Thursday, June 28, 2012

Beer List For 2012 NAOBF

Beer List

Alameda Brewing Co. Yellow Wolves of Thailand Imperial IPA

Ambacht Brewing Barrel Aged Honey Triple Belgian Specialty
Ambacht Brewing Golden Rose Farmhouse Ale Belgian Specialty

Bison Brewing Honey Basil Ale Herbed/ Spiced Beer
Bison Brewing Organic Chocolate Stout Chocolate Stout

Brunehaut Brewery Brunehaut Amber Belgian Amber Gluten Free
Brunehaut Brewery Brunehaut Blonde Belgian Blonde Gluten Free

Captured by Porches Brewing Co Bavarian Hefeweizen Bavarian Hefeweizen
Captured by Porches Brewing Co Invasive Species IPA

Deschutes Brewery Green Lakes Organic Amber 

Eel River Brewing Acai Berry Wheat Fruit Infused American Wheat
Eel River Brewing Organic English IPA

Elliott Bay Brewing Organic Demolition Ale American Strong Pale Ale
Elliott Bay Brewing Organic Olde Burien 600 Malt Liquor Malt Liquor

Finnriver Farm & Cidery Finnriver Dry Hopped Cider Sparkling Cider
Finnriver Farm & Cidery Finnriver Black Currant Cider Sparkling Cider

Fish Brewing Company Fish Tale Organic Blonde Ale Blonde Ale
Fish Brewing Company Fish Tale Organic IPA

Fort George Brewery and Public House South Barrel Aged Fruit Beer
Fort George Brewery and Public House Spruce Budd Ale Spruce Beer

FOTM Brewing Company Shocks of Sheba IPA

Hopworks Urban Brewery Ace of Spades Imperial IPA
Hopworks Urban Brewery Organic Rise-Up Red NW Style Red Ale

Laht Neppur Brewing Co. Strawberry Cream Ale Fruit Beer
Laht Neppur Brewing Co. Peach Hefeweizen Fruit Ale

Laurelwood Brewing Co Organic Deranger Imperial Red Ale Imperial Red Ale
Laurelwood Brewing Co Organic Green Elephant IPA

Logsdon Farmhouse Ales Kili Wit Organic White Beer
Logsdon Farmhouse Ales Seizoen Bretta Saison

Lompoc Brewing Cluster Fuggles IPA

MataVeza Brewing Co Yerba Mate IPA IPA brewed with organic yerba mate

McMenamins Concordia Brewery School's Out Organic IPA
McMenamins Crystal Brewery Organic Liquid Friend Organic Session Ale
McMenamins Oak Hills Brewpub Altered State Alt German Style Altbier
McMenamins Old Church Brewery Dark Night Organic Dunkelweizen Dunkleweiss

Mt. Emily Ale House Heifer-Weizen Wheat Beer
Mt. Emily Ale House Wildfire Red Ale Imperial American Red Ale

Natian Brewery Alphabetically Above Average Organic Amber Ale
Natian Brewery La Luz Organic Summer Ale

Oakshire Brewing Save the Farmhouse Ales Farmhouse Ale

Pike Brewing Company Pike Dry Wit Seasonal White Ale
Pike Brewing Company Pike Naughty Nellie Golden Artisan Ale

Pints Brewing Co. Green Line Organic Summer IPA Summer IPA

Rock Bottom Brewery Dirty Hippy Brown Kölsch

Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing Love Potion Fruit Beer
Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing People's Porter Coffee Porter

Silver Moon Brewing Inc. Hop Fury IPA

Terminal Gravity TG Organic Rye Golden Rye Ale

The Commons Brewery Haver Bier Oat Saison

Two Kilts Brewing Co Calluna Vulgaris Heather Ale
Two Kilts Brewing Co Two Kilts Imperial IPA Imperial IPA

Uinta Brewing Co WYLD Organic Extra Pale Ale
Uinta Brewing Co BABA Organic Black Lager

Ukiah Brewing Pilsner Ukiah Bohemian Pilsner
Ukiah Brewing Navarro Yarrow Herbal Beer

Uncommon Brewers Bacon Brown Ale American Brown Ale
Uncommon Brewers Siamese Twin Ale Belgian-style Dubbel

Upright Brewing Reggae Junkie Gruit Spiced Beer

Vertigo Brewing High Dive Rye American Rye

Wandering Aengus Ciderworks Oaked Dry Traditional Dry Oaked Cider

Widmer Brothers Brewing Co Brother Nature Pale Ale

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

What’s Really in Your Organic Brew?

