This post was written by Angelo on February 12, 2013
This post was written by Angelo on February 12, 2013
I don’t even know where to begin, but I suppose I will start somewhere… It really irks my bones when I can’t pump out some juicy craft beer fodder for the readers of Brewpublic, and the past few days have been lacking. I know it. I mean, Brewpublic prides itself of giving you a steady, daily glimpse into some of the many many goingson in and around Cascadian brewing and a little more. Being on planes, trains, and automobiles with a Smartphone, a thirsty palate, and a hankering to round up as many beers as possible makes the blogging a bit lacking at times, but it’s not because of will.
They say the road to hell is paved in good intentions, and we intended to scare up some goods for you the past few days, but we were short a laptop, a spare liver, and more daylight hours (heck, we can often muster just fine in the dark!). On Monday we scheduled details for rounding up as many kegs as we could while in and around Portland, Oregon. The reasons were many. SF Beer Week events, a new pub opening, and simply to blow Bay Area artisan beer enthusiasts’ minds. Spending much time in the East Bay of the San Francisco area, it has been my goal to inject as much of the Cascadian craft beer culture into the locals down here as I possibly can. With SF Beer Week about to pop off (February 8-17, 2013), I couldn’t think of a better way to exemplify what amazingness Oregon’s uniquely saturated yeast culture has to present. Don’t get me wrong, Northern California is home to some legendary breweries and beer halls that rival some of the finest in this world. Further, NorCal is booming with new breweries that vivaciously illustrate the significance of the modern day Post-Prohibition beer revolution. Thus, it makes perfect sense that while living here, I find myself working at an Oakland pub named Beer Revolution with the best selection of regional, national, and international fermented malted pours. Soon, the adjacent revamped train depot in Jack London Square will beef up the neighborhood’s selection almost two-fold. Looking to open very soon, the Olde Depot Taphouse will assert the community as an even more undeniably world class destination.
Appointed to manage Olde Depot is seasoned professional Dan “Bully” Bollwinkel who has further inspired us to take things on the West Oakland craft beer scene to the next level. Bully and I jaunted to Portland on a plane, rented a modest Dodge Caravan and sought to stock up on as many different beers as we could safely drive back 600 miles south to Oakland. On our journey, we even went a little overboard and maxed out the payload to the point where the chassis began to woefully sag toward the earth. With just 36 hours to obtain an optimal variety of mostly 1/6-barrel kegs and a few bottles, we were focused on making the most of our precious time.
Immediately upon touching down at PDX International Airport with just the clothes on our backs and Read More…
This post was written by Angelo on January 31, 2013
This post was written by Angelo on December 20, 2012
Nothing sums up the culture and spirit of Portland like local craft beer, bikes and live music. And all of those are coming together at Hopworks Urban Brewery’s (HUB) BiKETOBEERFEST on Saturday, August 11, 2012.
BiKETOBEERFEST is a family-friendly, bike-in Oktoberfest celebrating Portland’s bike culture. The event features 15 organic Hopworks beers, local bands, bicycle-themed entertainment, bike builder demonstrations, BMX stunt riders and the famous “Huffy Huck” bike toss competition.
Bands scheduled to appear include The Builders and The Butchers, Casey Neill & the Norway Rats and Fault Lines.
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This post was written by admin on August 6, 2012
The last weekend of June marked the return of one of Oregon’s best brew festivals, the North American Organic Brewers Festival (NAOBF). Held at Overlook Park off North Interstate Avenue in Portland, the eleventh NAOBF’s grounds are arguably the best venue for an outdoor beer festival anywhere. And, despite some early humidity and the expected occasional rainfall that comes with late June in Oregon, the fest again came out a winner.
It was apparent that Oregon craft beer festival organizer and media coordinator Chris Crabb was a big force behind the success of this year’s NAOBF. Crabb also is a key component behind both the Holiday Ale Festival and the mother of all Northwest beer shindigs, the Oregon Brewers Festival. Working long days in preparation and during the fest, Crabb saw to it that all the ducks were in a row for this, the only organic festival of its kind (at least to our knowledge). She was at the fest at 4 a.m. on Thursday to coordinate television interviews with brewers and representatives. At 11 a.m. a media tasting that provided samplings of some of the festival’s highlights began. Here, Lisa “The Beer Goddess” Morrison directed a group of us through about a dozen recommended picks that would be featured to the public when the gates opened at noon. Here’s a look at some of the brews showcased for the 2012 NAOBF: Read More…
This post was written by Angelo on July 2, 2012
Portland’s beloved Laurelwood Brewing Co. has set their sights on opening a fifth location in the Portland area. According to PDX Eater and an application report from the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, the company founded by Mike DeKalb in 2001, “has applied for a license to open a 105-seat spot at the busy Milwaukie/SE Bybee intersection, just around from corner from Lompoc Brewing’s Oaks Bottom Public House.” The physical address of the new grounds is 6716 SE Milwaukie Ave., Portland, OR
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This post was written by Angelo on June 18, 2012
Trellis, a wine county-inspired restaurant that celebrates small scale, artisan products at the height of their seasonality, will host Portland, Ore., based organic brew masters Christian Ettinger, Thomas Bleigh and Jaime Rodriguez of Hopworks Urban Brewery for the second annual brew pairing dinner on Friday, Feb. 24.
Hopworks is Portland’s first Eco-Brewpub offering world-class organic beer. Hopworks incorporates a range of sustainable practices in their operation, and makes every effort to protect the future with a thoughtful alternative.
