9th Annual FredFest

Happy Birthday Fred Eckhardt at FredFest

The month of May is right around the corner and this means the return of FredFest to Hair of the Dog Brewery and Tasting Room. Now in it’s 9th year, FredFest will take place on Sunday, May 4th. Read More…

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An Interview with Trinity Brewing’s Jason Yester for Saraveza’s 2nd Annual Farmhouse & Wild Ale Festival

Trinity Burn Barrel Logo

Next weekend, Saraveza and Bad Habit Room will host the 2nd Annual Portland Farmhouse & Wild Ale Festival. This year’s event will feature over 30 breweries throughout the two-day festival that’ll take place on Saturday, March 29th and Sunday, March 30th.

Over the past few years farmhouse style ales have become more popular and prominently featured at more craft beer bars. This style is also pulling in more novice craft beer drinkers. Read More…

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Double Mountain Bottled Kriek Beers Release

Double Mountain Kriek Bottles

Over the past seven years Double Mountain Brewery has been conducting a “7 year experiment in fermentation, farming, cellaring, bottling and engineering” to bring to the public their now highly sought after Devil’s and Tahoma (The beer formerly known as Rainier) Kriek. Now these two excellent beers will be available in very limited run bottles for fans to enjoy wherever they choose.

On Saturday, Double Mountain Brewery is introducing a limited release of the first ever bottled Devil’s and Tahoma Kriek beers in custom designed 12.7oz split champagne bottles. The limited Kriek bottles are available for purchase at Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom in downtown Hood River on Saturday, February 8th upon their opening at 11:30am. Read More…

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Elysian & West Flanders Brewing Make Super Bowl Wager

Elysian Brewing - Go Seattle -12th Man

With all of the Super Bowl hype between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos that keeps building with each new day this week, there’s a nice friendly wager happening between two breweries from Washington and Colorado. Seattle’s Elysian Brewing will be putting up their Seahawks against Boulder’s West Flanders Brewing and their Broncos to see which team and brewery comes out on top.

The terms of the wager are significant. The head brewer for the brewpub of the winning city’s team will be flown to the losing team’s city, at the loser’s expense. Read More…

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Winter Bikes and Winter Beer!

Velo pFriem

Combining two of Portland’s favorite activities of bicycling and beer, NE Portland’s Velo Cult has done just that. Velo Cult is a bike shop and tavern all under one roof. You can sit at the bar or peruse the bike shop while enjoying one of their revolving draft beers.

This Saturday from 6:00 to 9:00pm, Velo Cult is hosting an event the brings bikes and beers together. Come meet Eric Estlund of Winter Bicycles and Josh Pfriem of pFriem Family Brewers. Eric makes hands down, some of the most beautiful bicycles. Come see some of the bikes Estlund will be showcasing. Just as beautiful are the beers Josh Pfriem and his team brew in Hood River. Read More…

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This post was written by D.J. Paul on January 9, 2014

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White Owl Social Club Hosts Masters of IPA

Masters of IPA

For all of you IPA lovers out there make sure to clear your calendar on Tuesday, January 21st for White Owl Social Club’s “Masters of IPA” event. White Owl is bringing together 5 highly respected brewers of hoppy West Coast IPAs for a 5-way Meet The Brewer event. All of the IPAs have been hand picked by each of the brewers attending.

Masters of IPA will feature Mitch Steele of Stone Brewing, Shawn Kelso of 10 Barrel Brewing, Tyler Brown of Barley Brown’s, Tony Lawrence of Boneyard Beer and Portland’s soon to be opening Matt Cole of Fat Head’s Brewery. Read More…

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Brewmaster’s Corner–Episode #12: Catching Up With Oakshire Brewing

Oakshire Brewmaster Matt Van Wyk

By Matt Van Wyk, Brewmaster of Oakshire Brewing

Ah, the year in review. It’s always fun to look back at what we’ve accomplished since we are always so focused on what lies ahead.  And, boy, do we have a lot lying ahead of us here at Oakshire, but more on that in a bit. For now, let’s see what we’ve done on this last trip around the sun.

Just like everyone in the craft beer industry, we continue to grow and manage all the changes that come with it. For perspective, we made roughly 6,500 barrels of beer in 2012 and have typically been on a 40-60% per year growth pattern. This year is no exception as we are aiming to close out the year around 9,100 barrels. As we started the year, we knew that our ever-increasing tasting room business was going to need to be dealt with.  If you’ve visited our brewery, you know the old tasting room was right in the forklift lane. That’s not good for inviting more thirsty folks to our brewery. Because of that, we really only did public sales on Friday afternoon and Saturday. 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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Interview with Beer Geeks Host Michael Ferguson

Michael Ferguson Portrait courtesy of Beer Geeks TV

For this weeks episode of the newly syndicated television show Beer Geeks, the show will be highlighting Portland. Beer Geeks is hosted by Michael Ferguson, who by day is BJ’s Brewhouse’s Director of Brewery Operations. We were able to discuss with Ferguson his background and his thoughts on craft beer and what lies ahead for his show Beer Geeks.

This past summer Beer Geeks crew visited Portland to film segments featuring Alameda Brewing and Burnside Brewing’s Fruit Beer Festival. Previous episodes from the first season have already featured Hair of The Dog Brewery and another featured Rogue Ales and Spirits in Newport, Oregon.

The 30 minute TV show is one that visits different cities to highlight a brewery in that city. Ferguson also spends some of the time in the kitchen to showcase some food dishes that are prepared with beer. Read More…

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Beer Geeks Portland Episode Airs Saturday

Beer Geeks TV

Portland, Oregon will be the featured city on this week’s episode of Beer Geeks. This past summer the Beer Geeks crew visited Portland to film around town featuring Alameda Brewing and the Burnside Brewing’s Fruit Beer Festival. Previous episodes from the first season have featured Hair of The Dog Brewery and another featured Rogue Ales and Spirits in Newport, Oregon.

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