Big Stouts, Cherries & Chocolate, and Zoiglhaus Turns One, Beer Events For the Week of November 17

Pono Brewing's Erick Russ, left, Josh Huerta and Larry Clouser raise a pint of their limited release Tropical Thunder IPA. (FoystonFoto)
Pono Brewing’s Erick Russ, left, Josh Huerta and Larry Clouser raise a pint of their limited release Tropical Thunder IPA and you can too if you get by the Civic Taproom & Bottle Shop (621 NW 19th Ave.) this evening, Thursday, for a sneak perview of the beer. Pono brewed just 10 barrels of Tropical Thunder, so it won’t last long. Larry Clouser first brewed the beer with Gigantic Brewing two years ago for the Willie Week Pro/Am and they’ve made some slight tweaks to the recipe since in terms of hop additions and yeast. Here’s the sales sheet verbiage from Pono: Tropical Thunder – A unique and refreshing twist on an American favorite. We combine a west coast style IPA with the wonderful flavors and aroma you would find on a vacation to the South Pacific or the Caribbean! Despite what your taste buds tell you, there are is no fruit in this beer. The flavors and aromatics all come from both the hops and our special yeast blend courtesy of the great people over at Imperial Organic Yeast in Portland, OR. All of the ingredients are locally grown in the Northwest. (FoystonFoto)

Big stouts, cherries & chocolate, Zoiglhaus turns one are a few of the top beer events for the week of November 17th.

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp ChicoCabra Celebration
5-7 p.m. Thursday Nov. 17, Belmont Station, 4500 SE Stark St.;
Belmont Station’s Neil and Dave, both big Sierra Nevada fans, were lucky enough to attend one of the brewery’s famous Beer Camps, where they brewed a fine stout they call ChicoCabra. They’ll also be pouring a handful of very special Sierra Nevada offerings brought up from Chico for this special occasion.

2016 Crux Tough Love Release Party
5-8 p.m. Friday Nov. 18, The BeerMongers, 1125 SE Division St.;
Join the Mongers for a celebratory toast with Crux co-founder and master brewer Larry Sidor and the Crux team for the release of one of thr Bend brewery’s most highly anticipated beers: 2016 [BANISHED] Tough Love Imperial Stout on draft and in bottles. That should be enough for any beer geek, but wait, they’ll be raffling off two very rare box sets of a Tough Love three-year vertical (2014, 2015, 2016).


Zoiglhaus First Anniversary Party
5 p.m. Nov. 19,  Zoiglhaus Brewing Co., 5716 SE 92nd Ave.; free admission, all ages.,
Zoiglhaus celebrates its one year anniversary starting with a brewery tour led by Zoiglhaus’ German-trained Braumeister Alan Taylor. There will be a special tasting of the very first beer brewed on the Zoiglhaus system: Eispale 1. The first batch froze in the tank, so Alan pulled off one 1/6 bbl of this special treat before letting the rest thaw. It weighs in at a hefty 12.7 percent and 91.55 BU(!)
In addition to fine beers and food from the Zhaus kitchen, the European Take-Out Band will play Biergarten musical favorites from 5:30pm-8:30pm and the Zoiglhaus staff will be giving away merchandise and gift cards every hour  until 9 p.m.

Second Annual Cherry Festivus
5-11 p.m. Friday Nov. 18 (VIP Session), 3-11 p.m. Saturday Nov. 19 & 1-7 p.m. Sunday Nov. 20, Bazi, 1522 SE 32nd Ave.; $30 advance VIP tix for Friday include glass & seven tix; $20 Saturday/Sunday includes glass & six tix. Extra tix $2 ea.
This celebration of cherry beer and cider — two dozen of ’em — includes chocolate pairings this year. Also: Ecliptic Brewing’s Third Orbit Anniversary Ale Imperial Cherry Porter poured through a Randall filled with even more cherries plus chocolate and rare beers include one of the world’s most sought after, Cantillon’s Kriek and a Petit Kriek from Oregon’s acclaimed De Garde Brewing.
Also from Oregon, cherry beers from Upright Brewing, Fort George, Logsdon Farmhouse Ales, Double Mountain and Culmination. Washington gets into the mix with a one-off Cherry infused Bourbon Barrel-aged Dark Star Imperial Stout from Seattle’s Fremont Brewing, Sour Cherry Millie from Bellingham’s Wander Brewing and Prunus, a Grenache barrel-aged wild saison with cherries from Propolis Brewing.
Plus: a super rare keg of Love Cherry Felix from New Belgium Brewing and from California a Vanilla Cherry Sour from Almanac Beer Co. and Supplication from Russian River Brewing Co.. On the cider front, Swift Cider releases their first keg ever of a multi vintage cherry cider blend called O’Dell All Sour Cherry Cider and Reverend Nat’s Hard Cidery has crafted a one off collaboration with Walking Man Brewing using their Black Cherry Stout in a cider hybrid blend.