What’s Really in Your Organic Brew?
By Inna Volynskaya, Presidio Economics, May 6th, 2011

Being a responsible beer geek, you opt for a Berkeley-brewed Bison or one of those super green Oregon breweries to quench your thirst. Or maybe you unknowingly bought something that sounded sustainable like Green Valley’s Organic Stone Mill Pale Ale or Organic Wild Hop Lager. The Green Valley label is actually nothing more than Budweiser maker Anheuser-Busch attempting to get a cut of the craft beer market. Anheuser-Busch is able to offer you an organic product at a lower price but is that due to its vast buying power or is something else at play?

There are two main agricultural ingredients in beer: barley and hops. Until a new law becomes active in 2013, brewers can use conventional hops and still carry an organic label. Why? The USDA believes that organic hops are not abundant enough to meet the demands of the growing organic beer sector. Hops are prone to disease and pests, making it difficult to grow them without harmful pesticides. They are also sensitive to climate, which makes them difficult to grow without fertilizer.

According to Mellie Pullman, Supply Chain Professor at Portland State University, “Even organic hops may be treated with compounds containing sulfur, copper, and other ingredients that pose threats to the health of both humans and the environment.” These challenges keep organic hops in short supply and this helps the price tag stay three times higher than the conventional crop. Meanwhile, conventional crops are heavily subsidized diluting price signals in the market.

If giants like Anheuser-Busch paid the high price of organic hops they could have a real impact on the industry. However, thanks to the USDA’s excuses, they are allowed to sink their dollars into conventional crops and still get a marketing boost from organic labels. The burden then falls on small breweries to make a real commitment to impacting the hop industry.

The 2013 deadline gives organic hop growers ample time to meet demand but now brewers who have been allowed to get away with false labeling will have to start walking the talk. The Organic Farming Research Association has already granted funds to research new methods for growing hops. Adapting methods used for other organic crops like apples have proven effective in cultivating the most widely used varieties of hops.

What can you do to make sure real organic beer has a future? As always, educate yourself. Question and research what your labels say. Engage your fellow beer geeks on sites like Beer Advocate to proliferate the conversation. Check to see which breweries are really using organic hops and encourage your favorite breweries to do so. The organic labeling loopholes don’t only apply to beer. Visit Organic Consumers to make sure the premium you pay for organic is worth your dollars.

Inna Volynskaya is a San Francisco Bay Area-based sustainable beer enthusiast, food supply chain specialist, and 2012 MBA candidate at Presidio Graduate School.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Interview Series : Meet the Geek : Bill Murnighan

Name: Bill Murnighan

Hometown: Laurel Springs, NJ

Favorite Beer: I love that the over-hopped beer trend has been giving way to more obscure French, Belgian, & German styles in recent years. We’ve seen the rise of the Urban Farmhouse brewery with places like Upright, Logsdon, & The Commons delivering with delicious Old World-influenced recipes. I think it’s great that many Oregon brewers are embracing the wild, funky flavors of brettanomyces these days. And even the biggest hop-headed brewers are tinkering around with styles ranging from Rauchbier to Saisions.

Favorite Beer Haunt: Aw man, I’m honestly all over town on my days off. You’d think I wouldn’t want to be in a bar after my workweek but I’m such a tap junky. Bailey’s is my home and I love to knock a few back with my favorite customers when I get the chance.

What was the first craft brew you ever tried? What did you think? Stone Arrogant Bastard. I thought I was “not worthy”.

Do you homebrew? If yes, favorite homebrew to date: No, I’ve made one beer kit brew (red ale) that I was really “meh” about. Luckily, my roommates liked it and drank it all so I didn’t have to.

How’d you hear about the pdxbeergeeks? Michael Umphress would frequent Bailey’s and once handed me the now infamous pdxbeergeeks hashtag sticker.

What does being a beer geek mean to you? A beer geek is some one who immerses oneself in the beer culture. It’s wanting to know the whole process, knowing every ingredient, who brewed it where, when’s the next bottle release, etc. It makes for a solid, supportive community and Portland is one of the best examples.

If you could change one thing about beer culture in the US, what would it be? Sometimes beer style names annoy me. Like here’s a great beer but because it’s called a “yadda-yadda” ale and tastes like a “blah-blah” beer it’s deemed subpar. I like Hair of the Dog’s model where the beers are just named, they write a little sentence under the title describing it’s influence and that’s it. A good beer is a good beer.

What do you love about Portland’s Craft Beer scene? I love the number of breweries, craft bars, & enthusiasts in such close proximity to one another. Portland is synonymous with beer and the average person living here has a dense beer vocabulary and a lot of knowledge to share.

Where can we find you on the web? 

