16 Tons Cafe Imperial Stout Fest

16 Tons Imperial Stout Fest 2014
Eugene’s 16 Tons Cafe is at it once again hosting another beer event for the Southern Willamette Valley. This Saturday, January 25th, 16 Tons Cafe will host their 2nd Annual Imperial Stout Fest in Eugene from 5:00 to 10:00pm. If you’re a fan of dark, intense beers this fest will be one for you.

With all of the other upcoming Eugene festivals taking place in early February Read More…

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Killer Pumpkin Fest Returns For 2 Days – Saturday & Sunday

2013 KillerPumpkinFest

Returning this Saturday and Sunday to Brewpublic’s Killer Beer Week is the highly successful Killer Pumpkin Fest. One of the most successful events during Brewpublic’s Killer Beer Week returns this year bigger, badder and better this year. With over 32 Pumpkin Beers this is one event you do not want to miss this Saturday & Sunday October 19-20, 2013.

Now in it’s third year, The Green Dragon takes to the streets to make their Killer Pumpkin Festival even more killer than ever! Closing down 9th Ave for this year we’ve partnered with Camp Ukandu, a non-profit for children diagnosed with cancer, and are moving to the street this year as part of a two day festival. One of the biggest pumpkin festivals in the region (tip of the hat to Elysian Brewing), here’s a look at what we have going on in 2013:

  • 30+ Craft Beers made with Pumpkins and other Gourds.
  • Special Pumpkin Menu
  • Live music and vendors in the street from 11AM – 5PM
  • The Elysian Pumpkin Roadshow will be on hand to tap a 85 lb. pumpkin on Sunday at 3pm!
  • And of course, Pumpkin smashing all weekend.

Hopworks owner-brewmaster Christian Ettinger smashing pumpkins at Killer Pumpkin Fest 2012 at Green Dragon (photo by Allyson Riggs of Rogue)

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Eugene’s The Bier Stein presents Pumpkinpalooza – October 19 & 20

Pumpkinfest Poster

The Bier Stein will be dedicating the majority of its 30 taps to beers made with the most popular squash in America. The two-day event will feature a range of interpretations of the pumpkin beer style, from the classic amber hued, pie-spiced ale to pilsner, porter, and more. Pumpkin beer comes but once a year, and The Bier Stein’s previous pumpkin beer fests have been extremely well attended. This year’s fest will feature beers from about a dozen breweries. Elysian Brewing from Seattle, WA, arguably the most pumpkin-obsessed brewery, is bringing over a dozen different pumpkin beers, and a large, hollowed and charred pumpkin to fill with beer and tap on site! That will happen at 5pm on Saturday the 19th. Full beer list is below.

If pumpkins are your thing, you’ll want to get a taste of our auxiliary pumpkin menu, available all weekend. Pumpkin enchiladas, pumpkin soups, pumpkin salad, and pumpkin cheesecake are sure to pair well with a flight of pumpkin beers! Pumpkin-related clothing and/or costumery is encouraged to keep things festive. There will be a “guess the weight of the pumpkin” contest with prizes as well. The rarer selections will be tapped at 5pm Saturday in the Back Bar.

Elysian Brewing goes out of its way to use pumpkin and a veritable walk-in cabinet of spices in the most interesting ways possible. Mr. Yuck is a sour pumpkin ale with pumpkin in the mash, kettle, and fermentor (they use the “triple pumpkined” method in many brews). The Great Gherkin utilizes another member of the Cucurbit family – cucumber – and chai tea spices. Punkuccino adds a dose of cold-extract coffee… and then there’s the Calatrava Habanero Vanilla Epazote Pumpkin Ale, which needs no introduction. This event is part of Elysian’s Pumpkin Roadshow.

Pumpkinpalooza Pumpkinfest Poster will also include the debut of a beer brewed by The Bier Stein’s ‘Beer Baron’ Dave Stockhausen and beer steward Aaron Brussat at Agrarian Ales. Read More…

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Elysian’s 9th Annual Great Pumpkin Beer Fest

Elysian GPBF

The 9th Annual Great Pumpkin Beer Festival is just around the corner at Elysian Brewing in the Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle. This year’s festival takes place over the course of three days, with one session each day from October 4 – 6, 2013.

If you are planning on attending, hopefully you already have your tickets for the Friday and Saturday sessions since they now are sold out. Tickets remain available for Sunday’s session. Sunday tickets are available at all 3 Elysian locations along with Full Throttle Bottles.

