Weekend In Review: Hood River Hops Fest 2012

Belmont Station's Carl Singmaster and Brewpublic's Dan Culver

By D.J. Paul

With the recent arrival of fall along with harvest season comes a special time for Pacific Northwest craft beer drinkers, Fresh Hop Fests. This past Saturday was the kickoff with the granddaddy of them all with the 9th Annual Hood River Hops Fest.

Starting the day at Egg River CafeSaturday morning arrived with sunshine and warming temperatures that made for a great day of drinking some fabulous fresh hop beers. Fortunately the fear regarding the smoke from the area’s wild fires did not affect downtown Hood River on Saturday thanks to some nice westerly winds that arrived later on Friday afternoon to move the smoke eastward. Getting a pre-fest breakfast in at Egg River Café made for a great start to the day. After this satisfying breakfast, a short stroll downtown to Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom took place to pick up some of their freshly filled bottles of Killer Red Fresh Hop IRA and Killer Green Fresh Hop IPA.

From there a walk to the Hood River Hops Fest was in order. Gates were set to open at noon and there was a lengthy line forming when we walked up at 11:50 a.m. We decided to wait for the line to recede a bit so we ventured across the street to Full Sail Brewing to try their fresh hop Hopfenfrisch. This clean, crisp fresh hop lager hit the spot to get the ole’ body flowing again from the imbibing that took place during the previous night. After our round of beers we Read More…

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A Portland Fruit Beer Fest Sneak Peek

by Dan Culver

Burnside Brewing recently hosted a media-preview for a handful of craft beer bloggers, photographers, and writers to get a sneak peak at a some of the beers that will be pouring at the Portland Fruit Beer Fest this coming June 9th & 10th. We were treated to seven different brews with four brewers on hand to elaborate and explain some of the history and work that went into each beer they brewed.

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Upright Brewing Gives Beer Geeks Many Reasons to Rejoice

Upright Brewing's Alex Ganum bottling Four Play Ale

Upright Brewing When Upright Brewing opened in 2009, there was a a lot of buzz surrounding the Northeast Portland brewery. As many beer geeks like us were anticipatory of the French and Belgian farmhouse-inspired beers that former BJ’s brewer and Ommegang apprentice Alex Ganum would make, others expressed skepticism regarding the viability of a brewery that didn’t march to the beaten drum. Brewing in an open barrel fermenter might have lead many to think the guy was just crazy, but this never deterred our man.

Since the bold undertaking of Ganum three years ago and his apparent success, a number of other daring regional craft beer adventures have broken ground. These include Cascade Brewing’s Barrel House, Logsdon Farmhouse Ales, Block 15, Breakside Brewery, The Commons Brewery, and more. To say that Ganum is a visionary of what craft beer in our region could sustain, seems in retrospect a bit of an understatement.

Upright bottlesUpright’s core lineup of numerological named beers that include his sessionable wheaten Four, a more aggressively hopped Five, a rich dark rye Six, and his boldest and most assertive Saison, Seven, exemplify just how originative Upright is. But, these are just the tip of the iceberg, and in someways, seemingly pedestrian when considering the risks Ganum has been willing to take when devising and executing many of his beers over the past three years. Delving into barrel-aging and blending of wild ales, Ganum’s vision for beer is more than just a quaff for the average dude, it involves a mindful approach to the culinary arts and ties in elements of history and science. As a parter in the restaurant and bar, The Grain & Gristle, Ganum continually illustrates his appreciation for a vast range of flavors in beers that he achieves by a variety of means. Whether it is unfolding new flavor profiles with beers like his Flora Rustica Saison which employs the addition of calendula flower and yarrow, or revamping historic styles like the Oyster Stout or the German-inspired Gose, it is evident that Ganum refuses to let himself get complacent, therefor, his audience is seldom bored.

Upright Brewers Gerritt Ill (left) and Alex Ganum

As an example of Upright’s constant evolution, Ganum has altered its house strain of yeast for the Number Series three times since the brewery’s inception.  “Five is also hoppier now and the aroma is more pronounced” says Ganum. “With our new yeast, the Four, Five, and Six are now coming across as more French Biere de Garde styles.” he adds. “This allows them to come across as more ingredients-driven and way less floral and fruity.” Ganum says the boisterous Seven is perhaps the only beer of the regular lineup that has remained mostly the same.

Over the past month, Upright Brewing has brewed a handful of noteworthy beers that are sure to inspire salivation in the mouths of beer lovers and foodies alike. Not playing on the popularity and hype of barrel-aging, Ganum’s reserved and humble demeanor channel an inclusive vibe to his trade. Further, Upright’s beers when compared to many other daring brewers bottling in 750ml champagne bottles, is considerably affordable.

