Oregon Brewers Win at 12th Annual Festival of Wood & Barrel Aged Beer

FoBAB 2014

With the colder weather that has recently hit us, there’s nothing better than to hunker down with a big, bold barrel-aged beer to warm you up. And this past weekend we braved the even colder weather of Chicago to take in the 12th Annual Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beers (FoBAB).

Our good friend, Pete Crowley now of Haymarket Pub & Brewery, founded FoBAB back in 2003 at downtown Chicago’s Rock Bottom location. Since this time FoBAB has evolved to larger locations, then adding two sessions and with this year’s event adding another day for a total of 3 sessions. Read More…


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New Brews and New News from PINTS Brewing

Pints Brewing Co.

There’s a lot of great beer coming out of the small brewpub at 412 NW 5th Avenue, known simply as “PINTS.” Brewmaster Alan Taylor (former brewmeister at Widmer Bros) and company have been continually concocting (and decocting) a diverse array of traditional and innovative beer styles, both lagers and ales, for which we find it difficult not to pay notice and give well-deserved respect. PINTS opened in 2012 and boasts being the Oldtown/Chinatown neighborhood’s first brewery since Henry Saxer’s original Liberty Brewing Co. opened in 1852. With a mission of producing many traditional Northwest and British inspired ales using the best quality base and specialty malts along with Oregon grown hops, their beer is brewed in small 3.5-barrel batches. PINTS’ beers are “designed to be complex, yet focused, and ultimately beg another pint.”

PINTS Brewing

Check PINTS Brewing’s recent accolades for lead bartender Kory Linsenmeyer’s “Big Rig” Cascadian Dark Lager; and take note of a handful of new beers now available, as well as other fermented barley treats to come out soon: Read More…


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This post was written by Angelo on November 5, 2014

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Oregon Brewers Take Home 22 Medals From 2014 Great American Beer Festival

Barley Browns Takes Home 4 Medals at the 2014 GABF (Photo © Brewers Association)

Photo © Brewers Association

So another Great American Beer Festival is now behind us, and our beloved state of Oregon fared quite well in this 28th year of this event. Breweries from Oregon have brought home 22 medals from the 2014 Great American Beer Festival. This is quite an impressive total.

The 2014 GABF saw 49,000 attendees savor more than 3,500 beers from 710 brewers presenting their beers on the convention floor. The average number of competition beers entered in each category was 61.2 with the highest number of entries being 279 in the American-Style India Pale Ale category. Read More…


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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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