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 clichĂ© 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 (www.ninkasibrewing.com) 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 www.ninkasibrewing.com. 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...

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Interview Series : Meet the Geeks : Backdraught

We receive several unsolicited emails here at #pdxbeergeeks HQ, all are read, most deleted. This one certainly caught our eye. Beer? Classic trucks? Food? Three of our favorite things! Thanks for stopping by the blog to meet Backdraught!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Lompoc Brewing 9th Annual Chowder Challenge

It's that time of year for the 9th Annual Lompoc Chowder Challenge. Please join us Saturday from 12-4, February 21st to help raise funds for Portland’s Community Transitional School,  Twelve chowders will enter, but only one will reign supreme. This will also be our fifth year of volunteering for the event, we recommend you show up early! The chowder rarely lasts until 4pm. Details below...

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

New Dates For The Oregon Garden Brewfest

Oregon Garden offers perfect Father’s Day Gift, changes date of 11th annual Oregon Garden
Brewfest to Father’s Day weekend

Tickets are on sale now for the Northwest’s most scenic beer festival

SILVERTON, Ore. — The Oregon Garden has announced a new date for its popular Oregon Garden Brewfest, presented by Growl Movement. The 11th annual event, traditionally held in the spring, will take place June 19 through 21 this year, coinciding with Father’s Day. The popular Willamette Valley festival will feature 130 handcrafted beers, ciders and mead from more than 65 different breweries from across the nation. Event hours are Noon to 11 pm Friday & Saturday, and Noon to 5 pm Sunday. 

“We have moved Brewfest to June in hopes of better weather and to more fully showcase the beauty of the Garden,” said Brittney Hatteberg, regional marketing manager for The Oregon Garden. “We encourage guests to grab a beer and take it with them as they explore our 80-acres, and by mid-June the Garden will look spectacular.” 

Located in the historic town of Silverton, just an hour’s drive from the Portland metropolitan area, the Oregon Garden Brewfest also features live music from a dozen regional bands on two stages, local food, and a Brewer’s Tasting Dinner. The Oregon Garden Brewfest is for ages 21 and over on Friday and Saturday; minors are welcome all hours on Sunday. 

Admission ranges from $15 to $50, but all admission packages include a souvenir tasting glass and a number of tasting tickets; see ticket pricing and purchase in advance at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/oregon-garden-brewfest-2015-tickets-13448706443

A full glass of beer costs four tickets, and a taster costs one ticket. Additional tasting tickets may be purchased for $1 apiece. Designated drivers pay a cover charge of $5 and receive a bottle of water. Parking at The Oregon Garden is $5 per car; free shuttles are available from various locations in Silverton. 

The fourth annual Oregon Garden Brewer’s Tasting Dinner will take place on the eve of the festival, June 18 at 7 pm. This six-course dinner, which features small plates paired with local beers from six area breweries, is attended by participating brewers, industry insiders and a few lucky beer aficionados; a limited number of tickets will be made available to the public this spring. 

The ideal way to enjoy the Brewfest is to book a room at The Oregon Garden Resort, a Moonstone Hotel Property located just steps away from the festival. Brewfest Packages starts at $239 and include accommodations, two 3-day admission passes to Brewfest (each pass includes a tasting glass and five tasting tickets), a food voucher for the Oregon Garden Resort’s food booth, a continental buffet breakfast and admission to The Oregon Garden. Packages can be booked here or by calling 503-874-2500. 

The Oregon Garden Brewfest is presented by Growl Movement and sponsored by Venti’s CafĂ©, Wave Broadband, Pepsi and The Oregonian/Oregon Live. For more information about the event, visit www.oregongarden.org/events/brewfest/.