wood-fired Argentine oven at Wayfinder Beer. The kitchen has an awesome concentration on smoked meats, and they make their own sausage and cured meats in-house. Wow! I left with my beard smelling of smoky deliciousness. Kept me hungry for the rest of the night.


The brewing operation has four bright, shiny new tanks and plenty of room for more. The indoor restaurant and bar areas are spacious and inviting, and there is a HUGE outdoor patio. The decor is relatively spartan but the warm wood and well-designed nooks give the place a homey feel, nonetheless. I can imagine having an intimate beer or two with a gathering of friends and not feel like we're in a cavernous beer hall.

Wayfinder Beer is located at 304 SE 2nd Street, an area on Portland's waterfront that was, in decades past, one of the roughest neighborhoods in the PNW. It is definitely an up and coming neighborhood now, but still with enough industrial grit and grime to provide some character and a glimpse of Portland's nefarious past.

I'm already recommending Wayfinder Beer to Portland beer tourists as a must visit, and they just opened up for business today. This is a brewery to watch and I'm expecting big things.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Handmade Bike & Beer Festival October 7th - 8th


Annual Handmade Bike & Beer Festival brings together
two of Portland’s favorite passions in one artisan event

(PRESS RELEASE)

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Handmade Bike & Beer Festival brings together two of Portland’s favorite passions in one artisan event. The ninth annual festival will take place Oct. 7 and 8 at The North Warehouse, 723 N Tillamook St. Hours are 5pm to 9pm on Friday and 10am to 8pm on Saturday.

Presented by Point West Credit Union, the family-friendly Handmade Bike & Beer Festival features more than 20 renowned bike frame and parts builders alongside six local craft brewers, with each artist showcasing their handmade creation.

Advance tickets cost $10 for entry to the bike festival; or $20 for entry to the bike show, a tasting glass and 10 drink tickets. Tickets are available at:


Five major beer sponsors will each pour four beers: Baerlic Brewing Co., Base Camp Brewing Co., Hopworks Urban Brewery, Pyramid Brewing Co. and Widmer Brothers Brewing. A sixth beer sponsor, Falling Sky Brewing, will serve two beers. View the complete beer list at www.oregoncraftbeer.org/hbbf (also pasted in at the end of this release); and the exhibitor list at www.oregonframebuilders.org/exhibitors. Food will be available for purchase from Urban German and Booda Bowls.

Attendees are encouraged to ride their bike to the event, with complimentary outside bike parking, or take public transportation; the TriMet Bus Line 35 stops one block away and the Yellow Max Line stops two and three blocks away. Parking is available on the street between Broadway and N. Graham St. The festival asks that attendees DO NOT don’t park in front of any neighboring businesses with no parking signs.

Volunteers are still needed. Sign up at: http://hbbf.events-connect.com

The ninth annual Handmade Bike and Beer Festival is a collaboration between the Oregon Bicycle Constructors Association, a non-profit organization whose sole purpose is to promote Oregon based bicycle framebuilders; and the Oregon Brewers Guild, a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the state’s craft brewing industry and the common interests of its members.

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Twitter: @OregonCraftBeer
Instagram: @OregonCraftBeer
Event Hashtag: #hbbf16

Beer Line-up
Baerlic Brewing Co: Cavalier Classic Cream Ale
Baerlic Brewing Co: Invincible IPA
Baerlic Brewing Co: Noble Oatmeal Stout
Baerlic Brewing Co: River Baer Rye Lager
Base Camp Brewing Co (collaboration with Metrofiets): Fresh Hop Bretta Livin’
Base Camp Brewing Co (collaboration with Water Avenue Coffee): Cascara Wit
Base Camp Brewing Co: Crusher
Base Camp Brewing Co: Peach Nomadic Double IPA
Falling Sky Brewing: Blue Balloons Belgian Pale
Falling Sky Brewing: Chester Copperpot ESB
Hopworks Urban Brewery: Gear Up IPA
Hopworks Urban Brewery: Holden Caulfield
Hopworks Urban Brewery: Massive Peach
Hopworks Urban Brewery: Pack Life
Pyramid Brewing Co: 1977 Lager
Pyramid Brewing Co: Apricot Ale
Pyramid Brewing Co: Pyramid Pale
Pyramid Brewing Co: Snow Cap Winter Ale
Widmer Brothers Brewing: BRRR Hoppy Red Ale
Widmer Brothers Brewing: PDX Pils Northern German Pilsner
Widmer Brothers Brewing: Skinny Jeans Light Pale Ale
Widmer Brothers Brewing: Steel Bridge Porter Robust Porter

