Tuesday, April 1, 2014

CRAFT Beer Documentary Launches Film Tour in Portland April 3

Be the first to experience a beertastic voyage to the front lines of the Craft Beer Revolution

PORTLAND, Ore. – CRAFT, the beer documentary from filmmaker and Cicerone Craig Noble, kicks off a multi-city film tour Thursday, April 3 7:00 pm at the Hollywood Theatre in Portland.

The latest film from Craig Noble follows him on a coast to coast journey that includes an apprenticeship at a farm brewery, beer schooling in Vermont that lead to Cicerone certification and the development of his farmhouse ale recipe. Inspired by the double digit growth of the craft brewing industry, Noble takes a look at how breweries are taking on the task of maintaining the quality, creativity and integrity expected by thirsty beer connoisseurs.

Noble will be in attendance for the Portland launch, with screenings at 7:00 and 9:15 pm, and doing post-show Q&A sessions. As part of the film’s sensory experience his farmhouse ale, brewed locally at Coalition Brewing, will be available for purchase along with beer from The Commons Brewery, which is featured in the film. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased through the Hollywood Theatre.

Following the Portland premiere, the film will continue the western tour with stops in Denver, Fort Collins, Austin, Oakland and San Diego through the month of April. The eastern tour begins June 4 in New York and wraps up June 26 in Vancouver, BC.

For more information, visit www.craftbeermovie.com.

Twitter: @craftbeermovie | Facebook: CRAFTbeermovie | Instagram: craftbeermovie

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Fort George & Suicide Squeeze Records present: Suicide Squeeze IPA

[Astoria, OR] For every beer there is a time, for every season a Fort George collaboration. And this spring, Fort George Brewery and Suicide Squeeze Records have banded together to bring you Suicide Squeeze IPA - a 16-oz venture blending the Northwest’s long love affair with music, art, and craft beer.

Out of the ‘90s Pacific Northwest music scene, Suicide Squeeze Records founder David Dickenson forged his own path with artists like Modest Mouse, Elliott Smith, and Pedro the Lion. Starting with a 7” vinyl from local indie duo 764-Hero, the label has grown to include a diverse range of regional rock bands and international artists. Still, their mission has remained true to those early Northwest musical pioneers – to make something for the pure joy of it.

The can design for Suicide Squeeze IPA fell into the talented hands of Seattle artist Jesse LeDoux. Born in Portland, Oregon, Jesse worked for many years as an art director for Seattle-based Sub Pop Records. There he created iconic album and poster artwork for groups like Death Cab for Cutie, Iron and Wine, and The Shins (for which he earned a Best Recording Package Grammy Nomination for Chutes Too Narrow). In 2004 he started his own design business, LeDouxville, and continues to work on commercial illustration and collaborative projects.

“We don’t make beer for style-guidelines, we just make beer that tastes great,” has always been the motto of Jack Harris. As Fort George Brew Master and co-owner, he has seen the brewery blossom from a small start-up pub to the 10th growing brewery in the country in 2012, as ranked by The New Yorker. Celebrating its 7th anniversary, Fort George continues to think outside the box with unique collaborations, can designs, and beers. But of course, the goal is the same – to make something for the pure enjoyment of it.

Suicide Squeeze IPA is a 4.5% ABV session beer, with all of the hop aroma and flavor you’ve come to expect from a Fort George IPA. Organic two-row barley lays the fastest base, with heaping amounts of Mosaics and a touch of Citra hops. Crisp, floral, and bursting with flavor, Suicide Squeeze IPA is an ode to springtime in the Northwest.

Join Fort George and Suicide Squeeze Records for the can release party at The Beer Junction in West Seattle, Saturday March 15th at 6pm. Meet the craftspeople behind the collaboration, and be the first in Seattle to sample this spring seasonal. Then, grab a pint at these venues and check out the artists brought to you by Suicide Squeeze Records:

This Will Destroy You
March 19th – 8pm
Seattle, WA

The Black Lips with The Coathangers
March 28th – 8pm
Neumos Crystal Ball Reading Room
Seattle, WA

The Black Lips with The Coathangers
March 29th - 8pm
The Hawthorne Theatre
Portland, OR

Suicide Squeeze Records is also releasing the Fort George 7”, a collection of four classic tracks plus a download code to a music sampler. This amber “beer” colored vinyl with the hypnotic snake logo will be limited to 1,000 copies and feature these Northwest artists:

Modest Mouse – “A Life of Arctic Sounds”
Black Mountain – “Voices”
Elliott Smith – “Division Day”
Minus the Bear – “Pachuca Sunrise (acoustic version)”

Suicide Squeeze IPA is available in 16-oz cans and draft starting March 14th. Fort George beer is distributed throughout Washington, Oregon, and Northern Idaho.

