The Dapper Skeleton: Burnside's Pumpkin Beer with a Kick

  
I can't 
believe it's already October! That means I can finally allow myself to taste, touch, or even look at pumpkin beers. It's a good thing because Burnside Brewing Co. just announced the release of The Dapper Skeleton. This limited release beer features three pepper varieties, cocoa nibs, cherrywood smoked malt, a secret spice blend, and of courseeveryone's favorite autumnal gourd.

I don't recall ever tasting a pumpkin beer made with peppers. Burnside's Sweet Heat is one of my favorite pepper-infused ales, so I have high hopes for The Dapper Skeleton. I'll be including it my upcoming annual Pumpkin Beer Roundup. Thanks to the the brewery for the sample. For more details, check out Burnside's beer release info below. Are you ready for pumpkin beers?


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The Dapper Skeleton 

Portland, OR - Burnside Brewing Co. has just introduced a new fall seasonal in bottles - The Dapper Skeleton - a traditionally un-traditional take on the popular pumpkin beer trend. Available now on draft and in 22oz bottles only in Oregon, The Dapper Skeleton is a spicy pepper infused pumpkin ale from the GABF gold medal winner of pepper beers. 

Known for taking un-traditional approaches with classic styles like Burnside's Lime Kolsch as well as for his ingenious pepper beers like Sweet Heat (GABF Gold winning Apricot and Scotch Bonnet Pepper Wheat), Brewmaster/Co-Owner Jason Mcadam added a trio of chili's, cocoa nibs, a secret blend of spices and a touch of Cherrywood Smoked Malt. The Dapper Skeleton will leave pumpkin beer fans clamoring for more and skeptics rethinking the style.

The Dapper Skeleton is available NOW in 22oz bottles and 50L kegs through Maletis Beverage.


Hopworks' Handmade Bike & Beer Festival


Biketobeerfest is back!  Well, sort of...  Hopworks is once again hosting everyone's favorite beer fest / Huffy hurling extravaganza! This year, it's being combined with the Oregon Handmade Bicycle show. I'm always on the lookout for kid-friendly beer events, and this is one the kiddies (and adults) will enjoy. All the details are listed in the brewery's news release below.

I last attended Biketobeerfest in 2011 and made a short video. Check it out! 





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Handmade Bike & Beer Festival Opens September 27th and 28th

Portland, OR - The Handmade Bike & Beer Festival is one of the most exciting festivals in the city of Portland. It is a weekend-long event that draws attention to the renowned bike builders that live in our region, and the craft beer industry that has made Portland the best beer city in the country. This family-friendly festival runs from September 27-28th in our covered, festival event space.

At Hopworks Urban Brewery, our passion for world-class beer and for the visibility of bicycles in our city fueled the creation of the Handmade Bike & Beer Festival. The fest is a mash-up of two of Portland’s favorite fall events – HUB’s Biketobeerfest and the Oregon Bicycle Constructors Association’s (OBCA) Oregon Handmade Bicycle Show.

The festival features 30 custom bike builders and vendors who follow the long tradition of crafting beautiful bikes by hand, craft beer from some of the most exciting breweries in our region, and live local music acts. Activities include the classic “Huffy Huck” bike-throwing competition, New Birth Break Dancers, Flatlanders BMX stunt crew perform and the Tricycle Obstacle Course, a race course that features adult-sized trikes. Visitors will be treated to excellent local food from Taco Pedaler, Ruby Jewel, and the HUB kitchen.

Dance to the tunes of The Israelites, the legendary ska band. We’ll also have some really fun Pacific Northwest bands including There Is No Mountain, Bear Water Band, and Shake Up Bluegrass (previously Left Coast Country).

The Handmade BIke & Beer Festival is taking place Hopworks Urban Brewery, located at 2944 SE Powell Blvd. and runs at various times on September 27th and 28th.



Times of Festival
September 27, 2014
Bikes: 10am – 6pm
Bands and Beers: 12pm-9pm
September 28, 2014
Bikes and Beers: 12pm-5pm


Weekend Schedule

Saturday
10:00am - Bike Show Begins
12:00pm - Beer Festival Begins
2:00pm - Huffy Huck Round 1
3:00pm - New Birth Break Dancers
4:00pm - Band - Shake Up Bluegrass
5:00pm - Flatlanders - BMX stunt crew
6:00pm - Band - There Is No Mountain
6:00pm - Huffy Huck Round 2
7:00pm - New Birth Breakdancers
8:00pm - Band - The Israelites

Sunday
12:00pm - Bike Show and Beer Festival Begins
3:00pm - Band - Bear Water Band


Cost
$10 - Entry to the festival
$25 - Entry + glass and 15 drink/food tickets
$40 - Entry + glass and 20 tickets + t-shirt

Kids 15 and under are free
A 4 oz. beer taste is 1 – 2 tickets, a pint is 4 tickets and food items run between 1 – 8 tickets.


