APEX Bar Announces Craft Brewers Conference Events

APEX bar

It’s too bad that the Craft Brewers Conference here in Portland only takes place over four days. Breweries, distributors and bar owners are cramming about a months worth of events into this very short timeframe so planning is of an essence for all craft beer lovers.

The latest bar to announce its CBC schedule is APEX Bar and its one that will surely delight the masses. APEX will be hosting 4 consecutive days and nights of craft beer bliss.

Day 1 – Tuesday, April 14
On the opening night of CBC, APEX will be hosting two different tappings. The first will begin at 2:00pm when 11 of the taps will be home to import legends, Shelton Brothers.

Then at 7:00pm will feature an evening with Firestone Walker and Boneyard Beer. These two breweries have a close friendship that began when Boneyard’s Tony Lawrence spent some time working at Firestone prior to launching Boneyard.

APEX Bar CBC Day 1

Day 2 – Wednesday, April 15
If Tuesday was not enough, Wednesday afternoon will bring a sequel to the original Gigantic & Friends that took place in 2013 as part of Gigantic Beer Week. For this go-round, Gigantic Brewing has returned the invite to Three Floyds and Solemn Oath while inviting Lost Abbey, Beau’s All Natural, Sun King and Surly to the tapping that launches at 2:00pm. Look for the new collaboration that Gigantic brewed with Three Floyds on their recent visit to Portland a few weeks ago. Not sure if this afternoon will feature an official assembly of the Order of the Black Phoenix but there are sure to be some former Rock Bottom brewers presenting their beers. Read More…

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Stone Brewing Releases Stone Imperial Russian Stout and Stone CHAI-SPICED Imperial Russian Stout

Stone 2015 Imperial Russian Stout and Chai-Spice Imperial Russian Stout

ESCONDIDO, CA – Each spring, craft beer enthusiasts actually look forward to encountering the IRS—Stone Imperial Russian Stout, that is. A rich, hearty beer that emphasizes the roasty, chocolaty essence of dark malts, it stands out from Stone Brewing Co.’s typically hoppy stock, with a smooth, velvety body that’s tasty when fresh, yet also perfectly suited for long periods of cellaring. And there is more to look forward to this year: As part of Stone’s “Odd Beers for Odd Years” program (AKA another excuse to brew something new and creative), the California-based brewery is releasing a version infused with tea and spices, 2015 Stone CHAI-SPICED Imperial Russian Stout, alongside the classic version of this annual release. Starting today, the pair will begin arriving in 22-ounce bottles and on draft at bars, retailers and restaurants in markets where Stone beer is sold.

Conceived by Stone President, Co-founder and original Brewmaster Steve Wagner in 2000, the recipe for Stone Imperial Russian Stout has been tweaked very little since the beer’s debut. Black malt and British roasted barley in the grain bill give the resulting beer an opaque black color and a roasty aroma. Intense bittersweet cocoa and coffee flavors give way to hints of anise and dark berry fruitiness. Enjoy, but exercise patience—as the stout warms, its bouquet unfolds, the texture becomes smoother and roasted qualities strengthen. Read More…

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Portland’s Gateway Brewing Releases Its First Beers

Gateway Brewing

Portland has the largest amount of breweries in the world and this number miraculously continues to grow. There are denser parts of the city with higher quantities of breweries but there are many areas and neighborhoods that are void of any locally produced beers. The farther east you go in Portland this lack of breweries becomes much more apparent. Venture east past I-205, this area is barren. The closest brewery to the Gateway area is Montavilla Brew Works that has yet to open its doors.

This is all about to change as Gateway Brewing is now up and running and has just delivered its first kegs to Bottles. Though the full vision from founders, Joel and Karen Sheley and Dave and Tracy Meyer, is not completely fully realized, the beer itself is now available and for sale.

Currently brewing out of a 1/2 BBL system in the garage of the Sheley household, Joel is now full time at the nanobrewery after leaving his position as a bike courier but with larger aspirations of operating a larger brewpub in the future. Joel has an extensive background in brewing but stepped away from it professionally over the past few years to work as a bike courier while planning his future brewing enterprise. As Joel states, “A dream that has now come to reality”.

Prior to launching Gateway Brewing, Joel has completed the advanced course at the American Brewers Guild, then worked for 1-1/2 years at Nor’Wester Brewing, which was followed by over 15 years at Widmer Brothers Brewing. His wife Karen also worked at Widmer for 6 years. The two of them have been around craft beer long enough to have the knowledge to make this venture work. Read More…

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21st Amendment Brewery New Down To Earth Session IPA

21st-Amendment-Downt-To-Earth-Session-IPA-Label

With winter now behind us comes a new session IPA from 21st Amendment Brewery with its new Down To Earth Session IPA. This new low ABV beer will join the brewery’s year round line up of beers in both 12oz cans and on draft.

