Occidental Brewing’s Annual Humbug Lager Fest

Occidental Brewing's PilsnerIt’s time to celebrate cold weather and lager beers, Occidental Brewing Co. style. Our yearly Humbug Lager Fest will be stocked with terrific lagers from Occidental and great breweries from Portland and beyond. There will be a wide range of beers, light to dark, easy drinking to strong and bold.

Urban German will also be on site serving up his traditional German fare. The soundtrack will be provided by attending Brewer DJs.

The event will take place indoors in our new larger taproom and adjoining spaces. Come one come all. Attendace is free and minors are allowed. Look to twitter.com/occidentalbrews for more info leaks as the event approaches.

The event is December, 13th from noon-8pm. at the brewery. Free admission, family friendly. 

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This post was written by Angelo on December 13, 2014

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Lompoc Brewing Annual Holiday Beer Extravaganza (8 Beer Release) @ Sidebar

Lompoc C-Sons Greetings
Lompoc Brewing announces annual Holiday Beer Extravaganza, releases
eight holiday beers including Portland’s original Hanukkah seasonal

PORTLAND, Ore. – Just as Santa has eight reindeer, so does Lompoc have eight different holiday beers, including one brewed for Hanukkah. The annual Lompoc Holiday Beer Extravaganza will celebrate the release of them all on Tuesday, Dec. 2 from 4pm to Midnight at the newly renovated Sidebar, Lompoc’s barrel tasting room at 3901 N Williams Ave.

This year’s lineup of holiday seasonals includes Blitzen, a spiced golden ale; Jolly Bock Lager; C-sons Greetings Imperial IPA; Old Tavern Rat Barleywine; Brewdolph Belgian-style Red; 2013 Bourbon Barrel Aged Holiday Cheer, a vanilla porter aged in Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels; Pinot Noir Barrel Aged Cheval de Trait Belge, a dark Belgian strong ale aged in Maryhill Winery Pinot noir barrels; and the triumphant return of 8 Malty Nights, a chocolate rye beer brewed in honor of Hanukkah. (See all descriptions at the bottom of this release.)
The holiday celebration will take place in the recently renovated Sidebar, which has added a roll up glass door to allow in more light, booth seating, expanded taps and an all-new menu of small plates designed for sharing. There will be complimentary appetizers featured at the event.
All beers will also be available at the other Lompoc pubs on Dec. 2 as well, including Lompoc Tavern on NW 23rd Ave, Oaks Bottom Public House on SE Bybee Blvd, Hedge House on SE Division St, and Fifth Quadrant on N Failing and Williams. C-sons Greetings and Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Tavern Rat are also available in 22 ounce bottles, at a cost of $5 and $12, respectively.

Lompoc Brewing annually releases a large number of holiday beers, a testament to its seasonal brewing and barrel aging programs. For more information, call 503-288-3996 or visit www.lompocbrewing.com.


8 MALTY NIGHTS: Dark brown in color and lightly hopped with English style hops, this chocolate rye beer features a roasted chocolate flavor and a sweet finish. Raise a glass and toast l’chaim to Portland’s first Hanukkah seasonal. 6.5% ABV

2013 BOURBON BARREL AGED HOLIDAY CHEER: Aged in Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels for eight months, this robust vanilla porter combines big chocolate flavor and a full body with mellow vanilla notes, compliments of whole vanilla beans in the conditioning tank. 6.8% ABV
BLITZEN: This bright, straw-colored holiday favorite is dry-hopped with Centennial hops, dried apricots and coriander. The hops lend a slight spicy and earthy aroma, while the apricots provide a faint sweetness with a fruity flavor and aroma. 4.6% ABV

BREWDOLPH: This Belgian style red ale features a malty and creamy body. Brewed with the Belgian Ardennes yeast strain, it boasts a mild fruitiness and a spicy clove character. 7.7% ABV

C-SONS GREETINGS: Brewed and dry-hopped with all seven “C” hops, this beer features a deep copper color with a piney, citrusy, floral and resinous aroma. A rich, caramel malt finish and an endless developing hop presence complement its full hop flavor. 8.0% ABV

JOLLY BOCK: This lager was brewed with a generous amount of Munich malt to develop the deep amber color and rich malt flavor. The malty flavor is balanced with a spicy hop bitterness. 7.3% ABV

OLD TAVERN RAT: This dark amber-colored barleywine was aged for almost a year prior to its release. It has a strong bitterness that is balanced by the sweetness of caramel and toffee flavors. 9.4% ABV

PINOT NOIR BARREL AGED CHEVAL DE TRAIT BELGE: This dark Belgian strong ale was aged in Maryhill Winery Pinot noir barrels for four months. It has a malty body with notes of chocolate, tobacco, oak and plum, finishing dry and slightly tart. 8.5% ABV


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This post was written by Angelo on December 2, 2014

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Widmer Brothers Presents The Big Chill @ Grand Central Bowling Lounge

Widmer The Big Chill at Grand Central

PORTLAND, Ore. – Winter will soon be upon us and that means that Portland’s annual snow season kick-off event is coming. Widmer Brothers Brewing is hosting the Big Chill 2014, a celebration of the best of the Northwest, at Grand Central Restaurant and Bowling Lounge in Southwest Portland on Friday, November 21, 2014, from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

The party will feature music, art, fashion, and Widmer Brothers’ classic winter seasonal, Brrr Seasonal Ale. Admission to the Big Chill is free and Widmer Brothers glassware for the event will be free while supplies last with the purchase of a Brrr.

