Blog Category: Press Releases

Double Mountain Brewery: 6th Anniversary Party

February 25, 2013
From Double Mountain Brewery: It’s that time of year again when we toss up the big tent, fill the taps with all we’ve got and throw a shindig to thank all our friends for another great year. The Double Mountain Anniversary Party has become a Northwest institution, and this year’s 6 th Anniversary gig will carry the fun even higher. The all-day party will culminate with the awesome musical stylings of Hell’s Belles, the all-... Read More »

October on the Brewvana Bus

October 9, 2012
October, as every month in Portland, is full of beer. You're gonna drink it, but sometimes you want something different. When the words "CLOSED TOE SHOES REQUIRED ON THIS TOUR" appear on the tour description, you know you're going to get a great look at the inner workings of a brewery. On Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, you can relax and let the Brewvana team cart you around from beer to beer. They'll do almost everything... Read More »

2012 Occidental Brewing Oktoberfest

Nestled way up by the St. John's Bridge, Occidental Brewing Company is quietly pumping out some great beers. Occidental's focus is on "continental" beers. Rather than the big, bold, boozy American styles, they are focusing on traditional German style beers like Bavarian-style Hefeweizen, Kölsch, Altbier, and Dunkel. Of course "continental" also includes Belgian styles, so keep an eye out for their Voorjaar Tripel. No matter the style, Occidental promotes the subtler malt and hop flavors... Read More »

Brewvana Connoisseur Tour with Jason McAdam from Burnside Brewing

September 8, 2012
A new Brewvana Connoisseur Tour was just announced, and this one looks great: Breweries, pubs, beer, and whiskey! $85 will get you a seat on the bus, lunch, and beverages along the way. Plus, you get to hang out with one of Portland's beer personalities: Burnside Brewing's Jason McAdam. Check out the official press release below: BREWVANA Brewery Tours is hosting a Connoisseur Tour for local craft beer enthusiasts.  The tour features Jason McAdam, head brewer... Read More »

Figaro Live Pours Tonight at the Barrel House, Lands in Bottles Next Week

The highly touted Figaro is finally here. From the description, it sounds great—and you already know what cascade does with complex barrel aged beers. In fact, Cascade Brewing beers are taking up 8 of the top 20 spots on our Top 20 beer list, as voted by you! It's been a long wait, but Figaro is tapping tonight at 6pm at the weekly Tap It Tuesday event at the Barrel House. Bottles will be available... Read More »

Logsdon Organic Farmhouse Ales Wins “People’s Choice” Vote at Cheers to Belgian Beers

People have been asking about the "People's Choice" winner at this year's Cheers to Belgian Beers festival. For the second consecutive year, Logsdon Organic Farmhouse Ales takes the win. Congrats Logsdon! Here's the official press release: PORTLAND, Ore. (April 24, 2012) More than 1,600 beer fans attended the 2012 Portland's Cheers to Belgian Beers festival at Metalcraft Fabrication on Saturday, April 21. More than 679 ballots were cast, and fans selected Logsdon Organic Farmhouse Ales'... Read More »

The 2012 Oregon Garden Brewfest

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Introduction to Homebrewing with BREWVANA

March 10, 2012
Brewvana Brewery Tours announces a new tour with a homebrew twist: The Intro to Homebrewing Tour. You'll find more info about Brewvana in an upcoming article covering our recent ride with Ashley and Brewvana. From the official press release: It’s clear that Portland residents love drinking craft beer! Given that, what’s the next logical step? Learning how to brew, of course! BREWVANA Brewery Tours is hosting an Intro to Homebrewing Tour for beer lovers interested in learning... Read More »

Full Sail Brewing Company Celebrates its Employee Owners with a New Brewer’s Share Beer

March 10, 2012
Hood River, Or –  In 2008 Full Sail Brewing created their small batch Brewer’s Share series as an opportunity for each of their individual brewers to express their creations to be shared on tap exclusively in their pub. Since their crew came up with so many great beers, they decided to share a selection of them with beer lovers everywhere. The second beer in the series is "Phil’s Existential Alt," developed by Brewer Phil Roche, and will be released... Read More »

Mike Branes Leads Brewvana’s Connoisseur Tour

February 8, 2012
Brewvana's got a great tour this Sunday with 11 seats left. Check out the details in the official press release: BREWVANA Brewery Tours is hosting a Connoisseur Tour for local craft beer enthusiasts. The tour features Mike Branes, Migration Brewery’s head brewer, who will be leading the tour to two breweries, a public house and an English- style pub. Taking place this Sunday, February 12th from 1-5pm, the tour is $69/ person and is all... Read More »

Full Sail Brewing Releases Dan's Satin Stout

A new stout from Full Sail Brewing is on the horizon. "Spicy", "floral", "wildflower honey", "nitrogen conditioning" and a fairly sessionable 5.2% ABV? I'm game! Plus, as with all of the Brewer's Share releases, part of the proceed's go to a charity, this time Hospice of the Gorge. Looks like a formula for success. Check out the details from the official press release below: Hood River, Oregon – This month Full Sail Brewing will release a... Read More »

Valentine’s Day Beer Love Tour from Brewvana

January 24, 2012
Tired of seeing heart shaped boxes full of chocolate? Sick of sales on roses? Or maybe you just need a good excuse to drink great Portland beer on a Tuesday. Brewvana Portland Brewery Tours feels the same way! They've created a great package which includes beer, dinner (and more beer), and a movie (and more beer)! Check out the details from the official press release: BREWVANA Portland Brewery Tours is hosting a Valentine's Day BEER... Read More »

Scottish Week at Cascade Brewing Barrel House

The Cascade Brewing Barrel House has announced Scottish Week!  From Scottish twists on favorite beer styles, to new food offerings for the week, the Barrel House is serving up some delicious treats for Portlanders. Check out the details below. I've got my eye on that soured McShagger for tomorrow night's Tap It Tuesday! From the official press release: Mo chairdean choir (my dear friends), it's Scottish Beer Week at the Barrel House, and as a toast to... Read More »

Beer Photography on Display at Burnside Brewing this Month

January 4, 2012
The Art of Beer Opening Night: Friday, Jan. 6th, 6pm Show runs through the month of January at Burnside Brewing 701 E. Burnside Portland, OR 97214 Beginning on Friday January 6th, my beer photography will be on display and for sale at Burnside Brewing for the month of January. I'll be at the brewery to talk beer, photography, or anything else from 6pm-8pm, so come out and have a beer! I've been covering the Portland... Read More »

Christmakuh at The Hop and Vine

December 12, 2011
Great beer and a great cause: this Thursday night, 5p-8p at the Hop & Vine.  Check out the official press release: Celebrate the Holidays and *Christmakuh with Sierra Nevada and The Hop & Vine this December 15th with a unique opportunity to taste a vast array of unique beers to benefit a good cause. The Hop & Vine and Sierra Nevada representatives will have 8 special limited beers on draft and a free Ovila chalice... Read More »

Brewing Up Cocktails Returns: Winter Holiday Special Edition

December 7, 2011
Well, the cold weather has not only brought some big beers back to life, but the team behind Brewing up Cocktails is back with a Holiday edition of their beer concoctions. Using a craft beer as a mixer is sacrilegious you say? Before you start wagging your finger, remember: people used to think the world was flat. And now, hundreds of years later, only half still believe that. But those that knew the truth were rewarded with trips... Read More »

Lompoc Holiday Beer Extravaganza!

Tuesday November 29th 4pm-10pm Lompoc Sidebar Just a reminder about tomorrow night at the Lompoc Sidebar: Nine holiday beers released! From 4pm-10pm, you can check out this year's seasonal releases from the brewers at Lompoc Brewing. We talked about the releases in our previous article here, so we're just passing along the official press release for tomorrow night's big event. Don't let the looming Holiday Ale Festival scare you from going out on a Tuesday... Read More »

Burnside Brewing Jamaican-style Brewers Dinner with Simpatica

October 27, 2011
Burnside Brewing joins forces with Simpatica Catering and Laurelhurst Market executive chef David Kriefels to concoct a one of a kind four course Jamaican inspired beer pairing dinner at their dining hall on SE Ash. Burnside Brewing not even one year old is continuously pushing the boundaries of traditional American and German-style beer while always keeping in mind how beer plays off of food. This dinner at acclaimed restaurant Simpatica is a great chance to experiment with different styles of... Read More »

Oakshire Brewing to Release Hellshire II, Imperial Stout aged in Bourbon Barrels

Oakshire Brewing Company Hellshire II Release Party November 12th, 12-4pm Feel free to file this post under "Not Soon Enough."  Brewmaster Matt Van Wyk at Oakshire Brewing has announced the second beer in their Hellshire reserve series beers. Last May, Oakshire debuted Hellshire I, an amazing bourbon barrel aged barleywine.  With that release, we saw about 1, maybe 2 cases of this beer hit each of your favorite Portland beer retailers.  It.  Was. Scarce. Hellshire II,... Read More »

Brewpublic Presents Killer Beer Week!

