Anniversaries and a new year in craft beer: beer events for the week of December 26

Hard to believe, but just five years ago, the Burnside Brewing crew was helping the Metalcraft Fabrication guys install the new brewhouse, which comprised Metalcraft's first commercial tanks. They've both come a long way since then and each is an integral part of Portland's craft beer scene. They're celebrating Burnside's fifth anniversary at the brewery (701 E. Burnside St,) starting at 3 p.m. Saturday Dec. 26, by roasting a pig and serving it five ways to pair with five variations – one from each brewer – of a golden rye ale brewed specially for the party. Get there early and you get a free commemorative glass while 250 last... FoystonFoto
Hard to believe, but just five years ago, the Burnside Brewing crew was helping the Metalcraft Fabrication guys install the new brewhouse, which comprised Metalcraft’s first commercial tanks. They’ve both come a long way since then and each is an integral part of Portland’s craft beer scene. They’re celebrating Burnside’s fifth anniversary at the brewery (701 E. Burnside St,) starting at 3 p.m. Saturday Dec. 26, by roasting a pig and serving it five ways to pair with five variations – one from each brewer – of a golden rye ale brewed specially for the party. Get there early and you get a free commemorative glass while 250 last…
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Ground Breaker’s Fourth
Sunday Dec. 27, Ground Breaker Brewing, 715 S.E. Lincoln St.;

Ground Breaker Brewing celebrates four years on December 27 with “double discount” dock sales. Take home a case of St. Denny with a generous discount, or even mix-and-match a custom case for someone special.

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David Lederfine is looking at crowdfunding for his next chapter at his Awesome Ales.

O Sweet Mama Stout Release Party
2-5 p.m. Sunday Dec. 27, Chill ‘n Fill, 5215 N. Lombard St.;
Ease out of the holiday whirl by celebrating O Sweet Mama Stout release from gypsy brewer David Lederfine, late of the good ol’ Snake & Weasel and creator of memorable beers such as Spikedrive 420 Strong Ale and others. Lederfine is launching a crowdfunding campaign for his brewery, Awesome Ales, to support a bottling operation, a rebrand, an expansion of distribution, the launch of an artisan ale projectand more and he’ll be providing info on how you can help him reach his goal.

He's in the proper holiday mood, is Oregon brewing legend John Harris, and he's got some great beers to share. FoystonFoto
He’s in the proper holiday mood, is Oregon brewing legend John Harris, and he’s got some great beers to share.
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A Holiday Gift From John Harris
Phobos Single Hop Red Ale
is available now in bottles and at the Ecliptic Brewing, 825 N. Cook St. Hopped entirely with citrusy, tropical Azacca hops, Phobos is named after the Martian moon that circles the Red Planet (I’ve always thought that the Martian moons are the coolest in a spooky, sci -fi way, being named Phobos – fear – and Deimos – darkness, but that’s just me…) Eight types of malts were used to give this beer a deep caramel flavor and rich red color that would make Old Man Mars proud. Phobos finishes creamy and smooth and ahs 34 IBU and 5.6 percent abv.

Roscoe’s Ninth Anniversary
2 p.m. Thursday Dec. 31 – Sunday Jan. 3, Roscoe’s, 8105 S.E. Stark St.;
Roscoe’s celebrates nine years with a weekend long party featuring a great list of beers from some of their favorite breweries. Raise a toast with the crew on Friday, New Year’s Day, when they plan to tap some of the rarest beers.

Here’s a partial taplist:

  • The Commons Brewery- Clarabelle (Gin Barrel Aged Saison with Peaches)
  • Upright Brewing- Barrel Aged Rosa
  • Avery Brewing- Maharaja IPA
  • Logsdon Farmhouse Ales- Peche and Brett
  • Crux Fermentation Project- Pinot Barrel Aged Double Cross
  • Oakshire Brewing- Super-rare Oakshire 9
  • Deschutes Brewery- Special Nitro Barrel Aged Black Butte XXIV
  • Trinity Brewing- Red Swingline
  • Laurelwood- Megafauna IPA
  • Russian River – Blind Pig IPA and Pliny the Elder
  • pFriem – Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
  • Breakside Brewery- Gin Barrel Aged Pathfinder IPA
  • Green Flash – Flanders Drive Sour Red
  • Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider- Special Barrel Aged Cider
  • Alpine Beer Company- Nelson IPA
New Year's Eve with Brewpublic and Bailey's Taproom!
New Year’s Eve with Brewpublic and Bailey’s Taproom!

New Year’s Eve with Bailey’s & Brewpublic
8 p.m. Thursday Dec. 31, Bailey’s Taproom, 213 S.W. Broadway; free admission.
Join Bailey’s Taproom and Brewpublic for beer and beats , with DJ Tony Stewart on the mix and some sparkling offerings from a few of their favorite breweries. Stay for the countdown toast because they’re going until 2 a.m. for this special evening at Bailey’s Taproom.

All 25 taps will be pouring and the featured New Year’s Eve beers will be the following.

  • Almanac – Ginger Gose
  • Arch Rock – Gold Beach Lager
  • Block 15 Hoppy New Year IIPA
  • Boulevard – Tank 7
  • Breakside – La Tormenta
  • de Garde – Cherry Blu Bu
  • Fort George – Big Guns ISA
  • Oakshire – Cranberliner
  • pFriem – Bret Brux Pale
  • Rosenstadt – Kölsch
  • Mazama – Grand Cru
  • Trinity – Magicial Brettanomyces Tour #7

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New Year’s Eve with Migration
9 p.m. Thursday Dec. 31, Migration Brewing, 2828 N.E. Glisan St.;
Migration Brewing celebrates 2015 and welcomes 2016 with a New Years Eve party with extended hours and lots of specialty drinks to help ring in the New Year. They’ll be pouring craft cocktails, whiskey neat or on the rocks, a variety of specialty beers, and a free champagne toast at midnight.

Specialty Beer List:

  • 2015 Frankie Claus aged in a fresh House Spirits whiskey barrel

  • 2015 Frankie Claus

  • 2014 Black Hearted IPA aged in whiskey barrel

  • 2015 Happy Pils

  • 2015 Black Hearted IPA

Brrring in the new year with Widmer
9 p.m. Thursday Dec. 31, Mt. Hood Meadows;
tix here.
Widmer Brothers Brewing presents NYE Brrring in the New Year, a festive evening on the slopes. A dinner buffet will be served as well as live music from 9 PM to midnight (the party is 21 and over; advance purchase recommended). Fireworks begin at 10:15 p.m. and there’s a midnight balloon drop and toast to 2016.

contact John Foyston with info on your beer events at johnfoyston@comcast.net

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