A busy, beery weekend of anniversaries and beer releases, Portland area beer events for the week of November 3rd.
Ecliptic Brewing & Fort George Brewery JH2 IPA Release Party 6-9 p.m. Thursday Nov. 3, Lombard House, 7337 N. Lombard St.;
Here’s a chance to accomplish several fun things, such as checking out Brian Koch’s homey new pub, the Lombard House, and having your first taste of the second release of Ecliptic and Fort George JH², the collabo that takes its name from the initials of the main brewers, Jack Harris and John Harris. Folks from both breweries and their beers will be there and the taplist includes some treats:
Fort George Brewery Magnanimous IPA
Fort George Brewery Java the Hop
Ecliptic Brewing Capella Porter
Ecliptic Brewing Quasar Pale Ale
Ecliptic+Fort George JH² IPA: “Ecliptic and Fort George have more than great beer in common. Ecliptic’s Brewmaster John Harris and Fort George’s Brewmaster Jack Harris share the same initials, and they both got their brewing start at McMenamins and they’ve now teamed up to brew a unique India Pale Ale. JH² is brewed with Pale malt, Munich malt, Pinot Noir and Syrah jucie giving it a subtle wine taste. Mosaic, Calyspso, Simcoe, and Centennial hops add a wonderful hop aroma and flavor to the beer.”
Crazy Mountain/Bitter Root Tasting 5-7 PM Thursday Nov. 3, Belmont Station, 4500 SE Stark St.;
Sample bottles from Crazy Mountain in Colorado and Montana’s Bitter Root, both newly arrived in Oregon.
From Bitter Root:
Single Hop Pale Ale
Last Cast Black IPA
From Crazy Mountain:
Lawyer Guns & Money Barley Wine
Locals’ Stash Series Grapefruit IPA
Emotional Rescue DIPA
Snowcat Coffee Stout
Montavilla Food Co-op Cream Ale Release Party Thursday Nov. 3, Montavilla Brew Works, 7805 SE Stark St.; 21 & over only.
Michael Kora and the Montavilla Brew Works crew have created a special Cream Ale for the food co-op and they’re having a fundraising party to celebrate its release.
Fat Head’s Two Year Brunch Bash 3-11 p.m. Thursday Nov. 3, Fat Head’s Brewery, 131 N.W. 13th Ave.; $16 for brunch buffet.
Fat Head’s celebrates two years in Portland with a brunch buffet that looks great – so great that you’ll need to be sure and save room for beer, because Fat Head’s and their killer IPAs and well made lagers has proved itself a full-fledged member of Portland’s brewing community. Look for some barrel-aged specials such as:
Bean Me Up – Coffee Stout aged in Bourbon/Mellow Corn Blend
Up In Smoke – Imperial Smoked Porter aged in Indio Whiskey Barrels
Gnome Of Doom – Imperial Belgian Stout aged in Indio Whiskey Barrels
Owen’s Resurrection – American Barleywine aged Madeira Barrels
Weekend Wine Trip – Zeus Juice aged in Red Wine Barrels
They’ll also be tapping 2013 GABF Gold, 2015 GABF Gold, 2016 GABF bronze and 2016 World Beer Cup Gold medal winning Hop Juju Imperial India Pale Ale — a batch brewed fresh especially for the party. DJ Makro will supply the music.
Sixpoint 5Beans Resin Imperial IPA Release 6 -8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, McMenamins 23rd Avenue Bottle Shop, 2290 N.W. Thurman St.; | All ages ok, 21 and over to sample.
Try 5Beans from Six Points Brewing, a 10.5 percent resin imperial IPA that includes cardamom, to join the flavors of coffee, cocoa, and vanilla in a melting pot of beans. “Resin is an ode to the sticky quintessence of hops – we extracted the alluring nectar from every precious citrus, pine, dank and herbal cone and channeled it all into one vessel. Now that’s Mad Science…”
Hawthorne Renaissance Faire Noon-5 p./m.. Friday Nov. 4, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday Nov. 5, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday Nov. 6, Growlers Hawthorne, 3343 SE Hawthorne Blvd.;
Join the Growlers Hawthorne crew for what’s billed as the smallest Ren Faire. It includes live performances and featured vendors at the medieval beer garden (fine opportunity to wear your medieval finery) including beers from Brewed by Gnomes. Look for beer tastings, and the Fine Goose French food cart and Gokuns Smoked Meats and Eatz will be in the beer garden every day during the festivities.