October 14, 2011
Brewpublic's annual Killer Beer Week is back, and it kicks off in just two days!  Jeck out the awesome events coming up next week in the official press release: It’s official, KillerBeerWeek is back and this time Brewpublic has gone bigger than ever before. Starting on Sunday October 16 and lasting until Sunday October 23, KillerBeerWeek aims to deliver some of the best and most interesting beers the region has to offer at some of the best pubs in... Read More »

Tonight's Tap It Tuesday at Cascade Brewing Barrel House

Just in from Cascade Brewing (kicking off in about an hour so I'm just passing this straight through from the official press release): Tonight's Tap It Tuesday at 6 pm is "LIVE: Elderberry II." This live barrel of NW-style sour red ale was initially aged for 14 months in French oak wine barrels, then additionally aged on elderberries for five months. Sharp dark port, raisins, black currants and hints of red peppercorns greet you in the nose.... Read More »

The 2011 Tacoma Film Festival

October 4, 2011
For those reading from Washington, be sure to check out the 2011 Tacoma Film Festival. Hell, as long as you don't miss my opening night at Gigantic Gallery, head up there from Portland as well! We already know you have great beer up there, so take the time to mix in some film culture and check out the Tacoma Film Festival. Don't take my word for it, head over to the site and check out... Read More »

Lolatoberfest Release Party at the Lucky Lab

Tomorrow night, LOLA (Ladies of Lagers and Ales)  will be releasing it's latest creation at the Lucky Lab Quimby Beer Hall.  Coinciding with the LOLA release, the Lab will also be releasing two fresh hop beers!  Check uot the details below in the official press release: Lolatoberfest Release Party Tuesday, Oct. 4th, 4pm The Lucky Labrador 1945 NW Quimby Street LOLA will be celebrating the release of Lolatoberfest at the Lucky Lab Beer Hall (1945 NW Quimby) on Tuesday October 4th, 2011 starting... Read More »

Monster Mash Release Party at the Sidebar

Lompoc Sidebar Friday, Sept. 30th 4pm-11pm 3901A N Williams Ave Portland, Oregon This Friday at the New Old Lompoc Sidebar, plenty of amazing beers will be pouring. Of course, the headliner is Monster Mash Imperial Porter which will be pouring on draft and available in bottles. Weighing in a 8.1% ABV, the beer is not one of those boozy, overpowering imperial style beers. Instead, the focus of this beer is the balance of all of... Read More »

Of Pints and Men, a Beer Art Show at Gigantic Gallery!

Photography by Matt Wiater Paintings by Ian Seniff Cheers Deschutes! I am very excited to announce that two of us from are being featured in the show "Of Pints and Men" at Gigantic Gallery.  Ian Seniff and I are taking part in this month's exhibit, which includes photography, paintings and illustrations all about beer. I will be showing photography from several breweries: Amnesia Brewing, BridgePort Brewing, Deschutes Brewery, Full Sail Brewing, Hair of the... Read More »

Fire & Brimstone: Official List of Smoke & Chili Beers

September 20, 2011
Looks like a spectacular event going on at the The Hop & Vine this weekend: All smoke and chili beers!  This event is a great way to see how different, mostly local, breweries create their unique versions of these styles.  From the official press release: Where there is smoke there is fire and The Hop & Vine is boiling with anticipation to be bringing them to the first annual Fire & Brimstone: A celebration of smoke & chili beers.... Read More »


BiKETOBERFEST returns this Saturday, September 17th for everything bicycles and beer: group rides, stunt shows, huffy toss, breakdancers, bands, and vendors! Last year's event was a full day in the sun full of great music, flying bikes, and 15 organic beers from Hopworks Urban Brewery. This year should be the same, with the weather promising more sunshine and a perfect high of 70°! See the official press release below.   Portland, OR—BiKETOBEERFEST, the world's only... Read More »

Fermented Photo: 2011 Jubelale from Deschutes Brewery

September 9, 2011
Details about this year's Jubelale are starting to leaking out, even thought the beer won't hit the shelves until October.  Jubelale rears it's beautiful head around Oregon in many shapes and sizes around Oregon throughout the year.  A few weeks back, Tonip Lebuj (Jubelale aged in Pinot Barrels) was on tap at the Portland Pub.  Two weeks ago, bottles of Jubel 2010 (the Once in a Decade Reserve Series version)  mysteriously reappeared in Portland. Vintages of this... Read More »

7th Annual Widmer Oktoberfest

It's back again for another year: the Widmer Oktoberfest! Games, beer, food, beer, music, beer, great big souvenir glass stein, and last but not least, beer!  Last year's was a lot of fun, check out the details below for this year's lineup (or see the photos from last year's party).  From the official press release: PORTLAND, Ore. – Sept. 2, 2011 – Widmer Brothers Brewing’s Oktoberfest returns for a seventh year celebrating Munich-style ales and German... Read More »

2011 Lucky Labrador Hop Harvest

The annual Lucky Lab Hop Harvest celebration is happening on Tuesday August 30th. This year it seemed like the hops would never take off, but finally in August a few hot days allowed the hop growers to finally get their babies into usable cones. Hop Harvest celebrates the people who grow hops in their yard or on their farm for the pure joy of growing. Harvest your hops, regardless of what type and bring them... Read More »

Organic Beer and Bacon Pairing Presented by Bison Brewing

August 17, 2011
Grain and Gristle Tavern 1473 NE Prescott Portland, Oregon 97211 503-298-5007 Sunday, August 21st, 2-5pm $21 for 7 3oz organic beers and 7 bacon samples Another great event for PDX Beer Week has been announced. What is better than a delicious organic beer and bacon pairing for brunch this Sunday? I can't come up with an answer, can you? Check out the press release below. When asked to put together an event for PDX Beer... Read More »

Mighty Mites - A Session Beer Festival

Presented by: Beervana and Coalition Brewing Saturday, August 27, noon until the beer runs out Coalition Brewing Patio (Behind the pub at the Grilled Cheese Grill) 2724 SE Ankeny Street Higher gravity beers are the norm out here. In fact, for the 450+ beers we track made right here in Portland, the mean ABV is 6.58%. Jeff Alworth, writer of PDX's esteemed Beervana blog, brings us the Mighty Mites Festival at Coalition Brewing, an event... Read More »

BBQ Competition and IPA Challenge Fundraiser at Blitz Ladd

August 15, 2011
BBQ Competition and IPA Challenge Blitz Ladd Sports Pub 2239 SE 11th Ave. Portland, OR 97214 (503) 236-3592 Saturday August 20 and Sunday 21, 2011 11am-10pm both days Blitz Ladd’s third annual BBQ Competition and IPA Challenge takes place August 20 and 21 and benefits the Bald Faced Truth Foundation. Portland, Ore – As summer has hit its stride it’s time to head outdoors and enjoy some of the best flavors the region has to offer. The... Read More »

Oakshire Tap Takeover and Meet the Brewer at Bottles in PDX

Tonight at 5p at Bottles, meet Oakshire Brewing's Matt Van Wyk and taste 8 great Oakshire beers on tap! Read More »

Portland Beer Week Celebrates the World’s Most Vibrant Beer Community

August 9, 2011
Official announcements have been made, with more on the way.  On the heels of Oregon Craft Beer month, comes PDX Beer Week, another celebration of beer in Portland.  Rather than a centralized festival, events will be hosted at Portland's best beer venues, neighborhoods, taprooms, and breweries.   Some of the official events are announced below, with more on the way.  The complete list of more than 24 events (and more still being added) can be... Read More »

Block 15 La Ferme de la Ville Provision Portland Release Party

Sometimes an event announcement comes out and I want to keep it all to myself.  It literally hurts me to post it.  The fact is, the more of you that show up, the less beer I get.  It's simple math. This Friday at Beermongers is no exception.  Nick Arzner from Block 15 Brewing in Corvallis is coming up to Portland with several cases of his latest bottle creation: La Ferme de la Ville.  Last year, I... Read More »

Beer Writer Brian Yaeger And His Wife "Half Pint" Launch Inn Beervana B&B: Bed & Beer