Here is a look at more than a handful specialty beers that you can expect to find in bottles and on tap from Upright. Get them while you can because they may disappear soon. Read More…

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Brewing Up Cocktails: Winter Edition @ The Hop & Vine

Brewing up Cocktails: Holiday Edition

This holiday season welcome back Brewing up Cocktails for a special winter warmer/holiday themed evening of Beer Cocktails at The Hop & Vine. Last winter’s edition was perhaps the most popular installment of Brewing Up Cocktails ever, featuring acclaimed drinks like the Hot Scotchy, Wassail, and the Furburger, all three of which will make their return on December 10th. There will also be four brand new beer cocktails to set your head right and warm the cockles of your heart as the holidays near.
The new beer cocktails run the gamut of styles:  Three varieties will be served hot to fend off the winter cold, an effervescent and citrusy take on the French 75, a fruity and hoppy punch made with IPA, and a silky smooth beer flip. There will be something for everyone at this event, even an ugly Christmas sweater contest! Drink list…

Hot Drinks Wassail
Returning from last year’s hit Brewing up Cocktails is the hot mulled classic Wassail made with a base of Deschutes Jubelale slowly heated in a crockpot with brandy, sherry, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and orange. Served warm in a mug with a lemon slice.


Hot Scotchy

Beervana described  the Hot Scotchy as “The Greatest Beverage in the World.” Perhaps the most popular beer cocktail to date, made with hot unfermented beer and Scotch. It may be the perfect winter brewers beverage.


Hot Choklat


A new creation served steaming hot, it is one boozy treat. Starting with a base of dark rum, a little Galliano Ristretto is added and then topped off with steamed 9% abv Choklat Imperial Stout and a float of whipped cream. Served with or without a dash of chili powder.


Cold Drinks


Trade Winds Punch: Rum, gin, vanilla Beans, grapefruit zest, ripe guavas, Chinese five spice powder, and a stalk of lemongrass are infused over night and then built into a tasty beer punch the next day with fresh lime juice, citrusy IPA, and sugar. This is our recreation of punch originated by Washington, DC bartender Jon Harris. You have never had anything like it, we promise you.


Euclidean 75

The lightest and most refreshing of the bunch, the Euclidean 75 is made with gin, lemon, and sugar,  then topped off with an effervescent and refreshingly tart Berliner-Weisse. A creation from Denver bartender and beer cocktail afficionado Ryan Conklin of Euclid Hall. FurburgerThe lovingly named Furburger returns from the very first Brewing up Cocktails. Black and thick as night with chocolate and roasty creaminess from Great Divide’s Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout, balanced with herbal Chartreuse and bourbon.

Smoked Vanilla Bean Flip

This creamy dessert of a beer cocktail has an incredible melange of flavors, from the anise-tinged aquavit to cream sherry, rhubarb and chocolate bitters, one whole egg, and Stone Brewing’s Smoked Porter.

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This post was written by admin on November 29, 2011

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Brewing Up Cocktails: Winter Edition

Brewing up Cocktails: Holiday Edition

This holiday season welcome back Brewing up Cocktails for a special winter warmer/holiday themed evening of Beer Cocktails at The Hop & Vine. Last winter’s edition was perhaps the most popular installment of Brewing Up Cocktails ever, featuring acclaimed drinks like the Hot Scotchy, Wassail, and the Furburger, all three of which will make their return on December 10th. There will also be four brand new beer cocktails to set your head right and warm the cockles of your heart as the holidays near.
The new beer cocktails run the gamut of styles:  Three varieties will be served hot to fend off the winter cold, an effervescent and citrusy take on the French 75, a fruity and hoppy punch made with IPA, and a silky smooth beer flip. There will be something for everyone at this event, even an ugly Christmas sweater contest! Drink list… Read More…

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Weekend in Review: The Guild Public House Closes, Night of the Living Ales, Horse Brass Turns 35

Burnside Brewmaster Jason McAdam as the living dead at Night of the Living Ales party

Even if you’re not looking for something craft beer-related to do in this fair city of Portland, Oregon, chances are, the action will find you.

Though it seems there is no cap to our love for craft beer here in Beervana, one of the city’s best craft beer spots, the Read More…

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Brewvana Brewery Tours Hits Eugene – Sign Up Now

Now there is an unique opportunity for you to hit up some of the Eugene area’s best craft beer destination…and not have to drive. Leave it Brewvana Brewery Tours with the help of The New School to get you to four of the region’s top spots for good brew. It’s happening on Saturday November 5, 2011. This will also include VIP access for those on board. Here’s the details from Ezra: Read More…

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Night of the Living Ales 2

Night of the Living Ales 2

Saturday October 29th 8pm-1am
$8 at the door. Advanced tix for faster access $9.50 via website
http://www.nightofthelivingales.com
Burnside Brewing Co.
701 E. Burnside
Portland, OR 97214
Directions

