Laurelwood Brewing Co. Begins Pouring into Pennsylvania

Laurelwood Brewing Co.

Portland, OR – Laurelwood Brewing Co. has begun amplifying its presence in the Pennsylvania beer market. The Oregon brewery, which has been distributing in Philadelphia for the about three years now, is exploring beyond the city limits. Working with Gretz Beer Company, Laurelwood’s flagship brews – Workhorse IPA and Free Range Red – are now available by draft and bottles to the greater Philly area.

“Laurelwood’s dedication to quality made them a perfect fit for our ‘Greatest Beers of the World’ portfolio,” says Mike Gretz, owner of Gretz Beer Company. “The family owned brewery creates world class beers, worthy of their several prestigious awards including the best IPA in America! We’re proud to be partnering with one of the finest brewers in the country to bring their beers to the area.”

The expansion kicked off earlier this month, with Workhorse IPA and Free Range Red on tap at Drake Tavern in Jenkintown, PA. Laurelwood plans to increase their offerings and add their well-known seasonal beers in both draft and bottle form by the end of the year.

“We see Pennsylvania as a great starting point for Laurelwood’s introduction to the East,” explains Mike De Kalb, Laurelwood Brewing Co.’s co-founder. “We’re thrilled to take this next step in making our lineup available to more of the country’s craft beer lovers!”

The area can look forward to seeing the Laurelwood name more regularly, both in local restaurants and watering holes, while the brewery looks forward to new fans in the East. Read More…

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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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PINTS Brewing Plows Through

PINTS Urban TaproomWith this past weekends snowmageddon PINTS Brewing kept a very busy schedule distributing their beers to the masses in their own unique way. “We weren’t sure if there is a Self Distributor of the Year award, but we are doing our best to make our partners happy! In between the two storms, we schlepped, dragged and hoisted kegs across the MAX lines to our cars to get beer to the thirsty folks in St Johns Central Hotel.” said PINTS Alan Taylor. Read More…

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Uptown Market to Open First Brewery in Beaverton, Oregon

Uptown Market

Good news for craft beer lovers in Beaverton, Oregon, Uptown Market has just announced that they will be opening the first brewery in town during the summer of 2013. Believe it or not, there are no other breweries in the Portland suburb. Even cooler, the company says they will donate half of their profits during the first year of business to local charities. Here’s the skinny from the folks at Uptown:

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Uptown Market, a specialty brew store, today announced the opening of the first brewery in Beaverton, Oregon projected for completion July 2013. The brewery which currently includes an extensive list of beer and wine, as well as brewing supplies, espresso, friendly staff, and a full schedule of promotions, tastings, competitions and events, will now feature Uptown Market’s own finely crafted brews.

During its first year of operation, Uptown Market’s brewery will honor its inaugural year in the community by donating 50 percent of its profits to local charities. The brewery will continue to honor this ideal by hosting annual fundraisers and supporting other community initiatives. Read More…

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This post was written by Angelo on February 27, 2013

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Bear Hug Cherry Chocolate Stout Release @ BridgePort Brewing

BridgePort Brewing Bear Hug Cherry Chocolate Stout

By D.J. Paul

BridgePort announces pub release of new beer on Thursday February 21, 2013.

Over the past few years the line up of beers coming from Oregon’s oldest craft brewery has been evolving. There have been some hits and a few misses. But when BridgePort Brewing releases one of their small batch brews I tend to seek those out.

Being released this week is BridgePort’s newly developed Bear Hug Cherry Chocolate Stout. Only 1,500 cases of 22-ounce Bottles are being released throughout Bridgeport’s distribution network. Fortunately for us here in the Pacific NW they have a very limited amount of kegs that will be showing up at finer establishments over the next few months. BridgePort's Bear Hug Cherry Chocolate Stout

Jeff Edgerton handing out samples of Bear Hug Cherry Chocolate StoutBridgePort Brewmaster, Jeff Edgerton, took a lot of time and effort in developing this new beer. Jeff stated, “This was the most expensive beer I ever made”.  He began this process by cranking up a previous stout recipe to produce more alcohol along with adding more chocolate malt to get the base beer that will be used. Jeff then sourced out cocoa nibs from Africa and dark sweet cherry puree. From here they brewed three batches. Two of these batches were with the dark sweet cherry puree and the other was with crushed cocoa nibs. They used 15 pounds of the cherry puree concentrate per barrel. This process yielded 150 barrels from the originally brewed 200 barrels, a 25% loss due to the residue left behind from these added ingredients.