For more information about Suicide Squeeze IPA and a link to the music sampler go to www.fortgeorgebrewery.com/suicidesqueeze/

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

How I arrived at my destination: Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp Part II

Guest post by Aaron Beaulieu

Once you’re proclaimed a winner by Sierra Nevada they send you a Golden Ticket in the mail, similar to that of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. After you arrive in Chico, CA you spend the first night with your group members socializing and drinking late into the early morning. Early next morning you get an all access VIP tour of the amazing Sierra Nevada Brewery. Your VIP tour includes inspection of Sierra Nevada’s bottling/canning line, pedaling across the Sierra Nevada property on a beer bike, examining the science behind Sierra Nevada’s quality consistent beers, tasting beers that have yet to be released or are only available in Chico, CA, and freezing your butt off in a huge freezer full of hops that literally reach the ceiling. These are just some of the perks you’ll enjoy while at Beer Camp. You and your group will also build out your recipe for the beer you’ll brew the next morning.

Sierra Nevada Beer Bike
Since you’re at Beer Camp, the beer flows like water! If Sierra Nevada brewed it, you get to drink it, on the house for free. Your meals are also complimentary as are the Narwhal floats! Once your group has a beer recipe made up and you’ve toured the amazing facility, you and your group get to brew your beer on Sierra Nevada’s pilot brewing system. We milled our grains, added our hops and named our beer; their advanced brewing system the rest. We named our Hoppy Honey Rye Ale, Rye-Way 117. Highway 117 just happens to run through North Carolina, the site of Sierra Nevada’s new brewery, and since we were beer camp group #117 the name just made sense. We used rye and English malts for our grain bill, Chinook and Centennial hops, and 120 pounds of local honey for an added touch of aroma and balance. Look for the release of this beer in the spring of 2014.

Once your beer is ready for distribution, you get to choose a location to tap your beer at to share with your friends and family. Not only do you get to have a public tapping for your beer, but Sierra Nevada will also allow you to buy a 5-gallon keg from them, for which they will ship to you. Being VIP guests, we were also allowed to pack Ziploc bags full of whole coned hops to take home and shop in their gift shop with our employee discounts. These were just a few of the added party favors to remember our Beer Camp experience better. Beer Camp was an amazing once in a lifetime experience. You’ll meet some awesome new brewing and drinking buddies, have some new material to add to your resume, and will always be able to say to your friends and family, “I went to Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp and it was awesome!”

However, before you can do any of this, you need to enter the contest first!


Monday, January 27, 2014

How I arrived at my destination: Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp

Guest post by Aaron Beaulieu.

It all started years ago when my youthful lips first encountered the taste of a delicious craft beer. Fast-forward to 2012 when my brewing partner and friend, John Lovegrove, entered a contest for Sierra Nevada’s Beer camp. John ended up winning a spot and brewed Bloodshot; an Imperial Red Ale that was featured in Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp variety packs this past summer. I had never heard of the Beer Camp competition until John submitted his video. John convinced me to submit my own video, so when the contest rolled around again this year, I decided to give it a shot.

So what is Beer Camp? Beer Camp is similar to most camps e.g. summer camp, space camp, etc., in that you're doing activities related to the camp name, however this camp is setup by the legendary Sierra Nevada Brewing. With the addition of hops, malts, delicious beers, awesome people and Sierra Nevada’s brewery practically at your hands, it’s much better than any other camp out there.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Interview Series : Meet the Geeks : Aaron Beaulieu

We've had the pleasure of conversing with Aaron for a while via the Twitters, but when we found out he had earned a chance to go to Sierra Nevada Beer Camp, we decided everyone should learn more about this home brewer. More about Beer Camp this week....

