This past spring Portland Brewing inherited an old brewhouse that had been used at the former Pyramid Alehouse in Sacramento, California that now allows the longtime Portland brewery to brew on a much smaller scale. This 2 BBL brewhouse is perfect for Head Brewer Ryan Pappe to experiment on, as his main system is a very large 125 BBL system that pumped out about 99,000 barrels this past year.
With this “new” 2 BBL brewhouse in place Portland Brewing decided to brew a beer series with a community focus. The result of this is Portland Brewing’s new Guild’s Lake Series that rolled out earlier this year with its first release in April and subsequent release every two months. The Guild’s Lake Series derives its name from Guild’s Lake, a former wetlands in NW Portland where Portland Brewing is now located. These beers pull inspiration from the local community with one-dollar of the proceeds from each pint going to specific neighborhood organizations.
The inaugural beer was ‘Round the Block Belgian-Style Golden Ale that benefited the Audubon Society of Portland. Then two months later in June the second beer in this series was released, Pier Park Piney Pale Ale benefitting Friends of Pier Park. This beer can still be possibly found in the St. Johns area at Your Inn Tavern, Ranger Tavern, Fixin To, Chill n Fill, Plews Brews, and Skyline Tavern.
The current Guild’s Lake Series release is Night Market Special Lager brewed to benefit Portland’s Jade District and its upcoming Jade International Night Market, a diverse and eclectic summer market established by the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO). This annual Night Market will take place on Saturday, August 15 and August 22 from 5:00 to 10:00pm at PCC SE Campus on 2305 SE 82nd Ave. in Portland. The Night Market is a free event featuring multi-ethnic food & retail vendors, multi-cultural stage performances, mini farmers market, kids activities and Portland Brewing beer garden.
Night Market Special Lager is an Asian-spiced Lager brewed with lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves and ginger. Citrus notes swirl across the nose and tongue as a subtle spice from the ginger rounds out the experience. At a pleasant 5.6% ABV, this five week lagered beer features Pilsner, Carapils, Munich 20 Malts and Liberty Hops.
“Inspired by the flavors and aromas of the rich food heritages throughout SE Asia, I created a light-bodied lager that is bright and refreshing,” explains Portland Brewing head brewer Ryan Pappe. “Crisp, lemony, spicy and quenching, I hope this beer is the perfect companion while exploring the sights, sounds and smells of the Night Market this August.”
Portland Brewing is the exclusive beer sponsor of the Jade International Night Market. Todd Struble, Jade District Manager, is enthusiastic about the partnership, “We are thrilled to partner with Portland Brewing to highlight the Jade International Night Market. We love supporting Portland breweries and part of our event is to include Portland’s vibrant beer culture with our community and visitors!” One-dollar of every pint sold during the Jade International Night Market event goes directly to APANO.
The Night Market Special Lager is only available for a limited-time, and can be found at the Jade International Night Market, Portland Brewing’s Taproom, and select Portland-area bars and restaurants. It’s the third beer in the Guild’s Lake Series, with others in the works. Look for the next Guild’s Lake Series release in October with Rico Sauvie Pumpkin Ale made with fresh pumpkins from Sauvie Island.
Jade Night Market PCC SE Campus 2305 SE 82nd Ave Portland, OR 97216
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 20 years under his belt of drinking beer at festivals across America and the world, he has developed a strong appreciation and understanding of craft beer and the industry that surrounds it. He can be found in any of the great breweries or beer bars that make Portland the best beer city in the world. His writing can also be found in Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter at @hopapalooza.