Bike Builders and Vendors:
Ahearne Cycles, Bicycle Fitting Service, Bike Friday, Breadwinner Cycles, Inc., Caylor Frames, Circa Cycles, Helavna Cycles, Iglehart Cycles, Littleford Bicycles, Pioneer Bicycles, Machine Cycles, Metrofiets LLC, North St. Bags, PRiNK Technologies, Point West Credit Union, Rain Bikes, Risse Racing Technology, Inc, Rolf Prima, Strawberry Bicycle, Sunstar, Swift Industries, Ti Cycles, Thursday Bicycles, United Bike Institute, Winter Bicycles and more

Beer Festival
Brewers include Ex-Novo Brewing, Deschutes Brewery, Gigantic Brewing, Grain Station Brew Works, Hopworks Urban Brewery, Logsdon Farmhouse Ales, Pfriem Family Brewers, Widmer Brothers Brewing and others. Low/Gluten Free Options include: Reverend Nat’s Hard CIder, Cider Riot!



First National Taphouse Opens in SW Portland


Score one for the west side! First National Taphouse is launching a new location in SW Portland, near Portland State University. I've never visited their Eugene taphouse, but look forward to checking out the new location soon. For more details, check out the news release below.




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First National Taphouse Arrives in Portland
Irish-Inspired Pub Opens Second Location 110 Miles North of Original

PORTLAND, Ore. (September 11, 2014)  — Born in Eugene, Oregon, First National Taphouse opens its second location in the Portland State University college district at 1962 SW 5th Ave. Originally located in the building that housed Eugene, Oregon’s first bank, First National Taphouse was founded with a deep reverence for Oregon’s trailblazers, from loggers and farmers to bank robbers and outlaws. Named after the First National Bank, the one-year-old brand pays homage to history utilizing repurposed d├ęcor. Everything, from the mahogany double French doors and the liquor neon sign that date back to the 1920s, to the beaten wood floor and the vintage sports gear, contributes to create a sense of timelessness. While honoring past generations, First National Taphouse also pioneers the exploration of a new west of beers. With a menu of elevated heritage-based food designed to pair with beer, First National Taphouse welcomes novices and experts to walk through its doors for an educational and satisfying experience.

“We pledge to be stewards of everyone’s beer experience,” says co-owner Steve Master. “We want to be a trusted advisor who will connect locals and travelers with a beer they’ll love, while providing the very best food to go with it.” Tasked with creating an exquisite pub menu with surprising twists, executive chef David Bloomfield looked to the Old World to find the historic roots of gastropub cooking. The seasonal menu he created for First National Taphouse in Portland reflects Irish influences while staying true to the Northwest bounty. It showcases time-honored yet adventurous dishes, such as Irish whiskey pepper steak with potato pancake, honey parsnips, chicken wings confit, glazed with carrots habanero or Columbia river steelhead with pale ale melted leeks, fingerling potatoes & stone ground mustard beurre blanc. 

“The opportunity to create the beer inventory at First National Taphouse’s Portland location and manage it from the ground up has been thrilling,” explains general manager Jennifer D’Annunzio, who credits her many trips to remote locales around the globe for her ability to discover and pair a wide range of delicious beers, ciders and wines with food. D’Annunzio’s carefully selected beers and wines from across the Pacific Northwest make up the bulk of the 30 beer and eight wine taps along with more than 400 bottles from breweries around the world. “We strive to offer our guests a holistic and educational experience, one where they’ll learn about rare beers and food pairings, or where they can savor pints of their daily favorite local beers,” emphasizes the manager.

At once a taphouse, full-service restaurant, bottle shop and full bar with a focus on whiskey and classic cocktails, First National Taphouse strives to become a place where old friends choose to meet and anyone can feel at home.

