Full Sail Beers Sweep the World Beer Championships

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Hood River, Oregon – Nine gold and five silver medals from the World Beer Championships have just been added to Full Sail Brewing’s impressive list of awards and accolades. Every single beer entered by Full Sail has earned gold or silver medals at this year’s competition.

“To take home a silver or gold for every one of our beers is such an extraordinary accomplishment. At Full Sail we believe that brewing is the perfect blend of art and science and this sweep acknowledges the passion and commitment to quality that we bring to every brew with our 27 years of brewing. Balance, elegance and Session-ability are our defining brewery characteristics and we’re thrilled to once again earn the highest awards for our beers,” said Jamie Emmerson, Full Sail’s Executive Brewmaster. “We don’t brew our beers to win medals, but we’re honored when we do. Our customers are the ultimate judges and we strive to consistently brew all our beers with them in mind. Thanks to all our beer fans and friends for your ongoing support!” Read More…

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Burnside Brewing 4th Anniversary Celebration

Burnside Brewing 4th Anniversary

Portland, OR - Burnside Brewing Co. celebrates an amazing 4 years on Sunday, December 28, from 6-11pm with the release of two new beers and a party at the brewpub featuring free food, live music, and $4 beers all day.

A staple of Oregon’s thriving brewpub culture, Burnside Brewing Co. has become known as one of the top places to grab a bite as well as a brew. Focused on easy-drinking brews that can be simple or complex but always meant to be paired with food, the brewery takes the same approach to the pub menu with indigenous and handcrafted ingredients. Popular items continue to be the “Cohiba” duck confit cigar, housemade sausages, and pub burger.

The Burnside beer list ranges from the easy drinking Oatmeal Pale Ale to the GABF gold medal winning Sweet Heat, which features an amalgamation of apricots and scotch bonnet peppers. Recently the brewery has turned out a new take on “Hot Chocolate,” a stout with chocolate and habanero peppers that is paired perfectly with Chef Jimmy’s grilled tuna featuring stout braised leek coulis, fresh herbs, lemon preserve, pickled fresno pepper, and cocoa nibs. Read More…

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Stone Brewing Co. Releases Stone Smoked Porter with Vanilla Bean Today

Stone Smoked Porter with Vanilla Bean

ESCONDIDO, CA (December 15, 2014) – Some things just go together. Kittens and yarn. Snakes and airplanes. Hipsters and misuse of the word irony. For us, it’s Stone Smoked Porter with whole Madagascar vanilla beans. Ah yes, the famously delectable combination by Stone Brewing Co. is making its yearly appearance as a limited winter edition creatively named Stone Smoked Porter w/Vanilla Bean. Available in 22-ounce bottles and on draft, the fan favorite is now making its way to bars, restaurants and retail outlets in all states and territories where Stone beer is sold. Read More…

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Lompoc Brewing Old Tavern Rat Barley Wine Vertical Tasting

Lompoc Old Tavern Rat Barleywine Ale

Over the years, one of Portland’s longest running series of Barley Wine has been produced from Lompoc Brewing. Their popular Old Tavern Rat has been one that beer fans seek out every time its released.

On Tuesday, December 23rd, Lompoc will host a five year vertical tasting of Old Tavern Rat Barley Wine at their newly remodeled Sidebar in North Portland. Taking place from 4:00pm to Midnight, the vertical will feature vintages from 1998, 2005, 2007, 2011 and 2013. A flight of 4-oz pours of all five vintages will cost $25. Read More…

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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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Sixpoint Brewery Arrives in Portland: An Interview with founder Shane Welch

Sixpoint Beers Art Pic

Sometimes many fans of Oregon craft beer become oblivious to other craft brewers that originate from the east of us here in the Pacific Northwest. All too many times we thumb our noses at breweries that attempt to enter our often times somewhat secluded craft beer market.

Recently Portland has seen an Eastern U.S. based brewery, Fat Heads Brewery, open a brewpub here in the Pearl District. There were many naysayers from the local craft beer scene prior to their opening last month. But once these said doors were open, many were very impressed with their output. Impressed enough to return and now one can find their beer being served at our local tap houses.