Down To Earth is replacing 21st Amendment’s popular Bitter American but continues the story of HAM, the space chimp that was the focal point of its Bitter American cans. We hate to see Bitter American go but the new Down To Earth also comes in at the exact same ABV of 4.4% making this a truly sessionable beer.

The main difference between the two beers is in its hop bill. The new Down To Earth uses Cascade, Mosaic and Warrior while Bitter American used Cascade, Warrior, Simcoe and Centennial. Both beers are 42 IBUs.21st Amendment Down To Earth

From our tasting of Down To Earth we found this beer to be similar to many of the other session IPAs that are entering the marketplace. Creating a hop forward beer with lower alcohol is a challenge and in doing so these beers offer less body but in doing so also allows one to drink a few more of these. It’s an excellent choice for the upcoming summer cookouts or one to have with your lunch but will keep you functioning into the evening hours.

“Down to Earth is the natural evolution (pun intended) of our favorite chimp. It’s the second act of Ham’s story. He’s back home and enjoying some well-deserved relaxation,” explains Nico Freccia. “A tribute to unplanned adventures and unsung heroes, this is the ideal beer to enjoy after a long work day or when you have a full afternoon of play ahead.” In case you missed what HAM’s been up to… here’s a look at his pre-departure training and adventures in space. Read More…

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Oakshire Brewing Meet The Brewer & Portland Hellshire V Draft Release

Hellshire V  Pub from Oakshire Brewing

A few weeks back Oakshire Brewing held its 2nd Annual Hellshire Day at its Public House in Eugene. This annual event featured many barrel aged beers from across the country and the release of the highly coveted Hellshire V in both wax dipped bottles and on draft.

For those of you in the Portland area that were unable to make it down to Eugene on that day, you are in luck as the Portland Hellshire V release will take place on Thursday, March 26th at the Green Dragon. Though there is currently no confirmation on bottle sales, the only keg of Hellshire V making its way north to Portland will be at Green Dragon.

Oakshire’s Brewmaster, Matt Van Wyk, will be on hand from 6:00 to 8:00pm to discuss this year’s Hellshire V with those in attendance. Hellshire V Back Label from Oakshire Brewing

Van Wyk describes Hellshire V as “A hearty Export-style Stout aged for 9 months in freshly emptied Knob Creek bourbon barrels. Soft vanilla and cocoa notes intertwine with oak, bourbon, and the beer’s complex malt flavors. We’ve aged it for enjoyment now, or cellar it dry and cool for a few.” The beer is at a lower 8.3% ABV for a barrel aged beer with 25 IBUs.

For the evening, Green Dragon will be pouring the following selections from Oakshire:

  • Hellshire V
  • Barleywine
  • Perfect Storm IIPA
  • Over The Moon Chocolate Milk Stout
  • Gose to 11
  • Watershed IPA
  • Nitro Overcast Espresso Stout

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Cocktails on Tap: The Art of Mixing Spirits and Beer – Book Release

Cocktails on Tap The Art of Mixing Spirits and Beer by Jacob Grier

Local writer, bartender, and magician, Jacob Grier, will release his first full-length book this evening at Powell’s City of Books. Grier’s book featuring beer cocktails, Cocktails on Tap: The Art of Mixing Spirits and Beer, will hit bookstore shelves today, March 23rd.

Cocktails on Tap: The Art of Mixing Spirits and Beer is published by Stewart, Tabori, and Chang, which features an introduction form the well-respected Canadian beer writer Stephen Beaumont. Food photographer David L. Reamer captured the books photography.

Cocktails on Tap features more than 50 recipes for drinks using beer as its focal point ingredient. Grier developed and perfected these recipes from the bar programs that he led here in Portland at The Carlyle, Metrovino, and The Hop and Vine. He also co-founded the events group Brewing Up Cocktails, founded the annual Aquavit Week celebration, and worked with several prominent spirits brands.Jacob Grier

Some of the drinks featured in Cocktails on Tap include Mai Ta-IPA that is said to put a hoppy twist on the favorite tiki cocktail with the addition of an India Pale Ale. The Green Devil boosts the powerful Belgian beer Duvel with juniper-forward London Dry gin and a rinse of aromatic absinthe. These two are only a start of what is featured in the book. Beers that are an integral part of the recipes range from crisp lagers, pale ales, stouts and to sour Belgian-style ales are all highlighted to help guide the reader into the perfect beer cocktail. Read More…

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First Annual Ecliptic Brewing Beer Mile

Ecliptic Beer Mile
Beer and running are not always synonymous with one another. But this will be the case on Sunday, May 31st when Ecliptic Brewing will host its First Annual Beer Mile.

