Sunday, July 20, 2014

Oregon Brewers Festival 2014



At 27 years running, the Oregon Brewers Festival is one of the oldest and best-loved craft beer festivals in the world. With a laid back attitude and scores of craft beers, the festival reflects the essence of the city of
Portland, and is the crowning jewel of Oregon Craft Beer Month.

Looking over the beer list for this year, here are some of the breweries we have to try! Complete list can be seen here

Ashtown Brewing Co - Blackberry IPA
Cigar City Brewing - Blood Orange/Dragon Fruit Florida Weisse
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery - Dogfish Head Oak Aged Strong Ale
Dunedin Brewery - White IPA w/ Hibiscus Flowers
Gilgamesh Brewing - Radtke Radler
GoodLife Brewing Co - Coffee Blonde
Heathen Brewery - Megadank Hop Centric IPA
McMenamins Concordia Brewery - Double Helix Double IPA
Omission Beer Co - Grapefruit Shandy Session IPA
Payette Brewing Co - Blood Orange IPA
Sixpoint Craft Ales - Barrel Aged 3Beans

And of course THE SPECIALTY TENT featuring some of the finest Europe has to offer! 

The details...

Event Name
27th annual Oregon Brewers Festival

Venue
Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Portland, Oregon
Main entrance at S.W. Oak Street and Naito Parkway

Dates
July 23 - 27, 2014 — "Always the last full weekend in July"
Times
Wed through Sat, taps are open from Noon to 9pm
Sun, taps are open from Noon to 7pm
Token & glass sales close one-half hour prior to the taps shutting off (8:30pm daily, except 6:30pm Sunday)
Admission
The OBF is NOT a ticketed event, admission into the festival grounds is free. In order to consume beer, purchase of a 2014 souvenir tasting glass is required and costs $7. Beer is purchased with wooden tokens, which cost $1 apiece. Patrons pay four tokens for a full 12.8oz glass of beer, or one token for a 3oz. taste. Glasses and tokens are pre-sold up to two weeks prior to the festival at select local locations, including Raccoon Lodge & Brew Pub, Cascade Brewing Barrel House, Belmont Station, Deschutes in the Pearl, Rogue Ales Public House and the Green Dragon. The festival is cash only, and there are 8 ATMs on-site.

Monday, June 9, 2014

2014 Rye Beer Fest Taplist Announced




Rye Beer Fest Tap List Announced
A Benefit For Dawn To Dusk & The Children’s 
Cancer Association

Portland, Ore. -- Taplister announces the third annual Rye Beer Fest complete tap list of 22 beers.

Melvin Brewing/Thai Me Up ~ Johnny Ryeale IPA
Burnside Brewing Company ~ Spring Rye with coriander ~ Roggenbier
Deschutes Brewery ~ Bourbon and Rye ~ Rye Ale
Widmer Brothers Collaborator ~ Red Molly Rye Lager
Crooked Fence Brewing Company ~ Risen Rye Stout
Oakshire Brewing ~ Line Dry Pale Ale
Stone Brewing ~ Spröcketbier Black Rye Kölsch
Old Town Brewing Company ~ TBD
Humble Brewing ~ Comet Rye'd Farmhouse Saison
Vagabond Brewing ~ All Rye, All Rye, All Rye IPA
Hopworks Urban Brewery ~ Rye-heitsgabot Berliner Weiss
Elysian Brewing Company ~ The Same Mistake Rye IPA
Occidental Brewing Company ~ Roggenweizen
Ale Industries ~ Rye'd Piper Red Ale
Breakside Brewery ~ Brett Rye IPA
Firestone Walker Brewing Company ~ Wooky Jack Black IPA
Stickmen Brewery & Skewery ~ One Rye Bitch Barley Wine
Agrarian Ales ~ Coalescense Saison
Base Camp Brewing Company ~ Ripstop Rye Pilsner
Snipes Mountain Brewing ~ NW Crossing American IPA
Alameda Brewing Company ~ American Rye Double IPA
Alameda Brewing Company ~ Easy Ryeder Mosaic ISA

About the fest:
The Rye Beer Fest, a celebration of the revival of rye beers, will be held at EastBurn (1800 E. Burnside. Portland, Ore.) during Portland Beer Week. The fest will take place on Friday June 13th, from 4pm-2am with no entry fee and live music starting at 10pm. Partial proceeds from the sale of beer will be donated to
the Dawn to Dusk paddle fund for the Children’s Cancer Association.

In addition to rye beers, there will be rye cocktails and rye themed food. The pricing for the beer is $2 for a 5oz sample and pints start at $5. The price of cocktails and DJ Rhienna starts in the downstairs Tap Room at 9pm Buddy Jay’s Jamaican Jazz Band has replaced Unsafe Dartz at 10pm upstairs.

To keep up with the latest news regarding the Rye Beer Fest check out out www.ryebeerfest.com.