August 4, 2011
The most popular question I get asked at this site is "I'm coming to Portland, where should I stay?"  I can always recommend areas of town near to beer, but I can't really recommend hotels any better than Yelp since I get the luxury of staying in my own house when in Portland.  I can't in good conscience recommend places I haven't stayed.  Well, until now. Brian Yaeger (beer writer, beer traveler, beer drinker) and his wife have... Read More »

Celebrate Oregon Craft Beer Month’s Most Drinkable Brews at Blitz Summer Session

July 29, 2011
Blitz Ladd Sports Bar Back Lot 2239 SE 11th Ave. Portland, OR 97214. 503-236-3592 Summer is the perfect season to session. Warmer, longer days pair perfectly with lighter “session” beers.  Many people, from the novice beer ponger to the uber beer geek, can appreciate great beer and are now discerning between lighter craft session beers and macro beer. While many of these fine brews are light in color and lower in alcohol, they represent a... Read More »

Groupon Portland Partners with Glen Hay Falconer Foundation During Portland Beer Day

On July 28th, in celebration of my birthday, Groupon will be focused on the best beer deals in Portland.  Thanks Groupon, what a nice present.  UPDATE: I was just informed by Groupon that this event is happening tomorrow because of the kick-off of the Oregon Brewer's Festival and while my birthday is "super-awesome", it apparently has nothing to do with these offers tomorrow. Whatevs. Portland, OR (July 22, 2011) -- Groupon (, a shopping website that... Read More »

Cascade Brewing Barrel House Special Beer Releases

Not that you need a reason, or in this case several, to go to the Cascade Brewing Barrel House, but below you'll find several convincing incentives to stop by this week. For four days, there will be a special bar opening up on the production side of the facility (from 3pm to 10pm), serving new, rare, and vintage beers. You'll see some never-before-tasted editions along with some old favorites. Just check out the details below... Read More »

Brewpublic Presents Oregon Farmhouse Brewers Night at The BeerMongers

July 21, 2011
Join Upright Brewing, Beetje Brewing, and Logsdon Organic Farmhouse Ales at The BeerMongers on Friday July 22 for a special evening Belgian and French Inspired Beers. Upright Brewing's Alex Ganum and Gerritt Ill will be pouring a special keg of their Alphaphylactic Hop, a piquant, floral, and bold hybrid ale brewed with their house Illganumberg yeast strain and dry-hopped with copious amounts of Apollo hops. Upright's inventive approach to the craft pulls from a wide range of French and Belgian... Read More »

BenFest 2011

July 14, 2011
Join us in honoring the Bens of brewing at the first annual Benfest! Brewpublic and Portland Beer & Music bring you the first annual BenFest to be held at Grain & Gristle on Monday July 25, 2011. It is a celebration of brewers named Ben and their amazing contributions to craft beer. The original inspiration for the event was a photo taken by Angelo De Ieso of Brewpublic at the Cheers to Belgian Beers dart... Read More »

LOLA Presents - A Celebration of Women in Beer

July 13, 2011
Portland, OR - Saturday July 23, 2011 11 AM - 11 PM: The Ladies of Lagers and Ales (LOLA) presents a celebration of Oregon female brewers. All beer on tap at Saraveza the day of the event will have been brewed by female brewers from Deschutes, Oakshire, Bend, Natian, Lucky Lab Brew Pub, Hopworks Urban Brewery and Heater Allen. Expect some special brewed lagers and ales from these ladies. At 7 PM, there will be... Read More »

Saraveza's 2nd Annual IIPA Fest

PORTLAND, ORE. -- SAT & SUN, July 16-17th, 1-10pm: With over 20 rotating IIPAs on draft including fest special brews and a tapping of our staff’s first beer, team Saraveza and Brewpublic present to you our 2nd Annual IIPA Festival! Join us July 16th & 17th for lots of hops, housemade B.B.L.T.s (yes, that’s Bacon Bacon) and live music. Look for your "free jar" tickets the week before the festival. This year's event reveals some... Read More »

Beer and Cigar Pairing Event at the East Burn

July 4, 2011
In collaboration with 33 Beers and 11th Ave. Liquor & Cigars the New School presents a unique pairing event for Oregon Craft Beer Month of Beer & Cigars at East Burn's fine patio. Dave Selden an avid homebrewer, blogger and Creative Director launched a little tasting note booklet called 33 Beers that has become an incredible success and a staple for many beer geeks to keep on hand. Off the success of 33 Beers Dave has launched... Read More »

Portland Fruit Beer Fest: Rare Beer Taplist Announced

Saturday June 11th 11am-9pm Sunday June 12th 11am-6pm Portland Fruit Beer Festival Burnside Brewing 7th and East Burnside Portland, OR 97214 Fifteen more beers were announced today for the First Annual Portland Fruit Beer Festival!  These rare beers are an addition to the inaugural list announce a couple of weeks ago.  This festival is shaping up to be a great event.  More news to come: we'll talk about other partnerships and activities at the festival... Read More »

Full Sail Brewing Releases New Brewmaster Reserve Beer: Elevation Imperial IPA

Hood River, Or – Oregon’s Cascade Mountains are named for the multitudes of cascading waters that rush from their glacial peaks. Oregon’s rushing rivers, cascading streams and thundering waterfalls all flow through the deep forests and rolling foothills. It is from these epic elevations that every batch of Full Sail beer sources its water. Full Sail’s new Brewmaster Reserve release, Elevation Imperial IPA, is brewed to celebrate these snow-capped mountains and their bounty of pristine, crystal clear... Read More »

New Beer Brings the Best of Two Regions Together

25 April 2011 - Bend, Oregon– Deschutes Brewery and Boulevard Brewing Company today announced that they will release two versions of a new collaboration beer later this summer. The style, which is described by brewmasters Steven Pauwels of Boulevard and Larry Sidor of Deschutes as a White I.P.A., combines Boulevard’s expertise in making Belgian-style witbiers with Deschutes' mastery in brewing hop-forward ales. The ale will be made at both breweries and released simultaneously throughout each... Read More »

Amnesia Single Hop Fest

On Saturday June 4th, Amnesia Brewing will host a mini beer fest dedicated to one hop beers.  These are beers made with just one variety of hop throughout the brewing process from bittering to finishing. There will be eight guest breweries each with a unique style of beer and each beer made with a unique hop variety. Amnesia will also be featuring two single hop seasonals of their own. Also, Along with each beer poured will be a whole... Read More »

Portland Fruit Beer Festival - Beers and Brewery Lineup Announced!

Just in: Below is the list of breweries and beers for the first annual Portland Fruit Beer Festival.  There is quite a wide variety of styles represented, from Gose and Farmhouse ales to Browns and Stouts.  Three are even a few blends and barrel-aged beers in the mix.  As we get closer to the festival, more beers will be announced for their indoor taplist of rare, on-of-a-kind beers.  The official press release: The Portland Fruit Beer Festival set... Read More »

Bridgeport Brewing Company Presents First Annual Sound And Vision Fest

PORTLAND, Ore. – BridgePort Brewing Company, Oregon's oldest craft brewery, is proud to announce this year’s “Sound and Vision Fest” taking place at The Hollywood Theatre to benefit restoration projects at the 85 year-old Portland landmark. The festival was created to showcase new or existing collaborations between musicians and filmmakers, exploring how the moving image informs musical performance and vice versa. Each night of the festival will be curated by a different local artist and... Read More »

BridgePort Brewing Company Releases Summer Squeeze

PORTLAND, Ore. – May 3, 2011 – BridgePort Brewing Company, Oregon's oldest craft brewery, will release its newest summer seasonal, Summer Squeeze, in bottles on May 16th. Deemed as the perfect lawn-mower beer, Summer Squeeze will bring relief to hot summer evenings through its crisp citrus finish. The new brew has a pale ale base with a twist of lemongrass and the East Asian citrus fruit, yuzu and is currently on tap at the Ale... Read More »

First Annual Portland Fruit Beer Festival

A new festival has been added to Portland's list of annual beer celebrations. This year kicks off the first annual Portland Fruit Beer Festival. The press release is below, more thoughts and details as we get closer to mid-june. Portland, OR -  A new kind of beer festival kicks off this June outside of one of Portland's newest breweries, Burnside Brewing. Fruit beers are the red-headed stepchild of craft beer, often overlooked by beer lovers because... Read More »

