Imperial Bottle Shop's Heart of Darkness Imperial Stout Day

  
Are you in the mood for an Imperial Stout?  But, which one? On February 21, Imperial Bottleshop & Taproom will make the choice easy by hosting a festival where you can sample from 13 of Oregon's best! For more details about Heart of Darkness Imperial Stout Day, check out the details below.



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Heart of Darkness
Imperial Stout Day

Portland, OR – On February 21st, Imperial Bottle Shop & Taproom (3090 SE Division St) is hosting Portland’s first exclusively imperial stout beer fest, featuring a variety of 13 rotating local imperial stouts on tap all day long from noon until midnight.

Imperial stouts have been one of the most coveted beer styles dating back to the 1800s, when extremely heavy stouts to the Russian empire, which loved the viscous, highly-alcoholic brews perfect for cold weather. Fast-forward a few hundred years, and the burgeoning American craft beer scene sees breweries brewing up stouts with massive grain bills and carefully aging them in choice bourbon barrels, and the very best imperials stouts are hunted like white whales and traded like vintage baseball cards by beer geeks across the country.

To honor the deepest, darkest beers around, Imperial Bottle Shop & Taproom has collected an amazing lineup of the most sought after imperial stouts brewed in Oregon, including:

• Base Camp Jack Daniels Aged S'more Stout
• Block 15 Super Nebula
• Boneyard Suge knight
• Chetco Brewing Block & Tackle 
• Commons 3rd Anniversary Imperial Stout 
• Crux Tough Love
• Deschutes Abyss
• Ecliptic Oort
• Fort George Coffee Girl
• Full Sail Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout 2013
• Gigantic Most Premium Russian Imperial Stout
• Hopworks Bourbon Motherland 2013
• Laurelwood Pinot-Aged Moose and Squirrel
• And more!

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, and attendees will get a commemorative glass snifter and five drink tickets, each good for a 4 oz pour. Additional drink tickets will be offered for $2 each. Information on tickets and the full draft lineup is available on Imperial’s website, imperialbottleshop.com.

Imperial Bottle Shop & Taproom
3090 SE Division St
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Crux FREAKCAKE: 2014 Release & 2013 Revisited


No one can accuse me of not being patient. 

About 14 months ago, Crux sent me a few samples in a unique package. I drank one of the beers, Half Hitch, immediately. The other two, FREAKCAKE and DOUBLECROSS are part of Crux's [BANISHED] series of barrel-aged beers. It was a difficult decision, but I decided to banish the pair to my crawlspace for come quality cellar time.

Since Crux is preparing to release the 2014 installment of FREAKCAKE, I decided I would wait no longer. So after a over a year in the bottle, here are my tasting notes for 2013 [BANISHED] FREAKCAKE:

375ml corked & capped bottle. Deep reddish brown in color, with a tan head that dissipates very slowly. Aroma of plum, spice, a touch of funk, and mild alcohol. On the first sip, a rush of many flavors comes throughcherry, raisin, fig, and spicy clove. While this is a hefty 10.5% ABV beer, alcohol is noticeable, but not boozy. FREAKCAKE is medium bodied and has an almost creamy mouth feel. It's not sour, but mildly tart. It finishes with lingering notes of cherry, brett funk and warming alcohol. 

My patience was rewarded! If you refrigerate this beer (I did not), make sure you let it warm to room temperature before drinking. 

If FREAKCAKE sounds tasty, I suggest you keep an eye out for the new 2014 release, which will soon be available. Better yet, head down to the release party at Belmont Station on February 19.  All of the details are listed below.  


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GET FREAKY, PORTLAND.

Join us for a toast and tap takeover as we celebrate the release of the 2014 [BANISHED] FREAKCAKE BARREL-AGED OUD BRUIN ALE. We’ll have Freakcake available on draught and in bottles—limit four bottles per person; pick up a few for cellaring. Freakcake is our take on the Flanders-style old brown ale, brewed with roasted Belgian aromatic malts and lemon and orange zest. We then induce a secondary fermentation in the barrel with Brettanomyces plus sour cherries, raisins, cranberries, and figs, for a mildly acidic ale. 

