Black Friday is Black Beer Friday In Beervana; Beer Events For Nov. 24 – Dec. 4

Larry Sidor and his BANISHED Tough Love at The BeerMongers. (FoystonFoto)
Larry Sidor, co-founder and brewmaster at Bend’s Crux Fermentation Project, was in town last week for the release of the brewery’s eagerly awaited 2016 [BANISHED] Tough Love Imperial Stout on draft and in bottles. Sidor has got to be the longest serving professional brewer on the coast — perhaps edged out only by Anchor’s Mark Carpenter. He started his career in the early 1970s, before John “20,000 batches and brewing strong” Maier (Rogue) and Ecliptic’s John Harris. When he hired on at Olympia in 1973, he said the Tumwater brewery was a true brewers’ brewery making honest lagers which were lagered for months: “120 days from grain to glass, we used to say,” The brewery was later sold to Pabst and by the time Sidor left for Deschutes Brewery in the 1990s, Oly — like almost all mass market pilsners — was lagered for 10 days or less. Sad, but that’s what happens when the suits take over from the boots… (FoystonFoto)
We enter the Thanksgiving weekend with lots of Black Friday beer events here in the Portland area for the week beginning November 24th.

Roscoe’s Black Friday Holiday Summit
Noon Friday Nov. 25-Sunday Nov. 27, Roscoe’s, 8105 SE Stark St.;
Roscoe’s celebrates the season and its big beers all weekend with a list that includes vintage beers, holiday beers, and holiday flavors on tap. Some of the breweries (and beers) represented will include: Crux (Vintage 2013 Freakcake), Alesong Brewing and Blending (Gin Barrel Hop Farm), Heater Allen (Sandy Paws), Oakshire Brewing (Vintage 2015 Hotcakes), Schloss Eggenberg (Vintage 2010 Samichlaus), Delerium (2013 Noel), Hopworks (2013 Kentucky Christmas) , The Bruery (Traveling Plum), 54 40, and many more.

Beer & Wine Varietal Fest
2 – 9 p.m. Friday Nov. 25, Upright Brewing, 240 N. Broadway; Cash only, all ages OK.
Discover the harmonious marriage between beer and wine at the Beer & Wine Grape Varietal Fest, which features ten wine-like beers, brewed using wine grapes or juice in an attempt to bridge the two worlds. In addition to the beers and wines there will be cheese and charcuterie pairings available from Old Salt Marketplace and Upright bottles for sale to-go.
Beer List:
Almanac Beer Co.: White Label – Pairs two blancs: California-grown Muscat Blanc grapes and German Hallertau Blanc hops blended together in wine barrels and large oak foudres, White Label emerges from the casks as a unique hybrid of beer and wine.
Almanac Beer Co.: Grand Cru Red and Grand Cru White – Grand Cru Red blends a Flanders Red-style sour ale with California red wine grapes, locally grown raspberries and whole vanilla beans to craft something truly unique. They combined Zinfandel and Petite Sirah grapes with their oak-aged Dogpatch Sour ale and finished it with raspberries and vanilla beans.
Grand Cru White combines California Muscat Blanc grapes with an imperial version of Farmer’s Reserve sour blonde base and fresh apricots before aging for more than a year in French oak.
Breakside: Beaujolais Avec Brett ’14 – A strong sour ale fermented with wild yeast and bacteria and Oregon-grown Gamay grapes. Bottle conditioned with Brettanomyces for added complexity and cellarability.
The Commons Brewery: Viognier Grisette – An adjunct based grisette fermented with saccharomyces, then aged in stainless with brettanomyces cultures, followed by a short aging in third-fill gin barrels with pressed viognier juice.
de Garde Brewing: The Lily – A  lambic influenced sour ale with Oregon grown Tempranillo grapes.
Deschutes Brewery: Pinot Suave – Aged in Pinot Noir barrels filled with Pinot grape must giving a unique flavor profile with delicate notes of acidity and wine tannins.
Fort George: Deck the Helles – Brewed with Pinot Noir grapes, hibiscus petals, black currant, and aged in pinot barrels.
Great Notion Brewing: Señor Blanc Saison – Fermented with Kiwi, Pear, & Sauvignon Blanc grapes and fermented in a Pinot barrel with sour culture for nine months.