Monday, June 25, 2012

First Anniversary Party

We're turning one!
We can't believe it's been a year already, and we would like to thank each and every one of you. It couldn't be done without you. In celebration of this amazing year, we have teamed up with one of our favorite locations for an epic event. We are proud to announce our first anniversary party will be held on Saturday, July 21st at Eastburn from 4-10pm.

We've also teamed up with some of our favorite breweries for the event. We will have beers available from The Commons, Fort George, Natian, and a special release from Short Snout Brewing. Short Snout is brewing up some of his delicious Blackberry Sage Porter.

A fun filled evening of friends gathering and beer drinking will be had. Several raffle prizes will be available throughout the evening. Tickets will be available for sale at the event. Prices are $2/ticket or $10/10 tickets. Tickets will also be available with specific beverage purchases.

List of some of the raffle prizes -
  • Brewvana Brewery Tours gift certificates
  • Eastburn gift certificate
  • Bridgetown Beerhouse gift certificate
  • Vintage Cocktail Lounge gift certificate
  •  gift certificate
  • Tons of brewery swag!
Lots of fun planned for the evening. Certainly an event not to be missed. Cannot wait to see you all there!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Elysian Brewing's LOSER Pale Ale is ready to rock!

Seattle's Elysian Brewing is here to say, "Corporate beer still sucks!" What better way to prove it, than with our limited release summer seasonal, LOSER Pale Ale. Now in its fourth year of celebrating Sub Pop Records' twentieth anniversary with Loser Pale Ale, Elysian Brewing announces the release of this year's Loser in 12 ounce bottles! Loser is a distinctive NW style pale ale brewed with Sorachi Ace and Crystal hops. It has light tropical flavors, balanced with a crisp malt-hop finish, weighing in at 7% ABV and 50 IBU's. Available in 6 packs, 22oz and Draft. 

Loser's first brewing in 2009 was a collaboration between Elysian and Sub Pop, and was served backstage at the indie label's celebration festival held at Marymoor Park, where such classic Sub Pop acts as Mudhoney, Low and Green River played, along with more modern stalwarts such as Iron and Wine and the Fleet Foxes. Bottled Loser bore the slogan "Corporate Beer Sucks," a reference to the shirt (Corporate Rock Sucks) worn by Kurt Cobain when Nirvana first graced the cover of Rolling Stone. It has come back every year since as a summer seasonal, with later labels reading "Corporate Beer Still Sucks," a nod to the second Nirvana RS cover appearance.

The Loser six-pack carrier, mother case box and tap sticker are generic white with stencil-effect lettering like the crates holding touring bands' equipment. There's no end of cleverness when local alternative institutions like Sub Pop and Elysian get together.

Rock on!!


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Meet the Geeks: Eugene Edition: Jason Carriere

Photo courtesy of Brewpublic
Name: Jason Carriere

Hometown: Rhinelander, WI

Favorite Beer: I have lots of favorites, but we'll go with Blind Pig IPA from Russian River.

Favorite Beer Haunt: In Eugene, The Bier Stein, in PDX, Saraveza

First Craft brew I ever tried and what I thought? I'm going to cheat again here because I actually had two craft beer epiphanies, one in the Midwest, and one in the Pacific Northwest. The truly first craft beer I ever tasted was Summit Brewing's Extra Pale Ale. I was truly amazed at simply how much more flavor, of both malt and hops, was present in this beer compared to the American Lagers that I had been drinking. And then things were taken up another notch when I came to Oregon to meet my future wife's family and was handed a Mirror Pond Pale Ale by my future brother-in-law. It was hopped like the IPAs of the midwest and was so crisp and vibrant, it was almost like it wasn't beer at all, but some new magical beverage handed down from the gods. And I never looked back!

Do you homebrew? Favorite homebrew to date? Yes I've been homebrewing since 2000, and have run a homebrew shop in Eugene for the past ten years (first named Valley Vintner & Brewer, now named Falling Sky Fermentation Supply Shop). I haven't been able to brew much since I started this brewpub project, but on the flip side, we did just make a commercial batch of my favorite homebrew recipe, my Reckless Abandon IPA. It's pretty gratifying to see something that you've been drinking on your home kegerator for years up on a chalkboard at a restaurant! From my extract brewing years, my favorite kit that we sell at the brewshop is the Dank Nugget IPA, a nice tweener beer, not quite a true IPA, but definitely more than a pale ale.

How'd you hear about the pdxbeergeeks? The interwebs of course. Also met Emily at Spring Beer & Wine Fest and CBC.

