Lompoc Announces Dagda Pan Gaelic Red Ale Release Party

Dagda Pan Gaelic Red Ale Release Party

Kick off St Patrick’s Day early at Lompoc Sidebar (3901 N Williams Ave) on Friday, March 13 from 4pm to close with the release of Lompoc Brewing’s Dagda Pan Gaelic Red Ale. Join the Lompoc brewers for an Irish celebration including corned beef & cabbage, real live Irish music (from the radio) and pints of specialty ales.

Dagda features a rich, malty body and underlying hoppiness. The brewers employed a small portion of black malt and a four-hour boil to give the beer its ruddy red color and sturdy body.

Dagda is named after named after the “good god” of the Celts who was in important figure in Irish mythology. Tales depict the Dagda as a figure of immense power, armed with a magic club and associated with a cauldron. The club was supposed to be able to kill nine men with one blow; but with the handle he could return the slain to life. The cauldron was known as the Undry and was said to be bottomless, from which no man left unsatisfied. He also possessed Daurdabla, a richly ornamented magic harp made of oak which, when the Dagda played it, put the seasons in their correct order; other accounts tell of it being used to command the order of battle.
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8th Annual Firkin Fest @ PDX Green Dragon

 

2015 Firkin Fest

Rogue Ales will host the 8th Annual Firkin Fest at the PDX Green Dragon in Portland, Oregon, on Saturday, February 21st, 2015 from 11am-6pm.

This year, attendees will sample the largest line-up of donated firkins ever. Participating breweries include: Gigantic, Buckman, Stickmen, Seaside, Fat Heads, Astoria, Rogue, Goodlife, Coalition, Ecliptic, Burnside, Buoy, Three Mugs, Deschutes, Old Town, Walking Man, Hopworks, Fearless, Green Dragon Brew Crew, Base Camp, Two Kilts, Thunder Island, Vertigo, New Belgium, 13 Virtues, Migration, Cider Riot, Oakshire, Laurelwood, Fort George, ExNovo, Red Ox, Deception, Baerlic, Columbia River, Bier One, Bridgeport, Mazama, Seven Brides and more! That’s quite a lineup.

The event will feature firkin beers from 40 of Oregon’s top breweries – Firkin beers are unpasteurized, unfiltered, naturally carbonated in the cask and served at cellar temperature. Artisan cheeses, chocolates, meats, and snacks will be served alongside the beer. There will also be a limited VIF (Very Impressive Firkin) tapping and tasting in the Green Dragon Barrel Room for those who purchase a VIF ticket. All attendees will receive a souvenir tasting glass with admission.

Tickets are available now at  www.Rogue.com and if they do not sell out in advance will be available at the door. There are two ticket options, General Admission and VIF.

General Admission tickets are only $10.00. This entry includes 5 taster tickets and souvenir taster glass. The other entry option is the VIF (Very Impressive Firkin). Tickets for VIF are $25.00 and includes general admission and access to 3 special firkin tastings introduced by the brewers. Held from 2:00 to 4:00pm in The Barrel Room adjacent to Buckman Botanical Brewery, will feature Ecliptic, Three Mugs, and Fat Heads. These three breweries are each bringing a firkin that will only be available at VIF. The brewers will be on hand to introduce their firkins and meet attendees.

 

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This post was written by admin on February 21, 2015

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American Homebrewers Association Hosts Rally in Ashland, Oregon

American Homebrewers Association

This Sunday, February 22, the American Homebrewers Association is throwing a Rally in Ashland at Standing Stone Brewing Co. to celebrate the joys of homebrewing and connect beer enthusiasts in the area.

The event—which is southern Oregon’s first-ever AHA Rally—will feature a VIP tour of the brewery, beer samples, gifts, prizes and much more! 

WHAT:  The American Homebrewers Association (AHA) hosts a series of AHA Rallies across the country to give homebrewers the chance to check out some of their local breweries and connect with other beer enthusiasts and homebrewers in their area. This upcoming AHA Rally will take place in Ashland, Ore. at Standing Stone Brewing Co. and offers the opportunity to take a VIP tour of the brewery, meet brewery staff, enjoy Standing Stone beer samples, and win great prizes from the brewery and the AHA.

Plus, Standing Stone will be organizing a Wort Give-Away, in which attendees will have the chance to take home five gallons of Standing Stone wort to use to ferment their own beer at home. In addition, all guests will take home a Rally-exclusive gift from the AHA.

WHEN:  Sunday, February 22 | 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Standing Stone BrewingWHERE:  Standing Stone Brewing Co.
101 Oak Street
Ashland, OR 97520

COST: Rallies are free for current AHA members. Non-members can join online, or sign up for a discounted member rate at the Rally. Please RSVP for the event. Read More…

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This post was written by Angelo on February 18, 2015

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Oregon Zwickelmania 2015 is happening this Saturday!

