Bazi Bierbrasserie to Brew 4th Year Anniversary Beer in Belgium

Bazi Anniversary Cake

Portland, OR – Plans are underway for Bazi’s (1522 SE 32nd Avenue) 4th Year Anniversary to be held on Wednesday, May 27th. In preparation for that festivity, Hilda Stevens, Bazi’s proprietor will be traveling to Belgium this month to collaborate with ‘t Hofbrouwerijke on a Belgian tripel.

Hilda Stevens at the 2014 OBFHilda has collaborated on three beers with Lompoc Brewing in previous years. “Brewing in Belgium just felt natural this time around as we begin planning our 4th Year Anniversary party. Geoff is a talented and passionate brewer and ‘t Hofbrouwerijke’s unique open fire fermentation process will bring out the flavor profile in this tripel-style beer we’re creating,” stated Stevens. Read More…


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Growlers Hawthorne collaborates with Buoy Beer on Anniversary Imperial IPA


PORTLAND, Ore. – Growlers Hawthorne has collaborated with Buoy Beer Co. to produce a proprietary Imperial IPA. The collaborative beer will be released at a party to celebrate both companies’ one year anniversary on Feb. 7 from 6 to 8pm at Growlers Hawthorne, 3343 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Samples of the beer will be provided and representatives from Buoy will be on hand to talk about the Imperial IPA.

Buoy BeerA number of team members from Growlers Hawthorne traveled to Buoy Beer in Astoria to help brew the Imperial IPA, which is made with Galaxy and Mosaic hops. “Watching the brewing process showed me how creative, knowledgeable and committed Buoy is to making damn good beer,” stated Adi Zweier. “I am so excited to share the experience with our customers at Growlers Hawthorne.” Read More…


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This post was written by admin on January 22, 2015

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Washington Beer’s 6th Annual Belgianfest

BelgianFestThe 6th Annual Belgianfest will take place on Saturday, January 31st, 2015 at Bell Harbor International Conference Center on Seattle’s waterfront.

Belgianfest highlights the fascinating beer culture of Belgium by showcasing 80+ Belgian-style beers crafted by Washington breweries. Featured beer styles include Tripels, Dubbels, Saisons, Wits, Abbeys and Lambics. All of the beers will be brewed with Belgian yeast.

Saturday, January 31st, 2015
Session 1: 12:00-4:00 pm
Session 2: 5:30-9:30 pm

Advance Tickets on sale now.
$35 advance tickets/$40 at the door while supplies last
Admission includes a commemorative tasting glass & ten 4 oz. tastes
Designated driver admission is $5 and available at the door only (includes free water/soda) Read More…


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New Belgium Brewing and Stay Wild Magazine Present West Coast Slow Ride Adventures


Ft. Collins, Colo., January 19, 2015 – In honor of Slow Ride Session IPA, New Belgium Brewing’s latest year-round release, the brewery has teamed up with Stay Wild Magazine to offer beer lovers the chance to win one of four West Coast adventures, plus festival passes, camping and rad gear for two.

New Belgium Brewing will get the winners there and back, but first they must prove they’re up for the adventure by tagging their most epic travel photos with #WestCoastSlowRide. The first adventure up for grabs is a New Belgium favorite – the Red Rock Rendezvous.

Sure, you’ve been to Vegas before, but probably not like this. Trade in the slots and dice for painted desert canyon walls and world-class climbing for all levels of explorers. Hundreds of climbers and outdoor enthusiasts gather for an amazing weekend of camping, workshops, gear demos, clinics and, of course, cold craft beer at Red Rock Rendezvous.

Winning the #WestCoastSlowRide Red Rock Rendezvous adventure is any adventurer’s dream. The winners will travel in style with:

  • A full camp setup from TICLA – because you gotta be comfy and cozy after a long day of climbing;
  • A full camp kit from Stanley – because you’ll need some sturdy storage for all those sessionable IPAs;
  • An ENO Double Nest Hammock – to help you kick back and relax after all the exploring;
  • And a Yakima rack for your vehicle – because you’ll need a way to transport your two, brand-new Fat Tire cruisers! Yes, TWO!