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Willamette Week's 4th Annual Beer Pro/Am



(PRESS RELEASE)

31 Homebrewer + Pro Brewer Teams to Debut New Brews at Willamette Week’s 4th Annual Beer Pro/Am

Portland, Ore. -- Craft beer enthusiasts, get ready! On Saturday, October 15, 31 teams of one homebrewer and one professional brewer will reveal experimental beers and vie for your vote at Willamette Week’s 4th Annual Beer Pro/Am. Only 500 tickets are available to Portland’s original home/pro brewer collaboration event, happening at The North Warehouse (723 N Tillamook Street, Portland) from Noon to 6 p.m. for guests 21+.

“Beer Pro/Am has found its stride,” says Steph Barnhart, Willamette Week’s events and marketing manager. “After three years of having new homes, we’re excited to return to The North Warehouse, repeat our sell out crowd and offer 30 percent more beers. There is no other beer festival like this.”

Tickets range from $10 (designated driver) to a $55 “Super Rare” VIP Experience ticket, which allows guests one full hour of tasting where the brewer to guest ratio is 1:1. Translation: no lines and plenty of time to nerd out about simcoe hops, CBD infused IPAs or lavendar lagers. The general admission ticket is $25 and includes 31 three-ounce tastes, a commemorative pint glass and Brewvana pretzel necklace.

Food is provided by food carts PDX Sliders and Thrive Pacific NW. DJ Short Change brings the beats and more than a dozen additional vendors will be onsite, including: Bailey’s Taproom, Brewed Oregon, Brewvana, Digital Pour, Fairlane Coffee, Girls Pint Out, Good IV, Green Mountain Energy, Hidden Rose Tattoo, Kettle Brand Chips, Krave Jerky, Muv Training, Nature Commode, Sasquatch Sauces, SUM Architecture and Design, Wailua Shave Ice, Zythos Project and more TBA.

A full beer list is attached on the second page. Participating breweries include: 54-40, Baerlic, Breakside, Bridgeport, Burnside, Coalition, Culmination, Dean’s Scene, Drinking Horse Beer, Edgefield (McMenamins), Ex Novo, Fat Heads, Feckin, Fort George, Great Notion, Laurelwood, Lompoc, Montavilla, Ordnance, Pints, Rogue, The Oregon Mead & Cider Company, Sasquatch, Swift Cider, Three Mugs, Trusty, Unicorn, Uptown Market, Vanguard, Widmer and Zoiglhaus.

Tickets, home brewer roster and more information available at wweek.com/beerproam.

THE 2016 BEER LIST:

54-40 Brewing Company with Brett Wendorf
Liberty INXS | India Pale Lager | Over 17 pounds of freshly picked Liberty hops per barrel went into this hoppy lager. Our home-brewer extraordinaire developed the grist bill with a smidge of Munich and light crystal malt. This is what you need, we'll give you what you need.

Baerlic Brewing Company with Jarett Creason/ John Moore
Peel the Bern! "Make America Wheat Again!" | Imperial Wheat Imperial American Wheat ale with tangerine and orange peel fermented in a Bernheim Wheat Whiskey barrel.

Breakside Brewery with Ritch Marvin
TBA | Sour Witbier with Ginger and Kumquat | A tart farmhouse wheat ale brewed with a mixed culture of Saccharomyces and Lactobacillus. Spicy notes of fresh ginger and juicy kumquat balance the yeast and acid profiles in this refreshing quaffer.

BridgePort Brewpub with Dean Ehnes
Hop-Podge IPA | Autumnal IPA

Burnside Brewing with Jenn McPoland + Jeremie Landers
Fleur de CremE | Layered American 'Cream Ale' | Base layer: Pilsner malt and a touch of corn / Second layer: Bob's Red Mill rolled oats and wheat for added fluffiness and creaminess / Third Layer: Lactose for a bit of sweet creaminess and depth / Top Layer: Conditioned with Madagascar vanilla beans, soft and sweet, bring a subtle sweet flavor and aroma that is delicately balanced by French lavender (locally foraged by many of our beer hunter-gatherer friends in Portland).

