Thursday, December 27, 2012

Roscoe's 6th Anniversary Summit

Roscoe's is turning 6! We could think of no better way to celebrate than bringing you a phenomenal tap list with some of our favorite breweries represented. Our party will begin at 3pm on December 28th. Unlike most summits the Roscoe's 6th Anniversary Summit will be open to all styles of beers, and some great vintage brews. We will also be tapping additional special kegs all weekend and running through New
Years Eve! Be sure to show up on Friday to have the best selection, and meet some of the brewers.

Some of the Breweries (and beers) to be featured on Friday will include: 

Full Sail 2006 Old Boardhead 
Oakshire (6, a Brandy Barrel aged barleywine brewed to commemorate Oakshire's 6th Anniversary) 
Bear Republic (Racer 5000, the only keg coming to Portland of this special IPA brewed to commemorate Bear Republic's 5000th batch of beer) 
Upright (Blend Edmunds) 
Deschutes (A rare keg of 2009 Mirror Mirror)
Stone (A vintage keg of Vertical Epic 10.10.10) 
Double Mountain 
Boneyard (A special keg of 2011 Suge Knite aged on bourbon barrels) 
Amnesia (Cafe con Leche) 
Russian River 
Green Flash (Palate Wrecker)
And lots more. There will be taster trays available.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Festival of Dark Arts 2013: Save the Date

The Festival of Dark Arts: February 16th, 2013

The Festival of Dark Arts is the Carnival of Stout, the culmination of Stout Month (February). It’s a one-day, full on multi-media extravaganza based on one common theme: Dark. Well, Dark and Stout. Attendees will feast their senses on 30+ Stout beers, browse the Dark Arts Gallery, listen to a variety of live music, have their tarot read, forge iron beer openers, blow glass beer mugs, witness belly dancing, fire dancing, and even get tattoos inside the brewery. House-made, Stout-inspired cuisine will also be available for Stout soaking. This fest, now in its sophomore year is much more than a Beer Fest, it is one of the most unique parties that a brewery has ever thrown. The festival takes place on the Fort George Brewery block, throughout the Lovell Building Brewery + Taproom, Lovell Showroom and the Fort George Brewery + Public House, for the first time also utilizing the second story of the building. This date will also mark the release of Limited Edition 4 packs of Bourbon Barrel Cavatica Stout available on site for purchase. A hand-drawn map will serve as your guide, but your senses will lead the way.

One day ONLY! Saturday, February 16th, 2-10pm.

As more info is released, check it out at:

Monday, December 10, 2012

Migration and Taplister Present: A Holiday Prefunk

5 Breweries, Holiday Ales, Music, and Lot’s of Giveaway’s

Saturday December 15th Migration Brewing and Taplister present the second annual Holiday Prefunk. Join Migration, Pfriem, Gigantic, Breakside, and Burnside breweries who will be pouring choice holiday ale accompanied by 45 minutes of their favorite music. So before heading home for the holidays join these fantastic breweries for a night of limited release holiday ale, music and giveaways.

Giving Back: Since 2008 food box distribution has increased 41% leaving Oregon Food Bank in need of our help. Bring 4 non-perishable food items to Migration Brewing between Dec. 6th-15th in exchange for your first beer. (*1 beer per person per day.)

Migrator Series Big Beer #3: Frankie Clause The third and final installment of Migration’s Big Beer series. This imperial Belgian chocolate stout rules the roost. Brewed with French cocoa, Belgian Trappist yeast, and plenty of attitude Frankie Clause holds layered notes of banana, cocoa, dried red fruit, and roasted almonds. These complex flavors at 11.8% ABV this smooth stout leaves a soft warming finish.

* Limited screen-printed bottles of Frankie Clause will also become available on the 15th

Saturday, December 1, 2012


You know the holidays are in full swing as soon as the tents are up in Pioneer Square. It's also a good indicator it's time for the Holiday Ale Festival. A five day line up of some of the most amazing beers perfect for the winter season.

