Cider Summit Portland '15: June 19-20


If you're a fan of artisanal ciders or want to learn (and taste) more, I highly suggest you visit Cider Summit Portland. Now in its 5th year, this two-day event, held June 19-20, is a great place to sample a wide variety of ciders. Best yet, you'll be able to meet and chat up the cider makers. I attended for the first time last year and enjoyed it.

To get an idea of what you can expect, take a look at my recap of Cider Summit Portland '14. For more details, check out the news release below or visit the Cider Summit web page.




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Cider Summit Portland Celebrates 5th Anniversary!
Region's Largest Cider Festival Returns to the Pearl

(Portland, OR)   SBS Imports and the Seattle Beer Collective are pleased to announce the return of Cider Summit NW Festival to Portland, OR.  The fifth annual event will take place Friday, June 19 from 2p-8p and Saturday, June 20 from 12n-6p.  Cider Summit will be returning to its new home in the Pearl District - The Fields Neighborhood Park at NW 10th/Overton.  The event is presented by World Foods & Bushwhacker Cider.

This will be the 15th Cider Summit produced by SBS & Seattle Beer Collective, having launched the concept in Seattle in September 2010 and expanding to Portland, Chicago, and most recently San Francisco.  This year's event will feature over 150 ciders from producers around the country and around the world including regional favorites and international classics.  The owners and cidermakers will be on hand to inform and guide guests through the samplings which will be available in 4-ounce tasting portions in a special 5th anniversary souvenir festival glass.

A brand new feature at the 2015 event will be the Fruit Cider Challenge sponsored by Oregon Fruit Products.  Several of our participating cideries will produce pilot batches specifically for the event. Consumers will vote for their favorite during the festival with the winner of the first annual Fruit Cider Challenge announced on Monday, June 22.

In addition to the superb range of ciders, the event will feature the DoveLewis/Unleashed by Petco Dog Lounge, expanded food selections from World Foods, Road Dog Sausage and others.  The Jim Miller festival stage will once again feature some of Portland's most legendary performers produced in conjunction with event beneficiary, Cascade Blues Association.  For those seeking public transportation the Portland Streetcar stops within one block of the event.

"We believe we've created a unique event," noted Ian Roberts of SBC.  "Interest in artisanal cider is exploding right now, and this event is the premier sampling opportunity for both the cider enthusiast and cider curious."

"We are thrilled with our move to The Pearl," added event co-founder Alan Shapiro of SBS Imports.  "We are grateful for the area's cider community ongoing support as we work together to make this the region's signature cider event."

Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 (cash only) at the door and are available online via Stranger tickets,  and onsite at both World Foods locations, Bushwhacker Cider, Umpqua Bank Pearl District branch, and at many of the area's leading bottle shops.  Admission includes a 5th anniversary souvenir tasting glass, 8 tasting tickets, and a $1 donation to the event beneficiary pool.  Additional tasting tickets will be available for sale onsite at $2 per ticket.

A special VIP ticket is available for $40.  This ticket includes 4 additional tasting tickets and exclusive early admission on Friday from 2p-3p.  Only 200 of these tickets are available - exclusively online via the event website.

Re-admission will be allowed at any time with event wristband and tasting glass.  THE EVENT IS 21 & OVER ONLY.  Dogs of all ages will be allowed on event grounds.  For more information including a list of participating ciders please visit the producers page.

Cider Summit Portland benefits Northwest Cider Association, The Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research, DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital, and the Cascade Blues Association.

Cider Summit NW is presented by World Foods & Bushwhacker Cider with supporting sponsors, Oregon Fruit Products, The Portland Westin Hotel, Umpqua Bank, KNRK 94/7 Alternative Portland, Portland Mercury, Maletis Beverage, and Portland Streetcar.

For more information contact:
Alan Shapiro - SBS Imports
206.527.4191
alanmshapiro@sbs-imports.com
@CiderSummit



BridgePort's 8th Edition of Stumptown Tart Features Raspberries


BridgePort Brewing Co. just announced the featured fruit for the latest installment of Stumptown Tart. This year, it's all all about the raspberry. The brewery is holding a release party on Thursday, May 20 at their brewpub in NW Portland. Stop by, take a selfie with model Bernie Dexter, and sample the new release.