What does being a beer geek mean to you? Well I am a biologist by training, so being a geek just comes naturally I guess. Being a beer geek means striking up conversations with the people next to me at the bar about what they're drinking and what they think about it. It means participating in homebrew competition judging, tastings, festivals, and other mediums that offer us a chance to preach the good word of craft beer to the masses.

If you could change one thing about beer culture in the US, what would it be? Things seems to be trending in the right directions, but I would hope that more and more people will realize that macro beer is just not good. The trend toward neighborhood brewpubs and beer bars that exists in Portland will hopefully continue to spread to the rest of the nation as well.

What do you love about Portland's Craft Beer scene? The people for sure!! Such a wonderful community of brewers, proprietors, bloggers, and drinkers! Everyone generally knows what they are talking about, but with a pretty minimal amount of pretension. I guess that is what happens when diverse choices in quality beer becomes the norm rather than the exception.

Where can we find you on the web? A few places. We have a website for the homebrew store, Falling Sky Fermentation Supply Shop, at, and one for the brewpub & restaurant at

Most of our news and updates are posted on our Facebook page.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Prints & Pints at Bottles! Bite of Oregon Cooking Contest!

Do you like beer? (Of course you do!) 
Do you like art? (You do, of course you do. Who doesn't like things that look awesome?)
Do you like to cook? (Keep reading.)

The fun folks at Bottles on NE Fremont have curated a new show, running through August 8, called Prints & Pints. Promising to be a spectacular range of artists from Nike designers to professional illustrators, there is sure to be a print to suit everybody's taste. 

Sail the Foamy Seas by BT Livermore

The opening reception is this Thursday, June 14 from 6 - 9 pm. And many of the artists will be in attendance. The great thing about this being a print show is that the art is affordable and accessible. 

Dinosaur Party by Keith Carter

Here are the deets in brief:

Prints & Pints
Where: Bottles (51st & NE Fremont)
What: Opening Reception for Prints & Pints
When: Thursday June 14th 6-9, show runs till August 8th
Details: Beer-inspired art prints from 14 local artists; edition of 10 prints available from each artist; 100% sales back to artists. 
Participating Artists: Mary Kate McDevitt, Michael Buchino, Brent Diskin, Jennifer Parks, Andrew Barksdale, Jack Aguirre, Colin Strandberg, Fred DiMeglio, BT Livermore, Jason Miranda, Steve Hoskins, Keith Carter, Karen B Sawyer, Nathan Tabor

Witches Brew by Jennifer Parks

Do you love to cook? Do you love beer? Check out the upcoming contest at The Bite of Oregon - Think Outside the Pint will ask for entries from community members wherein their favorite recipes are created including beer! Make sure to watch the #pdxbeergeeks Facebook page for more info as it becomes available! 

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Interview Series : Meet the Geek : Matt Wiater

Matt J. Wiater
Name: Matt J. Wiater

Hometown: I've lived in a lot of places, but I consider Flemington, NJ my hometown.

Favorite Beer: My answer changes by the day, and today my answer is Deschutes Brewery's Solace Rose. I tend to be drawn towards beers that are highly experimental, though they don't always end up in my stable of favorites.

Favorite Beer Haunt: As much as I like the social aspects of Portland beer events, I do require a little me time with just a great beer. In those instances, the quiet hours at places like Saraveza, Beermongers, and Bailey's Taproom are essential.

What was the first craft brew you ever tried? When I first moved away from mass-produced American lagers, I ventured over to U.K. breweries like the Samuel Smith Brewery and Orkney Brewery where beer had much more character and tasted less pasteurized: oatmeal stouts, wee heavys, olde ales, etc. These traditional styles were all very new to me and gave me a radically different view of beer.

What did you think? While more expensive, it was easy to understand drinking quality over quantity as these beers were much more complex than what I started drinking. I never looked back.

Do you homebrew? I've homebrewed for the last 10 years. At most, I'll brew four batches each year.

If yes, favorite homebrew to date: Imperial Vanilla Bourbon Porter Batch One. Batch Two was horrifying. Building on Batch One, I added more of everything for Batch Two, and it up tasting like slightly vanilla flavored gasoline. It settled down after about four years, but never reached the successful balance of the first batch.

How’d you hear about the pdxbeergeeks? Through attending the Beer Bloggers Conference in Portland.

What does being a beer geek mean to you? To me, being a beer geek revolves around being educated about beer, brewing, and beer culture. It's important to be an ambassador for your local beer scene and share your knowledge and experience, while respecting other opinions.

If you could change one thing about beer culture in the US, what would it be? Too many snobs are masquerading as beer geeks and turning people off to the culture and the beer looking down on people who may not be as knowledgeable. Everyone's journey through craft beer has a definite beginning, but no real end. Once that journey starts, each step is an important discovery and everyone has a different pace. There's no reason to race towards an imaginary finish line.

