The beeriest, busiest Saturday ever? Your week in craft beer for March 11-17.
Second Annual Baker’s Dozen 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. Saturday March 12, Culmination Brewing Co., 2117 NE Oregon St.; $27 includes entry and samples of all beers and doughnuts, plus beer can be purchased by the glass. All ages.
The world’s only coffee beer and doughnut festival features three things Portland does best: beer, coffee, and doughnuts. In a city with as many coffee roasters as there are craft brewers, coffee beers make sense as does pairing them with doughnuts. You’ll be able to sample some of Portland’s finest doughnuts and pair them with coffee beers from:
Clarabelle Release Noon March 12, The Commons Brewery Taproom, 630 S.E. Belmont St.;
Clarabelle began as Maybelle, a barrel aged blonde farmhouse ale. It was then aged in Ransom Old Tom Gin barrels for one year before finishing in a stainless steel tank with a blend of Brettanomyces and 500 pounds of peaches from Baird Family Orchards. The result is a rich and aromatic farmhouse ale, with bold peach notes and a balancing floral character from the Brettanomyces and Gin barrels. Clarabelle is ready to drink now, as the deep fresh fruit character is woven delicately into the Brettanomyces profile, but can also be cellared for one year. Clarabelle will be available in 330ml bottles for $8 each in limited quantities and will also be available on draft on Saturday.
Beer Collectibles Swap Meet 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. Saturday Mar. 12, VFW Hall, 7118 S.E. Fern St,;
Here’s your introduction to the fascinating world of breweriana – beer collectibles. We concern ourselves with the recent history of beer, but it’s always been the most popular of beverages and there’s a fascinating array of old literature, posters, cans, bottles, glasses, and advertising trinkets avidly sought after by collectors – who, by the way, are as friendly and welcoming a group as you could ever hope to find. And they like their beer – nobody ever empties a collectable bottle or can by pouring it down the drain…
Finnriver Oak & Apple Release Party 4-7pm Saturday March 12, Imperial Bottle Shop & Taproom, 3090 S.E. Division St.;
Celebrate the bounty of barrels, blossoms and B Corp status with Finnriver Farm & Cidery at. The evening will present a newly released barrel aged, Oak & Apple Cider and custom cider cocktails crafted with Finnriver’s cordial style dessert wines: Raspbarrel – Oak & Apple Cider + Raspberry Brandywine; Finnriver Royale – Finnriver Royale Artisan Sparkling Cider + Black Currant Brandywine; ‘Hot’ Chocolate – Habanero Cider + Cacao Brandywine. Meet and greet with Finnriver ambassadors. Flights and glasses will be available, as will bottles to go.
Heater Allen Taproom Reopens Noon-5 p.m. Saturday Mar. 12, Heater Allen Brewing, 907 E. 10th Ave. McMinnville;
The taproom is open with eight beers on tap and they’ll also be releasing the Eichenbock, their collaboration beer with de Garde Brewing. The Eichenbock is a Bock beer that was aged in new oak barrels for a month. The 22 oz. bottles of Eichenbock will be available for purchase at $8/bottle; they’ll also have Pils, Coastal, Dunkel, Schwarz, Abzug, and Sterk en Donker available for purchase, but no growler fill this weekend.
Third Annual Hellshire Day & Barrel-Aged Beer Fest 11 a.m. – close Saturday Mar. 12, Oakshire Brewing Public House, 207 Madison St. Eugene; $25 includes entry, tasting glass and five tix.
Oakshire Brewing will release Hellshire VI, the brewery’s sixth barrel-aged beer under the Hellshire label, with a barrel-aged beer festival that includes offerings from Oakshire’s barrel-aging cellar, as well as 50+ barrel-aged beers from breweries around the country. The first sales of 22 oz. wax-dipped Hellshire VI bottles start at the festival. Also: live music by Eugene bands and food from local food carts.