Brewing up Cocktails Easter Sunday with Oakshire Brewing

April 20, 2011
For the fourth edition of Brewing up Cocktails, events exploring the interplay of beer and spirits to create new drinks, writers and mixologists Ezra Johnson-Greenough and Jacob Grier have taken on yet another challenging theme. This time they’re focusing on the 'Flip' class of drinks using whole eggs and will be partnering with Eugene, OR based Oakshire Brewing who will be providing the beers as well as farm fresh eggs from the brewery’s own chickens. Join them on a beery... Read More »

Brewpublic Presents Microhopic 3

April 10, 2011
Here's the newest upcoming event put on by Brewpublic: BREWPUBLIC is pleased to announce our next event. MICROHOPIC is a series showcasing new and interesting breweries and beer styles from around Oregon. In our third installment of MICROHOPIC, our friends at Migration Brewing Company will host and participate in this unique tasting experience. In addition to Migration's fine house brews, we will also be showcasing newer releases from Amnesia Brewing, Beetje Brewery, Breakside Brewery, and Burnside Brewing. These five Portland... Read More »

Upright Brewing's Gose Release Party

April 6, 2011
From Upright Brewing: Next week on Monday marks the re-release of our Gose bier one of our absolute favorite releases and one that won us a Medal at last years World Beer Cup. Gose is a nearly extinct style of wheat beer from Germany that is brewed with Coriander and Salt and is both light, refreshing, slightly tart and yet has a subtle salt finish that leaves you wanting another. The Grain & Gristle will... Read More »

Widmer Brothers Brewing Celebrates the Repeal of Prohibition with Arts & Draughts

PORTLAND, Ore. – March 28, 2011 – Widmer Brother Brewing's Arts & Draughts will celebrate the 78th anniversary of repeal of Prohibition with a special event celebrating a new look and new releases from the Brewery as well as the craft of local beer, food, and artistry. Festivities will take place Thursday, April 7 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at LeftBank Annex. WHAT: April 7th is a day with many historical references - the... Read More »

Oakshire Brewing to Release Hellshire I

We can file this under "not-so-portland-but-oh-so-worthy-news".  While our focus here at the site is on Portland beers, there are some breweries like Oakshire down in Eugene that will always be on our radar.  Why?  Well just look what we have here.  Oakshire is not just stepping into the barrel aged beer scene, they're kicking in the doors and stomping forward with this aggressive inaugural release in their new barrel aged beer series.  Oakshire doesn't mind setting... Read More »

Laurelwood's 10th Anniversary Celebration!

Laurelwood Public House & Brewery will be celebrating their ten year anniversary on March 18th with a grand birthday celebration. In true Laurelwood fashion the occasion will be marked with 12 great beers on draught, the tapping of 2 firkins, live music, family fun and food specials featuring a Sweet Briar Farms Berkshire Pig Roast. From the brewery there will be two great new beer releases. First off is Imperial Workhorse IPA in a limited... Read More »

Bend, Oregon Cycle Pub Debuted in Old Mill District at 2011 Bend WinterFest

March 1, 2011
24 February 2011- Bend, Oregon – The Old Mill District and Cycle Pub announced that the newest way to enjoy beer in Bend, Oregon debuted last weekend at the Bend WinterFest in Bend, Oregon. The Cycle Pub, sponsored by the Old Mill District, seats 16 people who seek to enjoy two of Bend, Oregon’s top passions: cycling and microbrews. In short, Cycle Pub is a non-traditional bike where riders sit at a “bar” while pedaling... Read More »


February 16, 2011
2011 President's Day weekend, dozens of Oregon breweries and brewpubs will open their doors to visitors for the state's 3rd annual Zwickelmania. Zwickelmania, hosted by the Oregon Brewers Guild (OBG), is a free statewide event that offers visitors a chance to tour Oregon breweries, meet the brewers and sample their favorite beers. Got a favorite brewery? Got a favorite beer? This is your chance to get into the brewery, talk to the brewers, and sample... Read More »

Full Sail Brewing Company adds LTD 05 Amber Lager to their Seasonal Line of Lagers

February 15, 2011
The best brews reflect the delicate balance of art and science. With Full Sail’s latest release in their Limited Edition lager series, LTD 05, artistry takes form in an amber lager- a sophisticated beer that has an elegant maltiness and is superbly balanced. “We brewed this beer as a celebration of lagers, and like the other beers in our LTD series, it allows us to explore a classic lager profile and intertwine our own passion as an American craft brewer. LTD 05,... Read More »

Worldwide Toast, Virtual Wake To Honor Don Younger

February 10, 2011
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Whatever you are doing, and wherever you are at 3 p.m. your time on Sunday, Feb. 13, make sure to hoist a glass to Don Younger, the venerable publican of the world-famous Horse Brass Pub, who died Jan. 31. "In his hometown of Portland, a wake will be in full swing by 3 p.m. at the Horse Brass Pub. Attendees at the time will be raising their glasses to Don. But hundreds,... Read More »

Scottish Ale Festival

Portland's first annual Scottish Ale Festival is coming up this Saturday from 3 to 11 pm. Hosted by the Cascade Brewing Barrel House, the event will take place on the production side of the building at 939 SE Belmont St. Nine regional breweries will pour 11 different Scottish and Scotch Ales.  The event will also feature traditional Scottish music by Cascade Brewmaster Ron Gansberg's band, Stone Porridge, plus a few bagpipers thrown in the mix. The... Read More »

Full Sail Brewing Releases Vintage Barrel Aged Beer: Black Gold

Hood River, Or – For the past year bourbon barrels and time have been working their magic together deep in the cellar at the Full Sail Brewery. There are absolutely no shortcuts with this beer, as it all has been aging in rich bourbon barrels for twelve months. A 100% commitment to excellence results in a truly special beer – complex, elegant and supremely balanced. Now we’re finally able to taste the delicious results as... Read More »

Full Sail Brewing Releases New Brewmaster Reserve Beer

December 8, 2010
Hood River, Or – The days are getting shorter and the temps are falling, but there is plenty of reason to rejoice this month. The holiday season is in full swing, the mountains are covered in snow, and Full Sail Brewing Company will release Bump in the Night, the first and newest beer in their 2011 Brewmaster Reserve line up. Bump in the Night is brewed in the Cascadian Dark Ale (CDA) style and is the perfect companion for... Read More »

Lompoc Brewing Announces Release of Eight Holiday Beers, Including Two for Hanukkah

PORTLAND, Ore. - Nov. 16, 2010 - The Lompoc brewers have been as busy as elves preparing for the holiday season.  This year, they are releasing eight different holiday beers - including two for Hanukkah. The Lompoc Holiday Beers Release Party will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 30th from 4 to 10 pm at the Lompoc Sidebar, located at 3901 N Williams Ave. next to Pix Patisserie. This year's offerings include Blitzen Golden Ale, Brewdolph Belgian... Read More »

Full Sail Brewing Offers New Release in Brewer's Share Line-Up – Pub's Powder Stash Pale

November 16, 2010
Hood River, Oregon – The peaks are covered in fresh snow and the ski and snowboard season has finally arrived. To celebrate the newly fallen snow and the predictions for an epic snowfall year, Full Sail will release a new beer in their Brewer’s Share line up, Powder Stash Pale, brewed by Full Sail’s Pub staff. “It’s an easy drinking, low alcohol, nitro beer so it’ll be smooth and creamy, just like the powder on the mountain,” says Matt Bowers, Full... Read More »

Full Sail Brewing Company Expands Distribution to North Eastern States

November 15, 2010
Hood River, Oregon – Full Sail Brewing Company, renown for their internationally award-winning beers, has announced that they have expanded distribution to additional markets in New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire in partnership with L. Knife & Son Companies. “We are very proud to enter the northeast markets with such a strong distributor partner. L. Knife has had a long term commitment to craft beer and has a deep understanding of how to... Read More »

Full Sail Brewing Releases Hoppy Holiday Treat

Wreck the Halls, a Festive Brewmaster Reserve Beer Hood River, Or – The first snow storm of the season has arrived! The air is cooler, the nights are longer, and the east winds are blowing as snowboarders and skiers start to make their way up the mountain. At the Brewery, the Full Sail crew is humming with the anticipation of a big snow year and their hoppy holiday release, Wreck the Halls. Wreck the Halls... Read More »

Pelican Releasing Mother of All Storms on November 19th

Pacific City, Ore.—The Pelican Pub & Brewery will release its famous Mother of All Storms beer on November 19, which the Pelican is naming “Mother’s Day.” Mother of All Storms, formerly known as The Perfect Storm, has caused quite a stir over the last couple years and has sold out quickly.  Mother of All Storms is produced in an extremely limited quantity and only 240 cases will be produced in 2010.  This year, the only... Read More »