What do you love about Portland’s Craft Beer scene? Unlike a lot of other industries, the Portland Craft Beer Scene has a great camaraderie between breweries and brewers. For the most part, even though everyone is competing for market share, there's an undercurrent of support and friendship that helps to define the attitude of the whole Portland beer community. This unity also impacts the quality of the beer as friendly competition tends to be more about making great and interesting beer, rather than focusing on the bottom line every day.

Where can we find you on the web? | Twitter | Facebook | Flickr

Monday, June 11, 2012

Izakaya: Portland: November 16, 2012

Premiere Portland Japanese Culture Festival Revealed

PORTLAND, Ore.— The details regarding Portland’s first Japanese food, spirits and culture festival, to be held on November 16th, 2012 at the Jupiter Hotel, are now available. The event, dubbed Izakaya (, will showcase local and international sake, varieties of beer, and traditional Japanese-inspired cuisine, artists and DJ's; Truly a celebration of Japanese pub culture. 

The name itself is deeply rooted in Japanese custom; An izakaya (pronounced ee-Zah-ka-ya) is a traditional Japanese pub, wherein patrons can while away the night in the company of good friends, good food and plentiful drink. “The izakaya is not just a food experience; it’s a social staple of Japan,” states Izakaya partner and Hellion Gallery Curator Matt Wagner. 

While Portland is commonly known for its microbrews, groundbreaking chefs and Pacific Northwest inspired food events, sake imports have increased significantly in the last few years. As SakeOne President Steve Vuylsteke explains, “Portland is the highest per capita consumer of sake in the entire U.S.  Portlanders love great quality Japanese cuisine – it gives them an excuse to enjoy sake more frequently!” With only a handful of small, restaurant focused sake events in the area and an abundance of related resources, Izakaya: The NW Celebration of Japanese Pub Culture is the perfect opportunity to bring a unique event to Portland.  

Travel Portland Asia Tourism Manager, Jeff Hammerly, said about the upcoming event, “The allure of Japanese pub culture revolves around flavors and atmosphere in equal measure. I think it’s about focused attention paid in the most natural fashion… a genuine affection for the tastiness of food, drink and each other. That’s what this Izakaya evening is going to be. すごく楽しみにしている。”

The Scene Marketing Group, a Portland-based boutique marketing agency and the same creatives behind Indulge @ the Jupiter, are poised to host the event on November 16th, 2012. Event Coordinator Rindi Zavodsky is actively working on a list of vendors and partners and will be accepting inquiries via email to info(at)scenemarketinggroup(dot)com.

Updates and information can be found through the event website at celebrateizakaya(dot)com

Friday, June 8, 2012

10 Barrel Tap Takeover @ APEX

10 Barrel Brewing is taking over several of the taps at APEX.  Several of the brewers (Jimmy Seifrit, Tonya Cornett, Shawn Kelso, Bobby Jackson, and Ben Shirley) will be hanging out at APEX from 4-8pm this Saturday, June 9th and they have brought some special beers over from Bend. It's pretty rare that all 5 of the brewers get a chance to sneak away from the brewery together.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

North American Organic Brewers Festival : June 29 - July 1

North American Organic Brewers Festival to serve up more than 60 organic
beers and cider at the nation's most earth-friendly beer festival
 With a motto to "Drink Organic, Save the Planet, One Beer at a Time," the North American Organic Brewers Festival will host its eighth annual event June 29 through July 1 at Portland's Overlook Park. More than 18,000 beer lovers are expected to gather at the event, billed as the nation's most earth-friendly beer festival.

Designed to raise awareness about organic beer and sustainable living, the NAOBF serves up more than 60 organic beers and cider from 39 different breweries. Styles run the gamut from Belgian Whites to Cascadian Darks, offering something for every palate. There's also live local music, organic food, sustainability-oriented vendors and non-profits, a soda garden with complimentary Crater Lake Root Beer for minors and designated drivers, and a children's area with face painting and activities.  The NAOBF is a family friendly event, and minors are welcome with parents.
"While this is a beer festival, we're also raising awareness about the environment," explained diretor Craig Nicholls. "Events generate a lot of waste, and we're doing our part to minimize that. Last year, we kept nearly 90% of the 2,300 pounds of waste generated from going into the landfill through recycling and composting efforts, and this year we're striving for an even better rate."