I haven't tasted it yet, but I was a huge fan of last year's installment which featured cranberries and blueberries. For more details about Stumptown Tart and the release party, check out the news release below.


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BRIDGEPORT BREWING RELEASES EIGHTH EDITION OF STUMPTOWN TART 
 BridgePort’s Big Brew, Stumptown Tart, Features Northwest Raspberries 

PORTLAND, Ore.— May 8, 2015 — BridgePort Brewing Company’s own pin-up gal and Stumptown Tart, Bernie Dexter, is back on shelves for its eighth year. While the past eight years have celebrated popular berry combinations, this year’s brew brings the focus back on a northwest favorite – the raspberry.

“It’s hard to believe that we have been making this beer for eight years now,” commented brewmaster, Jeff Edgerton. “We knew it was only a matter of time before we would want to bring back a fan favorite like the rasp."

Available in limited quantities, this year’s Stumptown Tart is a Belgian Style Ale infused with northwest grown raspberries. Since the initial release of a raspberry infused Stumptown Tart, the fermentation process of this ale has evolved to deliver a subtle, yet noticeable, Belgian yeast characteristic. A perfect warm weather beer, this easy to drink ale carries a lighter body and a refreshing tart finish.

BridgePort will host a ‘Tasting with the Tart’ party Thursday, May 20 from 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the BridgePort Brewpub in Portland. Come by to taste this year’s beloved Stumptown Tart. Giveaways will be plentiful, and bottle model Bernie Dexter will be there ready to pose with guests for a Stumptown Selfie and to sign bottles of this new brew.

For more information on BridgePort Brewing Company, visit: www.bridgeportbrew.com

BridgePort’s Stumptown Tart Stats:
IBUs: 15.0 ABV: 7.7% OG: 17.0 Color:  Pink
Ingredients: Pale malt, wheat malt, crystal hops, Belgian yeast and raspberry puree.

About BridgePort Brewing Company
Oregon's oldest craft brewery continues to evolve from a microbrewery to a regional leader committed to producing high quality craft ales. Lead by Brewmaster Jeff Edgerton, the team of BridgePort brewers prides itself on using hops from an hour away and clear glacial water from Mount Hood. The BridgePort family of ales includes the Conviction Pale Ale, IPA, Hop Czar Imperial IPA, and Kingpin. BridgePort Brewery is located at 1313 N.W. Marshall. For more information, call 503-241-7179 or visit www.bridgeportbrew.com.

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Fort George 3-Way IPA 2015


Fort George Brewery just announced the details for the 2015 edition of its popular 3-Way IPA series. This year, Georgetown Brewing and Prfriem Family Brewers are joining the collaboration.

This 5.7% ABV IPA features Simcoe, Meridian, Citra, and Equinox hops. Look for it on draft and at retail beginning May 22. You can get a preview taste at the 3-Way Tour, coming soon to a city near you. For more details, check out the news release below.




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Behind the Scenes of 3-Way IPA 2015.  A Fort George Collaboration with Georgetown Brewing And Pfriem Family Brewers


THE COLLABORATION
Preparations for a 3-Way IPA can be intricate, as you may imagine. Where do you begin? How does one approach a 3-Way IPA with a collaborator? With all of the amazing brewers out there, how do you choose? Well, it turns out the first step is to invite them out to dinner. 

This year’s collaboration began back in January at the Fort George Indian & IPA Brewer’s Dinner. Manny Chao arrived from Seattle with a keg of Eddie IPL, and Josh Pfriem brought along a Double IPA from Hood River. Jack Harris and Chris Nemlowill (and Beta IPA and Vortex) filled out the table. After five courses of spicy food and hoppy ales, a leisurely tour around Astoria’s nighttime establishments, and a few awkward late night photos in front of “The Pig,” everyone retired for the night in their respective rooms.

The following day - bright and early at 11 am sharp - the recipe meeting commenced behind closed doors in the Lovell Taproom.

Jack: I really like the way you guys make your IPAs.

Manny: Thanks Jack. So, do we shoot for something different, or keep it something West Coast?

Jack: We can make anything you guys want, as long as it’s an IPA.