Name: Aaron Beaulieu

Hometown: Clackamas, Oregon

Favorite Beer: Lately, it’s been Deschutes Red Chair NWPA and Walking Man Black Cherry Stout.

Favorite Beer Haunt: Portland U-Brew, Salem Ale Works, and McMenamins

What was the first craft beer you ever tried? What did you think?: I believe it was either a Widmer Hefeweizen or a Rogue Dead Guy Ale. Whatever it was, I loved it!

Do you homebrew? If yes, favorite homebrew to date: Yes, I homebrew. My favorite homebrew to date was an Imperial IPA with 2.5 pounds of fruit-accented hops - it turned out great!

How’d you hear about pdxbeergeeks? I started following pdxbeergeeks shortly after opening a Twitter account.

What does being a beer geek mean to you? Loving beer is one thing, but making connections with others who love beer and cherishing the craft is another. Being a beer geek to me is all about being a part of a larger community of beer geeks.

If you could change one thing about beer culture in the U.S. what would it be? I would like to see more consistency in craft beer. There are too many mediocre craft beers in the market that I believe could be much better.

What do you love about Portland’s Craft Beer scene? What is there not to love about the beer scene in Portland? I think we as Oregonians have a lot to be grateful for.

Where can we find you on the web? You can find me on Twitter @Pdx_Bros and on Instagram @aaronbeaulieu. I’m also in the process of building a new site dedicated to my adventures in homebrewing and craft beer. Look for it around the early part of 2014.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Holiday Ale Festival 2013

Wednesday December 4th kicks off the 18th annual Holiday Ale Festival, one of our favorite beer fests! Instead of listing the available taps, which can be seen here, we decided to give you some fun facts! Hope to see you all there this weekend. Cheers!


• 18th year of the festival; it was founded in 1995 as the Winter Ale Festival, ran for two years, then took a hiatus in 1997. It returned as the Holiday Ale Festival in 1998 and has run consecutively ever since.

• 49 products are poured in the main festival: 47 beers, one cider and one braggot.

• At least 16 additional products are poured as special limited tappings; in most cases, these rare or vintage brews are limited to just one single keg. They are allocated to four special tappings on Wednesday through

• The lowest alcohol beer is Rock Bottom Brewing’s “You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out Kid,” a Helles that comes in at 4.8% ABV.

• The highest alcohol beer is Lagunitas Brewing’s High West Whiskey Barrel Aged Cappuccino Stout at 12.5%  ABV.

• These are big beers, with 25 coming in over 8% ABV; 14 of those come in at 9% or higher.

• Number of anticipated attendees: 17,000 from all over the world.

• Five reasons to come on opening day:
– Fewer people
– Zero chance a beer will be sold out– It's opening day and you can feel the vibe from the staff, servers, city and the beers
– Friendly, knowledgeable beer geeks in attendance, not frat boys
– Chance to hit the rare beers and brag to your friends who cannot make it to the fest till the weekend

• "If I could only attend one day, I would go on Wednesday," says event manager Preston Weesner. "It's like opening a gift that you have been waiting for: why wait any longer if you don't have to?"

• The 10th annual Sunday Beer Brunch will take place on Dec. 8 from 11 am to 1 pm on the upper level of  Pioneer Courthouse Square. The auxiliary event features European pastries, cured meats and artisanal cheeses to accompany an assortment of exclusive vintage winter beers not available at the festival itself, plus special large format bottles to be shared. Tickets are available at www.holidayale.com.

• For the past six years, the coat check, root beer sales, and raffle at the Holiday Ale Festival has benefitted seriously ill children in our community through CCA; last year alone, the festival donated $10,000 to the

• The festival has a very user-friendly real time mobile website that provides up-to-second updates on beer tappings and locations. Just go to holidayale.com on your phone, and choose mobile version (the website will autodetect a mobile browser).

18th annual Holiday Ale Festival

Pioneer Courthouse Square, located at 701 SW Sixth Ave. on the MAX Light Rail line

Wednesday, Dec. 4 through Sunday, Dec. 8
Noon to 10 pm Wed, 11 am to 10 pm Thur-Sat, and 11 am to 5 pm Sun
To avoid lengthy lines, the recommended days for attendance are Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday.