The NAOBF is sustainable in a number of ways: festival attendees sample beer from reusable and compostable cornstarch glasses made from domestically grown corn by a zero-waste, solar-powered company. Onsite composting and recycling stations are provided for festival waste and are supervised by recycling czars.  Food vendors are required to use compostable cutlery and plates and employ sustainable practices. Electricity needs are met with a combination of biodiesel and solar generators. Volunteers wear organic cotton and hemp t-shirts, and all event signage is reusable.

Event hours are Noon to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission into the event is free.  The purchase of a $6 reusable, compostable cornstarch glass is required for tasting beer, as are tokens, which sell for $1 apiece.  A full glass of beer or cider costs four tokens and a four-ounce taste costs one token; select beers cost double tokens. Patrons receive a $1 discount toward the tasting glass with a validated MAX ticket, a ticket from the onsite Hopworks bike corral - last year, nearly 2,000 attendees parked their bikes at the festival - or three cans of food for the Oregon Food Bank (limit one discount per person). The NAOBF benefits the Leukemia Lymphoma Society and the Oregon Food Bank.
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 leads 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 habitat.  If the conversation starts with an organic beer, that's even better!   

For more information visit ** Thanks to Chris Crabb for this great update! 

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Portland Beer and Cheese Fest

Portland Beer and Cheese Fest

Sunday June 17th 1-6pm $25 advance

The Commons Brewery
1810 SE 10th AvePortland, OR 97214
Brewery entrance is on SE Stephens between 10th and 11th

Two of the worlds greatest foods come together in the first ever Portland Beer and Cheese Fest as part of the 2nd annual Portland Beer Week. We believe beer offers a superior pairing over wine, is more versatile and provides a bold range of flavors that make it the ideal beverage to pair with cheeses from around the world. Just ask Portland Beer and Cheese Fest co-organizer Steve Jones, current reigning world champion Cheesemonger and owner of the acclaimed Cheese Bar, "Beer is a grain-based beverage; dairy animals have a grainbased diet. The terroir is undeniable. Hands down beer is a better pairing medium then wine."

Rather than simply offer a cheese station at a beer festival, organizer Ezra Johnson-Greenough, also of Portland Beer Week, wanted to challenge peoples perceptions and guide them into pairing choices. Ten different breweries were chosen to highlight one beer and organizers will choose a specific cheese to pair with it. When brainstorming the perfect location for their beer and cheese fest Steve suggested a small up and coming brewery, The Commons as a possible host. It turns out they had found the perfect 3rd partner in owner Mike Wright who blossomed his home brewing hobby to a nano brewery called Beetje operated out of his garage to a full blown urban farmhouse style brewery with 2 employees now known as The Commons. The Commons Brewery resides in the Roofer's Supply building in inner SE Portland and offers a refined but rustic ambiance.

Utilizing the building common area with it's large roll-up doors and the small refined brewery space, The Commons provides just the right amount of space for a small intimate crowd. "We at The Commons Brewery enjoy quality time with friends, and believe that interaction is enhanced with beer and food. With that idea in mind, we are excited to bring Steve Jones, of Cheese Bar, and 10 great breweries together for a beer and cheese pairing," commented owner Mike Wright about the upcoming event. With the 10 selected breweries the fest will showcase a wide variety of beers from lighter sessionble brews to stronger maltier offerings while staying for the most part away from overly hoppy beers:

The Commons Brewery
Upright Brewing
Gigantic Brewing
Hopworks Urban Brewery
Widmer Brothers Brewing
Solera Brewery
Block 15 Brewing
Oakshire Brewing
Firestone Walker Brewing
Double Mountain Brewing

For the low entry fee of $25 attendees are treated to one 3oz sample of each of the 10 beers paired with 1oz of their preselected cheese pairing. Additional tickets for pairings are available for those still hungry for more. If cheese and beer are not enough to fill you up Chop Butchery & Charcuterie will be on site providing FREE snacks. ALL tickets sold in advance at:

About Steve Jones
Steve’s long background in cheese has been driven by his passion to support small producers by sourcing and sharing exceptional artisan products. His cheese adventures include directing the cheese department for Provvista Specialty Foods Inc., one of the nation’s most admired wholesale purveyors of fine cheeses and specialty products; brokering for a group of Oregon artisan cheesemakers; and interning in affinage and marketing with Neal’s Yard Dairy in London. Steve has been active with many local and national cheese organizations. He is a founding member of The Wedge, the biannual Portland cheese festival, and in 2009 was half of the winning team in the American Cheese Society's (ACS) first annual Cheese Mongering competition. Steve has served as a judge for the ACS annual competitions and has volunteered as a panel member and presenter for ACS and other organizations on numerous occasions. In 2011, Steve competed with 40 cheesemongers from around the world to win the 2nd Annual Cheesemonger Invitational in Long Island, New York. Steve has appeared in local and national media outlets, including Portland’s Live Wire radio show and National Public Radio’s The Splendid Table.