About First National Taphouse:
First National Taphouse is a devoted protector of treasured food and beer experience. Located on the corner of SW 5th and College Way, the pub has 30 beers on tap, more than 400 bottled beers, eight wines on tap and a full liquor selection. First National Taphouse is located at 1962 SW 5th Avenue, Portland, OR 97201. For more information, please call (971) 703-5479 or visit the website at www.firstnationaltaphouse.com or the facebook page. 

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Full Sail Hop Harvest Tour '14

  
Earlier this week, I attended a tour of Sodbuster Farms sponsored by Full Sail Brewing. This is an exciting time of year in the Northwest beer community, because it's hop harvest season!

If you ever have the opportunity to visit a hop farm during harvest, I highly recommend it. The process used to pick, sort, dry, and package the hops is an amazing combination of hands-on labor and mechanized automation. This was my third hop harvest tour. Although the process doesn't change, it's always fascinating to see.

Throughout the day, I shared updates on Twitter. I think my tweets did a decent job of providing a sense of what I experienced, so I've included them here, in order, on a single page.

Another highlight of the day was sampling Full Sail's beers. Cascade Pilsner, originally released last year to celebrate the brewery's 26th anniversary, has now been released as a year-round beer. It's light, crisp, and packs plenty of citrus hop flavor. Best yet, it's available for the first time in six-packs. I hope to post a review shortly.

Thanks to Full Sail Brewing and Sodbuster Farms for a great day!  If you'd like to see a video of the hop harvest process, check out this three minute clip I made a few years ago.
















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Inspiration From the Photo Roll


In recent months, my blog has taken taken a backseat to other priorities in my life. Posts have been sporadic, and when I do have time to blog, I've been uninspired. When I started this project four years ago, I never thought it would last this long. But somehow it has. As I was scanning through three years worth of pictures on my iPhone the other day, I remembered why.

You might think it's because of the beer. It's not. Don't get me wrong, the beer is great. Oh yeah, beer samples are pretty cool too! The joy of seeing a box of beer delivered to your doorstep never gets old. But at the end of the day, I could buy the beer without having to blog about it.

One of the reasons I've kept this going for so long is because of the people. Through this blog, I've had the opportunity to meet so many genuinely nice people with whom I would not have otherwise crossed paths. These are people that I'm now proud to call my friends.

Knowledge is the other. I've learned a heck of a lot about beer! Most of what I've learned has come from people who generously share their time, experience, and knowledge. I can even make a respectable beer as a result. There is still much to learnand that's what keeps it interesting.

My photo archive also reminded me that there are so many stories that I wanted to tell, but never got around to telling. So I'm going to make a concerted effort to bring of some of my favorite never-shared experiences off my photo roll and onto my blog. Stay tuned....


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BridgePort's Trilogy Closes with Brewer's Class


BridgePort's Trilogy Series is coming to a closesort of.  Trilogy 3 Brewers' Class begins shipping this week. A collaboration between Jeff Edgerton, BridgePort Brewmaster, and Oregon State University's Fermentation Sciences Program brings us a dry-hopped session Brown ale.

Now you, beer loving public, have the opportunity to determine which of the Trilogy beers will return in 2015 as a year-round offering. If you'd like to sample all of the Trilogy series beers side-by-side, you're in luck. BridgePort has just released the Beervana's Voter's Box which includes the entire Trilogy series plus BridgePort IPA.

For more details about Trilogy 3, check out the the brewery's press release below.


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BRIDGEPORT BREWING COMPLETES ANNIVERSARY SERIES WITH SESSIONABLE BROWN ALE 
Trilogy 3 Brewers’ Class, a Collaboration with Oregon State University, Premieres this week

PORTLAND, Ore.—August 28, 2014 — The third and final beer in BridgePort’s anniversary series, Trilogy 3 Brewers’ Class, starts shipping this week in all markets where BridgePort is sold. 

Designed as a collaboration with students enrolled in the Fermentation Science Program at Oregon State University, Trilogy 3 Brewers’ Class looks to the future of craft brewing in Oregon and nationwide. Conceptualizing the liquid started over three months ago when the students, alongside program director Thomas Shellhammer, joined brewmaster Jeff Edgerton at the brewpub for a beer and some great conversation.

“We weren’t given many parameters, aside from that it needed to be a beer that the students would want to drink,” commented Shellhammer. “Knowing that BridgePort’s end goal was to sell this beer in all of their markets, we also tried to avoid anything too ‘out there’ that wouldn’t scale well.” 