 2014 [BANISHED] FREAKCAKE Barrel-Aged Oud Bruin Ale
PORTLAND RELEASE PARTY *
Plus Toast & Tap Takeover
Thursday, February 19, 5- 7 pm
Belmont Station, 4500 SE Stark Street, Portland, Oregon 97215


WHAT IS [BANISHED]? Banished Series beers are hidden away for months in oak barrels, allowing flavors to mature, meld and mellow. Some beers in this series also contain live yeast, making them good candidates for cellaring at home. 

WHY THIS BEER? As you may know, we designed our 11,000-hectolitre brewery to allow for non-traditional brewing methods like oak barrel aging, wild yeast strains and experimental hops. This beer is an example of the long-awaited fruits of those labors.


ABOUT CRUX FERMENTATION PROJECT:
Crux Fermentation Project is located at the epicenter of Bend and at the crucial core of the brewing process. We’ve designed our 11,000-hectolitre brewery to allow for non-traditional brewing methods like decoction mashing, open fermentation, oak barrel aging, wild yeast strains and experimental hops. All our beer is bottled and labeled by hand in small batches right at the brewery. Brewmaster Larry Sidor is always in pursuit of the next great beer, whether by reinterpreting a classic style or abandoning it altogether.

50 SW Division, Bend, Oregon 97702
Twitter: @CruxBrew

The Commons Releases Brotherly Love and Boysen


The Commons Brewery is bringing back two favorites this week at their Tasting Room. Tonight (2/12), they'll release this year's edition of Brotherly Love. This Belgian Dark Strong Ale is aged in Bourbon barrels with cherries and cacao nibs.



On Saturday, for Zwickelmania, Boysen will be released. Another Belgian Dark Strong, this one features Boysenberries.  You may recall Boysen from the 2012 Holiday Ale Festival. Here are my tasting notes: "The boysenberry comes through in aroma and flavor. It has lots of layers including chocolate and light Belgian spiciness. It's 10.5% ABV, but you'd never know. Give it a try."




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The Commons Brewery Releases Two New Bottled Beers

Portland, OR – The Commons Brewery will be releasing two new bottled beers this week at the brewery Tasting Room.

On Thursday, February 12th, 5pm, the latest vintage of Brotherly Love will be released as part of the Beetje Series. Brotherly Love is our Belgian Dark Strong Ale, Little Brother, aged in second-use Bourbon barrels with sour cherries and a blend of cacao nibs from Ecuador and Trinidad roasted by Woodblock Chocolate in SE Portland.

This year’s vintage has a rounded chocolate note provided by the nibs selected during a tasting with Woodblock Chocolate as well as a increased cherry profile. Brotherly Love will be available in 750ml capped bottles for $12 per bottle. On the release day both the 2014 and 2015 versions will be on tap.

On Saturday, February 14th, 2pm, our latest seasonal bottle, Boysen, will be available at the Tasting Room. Previously a popular small run draft only beer, Boysen is a strong dark farmhouse ale with Boysenberries added in the fermenter. Full bodied, with notes of bittersweet chocolate, dark fruit and berry jam, Boysen is best shared with friends and family.

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: 1810 SE 10th Avenue, Unit E (entrance on SE Stephens between 10th & 11th). Tasting room hours are Thursday 5-9pm, Friday 5-9pm, Saturday 2-9pm, and Sunday 2-6pm.

For more information, contact Josh Grgas at josh@commonsbrewery.com.

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Cascade Brewing's Tart Fruit Fest

   
Sour beer fans, mark your calendars! Cascade Brewing, one of the nation's preeminent producers of sour beer is hosting a six day extravaganza. The 2015 Tart Fruit Fest, which runs February 25 though March 2, will feature barrel-aged sour ales that contain fruit, vintage blends, and one-off projects.