Tom git-tar Bowers, also is known for his great skills at Merchant du Vin. (FoystonFoto)
Tom git-tar Bowers, also is known for his great skills at Merchant du Vin. (FoystonFoto)

Tom Bowers’s New Band
9:30 p.m. Saturday Nov. 19, The Twilight Cafe & Bar, 1420 SE Powell Blvd.;
We know Tom Bowers as the knowledgeable, personable representative of Merchant du Vin’s fine line of classic European beers here in Portland, but he’s also been working with his new band, Apology Calls, to record an EP and do some gigging, of which this is the first. Tom’s a good friend and I’m confident that if the music is as good as the beer he reps, this will be a fun night…

Breakside Residency at NWIPA
Monday Nov. 21 & Tuesday Nov.22, NW IPA, 6350 SE Foster Blvd.;
Breakside Burgers on Monday is the first of two days of Breakside. On this evening the N-Dubs crew will be serving their justly famous burgers topped with Mole Poblano Pork Belly and all six taps pouring Breakside beers including IPA, Pathfinder, The Oligarch and more. As always, arrive early if you want a burger, they sell out fast

Day two – Tuesday – of Breakside’s takeover brings the release of their collaboration with Salt & Straw, Salted Caramel Stout. In addition to SCS, they’ll have a full tap takeover of Breakside beers.

Russian River Brewing Night
5-9 p.m. Tuesday Nov. 22, Green Dragon, 928 SE Ninth Ave.;
The Dragon is putting some of Russian River Brewing’s best sours and IPAs on tap, including – well, you know. Kegs tapped at 5 p.m. Limited amount of draft sours and bottles, so the early birds get the Pliny. Here’s the list:

Supplication – Sour Brown Ale Aged in Pinot Noir Barrels with Sour Cherries. 7 percent
Temptation – Sour Blonde Ale Aged in Chardonnay Barrels. 7.5 percent
Consecration – Sour Dark Ale Aged in Cabernet Sauvignon Barrels with Currants. 10 percent
Pliny the Elder – Well-balanced with malt, hops, and alcohol, slightly bitter with a fresh hop aroma of floral, citrus, and pine. 8 percent
Blind Pig – Full-bodied, very hoppy, citrus, pine, fruity notes with nice dry, bitter finish. 6.25 percent

The WoodWorker Dinosaur Head Bottle Release
4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23, Baerlic Brewing, 2235 SE 11th Ave.;
Baerlic Brewing Co releases a limited run of 500 bottles of the newest beer in their WoodWorker barrel-aged bottle series, the WoodWorker Dinosaur Head. Described as a mixed fermentation Belgian pale aged on pluots in French oak for 24 months, Dinosaur Head was ensconced in oak shortly after the brewery opened. Here’s what the Baerlic boys say about it:
Nearly as far back as the dinosaurs were marching the earth flat, we brewed a Belgian Pale Ale and tucked it away into a single French oak barrel with pluot fruit and some amazingly tenacious little critters of wild origins. Over time, these critters turned what was once a beer rich in fresh-baked bread crust and peppery spice into a bright and wonderfully sour beer full of rustic notes and agrarian yeast character.
The 500 ml bottles are hand bottled, wax-dipped and will go on sale for $12 each at 4 p.m. on Wednesday with a two-per-customers limit. Draft Woodworker Dinosaur Head will be available only in the Baerlic Taproom on draft in very limited quantities.


Civic Taproom & Bottle Shop Anniversary Party
Wednesday Nov. 23, Civic Taproom & Bottle Shop, 621 SW 19th Ave.;
The Civic Taproom celebrates two years of business with a pre-Thanksgiving party featuring a night of great beer and good friends.
Sixpoint 5Beans
de Garde Bu Weisse
Almanac Hoppy Sour: Amarillo
Epic Big Bad Baptist (Release #73)
Ordnance Whiskey Craig
Alesmith Vietnamese Coffee Speedway Stout
pFriem Pilsner
Melvin Dready Copper Rye IPA
Belching Beaver Peanut Butter Milk Stout (Nitro)
Rogue Cold Brew IPA (Nitro)

Hi-Wheel Ghost of Christmas Cranberry
Baird & Dewar Peach Verite
Cider Riot! Van Dieman’s Land