Back for it’s second year Night of the Living Ales is the ultimate Halloween party for the craft beer minded drinker featuring eight unique and special beers from seven Oregon breweries. This years festivities take place inside the elaborately decorated actual brewhouse warehouse space of Burnside Brewing Co. and with an adjacent covered outdoor beer garden. To entertain you while you sip fine brews we have lined up live music by The Ascetic Junkies and Boy Eats Drum Machine, fabulous sexy Halloween themed Burlesque from Meghan Mayhem and Hai Fleisch of Rose City Shimmy and amazing fire performers and games. Throughout the evening expect on-stage costume contests and amateur burlesque with prizes like gift cards and swag to Burnside Brewing. Costumes strongly encouraged though not required.

Brought to you by Burnside Brewing, Maletis Beverage, Yelp and Ninkasi Brewing this year’s celebration brings together seven of Oregon’s best breweries with some unique holiday themed beers. However this years party is not limited to just beer, we will have a full bar with liquor and drink specials too!

Beer List:

Burnside Brewing: Permafrost – is Burnside Brewing Co.’s first winter elixir. It’s a big strong ale brewed with 7 different malts and copious amounts of Columbia and Amarillo hops pillowed in the middle to give this warming brew a chewy complex malt body and a unique fruity juicy hoppiness throughout. You wont want to sip this dangerously strong and tasty beer like you should but pound it . 8.3% abv 77.4 IBU

Burnside Brewing: Peanut Butter Chocolate Alt – A one-off keg of Burnside Brewing’s take on the traditional German-style Alt bier malty and carmelly with reese’s peanut butter cups infused into the beer to complement the creamy body and nutty dry finish. It’s all the favorite flavors of Halloween candy you loved as a kid infused into your favorite adult beverage!

Fort George Brewery : North V – This year we took another Holiday Icon, The Fruitcake, and designed our Winter Seasonal in its’ honor.
A mash of barley, oats, wheat, rye, rich caramel and honey malts are mildly spiced with Cascade and Saaz hops, fermented with Fort George House Yeast then allowed to condition on hand-splintered, rum inspired oak. A Glase Fruit concoction that includes cherries, pineapple, orange and lemon peel is dissolved into the finished beer to add the final touches.
While designed and bottled to age, we are sure this version of the Fruitcake will not be passed down for generations, but opened and imbibed at many a cheerful gathering. 7.5% abv. IBU’s Hard To Tell

Oakshire Brewing
: Big Black Jack (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter) – Oven roasted pumpkins, cocoa nibs, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, and ginger round out this burly Imperial Porter. Trick…. or Treat?

Lompoc: 2010 Bourbon Barrel Aged Monster Mash
– this batch was aged in Bourbon barrels for 11 months and cellared for an additional two. This Imperial Porter has a slight Bourbon aroma with chocolate and licorice flavors finishing with vanilla notes (8% ABV).

Ninkasi Brewing: TBA

Widmer Brothers: TBA

10 Barrel: TBA

Purchase Advanced Tickets at http://www.nightofthelivingales.com for no waiting in line!

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Brewing Up Cocktails Celebrates One Year Anniversary

Brewing up Cocktails 1 Year Anniversary Party

Inventive cocktails made with beer are what you can always find at Brewing Up Cocktails events. Test out new flavors that will open doors into what you might never have imagined. All this is going down at the Hop & Vine (1914 N. Killingsworth Street, Portland, Oregon). Join the crew including Ezra, Jacob, and Yetta for some back yard sun soaked fun and even a frozen margarita machine. Here’s the details: Read More…

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Burnside Grätzer: A Taste of Poland in Portland

Burnside Grätzer (photo by Portland Beer and Music's Jim Bonomo)

Burnside Grätzer (photo by Portland Beer and Music's Jim Bonomo)


Central Europe meets Portland’s Central Eastside in the revamping of Grätzer by Burnside Brewing.

When getting down to tasting the plethora (John Foyston is gonna grill me for using this word) of beer at this year’s Oregon Brewers Festival, several dynamic offering struck our fancy. One in particular beer was the Burnside Grätzer, a smoky wheaten brew with a whirlwind of complex flavors melding from start to finish. Unquestionably one of the most unique styles of beer at the festival, this Grätzer returns with a an approachable levity of just over 5% ABV and a modest 9 IBUs. Named for the village of Grodzisk in Poland, the beer has seen a mini-resurgence around Portland when earlier in the year both Burnside and Breakside revisited tradition with renditions of the Grätzer. In a recent blogpost, Beervana’s Jeff Alworth highlights an interesting history of this Central European treat:

Grätzer/Grodziskie
Grätzer is actually indigenous to Poland, where it was known as Read More…

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