This year I decided to attend on Wednesday. Usually a little quieter then the weekend. One of favorite things is seeing old friends, and maybe even making some new ones. Then there the beers, certainly the whole reason we are there. Of the ten or twelve beers I sampled, the real stand out for me was Cascade Diesel #2.  Also kudos to The Commons for Boysen!  Also as an added bonus event coordinators pulled out a few surprises.  Wednesday it was a 4 year vertical of Deschutes Abyss 07-10. What a wonderful treat.

If you haven't made it down the Pioneer Square I highly recommend it!

Angelo of Brewpublic
When bloggers collide

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Spending The Holidays With Lompoc Brewing

Lompoc Brewing is up to it again. Much like last year, they are going all out to help us celebrate with seven holiday themed beers to help us cope with the forth-coming insanity. This number is down from last year when ten offerings were on the table.  Still no disappointment, and solid as always.  This year I was joined by good friend and long time supporter of #pdxbeergeeks, Daniel Roy, along with other fine members of the Portland beer culture scene.

First up was the Jolly Bock. A wonderful lager with a rich malt character, balanced with a spicy hop bitterness.

Dan Roy - This really reminds me a a late night Christmas Eve. The kids are tucked in bed while "Santa" presents are being delivered. Then sitting and relaxing with a nice malty beer.

Our next offering was the ever delightful 8 Malty Nights. A chocolate rye beer lightly hopped with English hops.

#pdxbeergeeks - I really enjoyed this more then last years batch. Drinking it is like sitting around after a good hearty meal just hanging out with family and friends.

Franc'ly Brewdolph was next. Aged for a year in Cabernet barrels, this Belgian style red ale has a malty and creamy body.

Dan Roy - I'm flooded with memories of spiced wine at the table late Christmas night, Beer and spiced wine aromas filling the air.

C-Sons Greetings is one I'm always looking forward to each season, so I was glad to see it in the line up. An incredible Imperial IPA.

#pdxbeergeeks - This reminds of driving to the farm to harvest our Christmas tree. Then bring it home to decorate it. I can't get enough of this winter seasonal.

Ahhh the Old Tavern Rat. An aged barley wine that has a strong bitter, yet well balanced sweetness.

Dan Roy - This is like a great Christmas dessert. Even better as it warms up. makes me want some toffee pudding.

Last but not least was the Bourbon Barrel Aged Wee Heavy. A collaboration beer with the Ladies of Lagers and Ales (LOLA).  After this Wee Heavy was made, it was aged in Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels for nine months.

#pdxbeergeeks - I feel like I'm hanging out with my grandfather, sneaking drinks off of his warmed up bourbon.  Remembering the warmth it would provide.

Also in the line up will be Blitzen, a spiced golden ale that wasn't ready for the preview. Certainly each of these beers will provide you with memories of past holiday times. You can sample each of these tonight at Sidebar from 4-10 for the annual Lompoc Holiday Release Party. Hope to see you there!!

Monday, November 19, 2012

A Day With Sean Burke and Brewvana Brewery Tours

#pdxbeergeeks was fortunate enough to HOP on the Brewvana connoisseur tour Sunday led by Sean Burke of The Commons Brewery. Sean took us to some of his favorite locations around Portland.

Our tour guide Nikki laying down the law.
Our first stop was, of course, The Commons Brewery, where we picked up Sean and were treated to samples from Michael Wright, owner of the brewery. The real stand out beer was Walnut, a delicious Belgian porter. (There are no walnuts in the beer.)

Drinking companions (photo by Brewvana)
Our second stop was the always delightful Upright Brewing. Alex was there to give us a brief tour of the facilities.  At this stop we were fortunate to sample a beer of our choosing. I went with the barrel aged Seven. Delicious!

Sean and Nikki
Our third stop was Old Town Pizza, a local place I've had the pleasure of visiting a few times. We were treated to some damn yummy pizza, and several samples of the beer brewed there. The oatmeal stout was certainly worth having. I want more! Also if you ever stop in, I highly recommend an order of the garlic knots.

