Beer fests in Bend and St. Johns, Breakside bottle release, Lompoc Celebrates 20 years with four parties and the rest of the beer events for December 8-15.
Breakbeat IPA Party 8 p.m. Thursday Dec. 8, The Liquor Store, 3341 SE Belmont St.; 21 & older, optional sliding scale donation to KBOO.
Elysian Brewing & KBOO have lined up a fine night of beers, beats, rhymes and dancing to raise funds for KBOO Radio and celebrate the latest release of Elysian’s Manic IPA Series, Break Beat IPA. Music from Takimba (DJ/Host of The Melting Pot Radio Show on KBOO Radio; Heartbeat Sound Systems); The Pariahs, the Portland based, Live Hip-Hop Band featuring MC Wes Guy backed up by a live band blending Hip-Hop, Jazz, R&B and Alternative; and Vinylogy’s DJs & live drums playing a blend of hip-hop, funk & electronic beats.
Sixth Annual St Johns Winter Beer Fest Noon-midnight Friday Dec. 9 & Saturday Dec. 10; Noon-6 p.m. Sunday Dec. 11, Central Hotel space, 8608 N Lombard St., St Johns; $10 for glass, $1 tastes. 21 & older, ID required.
The new space at the Plaza allows festival-goers more space to stretch out and enjoy the many seasonal brews on tap, Also: food from Right Bayou Cajun, Ash Woodfired Pizza, a special delivery menu from Dub’s, or you can bring in outside food. Sponsored by a group of local businesses, the fest is donating a portion of the proceeds to the St Johns Center for Opportunity.
Return of Orange Giant Barleywine 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday Dec. 10. Ecliptic Brewing Co., 825 N. Cook St.;
Stop by Ecliptic for the tapping and limited bottle release of award winning (see the list below…) Orange Giant Barleywine and Barrel-Aged Orange Giant Barleywine.
Gold, 2016 US Open Beer Championships, Barrel-Aged Orange Giant Barleywine
Gold, 2016 North American Beer Awards, Orange Giant Barleywine
Gold, 2016 Best of Craft Beer Awards, Barrel-Aged Orange Giant Barleywine
Bronze, 2016 Oregon Beer Awards, Orange Giant Barleywine
Silver, 2015 Best of Craft Beer Awards, Barrel-Aged Orange Giant Barleywine
Bronze, 2015 Best of Craft Beer Awards, Orange Giant Barleywine.
Uptown Market Fifth Anniversary 2 – 11 p.m. Saturday Dec. 10, Uptown Market, 6620 SW Scholls Ferry Rd, Beaverton; 21 & older only.
The Uptown Market crew celebrates five years of bringing good beer to the benighted West side with a party that includes the debut of three new Uptown Brewing special release beers, live music, guest brewery tastings, prizes and giveaways — they’re even roasting a pig. Plus, a special Uptown Sampler tray, six beers for only $5 including some of the newest oak aged varieties and Gin Class hero.
Breakside B-Sides Bottle Release Noon Saturday Dec. 10, Breakside Milwaukie Taproom & Brewery, 5821 SE International Way, Milwaukie;
Breakside will be releasing six new beers in bottles — three of which are part two in the brewery’s new series of blended vintage barrel-aged sour and wild beers. In addition to three new B-Sides, the brewery will also be releasing Consummation, a sour pinot barrel-aged beer in 750ml bottles for $15 each; Fourth Wave, a coffee beer aged in Heaven Hill bourbon barrels for $12; and Mid Century Modern, an Abbey-style Dark Ale in 750ml bottles for $11.Just like the last round of B-Sides, these are all blended barrel-aged sour and wild beers, and some are more than three years old.
New B-Sides Releases (bottles only– available for sampling and sale) -$15 each.
Terra Incognita: Blend of IPAs aged in Old Tom Gin Barrels with Brett, aged hops, and apricots
Oldest Beer in Blend: 20 months
Youngest Beer in Blend: 6 months
#MakingFriendsMakingMemories: Blend of sour wheat beers aged on raspberries then partially aged in French oak with Brettanomyces.
Oldest Beer in Blend: 40 months
Youngest Beer in Blend: 22 months
Camera Obscura: A complex blend of dark, oak-aged beers with Guatemalan coffee. Notes of red berry fruit, java, licorice, Bourbon and currant
Oldest Beer in Blend: 48 months
Youngest Beer in Blend: 21 months
Fourth Annual Central Oregon Winter Beer Festival 2 – 9 p.m. Saturday Dec. 10, GoodLife Brewing, 70 SW Century Dr., Bend; $10 includes glass & four tix, addl. tix $1 ea.
The Central Oregon Winter Beer Festival is a fundraiser for the Central Oregon Brewers Guild, a showcase for seasonal and specialty beers from the many excellent breweries now brewing in Central Oregon and proof that Oregonians will drink craft beer in the snow. The festival takes place in a heated tent, and there will be food carts available on-site.