The Horse Brass 40th Anniversary/the Abyss Vertical Sunday Nov. 6, Horse Brass Pub, 4534 SE Belmont St.;
Sunday features a vertical of 2009-2015 Abyss, a rare event that is the culmination of the birthday party that continues through Sunday. When the late Don Younger bought the pub that became the Horse Brass in the 1970s, 45th and Belmont was the back of beyond, and nobody knew that what this town REALLY needed was a Northwest take on a classic Brit pub. Of course, Don was right, and the Brass has become world famous for its comfy mix of bonhomie and brilliant beer. This week, it celebrates 40 years with lots of good beer, including Rogue Horse Brass Anniversary Ale, Russian River Don The Younger and a series of collaborations brewed by staff members with breweries that include Baerlic, Culmination, Migration, Rosenstadt, Solera and Sierra Nevada, plus special beers from Crux. Ecliptic, Flat Tail, Melvin, Six Point and more.
From the cellar:
Alaskan Smoked Porter 2013 & 2014, Bear Republic Cuvee De Bubba, Bell’s Third Coast Ale, Boneyard SugeKnight, Brouwers 2013 Old Bruin. Double Mountain 2013 Black PerleImperial Stout, Fat Heads JuJu Imperial IPA, Gigantic Gin Barrel Aged IPA, Holy Mountain 2015 Bourbon Barrel King’s Head. Lagunitas Doppel Sticky Double Alt, Midnight Sun Berserker Imperial Stout, Ninkasi Brewing Ground Control Imperial Stout and N10 Imperial Blended Ale, Pelican Mother of All Storms, Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barley Wine, Stone Brewing WOOtStout, Widmer 2015 Brrrrbon Stout and Widmer/Cigar City 2012 Old Fashioned Ale
Base Camp’s Fourth Anniversary 11 a.m. Saturday Nov. 5 & Sunday Nov. 6, Base Camp Brewing 930 SE Oak St.; Minors OK until 10 p.m.
Base Camp celebrates four years with special beer releases, including IPA Election 2016, featuring twelve small-batch IPAs, and their fourth Anniversary barrel-aged imperial saison. Also, Adventure Games from 5-8 p.m. hosted by Mountain Shop, Rare Earth Adventures, Arc’teryx, and Outdoor Project; live music courtesy of Ben Larson of Crow and the Canyon; and birthday cake.
4th Annual Boone’s Ferry Autumn Ale Fest 11 a.m. -10 p.m Saturday Nov. 5, McMenamins Old Church & Pub, 30340 SW Boones Ferry Rd., Wilsonville; all ages, 21 & over to drink.
The “War for the Oar” features brews from past & present McMenamins Brewers, plus
distillery tasting, brewery tours and live music from the Garcia Birthday Band. They’ll have McMenamins beers and beers from McMenamins’ alumni brewers including Fort George’s Jack Harris (CPR, Lighthouse,) Burnside’s Jason McAdam (Hillsdale, Edgefield, Crystal,)
Buoy’s Kevin Lee (Edgefield, Concordia,) Cascade’s Mark Goodwin, (Wilsonville, Crystal,)
Double Mountain’s Greg Balch (Hillsdale, CPR,) Fire on the Mountain’s Ben Neherling, (Highland, Concordia,) and Ecliptic’s John Harris (Hillsdale, CPR, Lighthouse.)
Here’s the sked:
History Pub, Noon ’til 1 p.m. – “A History of Barley, Beer and Whiskey. From the Beginning of Agriculture to Future Trends” with Bart Hance.
Distillery Tasting, noon ’til 4 p.m.
Brewery Tours (on the half hour), 1 p.m. ’til 5 p.m.
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