After a productive brainstorming session and review of Bridgeport’s current lineup, the Oregon State students dreamt up an easy-to-drink brown ale with a blend of dry hops that lend a unique aroma. Over the following months, there were multiple rounds of test brews at the OSU lab before landing on the final product: a sessionable dry-hopped Brown ale with an ABV below 5-percent.

“We used several classic Willamette and Yakima Valley hop varieties for this one” commented Edgerton. “Centennial, Sterling, Cascade. The unique hop flavors present themselves on the finish of this smooth, mellow beer and blend very well with the delicious flavors from the dark Caramel and Chocolate malt.”

It is now up to BridgePort fans to determine which Trilogy release will return as a year-round beer in 2015. Fans can compare each of the Trilogy beers, all available in the upcoming Voter’s Box Variety Pack, and then cast their vote on BridgePortTrilogy.com, on Instagram, or on Twitter.  The BridgePort Voter’s Box will start to hit shelves in early September.


About Trilogy 3 Dry-Hopped Session Brown Ale or Brewers’ Class
IBUs: 30 ABV: 5.0% OG: 13.0 Color:  Brown 
Ingredients: Centennial, Sterling, and Cascade hops, dark caramel malt 
Description: Easy-to-drink brown ale with a blend of dry hops give this beer a unique aroma character. Dark caramel malt is used to give this beer a decidedly brown color. Low alcohol but still retains a malty backbone. 

About BridgePort Brewing Company
Celebrating 30 years in 2014, 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 Trilogy Series, IPA, Hop Czar IPA series, and Kingpin. BridgePort Brewery is located at 1313 N.W. Marshall. For more information, call 503-241-7179 or visit www.bridgeportbrew.com.



Portland Brewing's Noble Scot Returns


Summer is quickly coming to an end.  While it was a great season in the Northwest,  I'm ready for fall and some malty autumn beers. With great timing, Portland Brewing sent me a pair of Scottish-inspired seasonals to sample. Noble Scot returns for the third year as the brewery's fall release.  I originally reviewed Noble Scot during its debut season. You can read more about it in the brewery's press release listed below.

Imperial Mac's is a an amped up version of MacTarnahan's Amber Ale. It's in very limited release and sports screenprinted label artwork complete with shiny foil.

Winter beers are coming (some are already here), so make sure you enjoy the short fall beer season. In closing, it it ain't Scottish, it's crap!!!


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Sound the Bagpipes — Noble Scot Has Arrived 
All Hail Portland Brewing’s Fall Seasonal

PORTLAND, Ore. (August 15, 2014) — Get a taste of Scotland without the jet lag in Portland Brewing’s Scottish-style fall seasonal. Portland Brewery has brewed up the highlands — minus the haggis and kilts — into a pint with Noble Scot. 

Filled with notes of toast and caramel, this ale promises to send even the most dour Scotsman into a joyous jig. Brewed with a merry match of Northern Brewer, East Kent Golding, and Willamette hops, Noble Scot is complex and full-bodied. Its sweet, subtle smokiness is provided by the addition of 2-Row Pale, Smoked, Carapils, Roasted Barley, and Melanoidin malts. At 6.5% ABV and 25 IBU, Noble Scot fits between the dog days of summer and the crisp fall weather like a kilt on a tartan-clad Scotsman.

“Most brewers use spring and autumn to move between the light beers of summer and the heavy beers of winter,” says head brewer Ryan Pappe. “Seasonal beers at this time often dial the body back up a bit, so there’s more sweetness and lingering malt flavors. The beers of autumn can cover a wide range of styles and flavors, from pumpkin beers with notes of spice, to sweeter ales like our very own Noble Scot.”

Noble Scot is available at the Portland Brewing Company Taproom, in stores and bottle shops, in 22 oz. bottles, 12 oz. 6-packs and on draft. Raise your glass to Noble Scot, but do so quickly, it’s available for a limited time — from August 15 to October 15. Make haste, just like a Loch Ness Monster sighting, this beast will disappear before your eyes.

Find Noble Scot and other Portland Brewing brews through the beer finder at http://www.portlandbrewing.com/finder/.


Stone Introduces Coffee Milk Stout

  
It's a new week, so it's time for a new beer release from Stone. This one, a Coffee Milk Stout, is probably a bit different from what you might expect from the San Diego brewery. You also might be wondering why anyone in their right might would add milk to beer. Well, actual milk isn't used in the brewing process.