Potential hop varieties, packed into 8-oz Mason jars, circulated around the table. Aromas were analyzed, ideas were bandied about, and samples were sampled. 

“I think we all agree, we want it to be dry, we want it to be aromatic, and we want it to be hoppy,” Manny summarized. 

“And bright!” Josh added, diving into the specifics of the hop additions - amounts, times, and temperatures. “A little bit of Citra makes Equinox pop,” he explained.

“Landing in that sweet spot, right around five and a half percent,” Manny continued.

“A 5.7% ABV beer with over four pounds per barrel...you’re going to get a LOT of hops,” Jack noted.

Duly noted.

THIS YEAR’S 3-WAY IPA
From the moment you pop the can, hop aroma hits you right in the nose. Fruit forward, with a crescendo of tropical and citrus flavors - 3-Way IPA presents an ensemble of Simcoe, Meridian, Citra, and Equinox hops. Enjoy a lustrous and lively play across the palate. 

Fort George’s 3-Way IPA is a collaboration of craft, a chance to exchange ideas and knowledge with brewers who are doing fantastic things with IPAs. Every summer features a new collaboration, a different recipe, and a unique 16-oz can design, but with the same 3-Way IPA name. 

THE TOUR
Come hang out and grab a pint of 3-Way IPA, along with several other IPAs from Fort George, Georgetown, and Pfriem. The 3-Way IPA Tour is coming to a Pacific Northwest city near you.

Vancouver, WA - Thursday May 14th - By the Bottle - 5pm to 8pm
Cannon Beach, OR - Thursday May 14th - Cannon Beach Hardware - 4pm to 7pm
Portland, OR - Friday May 15th - Roscoe’s - 5pm to 8pm
Eugene, OR - Saturday May 16th - The Bier Stein - 5pm to 8pm
Longview, WA - Wednesday May 20th - Porky’s Public House - 5pm to 8pm
Bend, OR - Saturday May 23rd - Crow’s Feet Commons - 6pm to 9pm
Bellingham, WA - Thursday June 4th - The Archer Ale House - 5pm to 8pm
Seattle, WA - Saturday June 13th - The Pine Box (Tricycle Races) - 4pm to 7pm
Spokane, WA - Friday June 19th - Lantern Tap House - 4pm to 8pm
Seattle, WA - Saturday June 20th - The Masonry - 5pm to 8pm
Seattle, WA - Friday June 26th - Beveridge Place Pub - 5pm to 8pm

GEORGETOWN
A Seattle craft brewery focused on doing one thing right... draft beer. Started by Roger Bialous and Manny Chao... a couple of beer loving local boys who brewed up a pretty darn tasty beer in the garage (actually it was the back deck, but garage sounded better). Sorry, no brewpub, but they do have a retail shop where you can pick up kegs to go, growlers, and perhaps get a taste of their newest beer before it's released. Or you could be social and get out to your favorite local watering hole. If Georgetown beer is not on tap, let them know and they'll do their best to pester 'em into submission.

PFRIEM 
The goals for the brewery were modest: to build a business that was tightly integrated with their family lives, to honor the place they call home, and to create a warm, friendly space where others could experience the creations. The goals for the creations themselves are anything but modest.
                
Pfriem artisanal beers are symphonies of flavor and balance, influenced by the great brewers of Belgium, but unmistakably true to their homegrown roots in the Pacific Northwest. Although they are served humbly, each glass is overflowing with pride and a relentless aspiration to brew the best beer in the world.            

FORT GEORGE
Locally owned and operated in historic downtown Astoria, Oregon, Fort George crafts original beers available only in the Pacific Northwest. Whether in cans or kegs, at the pub or on your front porch, Fort George beer brings people together in aromatic headiness and lupulin ecstasy. For more information about Fort George, go to www.fortgeorgebrewery.com or follow them on Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat @FortGeorgeBeer.

3-Way IPA is available in 16-oz four-packs and draft starting May 22nd. Fort George beer is distributed only in the Pacific Northwest.



Brewers Tasting Dinner at Oregon Garden Brewfest

  
Each year, the Oregon Garden Brewfest hosts a Brewers Tasting Dinner on the eve of the festival. This year's featured breweries will include Buoy Beer Co., Crux Fermentation Project, Ex Novo Brewing Co., Ecliptic Brewing, Vagagond Brewing, And Wild Ride Brew.

