Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Interview Series : Meet the Geeks : Baker From Alebriated Distribution

Name: Christopher "Bake" Baker of Alebriated Distribution

Hometown: Wilmington, North Carolina

Favorite Beer:
2012- Pale Death - Double Mountain - Hood River, Oregon
2013- India Pale Ale - Odell Brewing - Fort Collins, Colorado

Favorite Beer Haunt: Well, I frequent a lot of beer establishments and it changes from time to time but I would say that my current comfort zones would be Bridgetown Beerhouse and Sasquatch Brewery.

What was the first craft brew you ever tried? What did you think? Barring St. Ides Special Brew (ha ha ha), I would have to say Rogue Dead Guy was the first craft brew I ever tried and at that time I would have to say it didn’t sway me one way or another. The first craft beer I tried that made an impression was a Milk Stout from Duck Rabbit Brewing out of Farmville, North Carolina.

Do you homebrew? If yes, favorite homebrew to date: I have never brewed a batch on my own but have helped on a few occasions. I hope to partake in such activities in the future once time allows.

How’d you hear about the pdxbeergeeks? I would have to say my first acknowledgements of pdxbeergeeks would be from running into Michael Umphress on a regular basis at events or favorite watering holes.

What does being a beer geek mean to you? Being a beer geek in my eyes simply means having an appreciation for the craft and culture.

If you could change one thing about beer culture in the US, what would it be? The one thing I would change in the beer culture is my current focus, bridging the gap in state to state distribution.

What do you love about Portland’s Craft Beer scene? There are two things that I really love about the craft beer scene in Portland. The first is that there seems to be no limits regarding creativity or demand. The other being the sense of community in the thought that what is good for one is good for all. (for the most part)

Where can we find you on the web? You can currently find me on Facebook under Alebriated Distribution LLC and in the near future at AlebriatedDistribution.com. Products are available and will continue to show up at favorite beer stations around Portland and eventually throughout Oregon. Current brands are Wingman Brewers out of Tacoma, WA and Crooked Fence Brewing out of Boise, ID (after this weekend). More to come, stay tuned....

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Have Yourself a Beer-y Christmas!

Beer-y Christmas Advent Calendar
Last week we were contacted to help promote an incredible idea, a fully customized beer advent calendar!  The idea is still in prototype mode, but we're looking forward to seeing it next holiday season, and know a few people who would love to receive this as a gift. 

Seattleite Reinvents Advent Calendar With Beer, Lumberjacks and Northwest Legend

Seattle, November 15, 2013: Three years ago, West Seattle resident Heather Arment had a dilemma. What was the perfect Christmas gift? That little question sent her on a year long journey that transformed into Beer-y Christmas™, a beer advent calendar for adults.

“The gift of booze is always a win with adults” explains Arment. “But while booze is an easy gift, I also wanted it to be a memorable gift. I wanted to be able to give my adult friends something that brought back the holiday magic they felt when they were kids.”The traditional advent calendar was the inspiration behind Arment’s solution, providing recipients with a daily, frothy surprise as they count down the holidays. Beer-y Christmas™ is a 12-pack partitioned cardboard case that, once sealed shut, can only be opened through 12 perforated doors. “This way, there’s no peeking!” says Arment with a laugh.

Alcohol must be purchased separately, which Arment explains will allow the person giving the gift to customize the 12 day calendar with beer they know the recipient will love. Because she wants Beer-y Christmas™ to be about that childlike anticipation of the holiday experience, Arment didn't want to be the face behind Beer-y Christmas™.

“Christmas is full of stories and believing in miracles,” she says. “So I wanted to create a little story and miracle for Beer-y Christmas™.”

So she created a legend. A legend that, Arment explains, involves a northwest logger saved by a lager... or more precisely, 12 of them, rationed out till Christmas day. “I’m sure a lot of people can relate in some way to the legend,” Arment says with a smile on her face, “I know that during the holiday season I've been saved by a drink or two as well!”

To find out how you can purchase your Beer-y Christmas™ advent calendar, contact Quirky.com at questions@quirky.com

More photos, and the direct link to Quirky can be found here

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

McMenamins Launches Passport

When we first heard rumors of this happening over a year ago we were very excited! We have tackled most of the locations in The Kingdom, but are looking forward to seeing them all once again.  Details below...

Portland, Ore. – Nov. 5, 2013 – With more locations than there are European countries, McMenamins’ family of pubs, breweries and historic hotels today introduced its own Passport, a rewards program to say thanks to its loyal fans.

“We kept hearing from our regulars who were making their own McMenamins’ bucket lists, diligently checking off all there is to see at our pubs and hotels,” said Renee Rank-Ignacio, director of marketing. “We thought: why not formalize it and give back to everyone for all the love that’s been shared for McMenamins throughout our 30-year history.”

Visitors to its popular neighborhood joints and destinations throughout the Pacific Northwest – 57 locations in Oregon and Washington – can earn up to $200 in perks and prizes (not counting Grand Prizes), from free tots and burgers to exclusive merchandise and gift cards. Available for $20 at every McMenamins starting Nov. 5, 2013, the Passport rewards frequent visitors (self-declared “cosmic tripsters”), and encourages people to explore beyond their usual locales.

Once the Passport is fully stamped, it can be redeemed for all of the following Grand Prizes:
· Three nights stays at three of our hotels.
· A pair of concert tickets for the Crystal Ballroom or Edgefield Concerts on the Lawn.
· Drinks at happy hour prices Sunday-Thursday for the first year after completing the passport.
· An honored guest key chain, which permits entrance into new properties before they’re open, tours with the McMenamins, wine bottlings and tastings, advances on product releases from the distillery, and more.

No purchase is necessary to receive stamps, with a few exceptions noted in the Passport, and there is no time limit or expiration date to complete the Passport. Bonus prizes will be announced along the way through Facebook and the e-newsletter. Just in time for the holidays, a McMenamins Passport Gift Pack that includes the Passport and a $20 gift certificate will be available at all locations for only $35 ($40 value) between Nov. 5, 2013, and Jan. 1, 2014.

About McMenamins
Founded in 1983 by brothers Mike and Brian McMenamin with a pub in Portland, Ore., McMenamins now includes 57 neighborhood pubs and breweries and historic properties and movie theaters throughout Oregon and Washington that all offer a casual, relaxed atmosphere where children are always welcome and regulars are common. Still independently, family-owned, McMenamins is the fourth-largest producer of microbrewed beer in a region famous for the craft, and also distills spirits, roasts coffee, turns grapes to wine and ferments cider. The company is appreciated for its concert venues and love for art and historic buildings, with several of its properties on the National Historic Register. For more information visit www.mcmenamins.com.