About The Commons Brewery
A small craft brewery located in Southeast Portland, Oregon. We are inspired by European brewing tradition and Northwest grown ingredients. We take a very hands-on approach to brewing our small batch beers.
The Commons was born as Beetje Brewery in the garage of Mike Wright on a 1 barrel nano system. It did not take long before Mike was dreaming of expanding the operation and upgrading to a true commercial system. That dream was realized with a new space and a new 7bbl system.
You can find our beers in and around Portland, Oregon and in the tasting room on weekends.

About Portland Beer Week
Founded in 2011 as a celebration of the world's greatest beer city and the most advanced beer culture on earth, Portland Beer Week is dedicated to expanding peoples perception of craft beer. More than a series of festivals organizers hope to teach as well as learn about the many facets of craft beer, from seminars to beer festivals, brewers dinners and blind tastings. This is new, it's different, it's Portland Beer Week.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Interview Series : Meet the Geek : Chad Freitag aka Humble Brewing

Chad Freitag

Name: Chad Freitag

Hometown: I was born and raised in Corning, CA, also known as the “Olive City”. There is some incredible olive oil being produced in the region these days which I can’t get enough of. I encourage you to make a stop for some tastings if you ever travel down I-5 into California. After graduating high school I moved to nearby Chico, CA where I lived for several years and began my informal education of “learning” about beer.

Favorite Beer: I really can’t narrow it down to just one. So many things factor in to what a favorite beer might be for the occasion. The weather, who I’m with, where I’m at, what I’m in the mood for, the time of day, the list goes on and on. I do tend to migrate towards Saison and cloudy IPAs, though I do admit to keeping my taste buds “calibrated” with an occasional can of cheap American lager.

Favorite Beer Haunt: I don’t get out too much but Amnesia Brewing is most definitely a favorite of mine. For me, it’s a place where all is right in the universe. I believe they use the word “Copacetic” to describe this feeling.

What was the first craft brew you ever tried? What did you think? It was likely Sierra Nevada Pale Ale while living in Chico. Tasting Bigfoot for my first time in 1994 was the one that really sticks out in my mind. It was like a whole meal in a bottle; so full of flavor and filling. I tried to drink it like a Keystone Ice or something which turned out to be a terrible idea. I haven’t tried that approach since.

Do you homebrew? If yes, favorite homebrew to date: I guess technically the answer would be NO. All the beer produced by Humble Brewing is sold, though much of the equipment and process have been carried over from homebrewing days.

How’d you hear about the pdxbeergeeks? I first saw mention of #pdxbeergeeks in my Twitter feed. I met Michael in person at our Gonzilla IIPA release party at Plew’s Brews. Since then, Michael has graciously given me ample time to answer his questions.

What does being a beer geek mean to you? Man, this is a tough question because I haven’t really self-identified with the ‘beer geek’ title. I can tell you that I am incredibly passionate about learning and discussing any beer/brewing related topic and tend to align myself with likeminded people when I go out. I seek out and enjoy as many kinds of beer possible in this great city although I’ve never waited in line for a bottle release. Being an engineer-by-day brings out the brewing hardware geek in me for sure. I’m just as likely to geek-out about a piece of shiny stainless steel brewing hardware as I am a multi-year barrel aged, wild yeast fermented, resurrected beer style from thousands of years ago. I guess all that adds up to making me a beer geek, huh?

If you could change one thing about beer culture in the US, what would it be? This doesn’t really answer your question but I’d love to see the craft breweries age gracefully and go on for generations. Sierra Nevada comes to mind with their East Coast expansion and that it’s being grown as a ‘family’ run business. Most craft breweries in the US just haven’t existed long enough to have that opportunity yet.

What do you love about Portland’s Craft Beer scene? The people, without a doubt! The beer isn’t bad either.

Where can we find you on the web?

Friday, June 1, 2012 Presents The Rye Beer Fest Presents The Rye Beer Fest: The Revival Of Rye
A Benefit For We Love Clean Rivers, Inc. June 8 at the Spirit of 77

Portland, Ore. -- Taplister,, a website that helps beer geeks find their favorite beers on tap and discover new ones in Portland and beyond announces the first ever Rye Beer Fest, a fundraiser for the nonprofit organization, We Love Clean Rivers Inc.