The brewers will pair their beer with a small small plate. I attended the event last year and my recap will give you an idea of what to expect. This year's brewery lineup promises to be excellent! For more details about the Brewers Tasting Dinner, to be held on June 18, please see the news release below.




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Oregon Garden Brewer's Tasting Dinner offers the ideal way to kick off its Brewfest weekend


SILVERTON, Ore. — The Oregon Garden will kick off this year’s Oregon Garden Brewfest, presented by Venti’s Café, with the 4th annual Brewer’s Tasting Dinner. The popular event will take place on June 18, the eve of the festival, at 7pm at the Oregon Garden Resort. There are a limited number of tickets available to the public at $50; tickets and more information are available at www.oregongarden.org.

The Brewer’s Tasting Dinner serves six courses, each featuring a small-plate paired with a unique beer from one of six selected breweries. This year’s featured breweries include Buoy Beer Co, Crux Fermentation Project, Ex Novo Brewing Co, Ecliptic Brewing, Vagabond Brewing and Wild Ride Brew.


Representatives from each of the breweries give a presentation about their beer during the dinner, which is attended by brewers participating in the festival, industry insiders and beer aficionados.



A special overnight package is available at The Oregon Garden Resort, a Moonstone Hotel Property located just steps away from the festival, that includes tickets to the Brewer’s Tasting Dinner and a three-day ticket to the Brewfest, starting at $239. Packages can be booked at www.oregongardenresort.com or by calling 503-874-2500

Located in the historic town of Silverton, just an hour’s drive from the Portland metropolitan area, the Oregon Garden Brewfest will take place Father’s Day weekend, June 19 through 21 and will feature 70 breweries pouring 140 beers, ciders and meads from throughout Oregon and across the country. There’s also live music on two stages and a variety of food vendors. The festival is held indoors, but attendees are welcome to explore the 80-acre botanical garden with beer in hand.

The Oregon Garden Brewfest is for ages 21 and over on Friday and Saturday; minors are welcome all hours on Sunday. Admission ranges from $15 to $50; all admission packages include a souvenir tasting glass and a number of tasting tickets. Parking at The Oregon Garden is $5 per car; free shuttles are available from various locations in Silverton.

The Oregon Garden Brewfest is presented by Venti’s Café and sponsored by The Gallon House, The Oregon Lottery, Beer Connoisseur Magazine, The Beer Growler, Pepsi and The Oregonian/Oregon Live. For more information about the event, visit www.oregongarden.org/events/brewfest.


Craft Brewers Conference '15 Commemorative Beers

  
The Craft Brewers Conference opening session was held today in Portland. Upon registering, attendees received to a goodie bag which among other things, included a Rastal Teku beer glass and a commemorative conference beer. However, since this is Oregon, just one beer won't do...

The Brewers Association worked with the Oregon Brewers Guild to develop this year’s commemorative beer. With the Beaver State home to so many breweries, the guild decided to make CBC history and produce six different commemorative beers representing the coast, central Oregon, the Willamette Valley and Portland proper, which is represented by three different beers. Each beer is a collaboration among breweries from the area and a variety of industry suppliers who provided ingredients and packaging.
Based on the luck of the draw, I received a bottle of (We Had to Do a) NW IPA when I checked in. This beer was a collaboration between Ninkasi, Caldera, Double Mountain, Falling Sky, Flat Tail, Fort George, Mazama, and Oakshire. I'm not sure exactly how they collaborated. Maybe they took turns dumping various hop additions into the brew kettle. Regardless, these breweries know a thing or two about IPAs, so I expect it will be good.
For more details about each of the six beers, check out the details below.


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As you might have suspected, that's not an IPA in the glass...

