As far as I’m concerned, Bolt Minister of Old Town Brewing and now 54/40 and Alan Taylor of Pints and now Zoiglhaus were two of Portland’s most underrated/overlooked brewers, so it’s great that they both have places of their own and the chance to shine even more brightly. Taste 54/40 beers Monday night at Belmont Station and celebrate the opening of Alan Taylor’s Zoiglhaus Brewing Co. next Thursday at the Southeast Portland Brewery…
Third Annual Boone’s Ferry Autumn Ale Fest 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Saturday Nov.14, McMenamins Old Church & Pub, 30340 SW Boones Ferry Road, Wilsonville; free admission, must be 21 or older to sample ales.
Celebrate the season, raise a glass to McMenamins’ 31 year history of brewing top-notch brews and celebrate past and present brewers with 17 fall seasonal ales – nine beers from McMenamins’ breweries and eight beers from alumni brewers at Burnside Brewing Company, Double Mountain Brewery, Two Kilts Brewing Company, Fire on the Mountain Brewing, Ecliptic Brewing, Fort George Brewery and Cascade Barrel House. You can can mingle with brewers and enjoy live music and hear “What Brewers Brewed and Growers Grew,” an educational talk by the Director of the Oregon Hops and Brewing Archives at noon. Live music starts at 6 p.m. and there are brewery tours ever 30 minutes from 1-5 p.m.
Winter Warmer Tasting 2 p.m. Saturday Nov. 14, F.H. Steinbart, 234 S.E. 12th Ave.; free.
Join the Oregon Beer Growler folks to taste a dozen Oregon winter warmer beers and help choose the best six or seven beers, which will be featured in the December issue of the magazine.
Sixth Annual Bailey’s Belgian Fest Noon-close Saturday Nov.14, Bailey’s Taproom, 213 S.W. Broadway; no admission charge.
Portland’s great taproom celebrates exceptional Belgian-style beers from favorite Oregon breweries with a stellar list of two dozen great beers — everything from sessionable white ales to herbal farmhouse beers, puckering sour ales and rich, potent dubbels and tripels, all with the trademark Northwest twist you’d expect from your favorite local breweries.
Trap Door Brewing Grand Opening 4 p.m. Saturday Nov. 14, Trap Door Brewing, 2315 Main St., Vancouver, Wash.; $15 includes branded pint glass, three beer tix and a raffle ticket. Minors OK until 7 p.m.
The Trap Door crew celebrates the grand opening by releasing two new beers, a Coffee Stout and a Winter Ale. Also: hourly raffle prizes, a food cart pod and more.
Logsdon Quad & Peche ‘n Brett Release Party 4 – 8 p.m. Saturday Nov. 14, Logsdon Barrel House & Taproom, 101 4th St., Hood River;
Join the crew for the debut of Logsdon Farmhouse Ales’ Monikken Kruin Belgian-style Quadrupel Ale and the much anticipated seasonal release of Peche ‘n Brett. They’ll be pouring Monikken Kruin & Peche ‘n Brett on draft and will have Peche ‘n Brett bottles for sale (six-bottle limit per customer.) Also: snacks, fine beers and a chance to meet the newest additions to the Logsdon Farmhouse Ales team.
54/40 Bottle Release 5-7 p.m. Monday Nov. 16, Belmont Station, 4500 S,E, Stark St.;
Welcome one of the most eagerly awaited of the new crop of breweries, Washougal’s 54/40 owned by ace brewers Bolt Minister & Charlie Hutchins. They’ll release their first ever bottles Broken Record IPA and Kascadia Kolsch and will be in the house to chat and answer questions, and bottles will be available for sale.
On Tuesday at 4 p.m., tickets go on sale for a pouring of four very special rare versions of Goose Island Bourbon County Stout that happens in the taproom on Wednesday November 25 to raise money for the Oregon Food Bank. This will be a ticketed event, and the ticket you buy Tuesday will buy you a flight of 2015 Bourbon County Stout, BCS Barleywine, BCS Regal Rye and BCS Coffee.
Fremont Brewing Welcome Party 4-8 p.m. Tuesday Nov. 17, Apex, 1216 SE Division St.;
Columbia Distributing is bringing the beers of Seattle’s Fremont Brewing to Oregon, beginning with draft sales later this month. To celebrate their entry into the Portland market, Fremont Brewing and Columbia Distributing will host a launch party featuring ten Fremont beers.
Most Most Premium Bourbon Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout Release Wednesday Nov. 18, Gigantic Brewing Co., 5224 S,E, 26th Ave.;
Billed as “blacker than the hearts of uncaring Russian Czars and richer than their estates,” this 11.5 percent Russian Imperial Stout was aged in bourbon barrels for 18 months and will be available in in 22oz bottles in Oregon, Washington, California,
Alaska, Hawaii, Colorado, Chicago, New York City, British Columbia, Alberta, Tokyo and New Zealand.
Meet Clark! 6 p.m. Thursday Nov. 20, Saraveza, 1004 N. Killingsworth St.;
Not everybody would celebrate their new beer buyer, which is why we love the Saravezans so much. They welcome their new beer buyer/ events coordinator with food specials and a fine taplist:
Heater Allen – Rauch Dunkle
Commons – Tinder Box – a saison with smoked tea, cedar bows and juniper bows
De Garde – Cherry Blue Bu
Upright – Rosa – a blend of a young and well hopped saison and their pinot noir barrel aged Rose
Barley Brown’s – No Hander Lander IIPA
Block 15 – Consortium VI IPA – A dual hopped IPA using Amarillo and Mandarina Bavaria lending some interesting tropical and rustic flavors
Fat Head’s – IBUsive IPA
Finnriver – Fire Barrel Cider Kentucky- bourbon- barrel-aged cider
Epic – Big Bad Baptisit – A barrel aged stout with coffee and cocoa nibs
Zoiglhaus Brewing Grand Opening 5:30 p.m. Thursday Nov. 19, Zoiglhaus Brewing Co., 5716 SE 92nd Ave.;
The Zoiglhaus party features hourly giveaways, live music, balloons, and Alan Taylor’s great beer – Taylor says he’s been stocking up on beers just for the grand opening.
Festival of Dark Arts 2016 Tix Now Available Noon-10 p.m. February 13 2016, Fort George Brewery Block, Astoria;
Yes, you’ve got a couple of months before one of Oregon’s coolest beer events, the one-day carnival of stouts that’s the centerpiece to Fort George Stout Month, but tickets will sell out for sure.
Get your tickets for a day of live music, roaming entertainment artisan demonstrations, fire dancers, a tarot card reader, a tintype photographer, belly dancers — and over 60 unique stouts on tap.
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