Cascade Brewing Announces Bottle Release for Two of its GABF Award Winning Beers

UPDATE: Regarding the release of Cascade Brewing Bourbonic Plague and Vlad the Imp-Aler: due to massive interest in these beers and concerns for quantities, we are limiting the purchase of these two products to six bottles per person, per beer.  Thank you. PORTLAND, ORE. - Oct. 13, 2010 - More than a year after winning gold and silver medals at the 2009 Great American Beer Festival, Cascade Brewing will begin selling 750 ml bottles of... Read More »

Brewpublic KillerBeerWeek 2010

From the Press Releases: Never content to be just another blog like this one, is throwing yet another event in Portland. This one marks the second anniversary of the site, and what a short, not-so-strange trip it's been. In fact, in the meager two years the site has been around, Angelo and Co. have thrown a lot of events, written countless articles on beer in Portland and elsewhere, and somehow, has covered almost every... Read More »

The Dissident 2010

Three things that make me think that this release is getting pretty damn close: Tweet from Deschutes today: "The Dissident sure smells good. Having a little tasting session with the brewers to determine the perfect blend for 2010." Label approval (uh, see above) Best After date on label: Usually about a year after release, and we're well into that territory. The last release of this in bottles was in 2008, too long ago.  I was... Read More »

Sour to the People! Cascade Brewing Barrel House opens in Southeast Portland

It's official! After much speculation, mysterious tweets, heated discussions, the official announcement is below. For more even more information, you can check out our Cascade Brewing Barrel House Preview post from last week. Official Press Release: PORTLAND, ORE. - Sept. 27, 2010 - For nearly a year, sour beer lovers all over the Northwest have anxiously awaited the opening of the Cascade Brewing Barrel House, and the wait is finally over.  Located at 939 SE Belmont... Read More »

Oregon Bounty Wanderfeast Cooks Up Edible Adventures

I received a press release today about the Oregon Bounty Wanderfest.  This is week three of a ten week series and this week is dedicated to, you guessed it: beer!  The main man on the beer beat is Alan Sprints (need I even say: Hair of the Dog). Not only do you get to learn to cook beer braised short ribs with Hair of the Dog Adam, but you also get to learn how to... Read More »

Celebrate the Hop Harvest with Three Fresh Hop Beers from Full Sail Brewing Company

It's that time of year: Fresh hops, fresh hop festivals, fresh hop beers.  Full Sail is kicking off the season with three fresh hop seasonals.  Two of these are the same beer made with different hop varieties, showcasing the difference in First Gold and Centennial hops.  These beers are great for a side-by-side comparison, and a simple way to discover the aroma and taste differences for yourself. Check out the rest of the details in... Read More »

Brewpublic Presents Microhopic!

September 7, 2010
Not only is the beer list great, but you might even be able to rub shoulders with PDX Beer Celebrity and host Angelo. PORTLAND, OR –Brewpublic is pleased to announce our second Microhopic event featuring some of the area’s smallest commercial breweries and even a few we’re sure you have not experienced before. Microhopic 2 is not a nano beer event. We like to think of it more as a pico, femto, atto, zepto, or... Read More »

Deschutes Brewery Announces Jubelale Release

Any murmurings on Deschutes Brewery's Jubel Ale release should signify a change of season.  After all, it is their Winter ale.  As the press release below denotes, this beer will be hitting the shelves in October.  In fact, Portlander's often see these releases even earlier than the printed date, so I'd expect to see these in September around here.  It's pretty early for a Winer Ale release and I have to wonder if a beer this good... Read More »

Full Sail Brewing Company announces the 20th release of Old Boardhead Barleywine

When Full Sail claims that this beer ages well, it's an understatement.  At my last family tasting, I brought out a 3 year old Full Sail Old Boardhead.  While it's not surprising that this beer was great, it was a huge surprise that this beer got top honors at a table of people who never drink barleywine outside of our tastings.  This beer transcended all style barriers and was a show stopper as everyone slowed down even... Read More »

Hopworks Urban Brewery Beers Land In Seattle and B.C.

August 12, 2010
Christian Ettinger, owner, Hopworks. This just in from Hopworks Urban Brewery: the needle points northward for Hopworks as they expand their distribution to our friends in Seattle and British Columbia. Good luck in the new markets! PORTLAND, Ore. – Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB) recently expanded distribution of its beers to British Columbia and Seattle. Kegs and bottles of the company’s organic, sustainably-produced beers can be found in leading taphouses, bottle shops and markets in both... Read More »

Thirsty Cyclists Tour Portland for a Doggone Good Time

August 9, 2010
What's more Portland than Bikes, Beer, and Charity?  If you couldn't come up with an answer, you're right!  Check out the official press release for the upcoming Tour de Lab (website / twitter): The dog days of summer aren’t over yet! On September 11, 2010, starting at 10 a.m., hundreds of cyclists will take to the streets of Portland to ride in the third annual Tour de Lab, a bicycle tour of the four local Lucky... Read More »

Upcoming Deschutes Brewery Events

August 5, 2010
Below are a couple of beer events on the horizon from Deschutes Brewery.  The Street Fare event is next week in Portland, and looks like a lot of fun: wide variety of food and beer, music, and a great cause: Morrison Child and Family Services. And—as if you need an excuse to go to Bend—check out the Little Woody Festival (bourbon barrel-aged beer festival) in early September.  Details below... As always, keep an eye on... Read More »

Collaborative Evil 2010

August 3, 2010
This just in from Matt Van Wyk of Oakshire Brewing: For several years, a group of brewers have been brewing unique, distinctive beers in an experiment of sorts that aims to demonstrate the diversity in brewing styles, techniques, and ingredients.  Todd Ashman of FiftyFifty Brewing Company, Truckee, CA initially created the Collaborative Evil group with industry friends Zac Triemert Co-President and Co-Founder of Lucky Bucket Brewing Company, La Vista, NE and Matt Van Wyk, head brewer... Read More »

The OLCC v. Homebrewers Continues

A new interpretation of an old law came to light when the Oregon Liquor Control Commission cancelled the homebrew contest at the State Fair, causing quite a stir in the Oregon Beer Community.  In fact, I was fielding questions from as far away as North Carolina once news of the issue spread across the country.  The problem revolves around the legality of homebrewers being exempt from requiring a manufacturers license when there beer is sampled in a... Read More »

Brewing Up Cocktails

July 8, 2010
Passing this along from Ezra at The New School: For too long craft beer and spirits have remained separate entities only crossing in the occasional shot with a beer back. With Portland's well established craft beer culture and the rise of craft distilleries it is only right that these two should meet again with more tasty results. While writers like Stephen Beaumont have been pioneering the blending of spirits and beer for awhile most lovers... Read More »

R.I.P. Deschutes Black Butte XXII Bottles

June 28, 2010
So, we'll wrap this sad tale up with an official statement from Deschutes.  It's true, no Black Butte Reserve Series in bottles this year.  While it is a loss of one of the most anticipated beers of the year, it's great to know that a company like Deschutes Brewery won't  just push out beer that doesn't meet their high standards.  There is a very limited amount on draft at both Bend Pub and tasting room... Read More »

North American Beer Awards Deliver Three Bronze Medals to Bend Brewing Company

Bend Brewing Co. is thrilled to announce three new medals awarded for its innovative microbrews. BBC was awarded Bronze medals for the Outback X Strong Ale, the Metolius Golden Ale, and the Dry Irish Stout last week at the North American Beer Awards, sanctioned by the North American Brewers’ Association. The Outback X Strong Ale, a beer Head Brewer Tonya Cornett describes as demonstrating “roasted malt with hints of hops in the nose leading to... Read More »

Full Sail Brewing Kicks Off Oregon Craft Beer Month with New Brewer’s Share Beer

Full Sail Brewing's Kristy Holsopple Hood River, Oregon – “He was a wise man who invented beer.” –Plato The Greek philosopher had his sentiment right, but according to most historians it was likely a woman who brewed the first beer and for most of the last 6,000 years of recorded civilization it was women “Brewsters” who continued to evolve the art of brewing beer developing many unique and regional varieties of beer. “As craft brewers we are... Read More »

Beer Release: Hop in the Dark, Deschutes Brewery

What takes 22 brews and more than a year of experiments to reach perfection? Deschutes Brewery’s newest Bond Street Series release: Hop in the Dark Cascadian Dark Ale (C.D.A.). C.D.A. is a new style of beer that emerged recently in the Pacific Northwest, more widely known as a Black I.P.A. There has been a significant movement and debate in the region to call the style C.D.A., and Deschutes Brewery leads the way with Hop in... Read More »

