40+ New Craft Beer Labels from Oregon and Washington

Iron Horse Gary Imperial IPAIt’s been a while since we’ve updated you on some of the latest craft beer labels to be heading your way around the Pacific Northwest, so here’s more than 40 soon-to-drop bottle labels and keg neckers to keep your eyes open for from Oregon and Washington.

These newly released and re-released treasures include a new series of “Session” brews from Full Sail Brewing and some others you may have never heard of or seen before. Prost! Read More…

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Inaugural Pacific Northwest Cider Awards Will Feature 27 Cideries

2014 Pacific Northwest Cider Awards

Press Release:

SEATTLE (April 23, 2014) – A little over one month away from its first annual cider competition and festival, Pacific Northwest Cider Awards (PNWCA) is pleased to announce an exciting list of participating cideries and ciders! Presented by Seattle Cider Company, sponsored by Washington Beer Blog and Capitol Cider, a total of 27 cideries from four states – including Washington, Oregon, Montana and Vancouver, B.C. – will be participating in the PNWCA’s private judging and competition, taking place June 5 at Seattle’s Capitol Cider Bar. With a total of 103 ciders broken up into 10 distinct categories, judges from throughout the Pacific Northwest will participate in a moderated tasting and judging process before awarding medals. In the three days following, June 6-8, cider lovers will have the chance to enjoy more than 25 ciders on tap at Seattle Cider Company’s tasting room, The Woods, as we celebrate competition winners and the Pacific Northwest’s growing cider industry. Read More…

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Mt Tabor Brewing to Open Another Larger Brewery in Portland, Oregon

Mt Tabor Brewing founding brewer and owner Eric Surface at the new Southeast Portland brewery location

Mt Tabor Brewing

In January of 2010 Brewpublic first reported on a promising new nanobrewery coming to life on the east side of Mt Tabor in Southeast Portland, Oregon. The quaint garage operation, aptly named Mt Tabor Brewing was the brainchild of friends Eric Surface and Brian Maher. More of a semi-pro hobby at the time, the two relocated from Maher’s home to a shared industrial space in the nearby Montavilla neighborhood later that year. By the end of 2011, Mt Tabor Brewing lost their spot in the quickly booming Montavilla neighborhood and it seemed that the dream was all but over. Well, as we later reported, Surface was determined to keep his dream alive and broke ground on another incarnation of his vision. Mt Tabor Brewing opened up shop in Surface’s hometown of Vancouver, Washington in October of 2011. “We moved to Vancouver when we had to vacate our warehouse space in Portland back in February of 2011” says the brewer. “We were growing too fast and our friend who managed the space was growing faster.”

Owner/brewer Eric Surface stands before the future home of Mt Tabor Brewing's Portland breweryFor the past three years Mt Tabor Brewing has succeeded with a modest 7-barrel brewery in the heart of downtown Vancouver (113 W. 9th Street, Vancouver, WA) while sole proprietor Eric Surface juggled a demanding day job (he spent 19 years as a sales manager for a fabrication company working in fire protection systems) and his role as husband and father to two small children. “We couldn’t find anything affordable in the (Mt Tabor) area and yet still keep the brewery small enough to manage as a hobby” Surfaces tells us.  “Having a young family meant having a stable paycheck to support us so quitting the full time gig wasn’t on the table.”

Looking at the numbers, it is evident that a strong work ethic is deeply instilled in Surface. In the first two years at his Vancouver, WA brewpub, Mt Tabor Brewing produced over 165 barrels of craft beer each year. That is quite impressive considering that he was also holding down his other full-time day job. Through it all, a burgeoning brewery vision was in his cross-hairs. “Our goal was to be back in Portland as well within five-years of our reopening date in Vancouver, we’re a few years ahead of schedule but no one’s complaining about that.”

Owner/brewer Eric Surface at Mt Tabor Brewing's future Southeast Portland, Oregon brewing facility

Google Map of new Mt Tabor Brewing location in SE Portland, OregonNow, as 2014 takes flight and the warmer months welcome even more thirsty palates, Surface has braced himself to dive headlong into a much bigger and more devoted incarnation of Mt Tabor Brewing. Surface tells us that it is official; Mt Tabor Brewing has signed a lease for a 6,000 square foot space at Read More…

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Widmer Brothers Brewing Celebrates 30 Years of Beer With Special Bottle Releases

Widmer 30 Beers For 30 Years First 3 Releases

There’s been a lot of buzz happening as of late regarding Widmer Brothers Brewing’s 30th Anniversary. Today back on April 2, 1984, Kurt and Rob Widmer incorporated their business, Widmer Brewing Company, and started cobbling together their brewhouse on NW Lovejoy in Portland, Oregon. Now long gone, their brewhouse sits in North Portland with a re-opening of their remodeled pub taking place tomorrow, April 3rd.

