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 


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Ninkasi Opens In-house Recording Studio

Press Release   EUGENE, Ore.—Feb. 24, 2015Ninkasi Brewing Company believes crafted, independent beer and music is a winning combination. Since the beginning Ninkasi has supported local artists in a variety of ways, all organized by James Book, Ninkasi brand and experiential marketing director. With the opening of its new Ninkasi Studios this past June, the brewery announces its first original musical offering— the “Dawn of the Red Compilation EP,” available on Ninkasi’s website this March.

Since 2009, Ninkasi has supported artists including music production, engineering and recording from iterations of the brewery’s in-house recordings studio, album pressing sponsorships, assistance in tours and bookings, and opportunities to showcase their music at Ninkasi signature events. Book has been at the helm of the studio operation, bringing a wealth of experience in the music industry to the brewery’s marketing mix.

“Coming from a 20-year career in both recording and touring in music before craft beer, it’s rewarding to be able to help new artists reach their aspirations and help them navigate some of the chasms we had to cross without the support of sponsors,” explains Book. “The opening of Ninkasi Studios will enable us to support up-and-coming artists at no cost to them.”

The release of the “Dawn of the Red Compilation EP” celebrates the addition of the brewery’s Dawn of the Red India Red Ale to its year-round Flagship Series. Working with five artists, ranging in sound and style, each band was directed to use “Dawn of the Red” as a focal lyric and to interpret the phrase however they choose. The outcome: a diverse offering of five different genres, some literal in meaning, some metaphoric, all inspired by craft beer.

“Just like craft beer, the opportunities for creative collaboration and shared successes are nearly unlimited in terms of craft beer helping to drive new music awareness and vice-versa,” says Book. “Completing our first album was a blast, and we can’t wait to share the creations of these artists with craft beer and music lovers alike.”

The compilation will be available for download from Ninkasi’s website ( in March. Artists include:

Track 01: Vokab Kompany + Kraddy – San Diego, CA
Self-described as two MC/singers backed by a four-piece “band of awesome,” Vokab Kompany has been friends of Ninkasi since 2013, providing live music for festivals like the annual Whiteaker Block Party in Eugene. Produced by Kraddy of famed The Glitch Mob, “Dawn of the Red” by Vokab Kompany + Kraddy offers a hip-hop recap of a zombie apocalypse set within a pulsating EDM esthetic.

Track 02: Gayle Skidmore – San Diego, CA
Since 2011, Ninkasi has proudly sponsored artist Gayle Skidmore including the release of her album “Zombie Heart” in 2012. Named the Best Singer Songwriter by the 2013 San Diego Music awards, Gayle’s early love for music is evident – a songwriter since the age of eight. Gayle’s interpretation of “Dawn of the Red” offers a soulful look at a relationship.

Track 03: Sapient – Eugene, OR
For 15 years Sapient has been perfecting his trade as a hip-hop artist in the Northwest. Beyond a family man, Sapient is also an accomplished videographer, guitarist, singer-songwriter, and graphic designer. “Dawn of the Red,” produced and recorded by Sapient, is an exploration of the word “red” tied together by heavy heating beats and captive melodies.

Track 04: Black Beast Revival – Bellingham, WA
A highly-energized rock and roll band hailing from Bellingham, Black Beast Revival was deemed “a grungy Black Keys” by the Eugene Weekly. In 2013, the band played at Ninkasi’s SXSW showcase in Austin, Texas, “scaring” the locals. As one of the first bands to record in the new Ninkasi Studios, the band laid down its “Dawn of the Red” track while between cities on it West Coast Tour.

Track 05: Tyler Fortier – Eugene, OR
Winner of Eugene Weekly’s “Next Big Thing” in 2010, singer-songwriter and most recently, producer, Tyler Fortier joined Ninkasi’s first SXSW showcase in 2011 and has been a powerful force in local Americana. Bringing a melodic, acoustic track to the compilation, “Dawn of the Red” by Tyler Fortier enters “a city on fire.”

Look for a free download the “Dawn of the Red Compilation EP” online this March at Consumers can also look forward to opportunities to win limited edition 12-inch vinyl copies on Ninkasi’s social media channels.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Migration Brewings 5-Year Anniversary

Congratulations to Migration Brewing and their fifth anniversary. They have certainly come along way since first opening their doors! Cheer to many more years. Details of the anniversary below...