Instead, lactose milk sugar is added to provide a light sweetness and a creamy smooth mouth feel. I've profiled several milk stouts including releases from Widmer Brothers, Left Hand, and Odell and have enjoyed all of them. If you've never tasted a Milk Stout, you should give one a try. Stone's release adds coffee to the mix.

Look for Stone Coffee Milk Stout in 12 oz. bottles and on draft this summer and fall. I'll be sure to share my tasting notes soon.


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Stone Brewing Co. Introduces Stone Coffee Milk Stout:
A Bittersweet, Creamy, Coffee-Laced Stout

ESCONDIDO, CA (Aug. 4, 2014) – Stone Brewing Co. is showcasing (yet again) the outstanding skills of its Brew Crew by releasing a special beer that stems from a homebrew recipe developed by Brewery Trainer Brian Gallagher. Dubbed Stone Coffee Milk Stout, the 4.2 percent alcohol-by-volume stout is brewed with lactose and whole coffee beans to enhance the session ale’s hearty, sweet flavors. Beginning today, Stone Coffee Milk Stout will start arriving in 12-ounce six-packs and on draft at retailers, restaurants and bars in select markets nationwide.

Originally named Gallagher’s After Dinner Stout, the recipe was formulated and brewed on the 10-barrel pilot system at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station as a one-off, limited-release offering. A passionate and competitive homebrewer, Gallagher chose to revisit one of his medal-winning recipes for a milk stout with coffee beans when given the opportunity to brew at Liberty Station with Brewing Manager Kris Ketcham. The beer was an instant hit with Team Stone, Stone Brewmaster Mitch Steele and company Co-founders Greg Koch and Steve Wagner.

“Brian did a wonderful job developing this recipe and was able to artfully overcome the challenge of brewing a low-alcohol beer without it tasting too thin or watery,” explains Steele. “Because of the positive response from Team Stone and those lucky enough to taste the small-batch brew, we decided to brew it on our 120-barrel system and make it more widely available for craft beer enthusiasts across the country.”

To produce a full-bodied and silky mouth-feel, lactose was incorporated, creating a creamy sweetness that balances with the mild coffee flavors made possible by adding whole coffee beans from San Diego-based artisanal roaster Ryan Bros. Coffee. Mild ale malt was used as a base grain to help create a rich, roasty character, while other specialty grains contribute cocoa, licorice and subdued coffee flavors. Magnum hops bring a clean bitterness, brilliantly contrasting with the beer’s malt-forward qualities. Together, the ingredients make for an easy-drinking beer that is robust yet smooth.

“I was thrilled to find out that my ‘little beer’ would go on to be part of the Stone lineup and be distributed nationally,” said Gallagher. “To make this beer stand out from others, I added coffee beans at a very early stage in the brewing process, which helped bring out the roast character from the coffee, while eliminating bitter acidity and astringency.”

On the beer’s dedicated webpage, the company is sharing recipes for culinary enthusiasts to create and pair with the beer. Fans are also encouraged to explore and prepare their own dishes to pair with Stone Coffee Milk Stout, then share their favorites by tweeting and posting photos using the hashtag #PairedWith on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+, Pinterest and the Stone Coffee Milk Stout webpage.

Stone Coffee Milk Stout will only be available during summer and fall. To fully relish the subtle touch of coffee flavor, the beer should be enjoyed within 120 days of its kegging or bottling date, which can be found on the shoulder of the bottle.

Stone Coffee Milk Stout Quick Facts
Name: Stone Coffee Milk Stout
URL: stonebrewing.com/coffeemilkstout 
Stats: 4.2% ABV, 40 IBUs
Availability: Limited 12-ounce bottles in six-packs and on draft, beginning August 4
Hops bill: Magnum
Distribution: AK, AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WA and Puerto Rico

Rare Beer Club August Selections (Funkwerks Saison & Weizen Double Bock)

The Rare Beer Club's August selections include a Saison from Funkwerks and a Weizen Double Bock from Meantime Brewing Co. Here are the club's descriptions of each:

  • Saison, Funkwerks, Fort Collins, Colorado:  Funkwerks’ Saison is a quintessential Belgian-style saison: snappy, crisp, and dry with a focused peppery yeastiness—just what we look for in the style. Lemony yellow with a nice haze and plenty of off-white foam, this saison delivers aromas of white and black pepper, with complex accompanying notes of vanilla, almond, tangerine, and even the delicate tartness of passion fruit. Fresh oranges fill out the aroma as a last bit of plushness: juicy, spritzy, and like an actual jolt of fresh-squeezed juice. The tightly bubbled, vibrant CO2 lifts up the detailed flavors: black pepper, almonds, even a hint of cola. Additional juiciness is provided by splashes of tangerine, an aroma-fulfilling orange jolt, along with pithy, citrusy lemon verbena. There’s a nicely firm bitterness to this beer fresh, but plenty of room to accommodate the soft, caramelized qualities of oxidation that would come from a year or so in the cellar. 