Chucklehead (Central Oregon)
5.2% ABV
“A beer for all you craft beer drinking chuckleheads. This collaboration brew takes inspiration from Berliner Weisse, but we rooted it down in Central Oregon.  We mixed up the malt bill with Great pilsner, wheat, rye, raw farro and locally grown hard red spring wheat from Mecca Grade Estate Malt in Madras, Ore. Tartness is provided from a lactobacillus fermentation, and lemony, floral and sweet hop notes come from healthy additions of Oregon Meridians and Crystals. Additionally, we infused the aroma of our landscape with juniper berries and evergreen tips.”
Breweries:
Deschutes Brewery (host)
McMenamins Old St. Francis School Brewery
Three Creeks Brewing Co.
Worthy Brewing Company



The Spirit of the 90’s (Portland Metro)
A modern Northwest amber ale.
Brewers:
Breakside Brewery
Gilgamesh Brewing
Hopworks Urban Brewery (host)
Laurelwood Brewing Co.
Portland Brewing
Standing Stone Brewing Company

(We Had to Do a) NW IPA  (Willamette Valley)
7.3% ABV
Northwest India pale ale.
Breweries:
Caldera Brewing Company
Double Mountain Brewery
Falling Sky Brewing
Flat Tail Brewing
Fort George Brewery
Mazama Brewing
Ninkasi Brewing Company (host)
Oakshire Brewing

Imperial Blitz  (Portland Metro)
6.5% ABV
“It tastes like the greatest cheap beer you’ve ever had in the 1980s. Brewed in honor of the men and women of Portland’s original brewery, Blitz Weinhard.”
Breweries:
Baerlic Brewing Co.
Base Camp Brewing Company
Burnside Brewing Co.
Ecliptic Brewing (host)
Gigantic Brewing Company
Lompoc Brewing
Old Town Brewing
Widmer Brothers Brewing

Gose  (Portland Metro)
ABV: 4.5%
“This Gose was kettle soured with Lactobacillus brevisfrom Wyeast Laboratories and then fermented with Occidental’s house Kölsch yeast strain, and and uses Oregon sea salt to mimic the water profile originally used to make this style of beer. A drinkable and refreshing beer, this collaboration captures the collective styles of the contributing breweries.”

Breweries:
Ambacht Brewing
The Commons Brewery
Occidental Brewing Co. (host)
Stickmen Brewing Company

Cascadian Dark Lager  (Oregon Coast)
6.2% ABV
“A robust, hoppy and highly drinkable dark lager.”
Breweries:
Buoy Beer Co.
Heater Allen Brewing
Two Kilts Brewing Co.
Pelican Pub & Brewery (host)


Ommegang Three-Eyed Raven: Game of Thrones Beer #5


Game of Thrones fans have anxiously been awaiting tomorrow night's premiere of the 5th season of HBO's hit series. Brewery Ommegang has been producing a line of limited release Game of Thrones beers. Three-Eyed Raven, a Dark Saison, is the fifth and latest in the series. 
 "Push through the thick brambles and present yourself to the Three-Eyed Raven. Abiding in the shadows of the Three-Eyed Raven lies this deceptive Dark Saison. The ominous Three-Eyed Raven inspired us to brew a Dark Saison ale, a hybrid style open to brewer’s imagination. In the end it is neither a pure saison nor your typical dark beer, but instead a delectable blend that both deceives and thrills the senses." —Brewery Ommegang
I doubt they drink saisons in Westeros, but I expect this beer will be a fine accompaniment for watching tomorrow night's premiere.
My local Costco is selling bottles (750 ml) for $7.99. While tempting, I didn't buy one as my beer fridge is fairly well stocked. Instead, I think I'll pair the premiere with a nice imperial stout.
Enjoy the new season. I know I will!
 


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Ninkasi's Ground Control: Fermented with Space-Traveled Yeast


It seems like craft breweries are constantly trying to outdo each other and produce beers using new and unusual ingredients. With the release of Ground Control, I expect Ninkasi is the first on planet Earth to feature a beer made with "ale yeast sent into space."

The beer, an Imperial Stout made with Oregon hazelnuts, star anise, and cocoa nibs sounds pretty good on its own. But when you consider the space yeast, I expect this beer will be an out of this world experience.  Yeah, I had to do that...

Look for Ground Control beginning Monday, April 13. For more details, check out the news release below.


