Fresh Hops, Regional Rumble and Aussie BBQ – Beer Events The Week of Sept. 28

The McMenamins are serious about making good beer, thanks to guys like regional manager Graham Brogan — who brewed at the Crystal for a great run with Jeff Cooley, also a regional manager now — and Edgefield head brewer Matt Bergfield. While Brogan and Cooley and crew rack up the miles, determining equipment and training needs for the company’s many breweries, Bergfield and his crew are busy doing things such as brewing an authentic Marzen-style Oktoberfest lager — a lovely beer which they were kind enough to bring a growler to share to my office at BeerMongers. He’s also got this year’s Holiday Ale Festival beer, Lords of Misrule, in barrels. It’s an Imperial Stout — no surprise there — and was brewed with real maple syrup, 25 gallons of which is aging alongside in a whiskey cask. There’ll be a final blending with the aged syrup and — you’ve gotta love it — a pretty dang special pancake breakfast at Edgefield…I’ll let you know it I hear more… (FoystonFoto)

Fresh Hops Fest, Regional Rumble at Bailey’s Taproom, an Aussie BBQ and the rest of the Portland area beer events for the week of September 28th.

Migration Oyster Social with Hama Hama
4-7 p.m. Thursday Sept 28, Migration Brewing, 2828 SE Glisan St.;
This might be one of the last beer patio events of the summer, and it features fresh Hama Hama oysters no less…

Portland Fresh Hops Fest
5-9 pm Friday Sept. 29, noon-8 pm Saturday Sept. 30, Oaks Amusement Park, 7406 Oaks Park Way; Free admission & parking, $20 includes glass and eight tix, minors ok on Saturday until 5 p.m., 21 & over to sample. Dogs on leashes and their best behavior OK.
Celebrate the annual hop harvest that takes place from mid-August to mid-September in Oregon. The festival features Oregon craft beers made with hops that are freshly picked off the vine and used within hours of harvesting, a uniquely Oregon style pioneered in large part by Karl Ockert and Jeff Edgerton of BridgePort Brewing, whose Hop Harvest ale was first brewed 15 years ago…Nearly 70 Oregon breweries will take part in this 14th annual celebration of the Oregon hop harvest, serving beers made with hops freshly picked off the vine and used within hours of harvesting.

Saturday from noon-5pm will feature a homebrewing demonstration from Portland U-Brew & Pub/Unicorn brewing. Food from Urban German Grill & HOTLIPS Pizza is available both days. Vendors include BrewedOregon, Green Mountain Energy Company, Illustrated Playing Cards, Oregon Hop Commission, Renewal by Andersen of Portland, Shirts On Tap, Timbers Army No Pity Van (Saturday only), and Vacation Internationale.

Local artist Aaron Trotter will debut a new deck of Illustrated Playing Cards featuring Oregon breweries from Central Oregon, the Columbia River Gorge, the Oregon Coast, and the Willamette Valley. The new deck expands on his original Portland Brewery Cards, reaching beyond Beervana to connect the dots of the Oregon Ale Trail. The 52 drawings span Central Oregon from Redmond to Bend; the Columbia River Gorge from Cascade Locks to Hood River; the Oregon Coast from Astoria to Newport; and the Willamette Valley from Hillsboro to Eugene.

Eighth Annual Fresh Hop Summit
2 p.m. Friday Sept. 29 – Sunday Oct. 2, Roscoe’s, 8105 SE Stark St.;
For the eighth year, Roscoe’s celebrates the hop harvest with great fresh hop beer and cider on tap all weekend. The taplist features fresh hop beers in many different styles- more than 30 fresh hop beers will be available and rotating throughout the weekend from breweries including Breakside Brewery, Fort George Brewery, Culmination Brewing Company, Baerlic Brewing Co., Laurelwood Public House & Brewery, 54-40 Brewing Co, pFriem Family Brewers, Flat Tail Brewing and many more. As always, taster trays will be available.

Bailey’s Regional Rumble
5-9 p.m. Friday Sept. 29, Bailey’s Taproom, 213 SW Broadway; free admission;
The Pacific Northwest is so rich in craft beer culture that you can break it up into different beer sub-regions. With the help of Point Blank Distribution, the Bailey’s crew pits the Columbia River Gorge against Central Oregon for the debut of the Regional Rumble. Six breweries — pFriem, Double Mountain, Everybody’s, Wild Ride, GoodLife, & Boneyard — and four categories — IPA, Fresh Hop, Light, & Wild Card — make for a 24 tap smackdown and customers will vote for their favorite beer in each category to determine the Regional winner for 2017. Draft List…
Central Oregon:
-Boneyard BoneAfide
-Boneyard Bung Side (Fresh Hop Hop Venom Cask)
-Boneyard Pabo Pils
-Boneyard Gooze Cruze
-WildRide Northbound & Down Fresh Hop IPA
-WildRide Three Sisters Wet Hop Red
-WildRide Twist & Shout Coffee Blonde
-WildRide Tarty to the Party Apricot Sour
-GoodLife Secret Stash Tart IPA
-GoodLife Fresh Hop Descender
-GoodLife Wildlands Session Blonde
-GoodLife Pineapple Sweet As

