Laurelwood Brewing Co. Hires New Brewmaster

Shane Watterman of Laurelwood Brewing

New Laurelwood Brewmaster Shane Watterson

Laurelwood Brewing Company can count it’s history of notable brewmasters on one hand, which speaks volumes considering the turnover we see in many other regional craft brewhouses with the success and quality, innovation, and consistency that this particular brand has established. Following in the footsteps Hopworks Urban Brewery’s founding brewmaster Christian Ettinger, Worthy Brewing’s first brewmaster Chad Kennedy, and most recently, well-traveled and much studied and accomplished recent brewmaster Vasilios Gletsos, Laurelwood proudly has announced the designation of our friend, brewer Shane Watterson. Watterson has been brewing with Laurelwood over the past four years. Before that, we knew him as a familiar brewery face at Deschutes Brewery. Congrats to Shane! Here’s more details from Laurelwood about Shane, his history with beer and what to expect: Read More…

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The Craft Beer Boom Discussion at The Green Dragon

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Over the course of the past 30 years the state of Oregon has been at the forefront of the craft beer revolution that is taking place across the globe. As of today there are 188 breweries that call Oregon home and this number seems to be growing every month.

With all of this growth there are also concerns on where the industry currently stands and what does the future hold. Is the industry near capacity? If not is there room for more breweries and pubs? And when will this so called bubble burst?
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Walking Man Releases Memorial Fund “Walking Back Home” ISA

Walking Man Head Brewer James Landers honors his mother Shari who recently passed from cancer by brewing a delicious India Session Ale in her memory.

Our friend James Landers is an excellent brewer who is the man currently behind the delicious craft beers at Walking Man. When he asked us to pass this along, it was a no-brainer. Read his words below, give generously, and drink up! Cheers!

James Landers and his lovely wife SofiaHello, my name is James Landers and I am the Head Brewer at Walking Man Brewing in Stevenson, WA. A few months ago my mother was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer and given anywhere from weeks to a year to live. The cancer was quick and aggressive; I lost my mother just a couple months after the diagnosis. During that time we threw everything we had at making her comfortable, medications, and hospital visits and the bills and back rent piled up. We have always been a blue collar working family living check to check so this has been a huge financial blow to us. Fortunately we have great friends and an amazing community to help and support us. Extra fortunately two of those people are Bob Craig, the founder and owner of Walking Man Brewing, and Kevin Waters, the owner/operator of Backwoods Brewing.

Bob graciously agreed to let me create a fundraising memorial beer for my family and in honor of my mother. Kevin contributed half of the ingredients and will be using Backwoods as another outlet in which to pour the beer and raise money. Each brewery will be contributing a dollar per pint sold to help with my family’s costs stemming from this ordeal. So I guess what I am asking from you is maybe just a quick tweet, shout out, article, blog, blurb, or anything really to announce what we are doing here. Here’s some details on the beer:

Releasing today 8/28 at Walking Man Brewing’s taproom and soon at Backwoods.

Walking Back Home ISA
4.2% ABV
55 est. IBU

The beer pours a pale gold with a thick cream head. Brewed with Columbus, Centennial, Ella, and Summer hops the nose hits with pine and herbal notes with just a bit citrus. The hops are well balanced by the light malt body creating resinous flavors of melon, mint, and a touch of tangerine. Finishes fairly dry with a medium bitterness. Read More…

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Old Town Brewing and Rock Bottom Collaborate on Saved by the Helles

Rock Bottom brewer Charlie Hutchins (left) and former brewer, now at Old Town Brewing Bolt Minister

Continually coming up with excellent beers along with their corresponding beer names, Old Town Brewing’s Bolt Minister recently collaborated with Rock Bottom’s Charlie Hutchins on Saved by the Helles. This collaborative brew that took place at downtown Portland’s Rock Bottom will also be host to the beer’s release on Thursday, August 14th beginning at 5:30pm. Read More…

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McMenamins Celebrates Oregon Craft Beer Month

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With Oregon Craft Beer Month chugging along Oregon’s brewpub pioneers, McMenamins, has just completed a video that showcases their brewing philosophy. This video features many of their brewers including 23 year McMenamins veteran Rob Vallance along with Jen Kent, Mike “Curly” White, Drew Phillips, and Bruce Loux as they discuss their brewing process in which they develop their craft beers. Read More…

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BREW DOGS Season Two Preview and Interview with James Watt

Brew Dogs Martin Dickie (left) and James Watt (right)

Returning tonight to the Esquire Network is Season Two of BREW DOGS. James Watt and Martin Dickie, founders of the UK’s fastest growing brewery, BrewDog, return to create more craft beer anarchy when season two of BREW DOGS premieres tonight, Wednesday, June 25 at 9/8c.

This new season will take the Brew Dogs to 10 different US craft beer towns to celebrate their distinctive craft beers and heritage. Read More…

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Changes at Sasquatch Brewing Company

Sasquatch Brewing Company

With the recent news that Charlie Van Meter of Sasquatch Brewing will be stepping down as Head Brewer, it is now confirmed that Mike Paladino will be taking over the reigns at Sasquatch. After two years at Sasquatch, Van Meter will soon be moving to the Hood River area to become Logsdon Farmhouse Ales first assistant brewer, under the guidance of Charles Porter. Read More…

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10th Annual Sasquatch BrewAm Golf Tournament

 Quentin Falconer Giving Out Instructions at BrewAm

The 10th Annual Sasquatch BrewAm Golf Tournament returns to McMenamins Edgefield on Friday, July 25th. The BrewAm is your chance to rub shoulders with your favorite brewers and enjoy a great day of fun, beer, and golf on grounds of the beautiful McMenamins Edgefield.

If you have never played in the Sasquatch BrewAm Golf Tourney you’re missing out. This charity golf outing allows you to get paired up with one of your favorite brewers and then go out and play this par 3 course. Read More…

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Eugene Beer Week Celebrations with Peter DeFazio & Charlie Papazian

Beer Celebrations with Peter DeFazio & Charlie Papazian

As Eugene Beer Week moves along Representative Peter DeFazio welcomes Charlie Papazian to Eugene for a few events and fundraisers for the career politician’s re-election campaign. Papazian, President of the Brewers Association, will be a featured guest on Thursday, June 5th, at a Celebration at Oakshire Public House from 5:00 to 7:00pm followed by a Brewers Dinner held at Grit Kitchen and Wine beginning at 7:30pm. Read More…

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Brewmaster’s Corner: Cheer to a Belgian Beer

Matt Van Wyk pours some barrel-aged sours at Oakshire's barrel room in Eugene, Oregon

For the eighth year in a row, Oregon Brewers are gearing up for the annual salute to all things Belgian, Cheers to Belgian Beers Festival. The fest will once again be held at Metalcraft Fabrication in Portland and will run Friday May 30th from 5-9 PM and Saturday May 31st from 12-8 PM. And for the fifth year in a row, or so, Oakshire Brewing will be participating in this unique and enjoyable festival. I’ve been asked to say a few words about the festival and our entry, Saison Debutant, and how the beer came about. Read More…

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