While eggnog and hot toddies are commonly associated with the holidays, it’s no surprise that in the beer Mecca of the Pacific Northwest, craft ales are the drink of choice: specifically, big, bold ales designed to fend off the cold chill of a long winter night. The 18th annual Holiday Ale Festival gathers together more than four dozen of these winter warmers for a joyous five-day celebration. The beers featured are rich, robust and full of complex flavors. 

From Belgians to barleywines, porters to winter warmers, and spiced ales to stouts, these beers have either been crafted or blended specifically for the event or are hard-to-fine vintages. What they all share in common  is their rarity - the festival works with every brewery involved to make sure they are sending a product that has either been made specifically for this event, or is a rare or vintage beer that isn’t commonly tapped in the state - which has solidified the event’s reputation as the premier winter beer tasting venue on the West Coast.

Despite being held outdoors during one of the coldest months of the year, more than 17,000 festival attendees stay warm and dry over the five-day festival under clear-topped tents that cover the venue. Gas heaters create a cozy ambiance beneath the boughs of the region's largest decorated Christmas tree. In addition to beer tasting, the festival also features meet the brewer events, a root beer garden, food vendors, beer pairings with cupcakes & cheese, event merchandise and a coat and bag check that raises funds for the Children's Cancer Association.

To enter and consume beer, the purchase of an entry package is required. The general admission package at the door costs $30 and includes the 2013 tasting mug and 10 taster tickets. Advance general admission packages cost $30 and include the tasting mug, 12 taster tickets and expedited entry all five days. Advance VIP packages are available for $75 and include the tasting mug, 28 taster tickets, a bottle of water, access to VIP lines (including special tappings) and express entry all five days. Express re-entry requires a wristband and the 2013 mug, and is subject to the festival's capacity. Previous year's mugs will not be filled. Advance packages are available online at www.holidayale.com. Once inside the festival, a full mug of beer costs four taster tickets, and a four-ounce taste costs one ticket. Certain limited release and special tappings may not be available in full mug pours, or may cost double tickets. Additional beer tickets can be purchased for $1 apiece. Designated drivers in a party of two or more may purchase a designated driver wristband for $5, which includes Crater Lake Root Beer or bottled water for the duration of the stay.

The event is for ages 21 and over.


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Interview Series : Meet the Geeks : Baker From Alebriated Distribution

Name: Christopher "Bake" Baker of Alebriated Distribution

Hometown: Wilmington, North Carolina

Favorite Beer:
2012- Pale Death - Double Mountain - Hood River, Oregon
2013- India Pale Ale - Odell Brewing - Fort Collins, Colorado

Favorite Beer Haunt: Well, I frequent a lot of beer establishments and it changes from time to time but I would say that my current comfort zones would be Bridgetown Beerhouse and Sasquatch Brewery.

What was the first craft brew you ever tried? What did you think? Barring St. Ides Special Brew (ha ha ha), I would have to say Rogue Dead Guy was the first craft brew I ever tried and at that time I would have to say it didn’t sway me one way or another. The first craft beer I tried that made an impression was a Milk Stout from Duck Rabbit Brewing out of Farmville, North Carolina.

Do you homebrew? If yes, favorite homebrew to date: I have never brewed a batch on my own but have helped on a few occasions. I hope to partake in such activities in the future once time allows.

How’d you hear about the pdxbeergeeks? I would have to say my first acknowledgements of pdxbeergeeks would be from running into Michael Umphress on a regular basis at events or favorite watering holes.

What does being a beer geek mean to you? Being a beer geek in my eyes simply means having an appreciation for the craft and culture.

If you could change one thing about beer culture in the US, what would it be? The one thing I would change in the beer culture is my current focus, bridging the gap in state to state distribution.

What do you love about Portland’s Craft Beer scene? There are two things that I really love about the craft beer scene in Portland. The first is that there seems to be no limits regarding creativity or demand. The other being the sense of community in the thought that what is good for one is good for all. (for the most part)

Where can we find you on the web? You can currently find me on Facebook under Alebriated Distribution LLC and in the near future at AlebriatedDistribution.com. Products are available and will continue to show up at favorite beer stations around Portland and eventually throughout Oregon. Current brands are Wingman Brewers out of Tacoma, WA and Crooked Fence Brewing out of Boise, ID (after this weekend). More to come, stay tuned....