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Fort George & The Commons Collaboration with Plazm Magazine on Plazm Farmhouse Ale

Fort George & The Commons Plazm

Astoria’s Fort George Brewery recently teamed up with Portland’s The Commons Brewery to collaborate with Plazm Magazine that resulted in Plazm Farmhouse Ale. This new 3-Way Collaboration will be a limited seasonal beer that’s available in 16oz four packs and on draft. Look for Plazm Farmhouse Ale beginning on January 23rd across the Pacific Northwest.

Here’s are more details from Fort George’s press release:

The Northwest loves independence. With locally sourced foods, neighborhood craft breweries, and indie record labels and magazines, people here take pride in sidestepping the establishment. In many ways Fort George’s latest collaboration represents this spirit – from the satisfyingly messy 16-ounce can design, to the dark Saison within. It’s a blatant disregard to a hop-heavy culture. Introducing Plazm Farmhouse Ale: a limited Pacific Northwest collaboration featuring the art of Plazm magazine and the craft brewing of Fort George and The Commons. Read More…


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Wyeast Laboratories, Inc. and Draft Magazine Name Winners of The 2015 Ice & Ales Invitational

DRAFT Magazine and Wyeast Laboratories Ice & Ales
Eagle, Colo. (January 14, 2015)— This past Friday, two dozen leading craft brewers and brewery executives descended upon Sylvan Lake outside of Eagle, Colo., for the first annual 2015 Ice & Ales Invitational, hosted by Wyeast Laboratories, Inc. and DRAFT Magazine. The hospitality event was held in conjunction with the 15th Annual Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines Festival. The event kicked-off with eagles soaring overhead, while participants rotated between ice-fishing shanties and a warming cabin, competing to catch the most and biggest fish of the day. Participants also battled for individual prizes and the right to be named the 2015 Ice & Ales Grand Champion Brewery.
“It’s perfect weather, and we’re all enjoying sitting outside in the sunshine,” noted Wyeast Laboratories, Inc. founder Jeanette Kreft-Logsdon while ice fishing and sipping on an Mephistopheles’ Stout from Boulder-based Avery Brewing Company. “The Ice & Ales Invitational creates camaraderie among our participants as we hang out in a unique environment.”

2015 Ice & Ales Invitational Winners:

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3rd Annual No Wheat? No Sweat Gluten Free Beer Dinner

Bazi Bierbrasserie
Portland, OR – Got a new beer resolution? Bazi Bierbrasserie and Merchant Duvin importers are teaming up for the 3rd Annual No Wheat? No Sweat gluten free dining experience on Wednesday, January 21 starting at 7 PM.

During the seminar, participants will get to:

  • Learn about gluten-free beverage options
  • Choose between a beer or cider / food pairing option
  • Experience some of the world’s top ranked gluten-free beverages

Merchant du Vin

The 3-course menu includes the following: Read More…


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This post was written by admin on January 14, 2015

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Ninkasi Brewing Announces New Distributor Partners in Southern Oregon and Western Washington

Ninkasi Brewing Company

EUGENE, Ore.—Jan. 13, 2015—Ninkasi Brewing Company proudly announces partnerships with Oregon and Washington wholesalers, Bigfoot Beverage Distributors and The Odom Corporation. Starting January 26, Bigfoot Beverage Distributors will distribute Ninkasi throughout Downstate Oregon, followed by distribution in Western Washington by The Odom Corporation beginning February 9. Formerly territories covered by wholesalers owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev (ABI), this move marks Ninkasi’s commitment to partnering with like-minded, craft-focused distributors in the region.

“We believe these new partnerships in Oregon and Washington will be the best thing for our company, our retail partners and our Ninkasi fans in the region,” explains Nikos Ridge, CEO and co-founder of Ninkasi. “We are committed to being an independent and locally-owned craft brewery, and feel we will be better aligned long term with independent and locally-owned wholesalers.”