Saison Greetings 1-9 p.m. Sunday March 13, Bazi, 1522 SE 32nd Ave.;
Join the Bazi crew to welcome spring and brighter days with a selection of their 4th Annual Saison Greetings farmhouse ale tap takeover featuring domestic and import Belgian-inspired saison style beers. The lineup includes:
Drinking Horse Silk Rose Saison
Trinity One Ear Saison
Ruse Brewing Saison
Baerlic Wildcat Meyer Lemon Farmhouse Ale
Sasquatch Sister Skookum Imperial Saison
Culmination Sai What? Dark Saison
North Rim Saison
Du Bocq Saison 1858
Glazen Toren Saison D’Erpe-Mere Gerookt
Laurelwood’s 15th Birthday Party Tuesday March 15, Laurelwood Brewpub, 5115 N.E. Sandy Blvd.;
Laurelwood is turning 15 years old and they’re throwing a party that includes special all-day birthday pint prices, a special firkin, exclusively for party attendees, retail and gift card giveaways and cake…
Adopt-a-Hop 6-8 p.m. Wednesday March 16, Baerlic brewing, 2235 S.E. 11th Ave.; 21 & older only.
Celebrate the beautiful bounty of all things hops in this educational workshop hosted by Baerlic with support from Crosby HopFarm and F.H. Steinbart Co. Designed to demystify and examine everybody’s favorite brewing ingredient, the workshop will tell you how to choose the right hop for your home brewing; how to evaluate hop aroma through hop sensory; learn tips and tricks from the pros on how to grow your own; order hop rhizomes for your own garden – and they’ll be pouring a hoppy collab beer brewed with F.H. Steinbart Co.
Lompoc Night of the Living Red 4 p.m. Wednesday March 16, Lompoc Sidebar, 3901 N. Williams Ave.; $12 for taster tray of all six beers, or buy individually.
The party features that legendary Lompoc hospitality and six red Lompoc beers:
Dagda: Lompoc’s St. Patrick’s Day seasonal is a Pan-Gaelic Red Ale that features a malty body with caramel flavors, a touch of smoke and a tart finish. 5.5 percent.
Proletariat Red: Deep chestnut in color, this red features toasted malt with biscuit undertones leading to caramelized pear and cinnamon. This beer won silver at the 2015 GABFand strikes a good balance between malt and hops. 6.2 percent.
2015 Cherry Christmas: Aged for two years in Maryhill Winery Merlot barrels on 45 pounds of sour cherries. It has a malty body, a strong oak aroma and hints of cherries and finishes. 6.2 percent.
2015 Cherry Bomb Smoked Red Ale: Brewed for International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day, this red ale is crimson with a strong smoked flavor and aroma. Cherry smoked malt was used in the mash and in-house smoked dried cherries were added to the bright tank. 3.7 percent.
2013 Fleming Red Ale: Named in honor of former Lompoc brewer Dave Fleming, this is a blend of four different beers: Lompoc Wheat Wine, Stout Out Loud, Proletariat Red and a red ale aged in Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels for 10 months. The resulting beer has a strong sour nose, a malty body with hints of raisins and oak, and finishes with a sharp sourness. 6.6 percent.
2012 Franc’ly Brewdolph: This Belgian style red ale was aged in Maryhill Winery Cabernet Franc barrels for 10 months and then blended with the non-barrel aged version of the same beer. It has an oaky aroma with a mild fruitiness and a spicy clove flavor. 7.7 percent.
Double Mountain Portland Style Ninth Anniversary Party 5 p.m. Thursday March 17, Green Dragon, 928 S.E. Ninth Ave.;
Disguised as a mild-mannered meet-the-brewer event, this is in fact a big-ass party celebrating nine years of one of Oregon’s finest breweries, and the first 50 customers in the door who purchase Double Mountain beer will receive a Kolsch marinated Bratwurst. Irish Stout carbombs will also be available and the Dragon is expecting a large contingent from the brewery for this 20-tap takeover extravaganza. Here’s the list:
Black Irish Stout (Nitro)
Carrie Ladd Porter
Hail Yeah Pear Cider
Brett the Red
Fast Lane IPA
Come Together Pale
Off the Wagon
Old Dirty Goat
Shamrocks & Shenanigans with Crux 5-9 p.m. Thursday March 17, NW IPA, 6350 S.E. Foster Rd.;
The N-Dubs crew asks why drink you’d Guinness on St Paddy’s Day when you could drink Crux Tough Love? They’ll have 2014 and 2015 Tough Love on tap plus some pub only IPAs from the brewpub in Bend. Plenty of House of Pain for your ears.
St. Patrick’s Day Party 6 p.m. Thursday March 17, Three Mugs Brewing, Hillsboro;
Celebrate St Patrick’s Day with the Three Mugs crew, who’ll have contests for Most Green outfit, best kilt, and games of skill for fun prizes; Irish pub song karaoke, Celtic tunes, lots of good beer – none of it green – and who are bringing back their free loaded potato bar.
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