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NINKASI BREWING COMPANY INTRODUCES GROUND CONTROL, IMPERIAL STOUT FERMENTED WITH SPACE-TRAVELED YEAST
Ground Control Available in 22oz. Bottles at Select Retailers April 13, 2015


EUGENE, Ore.—March 17, 2015—Seven years after Ninkasi Brewing Company, an independent craft brewery based in Eugene, Ore., opened its doors, the brewery decided the sky was not the limit. In 2014, the brewery’s co-founders embarked on a new kind of mission – the Ninkasi Space Program (NSP), with one ultimate goal: send brewer’s yeast to space, return it to Earth and use it to brew delicious craft beer. After a successful rocket launch in October 2014 from Spaceport America, Ninkasi is proud to introduce Ground Control, an Imperial Stout brewed with Oregon hazelnuts, star anise and cocoa nibs and fermented with an Ale yeast that survived a trip to space and back. Ground Control will be available April 13, 2015, in limited edition 22-ounce bottles at select retailers across the country.

“After almost two years of research, development, lab time, and two separate rocket launches to garner space yeast, we have finally completed our mission,” says Nikos Ridge, Ninkasi CEO and co-founder. “It was a project born out of passionate people coming together to try something new and we can’t wait to share it with the world.”

In July, 2014, Mission One of NSP took flight as a rocket launched by the Civilian Space eXploration Team (CSXT) and Team Hybriddyne made its way to space, carrying 16 vials of brewer’s yeast. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the payload of yeast remained lost on the desert floor of Nevada’s Black Rock Desert for 27 days, leaving the yeast not viable for brewing. In October, 2014, a second opportunity presented itself for Mission Two with private spaceflight corporation, UP Aerospace Inc.. This time, six vials of brewer’s yeast traveled 77.3 miles in altitude aboard a rocket, and returned safely to Earth. The result: healthy, hungry and viable yeast, ready for brewing. The yeast was cold-transported back to Ninkasi’s lab in Eugene, where it was propagated and tested before being used to ferment its first beer, Ground Control.

“This is all about exploring the future of brewing,” says Jamie Floyd, Ninkasi founding-brewer and co-founder. “While these groups are working to push the boundaries of access to space, we are hoping that our missions will help propel the brewing industry forward – well into the future.”

Ninkasi worked hand-in-hand with gig poster artist, Neal Williams to create the key art that inspired the label and special edition packaging for Ground Control. The Eugene-based illustrator and screenprinter whose works include concert posters for Queens of the Stone Age, Dave Matthew Band, Interpol, and The Head & The Heart, drew from his own fascination with space, sci-fi and retrofuturism to create the art behind the beer. Williams’ artwork will be featured on Ground Control merchandise, including limited edition serigraph posters, hand numbered and signed by the artist, available for purchase online.

Ground Control Stats: Ground Control boldly combines local and out-of-this-world ingredients. This rich, complex Imperial Stout is brewed with Oregon hazelnuts, star anise and cocoa nibs, and fermented with an Ale yeast that survived a trip to space and back. Mankind will enjoy the sweet finesse of this beer that only fares better with time.

Style: Imperial Stout Brewed with Oregon Hazelnuts, Star Anise, Cocoa Nibs, and Ale Yeast Sent Into Space
Available: April 13, 2015
ABV: 10.0%
IBU: 80
OG: 1100
Malt: 2-Row Pale, Black, Chocolate, Munich, Crystal, Honey, Special Roast, Peated
Hops: Apollo, Bravo, Comet
Packaging: 22oz. Bottles
Distribution: Alaska; Alberta; Arizona; California; Colorado; Idaho; Nevada; Oregon; Washington; Vancouver, British Columbia; and select retailers across the country.

Stay informed about the release of Ground Control by visiting nsp.ninkasibrewing.com or following @NinkasiInSpace on Twitter.

About Ninkasi Brewing Company: Founded in 2006 by Jamie Floyd and Nikos Ridge, Ninkasi Brewing Company continues to grow from its first batch of Total Domination IPA, to two brewhouses, a 55-barrel and a 90-barrel brewhouse, located in Eugene, Ore.  Ninkasi’s Flagship beers—Total Domination IPA, Tricerahops Double IPA, Dawn of the Red IRA, Lux Helles Lager, Oatis Oatmeal Stout, and Vanilla Oatis Oatmeal Stout—are sold throughout Alaska; Alberta; Arizona; California; Colorado; Idaho; Nevada; Oregon; Utah; Washington; and Vancouver, British Columbia. The brewery remains privately-owned and is committed to community support and giving. Ninkasi’s Beer Is Love program offers in-kind donations and support for organizations throughout its footprint.
 