Oregon Zwickelmania 2015

7th Annual Zwickelmania Oregon Brewery Tour
Opens Doors To Visitors On February 14
Celebrate Presidents’ Day Weekend With Brewery Open House Events

PORTLAND, Ore. — Zwickelmania, the annual one-day event in Oregon when breweries open their doors to the casual and hardcore beer fans, lands on Feb. 14 this year — Valentine’s Day — from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 100 breweries, both big and small, are participating with meet-the-brewer events and beer samples.

For those who are planning a special Valentine’s Day trip to a place in Oregon, visitors are invited to click on one of the seven regions of Oregon on the Zwickelmania event page to see which breweries are participating, itineraries and maps available for the Bend, Eugene, Portland, Salem and Southern Oregon areas.

Oregon Brewers Guild executive director Brian Butenschoen says, “With more than 100 breweries open across nearly 30 cities, there are many options in Oregon perfect for a romantic beery weekend getaway, whether you head to a city with a robust concentration of breweries or to a town with just one.”

Last year, more than 36,750 people toured 105 participating breweries statewide and the Oregon Brewers Guild is expecting that number to increase in 2015 with Valentine’s Day starting off what will be a three-day Presidents’ Day weekend. Read More…

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This post was written by Angelo on February 10, 2015

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Ecliptic Brewing Announces Erin Grey Kemplin as Sales Manager

Erin Grey Kemplin of Ecliptic Brewing

Mississippi-area craft brewery extends its reach with expansion of sales team

Ecliptic Brewing Co.PORTLAND, Ore. (Feb. 10, 2015) – Ecliptic Brewing, a craft brewery and restaurant in Portland’s Mississippi neighborhood, announces it has hired Erin Grey Kemplin as sales manager, responsible for distribution and volume growth throughout the region, increasing the visibility and availability of products in on-premise and retail accounts.

“I could not be more thrilled to have Erin join the Ecliptic team,” said owner and head brewmaster John Harris. “It’s great to have extra hands on deck, helping to expand the reach of our beers.”

Kemplin’s passion for the beer industry began in 2005, after managing a craft beer bar in Virginia. Kemplin relocated to Oregon in 2007, where she worked at Mt. Hood Beverage and Columbia Distributing. Before joining the Ecliptic team, Kemplin worked at Stone Brewing Co. for four years.

Kemplin continues her craft beer education in her free time, and is a member of the Beer Judge Certified Program (BJCP) and a Certified Cicerone.

For a high-res image of Kemplin, visit here.

About Ecliptic Brewing

Ecliptic Brewing is a venture from John Harris, an Oregon beer icon whose background is steeped in the state’s rich craft brewing history. The name Ecliptic unites Harris’ two passions: brewing and astronomy, and as such, the brewery celebrates the Earth’s yearly journey around the sun through both its beer and restaurant menus. Executive chef Michael Molitor rotates his seasonally inspired menu every six weeks in accordance with the old world calendar. Harris’ signature seasonal beers include Spica Pilsner, Procyon Pale Ale, Phobos Single Hops Red Ale and Orbiter IPA. For more information, visit: www.eclipticbrewing.com.

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3rd Annual Portland Farmhouse and Wild Ale Festival

Saraveza's 2015 Farmhouse Festival
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Advanced tickets are now on sale for the 3rd annual Portland Farmhouse and Wild Ale Festival on Saturday March 28th and Sunday March 29th in Portland, Oregon. This is Portland’s only festival dedicated exclusively to rustic farmhouse saisons, oak barrel-aged, spontaneously fermented brettanomyces beers and gruits brewed with locally foraged herbs and spices.
Hosted by Saraveza Bottleshop & Pasty Tavern this years festival will be the most ambitious yet by closing off even more of the street on N. Michigan for booths, beers and food vendors. Exciting additions to the festival this year are special guests Crooked Stave Artisan Beer from Denver, Colorado and Almanac Brewing from San Francisco, California as well as beers from newcomers Holy Mountain Brewing of Seattle, Washington. They will be joined by breweries from across the country including Block 15, De Garde Brewing, The Commons Brewery, The Ale Apothecary, pFriem Family Brewers, Destihl, Logsdon Farmhouse Ales, Upright Brewing, Agrarian Ales, Holy Mountain Brewing, Solera Brewery, Pelican Pub and Brewery, Ommegang, Stillwater, Propolis, Elysian, Breakside Brewery and more.