Starting time is 9:00am and will begin at the brewery in Portland’s Mississippi neighborhood with a complimentary beer, and end back at Ecliptic for live music and beer festivities. The one mile race will feature an out-and-back course that starts and finishes at the brewery.

“We could not be more excited about our first ever beer mile,” said Ecliptic owner and head brewmaster John Harris. “We hope to have friends old and new come out to enjoy a quick run and an epic after-party.” oregon food bank

For more information on the event and to register or to volunteer please visit: http://www.onemilebeerrun.com. Entry is $30 and includes an official race t-shirt, race bib, and best of all, two free Ecliptic beers (for all participants 21 years of age with valid ID).

The Oregon Food Bank will be the official charitable partner of the event. Ecliptic Brewing will have food collection bins on-site at packet pickup on race day. Attendees are encouraged to bring at least one can of non-perishable food.

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Sixpoint Brewery Takes Over The Woodsman Tavern’s Taps

Sixpoint Brewery at The Woodsman
Longtime friends, Shane Welch of Brooklyn, NY based Sixpoint Brewery and Duane Sorenson of Stumptown Coffee are coming together to showcase ten Sixpoint draft beers on Friday, April 3rd at The Woodsman Tavern in SE Portland. The event will run all evening, from 5:00 to 10:00pm featuring beer like the JD Willet Bourbon Barrel Aged Otis Stout and their belgian brew, Abigale. The Woodsman Tavern will have their full menu available that evening, including a full seafood raw bar. Shane Welch of Sixpoint Brewery

The 10 featured Sixpoint beers will be:

  1. Crisp Pilsner
  2. Sweet Action Ale
  3. Bengali IPA
  4. Resin Imperial IPA
  5. Abigale Abbey Ale
  6. FIle Under J Gose
  7. Righteous Rye
  8. Barrel Aged Signal
  9. Altbier
  10. JD Willet Bourbon Barrel Aged Otis Stout

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Coin Toss Brewing Plans to Open in June in Oregon City

Coin Toss Brewing Logo
OREGON CITY, ORE – March 10, 2015 – Oregon City’s burgeoning craft brewing scene will soon be joined by Coin Toss Brewing Co., slated to open in early June at 14210 Fir St, Suite H (off Beavercreek Rd., just west of Highway 213). The brewery is the vision of local radio personality Tim Hohl, who, like so many pioneering craft brewers before him, is taking his passion for homebrewing to the next level.

The 1,400 sq. ft. facility will house a brand new 10-barrel brewhouse, including four 10-barrel fermenters, all fabricated by Practical Fusion, stainless steel tank fabrication experts based in Portland.  The brewery will eventually include a taproom, slated to open in July, that will serve the brewery’s flagship Black Hole CDA (Hohl’s most popular homebrew), as well as an IPA, a Golden Ale and a Stout.

Perhaps most interesting will be Coin Toss’ rotating “Heritage Series” that will feature a regular selection of beers brewed using historical recipes. Hohl recently brewed a small beer based on a recipe found in a journal entry belonging to George Washington, using ingredients that closely resembled those of our founding father.

Tim Hohl of KPAM and Coin Toss Brewing

Tim Hohl host on KPAM radio and Coin Toss Brewing founder/owner.

“The more time I’ve spent telling stories about the craft beer industry, the more I’ve wanted to be a part of it,” said Hohl, who has been homebrewing for 20 years. “The people, the creativity, and the collaborative spirit are an inspiration. Plus I love history and the idea of merging it with my love of craft beer. I can think of no better place to do that than historic Oregon City.” Read More…

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Anchor Distilling HOPHEAD Vodka

Anchor Distilling Co. Hophead Vodka

Anchor Brewing has its origin dating back to 1896. Throughout the past century Anchor continued to brew its first and most popular beer, Anchor Steam. After experiencing a few financial setbacks Fritz Maytag purchased the brewery in 1965. Over the years Maytag would expand the brewery’s offerings and make it one of the originals in the era of craft beer.

Then in 1993 Maytag began its next venture into the frontier of spirits when Anchor Distilling was born. Just as he did with the craft beer movement, Maytag also helped kick start the craft distilling movement. Since its distilling operations began, Anchor received some notoriety for its Junipero Gin and Old Potrero Whiskey.Anchor Distilling Co. Hophead Vodka Cap

Now comes Anchor Distilling’s new offering in which it combines its knowledge of both craft beer and craft spirits with its launch of HOPHEAD Vodka. This vodka is entirely distilled from two different types of dried hops from the Yakima Valley.

Upon opening the bottle of HOPHEAD Vodka, one is overcome by a strong fragrance of hops. It’s almost as if you were walking in a hop field that is just about ready for harvest. And then when the HOPHEAD Vodka hits your tongue, a strong presence of hops is very evident. It is definitely a unique flavor that any fan of hoppy beers is sure to enjoy. Read More…

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