This years GPBF will feature more beer varieties than ever including sours, Belgians, porters, barrel-aged, IPA, cider, amber, barleywine, gruit, rauchbier, hefeweizen, classic pumpkin ales, and their first ever geuze and zwicklebiers!  You will find many ingredients beyond classic pumpkin pie spices including plums, coffee, habaneros, cranberries, chocolate, lavender, nettle, epazote and coconut.

Elysian's Dave Chappell and Dick Cantwell at Killer Pumpkin Fest 2012

Elysian Beers Include:

  • Night Owl
  • Dark O’ The Moon Pumpkin Sout
  • Great Pumpkin Imperial ALe
  • Hansel & Gretel Ginger Pumpkin Pils
  • Mr. Yuck Sour Pumpkin Ale
  • Plumpkin
  • Punkuccino Coffee Pumpkin Ale
  • The Great Gherkin
  • Calatrava
  • Purple Pumpkineater Lavender Saison
  • Yuck Yuck Geuze
  • Headless Horsey
  • Kurbitinus Pumpkin DunkelHefeWeizenBock
  • Blight
  • The Gourdfather
  • Many more vintage ales..

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16 Tons Cafe Pumpkin Ale Fest

16 Tons Cafe Pumpkin Fest

When we are in Eugene one of the places we love to hit up is 16 Tons. And with two locations it makes it twice as good. This Friday, 16 Tons Cafe on Eugene’s south side will be hosting their Pumpkin Ale Fest from 5:00 to 10:00pm. Having seen enough rain to close out September, hopefully Mother Nature is on our side so you can enjoy their inviting patio out front.

The leaves have started to turn to orange. It’s the time of the year to celebrate fall and harvest. 16 Tons taps are currently full of Oktoberfest and Fresh Hop Beers but come this Friday there will be a plethora of Pumpkin Ales and Ciders flowing through the lines.

16 Tons Cafe in Eugene, OR

16 Tons will have more than 20 seasonal offerings, including limited releases from Dogfish Head, Elysian, Oakshire, Laurelwood, Uinta Brewing, Alaskan Brewing, Midnight Sun, New Belgium, and other Craft Brewers and Cideries. There is a great variety of flavors including Pumpkin ales accented with: cranberries, chocolate, smoked malts, brown sugar, spices, and even hops! 16 Tons Pumpkin Ale Fest coincides with Elysian Brewing’s Great Pumpkin Festival in Seattle. They will feature at least 6 different beers from Elysian including Hopsquash IPA a Pumpkin IPA collaboration with local brewery Ninkasi. Read More…

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Lance the Legend: An American Beer Saga

Lance's Brewery Tour with the Samuel Adams brew crew

By Kim Schimke

Ever wish you could take months out of your life to travel the country visiting America’s best breweries while imbibing in the liquid bread and talking shop with the brewing professionals? Yeah, metoo. Get in line. While the rest of us dream the dream, a man named Lance Rice (AKA Luckiest Man in the Whole Damn World) is living that dream.

Lance, 55, is quite the exceptional human. He has a photographic memory which has made him a beer historian of sorts. Lance also happens to be living with autism. Autism is a developmental disorder than can hinder social interaction for the individual with the diagnosis. I was personally connected to his story due to my past involvement working with Autism Speaks. Okay, the beer thing also peaked my interest. It’s no secret that those with autism have unique obstacles. But it appears as though Lance’s take on it is obstacles shmobstacles. He has had a dream of writing a book about the history of beer in America which coincides with his epic beer journey that’s official moniker is respectfully Lance’s Brewery Tour.

Lance (right) with Sam from Dogfish HeadThis beer odyssey has Lance voyaging from state to state and brewery to brewery meeting owners and brewers. Lance has already visited some big names such as Dogfish Head, Samuel Adams, Victory Brewing Company, and many more. Other significant breweries in the pipeline include Sierra Nevada, Anchor, Deschutes, and Rogue. The more I type this, the more my intense beer envy.

