Winners Announced in Beer Competition Brewed from Highly Purified Tualatin River Water

Pure Water Brew Competition Water

Hillsboro, Ore. — Winners of the Pure Water Brew Competition – the first-ever challenge to home brewers to create the best tasting suds with water drawn from the Tualatin River – were announced Monday. The winning Pure Water Brew was a Vox Max Belgian created by Ted Assur. Read More…

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This post was written by admin on September 9, 2014

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The Return of 10 Barrel Brewing’s Beer Wars IPA Fest

2014 Beer Wars IPA Fest

Just in time to help kick off Bend Brewfest is 10 Barrel Brewing’s Beer Wars IPA Fest. Now in its second year, Beer Wars is back on Wednesday August 13th from 5:00 to 10:00pm in the parking lot of their Bend pub. Read More…

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Oregon Breweries Win Big at Australian International Beer Awards

Australian International Beer Awards

Earlier today the Awards Ceremony took place for the Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA), and a few Oregon breweries faired quite well. Bend’s Deschutes Brewery won The Bargo Events Trophy for Champion International Beer for their Obsidian Stout. This is the top award given to the best overall international beer.

The other top prizes winners from Oregon include Read More…

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Oregon Takes Home 17 Medals at 2014 World Beer Cup

Two Kilts Brewing, World Beer Cup, Photos © Brewers Association

Last evening in Denver, Colorado the Brewers Association presented the awards for the World Beer Cup. Held every other year during the Craft Brewers Conference, this biennial global competition pits breweries from across the globe against one another in 94 different beer categories.

Breweries from the state of Oregon came home with medals from 17 beers along with the Small Brewing Company Category won by Pelican Brewery. Our neighbors to the north, Washington, went away with 8 medals and our eastern neighbor, Idaho, received 2 medals. Read More…

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Concordia Ale House Beer Brawl VII Results

Concordia Ale House

The results are now in for Concordia Ale House’s Beer Brawl VII and the 2014 winner is defending champion Oregon. For the second straight year the state of Oregon took top honors over Colorado, Washington and California in this 12 beer blind taster tray challenge.

Once all the votes were counted Oregon took home 313, Colorado had 209, Washington was close behind with 203 and in last place was California with 158 votes. And the Most Outstanding Beer during this year’s Beer Brawl goes to Read More…

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A Q&A With Falconer Foundation American Brewers Guild Scholarship Winner Daniel Russo

Glen Hay Falconer Foundation

The recipient of the 2014 Glen Hay Falconer Foundation scholarship to the American Brewers Guild has been announced and this year’s recipient is Daniel Russo from Oakshire Brewing of Eugene, OR. Dan will be attending the American Brewers Guild’s Intensive Brewing Science & Engineering course that runs from January through June 2014. The Intensive Brewing Science & Engineering course is a 22-week distance education program with a final week of residential instruction. The course is designed for brewers and homebrewers who lack formal training in brewing science and covers all the fundamentals of beer production and quality assurance.

In making its final decision, the Selection Committee members were impressed by Dan’s passion, dedication, and work ethic. They cited his roots as an innovative homebrewer, tireless contributions to the broader brewing community and genuine interest in living the ideals of the Falconer Foundation. In the words of a committee member: “Dan possesses a great combination of brewing talent, diligence, and understanding of the many disciplines of running and promoting brewery operations.  With the ABG education and his front-of-the-house experience, Dan will be an enormous asset to the success of the overall brewery.” The mission of the Foundation resonated in Dan, as another committee member highlighted: “What struck me about Dan was that he took the time and energy to learn about Glen and the Foundation.” Read More…

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Portland Breweries Win at 11th Annual Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beer

11th Annual FoBAB

This past weekend the 11th Annual Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beer (FoBAB) took place in Chicago, Illinois. Now being held for the second consecutive year in the Bridgeport neighborhood on the Southside of Chicago, this year’s event featured the largest amount of barrel aged beers ever gathered for this fantastic festival. An amazing amount of over 230 different barrel aged beers were entered into eleven of the different judging categories and were then later sampled during the festival’s two sessions.

