Weekend's To Dos

Brewpublic will be heading south this weekend to visit the beer hot spots in Eugene and Corvallis. As expected, the weekend here in Beervana promises a slew of great tasting opportunities that you might regret missing out on. Even if you don’t happen to find a keg much hyped Russian River Pliny the Younger before it blows, you might want to seriously consider making it out for the following pours:

Upright Brewing’s Oyster Stout Release Party

Upright Oyster Stout

Visit Upright Brewing‘s tasting room on Friday February 26, 2010 for the release of their newest beer – an Oyster Stout! They’ll have one of only a few kegs on draft as well as bottles of this full-bodied and creamy stout available to take home. It was brewed in collaboration with fellow oyster lover Jason McAdam of upcoming Alchemy Brewing. Says founder and brewmaster Alex Ganum “We made the beer using over ten gallons of oyster juice fresh from the Oregon coast and eight dozen whole oysters from Vancouver B.C. For the release party oysters on the half-shell will be available along with some free snacks as well.” This exclusive tasting and release happens between 4:30 and 9 pm and also marks the beginning of Upright’s new Friday tasting room hours. Hope to catch you there!

Upright Brewing is located at 240 N Broadway, suite 002 (in the basement of the Left Bank Building), Portland Oregon.

Rare Tapping of BrewDog and Stone “bashah” Collaboration Beer at Victory Bar

BrewDog and Stone's bashah Black Belgian Double IPA

One of Portland’s best watering holes Victory Bar has just announced the tapping of a unique new beer known as “bashah.” The beer is a imperial Belgian-style black IPA…er…Cascadian Dark Ale concocted at BrewDog’s facility in Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. You may have heard of BrewDog in the news lately. Their “Sink the Bismarck” Quadruple IPA set a world record, weighing in at 41% ABV, and is currently the strongest beer on the planet. Given the esteemed honor of being the voted the best brewery in the world by BeerAdvocate, Stone adds this hearty 8.6% ABV hoppy, spicy monster to their touted line-up of revered brews. We don’t expect this keg to last long, so get over to Victory stat. And while you’re at it, enjoy a flight of their globally acclaimed bourbons!

Victory bourbon flight

Victory Bar is located at 2509 SE 37th Avenue, Portland, Oregon.

Kerry’s 30th Party and Benefit for The Pixie Project at The Hop & Vine

Kerry's 30th benefit for The Pixie Project

TaplisterTaplister CBO (that’s Chief Beer Officer) Kerry Finsand has been an integral part of the Portland beer community with his tireless work to promote craft brewers in the area. His efforts have helped connect beer geeks with their favorite brews not only in Portland, but throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond. This Saturday, February 27, 2010, at The Hop & Vine, Finsand will celebrate his 30th birthday with a special charity event to benefit The Pixie Project, a not for profit shelter for cats and dogs. Finsand has curated five beers from five exceptional Oregon craft brewers including Oakshire Brewing, Double Mountain Brewery, Laurelwood Brewing, Upright Brewing, and Hopworks Urban Brewery.

The Hop & VineSays Finsand “The Hop & Vine for graciously hosting this and giving up the last keg of Upright Fatali Four, my favorite Upright Beer. The Hop & Vine is offering happy hour food and drink specials , but wait there is more. The party is actually a fundraiser for a local dog and cat shelter called the Pixie Project. We are asking a suggested $5 donation for each person attending this event. As a thank you for your donation you will receive a raffle ticket to get the chance to win some sweet beer swag. Need more to do? Then chat with some of the brewers that will be on hand or impress your friends with your beer IQ by playing a round of beer trivia. Hope to see you there.”

Beers at this event will include:

Oakshire Overcast Espresso Stout, Double Mountain Kolsch, Laurelwood Wry Pale Ale, Upright Brewing Fatali Four, and Hopworks Ace of Spades Double IPA.

The Hop & Vine is located at 1914 North Killingsworth Street in Portland, Oregon.

Now that’s what we like to hear: One of a kind brews for a great cause!

MacTarnahan’s Taproom Taps Their New Spine Tingler Triple Ale

MacTarnahan's Spine Tingler Belgian TripleA trip to NW Portland’s Industrial District is in order to get a premier taste of MacTarnahan‘s new Spine Tingler, a  Belgian-style triple offering a blend of spicy aromatics balanced with a lively malt palate. We asked Mac’s to step it up and they answered with another innovative new brew. In the tradition of Belgian-style Triples, Spine Tingler’s complex, but mild spicy character with an additional hint of clove and esters lends itself to be enjoyed during these emerging brighter days of the spring season. “With Spine Tingler we’re offering an interpretation of a Golden Belgian-Style Triple that combines the use of 2 malts, Northern Brewer and Perle hop varieties, the addition of candied sugar, resulting in a beer meant to reward big beer enthusiasts (having serious backbones!) with a most interesting and memorable drinking experience”, says Mark Carver, Director of Pontification and Tale Telling at MacTarnahan’s Brewing. Tell ’em Brewpublic sent you!

Malts: Pilsner Malt, and Wheat / Hops: Northern Brewer, and Perle / Other: Candied Sugar / IBU: 23

Spine Tingler is the third offering in a new series of specialty 22oz big bottle beers from MacTarnahan’s Brewing Co. It follows the successful release of both Lip Stinger TM, a farm house ale fermented with peppercorn and Goose Bump TM, an Imperial Stout w/ coffee. Spine Tingler is the third release in a series of four beers that will be released annually and available only in limited quantities of draft and 22 oz. bottles.

MacTarnahan’s Taproom is located at 2730 Northwest 31st Avenue, Portland, Oregon.

For those of you interested in checking out a festival of Oregon’s best microbreweries, check out Nano Brew Fest.

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