  • Weizen Double Bock Ale, Meantime Brewing Co., London, England:  A limited edition which has come to the US in a very small volume, and very little of that has seen distribution; we’re excited to have been able to secure enough to be able to share it with our members. During our tasting panel, we kept returning to this impressive and complex brew. Pouring a deep and murky-dark brown with golden edges, this weizenbock offers up deep caramel to fill out the aroma, joined by a robust clove-like note, red fruit, green apple, pear, and vanilla to deliver a fresh, ripe-fruit character which works great beside those caramel and brown sugar notes underneath. On the palate: caramel, clove, brown sugar, and fresh fruit including pear, apple, and banana—all fitting perfectly. The deep notes tend to pull the hardest, with viscous caramel that seems to coat (but never does; hat tip to CO2) and vanilla fitting naturally and seamless beside the fruits.

Funkwerks distributes in only three states (Colorado, Arizona, and Nebraska), so if you've been looking to try their beer, here's your chance. For detailed information about these beers, browse through the club's August newsletter. To learn more about The Rare Beer Club, and to see pictures of a beer shipment I received from the club, click here.

If you'd like to try out the club, you can receive a discount by using the codes shown below during the checkout process. Memberships start at $32.95 per month plus shipping and handling.

  • NOTSOPRO5: $5 off any membership
  • NOTSOPRO10: $10 off any prepaid membership of 6 months or longer.
  • NOTSOPRO20: $20 off any prepaid membership of 12 months or longer.

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Hop Valley Brewing: More Beer, More Jobs


Here's some great news from Eugene. Hop Valley Brewing Co. is expanding production capacity by 75% and has signed on with Columbia Distributing to help them expand to new markets. Even better, new jobs will follow.

I don't have a lot of experience with Hop Valley's beers, but I've enjoyed the few (541 American Lager and Citrus Mistress) I've tasted.  For more details about the expansion, check out the brewery's news release below. What are your favorite Hop Valley beers?


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HOP VALLEY INCREASING PRODUCTION BY 75%
NEW BEER TANKS ARRIVED YESTERDAY. 
NEW JOBS TO FOLLOW SOON

EUGENE, OR. Hop Valley Brewing Company is increasing production capacity by 75% to keep up with growing demand fueled by a new distributor and expansion into new geographic areas.

Four new tanks ranging from 4,000 to 6,000 gallons arrived yesterday, with five additional even larger tanks scheduled to arrive in October. The increased capacity allows Hop Valley to expand distribution throughout Washington and Idaho, including Seattle and Boise.

“We are extremely excited to have Columbia Distributing as our new partner,” says Hop Valley co-owner Charles Hare. “Columbia’s world class sales execution combined with their strategic focus will provide us the spark we have been looking for in our Willamette Valley, Southern Oregon and Central Oregon markets. 

Hop Valley is projecting 25% growth above current trends in each of these markets with its new distributor. According to Hare, “Columbia has 85 years of experience with 535 area employees focused daily on craft beer sales, which provides Hop Valley the launch pad to brew more beer, create more jobs and meet customer demand throughout the west.”

Hop Valley is one of the fastest growing craft breweries in the Pacific Northwest. Founded in 2009, earlier this year the company expanded into Northern California.“We’ve added sixty jobs since our Whiteaker neighborhood tasting room and production brewery opened and we anticipate 20 additional new jobs before end of the year,” according to Hare.

At the recent World Beer Cup® awards Hop Valley was the only local brewery recognized with international awards. Hop Valley’s Double D Blonde and Citrus Mistress IPA brews were both named top 3 beers in the world. A total of 4,754 beers from 1,403 breweries representing 58 countries competed.

On Monday evening Hop Valley hosted a Community Thank You Celebration at its tasting room in Eugene’s Whiteaker neighborhood with more than 500 people in attendance. The event included special ‘roll back’ pricing on pints of beer, Hop Valley prizes and a contest to name a new beer being introduced later this year.

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Photo courtesy of Hop Valley Brewing Co.