The Gorge:
-pFriem Dank Hop IPA
-pFriem Fresh Hop Mosaic Pale
-pFriem Hoppy Pils
-pFriem Druif Lambic-style Sour
-Everybody’s Cryo-Chronic
-Everybody’s Head Stash Fresh Hop
-Everybody’s Local Logger
-Everybody’s Hoppy AF IIPA
-Double Mountain Hop Lion
-Double Mountain Killer Green
-Double Mountain Nitro Woodstock ESB
-Double Mountain Sour TBA

Cascade Brewing Barrel House Seventh Anniversary
Noon Friday Sept. 29 – 11 p.m. Sunday Oct. 1, Cascade Brewing Barrel House, 939 SE Belmont St.;
Celebrate seven years of the House of Sour with a long weekend of rare beers and special tappings including Stumptown Bourbonic, a collaboration with Stumptown Coffee Roasters and a variation of the brewery’s award-winning Bourbonic Plague. Stumptown Bourbonic features imperial spiced porters aged for up to 22 months in bourbon barrels with vanilla beans, then blended with coffee from Stumptown’s Cold Brew division just before packaging. This extremely limited anniversary project offers intense flavors of coffee, chocolate, bourbon and vanilla, with a mild acidity and warming finish.

The brewery will also be tapping Watermill, a bourbon barrel aged imperial porter collaboration project between Cascade Brewing and Browerij de Molen, Cascade’s popular Diesel, an Imperial Stout aged for up to seven months in Heaven Hill bourbon and Pinot barrels with vanilla beans, and a special live barrel tapping on Friday, Sept. 29 at 6pm. Also: food pairing specials and vintage bottle sales throughout the weekend. View the complete tap list here

Little Beast Seasonal Bottle Release
Noon -5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, Little Beast Brewing, 3800 Cedar Hills Blvd., Suite 300 E, Beaverton:
Charles Porter’s Little Beast Brewing is its first seasonal bottle release, featuring Foeder-Aged Farmhouse Ale and Foeder-Aged Ale w/ Oregon Strawberries. They’ll have six beers on tap and bottles for sale.

Aussie Chef Meets American BBQ Block Party
6-10 p.m. Sarturday, Sept. 30, ADX Portland, 417 SE 11th Ave.; $25 includes buffet style bbq and sides,two craft beers from Migration Brewing plus unlimited banter, art and creativity…
Chef Outta Water and ADX have teamed up to bring you Portland’s first Aussie/American BBQ block party featuring Astoria Chef Chris Holen and Australia’s Chef Michael Brine who’ll cooking over open fire pits from local brand Stahl Fire pits with craft beer from Migration Brewing and hot sauces from Portland’s own Secret Aardvark. The block party will feature local food, local goods, local art and local beer — all with an Australian twist, including what might be the world’s first crocodile bratwurst…ADX Portland’s Gallery of Makers will be open all night during the event where you can check out the variety of products and art created by local Portland Makers.

Noon – close, Saturday Sept. 30, Oregon City Brewing Co., 1401 Washington St., Oregon City; free, all ages.
The first brewery in downtown Oregon City since 1865 celebrates its second annual ROktoberfest party, which features seven bands, including Swatkins and the Positive Agenda, The Tumblers, Nicolai Carrera and the Celebrators and more, plusegon City Brewing will be releasing a new Weizenbock, a style that head brewer David Vohden won a Silver Medal for in the German-style Wheat Ale category at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival. It’s also OP Wurst’s first anniversary and they’ll be there with a menu of German dishes, including cheese-stuffed frankfurters with beer cheese sauce and spicy peppers; beer brats with grilled onions, bacon and sauerkraut; cheesy spaetzle; pretzels with beer cheese and mustard; smoked pork cheek sauerbraten sliders; and German potato salad.

OP Wurst Oktoberfest Party
4 p.m. Saturday Sept. 30, OP Wurst Division, 3384 SE Division St.;
The Olympia Provision Oktoberfest features the oh-so-authentic beers of Rosenstadt, inc Festbier Marzen and Helles. Also: live music, food specials, patio games and giveaways.

Wurst & Bier Pairing
5-9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, Bazi Bierbrasserie, 1522 SE 32nd Ave; $15 for six 5 oz pours of each beer with sausage pairing.
Bazi’s special Wurst & Bier pairing features beers from Occidental Brewing Company and Paulaner USA, each paired with Altengartz Bratwurst simmered in each of the six beers.

Occidental Festbier, rich yet quaffable lager in the old tradition of Oktoberfest beers. German noble hops provide a delicate hop character to pair with a firm malt profile featuring Munich and Vienna malts.
Occidental Dunkel, malty and smooth, balanced with an assortment of noble hops.
Occidental Kolsch, crisp and dry, it is clean and lager-like, with a pleasant, slightly spicy hop profile supplied by German Perle. Very sessionable.
Paulaner Oktoberfest Marzen, full bodied beer with rich malt flavor and dark toffee note, has an underlying fruitiness and masterful hop balance.
Paulaner Salvator Doppelbock, head has a caramel hue and the beer is full bodied with a rich, warm chestnut brown color. The taste is unmistakable, with its smooth chocolate flavor, robust dark caramel maltiness and a light note of hops in the background – providing a nice intensity on the palate.’
Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest Marzen, fruity notes of cassis and earthy tones reminiscent of cedar.