Scott Guckel, brewer at Old Town Pizza
Our fourth and final stop was Occidental Brewing, nestled just underneath the St. John's bridge next to Cathedral Park. This was a real treat as I had not had a chance to visit. I really enjoyed the Dunkelweizen.

Dan Engler, brewer at Occidental
Certainly a fun time was had by all. If you have never taken a tour with Brewvana I highly recommend doing it. It's always a good time!! 

Monday, November 12, 2012

Connoisseur Tour with Sean Burke

PORTLAND, Ore. (November 12, 2012) ⎯ The November installment of BREWVANA’s monthly Connoisseur Tour series takes Sean Burke, brewer for The Commons Brewery, on the bus where he will lead the tour to his favorite Portland spots. A Eugene native, Sean started as a home brewer and joined The Commons after graduation from the Doemans Academy. The tour will take place Sunday, November 18th from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Sean Burke
The tour will begin at The Commons with a sampling of their European inspired beers made with Northwest grown ingredients and tour of the brewery. Next up the bus heads to Upright Brewing where owner and brewer Alex Ganum will give a tour of his facility along with a sampling of their farmhouse inspired beers made with a Pacific Northwest twist. A midafternoon lunch and beers will be served at Old Town Pizza and Brewing which launched its 7bbl brewing system earlier this year. The final stop on the tour will be Occidental Brewing Co. in the St. John’s neighborhood for a sampling of their German inspired beers.

Tickets for BREWVANA’s Connoisseur Tour are $85/person and include transportation, all food and beer, pretzel necklace, tasting journal and Pilsner glass. Seating is limited and reservations must be made in advance. To register, please call BREWVANA at 503-729-6804 or visit

Friday, November 9, 2012

Fort George Tap Takeover at Roscoe's

It's a bit over the top! 

Our friends over at Fort George are at it again. This time with the largest Fort George tap takeover outside of Astoria at Roscoe's! 15 taps of Fort George beery goodness. Party starts at 4 pm. Free FG schwag to the first 50 people in attendance, Also, see the answer to the question, will they let a 100 pound malamute into the pub? Come hang out with the FG crew and get your beergeek on!

The taplist
Quick Wit
Sunrise Oatmeal Pale Ale (OPA)
Beta IPA 1.3
Long Dark Winter Milk Stout
Magnifera Indica Belgian Mango Saison
Hellcat Smoked Pepper Belgian Pale
South (Pinot Noir aged Belgian-style conditioned on raspberries)
North VI (North the Sixth) - 7% Cranberry-Coffee-Porter
North V (North the Fifth from 2011!)
Double Dry Hopped Vortex IPA - Dry Hopped with Simcoe
Double Dry Hopped Red Tide Imp. Red Ale - Dry Hopped with Cascade
Bourbon Barrel Aged Vortex IPA - Aged in Makers Mark Barrels
Flanders Nut Red Ale
Nitro Coal Minder's Lager (Hoppy Dark Lager)
Nitro Working Girl Porter

Hope to see you all there. 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

F.H. Steinbart Co. Hosts Learn to Homebrew Day

Portland, Oregon • 10/10/2012 — Homebrewing is easy and fun, which is why F.H. Steinbart Co. is hosting an American Homebrewers Association (AHA) Learn to Homebrew Day event. The event is free and open to the public and will be held at 10:00am, November 3, 2012.

Organized by the AHA, Learn to Homebrew Day is an international event held on the first Saturday of November. Since 1999, thousands of homebrewers have gathered each year to teach friends and family the basics of the homebrewing hobby.

F.H. Steinbart Co. is happy to invite anyone interested in homebrewing to stop by from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, November 3, 2012 to join the fun! There will be a free brewing demonstration as well as question and answer time with one of our Homebrew experts and refreshments.