Beer Release: Widmer Brothers Sunburn Blonde Ale

Widmer Brothers Brewing, based in Portland, Ore., has introduced its new summer seasonal, Sunburn Summer Brew, initiating the unofficial start of summer. “We crafted this beer with summer in mind, wanting to create something perfect for long, hot days,” said Rob Widmer. “It is a crisp and refreshing beer that is an anticipated addition to our seasonal lineup.” Sunburn is a blonde ale with a light caramel body and subtle, refreshing hop aroma. This brew uses Citra... Read More »

Beer Release: Full Sail Spotless IPA

Hood River, Or – The warm west winds signal the start of the summer season as kiteboarders and windsurfers light up the river in a swirl of color. You can watch the sight from the vantage point of Full Sail's Tasting Room and Pub and savor the newest release in their Brewmaster Reserve series, Spotless IPA. This release continues Full Sail’s summer “sun” series. Named to honor our sun that has been spotless for over a year, Spotless is a... Read More »

Full Sail Brewing Celebrates American Craft Beer Week with New Brewer's Share Beer - Vendell Veizen

Hood River, Or - Brewers know the best way to celebrate is to brew a special beer, so to honor American Craft Beer Week (May 17 - 23), Full Sail will release a new beer in their Brewer's Share line up. This special beer, "Vendell Veizen" is a Weizen Bock and was developed by Assistant Packaging Supervisor, Wendell Bryant. "It's such an honor to brew a beer for American Craft Beer Week. I'm an avid... Read More »

2010 Cheers To Belgian Beers List

Some info from the Oregon Brewers Guild: 05/01/2010 Hopworks Urban Brewery Upper Parking Lot 2944 SE Powell Blvd Portland 503-232-4677 Noon-9pm Admission is Free. $5 for tasting goblet which is required to taste. $1 for tastes. Portland's Cheers to Belgian Beers started three years ago to help introduce Oregonians to the breadth of style and flavors of beers brewed in Belgium. The first year had 10 brewers pouring 10 beers at the Rock Bottom Brewery... Read More »

Two Creative Oregon Breweries Come Together to Craft an All-New Brew

Alan Sprints working his cauldron at Hair of the Dog. Just got this press release and I thought I'd pass it along.  How nice of me, right?  But this isn't just any release: it's a collaboration between Deschutes Brewery and Hair of the Dog!  And it's not just a collaborative brew in the usual sense: it's two new brews from each brewer that will be barrel-aged separately and then blended in early 2011!  I'd pre-order right now if it... Read More »

FredFest Date Change, Tickets On Sale

PORTLAND, Ore.  — The littlest big beer festival in the world – or at least in Portland – is slated for Monday, May 10, Fred's actual 84th birthday.  Tickets go on sale immediately at the official Web site: What started as a surprise 80th birthday party for world-renowned beer writer Fred Eckhardt grows each year and has become a significant fundraiser for the charity of Eckhardt’s choice. Now in its fifth year, this year’s proceeds... Read More »

Oregon Craft Beer Production Tops One Million Barrels

PORTLAND, Ore. (April 7, 2010) - Oregon breweries reached a landmark in 2009, producing more than one million barrels, or roughly 260 million pints of beer. According to figures released today by the Oregon Brewers Guild, Oregon’s breweries crafted 1,050,000 barrels of beer, which represents an increase in production of 15.2 percent over 2008. “The brewing industry is a major contributor to Oregon’s economy and a big supporter of our communities,” said Brian Butenschoen, Executive... Read More »

4th Annual Zoo Brew Microbrew Festival

February 19, 2010
PORTLAND, Ore.  Nights at the Oregon Zoo are full of excitement  several nocturnal species keep the zoo hopping from sunset to sunrise  but usually only the animals get to partake in the fun. On Friday, June 4, humans get to join the party at Zoo Brew, where some of the best beer in the Northwest will combine with one of the greatest bands ever to come out of Oregon: the Crazy 8s. Inducted into the... Read More » and Saraveza Presents: My Beery Valentine, A Benefit for Haiti Relief Efforts

February 8, 2010
In pursuit of interesting and imaginative beer styles, Brewpublic and Saraveza have again coordinated a one-of-a-kind line-up of specialty brews. This time it is a killer tap list for Valentine's/Zwickelmania Weekend. "MY BEER VALENTINE" will showcase some never before experienced draughts of chocolate and fruit beers as well as some of Oregon's best hoppy brews. MY BEERY VALENTINE expresses the love and passion for dynamic brews and is designed with the true beer geek in mind. This event... Read More »

Standing Stone Brewing Co. Hosts Regional Kickoff For "Women Enjoying Beer"

February 4, 2010
(Ashland, OR) Standing Stone Brewing Co (101 Oak St, Ashland) will host the regional kickoff gathering of Women Enjoying Beer on Thursday February 11 from 7-9 pm. This event is for women only, and focuses on helping females learn more about many different aspects of beer, have fun doing it and identify varieties. Women Enjoying Beer will be held on a regular basis, providing participants with a chance to try new beers and deepen their... Read More »

Hoppy Housewives Beer Class

Awesome!  Check out what Lisa Morrison (aka The Beer Goddess) is doing out at Fort George Brewery in Astoria: Looking for something fun, unique and tasty for your best gal pal this Valentine's Day? How about a romantic trip to the coast and a special beer-tasting journey just for her? Lisa Morrison, aka the Beer Goddess, is hosting one of her popular women-only beer classes at Fort George Brewery & Public House on Feb. 20.... Read More »

Vintage Big Bottle Winter Beer Tasting at Saraveza

February 2, 2010
PORTLAND, Ore.—Jan. 25, 2010—Thirty lucky citizens of Beervanna will get a rare and limited opportunity to try a variety of big bottle vintage beers Tuesday, February 9th at 6:30 pm at Saraveza, 1004 N. Killingsworth St.  This special affair features seven expensive and rare vintage large format bottles as the centerpiece of an evening of vintage beer tasting, beer and food pairing, and education about the beers and the changes they undergo in their mammoth... Read More »

Press Release: Full Sail Brewing Company Releases Top Sail Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Porter

Hood River, Or – The waiting list is growing and so is the anticipation. It is almost time for the annual and very limited release of Full Sail’s bourbon barrel beer. Top Sail Bourbon Barrel Porter rested in oak bourbon barrels for close to one year will finally be ready to pour early this February. “Our barrel aged beers have been a Full Sail tradition since 1998 when we discovered the magic that happens when... Read More »

Press Release: Deschutes Brewery Releases Reserve Series Jubel 2010

BEND, Ore. – Deschutes Brewery, the sixth largest craft brewery in the nation, announces the release of its first Reserve Series beer for the New Year and decade, Jubel 2010. Jubel 2010 is a deeply dynamic presentation of the flavors found in its festive winter seasonal, Jubelale. Available on tap around the holidays at its pubs as “Super Jubel,” February 2010 marks only the second time the Brewery has ever bottled this immortal libation. The... Read More »

Zwickelmania Returns!

January 18, 2010
PORTLAND, Ore. - Jan. 18, 2010 – Breweries across the state will host open houses and special tastings on Saturday, February 13, from 11:00a.m. to 4:00p.m., as part of the Oregon Brewers Guild’s second annual Zwickelmania Oregon Brewery Tour.  Zwickelmania is patterned after the open houses held by Oregon wineries over Memorial Day and Thanksgiving weekends and is presented by the Oregon Brewers Guild (OBG).  The Presidents' Day weekend event offers visitors a chance to... Read More »

BridgePort Releases Newest Big Brew

December 10, 2009
Assistant BridgePort Brewmaster Jeff Edgerton. PORTLAND, Ore. – Dec. 4, 2008 – BridgePort Brewing Company, Oregon's oldest craft brewery, is launching its newest beer in the Big Brew Series, Highland Ambush, on December 17. This brandy snifter beer lends itself to fireside chats with its heavy body and malt driven palate. In keeping with the Scottish appetite for whiskey, this brew was aged partially in fresh bourbon barrels from the distillery at Makers Mark. First... Read More »

Indie Hops, a New Look at an Old Friend

November 6, 2009
Just got a press release in from Indie Hops, LLC.  They are specializing in aroma hops exclusively for the craft beer industry.  I'll go out on a limb here, but I don't think that it'll hurt the Portland beer scene to be so close to this operation! We are pleased to announce the launch of our new business, Indie Hops, LLC. Our mission is to supply 100% Oregon grown aroma hops to the craft beer... Read More »