Pitch Black Friday
Friday Nov. 25, 23rd Avenue Bottle Shop. 2290 NW Thurman St.; all ages ok, 21 and over to sample.
All the bottle shop taps will be pouring the season’s bounty of delicious dark beers including Goose Island’s Bourbon County, Epic’s Big Bad Baptist, Boneyard’s Armored Fist and dark Deschutes specialties.

Black Friday Bourbon County Stout Sale
2 p.m. Friday Nov. 25, Belmont Station, 4500 SE Stark St.;
The bottle shop will have bottles of Goose Island Bourbon County Stout, BC Regal Rye, BCS Coffee and BC Barleywine starting Friday afternoon with a one-bottle limit of Bourbon County Stout and each variant per person, while supplies last. Also: Bourbon County Stout 2016 will be pouring on tap, as part of a special holiday draft list in the tap room.
On Cyber Monday, the spotlight shifts to Culmination Brewing and the release of their barrel-aged Multnomah County Stout, which will be available in bottles and draft. This full-bodied beer has an aroma of oak and bourbon, a mild roast flavor, notes of rich dark chocolate, bourbon and a sweet alcohol warmth.

A pour of 2016 Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout.
A pour of 2016 Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout.

Black Friday Part Deux
4 p.m. Friday Nov. 25, Chill N Fill, 5315 N. Lombard St.;
On draft: Bourbon County Stout, Bourbon County Barley Wine; bottles: Bourbon County Stout, Bourbon County Barley Wine and Bourbon County Coffee. In addition, they’ll have Goose Island Hombre Secreto, a Belgian Strong Pale aged in Tequila Barrels, on draft.

Black Beer Friday
Friday Nov. 25, PDX Green Dragon, 928 SE Ninth Ave.;
They’re pouring a collection of rare barrel-aged, cellared stouts and porters, including a six-year vertical of Full Sail’s Top Sail Imperial Porter and Black Gold Imperial Stout series.

La Trappe Quad 25th Anniversary
5-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25, Bazi, 1522 SE 32nd Ave.;
Join Artisanal Imports for the 25th Anniversary of La Trappe Trappist and the release of Quadrupel Oak Aged Batch #25. La Trappe is one of just nine Trappist breweries in the world allowed to carry the logo “Authentic Trappist Product” and a $15 event sampler tray will be available for purchase featuring five – 5 oz pours of La Trappe beers:
Puur: 4.7 percent is Skal certified and is brewed with green energy. That is why Father Abbot has decided to name it PUUR (which means ‘pure’ in Dutch). The organically grown hop is purchased directly from the farmers. The result is a refreshing, continuously drinkable ale that tastes of hop with a dry and light malt flavor.
Isid’or: 7.5 percent, brewed in 2009 in honor of the 125th anniversary of Onze Lieve Vrouw van Koningshoeven Abbey. The harmonious taste starts as a fruity flavor and then shifts to malty caramel; a perfect balance between complexity and simplicity. The ale is named after brother Isidorus, the first master brewer of the abbey.
Tripel: 8 percent, classic Trappist ale with a powerful and full taste. In addition, the ale has a candy-sweet and light-malty character.
Quad: 11 percent, 25 years ago, The Koningshoeven brewery brewed the first Quadrupel beer in the world. The quad is the heaviest ale with a full, warming and intensive taste; malty with the sweet tones of dates and caramel.
Oak-Aged Quad Batch #25: 11 percent, In 2009, an old tradition was reinstated by aging La Trappe Quadrupel in oak barrels, thus creating a unique Trappist ale with a perfectly balanced flavor, and special aroma of wood. The complex taste depends on the type of barrel in which it is aged and therefore, each batch is different.