For the first time this years festival will feature guest artisan snack and food vendors carefully selected to pair well with the food friendly beer lineup. The Portland Farmhouse and Wild Ale Festival is pleased to announce we will have a cheese booth from Cascadia Creamery, Charcuterie and sausages from Olympic Provisions and an assortment of Pickled veggies from Picklopolis all on-site.

Like last year we will have an exclusive festival bottle release, this year by Upright Brewing. Bottles will be on sale of this single cask sour fruited wild ale exclusively at the Farmhouse Festival with a few kegs on draft as well. More details on the beer TBA.

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This post was written by Angelo on February 10, 2015

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Anheuser-Busch Craft Beer Insulting Super Bowl Commercial Parodied By Ninkasi Brewing


In light of Anheuser-Busch/InBev’s recent dis on craft beer during this week’s Super Bowl, our friends at Ninkasi Brewing in Eugene, Oregon made an awesome parody video to answer to Bud’s big game spectacle that salted some wounds using pumpkin beer as the butt of a joke. This is rather relevant considering that AB/InBev made news a week ago when they purchased Seattle’s Elysian Brewing who was made famous for their pumpkin beers.

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This post was written by admin on February 3, 2015

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BridgePort Brewing Announces Conviction Pale Ale as New Year-Round Beer

BridgePort Brewery's Conviction Pale Ale

Trilogy 1, Winner from Trilogy Series, is back in 2015 as Conviction Pale Ale

PORTLAND, Ore.— January 28, 2015 — BridgePort Brewing Company, Oregon’s oldest craft brewery, proudly announced today the newest beer in its year-round line-up: Conviction Pale Ale, available now.

Throughout 2014, BridgePort fans had the chance to try each of the three Trilogy beers, created to celebrate the brewery’s 30th anniversary. At the end of the year, they placed their vote for which beer should come back as a year-round brew in 2015. Trilogy 1, a crystal dry-hopped pale ale, was the clear fan favorite and is now back on shelves in 2015 as Conviction Pale Ale.

“Last year, we came out with a record number of new beers for people to try. Don’t get me wrong, our team loves experimenting, but it’s also nice to have a beer that we all feel confident serving up to our fans throughout the seasons,” commented brewmaster Jeff Edgerton. “A large part of that confidence comes from the fact that Conviction was the fan-favorite so we know our fans already stand behind it.”

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2nd Annual High Gravity Extravaganza @ McMenamins Old St. Francis School

McMenamins Saint Francis SchoolDrinking cold beer in the cold days of winter may seem counter-intuitive to some, but throw outdoor fire pits into the mix and you’ve got the 2nd Annual High Gravity Extravaganza. Last year’s first event proved that there’s no better place to celebrate than in the High Desert of Central Oregon at McMenamins Old St. Francis School. So, they’re doing it again!

2nd Annual High Gravity Extravaganza – Jan. 17, 2015 – McMenamins Old St. Francis School, Bend, Ore.

In the spirit of Central Oregon and the uniqueness of the High Desert in January, step out and celebrate big, bold beers while basking in the crisp winter air at the High Gravity Extravaganza at McMenamins Old St. Francis School (OSF). This second annual “Go Big or Go Home” event brings together high gravity ales from some of Central Oregon’s top breweries (list below) and McMenamins around the Northwest with a backdrop of snow-covered mountains while huddling around blazing firepits. With live music by Mark Ransom & The Mostest and Down North,  you can also stop by the brewer’s corner to meet the makers, discuss technique or just share a couple pints with friends.

When: Saturday, January 17, 2015 from 1-10 p.m.; Music begins at 3 p.m.

Where: Old St. Francis School, 700 Bond St., Bend, Ore., 97701

Beer: Joining 10 McMenamins brewers from around the Northwest are 12 local Central Oregon breweries including Bend Brewing Co., Goodlife Brewing Co., Solstice Brewing Co., Deschutes Brewing Co., Worthy Brewing Co. and more.

Cost: Free to attend, special taster pricing.

 

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This post was written by admin on January 17, 2015

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VIDEO: Exclusive Interview with Rogue Ales President Brett Joyce (Part 1)

Rogue FarmsRecently we had the extreme honor of sitting down and speaking with Rogue Ales & Spirits president Brett Joyce. Not only that, we got it on film in an exclusive two-part series. Here we were able to discuss in-depth many topics and goings-on in and around Rogue Nation direct from Rogue headquarters.

Joyce discusses the changes that have been afoot at his brewery which has a very widespread distribution (they are in more states and countries than any other Oregon brewery). He also talks about the loss of his father, Rogue founder Jack Joyce who passed away in 2014 and will be sorely missed by all of us in the craft brewing industry. Stay tuned also because we have a lot to ask him in part two!

 

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This post was written by Angelo on January 8, 2015

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