Brrr is a Northwest-style red ale featuring Simcoe and Cascade hops for a big, citrusy aroma and Widmer Brothers’ Alchemy hop blend for bittering. Brrr emphasizes hoppiness while embracing a feeling of winter with a solid malt backbone and a rich red appearance.

Attendees are invited to check out the latest winter styles in snowboarding and winter apparel during the Big Chill’s fashion show produced by Portland’s Jillian Rabe. Apparel and accessories will be provided by evo, which will soon be celebrating its grand opening in Portland.

The silent auction is back again this year and will benefit The Snowdays Foundation, a local non-profit whose mission is to empower Portland metro area youth through snowboarding.

Local artists have been asked to create winter-themed works of art from used snowboards donated by Mt. Hood Meadows, which will be displayed on-site in the artist gallery. Guests will be asked to vote on their favorite works of art, with the winning artists receiving some great prizes.

More info can be found at www.widmerbrothers.com, or the Widmer Brothers Brewery & Pub Facebook page.

The Big Chill 2014
Where: Grand Central Restaurant and Bowling Lounge; 808 SE Morrison St., Portland, OR 97232
When: Friday, November 21, 9pm – 1am
What: The seventh-annual snow season kick-off event featuring music, art, fashion, and Widmer Brothers’ winter seasonal, Brrr.
Cost: Admission to the Big Chill ’14 is free. Widmer Brothers glassware for the event will be free with the purchase of a Brrr Seasonal Ale, while supplies last.

About Brrr Seasonal Ale
Warm up with a cold one. Or two. Our winter red ale is the perfect treat, naughty or nice. The deep red body fills your glass and a citrusy hop aroma fills your nose. Then caramel and chocolate malts reward you with a perfectly balanced, malty sweet flavor, and a velvety finish.

Malts: Pale, Caramel 10L & 80L, Carapils, and Dark Chocolate
Hops: Alchemy Hop Blend, Cascade, and Simcoe
ABV: 7.2%
OG: 17.0° Plato
IBU: 50
Color: 22L


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This post was written by admin on November 21, 2014

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The Knomad Group Presents: “Cider and a Side” Progressive Cider Seminar

 Cider and a Side

“Cider and a Side” Progressive Cider Seminar

Eugene, OR. On November 20, 2014, The Knomad Group is presenting “Cider & a Side”, a progressive cider tasting event. The event will include a triple location pub-crawl combining cider tastings, three educational seminars and delicious food pairings.

This one of a kind  experience will be a great opportunity to meet industry professionals and learn more about the fascinating world of craft cider. Guests will learn about the various types of apples that go into hard cider through an interactive tasting and educational program, and they will be able to try a variety of ciders with food pairings to match.

The event begins at Growler Nation at 5pm, and will include a food item served by Café 440. Next stop will be Tap and Growler, where another cider sample will be served with a second pairing. Finally,  we conclude with additional tasting and dining at Elk Horn Brewing.

Tickets for “Cider and a Side” are $55 and are available for purchase at each venue and:


Follow the event on Facebook for additional details about the event!

Eugene’s FIRST progressive Cider & Food Pairing Event.

Starts at Growler Nation then moves to Tap & Growler and finally heads to Elkhorn Brewing for cider tastings and delicious food – meet professionals at each stop from the Craft Cider industry eager to inform and answer your questions

First Stop: Jeff Smith* with Bushwhacker Cider speaking on Cider Making 101
Second Stop: Andy Madson* with Knomad Group representing Blue Mountain Cider speaking on Cider Apples
Third Stop: Carolyn Madson* with Knomad Group speaking on Cider & Food Pairing

Cost is $55 and includes cider, food and guest speakers. Transportation between stops not included.
*Speakers may change
Tickets online: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/cider-and-a-side-progressive-cider-food-pairing-event-tickets-13942930681


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This post was written by Angelo on November 20, 2014

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Ninkasi Brewing adds two beers to Flagship Series

Ninkasi Brewing Flagship Series

Starting next year, two beers will be added to the Ninkasi Brewing “Flagship Series” and will be made available year-round in all Ninkasi distribution areas. Lux, a German-Style Helles Lager, and Dawn of the Red, an India Red Ale, will join Total Domination IPA, Tricerahops Double IPA, Oatis Oatmeal Stout, and Vanilla Oatis Oatmeal Stout with Vanilla.

Below is the press release below as well as a video with founding brewmaster Jamie Floyd: Read More…


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This post was written by Angelo on November 20, 2014

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Alameda Brewing’s Oyster Fest

Cheers, slurp!


Alameda Oyster Fest

Alameda Brewing of Portland brewed an Oyster Stout with Buckley Bay Oysters and decided to make a party for this unique release!

