Blog Tag: Hopworks Urban Brewery

PDX Beer Braul Finals Tonight at Hawthorne Hophouse

Base Camp's In-Tents IPL was one of the easier beers to identify in the Braul While the rest of you were potentially loading up on cheap pints at Hopworks on the Tuesday of Portland Beer Week, I was enjoying the relative calm at the Fifteenth Avenue Hophouse for their PDX BEER BRÄUL at half price. The official write-up from the Hophouse can be found below, but I hope everyone was able hit either location (the original... Read More »

Fermented Photo: Pig War IPA from Hopworks Urban Brewery

This is a great IPA from Hopworks! I'm sipping the one pictured above as I type. Despite the IBUs at 80, the finish on this is not overly bitter, allowing the lush fruit flavors from the hops shine through. With wheat in the malt bill, the mouthfeel is silky. On tap this year, it was remarkable. This bottled version comes in a notch lower at fantastic—only because the hops are bit more muted in both the aroma and the... Read More »

Fermented Photo: Hopworks Urban Brewery Abominable Winter Ale

Abominable Winter Ale from Hopworks Urban Brewery brings us one step closer to winter. Catch this beer in cans, bottles, and on draft. During special occasions, it can be found under the name Kentucky Christmas for the awesome barrel-aged version. Available now in Oregon and Washington. From the Hopworks website: Abominable Winter Ale: 17 Plato | 70 IBU | 7.3% ABV "A-Bomb features a floral, spicy and citrus hop aroma backed up by a subtle,... Read More »

Fresh Hops are NOT the New Bacon

Fresh Hop French Press The Fresh Hops Workshop presented last Saturday night by Portland Beer Week at Saraveza's Bad Habit Room was an excellent opportunity to sample some outstanding fresh hop beers and to also experience fresh hops via other avenues. Like most craft beer drinkers in the Northwest, I love hoppy beers and look forward to fresh hop beers all year long. However, the workshop convinced me that, unlike bacon, hops do not make... Read More »

Fresh Hops Workshop at Saraveza

For those that thought Portland Beer Week was a week-long celebration of all things beer in Portland held every June, you would only be partially correct. The actual 'week' was held this year over a baker's dozen week of 11 days from June 7th to the 17th. In addition, PDX Beer Week is morphing into the gift that keeps on giving the whole year (much like a Jelly of the Month Club) by adding events... Read More »

Scenes from the Hopworks Urban Brewery BiKETOBEERFEST

BiKETOBEERFEST was a blast again this year! Here are some of my favorite moments from this year's action: Check out the rest of the photos here » Read More »

Aftermath: BiKETOBEERFEST Slams Another One Home

Plenty of bike parking available at the start of BIKETOBEERFEST The fourth annual BIKETOBEERFEST was held last Saturday at Hopworks Urban Brewery in SE Portland under bright sunshine and blue skies. Even though this was the intended result of moving the event up over a month, I know some people would have preferred a bit cooler temperatures to enjoy some of the heavier beers. Of the 13 beers on tap, two were barrel aged (Kentucky... Read More »


Although summer weather only recently arrived on a regular basis in Portland, Oktoberfest season officially kicks off this Saturday with Hopworks' BikeToBeerFest. I know Oktoberfest is a misnomer as it traditionally starts in September, but an early August start is pushing the limits of the 'season'. However, I won't hold it against them and plan on attending and partaking in the revelry. Here's what you definitely need to know: WHEN: Saturday, August 11 from 2:00... Read More »

Michigan Brewing Company Failure - Local Implications

Michigan Brewing Company, from When I was back home visiting family over the Fourth of July, my brother broke the news to me that Michigan Brewing Company was no more. This news blew up bigger for me than any fireworks display (with the possible exception of San Diego this year - those 15 seconds were pretty unbelievable). Not only had Michigan lost its fourth largest brewery, but the Lansing area and the state lost... Read More »

Fermented Photo: The HUB Organic IPA, Canned

What better way to get ready for the Fourth of July than a test run of the grill. Of course, the grill worked fine last weekend, so this is just another excuse to grill more food. And what test run would be complete without beer? For today's test-fire, I chose a newly canned Hopworks Urban Brewery IPA. Dark golden color with citrus (orange, grapefruit, mild lemon) and pine hop flavors, slight sweetness from the malt,... Read More »

Big, Beautiful Holiday Releases from Hopworks

December 18, 2011
Happy Holidays to all of Portland from Hopworks Urban Brewery! Big releases this week including one of the standouts at this year's Holiday Ale Festival: Kentucky Christmas (on Thursday). Today from the brewery is a double header of their Noggin' Floggin' Barleywine. As of noon, you can stop in and do a side-by-side comparison of the vintage 2009 version against the 2010 bourbon barrel aged version. Tuesday's Imperial Stout sounds great as well, so you... Read More »

A Traditionalists Review of BiKETOBEERFEST

Having been raised in a family with strong German roots, I have been to many Oktoberfest's. I love the taste of a good Bratwurst, weisswurst, potato pancakes and spatzel. I love the smell of the German food cooking, the sound of polka playing (only during Oktoberfest) and seeing people dressed in their lederhosen and dirndls laughing, dancing and having a good old Deutsch time. BiKETOBEERFEST isn't that. It's more like the strange second or third... 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: Bottlenecks

Hopworks Urban Brewery, from Left to Right: Rise Up Red, Ace of Spades Imperial IPA, Galactic Imperial Red Read More »

