Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Profile Series : Growing Local Beer : Brewing a Truly Local Beer

Guest post by Joe Morris

It was an absolute blast visiting our local growers for the Growing Local Beer series.  And I'd like to extend an enormous "Thank you" to Crosby Hop Farm, Imperial Organic Yeast, and Mecca Grade Estate Malt.  Each of our featured subjects extended amazing generosity and were very free with their time. The truly great thing about the craft beer and brewing communities is the willingness of everyone to teach and learn about making better beer.

While the Growing Local Beer project was underway, I offered our growers the opportunity to participate in a product demonstration to be featured on #pdxbeergeeks as well as my homebrew blog, Portland Ale Blazer.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Profile Series : Growing Local Beer : Mecca Grade Estate Malt

Guest post from Joe Morris

At the end of a long dirt road against a backdrop of Central Oregon farmland, Seth Klann is unlocking the door to what he calls, "The Area 51 of Craft Malt."  This is not the place you would expect to find a super secret rebel base designed for a craft malt revolution.  Most of the farms out here are known for growing for food, feed and seed. That's exactly Klann's family has done on their land for over 100 years.  But a love of homebrewing led Seth to find a way to marry his pastime with his family legacy in creating Mecca Grade Estate Malt.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Profile Series : Growing Local Beer : Imperial Organic Yeast

Guest post by Joe Morris

There is an age-old cliché that “brewers make wort but it’s the yeast that makes beer." Owen Lingley, co-founder of Imperial Organic Yeast, jokingly mentioned to me that his outfit "makes one beer...and it is terrible." However, the yeast they make is phenomenal and that terrible beer is just a byproduct.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Profile Series : Growing Local Beer : Crosby Hop Farm

Special guest post by Joe Morris. 

Late August through early September is a magical time in Oregon as local beer drinkers await the flood of wet hop beers headed to taprooms and bottle shops. But nowhere is the magic felt more strongly than in a local hop yard. I paid a visit to Crosby Hop Farm recently to tour the grounds, learn a little more about their process and share the experience with #pdxbeergeeks at this very special time of year.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Mix Tape Track 1

#pdxbeergeeks presents the Mixtape

When dreams speak, listen. 

We had a dream where two of our favorite worlds collided; a dream of music and beer. We're proud to announce the first of this inspired series of events, the Mixtape. Each Mixtape event will feature invited breweries to make a one-off beer inspired by a chosen artist or band. Our first selection is the Thin White Duke aka Ziggy Stardust, the perennial favorite, David Bowie.

Featured breweries and cideries ~

Vertigo Brewing - Changes Imperial CDA
Reverend Nat's - Sarah Eats the Peach Peach Wine
Concordia Brewing (McMenamins) - Side A, Track 3: Moonage Daydream - Barrel Aged RIS
Ecliptic Brewing -  Hang On To Yourself - TBD
Vagabond Brewing  - Modern Love - TBD

Please join us on Saturday, June 6th from 4-8pm at Hop and Vine for an incredible afternoon of music and beer!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Hophouse Cider Fest 2015

Hophouse Cider Fest 2015
23 Cideries, 50+ Ciders

Portland, Oregon - Hawthorne Hophouse is hosting our second Cider Fest on Saturday, April 4th. This outdoor cider festival will host 23 cider vendors, pouring over 50 ciders. Event hours are 2:00-7:00 PM on Saturday, April 4th at Hawthorne Hophouse, 4111 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR, 97214.

Admission is $25 the day of the event, or can be purchased online for $20. Admission covers 10 drink tickets and a commemorative glass. BBQ food will be served outside for the festival, and a children’s play area will be accessible for families.

The vendors at the event will be predominantly Northwest cideries, and cideries highlighting local apples. Cider vendors are 2 Towns, Alter Ego, Anthem, Apple Outlaw, Atlas, Bull Run, Ciderriot, Crispin’, Finn River, High Wheel Wine and Mead, Julian, McMenamin’s Edgefield, Nectar Creek Citrus Wine, Portland Cider, Red Tank, Reverand Nat’s, Rogue, Schilling, Snowdrift, Spire, Square Mile, Swift, Wandering Aengus, and Woodchuck.

Ciderfest 2013 brought in a crowd of over 800, and we anticipate another great turnout this year! There will be a wide range of ciders, from dry to sweet, with fruit ciders, grapefruit and honeywine, and even some herb infused versions of the hard apple staple. Additionally, numerous cideries utilize organic growing practices and other sustainable and heath-oriented ingredients, so there will be many options for the conscious drinker!

Also, April will be Cider Month at Hophouse, featuring 8 taps of cider all month long at both hophouse locations, with flights of 8 tasters for $10 all month. Look for tastings with cidermakers on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the entire month, and get your cider fix!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

An Evening of Solid Gold!

Please join Alebriated Distribution at Tin Bucket the week of Craft Brewers Conference (CBC) for an evening of solid gold! Featured beers are gold medal winners from GABF and more. They have brought in some amazing out of state beers we don't see in Oregon!

Where ~  Tin Bucket 3520 N Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97227
When ~ Wednesday, April 15th from 5-8

 Featured breweries

Marble Brewing - Albuquerque, New Mexico 2014 GABF Small Brewing Company of the Year and Small Brewing Company Brewer of the year
Imperial Red- 2014 GABF GOLD 
Double White-2014 GABF GOLD 
Sante Fe Brewing - Santa Fe, New Mexico 

La Cumbre Brewing Company - Albuquerque, New Mexico 
Elevated IPA- 2011 GABF GOLD 
Project Dank- 2014 Brewing News National IPA Champion 

Airways Brewing Company - Kent, Washington 
Pre-Flight Pilsner- 2014 GABF GOLD 

Arch Rock Brewing Company - Gold Beach, Oregon
Gold Beach Lager- 2014 GABF

Loowit Brewing Company - Vancouver, Washington 
Two-Sixteen Red- 2014 GOLD Washington Beer Awards

Breakside Brewing - Portland, Oregon
Breakside IPA - 2015 GABF GOLD

Barley Brown's - Baker City, Oregon