Coalition with Parker and Jon Hall Bretta Persica
100% brett fermented IPA aged on necatrines Bretta Persica is a uniquely delicious creation. The base beer begins as an IPA, with galaxy and equinox hops providing tropical and citrus notes. This base is fermented with brettanomyces, a wild yeast which contributes a pleasantly dry finish and notes of fruit, funk, and farmhouse. Nectarines, a.k.a. Prunus Persica, are added mid-fermentation, adding delightful fruit notes that intermingle with the tropical hops and fermentation esters. Highly drinkable, unique, and all around delicious!

Culmination Brewing with Bill Schneller
The Trumpet Major | Modern interpretation of traditional Burton Old Ale with Brettanomyces Burton Old Ales were traditionally aged before release and many English strong ales were actually blends of fresh beer with older, barrel aged strong ales. These blended Old Ales had rich malt and fruity notes, but also had a vinous quality from the barrel aging with Brettanomyces. Our beer is a late 19th/early 20th century Burton Ale recipe blended with a barrel-aged strong ale that had Brettanomyes added. It has the strong, rich malt backbone with fruity and vinous notes from Brettanomyces and finishes with assertive bitterness that balances the malt richness.

Drinking Horse Brewing Company with Enrique "Ricky" Mendez
Ale Be Quirky | Hefeweizen Hefeweisen with mango, lime and habenaro.

Edgefield (McMenamins) with Mike Marsh
Sorcerer’s Apprentice | Nectarine Brett Pale 350 pounds of roasted Fantasia nectarines, Imperial Yeast’s Suburban Brett, 8 Hogshead whiskey barrels, Mike Marsh’s ingenuity and Edgefield Brewery’s know-how have combined to create a funky, lightly fruity, Brett primary fermented beer that spent its whole life in oak barrels.

Ex Novo Brewing Company with Jack Hall
It Burns When IPa | Jalapeño Cream Ale Spicy, smooth, and fruity. Cream ale brewed with Jalapeños and tropical fruity hops!

Fat Head's Brewery with Will Minderhout
Roll Tide Rye IPA | Red Rye IPA | The winningest beer made by the best coach in the business. Ready to take another National Championship. IPA with smooth red malt character balanced by dry, spicy rye malt and finishes with tropical fruit aroma and flavors of grapefruit, mango and pine.

Feckin Irish Brewing Company with William McAullife
It's a Feckin Mermaid | Fresh Hop Rye IPA | A twist on Feckin IPA made with a blend of Rye and barley. Fresh hops of Crystal and a mystery hop give it the profile.

Fort George Brewery with Chris McNeel
The Doomed Rider | Wee Heavy | Full bodied malty Wee Heavy with notes of caramel and coffee (hand-roasted by the brewers). Fuggle hops add a woodsy taste of The Old Country.

Great Notion Brewing and Barrel House with Chad Graham
Amprosia | Saison | Amprosia is a saison fermented with a mixed culture of lacto, pedio and brett and aged in stainless steel with local chenin blanc and merlot grapes for two months.

Laurelwood Brewery with Aaron Cohen
Hellfest | German-Style Helles/ Fest Bier | Hellfest is made with German malt, hops and yeast. It is brewed as much like a German beer as Laurelwood's Brewery can pull off! This beer is somewhere between a GermanStyle Helles and Fest Bier. It is a light, clean, very sessionable, somewhat malty, rich, lager bier perfect for celebrating the fall harvest season. We hope you enjoy Hellfest, prost!

Lompoc Brewing with Kyle Kozlowski
Just Once, Think Twice... | Belgian Tripel | So, we made a tripel. But we added a bunch of hops to give it a nice citrus finish. Then we dry hopped with more hops and some blood orange puree, because that sounded cool. Then we introduced the beer to some brett since that seemed fun. It all adds up to a truly unique beer.

Montavilla Brew Works with Steve Carper
Ein Prosit! Festbier | Festbier | Inspired by the modern beers found in the tents of the original Oktoberfest celebration in Munich, Germany. Deep golden color, rich malt forward flavor well balanced by assertive additions of Hallertau Mittelfruh hops. Ein Prosit!