F.H. Steinbart Co.
234 SE 12th Ave.
Portland, OR 97214
Call 503-232-8793 or email for more information.

Homebrewers can register an AHA Learn to Homebrew Day event online at On November 3, friends and family will gather to teach and learn the basics of homebrewing, a lifelong hobby that inspires creativity and is driven by a spirit of “do-it-yourself” ingenuity.

If you’ve ever had an interest in homebrewing, Learn to Homebrew Day is the ideal way to get started. Brewing a batch with an expert is a great way to get started, which is why this event connects aspiring homebrewers with experienced ones for a hands-on education,” said Gary Glass, AHA director.

For more information on Learn to Homebrew Day, please visit the Events section of or


Monday, October 22, 2012

Natian Brewery Anniversary Party!

Come join #pdxbeergeeks and Eastburn on November 10th to celebrate Natian Brewery's third anniversary! We'll start the evening with a tour of Natian Brewery. The brewery tour is a RSVP only event (to RSVP please comment below, along with number of guests) and will start promptly at 7:00pm and run until 7:30ish. Enjoy a refreshing canned beverage, and bask in the glory of Natian's new 10BBL system.

Then we will walk over to Eastburn for a tap take over with Natian to celebrate in style. Word on the street is you may want to bring your dancing shoes!

Natian Brewery is located at 1321 NE Couch, Corner of 14th and Sandy

Just in! Eastburn has announced $3 pints of Natian beers to celebrate the third anniversary, also DJ Symbolism will be spinning later in the evening.
Taplist to be determined.

More news as it's released! Hope to see you all there!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Upcoming News From Block 15

Upcoming news from one of our favorite breweries Block 15 out of Corvallis. Not all of it good though. From the blog.

November 17th Bottle Release Update

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

2012 Holiday Ale Festival

Holiday Ale Festival toasts the spirits of the season
17th annual event offers one of the nation’s finest gatherings of winter beers

PORTLAND, Ore. – The 17th annual Holiday Ale Festival will take place Nov. 28 through Dec. 2 at Pioneer Courthouse Square, located at 701 SW Sixth Ave. in downtown Portland, on the MAX Light Rail line. The popular event will feature at least four-dozen big, bold ales designed to fend off the cold chill of a long winter night. From Belgians, barleywines and CDAs to winter warmers, porters and stouts, these beers have either been crafted specifically for the event or are hard-to-fine vintages, underscoring the event's reputation as one of finest gathering of winter beers anywhere in the nation.

Event hours are Noon to 10 pm Wednesday, 11 am to 10 pm Thursday through Saturday, and 11 am to 5 pm Sunday. To avoid the lengthy lines that often accompany Northwest beer fests, the recommended days for attendance are Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday. The Holiday Ale Festival is for ages 21 and over.

What makes this festival standout from other similar events is the beer selection: the festival works with every brewery involved to make sure they send a beer that has either been made or blended specifically for the event, or is a rare or vintage beer that isn't commonly tapped in the state.

According to festival manager Preston Weesner, "It's really special to be able to hold this event in such close proximity to so many of the breweries that Oregon is known for. The savvy beer faithful come to the fest to meet up with friends and sample the special offering their favorite brewery has decided to share, then make plans to go visit the breweries after the event is over. It's a great time to be a beer geek and appreciate the amazing craft beer scene."

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 2012 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 $65 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 2012 mug, and is subject to the festival's capacity. Previous year's mugs will not be filled. Advance packages are available online at after Oct. 19.

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.

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.

One of the event highlights is often the beer names themselves: this year, look for Frosty’s Revenge, Blitz’n Prancer, Milk & Cookies, Figgy Pudding and Very Ill Tempered Gnome. The marjority of the beers hail from Oregon, but there are also breweries representing Washington, California, Colorado, Delaware and Montana.

