Big beers at the Lab this weekend and the rest of your craft beer events for the week of March 4 -10.
19th Annual Lucky Labrador Barleywine and Big Beer Tastival Noon-10 p.m. Friday Mar. 4 & Saturday Mar. 5, Lucky Labrador Beer Hall, 1945 N.W. Quimby St,; $15 for tasting glass and four tix, cash preferred.
Barleywines are an uncommon style due to the high cost of brewing and limited cellar space. Over the years – 19 of ’em! Making this one of the oldest big beer fests in the country – the Lucky Lab has been collecting and cellaring a variety of strong beers for this annual tasting of barleywines, rare and aged big beers. As always, the Lab has collected more than 50 different beers and will have 20 or more on tap at a time in an ever-changing taplist, of which this is just a part:
2012 El Toro Brewing Company – American Strong Ale 8.2 percent
2012 Speakeasy Ales & Lagers – Old Godfather 9.5 percent
2015 Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits – Three Sheets Barley Wine 10 percent
2015 North Coast Brewing Company – Old Stock Ale 11.9 percent
2015 Sierra Nevada – Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale 9.6 percent
2015 Stone Brewing – Old Guardian 11 percent
and, for us Widmer Brothers fans:
2012 Hallucinator Olde Ale
2012, 2013 Old Embalmer
2013 Oak-Aged Old Embalmer
Great Notion Grand Beer Rrelease Noon – close, Saturday Feb. 28, Great Notion Brewing Co., 2204 N.E. Alberta St.; $10 at the door, includes logo glass and four tix.
Great Notion moved into the Mash Tun Brewpub space on January 1 and brewers James Dugan and Andy Miller have been hard at work ever since, brewing barrel-aged sours, juicy IPAs, and experimental beers. On Saturday, you can try beers from the brewery’s full beer lineup, along with a variety of family-friendly activities and events, entertainment, food pairings, and more. Brewery tours happen at 12:30, 2 & 5 p.m. and a special day-of menu will be available including beer floats in collaboration Salt and Straw. More than 10 unique beers will be available to taste, including IPAs, experimental stouts and more:
Double Stack: Breakfast Stout aged on a ridiculous amount of Vermont maple syrup and locally roasted coffee beans.
El Chapo: A Mexican-inspired Stout is aged on pasilla & anjeo peppers, cinnamon, chocolate and vanilla beans.
Juice Jr.: The little brother of Juice Box Double IPA. Juice Jr. is brewed with 100% Mosaic hops.This crushable Session IPA has a small ABV and a big hop flavor.
Juice Box: Juice Box developed quite a local following while the Great Notion guys were home brewing. Bursting with pungent American hops, with aromas of peach, mango, and passion fruit. Juice Box is brewed with over 4 pounds of hops per barrel, but the creamy smooth mouth feel and mellow bitterness make this Double IPA dangerously drinkable.
Merry Dankster: The Merry Dankster is a tribute to Ken Kesey and his Merry band of Pranksters. At 8.2%, this Double IPA is saturated with hop flavor. It’s dry hopped with over 3 pounds per barrel & fermented with local wild flower honey.
Ripe IPA: Bringing a bit of Vermont to Portland. Citra hops combined with a legendary NE yeast stain gives Ripe its unique flavor and aroma. This juicy IPA has notes of mango, papaya and pineapple, with a smooth dry finish.
Root Beard: Root Beard is a dark cream ale aged on a unique blend of herbs including wintergreen, sarsaparilla, birch bark, licorice root, and Vanilla. We back sweeten Root Beard with local wild flower honey.
Saison Blanc: Saison married with Sauvignon Blanc grapes, pears and kiwis.
Stamper Stout: A tribute to Henry Stamper, the patriarch of Kesey’s “Sometime a Great Notion” whose motto was never give an inch — Stamper Stout will warm your belly after a long Oregon Winter day. Settle into rich notes of coffee, chocolate and a gentle roast.
Zest: Great Notion Brewing’s take on a German style Berliner Weisse. The lemony tartness in this refreshing wheat beer comes from a two stage fermentation with Lactobacillus and brettanomyces.
Coffee & Cream: They aged this Cream Ale on specially roasted whole bean Columbian coffee in partnership with Clutch Coffee Roasters. It’s a one of a kind brew and a unique flavor experience.
Blueberry Muffin: A tart beer made with real blueberry muffins and locally sourced blueberries from Sauvie Island. Fermented with lacto bacillus and wild yeast, this beer will remind you of your mother’s freshly baked blueberry muffins.
Oregon Wheat Beer Tasting 2 p.m. Saturday Mar. 5, F.H. Steinbart, 234 SE 12th Ave.; free.
Oregon Beer Growler magazine invites you to taste taste 12 Oregon wheat beers and help choose the favorite six beers to be featured in the April 2015 issue.
Russian River Brewing Event 5-8 p.m. Monday March 7, Green Dragon, 928 S.E. Ninth Ave.; advance tix required.
The Dragon will be pouring Reussian River’s finest, including Blind Pig, Plinys the Elder & Younger, Consecration, Supplication and Temptation. Buy a presold ticket and you can arrive at any time during the night without worrying about a Pliny shortage.
Silver Moon Cans Tasting 5-7 p.m. Monday March 7, Belmont Station, 4500 S.E. Stark St.;
Taste Silver Moon’s first canned beers: IPA 97, Get Sum Pale Ale and Chapter 2 Pale Ale. Plus Maui Wowie Double IPA will be pouring in the taproom.
Backwoods New Seasonal Tasting 5-7 p.m. Tuesday March 8, Belmont Station, 4500 S.E. Stark St.;
Stop by for a tasting of select Backwoods beers including their new seasonal Spring Creek Peppercorn Saison and other bottles, plus Double Cutt DIPA pouring in the taproom.
Golden Valley Barrel Aged Beer Tasting 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, Belmont Station, 4500 S.E. Stark St.;
Taste samples of a wide array of barrel-aged beers from Golden Valley, including Barrel-Aged Old Relic Scotch Ale, Pinot Barrel Aged Vallee D’Or and Bourbon Barrel Aged Black Panther Imperial Stout. The taproom will be pouring Barrel Aged Atlas Elevator Doppelbock and Barrel Aged Tannenbomb.
Meet The Pfriem Brewer 5-8 p.m. Thursday March 10, Green Dragon, 928 S.E. Ninth Ave.;
Thane Tupper will be in from Hood River with sales rep Matt Kotwasinski and some stellar beers: Sour IPA, Triple IPA, Hallertau Blanc Pils, Mosaic Pale, Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout, Golden Coffee Ale, Belgian Strong Blonde, and of course their IPA.
NWIPA-Veza 6-9 p.m. Thursday March 10, Saraveza, 1004 N. Killingsworth St.;
NW IPA and Saraveza team up to sell some tasty burgers, oysters on the half shell and pour some big, hoppy beers from the N-Dubs playbook, including:
Fat Head’s – IBUsive
Ballast Point – Grunion
Barley Brown’s – Pallet Jack
10bbl – Joe
Breakside – Wanderlust
Knee Deep – Lupulin River
Block 15 – Sticky Hands
Block 15 – Cardinal Coalescence
Perennial – Abraxxxas
Cider Riot! – Plastic Paddy
Burger sales and service start at 6 p.m. and no pre-sales, so it’s first-come, first-serve. But Jackson and Dan from NWIPA will be there for the duration, and Saraveza’s regular menu will also be available.
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