Blog Tag: Beer Release

Columbia River Brewing Turns Two

CRB's brewery has a rich history dating back to the Old World Pub & Brewery, which is where Hopworks Owner/Brewer Christian Ettinger cut his teeth. It is hard to believe, but it has been two years since Columbia River Brewing launched in the space most recently occupied by Laurelwood at 1728 NE 40th Avenue in the Hollywood District. To celebrate, CRB is throwing an anniversary party this Saturday July 14th. Although Happy Hour specials will be... 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 »

Looking Ahead: Upcoming Portland Bottle Releases

Many things exist on paper before they are fully realized. With the exception of BridgePort's Nightcap (released on November 11th), the labels below represent planned releases from the breweries. No specific dates yet as the press releases have not hit the streets. BridgePort Brewing Nightcap Winter Ale Full Sail Brewing Bump in the Night Cascadian Dark Ale Full Sail Brewing Imperial Porter Widmer Brothers Galaxy Hopped Barleywine Ale Widmer Brothers Nelson Imperial IPA Widmer Brothers... Read More »

Beer Release: BridgePort's Highland Ambush Scotch Ale

So much beer, so little time. I know, I lead a rough life.  Living in Portland and writing about beer is a sweet gig--as long as you don't enjoy being paid for it.  But for each snide comment and bit of sarcasm that comes out of my mouth, everywhere I turn, there's beer, beer, beer: new releases, more events, budding breweries, more bloggers, and new friends in beer.   From startup breweries to those entering... Read More »

Beer Release: Hop Henge Experimental IPA

Deschutes Brewing has released the next version of their Hop Henge Experimental IPA.  As you'd expect, this monster is big on hops: huge aroma, giant floral taste, and a whopping bitterness to balance out the malt blend.  This is an IPA pushed to the edge of balance supporting  8.75% ABV and 95 IBUs.  For an IPA lover, this is a great creation, and fairly complex rather then just a hop bomb.  Sure, it's a showcase... Read More »

Fermented Photo: BridgePort's Hop Czar

BridgePort's Hop Czar. BridgePort is now releasing 6-pack versions of their Hop Czar Imperial IPA. This beer was originally released in July 2008 as one of the beers in the brewery's "Big Brew" series. Read More »

Fermented Photo: Old Humbug Winter Warmer

Southern Oregon Brewing's Old Humbug Winter Warmer. You can probably guess from the Brewery's name that they don't reside in Portland.  However, now that they are bottling, it's much easier to get your grubby hands on their beers here in PDX.  Sure, Scrooge and humbugging are related to the Winter season, but "old" this and "old" that are traditionally reserved for Barleywine style ales.  Oh well, with a beer this good, I won't hold it... Read More »

Fermented Photo: Deschutes Red Chair NWPA

December 25, 2009
Deschutes Red Chair NWPA. Spring Seasonal (6-packs, 12-packs and draft) From the brewery: "Not up for a full–on hop assault? Red Chair NWPA is a smoother ride. Seven select European and domestic malts take a surprisingly plush, satin turn on the way to a citrusy hop kick. Edges out, layers in. Witness the subtle, aromatic seduction of the debut Northwest Pale Ale.  Red Chair NWPA is named for the oldest operating chairlift at Mt. Bachelor:... Read More »

Fermented Photo: Laurelwood's Auld Battle Axe

December 11, 2009
Laurelwood's Auld Battle Axe. This year, for their limited addition 1 Liter swing-top release, Laurelwood brings us a Scotch-style ale.  This is a style that's not seen too often around Portland.  Big on malt, high in alcohol, and very low on bitterness, this falls way outside of the comfort zone of many a PDX hop head.  But during these last few bitter cold days, this beer really hits the spot--warming you up from the inside... 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 »

On the Outside: Firestone Walker 13

November 30, 2009
Firestone Walker 13 We like to keep most of our coverage on the local Portland beer scene, hence the URL Makes sense to us.  A lot of beer news happens outside of our little beer utopia though.  Some of it is relevant, some of it is interesting.   Though our main concentration will remain in our community, we will be bringing you some worthy news from the outside in an aptly named column called... Read More »