To help ring in these first 30 years, Widmer has launched the first three beers in the 30 Beers for 30 Years Series. The first three releases will be Altbier for 1984, Weizenbier for 1985, and Hefeweizen for 1986 in great new looking labels in limited edition bottles. And now Widmer has an interactive website that gives a rundown on the 30 Beers for 30 Years Series and the label artists: www.30Beersfor30Years.com. Read More…

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This post was written by D.J. Paul on April 2, 2014

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3 Killer November Events for Beer Geeks to Help Angelo Out!

Drink Rare Beer For Angelo at Saraveza November 24, 2013

Molly (Gilbert) Ishkanian of R-WestI really can’t thank the folks in the craft beer community enough for rallying together with some awesome fundraising events to help me with my medical bills. The idea is not to only reach out for help from y’all but to make it worth while with some kick-ass events that people would be stoked to attend regardless of my needs. In November there are three killer beer events to check out. BridgePort Brewery is helping by making the release of their new “Mettle & Mash” series brew a highlight for me this month. That event happens on November 21 and BridgePort Brewery will kindly donate all proceeds of this new Imperial Red IPA to my cause, as well as 20% of all food sales that day. My friend Molly of R-West (PR company who works with BridgePort) over there has been a huge force is facilitating this and I really can’t thank her and the whole Gambrinus family enough!

Black Friday 2013 at the Green Dragon

Rogue's Rob Brewer gets his Movember onOn November 29, the day after Thanksgiving Day,  Brewpublic is helping to organize the 3rd annual Black Friday event at The Green Dragon which features hoppy black brews often referred to as Black IPAs or Cascadian Dark Ales around these parts. This year, my friend Rob Brewer of Buckman Botanical Brewing and the Rogue Ales crew are helping by turning this event into a fundraiser for my huge medical debt racked up from ongoing treatment and care  of an inoperable brain tumor. Lots of breweries have donated beers to help raise even more money to put a dent in my huge bills (note: don’t get sick or hurt of you are and American without insurance). Look for more information coming on all of these events soon. They will all be awesome and I plan on attending each one of them!

Here’s some details from my friends Saraveza about the Rare Beer Event coming up and how you can contribute by donating or simply just quaffing: Read More…

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Brewpublic’s Annual KillerBeerWeek Returns Bigger and Better Than Ever with More Venues and More Events

KILLER BEER WEEK OFFICIAL

Brewpublic celebrates 5 years with 10 days and 12 events in October 18-27, 2013.

Since we kicked off this website in the fall of 2008, Brewpublic has been committed to celebrating the wonderful craft beer and the people who make it what it is. Focused mostly on Oregon and the Pacific Northwest, Brewpublic has had the great pleasure of meeting so many passionate and talented people who serve as the backbone to the region’s burgeoning craft beer community. Focusing on events and showcasing the plenitude of beers from a myriad of styles has always been at the core of what we have been trying to do here at Brewpublic. With Killer Beer Week, which began humbly in 2009 with two event, our 1st Brewniversary celebration at Saraveza Bottleshop and Pasty Tavern and KillerBeerFest at Bailey’s Taproom, before growing into a five-day and then eight-day hullabaloo, the now 10-day, 12-event conviviality of great local beer looks to highlight a portion of our finest craft beer establishments with some amazing offerings.

KillerBeerWeek 2013For 2013′s Killer Beer Week (KBW), we’ve added two of our favorite Eugene craft beer establishments to the mix as well as a few more from Portland. The fun and festive features of KBW ’13 begins at Roscoe’s Pub on Friday October 18 before a weekend at the Green Dragon’s Killer Pumpin Festival that will, for the first time, take to the streets. Other highlights of KBW ’13 include our Killer IPA Tasting at NWIPA, Killer Bend Beer Fest at Bridgetown Beerhouse, Killer Eugene and Corvallis Beer Fest at Hillboro’s newest craft beer destination Orenco Taphouse, before closing out with the week’s biggest jamborees including our 5th Brewniversary Celebration at Saraveza, and the storied Killer Beer Fest at Bailey’s Taproom. There’s much more. So much more. This year, we’ve added two events in Eugene, Oregon including a Tea Beer Fest at 16 Tons, and a paralleling Killer Beer Fest at the new Bier Stein.

Here’s a look at all that you can look forward to for 2013′s Killer Beer Week : Read More…

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Great American Distillers Festival Award Winners

GADF logo

This month’s Great American Distillers Festival (GADF) held in Portland, Oregon was an exceptional success! More than 38 American craft distillers participated in the two day festival that included tastings, bottle sales, a luncheon menu created with distilled spirits, an after party, and cocktail contests. The results are below:

GADF/Oregon’s Best “Beer Cocktail” Competition (Held Mon. Sept. 16 @GADF Media Party/Winner Announced at GADF Luncheon, October 5th)

Best of Show Winner:
Ransom Wines and Spirits, Sheridan, Oregon

Finalists included Big Bottom Whiskey, Bull Run Distilling Company, House Spirits Distillery, Ransom Wines and Spirits and Rogue Ales & Spirits.