Returning to the event is the ninth annual Sunday Beer Brunch, taking place on Dec. 2 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 cost $65 and are available at

For more information, visit

Stone Brewing Give Away

Like free stuff? Stone Brewing has graciously given us a copy of The Craft of Stone Brewing Co.: Liquid Lore, Epic Recipes, and Unabashed Arrogance to give away to one lucky reader.

The rules are simple. Just comment on this post mentioning your favorite fall seasonal beer for a chance to win!

Contest is open to anyone, and will run through October 21, 2012 11:59 PST.  We even double checked @mmcooljam's work to make sure the dates were correct this time. GOOD LUCK!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Introducing The Migrator Series

3 Months, 3 Beers, One Classification…BIG BEERS

The Migrator Series: New beers. Unique ingredients. Off the wall yeasts.
Experimentation. Single batch. Collaborations. No limits. Release parties. Music.

We are a craft brewery on a mission for great beer.

Big Beer #1: The 1st of three Big Beers for our Migrator Series: The Scottish Tartan is cedar in color with a rich and plump mouth feel followed by delicate notes of sweet toasted smoked grains. Utilizing high mash temps and cool fermentation of premium European malts, we bring you this unique single batch big beer.

This lovely fall seasonal will be released Saturday September 13th @4pm. We will be offering $10 pitchers from 4-6pm so grab a friend and stop by to embrace the season’s change and enjoy this Scotch Ale even a Scotsman would be proud of.

The Migrators To Come:

Big Beer #2: Feel the Rath
When: Nov. 17th
Style: A Belgian Trappist infused with Blood Orange and Ginger

Big Beer #3: Frankie Clause
When: December 15th
Style: Imperial Belgian Chocolate Stout

Early Black Widow Release

Friend of #pdxbeergeeks and a brewer for McMenamins Thompson's location for 15 years, Jen Kent will be doing an early release of Black Widow, along with some other great seasonals. She is also to be tapping her first firkin at 5 pm. (Beer to be announced that night) So if you are in the Salem area and looking for something fun to do, stop by and say hello to Jen. Just tell her #pdxbeergeeks sent you.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Pacific Northwest Brew Cup - Guest Post From Jessica Murphy

Today's special guest post is from Jessica Murphy. As mentioned below I had the privilege to meet Jessica and her husband Chris back in July at the Beer Bloggers Conference in Indy.  When I found out they were coming to #PDX, I was more then happy to show them the town. If you want to follow Jessica and her beer adventures in Chicago, check out her blog GirlsLikeBeerToo

On a pristine fall weekend in the storybook town of Astoria, Oregon, the 11th Annual Pacific Northwest Brew Cup was held in a small park overlooking the Columbia River. My hubby and I were visiting the Pacific Northwest from Chicago, and the timing of our trip was based solely on this festival. We met Michael Umphress from #pdxbeergeeks and Brian Bovenizer from Fort George Brewery at the Beer Bloggers Conference in July and, when we mentioned our desire to visit the Portland area, Bovenizer mentioned this festival that occurred the last weekend of September. That seemed like as good a time as any to visit Portland so we planned an epic Pacific Northwest Beercation, commencing with a weekend in Astoria to attend the Brew Cup.


Friday, September 28, 2012

Rare Beer Charity Auction For New Avenues For Youth

Local #pdxbeergeek Jeremy Herrig sits on the Ambassador Board for New Avenues for Youth, a local non-profit whose mission is to empower homeless youth to exit street life.  Together they have organized an incredible event to raise money for a worthy cause. 100% of the proceeds go to New Avenues. So if you or anyone you know would like to donate any bottles or other items for the VIP event, please feel free to contact them directly.  More info on the event website.  