Fermented Photo: 2009 Deschutes Abyss

2009 Deschutes Abyss. The lines stretched around the building on the release day.  Doesn't anyone have anything to do at 2:00pm on a Tuesday?  Don't I have anything to do?  Well, yes.  I was planning to swoop in, pick up a handful of bottles, and be back at work within 30 minutes—just like I did at the Dissident release.  Instead, I saw the line, circled the building in my car, wept, and went back to... Read More »

Brothers' Reserve: Cherry Oak Doppelbock

Brothers' Reserve: Cherry Oak Doppelbock. Last night, Widmer Brothers Brewing held a media dinner for the release of their new Brothers' Reserve series. This series is a semi-annual, limited release, that will alternate between recipes from Kurt and Rob. The inaugural release was created by Kurt: a Doppelbock, fermented with local dark cherries, and aged in bourbon barrels for three months--aptly named Cherry Oak Doppelbock. It is a complex beer: a nice cherry nose, and... 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 »

Fermented Photo: Widmer Brothers 25th Anniversary Double Alt

Widmer Brothers 25th Anniversary Double Alt. I'm not sure about the production scale or what markets this beer will reach, but if you see it, grab one! A huge double Alt, very well balanced, strong, sweet, nutty, and warming. 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 »

Upcoming Portland Beer Releases

February 10, 2009
Laurelwood Brewing Company Two big releases coming up this month show off two drastically different styles. First up is Laurelwood Brewing Company's release of it's Olde Reliable Barleywine:"This strong, deeply complex beer is truly for the connoisseur. Olde Reliable gets its rich color and flavor from loads of Pacific Northwest malt and an especially long boil. A dose of brown sugar in the boil add to the unique character of this ale. ABV: 10%, IBUs:... Read More »

2007 Bourbon Barrel Cask Moose and Squirrel!

Mashing at Laurelwood. Just a quick note. I stopped by the Laurelwood Pizza Co., ordered an Audacity of Hops, and was told that there was a 2007 (Heaven Hill) Bourbon Barrel Cask Moose and Squirrel on tap, and , uh, would I like some? Hell, yeah! There is only one cask of this, so get it while you can (or I will drink it all)! Seriously, I will drink it all. Thanks for stashing some... Read More »

Roots Organic Brewing Releases the Much Anticipated Flanders Red

Roots Flanders Red. The release of Roots Organic Brewing's Flanders Red has been a long time coming. Previous releases were canceled as Roots waited for the ideal time to start filling glasses. This beer has been around for over two years, fermenting, aging, blending, and waiting to be consumed. And for two years, the public has been waiting. From Craig Nicholls of Roots: "This is exquisite ale made with a blend of wild and domestic... Read More »

Hello Monkey, Goodbye Boss and Piston

Over the last few years, Laurelwood brewing company has seen some big changes. Original brewmaster Christian Ettinger left to start his own venture Hopworks. Taking the helm was Chad Kennedy. Without a dropping a pint, Laurelwood continued to put out it's stellar standard lineup and an enormous amount of seasonals. Soon after the roster change, Laurelwood opened up it's Sandy and 51st location. Now, they had a 7 barrel brew system at their 40th Avenue... Read More »

Portland Beer: January Releases

January 7, 2009
Dustin Kellner, Laurelwood Brewing Company. I just got a few emails from some of the brewers in town about some current and upcoming releases. These releases come from four very different breweries and cover quite a range of styles.Inspired by the the end of the world drama of our last winter snow storm, Laurelwood has released an Imperial Black IPA called: Arctic Apocalypse. "This is an Imperial IPA with a twist. It's actually quite black... Read More »

99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall

December 17, 2008
Old Lompoc Brewing's C-Note Imperial Pale Ale! OK, maybe 99 is an exaggeration, but Portland is seeing an increase in bottle releases from smaller breweries. From the serving tank to the pint glass, draft sales at local small breweries are an easy way to keep the cost of beer down. But many breweries have to turn to bottling in order to reach new markets and gain exposure for their beer. But it ain't easy.Smaller breweries... Read More »

Laurelwood's Moose and Squirrel Bottle Release

Laurelwood's Moose and Squirrel, a Russian imperial stout. Just a quick note about a great bottle release this week. Laurelwood Brewing Company just released their superb Russian imperial stout. For the first time, this brew is hitting the shelves in bottles, rather than just on tap. I'm not sure about the distribution, but these beautiful bottles are currently available at all of the Laurelwood locations.This limited edition run created only 500 1 liter, swing-top, hand... Read More »

Old Lompoc Blasts Portland with Six Holiday Seasonal Beers!