About Dawn To Dusk:
Dawn to Dusk is an endurance paddling event where paddlers do laps for 12 hours around Ross Island in downtown Portland to raise money for the Children's Cancer Association. Last year Bridge City Paddling Club raised more than $43,000 for this great organization. Bridge City Paddling Club is a non-profit organization, dedicated to both community service and competition.



Sunday, June 8, 2014

2014 North American Organic Brewers Festival


North American Organic Brewers Festival celebrates 10th
year of drinking organic, saving the planet
Eco-conscience beer festival will serve up 60 organic beers and ciders 

PORTLAND, ORE – More than 15,000 beer lovers, music fans and supporters of sustainable living will come together at the North American Organic Brewers Festival (NAOBF) the last weekend of June to “Drink Organic, Save the Planet, One Beer at a Time.” The 10th annual event will take place June 26 through June 29 at Overlook Park in North Portland. Event hours are Noon to 9pm Thursday through Saturday and Noon to 5pm Sunday.

Admission into the event is free. The purchase of a $6 reusable, compostable cornstarch cup is required for tasting beer, as are tokens, which sell for $1 apiece. A full cup of beer or cider costs four tokens and a four-ounce taste costs one token; select beers cost extra tokens. Patrons receive a $1 discount toward the tasting glass with a validated Tri-Met ticket or a ticket from the Hopworks Bike Corral (one discount per person).

Designed to raise awareness about organic beer and sustainable living, the NAOBF typically serves up more than 50 organic beers and ciders from three-dozen different breweries. Many of the breweries brew a one-off batch just for the event; styles run the gamut from goldens and Belgians to porters and stouts, with a bit of everything in-between. There's also live local music, organic food and sustainability-oriented vendors and non-profits. The NAOBF is a family friendly event, and minors are welcome with parents. The Chipotle Kids’ Zone will offer free activity books, grow pots and Chipotle kids’ meal cards, plus face painting and a root beer garden with complimentary Crater Lake Root Beer for minors and designated drivers.

The NAOBF is known as the most earth-friendly beer festival on the planet. Festival attendees sample beer from reusable and compostable cornstarch cups made from domestically grown corn by a zero-waste, solar-powered company. Electricity needs are met with biodiesel generators. Volunteers receive organic cotton t-shirts (returning volunteers can wear past T shirts and get extra tokens instead). Food vendors are required to use compostable cutlery and plates and employ sustainable practices, and onsite composting and recycling stations are provided for festival waste and are supervised by recycling czars. Last year’s event recycled and composted 92% of the total waste, marking the second year in a row that more than 90% of the event’s waste was diverted from the landfill.
The NAOBF encourages responsible drinking and urges patrons to take advantage of the MAX Light Rail; the Yellow Line “Overlook Park” Station is directly across from the festival. Attendess can also take advantage of the Hopworks Bike Corral, where volunteers from Rotary Club of Portland-Westside’s Cycling 2 Serve Fellowship will watch over bikes for free (donations will benefit Rotary International’s “End Polio Now” efforts to eradicate polio worldwide).

Why an organic beer festival? Studies show that the world's population currently consumes 30% more natural resources than the Earth's ecosystems can replenish. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, commercial agriculture is accountable for 70% of the pollution in our country's rivers and streams. Genetically modified ingredients can be found in nearly every grocery store. The NAOBF believes that education and exposure lead to awareness, and awareness can translate to passion. If everyone becomes passionate about sustainability, as a whole we can make the planet a cleaner and healthier place for all of us to inhabit. For more information visit naobf.org.

Venue
Overlook Park
1301 N Fremont St, Portland, OR 97227
(intersection of N Fremont St & N Interstate Ave)

Dates
June 26 – June 29, 2014

Times
Noon to 9 pm Thurs - Sat
Noon to 5 pm Sun
Contact Information


Friday, June 6, 2014

#pdxbeerweek Give Away!


In celebration of the return of Portland Brewing and PDX Beer Week, we are hosting a give away! Up for grabs we have a beautiful ceramic growler. We will run the contest from now until the midnight PST June 13th. There are some other rules of course. 


RULES
  1. Must be over 21 to enter
  2. Be able to meet up at a local Portland watering hole to receive. (We love you all, but aren't willing to pay for shipping.)
  3. Post a comment below of one of your favorite classic Portland Brewing beers.
  4. You may enter once a day, but may not duplicate your beer choice.
  5. Entries must be placed before midnight PST on 6/13/14.
  6. Have fun, and tell your friends.
Also Portland Brewing is proud to donate a portion of its proceeds of ZigZag River Lager to the Sandy River Basin Watershed Council during Oregon Craft Beer Month this July!

Sandy River Basin Watershed Council Mission Statement:
The Sandy River Basin Watershed Council (SRBWC) works together with landowners, public agencies, and community volunteers to protect and restore the ecological, cultural and historic resources of the 500 square mile Sandy River basin and its tributaries — including Zigzag River — which serve as the water supply for a third of Oregon’s population, anchor habitat for wild salmon, and a year-round recreational Mecca for
metro Portland. 

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
Barboza
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!

Cheers!