Oakshire Brewing to release bottles of Watershed IPA and Overcast Espresso Stout

Last week, I got a press release from Oakshire Brewing in Eugene, OR. Nope, not a Portland beer, but if you've been able to taste their brews, you'll agree that everyone should keep an eye on them. Almost exactly a year ago, Oakshire Brewing emerged after a bit of legal prodding forced a name change from Willamette Brewing. They have continued to haul their beer and brand all over oregon throughout the year and are... Read More »

Oregon Brewers Festival: Buzz Tent

Oregon Brewer's Festival 2008. Well, the Oregon Brewers Festival is upon us. Every year, there is more beer, more people, and hotter temperatures. I use up a few vacation days each year so that I can make it out to the festival by noon on Thursday and Friday, avoiding much of the crowd and concentrating on the beer. This time, the organizers are adding another feature to the festivities: The Buzz Tent. It's kind of... Read More »

Full Sail Brewing Celebrates Oregon Craft Beer Month

Hood River, Oregon - Brewers know the best way to celebrate is to brew a special beer, and in honor of Oregon Craft Beer Month Full Sail Brewing Company will release a new beer in their Brewer's Share line up. The special beer, Andy's Ambrosia Red, was developed by Full Sail Brewer Andy Cummings. The Brewer's Share series is a line up of small batch draft beers where each of the Full Sail brewers takes... Read More »

Oakshire Brewing Expands, Adds Brewmaster

I received a press release from Oakshire Brewing Company with some information on their expansion and an introduction to Matt Van Wyk (a brewer from Flossmoor Station whose reputation precedes him by a mile). I don't know much about Oakshire personally, so I'll pass the press release on verbatim below.I was able to taste some of of Oakshire's brews at last year's Oregon Brewer Festival and OBF Brewers Dinner. Oakshire appeared at the dinner with... Read More »

Full Sail Brewing Co. Releases Brewmaster Reserve Keelhauler Scottish Ale

This just in from Full Sail:Hood River, Or - Full Sail Brewing Company is proud to release a new beer in their Brewmaster Reserve line-up for 2009, Keelhauler Scottish Ale. Keelhauler is a full bodied rich ale with slight notes of caramel and cocoa and a strong malty flavor. The hop character is spicy and earthy with a nice finishing hop flavor. "With this style we embark on a trip across the pond. Keelhauler, a... Read More »

The 5 things you can do to stop HB 2461

February 20, 2009
This came from the Oregon Brewer's Guild today, so I'm just passing it along verbatim:The Five things you can do to help fight House Bill 2461The Oregon brewing industry is facing a nearly $50 per barrel increase on beer taxes – an increase of over 1900% – which would make the Oregon beer excise tax the highest in the country. If House Bill 2461 passes, it could result in the loss of up to 3,400... Read More »

Renowned Last Abbey Brewer Tomme Arthur To Guest Brew at Bend Brewing Company

February 3, 2009
Award-winning Bend Brewing Co. Head Brewer Tonya Cornett will team with award-winning Lost Abbey Head Brewer Tomme Arthur to brew a traditional stein lager at Bend Brewing Co. on February 5 and 6, 2009.Cornett traveled earlier this year to the San Marcos, California, brewery, the Lost Abbey, to collaborate with Arthur to make the first batch of this unique beer. On March 5 and 6, Arthur will travel to Bend so that he and Cornett... Read More »

Beer and Film in PDX

January 29, 2009
BridgePort Brewing Company. "Seriously. Last night, man, I was so drunk, I was calling Morocco, man. Calling, trying to get to the Hotel Hilton at Tangiers in Casablanca, man. That's, I mean, that's, that's pathetic, man! Is that what you wanna do with your life? Suck down peppermint schnapps and try to call Morocco at two in the morning? That's senseless! But that's what happens, man." --Mark Borchardt, American MovieI can watch American Movie about... Read More »

Full Sail Releases Black Gold Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

Hood River, Or - Full Sail Brewing is proud to announce the special release of Black Gold Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout 2009. This highly anticipated release from Full Sail's vintage barrel series has been a Full Sail brewing tradition since 1998. Every year since, Full Sail's talented team of brewers brew an Imperial style dark ale and fill roughly sixty oak bourbon barrel casks, then age them in their cellar for about a year."Wood... Read More »

Nation's Greenest State Honors Brewery for Responsible Business Practices

Full Sail Brewing Company Portland, Or - Full Sail Brewing Company was honored by the State of Oregon for their outstanding commitment to sustainable business practices. The Brewery received the Governor's Sustainability Award for small business. The State of Oregon, ranked the greenest state in the nation by and Business Facilities Magazine, presents the awards annually to innovative companies and organizations that demonstrate an exemplary commitment to sustainability.The second annual Governor's Sustainability Awards were... Read More »

2008 Holiday Ale Festival -- Revisited

December 15, 2008
2008 Holiday Ale Festival Ah, the 2008 Holiday Ale Festival is but a hazy memory in the minds of those who attended--and many are already anticipating next year's lineup! As we wrote earlier, we sampled a lot of different beer. Many were brewed exclusively for this event--never to be seen, smelled, and tasted again. Luckily, while we were paying attention to the beer, someone else was paying attention to the event. The following is a... Read More »

Holiday Ale Festival has an early gift for beer lovers, announces Wednesday opening with rare vintage beers

Portland Holiday Ale Festival! PORTLAND, Ore. – Nov. 1, 2008 – The Holiday Ale Festival is giving beer lovers a gift by opening one day early, and rewarding those who come with a selection of rare and vintage kegs. The 13th annual Holiday Ale Festival will take place Dec. 3 through 7 at Pioneer Courthouse Square, located at 701 SW Sixth Ave. in downtown Portland. Hours for the event are 3 to 9 p.m. Wed.,... Read More »

Widmer Brothers Brewing Warms Up Winter With A Cold One

Widmer Brothers Brewing. PORTLAND, Ore. – October 9, 2008 – Widmer Brothers Brewing says “Baby its cold outside!” with its first new winter ale in four years: Brrr. The highly anticipated brew, perfect for winter, is a moderately strong dark red ale that embodies the notable “Pacific Northwest style” citrus hop aroma and flavor.“I have many fond memories of my brew-studies in Germany. In particular, the tradition of crafting beers that reflect the unique attributes... Read More »

Full Sail Brewing Celebrates the Bounty of the Holiday Season with Wassail Ale

Hood River, Or - A few unmistakable signs tell us when winter has arrived in Hood River. The waterfalls in the Gorge start kicking out the jams. The snow report for the backcountry regains its hold over us. And the Wassail starts flowing once again. And that means friends and family will surely be close behind."Historically, brewers craft small batches of darker beers, generously adding extra hops and malts to make exceptionally robust tasty ales... Read More »

BridgePort Brewing Company Joins the Fight Against Breast Cancer

BridgePort Brewing Company PORTLAND, Ore. – October 1, 2008 – Bridgeport Brewing Company is teaming up with the Komen Race for the Cure of Oregon, SW Washington and Puget Sound® with ‘Case for the Cure.’ Throughout October – National Breast Cancer Awareness Month - BridgePort Brewing Company’s ‘Case for the Cure’ program will donate one dollar for each case of BridgePort Brewing product sold at participating retailers to Komen for the Cure of Oregon, SW... Read More »

Full Sail Brewing Celebrates 21 Years with "21" A Special Anniversary Brew

Full Sail's "21" Doppelbock. Hood River Oregon - "Over the last year, we have been working on a special beer to celebrate a special occasion - the brewery's 21st birthday which is coming up in September. This means we are finally old enough to drink our own beer. They say your 21st birthday is a rite of passage - the milepost that marks your evolution from child to adult, with all the attendant privileges &... Read More »

Holiday Ale Festival celebrates the season with 40 specialty and vintage winter beers from across the nation

During last year's Holiday Ale Festival setup, I helped by drinking beer. PORTLAND, Ore. - Sept. 9, 2008 - The winter season holds many gifts for beer lovers in the form of big, bold ales designed to fend off the cold chill of a long winter night. The Holiday Ale Festival has gathered together 40 of these winter warmers, most of which cannot be tasted outside of the event, for a joyous weekend celebration. The... Read More »

Beer lovers reap the benefits of Oregon's fall hop harvest at Oregon Bounty's Fresh Hop Beer Tastivals