Along with the stout they’re grilling fresh oysters with a red onion vermouth relish that will be out of this world! Grilling while supplies last – so hurry in – six grilled oysters for 9.50

This unique Oyster Stout was brewed with 4 pounds of Buckley Bay Oysters from Baynes Sound, BC. The Flavor Profile of these oysters: Specialty beach oyster, melon taste, salt spray finish. Shell is a grey/purple some barnacles. Learn more: http://ow.ly/EqeBK and come in & taste on Wednesday November 19, 2014!

Our Oyster Stout was brewed with 4lbs of Buckley Bay Oysters from Baynes Sound, BC. The Flavor Profile of these oysters: Specialty beach oyster, melon taste, salt spray finish. Shell is a grey/purple some barnacles. Learn more: http://ow.ly/EqeBK and come in & taste on Wednesday!

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Mazama Brewing and Running Man Present: Small Plates, Big Belgians! @ The Bad Habit Room

The Bad Habit Room will be hosting a small plate dinner by Chef Jerrod Knight of Little Bird with Mazama Brewing’s Fine Beers.

Mazama Brewing Company,Running Man Distribution, and Little Bird present, “Small Plates, Big Belgians”. A five-course beer and food pairing event! The Brewmaster, Jeff Tobin, will guide you through their core beers with beer-style history and tasting notes while Jerrod Knight of Little Bird creates magic in the kitchen.

Small Plates, Big Belgians


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This post was written by admin on November 17, 2014

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Hopworks Releases Organic Motherland Russian Imperial Stout

Hopworks Urban Brewery Motherland Russian Imperial Stout
Hopworks Urban Brewery in Portland, Oregon. Image by Tim LaBargePORTLAND, Ore. Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB) today announced the release of Motherland Russian Imperial Stout. Rich and smooth, Motherland is as black as a Siberian winter night but warming enough to weather it. Bittersweet chocolate flavors mingle with deep fig and plum fruitiness and it finishes with a lingering spiciness and heat. Available November through February, this winter warmer is a fortifying tonic for the People!

Motherland is part of Hopworks’ Imperial Series, which features rotating imperial ales throughout the year and is geared for lovers of slow-sipping, big, bold, and highly complex beers. This season drinkers will appreciate Motherland’s focus on a hearty organic malt bill that will warm your heart during cold, rainy and snow-filled evenings.

Motherland is now available in Read More…


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Upright Brewing Re-Releases “Spollen Angel” Belgian-style Tripel

Brewer Chris Spollen

Brewer Chris Spollen

Upright Brewing

Upright Brewing re-releases Spollen Angel for first time since late 2012.

One of Portland, Oregon’s most innovative breweries, Upright Brewing Co. is slated to re-release a special winter seasonal in limited quantities. Upright, known locally and nationally for being a pioneer in showcasing many Belgian-inspired craft brews from its quaint Northeast brewery and part-time taproom, likes to have fun with small batch brews and this, the “Spollen Angel” Belgain-style Tripel is a testament to brewmaster Alex Ganum’s penchant for unabashedly inspirational and innovative beers. The Angel is also a tribute to one of Portland’s favorite brewers, Chris Spollen, who has previously brewed at Amnesia in Portland, Rogue Ales in Newport, and is currently helping out at Old Ivy Taphouse and Brewery in Vancouver, WA among others. Here’s more details regarding this beer as provided to us by brewmaster and Upright founder Ganum: Read More…


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This post was written by Angelo on November 17, 2014

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Lompoc Brewing to reopen its renovated Sidebar Barrel Tasting Room

Lompoc Sidebar
PORTLAND, Ore.Lompoc Brewing is reopening its Sidebar Barrel Tasting room at 4pm on Thursday, Nov. 20 following a month-long remodel. The new and improved Sidebar, located at 3901 N Williams Ave, now features a glass roll up door that lets in natural light and allows passers by to see inside the cozy bar. It will also allow for extended seating and fresh air in the warmer seasons.
“We really wanted to open up the space to let people see what we do in here,” said Lompoc owner Jerry Fechter. “Sidebar has always been a showcase for our beers, but not everyone knew what happened behind the mural. The new space has a friendly, approachable feel that perfectly complements our North Portland neighborhood.”
Mr. Chris Crabb (left) and Lompoc Brewer Bryan KeiltySidebar’s lineup of six taps has expanded to an even dozen: 11 Lompoc beers and one rotating cider. The tap list, which will change up to twice weekly, will include both Lompoc’s mainstay ales and lagers and its seasonal and barrel aged specialty beers. There will also be a rotating cheap beer in a can for $2. The tasting room continues to offer cocktails as well. Sidebar is for ages 21 and over.
“At Lompoc, we sidestep stylistic constraints and instead use an artisanal approach best highlighted at our Sidebar location,” explained head brewer Bryan Keilty. “Thinking outside the barrel, we use Kentucky Bourbon, Oregon Whiskey, and Northwest wine barrels to age and ferment our beer, in addition to locally-sourced fruit projects.”

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This post was written by Angelo on November 16, 2014

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