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The Commons Brewery Releases Maybelle


The Commons Brewery recently moved to its new brewery and taproom at 630 SE Belmont. Here are a few pictures from opening day.

If you haven't seen the new location, this is a great weekend to visit because The Commons is releasing Maybelle, a farmhouse ale aged in wine barrels with brettanomyces. I contacted Josh Grgas, Commons Brand Manager, to learn more about the beer's third release.

Q:  How does this year's version of Maybelle differ from previous releases?

Josh Grgas: This is the 3rd release of Maybelle. Each vintage has had a stronger brettanomyces profile - dry, earthy with a noticeable funkiness reminiscent of Drie Fonteinen beers.  #1 was clean, with light acidity and a touch of tropical fruit, #2 had a touch more acidity and a nice stone fruit brettanomyces profile. This year's is the most complex, with flavors ranging from oak to fruit to the aforementioned funk. 

Q:  How have previous releases evolved after spending time in the cellar?

JG:  The main difference I have noticed in cellaring Maybelle has been a tightening, or winding together, of the flavors. In this beer, time doesn't necessary create boldness, it just refines the flavors, similar to wine drinkers hope for cellared wine.

Sounds good to me. Pick up a bottle and give it a try!


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The Commons Brewery Releases Maybelle

Portland, OR – The Commons Brewery will be releasing it's first bottles at their brand new tasting room and brewery in Southeast Portland. Maybelle, farmhouse ale aged in white wine barrels with Brettanomyces, will be released as part of the Beetje Series on Saturday, April 11th, 12:00pm.

Brewed in August 2013 and initially fermented with our house farmhouse ale strain, Maybelle then spent 14 months in Adelsheim Vineyard white wine barrels with Brewing Science Institute Brettanomyces Bruxellensis variant Drei. The resulting beer is dry, with a soft acidity and complex brettanomyces aromatics. The flavors in this beer will continue to develop with cellar time.

Maybelle will be available in 750ml capped bottles for $10 per bottle and will be available on draft in limited quantities the weekend of the release. The beautiful label art was once again created by Adam Burke, brother of Head Brewer Sean Burke. More information about Adam Burke’s art can be found at: http://www.nightjarillustration.com.

The Beetje Series is a celebration of The Commons Brewery’s nano roots. First brewed in 2010 on a one-barrel system in Mike Wright’s garage, these small batch beers pay homage to the rustic brewery that continues to inspire us.

The Commons Brewery opened in December 2011 and crafts small batch, approachable and balanced beers inspired by European brewing tradition and Northwest-grown ingredients. The tasting room is located at: 630 SE Belmont St. Tasting room hours are Tuesday through Sunday, Noon to 10pm. For more information, contact Josh Grgas at josh@commonsbrewery.com.

Cascade Brewing's Sour and Wild Invitational

 
Next week, the Craft Brewers Conference will be held in Portland. This event is expected to bring more than 12,000 industry professionals to town. It will be an amazing week for beer in Portland. Actually, every week is amazing for beer in Portland, but this will be extra special.

As part of this great beer gathering, Cascade Brewing is partnering with the nation's leading producers of wild and sour beers to bring us the Sour and Wild Invitational on April 14-18.

Don't miss this opportunity to sample rare and limited release beers and blends. Many of these releases are not usually available in Oregon. For more details check the news release below.


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Cascade Brewing Announces Sour and Wild Invitational During Craft Brewers Conference


PORTLAND, Ore. – In celebration of the national Craft Brewers Conference taking place in Portland this month, Cascade Brewing will be hosting the inaugural Sour and Wild Invitational from April 14 to 18 on the production side of the Cascade Brewing Barrel House, 939 SE Belmont St.

The Sour and Wild Invitational will feature a number of exclusive Cascade blends alongside unconventional – and in some cases rare – sour and wild beers from breweries around the country. There will also be a limited food menu available, as well as a merchandise and bottles sale station. Hours for the event are 3pm to 11pm April 14-163pm to Midnight April 17 and Noon to Midnight on April 18. There is no admission to attend the event. Admittance will be limited to ages 21 and over.