Kimmy Cross Noon Sunday Dec. 11, The BeerMongers, 1125 SE Division St.;
Kimmy Cross is a tribute to Kim Matheson, who lost her battle with melanoma in 2015. Kim was a founding member of the BeerMongers Cycling Club, a mountain climber and adventurer, and an inspiration to so many- on and off the bike. All money raised at this event will be donated to Melanoma Research at the Knight Cancer Center at OHSU. Kimmy Cross is part of the five-year-old Alleycross series, which usually features three races spread over as many months, but this year, the BMCC is focusing on just this one event. Last year’s event raised over $2100 and had 67 participants plus around 40 more spectators and 25 sponsors.
Cascade Brewing 18th Anniversary Party Continues through Sunday Dec. 11, Cascade Brewing Barrel House, 939 SE Belmont St.; Raccoon Lodge & Brew Pub, 7424 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy.; No cover charge.
During the week, they’ll be tapping a number of rare vintage draft beers, including The Bourbonic Plague 2009, Kriek 2009, Sang Royal 2009, Vlad the Imp Aler 2009 and Apricot 2010 in four-ounce pours, and prices will vary depending on the product.
Also: 750ml bottles for sale at the Barrel House beginning Dec. 6 at Noon, including, Apricot 2012 & 2013; Bourbonic Plague 2011; Cerise Noveau 2013; Elderberry 2013; Figaro 2012 & 2013; Foudre #1 2013; Kriek 2008, 2012, 2013, & 2014; Manhattan 2013; Noyaux 2013; Sang Noir 2012; Sang Royal 2012; Strawberry 2013 & 2014; Tangerine Dream 2011; The Vine 2012 & 2013; and Vlad the Imp Aler 2011.
Lompoc Zwanzig Fest 4 p.m. Tuesday Dec. 13 – Friday Dec.16
Longtime Portland craft brewery Lompoc Brewing celebrates its 20th anniversary with Zwanzig Fest, a series of special events at Lompoc’s five pubs from Dec. 13 to Dec. 16. To commemorate the 20th Anniversary of Lompoc Brewing, the brewers – with the help of a number of local beer writers and past brewers – have brewed Zwanzig, a bitter Märzen ale in a nod to Lompoc’s very first brew, Erst Ale. Pale orange in color, its full, malty body and eight hop additions will make you reminisce tipping back a few pints on the New Old Lompoc patio
Like many Lompoc’s beers, this one doesn’t really fit into a true style, so the brewers have dubbed it a bitter Märzen ale. Every day at 4 p.m. during Zwanzig Fest, a different Lompoc pub will tap the beer; everyone who orders a Zwanzig or that day’s featured taster tray will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a variety of Lompoc swag. Owner Jerry Fechter and head brewer Bryan Keilty will be present at the events to share Lompoc’s history and talk about the good old days.
Tuesday, Dec. 13, Sidebar & Fifth Quadrant, 3901 N Williams Ave;
Tapping Zwanzig at 4 p.m.
Beer Special: Monster Mash Vertical Taster Tray featuring 2010, 2013, 2015 & 2016 (taster trays are $12)
Food Special: Monster Mash Chocolate Cake cutting at 6:30pm inside Sidebar
Wednesday, Dec. 14 @ Hedge House, 3412 SE Division St,:
Tapping Zwanzig at 4 p.m.
Beer Special: Fruit & Sour Night Taster Tray featuring 2008 Bluebird, 2012 Peach Wheat, Brewdolph’s Revenge & Cherry Christmas (taster trays are $12)
Food Special: Pierogies
Thursday, Dec. 15 @ Lompoc Tavern, 1620 NW 23rd Ave.:
Tapping Zwanzig at 4 p.m.
Beer Special: Barrel Aged Night Taster Tray featuring 2009 Bourbon Dark Side Porter, 2012 Bourbon Big Bang Red, 2013 Pinot Noir Forbidden Fruit & Brewdolph’s Revenge (taster trays are $12)
Food Special: Cheese Board
Friday, Dec. 16 @ Oaks Bottom Public House, 1621 SE Bybee Blvd.:
Tapping Zwanzig at 4 p.m.
Beer Special: Belgian Night Taster Tray featuring 2007 Brewdolph, Just Once Think Twice…Belgian Tripel, Brewdolph’s Revenge & Cherry Christmas (taster trays are $12)
Food Special: Belgian Totchos
Tim’s Holiday IPA Release 5:30 p.m. Tuesday Dec. 13, Portland Brewing Co. Taproom, 2730 NW 31st Ave.;
Portland Brewing and the Oregon Brew Crew launch their final collaboration of the year, Tim’s Holiday IPA. Featuring brown and dark wheat malts from the US, England and Germany, this is a special beer for a special time of year. Oregon Brew Crew’s Tim Brinson crafted the original recipe and brewed the beer with Portland Brewing’s Head Brewer, Ryan Pappe as the last of three beers in the 2016 Home Brewer’s Series. Brinson’s IPA distinguishes itself from other holiday beers by its distinct hop flavor and a spicy, woody bitterness that balances the malt blend. “The malt base was designed as a variation of a Belgian Dubbel, which I decided to split to make an English Brown and Brown IPA,” Brinson says. Heavy dry-hopping further develops the taste, bringing out the resin, pine, and citrus flavors of a true Oregon IPA. 7.2 percent, 60 IBU.
Portland Brewing will donate a portion of the proceeds from Tim’s Holiday IPA to the Oregon Food Bank.
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