This year also featured the largest amount of Oregon breweries to enter FoBAB. In the past Oakshire Brewing has been sending beers to FoBAB since 2009. The five Oregon breweries consisted of Breakside Brewery (3 beers), Deschutes Brewery (2 beers), Gigantic Brewing (3 beers), Oakshire Brewing (3 beers), and Widmer Brothers Brewery (3 beers) for a total of 14 beers.

FoBAB Crowd

Having attended this festival 10 of the 11 years, it was a delight to see many more of our Oregon breweries entering this year’s festival. FoBAB was much easier to attend when I lived in Chicago but I have been fortunate enough to attend every year since I made my way to the Pacific Northwest in 2009. This festival is definitely one to do whatever it takes to attend. Read More…

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The Best of the Best in BC Beer

Central City brewers accepting top honours at BC Beer Awards 2013

By Sara Hancock

BC Beer Awards tapOctober 19, 2013 was the 4th annual BC Beer Awards honouring the best of best craft beers being brewed in our beautiful province. The sold-out event was held at the Croatian Cultural Centre in Vancouver and hosted by CBC’s Stephen Quinn. While I was not able to attend I still wanted to share the list of winners and draw attention to BC’s ever-expanding and ever-diversifying craft beer scene.

A big congratulations to all the winners competition looked pretty stiff in some of the categories!

Here is the rundown courtesy of www.bcbeerawards.com:

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This post was written by Sara H. on October 31, 2013

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Oregon Winners at the 2013 Great American Beer Festival

Barley Brown's and Baker City Brewing Company staff under owner Tyler Brown and Brewmaster Eli Dickison accept their award for Very Small Brewery of the Year at the 2013 Great American Beer Festival

2013 Great American Beer Festival (GABF)2013 proved to be an exceptionally winning year for Oregon breweries and brewers at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF). This year the Beaver state takes home 25 awards for specific beers including an impressive 10 gold medals, 7 silvers, and 8 bronzes.  Further, two breweries and brewers received prestigious awards as best overall in their size rankings. Pelican Pub & Brewery of Pacific City, Oregon, under brewmaster Darron Welch received honors of Large Brewpub and Brewer of the Year. Welch’s brewery won 4 medals at the competition this year. In a newly added category, Very Small Brewery and Brewer of the Year, Baker City Brewing Company, the production brewery for Barley Brown’s Brewpub in Baker City, Oregon took home the honors under brewmasters Eli Dickison and Marks Lanham. Between the two breweries, they won 5 medals.  Here’s a look at all of the winners from Oregon at this year’s GABF: Read More…

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Loowit Brewing Wins Gold Medal at Inaugural Washington Beer Awards

Thomas Poffenroth and Devon Bray of Loowit Brewing

Since getting back recently into the Oregon and Washington, I have had the privilege of expBEERiencing so many great new breweries, pubs, and craft brew haunts. While the nation continues to see across-the-board growth in craft brewing, our little corner of the world is witnessing something of an almost incomprehensible magnitude. One of the best new spots I’ve had the pleasure of hitting up has been Loowit Brewing in downtown Vancouver, Washington.

America’s Vancouver, sometimes referred to as simply “The Couve” or even “Vantucky” has a much different vibe and culture than Portland, Oregon just across the river. With a lot less craft beer culture than the Rose City, The Couve is starting to finally get some traction in this department with a number of interesting events and openings that are sure to at last carve out a niche for Clark County’s largest city.

Sampler of craft beers at Loowit Brewing in Vancouver, WALoowit Brewing, founded by once homebrew champions and friends Devon Bray and Thomas Poffenroth, has been operating their 10-barrel brewery on Columbia Street near the I-5 Bridge since mid autumn and are now beginning to hit their stride. There has been a lot of learning and some growing pains according to the brewers who are delving into their first business venture of this magnitude and their first professional brewing gigs.

Last week, I stopped by the pub before they opened and met with Bray and Poffenroth to sample their wares. Every beer I tasted was spot on, from their lighter Lucid Golden Ale through their emoboldened Jack Daniels barrel-aged Truman’s Goddamn Strong Ale was clean well put together. I was particularly impressed with Read More…

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