What: Brews for New Avenues
Live and Silent Beer Auction, VIP experience, Music, Food

When: Saturday, October 13, 2012 (2-10p)

Where: The Green Dragon (including the street)

Who: New Avenues for Youth supporters & beer enthusiasts (100 VIP tickets)

Details: $50 cover charge for VIP event: 2-5p, includes specialty beer not available GA event, Steve’s Cheeses, Olympic Provisions, & access to silent auction

$10 cover charge for general public (5-10p) to include glass, one free beer, raffle ticket, live music, & access to live auction

Ben & Jerry’s root beer & beer floats (free for Designated Drivers)
Food carts – Koi Fusion, Potato Champion, Pyro Pizza
Raffle during GA event of beer swag, beer, etc.
Special kegs tapped on the hour throughout GA event

Here are the confirmed beers and auction/raffle items to date (more being added every day):

Kegs (VIP designates exclusively at the VIP event, but this list is subject to change):
  • A TBD keg from The Commons
  • TBD Fresh Hop keg from Deschutes
  • Cascade Honey Ginger Lime (VIP)
  • Cascade Summer Gose (VIP)
  • Double Mountain Killer Green (VIP)
  • Vintage Rogue Old Crustacean (VIP)
  • Bridgeport IPA
Auction/Raffle Items:
  • Full Abyss vertical 2006-2011
  • 1989-1992 first five editions of Bridgeport Old Knucklehead
  • New Glarus package
  • Cigar City package
  • Founders package
  • Russian River T-25
  • Crooked Stave Cellar Reserve Series package
  • Old Crustacean 1997 (from Carl at Belmont Station with more to come)
  • Cantillon package of at least 4-5 different bottles
  • A mixed Founders pack of Kentucky Breakfast Stout and Regular Breakfast Stout
  • A bottle of the first Ale Apothecary release from BeerMongers
  • 3 year vertical of Westvleteren 12 + 1 Westvleteren 8 and one Westvleteren XII glass.
  • $150 gift certificate from BrewcyclePDX
  • 12x22 ounce gift basket + $20 gift certificate to Caps & Corks
  • $50 gift certificate to Bridgetown Beerhouse
  • $25 to Migration Brewing
  • 2 Beer Belly dinner tickets at EastBurn (in November - $80 value)
  • $50 GC to Grain & Gristle
  • 2009 & 2010 Imperial Stout Trooper from New England Brewing Co.
  • 2011 The Bruery Cuir
  • Deschutes: 2 bottles of Black Butte XXII and 2 of Black Butte XXIV
  • Beers of the Apocalypse from Elysian
  • The Commons – T-shirt, bottle of Flemish Kiss, 2 sampler trays (8 beers total), tulip glass
  • The Alchemist – 2, 4 packs of Heady Topper (picked up from the cannery on 9/27)
  • Breakside - 6 Double Citra IPA 750ml bottles

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Recap: Fort George Fresh Hop Tap Takeover at Bridgetown Beerhouse

Special thanks to special guest writer Christopher Baker of fame for taking the time to recap last night festivities at Bridgetown Beerhouse. What a good time!!

Last night Bridgetown Beerhouse hosted another great event. Astoria’s own, Fort George Brewery brought to town (4) varieties of fresh hop beer for us Portlanders to enjoy. On tap were their Co-Hoperative Ale, Fresh Hop Sunrise Oatmeal Pale Ale (OPA), Fresh Hop Vortex IPA, and Hopstoria. Each beer had its own distinct taste. Hopstoria was my pick for the evening, but I must say every beer was pretty frickin’ fantastic. From talking to folks I think this was the general consensus. A big thank you goes out to Fort George for sharing their special brews and their brewer Spencer Gotter with us city folk. Tim Ensign of Powered ByYeast Brand Management deserves just as much gratitude for making these special events happen.

CLICK HERE to read more about Fort George’s (4) Fresh Hop beers.

Tim from Powered By Yeast and Sloth from

Lots of Fort George fans enjoying the fresh hop beer

The man himself, Michael of #pdxbeergeeks and Tim Ensign of Powered By Yeast

Some random cute people

Hardcore Bridgetowner and great guy, Kevin

Fresh Hop Vortex or Hopstoria? Decisions,

Sloth hanging out with a Goonie

The mysterious ‘other’ Baker