Due to the epically awesome nature of this adventure, it only made sense to document this jaunt. Lance’s nephew, Aaron Rice, happens to be the founder of Rare Brain Studios in LA and is making Lance’s dream come to fruition while capturing the journey through film. I spoke with Aaron for an interview where he gave me the 411. Read More…

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This post was written by Kim S. on August 28, 2013

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3rd Annual Eugene Winter & Strong Ale Fest

16 Tons 3rd Annual Winter & Strong Ale Fest

On Saturday & Sunday December 15-16, warm up your Winter at 16 Tons Taphouse, in the heart of Eugene. Located smack dab between the University of Oregon and Downtown. 16 Tons at 13th & High Street will serve up more 70 Craft Beers including: Belgian Strong Ales, Barrel Aged Ales, Spiced Ales, Barley Wines, Imperial Stouts, Imperial Browns, Strong Sour Ales, Traditional Old Ales, and Winter Style IPAs. For the Craft Beer lover, this is a not-to-be-missed event.

The Festival provides a unique opportunity to sample seasonal, one off, and rare beers from renowned brewers from Oregon and beyond. A few of the most coveted beers include Boneyard’s Suge Knite Imperial Stout (Bend, OR) and Block 15′s Barrel Aged Figgy Pudding (Corvallis, OR) which, like many of the beers, are extremely limited in release and very highly regarded. For the novice and the experienced beer enthusiast this event is an incredibly fun opportunity to sample and savor some of the most sought after beers in the world. Bring your friends and share some sips.

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Deschutes Brewery to Collaborate with Great Lakes Brewing and others for Class of ’88 Series

Deschutes Brewery Est. 1988

The big players in the craft beer movement continue to learn a valuable lesson – give the beer geeks what they want. Deschutes Brewery of Bend, Oregon was on board with this sentiment since the beginning and have continued to push forth with new and innovative styles and have kept up with emerging and persisting trends. One such trend that seems to appease the lovers of malty goodness is collaboration beers.

Breweries such as Stone and Dogfish Head have galvanized much respect from the hardcore heads by working alongside each other and several others to put out awesome collaborative releases, even inventing a new beer style or two along the way. 

Deschtues Conflux SeriesDeschutes Brewery, as it continues to grow in production and capacity also expands its creative walls to keep the beer nerds like us coming back for new and interesting releases. A few prime examples of the Bend brewhouse’s imaginative spirit was illustrated when they forged ahead to develop a White IPA with renowned wheaten brewers Boulevard of Kansas City, and also the interesting master blend of high octane and barrel-aged brews that was put forth with Hair of the Dog of Portland in the first of these Conflux Series releases, “Collage.”

Great Lakes Brewing Co.Now, one of the Midwest’s finest craft beer producers, Great Lakes Brewing of Cleveland has announced that they will be brewing and releasing a beer with Deschutes to commemorate both breweries 25th anniversary. The beer, according to Great Lakes will be a Smoked Imperial Porter for Deschutes’ “Class of ’88″ Series.

Both Great Lakes and Deschutes will brew its own rendition of the collaborative recipe. This special beer will then be made available for a limited time in 22-ounce bottles and draft in May of 2013. According to a press release from Great Lakes, the idea was inspired by each brewery’s penchant for making award winning porters: Great Lakes’ Edmund Fitzgerald Porter and Deschutes’ Black Butte Porter. The porter is one of four collaborative beers in Deschutes Brewery’s Class of ’88 series, which also includes collaborations with North Coast Brewing Company (Ft. Bragg, CA), Rogue Ales (Newport, OR), and Goose Island Beer Company (Chicago, IL).

Here’s some more details we received from Deschutes on the Class of ’88 Series: Read More…

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Dogfish Head 120 Minute Bottles @ Belmont Station

 Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPAWe received such a limited supply of this insanely high demand beer that we have to limit it to ONE BOTTLE PER PERSON.  Join us at 7PM, pick up your bottle of 120 Minute IPA and stick around to enjoy Tim Roth’s, solo jazz guitar, in the Biercafe. -Belmont Station

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This post was written by admin on November 11, 2012

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Highlights (and Lowlights) from my Great Pumpkin Beer Countdown

Southern Tier Pumking Ale

By Sara Hancock

I have always been a fan of pumpkin flavoured seasonals; I mean what’s not to love about ale flavoured with pumpkin pie spices and roasted pumpkin. To celebrate this pumpkin love I decided to set a goal for myself, try nineteen different pumpkin beers leading up to Hallowe’en and find out just which of the many pumpkin beers out there are worth stocking in the fridge.

Now that Hallowe’en has passed and I have completed my squash-a-thon I thought I would offer up a little recap on how it all went – plus there are probably still some pumpkin brews kicking around at your favourite liquor store so there is always time to pick a couple up.

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