Bigfoot Beverages“Our Bigfoot team is excited to partner with Ninkasi; a premier local craft brewery poised for continued growth who also shares many of our same corporate values and beliefs,” adds Eric Forrest, co-president of Bigfoot Beverages. “It’s a tremendous opportunity to pair local craft with local distribution while creating more jobs in our communities.” Read More…


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Stone Re-Brews Popular Collaboration: Baird / Ishii / Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA

Stone Brewing Japanese Green Tea IPA

ESCONDIDO, CA (Jan. 12, 2015) – At Stone Brewing Co., collaboration beers are looked at as an opportunity to get creative, experiment well beyond day-to-day brewing parameters, and utilize unique techniques and ingredients—all while celebrating the spirit of craft beer camaraderie. These beers are rarely brewed again, but in a gesture to outspoken and engaged craft beer fans, Stone is revisiting a particular collaboration that was first brewed in 2011 with Guam’s Ishii Brewing Co. and Japan-based Baird Brewing Company. Baird / Ishii / Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA is brewed with Japanese sencha green tea and five different hops, including Sorachi Ace, a varietal originally developed in Japan. Starting today, the IPA will begin arriving in 22-ounce bottles and on draft at restaurants, bars and retail outlets in markets where Stone beer is sold.

Stone Brewing Japanese Green Tea IPA BottleAfter the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami, Toshi Ishii, the owner of Ishii Brewing Co. and a former Stone Brew Crew intern, contacted Stone CEO and Co-founder Greg Koch to propose collaborating on a beer that would raise funds for recovery efforts (a total of $64,000 was donated to the Japanese Red Cross Society as a result of the project). Koch discussed the collaboration with Stone President and Co-founder Steve Wagner and Stone Brewmaster Mitch Steele, and suggested Bryan Baird of Baird Brewing Company as the third collaborator, since he had met and visited Baird’s brewery in Japan a few years earlier. Steele, Ishii and Baird decided to harness the Japanese food culture’s affinity for tea by brewing an IPA that would feature green tea from Japan.

“This beer was beloved when it was first released, but due to the hop availabilities and creative nature of collaborations, we decided to swap out the original beer’s now very rare Pacifica hops from New Zealand for Helga hops from Australia,” explains Steele. “We brewed exactly the same recipe, targeting the same original gravity; however, since we’ve improved our brewing and fermentation processes, the alcohol by volume rose from 9.2 percent to 10.1 percent. The result is a heftier beer that perfectly highlights the earthy spice flavors that the Japanese green tea provides.” Read More…


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New Belgium Brewing’s New Year-Round Release, Slow Ride Session IPA

Slowride Session IPA

Ft. Collins, Colo., January 12, 2015 – New Belgium Brewing knows kicking back and relaxing with a session beer is about as good as it gets and the brewery’s new year-round release, Slow Ride Session IPA, offers the perfect easygoing companion. This IPA satisfies any hop lover’s craving while coming in at a sessionable 4.5 percent ABV and 40 IBUs. Slow Ride is available in bottles and on draft across New Belgium markets and it will debut in cans this March.

Slow Ride starts with a pour of sheened gold and white, fluffy foam. A blend of eight hop varieties twist together fruity scents of lemon, peach, lime and grapefruit for a tropical aroma. Target, Cascade, Nelson Sauvin and Centennial hops are added to the boil and Mosaic, Simcoe, Amarillo and Citra are featured in the dry hop process. Pale and caramel malts balance a sweet, yet clean, start with a hoppy bitterness in the back.

“The fun part about making this beer was balancing eight different hop strains into something smooth, bold and sessionable,” said New Belgium Assistant Brewmaster, Grady Hull. “We pitch Cascade, Target, Nelson Sauvin and Centennial hops in the kettle and we dry hop with Mosaic, Simcoe, Amarillo and Citra. It’s amazingly flavorful, and it still comes in at 4.5% abv.” Read More…


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