Ordnance Brewing with Chuck Macaluso
Goofy Oak IPA | Oaked IPA | Our homage to a turn of the century style. This English IPA was brewed and fermented on oak to imitate the trip eastward in an oaken barrel to it's final destination. To keep this tried and true style fresh, we threw in a little west coast flavor with some Willamette and Crystal hops. Here's to the journey!

Oregon Mead and Cider Company with Brewvana
I Mead You To Mead Me | Barrel Aged Dry Sparkling Mead | A delicate blend of fruit, spice and honey with highlights drawn from the barrel.

Rogue Ales with Tracy Hensley
Golden Oak | Pinot Gris Barrel Fermented and Aged Belgian Golden Strong Ale Local Lange Estate Winery invented barrel-fermented, New World, Pinot Gris. Fermented two months in Lange barrel; “Golden Oak” blends Pinot Gris’ bright, intricate flavors with Belgian Golden Strong Ale’s subtle complexity.

PINTS with Mo Wark
Zingiber | Ginger-Infused Pale Ale | Pickled sushi ginger and powdered ginger in the kettle, fresh ginger root in the fermentor. The vibrant flavor and aroma of ginger is what is on display. Zingiber utilizes a clean malt bill of American 2-row and C-15 malts with Columbus hops for bittering and Amarillo and El Dorado for the late hop additions. But it is really all about the ginger, let's be honest with each other.

Sasquatch Brewing Company with Mitch Steele
Dr. Filbert | Belgian-style Dark Strong Ale | Bold dark malts and a choice Belgian yeast give off sweet, spicy aromas and flavors up front with a finish of smooth, earthy nuttiness from hand-toasted local hazelnuts. You'll like this one. We aren't doctors, but you can trust us.

Swift Cider with Miranda Karson
Purple Rain | Cider Juice from Newtown Pippin apples / Brewer's Gold to please your brain / pureed Oregon black currants / funky brett fermented / into Purple Rain. Purple Rain, Purple Rain....

Three Mugs Brewing Company with Jeremy Speer
I Want Samoa Dat! | Milk STOUT W/Caramel, Chocolate, Coconut | The Girl Scouts are knocking at the door, but, instead of a box of cookies, they’re bringing you a delicious Samoa cookie in a glass. Rich and chocolaty; caramel and coconut: We used hundreds of caramel cubes, plus pounds of cacao nibs and shaved coconut. Take a bite…I bet you can’t drink just one.

Trusty Brewing Company with Matthew Fields
OMFUQ (Oh My Favorite Quad) | Belgian style Quadrupel | OMFUQ is a Belgian style Quadrupel brewed with massive variety of classic dark malts, pale malts and traditional Belgian candi sugar. Fermented with a derivative of Trappist yeast, this beer showcases an amalgam of complex flavors. The aroma is loaded with fruity esters of date fig and plumb intertwined with spicy phenolic clove notes and some hints of banana. No spices or fruit were used in its production yet its complex aroma begs to differ, a small amount warming alcohol notes eludes to its dangerous drinkability.

Unicorn Brewing Company with Kevin Smith
Miahnator | Doppelbock Lager | Mianator is a classic German doppelbock in every sense of the style. Though rich and full of malt complexity it is not cloyingly sweet or syrupy in its body, and has a gorgeous nut-brown color with blood-red highlights.

Uptown Market Brewery with Warren Holmes
TBA | Herb/Spiced Beer | Yerba Mate infused smoked wheat with lemon zest Vanguard Brewing Company with Jim Telles There Can Be Only One | Wee heavy Scottish ale A malty beer for those fall days. Our version is easy drinking with some lightly smoked flavors to accent the Marris Otter grain used in its production.

Widmer Brothers Brewing with Steve Munch
Munchensteiner Spezial | German Spezial | This Spezial came about when Steve and Dan miscalculated how efficient their garage homebrew helles batch would turn out, and decided not to water it down back to 5%. We are excited to bring this elegant lager to the table. A long and cold fermentation temperature brings out the clean and rich flavors of the german malts. The restrained level of hops and dryness of the finish lend a drinkability to this otherwise robust showcase of 'less is more'.

Zoiglhaus Brewing Company with Nick Roberts
It is what it is... | Fruit-infused Saison | What it is is a strawberry-infused black peppercorn saison. That pretty much sums it up.