Finnriver Pop Up Shop
3-7 p.m. Saturday Nov. 26, Imperial Bottle Shop & Taproom, 3090 SE Division St.;
Support local family farms and small businesses on Small Business Saturday while doing your holiday shopping. Finnriver Farm & Cidery will be sampling, serving and selling their award winning farmcrafted ciders and brandywines. Enjoy custom crafted cider cocktails including the Finnriver Royale, Love & Bubbles, Choco Caliente and a warming Finnriver Hot Toddy. Festive draft offerings include Forest Ginger, Oak & Apple and Cranberry Rosehip Cider. Bottles to go will be available with simple gift wrap and recipe cards.

“My Beer Year” Book Signing
3-5 p.m. Sunday Nov. 27, Wayfinder Beer, 304 SE Second Ave.;
Portland author Lucy Burningham says her new book “My Beer Year” makes a great gift for all the beer-loving and beer-curious people in your life. She’ll have copies available for sale (cash or card is fine) and will be glad to sign them Sunday.

Interurban Fifth Anniversary
8 p.m. Sunday Nov. 27, Interurban, 4057 N Mississippi Ave.;
Interurban celebrates the first five with happy hour all night starting at 8 p.m.; discounted special cocktails; $2 of every drink gets donated to the Raphael House; and Tony Gurdian will be spinning records all night long.

Zenger Farm Fundraiser
Tuesday Nov. 29 The BeerMongers, 1125 SE Division St.;
Join the Mongers for a kickoff to the giving season that includes special tasty beers both on tap and in the coolers, raffle prizes and a cribbage tournament with prizes for the winner. The BeerMongers will be donating a portion of the day’s sales to Zenger Farm, a working urban farm that models, promotes and educates about sustainable food systems, environmental stewardship, community development and access to good food for all.

Rabbi Bradley Greenstein was at Lompoc brewery to bless Lompoc's new Hannukah beer, 8 Malty Nights. (FoystonFoto)
Rabbi Bradley Greenstein was at Lompoc brewery to bless Lompoc’s new Hannukah beer, 8 Malty Nights. (FoystonFoto)

Lompoc Brewing Holiday Beer Extravaganza
4-11 p.m. Tuesday Nov. 29, Sidebar, 3901 N Williams Ave, 21 & older. Holiday beers will be on tap at other Lompoc pubs on Nov. 30.
The Lompoc crew loves the holidays, which is why this year’s annual holiday release lineup includes seven winter beers:
Blitzen: A bright straw-colored holiday favorite dry hopped with Mandarina Bavaria hops, orange peel and cinnamon. The hops and orange peel combine for a citrusy aroma and flavor while the cinnamon gives a slight spice at the back end. 4.6 percent
Jolly Bock: A lager brewed with a generous amount of Munich malt to develop the deep amber color and rich malt flavor. The malty flavor is balanced with a spicy hop bitterness. 7.3 percent
8 Malty Nights: A Chocolate Rye beer featuring a roasted chocolate flavor and a sweet finish. It is dark brown in color and lightly hopped with English style hops. Raise a glass and toast, L’chaim, to Porltand’s first Hanukkah seasonal. 6.5 percent
C-Sons Greetings: A deep copper-colored imperial IPA brewed and dry-hopped with all seven “C” hops for a piney, citrusy, floral and resinous aroma. Offers a full hop flavor with a rich caramel malt finish and an endless developing hop presence. 8 percent
2013 Old Tavern Rat: A dark amber-colored barleywine that was aged for two years prior to its release. It has a strong bitterness that is balanced with the sweetness of caramel and toffee flavors. 9.4 percent
Cherry Christmas: This hazy Belgian-style farmhouse ale is slightly pink in color coming from the addition of tart cherries added at the end of fermentation. It is dry and crisp, with plenty of fruitiness complemented by a spicy bitterness. 6.5 percent
Brewdolph’s Revenge: A Belgian-style red ale aged in Bourbon barrels on sour cherries for nine months. 6.5 percent.