The event will sell 8-oz pours of the specialty beers; payment is by cash or credit. The lineup will rotate throughout the five days. Following is an ever-growing list of guest breweries/beers that are scheduled to appear:

  • 7venth Sun Brewing, Dunedin, FL: Watermelon Berliner, Square Peg & Round Hole
  • Allagash Brewing Co, Portland, ME: Resurgam & Golden Brett 
  • Almanac Beer Co.San Francisco, CA: Farmer’s Reserve Strawberry & Rum Barrel Peche
  • Beachwood Brewing, Long Beach, CA: Tart Simpson 
  • Block 15 Brewing, Corvallis, OR: Peche & Golden Canary 
  • Crooked Stave, Denver, CO: Motif & Nightmare on Brett 
  • de Garde Brewing, Tillamook, OR: Special Rouge & Saison Deuxieme 
  • Epic Brewing, Salt Lake City, UT: Old Sage Brett & Golden Brett 
  • Green Bench Brewing, St. Petersburg, FL: Push It & Apple Brandy Barrel Aged Sour Stout 
  • Jester King Brewery, Austin, TX: Ol' Oi & Nocturn Chrysalis
  • Logsdon Farm Brewery, Hood River, OR: Seizoen Bretta & Cerasus
  • New Belgium Brewing, Fort Collins, CO: Love Blackberry Oscar & Love Cherry Felix
  • Night Shift Brewing, Everett, MA: Ever Weisse & Orion
  • Perennial Artisan AlesSt. Louis, MO: TBD
  • Real Ale Brewing, Blanco, TX: Tenebrae Aeterna & Imperium
  • Russian River Brewing, Santa Rosa, CA: Supplication & Beatification 
  • Sante Adairius Rustic Ales, Capitola, CA: Cellarman & Palimpsest 
  • The Bruery, Placentia, CA: Befuddlement & The Wanderer 
  • The Commons, Portland, OR: Citrus Myrtle 
  • The Lost Abbey, San Marcos, CA: Framboise de Amorosa & Cuvee de Tomme 
  • Trinity Brewing Co, Colorado Springs, CO: Koelorado, 365 Day & Red Swingline 
  • Upland Brewing, Bloomington, IN: VinoSynth White, VinoSynth Red, Dantalion & Permission Slip
  • Wicked Weed Brewing, Asheville, NC: Red Angel, Medora Blackberry Raspberry Sour & Genesis Blonde Sour
  • Cascade Brewing, which is known worldwide for its NW style sour ales, will be featuring dozens of its sour beers; some of the highlights include Cheri d’Amour, Cherry Bourbonic, Hibiscus Rose, Honeycot, Mad Mango, Manhattan 2013, Melon Melange, Pineapple Wheat, Shrieking Violet, Vintage 2011 Elderberry, Vintage 2012 Frite Galois and Vintage Blackberry 2009.
  • Cascade will also be selling vintage bottles of past favorites, including, but not limited, to Apricot 2012, Bourbonic 2011, Figaro 2012, Kriek 2012, Sang Noir 2012, Strawberry 2012, The Vine 2012 and Vlad the Imp Aler 2011.

The Cascade Brewing Barrel House will be open regularly scheduled hours and will operate independent of the Sour and Wild Invitational. For more information, visit www.cascadebrewingbarrelhouse.com or call 503-265-8603.

About Cascade Brewing
Established in 1998, Cascade Brewing is a pioneer of the Northwest style sour beer movement. Under the ownership of Art Larrance and the direction of brewmaster Ron Gansberg, the Portland, Ore. brewery eschewed the “hops arms race” of the Northwest and instead chose to focus on sour ales, employing local fruit and barrels from the region. Today it has grown from several oak wine barrels to more than 1,400. It also produces a number of non-sour beers in its SW Portland brewery. Cascade Brewing has two pubs, the Raccoon Lodge and Brew Pub in SW Portland and the Cascade Brewing Barrel House in SE Portland. The brewery currently distributes its bottled sour beers in California, Florida, Hawaii, Massachusetts, New York, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Washington and British Columbia. For more information, visit www.cascadebrewing.com


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