Brewmaster Jeff Edgerton Discussing BridgePort Bear Hug Cherry Chocolate Stout What this brewing process yielded was a fine stout that pours jet black with a nice solid body. The aroma gives off fruity and chocolate notes. As the beer warms the cherry really starts to come out. Not too sweet and definitely not overbearing on the chocolate resulting in a fine melding of the two special flavors. At 7.5% ABV, this makes for a great desert beer. I highly recommend seeking this beer out. BridgePort hit the mark on this one with Bear Hug Cherry Chocolate Stout! Brewmaster Jeff Edgerton Pouring Samples of BridgePort Bear Hug Cherry Chocolate Stout

In other news out of BridgePort Brewing, there will be a few changes this year. Jeff and his brewing team have already replaced their late winter seasonal from last year’s Dark Rain with their currently available Smooth Rye’d Ale. The team is now working on a new summer seasonal that will hopefully bring forth a newly designed replacement to Summer Squeeze.  And once again Stumptown Tart will be released mid year. This year they’ll again be using a combination of three fruits but with a combination and new fruit addition that they have not used in the past.

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Stop by BridgePort Brewing’s Pub at 1313 NW Marshall Street on Thursday, February 21, to be one of the first people to try this new, scrumptious beer that they call Bear Hug Cherry Chocolate Stout.

 

 

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BridgePort Brewing Releases Bear Hug Cherry Chocolate Stout

BridgePort Brewing Bear Hug Cherry Chocolate Stout

By D.J. Paul

BridgePort announces pub release of new beer on Thursday February 21, 2013.

Over the past few years the line up of beers coming from Oregon’s oldest craft brewery has been evolving. There have been some hits and a few misses. But when BridgePort Brewing releases one of their small batch brews I tend to seek those out.

Being released this week is BridgePort’s newly developed Bear Hug Cherry Chocolate Stout. Only 1,500 cases of 22-ounce Bottles are being released throughout Bridgeport’s distribution network. Fortunately for us here in the Pacific NW they have a very limited amount of kegs that will be showing up at finer establishments over the next few months. BridgePort's Bear Hug Cherry Chocolate Stout

Jeff Edgerton handing out samples of Bear Hug Cherry Chocolate StoutBridgePort Brewmaster, Jeff Edgerton, took a lot of time and effort in developing this new beer. Jeff stated, “This was the most expensive beer I ever made”.  He began this process by cranking up a previous stout recipe to produce more alcohol along with adding more chocolate malt to get the base beer that will be used. Jeff then sourced out cocoa nibs from Africa and dark sweet cherry puree. From here they brewed three batches. Two of these batches were with the dark sweet cherry puree and the other was with crushed cocoa nibs. They used 15 pounds of the Read More…

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This post was written by D.J. Paul on February 20, 2013

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Go Time for Beer at Worthy Brewing in Bend

Worthy Brewing Co.

It was announced by the much anticipated Worthy Brewing of Bend, Oregon that brewpub door will open and house-brewed craft beer will flow. The beers are being crafted by some of the area’s finest with access to prime water and ingredients, including a bead on some choice hop varietals. The grand opening is slated for February 26, 2013 with a soft opening earlier on February 4. Here’s the goods from today’s presser: Read More…

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This post was written by Angelo on January 11, 2013

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Worthy Brewing Making Moves -
Wrangles Another Laurelwood Brewer For Soon To Open Bend Brewhouse

Dustin Kellner of Worthy Brewing

Worthy Brewing of Bend, Oregon is another step closer to opening their doors to the public and the anticipation could not be any greater. Founded by attorney turned Indie Hops lupulin spice merchant Roger Worthington, Worthy is taking some plays out of a few successful breweries’ playbooks to construct a successful and sustainable brewpub juxtaposing artisan wood-fired pizza with what promises to be world class craft beer.

As we first reported in July of 2011, Worthy Brewing will rely greatly on their brewmaster Chad Kennedy to help develop some recipes and work with innovative hop varietals and brewing techniques to set the company apart in an already bustling and ever-growing Bend craft brewing scene.

Worthy Brewing Company

Now, not long after recently announcing the acquisition of Chief Beertopian Chris Hodge, who spent 18 years with Columbia Distributing, Worthy has acquired another invaluable piece to their brewhouse, and another former Laurelwood brewer, Dustin Kellner. Read More…

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Laurelwood Brewing’s Portland Pale Project Creates Specialty Product Line

 

Laurelwood Portland Pale Project

One of Oregon’s most renowned breweries, Laurelwood Public House & Brewery has announced their Portland Pale Project to exemplify the skills of their gifted brew staff. Shaking things up in the already more than vibrant Portland craft beer scene, this new undertaking headed by brewmaster Vasilios Gletsos will make room to display the creativity of the company’s talented brewers.

Here’s the details as laid out by a recent press release sent out by Laurelwood: Read More…

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This post was written by Angelo on October 27, 2012

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Ninkasi Expansion Project To Break Ground in Eugene

Ninkasi Brewing Co.

More exciting news from the folks at Ninkasi Brewing Company in Eugene, OR – another expansion for the six year old brewhouse looks to get underway in just a few days. This, the fourth expansion since 2006 when the company opened, will push the brewhouse to record breaking heights with a 78,000 square foot warehouse and cold storage facility, 28,000 square feet for offices and a new pilot system for experimentation and education. Ninkasi anticipates completing this expansion by 2014 with an anticipated capacity output of about 295,000 barrels/year.

Here’s more information from Ninkasi: Read More…

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This post was written by Angelo on October 15, 2012

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