Bryan Keilty, New Old Lompoc's 5Q Brewery. Sometimes it's best just to let the beers speak for themselves. This is one of those times. New Old Lompoc has released six distinct seasonals covering a huge range of styles: Spiced Golden Ale, Belgian Style Strong Ale, Imperial Pale Ale, Strong Amber Lager, Aged Dark Barleywine, and a Vanilla Porter! Five of the releases are available at the various Old Lompoc locations and Brewdolph will be exclusive... Read More »

Lompoc Lager Night hosted by Bailey's Taproom

Limited Space: New Old Lompoc's 5Q Brewery Cooler. Portland is a land of ales. Lagers pop up as seasonals at a lot of breweries, but it's ales that dominate the Portland beer scene. Lagers are brewed the same as ales, with the exception of the yeast used. Lager yeast is a bottom fermenting yeast, that requires colder temperatures and a longer primary fermentation time than ales. Colder and longer fermentation has a large impact on... Read More »

Roots Organic Brewing: The Five Beers of Winter

Brewer Chip Conlon making the beer we love! Well, obviously no one told Roots that hibernation starts in winter. Over the next two months, Roots Organic Brewing will be hard at work releasing it's next five winter seasonals:11-26 Festivus Olde Ale 7.8%12-10 Chocolate Habenaro Stout 6.1%12-18 Epic Ale 14%12-31 Oak Aged Imperial Stout 10.5%*01-14 The Long Awaited Belgian Flanders Red 10.5%To kick off this seasonal surge, Roots is throwing a party on November 26th, starting... Read More »

BridgePort's Raven Mad Imperial Porter Released

Each bottle of BridgePort's Raven Mad Imperial Porter comes with 3D glasses to view it's 3D label. BridgePort's newest seasonal release, Raven Mad Imperial Porter is part of it's Big Brew series, which also includes Old Knucklehead Barleywine, Hop Czar Imperial IPA, and Hop Harvest Ale. About 185 Barrels of Raven Mad were brewed, making up 1300 cases of bottles, and the rest was kegged. This beer will be available in bottles and on draft... Read More »

41 Oregon Fresh Hop Beers in 2008!

September 29, 2008
Hops off the vine. Well, it's no surprise that we live in a hop utopia here in Oregon. Thanks to the Oregon Brewers Guild, we now have a way to show the world what happens here during hop season! They have compiled a list of all of the fresh hop beers released this season and wow, is it impressive! For the 2008 season, Oregon Breweries have produced 41 fresh hop beers. With 2000 barrels produced... 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 »

Bridgeport's Hop Czar Imperial IPA Preview

Bridgeport's Imperial IPA: Hop Czar. Available in 22oz bottles next week. Bridgeport's Assistant Brewmaster Jeff Edgerton gave the media a preview of their new release for their Big Brews series today. The Big Brews program started last October with their Hop Harvest Ale and continued on with Old Knucklehead and Stumptown Tart--all 22oz limited release bottles. Continuing this journey, Bridgeport has taken their flagship IPA, stuck a bike pump to the bottle, and had the... Read More »

What To Do If You Run Into a Big Black Homo

Walking Man Brewer, Jacob Leonard. Drink it. It's delicious.There were so many rumors about a Big Black Homo being released in Portland that I thought all the news outlets would be outside of Belmont Station. Man, FOX wasn't even there.Luckily, I was. This was Walking Man's dark malt version of their Homo Erectus, an Imperial IPA, and it was awesome. Walking Man Brewing is synonymous with big, quality beers and this was no exception. Based... Read More »

Elephant in a bottle?

Was it real, or just a dream? True story? I'm pretty sure. I've got a witness. Unfortunately, neither her nor I were given permission to break the silence. But, on the other hand, we weren't told not to break the silence. So, in the spirit of ambiguity, I've got a tale to tell. But, good journalists don't expose their sources and good journalists don't sit on important stories either. Luckily, I'm not a good journalist.... 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 »

Deranger 2008 Release

Pictured here in bottle form, but you can get yours on draft now! Just a quick note to let you know that Laurelwood has their unbelievable Deranger back on tap. Brewed as an entry for the 2008 World Beer Cup, you can get a local taste before it leaves for world domination. I know it's on tap at the Sandy & 51st location, but it may be available at the others as well. As the... Read More »