Dogfish Head & Victory Brewing Present: Amber Waves

Amber Waves

Now in its third year, AMBER WAVES will be held on April 16, 2015 at Castaway Portland and will feature more than 20 American craft breweries showcasing art in both its traditional and liquid form.

Each brewery will contribute an amber-colored beer, along with a custom art piece commissioned exclusively for a silent auction to be held during the event. All proceeds from the event will be donated to a local, Portland charity.

Tickets are available here. Craft Brewers Conference attendees are admitted with their badge for free (notice we said badge, you need your badge).

Participating Breweries in Amber Waves 2015 include:

Allagash Brewing
Base Camp Brewing Company
Breckenridge Brewery
Carson’s Brewery
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Drake’s Brewing Co.
Evolution Craft Brewing Co
Excelsior Brewing Co.
Ecliptic Brewing
Fat Head’s Brewery
Great Divide Brewing Company
Lagunitas Brewing Company
Maui Brewing Co.
New Belgium Brewing
No-Li Brewhouse
Port Brewing and The Lost Abby
The Post Brewing Company
Real Ale Brewing
Roadhouse Brewing
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
SKA Brewing
Victory Brewing Company

Castaway Portland
1900 Northwest 18th Avenue
Portland 97209

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This post was written by D.J. Paul on April 16, 2015

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Dogfish Head & Victory Brewing Present: Amber Waves

Amber Waves

As the Craft Brewers Conference moves closer, those of us here in Portland need to begin preparing our calendars. There will be many various beer related events taking place around our great beercentric city and its never too early to prepare. And here is one that we feel will bring out the more creative side of craft beer as it intersects with art.

Now in its third year, Amber Waves will be held on April 16, 2015 at Castaway Portland from 5:00 to 10:00pm. This event where beer and art collide will feature 22 American craft breweries showcasing art in both its traditional and liquid form. Amber Waves is produced by both Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales and Victory Brewing.

Each of the participating breweries will contribute an amber-colored beer, along with a custom art piece commissioned exclusively for a silent auction to be held during the event. All auction proceeds of the night’s silent auction will benefit Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA).

Tickets are $25 and include a tasting glass and perfect beer pairing bites to include a gourmet pretzel station, buffalo wings, chile rubbed bacon sticks and other various hor d’oeurves.  You must be 21 or over to attend. Tickets for the general public are available here. Read More…

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BREW DOGS Season Two Preview and Interview with James Watt

Brew Dogs Martin Dickie (left) and James Watt (right)

Returning tonight to the Esquire Network is Season Two of BREW DOGS. James Watt and Martin Dickie, founders of the UK’s fastest growing brewery, BrewDog, return to create more craft beer anarchy when season two of BREW DOGS premieres tonight, Wednesday, June 25 at 9/8c.

This new season will take the Brew Dogs to 10 different US craft beer towns to celebrate their distinctive craft beers and heritage. Read More…

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The Northwest China Council presents Drink in China: Ales, Wines and Spirits

Dr. Patrick E. McGovern

The Northwest China Council presents Drink in China: Ales, Wines and Spirits – Uncorking the Chinese Past: The Archaeological and Chemical Discovery of the World’s Oldest “Wine”. This lecture will be conducted by Dr. Patrick E. McGovern. McGovern plans to lecture on the most ancient alcoholic beverage in the world, recovered from a Neolithic tomb site in Jiahu, in China’s Henan province, dating to about 7000 B.C. Read More…

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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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