For more details, including a partial taplist and pricing, check out the event news release below.


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Pucker up! Cascade Brewing announces Tart Fruit Fest dates and partial lineup

PORTLAND, Ore. – Cascade Brewing, a pioneer of the Northwest style sour beer movement, has announced the dates and lineup of its annual Tart Fruit Fest. This year’s event will launch on Feb. 25 and run through March 2 during regular business hours at the Cascade Brewing Barrel House, 939 SE Belmont St.

The Tart Fruit Fest features past live barrels that contain fruit, vintage blends and unique one-off projects. A partial list of the beer lineup includes Kriek, Apricot, Black Cap Raspberry, Noyaux, Honey Ginger Lime, Melon Mélange, Date Vlad, Berry Gose, Goji Berry, Sour Fruit Leather, Candied Cantaloupe, Shrieking Violet, Grey Monk, Supracot, Lemon Drop, Blueberry Bourbonic, Pumpkin à la Mode and many more.

Many of the beers are limited in availability and will not last long; the brewery will post to Twitter & Facebook when taps change out. There will also be a number of vintage 750ml bottled products for sale. Additionally, two taps will be reserved for Portland Pale and Cascade IPA for those looking for a non-sour option.

There is no admission cost for the Tart Fruit Fest. All beers will be served in standard 8oz and 2oz pours, with the exception of 4oz pours for select vintage beers; prices will vary depending on the product.

Tart, barrel-aged beers are an emerging beer style and Cascade Brewing is recognized worldwide as a leader of the movement. The artisanal brewery refuses to be bound by stylistic guidelines, instead focusing on the imagination of its brewers and blenders and the ingredients they can access. Cascade was recently named one of the top 100 brewers in the world according to RateBeer. Pucker up and join the sour revolution.

For more information, visit www.cascadebrewingbarrelhouse.com or call 503-265-8603. Follow CascadeBrewing on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Worthy Brewing's Dark Muse & Local 36 Red Lager


Worthy Brewing Co. has been busy preparing a few seasonal releases.  Keep an eye out for these as you search for beers to help you get through our wet winter!

Returning for the 2nd year, is Dark Muse Imperial Stout:
  • Description:  Dark Muse Imperial Stout is back for a second vintage. At 10.1% ABV, this monster stout is smooth, complex, and dark with a rich body, roasty character and loads of warmth. A touch of bitterness rounds out the 60 IBUs with a full mouthfeel and round finish. The limited release of 22-ounce bottles and draft is ready to drink now or hold on to for years to come. Worthy’s brewmaster, Chad Kennedy, considers this the ultimate cold weather beer, meant to warm the body and awaken the soul with the first sip.
  • Format:  22 oz. bottles and draft
  • Available now.  




    Making it's debut as a seasonal release is Local 36 Red Lager:
    • Description:  Local 36 Red Lager comes in at 5.2% ABV with 42 IBUs, delivering a smooth, clean, and happily hopped finish. The robust red lager was brewed with a mix of domestic and imported malts and spiced with Ultra, a rare Oregon-grown aroma hop with Noble Bavarian roots. The beer is dedicated to the Local 36 Asbestos Workers Union in Portland, Oregon, as a way of saying thank you for their dedication and sacrifices. Local 36 had a very limited release in 2014 and has been added to Worthy’s seasonal line-up.
    • Format:  22 oz. bottles and draft
    • Availability:  Mid-February 




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    Reverend Nat's Red Fleshtival


    If you're not a beer fan, this weekend's Zwickelmania is probably of little appeal. Well, how about a fleshtival? Would that pique your interest? It is Valentine's Day, after all... 

    Reverend Nat's is hosting a Red Fleshtival (most likely the first in the history of mankind) from 3-10pm on Saturday, February 14. This unique event will feature flights of hard cider made from red and pink-fleshed apples. For more details, including participating cideries, check out the news release below.