This week, another Eastern U.S. based brewery will enter the highly competitive craft beer market of Portland. Via Running Man Distributing, beginning on Tuesday, Portland will now be treated to the highly coveted craft beers of Sixpoint Brewery from Brooklyn, New York. This is a huge grab by the young startup distributor, as any of Portland’s top selling distributors would have jumped at the chance to sign Sixpoint. Initially most of the Sixpoint beer that will enter the Portland market will be predominately draft along with a limited amount of their canned beer. Read More…

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2nd Annual Hellshire Day & Barrel-Aged Beer Fest Moves to March 14th

Oakshsire co-founder Chris Althouse and Oakshire Brewmaster Matt Van Wyk at Hellshire Day

Oakshsire co-founder Chris Althouse and Oakshire Brewmaster Matt Van Wyk at Hellshire Day

On the heels of last year’s Inaugural Hellshire Day & Barrel-Aged Festival, Oakshire Brewing is now moving the event Zwickelmania Day to March 14th. This move was made in part to allow this special, highly touted event to not be overshadowed on the day that Oregon Breweries host their annual statewide open house.

D.J. Paul at Hellshire DayEarlier this year we were fortunate enough to attend the first ever Hellshire Day. We managed our way through the rain filled day by keeping warm with the abundance of rare and sought after barrel aged beers from near and afar.

So its wise to make your plans now for the 2nd Annual Hellshire Day & Barrel-Aged Beer Fest at its Public House, on Madison Street in Eugene. Oakshire Brewing will release Hellshire V, the brewery’s fifth barrel-aged beer under the Hellshire label, on Saturday, March 14, 2015. Read More…

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The Commons & Upright Brewing Recipe Exchange

Upright brewer Alex Ganum (left) and Beetje brewer Michael Wright

The art of two or more breweries joining forces to collaborate on a beer is a process that has become the norm in the wold of craft brewing. However, as the Holiday Season approaches two of Portland’s well loved breweries got together for something a bit different, a recipe exchange.

On Friday, December 12th at Saraveza, craft beers fans will be able to rally behind Upright Brewing and The Commons Brewery to sample a beer that each brewery is well known and held in high regard for that was brewed by the other brewery. This unique recipe exchange has Upright Brewing taking on the challenge of brewing The Commons favorite refreshing farmhouse ale. Urban Farmhouse. On the flip side, The Commons takes on Upright’s popular wheat based table saison Four. Read More…

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San Francisco Brewers Guild Announces Initial Line-Up of SF Beer Week 2015 Events

San Francisco Beer Week

San Francisco, CA –  San Francisco Brewers Guild announces today tickets to SF Beer Week’s Opening Gala (Fort Mason Center, Herbst Pavilion; Fri, Feb. 6, 2015) are now on sale via Eventbrite. The Opening Gala is the largest, most-anticipated, and prestigious annual gathering of the Northern California craft beer community. 80+ breweries unite to serve beer enthusiasts the region’s most creative and compelling brews including their latest new releases, rare selections and classics all at one incredible launch to 10 days of festivities throughout Beer Week. Join 2,500 beer geeks at the kick-off party to SF Beer Week 2015 (Feb. 6 – 15, 2015), and grab your tickets soon as the Gala will definitely sell out! Read More…

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Widmer Brothers Brewing Meet the Brewer & BRRRBON ‘14 Release Party

White Owl Social Widmer Brrrbon '14 ReleasePress Release:

White Owl Social Club is proud and excited to once again host the release party for the yearly BRRRBON ‘14! The celebrated winter release is back, and in very very small quantities this year, due to Widmer’s high velocity “30 for 30” campaign. No bottles have been produced, so if you want it, come get it at one of Portland’s most cozy environments, and settle in next to the patio fire raging at full blast!

For those who don’t know, BRRR is Widmer’s annual Winter ale, and every year they take a small batch and age it in bourbon barrels for extra tasting pleasure. Most years, however, Widmer blends the raw aged batch with a little of the regular BRRR to cool it down a notch. But not this year! According to Widmer, for the 2014 BRRRBON, “100% of this beer was aged in barrels, it was not blended with non-barrel aged beer like our previous vintages.” That’s right folks, what you get is the raw product, 100% pure flavor country clocking in at a red hot 13% ABV after sitting in bourbon barrels for a cool 16 months! Read More…

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