Looking Ahead: Upcoming Portland Bottle Releases

Looking for something new on the shelves? Here are a few releases that will be hitting the stores, well, sometime. While not new to draft lines, this is the first year that Hopworks' Galactic Imperial Red is being bottled. Draft description: "Our Galactic Imperial Red boldly goes where no Red has gone before. We gave it all the Centennial and Cascade hops we've got to bring the floral and citrus flavor and aroma to Warp... Read More »

Looking Ahead: Upcoming Portland Bottle Releases

The crystal ball has sent out its predictions again. From big, bold winter releases to a Framboise that's been in the works for nearly two years, these upcoming seasonal releases should help you through the rainy season! Read More »

Fermented Photo: Huffy Toss

The Huffy Toss event from the 2010 BiKETOBEERFEST at Hopworks Urban Brewey. Drink a beer (optional) Pick up a designated bike (required) Chuck it (required) View on black (recommended) Read More »

Scenes from BiKETOBEERFEST 2010

Custom bikes, flatland riders, live music, beer, and 70 degrees! Oh, I'll be back next year. In support of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance and Portland Sunday Parkways, Hopworks Urban Brewery threw a great party for cycling support and awareness in Portland. Check out the rest of the photos here. Read More »

HUB's BiKETOBEERFEST: Portland's Little Secret

Summer in Portland, Oregon means a different beer fest every weekend. Usually these festivals are laden with lines that last thirty minutes, tents crowded with shirtless boys whooping every ten seconds and all of the unique beers disappearing on the first day.  Keep in mind, I am not complaining.  I enjoy any event centered around drinking new beer.  I am merely putting my new love for the Hopworks' BiKETOBEERFEST into context. While I strolled through the... 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 »

Fermented Photo: Christian Ettinger, Mad Skills, Hopworks

Christian Ettinger, Mad Skills, Hopworks. Multitasking: Hopworks' Owner Christian Ettinger manages to give a tour, pour beer off of the tanks, and drink a pint at the same time. That's how you stay on top of your game. This was taken at the Organic Rise Up Red Release Party. Beer Geek Information: IBU: 60, ABV: 5.8% Read More »

Bottle Release: Organic Rise Up Red from Hopworks

Well, you don't have to take my word, last year the GABF bestowed a Gold Medal in the American Style Amber/Red Ale on this beer.  I haven't had this beer since it was out about a year ago and after trying again tonight, I'd have to agree with the GABF.  This beer is an amazing representation of the style.  Now, through a 22 ounce bottle, it'll be easier for you to get your hands on... Read More »

Fermented Photo: Ace Of Spades Imperial IPA, Hopworks

Ace Of Spades Imperial IPA, Hopworks Urban Brewery. HUGE Imperial IPA. Find it while you can, limited bottling. Beer Geek Information: IBU: 100 Plato: 21.5 ABV: 9.2 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 »

Fermented Photo: Hopworks IPA

Hopworks Urban Brewery, Organic IPA. In the past couple of weeks, Hopworks beer has been popping up on shelves around town. It's great to have another local beer to support when out at the store, especially the Hopworks releases: Deluxe Organic Ale, IPA, Survival Stout, and Crosstown Pale. So, get out there and get some! Read More »

Beer of the Month - Hopworks Sasquatch Strong Ale [February 2009]

Hopworks Sasquatch Strong Ale [February 2009] Way to go Hopworks, three beers of the month in a row. How did you do it this time? You collaborated with Eugene area brewers to honor Glen Falconer, AKA "Sasquatch", using Glen's own recipe from his days at Wild Duck brewery in Eugene. I did not know Glen or even know of Glen before trying this beer, but I feel I can safely say that HUB honored the... Read More »

Beer of the Month - Hopworks Noggin Floggin' Barleywine [November 2008]

Hopworks Noggin Floggin' Barleywine [November 2008] Well, we're back. Our Beer of the Month segment has been missing for a few months, but we're going to get back on track and make sure to keep this section up to date. We've got some napkin and coaster notes from past months, so we'll go back and fill in some earlier missed months as well.November's Beer of the Month installment is Hopworks Noggin Floggin' Barleywine. The official... Read More »

Photos: Behind the Scenes at Hopworks Urban Brewery

Thanks to Christian Ettinger, Ben Love, Jaime Rodriguez, and Mike Price for letting me get in their way to shoot the brewery! Check out the rest of the photos here. Read More »

Beer of the Month - Hopwork's Original Red [June 2008]

Hopwork's Original Red [June 2008] OK, it's officially beer season! I know, beer season here is year round, but you've got to shout it out once in a while. It's time for the Winter vampires of Portland to finally get some sunshine and visit the outdoors without layers of protective rain gear. One of your first stops should be to Hopworks Urban Brewery to check out their new seasonal Original Red.Brewer's description:"This full bodied NW... Read More »

Hopworks Urban Brewery Official Opening Date!

Christian Ettinger, Owner of the HUB This just in! Official Hopworks Urban Brewery Announcement:"Hopworks opens for business on Tuesday, March 25th!Hopworks Urban Brewery is excited to announce that we will be opening our doors on Tuesday, March 25th at 11:00am. Construction is finally complete and the taps are flowing with ten Organic, handcrafted beers.We look forward to seeing you and your friends at the HUB. Cheers!" Read More »

Photos: Hopworks Urban Brewery Preview

Photos from Hopworks Urban Brewery. Check out the rest of the photos here. Read More »

Hopworks Urban Brewery Preview

February 16, 2008
Owner Christian Ettinger enjoying the warmth of his custom fireplace. Christian Ettinger was kind enough to give me a tour of his new place, Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB). If you're thinking that this will just be another place to add to Portland's already extensive list of breweries, you're quite a bit off the mark. But I don't blame you. I thought that as well before getting a glimpse of the future HUB empire.Let's start with... Read More »