Ecliptic Brewing Barrel-Aged Orange Giant Barleywine Ale Release

Ecliptic Barrel-Aged Orange Giant Barleywine Ale

Back in February of this year, John Harris and his team of brewers at Ecliptic Brewing began filling Heaven Hill Bourbon Barrels with their Orange Giant Barleywine Ale. Now having rested for 10 months in these barrels, Ecliptic is set to release 22oz Bottles of Bourbon Barrel-Aged Orange Giant Barleywine Ale.

Finding its inspiration in the upcoming solstice, Ecliptic’s Orange Giant Barleywine will bring warmth to the chilly winter days. The release will take place at Ecliptic in North Portland on Saturday, December 20th beginning at 11:00am. Ecliptic will be serving this barrel aged delight on draft and will have less than 70 cases for sale of this rare beer.

“All of us at the brewery have been looking forward to the awakening of our Orange Giant,” said John Harris, owner and brewmaster at Eclipitc. “After spending 10 months in 12-year-old bourbon barrels, this barleywine packs a big punch.” Read More…


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Old Town Brewing Brewmaster Bolt Minister Parts Ways With His Award Winning Brewery To Start His Own Brewing Project in SW Washington

Brewmaster Bolt Minister
By Angelo De Ieso & D.J. Paul

Over the weekend we were privy to some sad yet positive news regarding the Portland area beer scene. As of Friday, Bolton “Bolt” Minister left his position as Brewmaster at Old Town Brewing in Northeast Portland.

This news caught us by surprise as Minister has been garnering some major national and international brewing awards over the past few years when he has been at the helm at Old Town Brewing. These have been various medals at both the Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup. Not too shabby of a resume for his short tenure at Old Town Brewing Co.

Now with Old Town Brewing in his past, Minister begins work in full to get things moving along with the opening of his own production brewery. No specific location has been found but he will open the brewery north of the Columbia River in Washington’s Clark County. This will allow him to brew his fabulous lower gravity beers closer to home
and his family outside of Vancouver.

Below you can read more about how Minister got into brewing and what lies ahead for one of Portland and the Northwest’s most personable brewers.

Where are you from originally?

BM: I was born, raised, and still live in Clark County Washington.

Tell us about your work history in the craft beer industry? Where did you work first? What got you into brewing?

BM: Finding brewing as a career was a funny route for me. I was a history major at Washington State University in Vancouver, where I wrote several papers on German immigration and the brewing industry. So it was a historical interest in the growth of the American brewing industry that first got me brewing beer with my wife at home. After that first batch at home I realized that I wanted to learn much more and soon became focused on pursing brewing as a career.

My first job was at Philadelphia’s in Sellwood where I brewed once a week, but mostly I was making cheese-steaks and reading any brewing book I could get my hands on. After Philly’s I moved to Astoria Brewing Company where I was able to work with some wonderful people and get a practical knowledge of how to helm a small craft brewing shop. From Astoria I went to Rock Bottom Brewing in Portland. It was at Rock Bottom where I really got a proper education in how to become a brewer by working for Van Havig and later Charlie Hutchins.

What beers have you won national awards for?

BM: The following medals have been awarded:

Gold – 2013 Great American Beer Festival – Cent’s & Censability Fresh Hop Pale Ale

Silver – 2014 World Beer Cup – I’d Like to Buy the World a Kolsch – Kolsch-style Ale

Bronze – 2014 World Beer Cup – Paulie’s NOT Irish Red – Irish Red-style Ale

Silver – 2014 Great American Beer Festival – I’d Like to Buy the World a Kolsch – Kolsch-style Ale

Cheers at Denver - Old Town Brewery's award winning craft beers under Bolt Minister

What are your favorite styles of beer to brew? Favorites to drink? Read More…


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TRiNiTY BREWiNG Garners Notable Awards

Jason Yester, aka "Saison Man", of TRiNiTY BREWiNG at 2014 FoBAB

Colorado Springs’ TRiNiTY BREWiNG has recently hit the national and international stage again with some notable awards and humbling mentions. Earlier this month TRiNiTY BREWiNG was awarded two Silver medals at Chicago’s Festival of Barrel Aged Beer (FoBAB) and has also been listed as one of the Top 25 beers in the world for 2014 from DRAFT MAGAZINE. Read More…


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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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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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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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