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    REV. NAT'S HARD CIDER PRESENTS THE RED FLESHTIVAL - FEBRUARY 14th, 2015, 3-10PM.

    Portland, OR - February 9, 2015 - Reverend Nat's Hard Cider will host a special event as a cider-themed supplement to both Zwickelmania and Valentine's Day this Saturday, February 14th from 3-10pm at the Rev. Nat's Cidery & Public Taproom.

    The Red Fleshtival, brainchild of Nat West, is a unique cider event that assembles some of the rarest hard ciders available in the United States. Red- and pink-fleshed apples are coveted, expensive, and often hard-to-find. Ciders made from such apples are even more obscure, but they've managed to assemble six different varieties in one place for this special event. Featured will be limited edition red-flesh ciders from Reverend Nat's Hard Cider, Snowdrift, Alpenfire, Uncle John's, West County Cider, and more. The ciders will be available in a special, one-day-only taster flight. 

    "Red flesh ciders are unique because they are rich in anthocyanins.", said West. "This compound, usually found in red and purple fruits, adds an extra dimension of flavor and level of complexity in a straight apple cider that is almost impossible to achieve using conventional apples." West created two single varietal ciders using Mountain Rose apples and Siberian Red Crabapples specially for the event. "[The Siberian Red cider] tastes and smells like the inside of a raspberry jelly donut. It's mind-blowing."

    The Red Fleshtival takes place at Reverend Nat's Cidery & Public Taproom, 1813 NE 2nd Ave, Portland, Oregon, on Saturday, February 14th from 3:00PM - 10:00PM. The ciders will be available while supplies last. 

    About Reverend Nat's Hard Cider
    At Reverend Nat's Hard Cider, we search the world for superior ingredients to handcraft the most unusual ciders that no one else will make. Founder Nat West has been making cider at home since 2004 and opened Reverend Nat's Hard Cider in September of 2011. With unique flagship products like the deeply complex yet subtly familiar Revival, dry-hopped Hallelujah Hopricot, and quinine-bittered Deliverance Ginger Tonic, we are making cider in the creative spirit of beer geeks. Learn more at revnats.com.


    Full Sail's Pub Series Double Bock

      
    Full Sail Brewing Co. just announced that Double Bock is the latest release in its rotating Pub Series. The brewery sent me a sample and here are my tasting notes:

    Dark brown in color with reddish highlights visible when held up to the light. It has a tan head that dissipates slowly. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, and a hint of smoke. The taste starts with a wave of chocolate. In the middle, roasted malt and coffee come through. I also noticed light notes of raisin and a soft brown sugar sweetness. There's some light earthy hop notes, but overall bitterness is low. Double Bock is light bodied, moderately carbonated and finishes with coffee and a touch of smoke.  

    If you drink Double Bock, I suggest you let the beer warm to room temperature, as it will allow the different flavors to shine through. Double Bock should be available through the end of April.


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            Full Sail Brewing adds Double Bock to their Pub Series line up

    Hood River, Oregon – Full Sail Brewing has just announced the release Double Bock in their rotating line of classic beers called the Full Sail Pub Series

    “After a long day on the mountain carving turns, snowboarders and skiers make their way down the mountain to warm up and relive all those great runs in our Brew Pub. Our Double Bock helps fuel the stories of deep powder and epic yard sales. It’s lush and full-bodied with hints of caramel, coffee and chocolate in the aroma followed by flavors of caramel and dried figs with a long creamy smooth finish. Brewed with 2 row Pale, Munich, Caramel, and Chocolate Malts and hopped with Santiam and Perle hops,” said Jamie Emmerson, Full Sail’s Executive Brewmaster.  This gold medal winner will be available in six packs on draft. ABV 7.0% IBU 34

    “Anyone lucky enough to stop for a pint at our Pub in Hood River, Oregon, will tell you: It’s a spectacular place to share a beer with friends. The Full Sail Pub Series is our attempt to capture that experience a bottle and share it with all our customers who have not had a chance to visit us first hand. We can offer you a taste of our Pub in this rotating series of classic beers previously enjoyed only by our guests at the brewery. Each selection will be available for only 90 days before the next gets its turn to shine. Just like each epic season in the Gorge,” added Irene Firmat, Full Sail Brewing Company’s Founder and CEO.