This will be Hopworks’ second visit to Kirkland. Chef Brian Scheehser has created a delectable five-course dinner featuring Wild Prawns and Bone Marrow Bruschetta, Grilled Quail, Boneless Short Rib and a Hazelnut Flourless Chocolate Cake. Each course will be paired with one of Hopworks’ organic brews, which will remain top secret until the night of the dinner. Some of the featured beers are also included in Chef Scheehser’s recipes.
WHO: All community members, family and friends over the age of 21.
WHAT: Hopworks Urban Brewery Second Annual Beer Pairing Dinner
WHERE: Trellis Restaurant, 220 Kirkland Avenue, Kirkland, Wash.
WHEN: Friday, Feb. 24, 2012
5:30 p.m. – Beer reception and passed hors d’oeuvres
6:30 p.m. – Beer pairing dinner
COST: $75 for five-course meal and beer pairings. Tax and gratuity not included.
Seating is limited; please call (425) 284-5900 for reservations to the Hopworks Urban Brewery Second Annual Beer Pairing Dinner. Those who reserve seats at the dinner are eligible for a discounted stay ($119) at the Heathman Hotel on the night of the dinner.
Housed in the luxurious Heathman Hotel (www.heathmankirkland.com) on Seattle’s eastside in Kirkland, Wash., Trellis is a 90-seat restaurant and bar that features wine country-style cuisine under the direction of executive chef Brian Scheehser, who was featured at the famed James Beard House in New York City as part of its Best Hotel Chefs in America series in 2008. Trellis features a richly appointed environment that is comfortable and warm with food and drink that celebrates small scale, artisan products at the height of their seasonal quality. Trellis’ rustic, farm-fresh, robust menu characterizes wine country restaurants and evolves with the seasons, always using the best of the current harvest as a foundation for its farm-to-table philosophy. Much of the produce on the menu is grown in Scheehser’s local five-acre garden at the South 47 farm in Woodinville, Wash. A wine list with more than 200 selections features the best that California, Washington and Oregon vintners have to offer as well as an extensive international collection. Heated outdoor seating is available. For additional information, visit www.trellisrestaurant.net.
About Hopworks Urban Brewery
Hopworks Urban Brewery and Hopworks BikeBar are Portland’s first Eco-Brewpubs offering handcrafted organic beers and fresh, local ingredients. The brewpubs are sustainably-built and operated buildings with a relaxed, casual atmosphere. Hopworks is 100 percent renewably powered, “cradle to gate” carbon neutral and features sustainable components including composting, rain barrels, a pervious paver parking lot and hand dryers. The company makes every effort to protect “our” future with a thoughtful alternative.
The 20-barrel brewery produces 8,500 barrels a year and provides its restaurants with ten different HUB organic beers on tap and two cask ales at all times. Hopworks beer is available on draught and in bottles in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. For more information, please visit HopworksBeer.com or follow on Twitter @HopworksBeer.
This post was written by admin on February 1, 2012
Hopworks Urban Brewery‘s 2011 BIKETOBEERFEST on Saturday September 17, 2011 was a fun and festive day filled with lots of tasty beer (many fresh hops), live music, and art (the breakdancers were incredible!). One highlight of the day was the presentation of a gigantic beer dubbed “Lovenbrau” to Ben Love. After four years with Hopworks, it was announced that Love will be leaving the brewery to open his own brewery called Gigantic Brewing with former Rock Bottom brewmaster Van Havig.
This post was written by Angelo on September 26, 2011
Clark County, Washington’s Homebrewers Club, The Plato Republic, brewed a special beer at Hopworks Urban Brewery on their pilot system on June 12, 2011. According to The Plato Republic’s Marc Martin, the homebrew crew’s turnout was low, adding “For much of the batch it was me, Scott and Wes. David and Tom also showed up to lend immoral support and words of encouragement. This was a long brew day as it was a traditional German double decoction batch and a large grain bill.” Read More…
This post was written by Angelo on August 16, 2011
Clark County, Washington’s Homebrewers Club, The Plato Republic, brewed a special beer at Hopworks Urban Brewery on their pilot system on June 12, 2011. According to The Plato Republic’s Marc Martin, the homebrew crew’s turnout was low, adding “For much of the batch it was me, Scott and Wes. David and Tom also showed up to lend immoral support and words of encouragement. This was a long brew day as it was a traditional German double decoction batch and a large grain bill.”
“I developed the recipe and it was based upon a bock that I got a medal with back in 2002,” Martin continues. “It is actually a brand new style – yet to be officially recognized – “Cascadian Doppel Bock”. I just sampled it yesterday and would have to say it has just the right profile – dark, malty and somewhat alcoholic. Color level is 38 SRM, IBU = 29 and alcohol estimate is 7.8%. After reviewing the style guidelines today I would have scored it somewhere in the 40 to 44 range except for it being way out of style for color. I could be slightly biased!”
There will be a special release of this beer the evening of Tuesday August 16th, the date of Martin’s birthday and also Hopworks brewmaster Ben Love and his wife Andrea Hendrickson’s wedding anniversary. The crowd will gather at Hopworks Urban Brewery in Southeast Portland around 6:00pPM on this day.
Marc Martin and Plato Republic would like to extend a big thanks to Hopworks’ Amelia Pillow, Ben Love, and Christian Ettinger use of their brewery equipment and for supplying the grain, hops and yeast stating “They are all great supporters of homebrewing.”
This post was written by admin on July 27, 2011