September 9, 2008
Fresh Cascade hops. PORTLAND, Ore. – Sept. 9, 2008 - Hopheads, rejoice! The autumn air is turning crisp, heralding the annual harvest of hops, and with it, the celebration of fresh hop beers by Oregon’s famed craft brewers. Oregon Bounty and the Oregon Brewers Guild have collaborated to host a statewide series of three Fresh Hop Beer “Tastivals,” each featuring more than 20 original fresh hop beers from many of Oregon’s top craft breweries.The Oregon... Read More »

Full Sail Brewing Releases New Brewer's Share Beer - Phil's Existential Alt

Full Sail Brewer Phil Roche. Hood River, Oregon - This year Full Sail celebrates 21 years of doing what they love, brewing beer. As a continuation of their 21st birthday celebrations, Full Sail is proud to announce the next beer in their line up of small batch draft beers called "Brewer's Share." To celebrate the release of Phil's Existential Alt, brewed by Full Sail brewer, Phil Roche, the brewery invites you to "Meet the Brewer... Read More »

Full Sail Brewing Celebrates the Bounty of the Hop Harvest with Lupulin Fresh Hop Ale

Full Sail Brewmaster John Harris checking out the fresh hops on the vine. Hood River, Or - Full Sail Brewing is proud to announce the release of Lupulin Fresh Hop Ale as part of their Brewmaster Reserve series. Brewing a fresh hop ale to celebrate the hop harvest is an annual tradition at Full Sail. Every year, the Full Sail brewers travel to area hop fields and gather all the fresh hops they can carry... Read More »

Fresh Hop Flavors Drive Interest in Microbrew Lineup as Hood River Hops Fest Celebrates Fifth Anniversary

Oregon grown hops! HOOD RIVER, Ore. (June 23, 2008) — Celebrating its fifth year as the premier fresh hops beer tasting event in the Pacific Northwest, the Hood River Hops Fest on Oct. 4, 2008, will feature beers from more than 20 Northwest craft brewers, an expanded menu of food with an emphasis on local restaurants, Columbia Gorge wines and activities for the entire family.“Hops Fest started as a tribute to the great, fresh-hopped microbrews... Read More »

Organizers call off All Oregon Ale Festival

PORTLAND, Ore. - August 11, 2008 - The Portland Brewers Festival Association of Oregon regrets to announce that the first-ever “All Oregon Ale Festival” has been cancelled for 2008. The event was scheduled to take place September 12 & 13 at Portland International Raceway. Organizers cite various reasons for the cancellation, including still-pending approval by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC), and the lack of time to properly promote the event.“We are extremely disappointed to... Read More »

Oregon Brewers Festival bucks the economic downturn, celebrates banner year with record attendance and sales

2008 Oregon Brewers Festival (Brewers Dinner). PORTLAND, Ore. – July 31, 2008 – America’s economy may be in a downturn, but the effects didn’t show at the 21st annual Oregon Brewers Festival (OBF). The nation’s largest outdoor craft beer festival witnessed record attendance with 70,000 people, a 15 percent increase over last year’s all time high. Beer sales followed suit, also showing a 15 percent increase. The four-day event concluded on July 27th at Tom... Read More »

2008 Oregon Brewers Festival Beer Descriptions

Oregon Brewers Festival 21st Amendment BrewerySan Francisco, CA21st-amendment.comHell or High Watermelon / Wheat Beer with fruitOG: 1.048FG: 1.010ABV: 5.2IBUs: 17Color: GoldenOne of the most popular beers at the OBF for several years, this wheat beer is flavored with real watermelon, giving the beer a subtle aroma and a dry, tart flavor. Low hopping levels let the unique taste of wheat and watermelon shine through.Alameda BrewhousePortland, ORalamedabrewhouse.comEast Village Amber / AmberOG: 1.054FG: 1.014ABV: 5.2IBUs: 33Color: Dark... Read More »

Full Sail Brewing Celebrates Oregon Craft Beer Month

Brewmaster John Harris and Brewer Phil Roche from Full Sail's Brewery at Riverplace in Portland. Hood River, - June 27, 2008 -- This year Full Sail celebrates 21 years of doing what they love, brewing beer. As a continuation of their 21st birthday celebrations, Full Sail is proud to announce the next beer in their line up of small batch draft beers called "Brewer's Share." The brewery will launch their second offering, Lizama Summer Weizen,... Read More »

July is Oregon Craft Beer Month!

Wow, we just got the events list from the Oregon Brewers Guild and holy #%@%%$, it's good to be a beer drinker in Oregon! I'm not even sure where to begin with this one. Walking you through this one step at a time would take hours, and neither you or I have that kind of time if we're going to seriously prepare for July...JulyFirst of all, there is something going on every single day in... Read More »

70+ Beers Not Enough? More Events During The Oregon Brewers Festival

Oregon Brewers Festival Four days of drinking at the Oregon Brewers Festival not enough for you? 70+ beers not enough to keep you occupied? No problem! Check out these other events preceding the 2008 Oregon Brewers Festival.July 23, 2008Oregon Brewers DinnerTom McCall Waterfront Park, SW Pine St and Bill Naito Parkway6 to 8:30 p.m.$ or 503-288-2739/800-440-2537The Oregon Brewers Dinner is an annual barbecue held the eve of the Oregon Brewers Festival. The event is attended... Read More »

Oregon Brewers Break Record Production Numbers

April 24, 2008
Portland, Oregon PORTLAND, Ore. (April 24, 2008) – Figures released today by the Oregon Brewers Guild show 2007 was a banner year for Oregon's craft brewing industry as production across the state grew at a rate of 8.1 percent. Total beer production for the state was approximately 860,000 barrels, or 285 million bottles of beer. That is an increase of more than 64,000 barrels, up from 796,000 barrels in 2006.The industry posted strong growth despite... Read More »

Bridgeport Brewing Company WinsTwo Medals at 2008 World Beer Cup

Bridgeport Brewing Co. PORTLAND, Ore. – April 22, 2008 – BridgePort Brewing Company, Oregon's oldest craft brewery, recently claimed a gold and silver medal in the Brewers Association (BA) World Beer Cup 2008, a global beer competition that evaluates beers from around the world and recognizes the most outstanding beers being produced in the world today.Gold, silver and bronze medals in the competition's 91 beer-style categories were awarded April 19, 2008 during the World Beer... Read More »

FredFest 2008 Honors Memory of Michael Jackson

April 18, 2008
Fred Eckhardt at the 2007 Oregon Brewers Festival PORTLAND, Ore. — What started as a surprise 80th birthday party forworld-renowned beer writer Fred Eckhardt is coming back around in itsthird year as a fundraiser in the memory of fellow beer scribe,Michael Jackson, also known as the Beer Hunter.More than 15 rare and unique beers created by some of Oregon's mostcelebrated breweries will be on tap at FredFest 2008. The event willtake place from 2 p.m.... Read More »

Spring Beer & Wine Fest People's Choice Awards

Sorry for the delay on this one. Here's the official press release for the People's Choice Awards at this year's Spring Beer and Wine Fest:Bitter Bitch Makes It A Double (IPA) In Spring Beer & Wine FestPeople's Choice AwardsPORTLAND, OR -- For the second straight year, Astoria Brewing Co.'s Bitter Bitch Double IPA has grabbed the People's Choice Award at the Spring Beer & Wine Fest.Despite the brew's bitter name, the win is an especially... Read More »

Bridgeport Brewing Company Unveils its First Fruit Ale -- Stumptown Tart

Bridgeport Brewing Company Pucker Up for the Debut of the Next 22-Ounce Big Brew, an Oregon Marion Berry Belgian Style Infused Ale, at the Stumptown Tart Release Party April 24thPORTLAND, Ore. – April 7, 2008 – BridgePort Brewing Company, Oregon's oldest craft brewery, is unveiling its next limited-edition 22-ounce Big Brew Stumptown Tart, a Belgian Style Ale infused with Oregon Marion Berries. BridgePort's Stumptown Tart, at 8.3-percent ABV (alcohol by volume) is more than just... Read More »

21st Annual Oregon Brewers Festival Official Press Release

Scene from last year's Oregon Brewers Festival. PORTLAND, Ore. - March 26, 2008 - In 1933 the 21st Amendment to the United States Constitution repealed the 18th Amendment, which had mandated nationwide Prohibition. Since the Oregon Brewers Festival turns 21 this year, the event finds it fitting to celebrate the ratification of the 21st Amendment during its four-day course. One of the nation's longest-running and best-loved craft beer festivals will take place July 24 through... Read More »