There are some changes that will be taking place in the near future at Laurelwood Brewing in Northeast Portland. But before this happens Laurelwood Brewing announces their upcoming Fall Brewer’s Dinner taking place on Tuesday, October 28th beginning at 6:30pm. The evenings special menu was prepared by Laurelwood’s Chef Richard Blake and featuring beer pairings chose by their soon departing Brewmaster Vasili Gletsos.
The beer dinner will feature a salad, soup, appetizer, entree, intermezzo, all followed up with a dessert. More complete details for the dinner can be found below.
Dinner tickets are $45 for the delectable meal and this includes gratuity. Tickets can be purchased at either of their pubs or online here.
Now onto the upcoming changes that will take place at Laurelwood. Gletsos recently posted on his Facebook page, “I am excited to share the news that we are moving back to Vermont this winter. We have been in Portland ten years and love the city dearly, but the draw of family and friends there, country living and a great brewery bring us back.” The most exciting part of this move beyond allowing Gletsos to be near their families is the he will be heading up Hill Farmstead Brewery’s larger brewery that will be installed this upcoming winter. Hill Farmstead will be doubling their production this coming year from 3,000 to 6,000 barrels and there’s no better brewer to be ready and prepared for this challenge at this highly lauded Vermont brewery.
But before Gletsos departs our city he along with the Laurelwood Brewing team has a few special releases for this fall. These three new beers include:
Rodney’s Cedar IPA
IPA aged on Spanish Cedar
Malts: Two Row, Vienna, Crystal, Carapils
Hops: Chinook & Centennial
This is a beer we made for Willamette Week’s ProAm Beer Festival. We teamed up with decorated home brewer Rodney Kibzey to step up a version of his Cedar IPA. We enjoyed how the bright spicy notes of the Spanish Cedar contributed a quality we like in IPAs while giving it a nice warmth and depth
Saison de Walkle
Malts: Pilsner, Vienna, Wheat, Oats
Other: Rose Hips & Elderberries
Beers Made By Walking is a program in which brewers go on a hike as inspiration for creating a beer. This round of beers was made after guided walks through Forest Park. Our beer was influenced by some of the fall plants we saw. We decided to make a beer to celebrate the complexity of the earthy and tart flavors wild berries have. Saisons are known for their earthy and dry/tart flavors, which mix well with what we were thinking. We dialed back the hops to let these earthy flavors shine through.
Cable Knit Pale Ale
Malts: 2-Row, Crystal, Munich, Flaked Rye
Hops: Simcoe, Centennial, Falconer’s Flight
This is a Pale Ale perfect for the transition of our Fall months, when the days become shorter and the rain starts, but not without beautiful breaks of sun. We made it with Crystal and Munich malts to give it a deep golden Autmnal hue, flaked rye to give it a peppery dry spicy character like fall leaves and a generous dose of bright hop flavor to keep you company while the rain pours down.
Laurelwood Brewing 5115 NE Sandy Blvd Portland, OR 97213
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 20 years under his belt of drinking beer at festivals across America and the world, he has developed a strong appreciation and understanding of craft beer and the industry that surrounds it. He can be found in any of the great breweries or beer bars that make Portland the best beer city in the world. His writing can also be found in Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter at @hopapalooza.