“Tom’s Swill Pill” Recipe:
2 oz Ransom Old Tom Gin
1/2 oz Green Chartreuse
1 oz Freshly pressed pineapple juice
1/2 oz Fresh squeezed lime juice
2 slices of fresh jalapeño
2 oz TEN BARREL  Swill Beer

Muddle jalapeño in shaker.  Add ice and first 4 ingredients.
Shake, strain into a frizzle glass that has the 2oz of Swill Beer.
Garnish with a thin slice of jalapeño. Read More…

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Oregon Winners at the 2013 Great American Beer Festival

Barley Brown's and Baker City Brewing Company staff under owner Tyler Brown and Brewmaster Eli Dickison accept their award for Very Small Brewery of the Year at the 2013 Great American Beer Festival

2013 Great American Beer Festival (GABF)2013 proved to be an exceptionally winning year for Oregon breweries and brewers at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF). This year the Beaver state takes home 25 awards for specific beers including an impressive 10 gold medals, 7 silvers, and 8 bronzes.  Further, two breweries and brewers received prestigious awards as best overall in their size rankings. Pelican Pub & Brewery of Pacific City, Oregon, under brewmaster Darron Welch received honors of Large Brewpub and Brewer of the Year. Welch’s brewery won 4 medals at the competition this year. In a newly added category, Very Small Brewery and Brewer of the Year, Baker City Brewing Company, the production brewery for Barley Brown’s Brewpub in Baker City, Oregon took home the honors under brewmasters Eli Dickison and Marks Lanham. Between the two breweries, they won 5 medals.  Here’s a look at all of the winners from Oregon at this year’s GABF: Read More…

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Portland Beer: Crafting the Road to Beervana

Portland Beer: Crafting the Road to Beervana

“It’s not because the beer is good, it’s because it’s ours” -Don Younger

When friend and fellow beer blogger Pete Dunlop asked me to compose a foreword for his latest book, Portland Beer: Crafting the Road to Beervana, chronicling the history of Portland beer, it was a no-brainer. “Hell yeah” was my immediate response.

A few days back Pete’s book officially went on sale on sites like Amazon and Barnes & Noble. I’ve been beer blogging for five years but I’ve never been published in a book until my good friend included me in the foreward of this esteemed project. I felt and remain feeling quite honored to be a part of this important release. It is a release that I believe is very important considering what our great city has meant to the craft beer scene in America.

Beervana Beer Buzz blogger Pete Dunlop

Released by History Press WestPortland Beer: Crafting the Road to Beervana takes a look at Portland, Oregon’s rich history of not just craft beer brewing but also it’s appreciation for the foodie and bar culture. It is a culture unlike any other you’ll find in this great country and most anywhere on earth. More than fifty breweries are a testament that Portland aka Beervana is no joke.

In his book, Pete looks at frontier saloons and traces the history up through Prohibition and modern day landmarks in our beer history like the Brewpub Bill that legalized on-premise sales at McMenamins and opened the door for so many of today’s beloved craft breweries in our great city.

Dunlop examines the many elements that make Portland, well, Portland and inquires what exactly made our city so great when it has come to beer. Was/is it the water? The hops? The culture? You’re going to want to read this. And, yeah, (toot toot) yours truly wrote a brief intro to the book. Says Dunlop: “The history of beer in Portland has more twists and turns than people may think. It was a fun book to write and there are many interesting storylines to keep the pages turning.”

“I’m looking forward to the response to the book. It’s a story that needed telling and I think people will enjoy reading my version of it.” -Pete Dunlop.

Join Pete Dunlop for the official release of Portland Beer: Crafting the Road to Beervana at The Commons Brewery (1810 SE 10th Avenue, Portland, Oregon) from 2-6 p.m. on Saturday September 28, 2012. (This is a 21-and-over event, on RSVP required).

Buy the Portland Beer: Crafting the Road to Beervana online at the following sites: Read More…

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This post was written by Angelo on September 27, 2013

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Cruxtoberfest: Live Music, a Märzen, and Three Fresh Hop Beers

It’s that time of the year when you can have your pic between fresh hop beers, Oktoberfest beers, and pumpkin beers. So what’s it going to be?  Well, the good folks at Crux Fermentation Project in Bend, Oregon are coming up big with a Märzen lager  and three different fresh hop brews while hosting three days of live music to the delight of the locals.

Grab ye a pint of märzen or one of 3 fresh hop biers: Off the Fence, Crystal Zwickle & Cruxtennial. Then shake your lederhosen to accordian-free, good-times music.

Here’s a look at the lineup of live music: Read More…

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