The Rye Beer Fest, a celebration of the revival of rye beers, will be held at the Spirit of 77 (500 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Portland, Ore.) during Portland Beer Week. The fest will take place on Friday June 8, from 4-10 p.m. and will feature special one-off rye beers like Hopworks' Fight for your Rye’t to staples such as Upright Six and Oakshire Line Dry Rye. In addition to rye beers, there will be rye whiskeys paired with the rye beers that were curated for the fest. Entry to the event is free. Beers will cost $1 for a 4-ounce sample, $2.50 for a 10-ounce pour of beer and $5 for a 20-ounce pint. The price of the whiskeys is to be determined.

Event highlights include:

4-6 p.m.- Meet The Brewer, some of the breweries who brewed the fine beers for this fest will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. During the meet the brewers Rye cocktails will be available as well.

Starting at 5 p.m. and on every hour We Love Clean Rivers will be doing a raffle drawing. Tickets cost $2 each or $10 for 15. Prizes range from NRS boating swag to Smith Optics sunglasses.

While you are enjoying your drinks, watch extreme kayaking and rafting videos on the big screen.

A percentage of the proceeds of this event will benefit We Love Clean Rivers Inc., a nonprofit that is dedicated to cleaning high-use rivers by mobilizing the river recreation community and partnering with local environmental, recreation, and educational organizations. To keep up with the latest news regarding the Rye Beer Fest check out

Complete Beer List:

Burnside Brewing- Meridian Rye- A new draft-only Spring seasonal, brewed with 45% Roggenmalz (German Rye), coriander and Meridian hops. Slight nuttiness from the rye is balanced with undertones of fresh spice, berries, nuts and tropical fruits flavors created by the heavy additions of Meridian hops and coriander. (ABV 6.06% IBU 21)

Upright Brewing- Six- Six is a rye beer displaying the great spicy notes the grain is known for along with a deep caramel core and delicate bubblegum note rooted in its open fermentation. Despite it's dark color, the beer finishes quite dry and refreshing. (ABV 6.7% 25 IBU)

Firestone Walker Brewing- Wookey Jack- This Black IPA contains rich dark malts and spicy rye careen into bold citrus laden hops creating a new dimension in IPA flavor. (ABV 8.5% 60 IBU)

Oakshire Brewing- Line Dry Rye- This Pale Ale with American hops give a crisp bitterness and slight citrusy flavor. Clean and refreshing, ending with a small note of honey. (ABV 5.3% IBU 35)

Bear Republic Brewing- Ryevalry- This Double IPA is brewed with large quantities of American hops and fermented with a Belgian ale yeast to create a bitter, hoppy, and spicy ale that is sure to delight. (ABV 8.2% 70 IBU)

Pints Brewing- Red Brick Rye- American Pale Ale with Crystal and Glacier hops which provide a fruity hop presence while the rye malt and Nugget hops balance the earthy malt base. (ABV 5.2%)

Calpooia Brewing- Rock Hard Rye - Rye malt and a hefty amount of 100% Zeus hops contribute a uniquely fresh and surprisingly smooth hoppy quality to this beer. (ABV 6.5% IBU: 60)

Two Kilts Brewing- Red "Rye" der - (ABV 5.6% IBU 45)

Laurelwood Brewing- Wry Pale Ale - A Pale Ale with a hint of rye that was brought back from retirement for this fest. (ABV 5.6% IBU 40)

Breakside Brewery- Breakside Kellerbier – Breakside’s interpretation of a Franconian ‘cellar beer’ includes a portion of chocolate rye malt that gives the beer special complexity and flavor. This unfiltered, brown ale was lagered for over a month to develop its smooth, rich flavor. (ABV 5.1% IBU 35)

Fort George Brewery- Quiet Rye-it- Pale Ale - A hoppy pale ale with Zythos hops that produces a citrus and pine taste. (ABV 6.1% IBU 72.4)

Worthy Brewing/Good Life Brewing- Good and Worthy- Belgian Rye Ale, brewed for this fest as a hoppy session ale and bringing together Good Life and yet to be opened Worthy Brewing. (ABV 4.3%)

Short Snout Brewing- Rye-teous Dude- Rye Stout with chocolate rye. (ABV 6% IBU 35)

The Commons Brewery- Enkel Belgian Pale Ale (ABV 5.5% IBU 20)

Occidental Brewing- Roggenbier- An old world style beer with hints of spice. (ABV 5% IBU 22)

Hopworks Urban Brewery- Fight for your Rye’t- A session-able rye and chocolate malt mild beer. (3.5% ABV, 20 IBU)

Migration Brewing/Lompoc Brewing- A` wry Wit- Refreshing wit beer with hints of coriander and grapefruit. (5.9% ABV 28 IBU)