    About Full Sail Brewing Company: 
    Founded in 1987, the independent and employee-owned Full Sail Brewery is perched on a bluff in Hood River, Oregon, overlooking the most epic wind and kite surfing spot in the world. Over the last 27 years, Full Sail has collected more than 300 national and international awards for their beers and sustainable practices, including 140 Gold medals and was recently named Craft Brewer of the Year by Beverage World Magazine for their years of “sustainable stewardship, quality, consistency and operational ingenuity. Among the company’s most popular brews are Full Sail Amber, IPA, Pilsner, Pub Series, Session, Session Black, Session IPA and Session Series. At this very moment their specialists in the liquid refreshment arts are crafting barley and hops into your next beer.  The Full Sail Brew Pub is open seven days a week. Swing by for a pint, grab a bite, tour the brewery, or just soak up the view. 




    Brewpublic & Saraveza's My Beery Valentine


    Next Saturday is Valentine's Day. In the spirit of the day, Brewpublic and Saraveza are once again presenting the 6th Annual My Beery Valentine. This two-day event will feature a a number of Valentine-inspired beers. Check out the great taplist and consider making this a part of your Zwickelmania festivities.


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    Fall in Love with Craft Beer
    Saraveza and Brewpublic melt hearts and delight palates with some exclusive killer craft beers for the 6th Annual My Beery Valentine

    Portland, Ore (Beervana) - For the sixth consecutive year Brewpublic has had the honor of teaming up with one of the world's best craft beer destinations, Saraveza Bottleshop & Pasty Tavern to put forth a selection of insanely delicious and innovative beers for Valentine's Day Weekend.

    Saturday February 14 and Sunday February 15, 2015 is MY BEERY VALENTINE! From 11am-10pm both days, Saraveza is slated to feature the world's most lovable beers around. Lovingly Curated Valentines Flights, a Hugging Booth, Cozy Ambiance and Comfort Food are sure to score you points with your sweetheart or sweetheart to be.

    The draft list so far includes:
    • Amnesia - "Azacca Khan" - Azacca Dry-Hopped IIRA
    • Block 15 - “Love Potion #9” - Chocolate Raspberry Stout
    • BridgePort - Blueberry "Stumptown Tart" - Belgian Style Ale w/fruit (firkin)
    • Ecliptic/Stormbreaker - “DownKriek Cosmic Storm” - Belgian Sour w/Cherries
    • Hair of the Dog - “Peach Fred” - American Strong Ale w/Peaches (firkin)
    • Oakshire - “Over the Moon” - Milk Stout
    • Rogue - Double Chocolate Stout
    • Solera - “Kiss Off” - Red Ale
    • The Commons - "Brotherly Love" - Belgian Strong Dark
    • Upright - “Spollen Angel” - Belgian Style Tripel & “Four Play” - Barrel-Aged Sour w/Cherries

    Be on the lookout for updates to our list including beers from: Laurelwood, Vertigo, and maybe more on Saraveza's Facebook Page

    Zwickelmania Returns on February 14

     
    Zwickelmania, Oregon's annual state-wide brewery tour, will be held on February 14, Valentine's Day. So grab your sweetheart and head to 1 (or more) of over 100 participating breweries for once-a-year special events! Check the Zwickelmania Event Page for all the details.



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    7th Annual Zwickelmania Oregon Brewery Tour 
    Opens Doors To Visitors On February 14
    Celebrate Presidents’ Day Weekend With Brewery Open House Events


    PORTLAND, Ore. — Zwickelmania, the annual one-day event in Oregon when breweries open their doors to the casual and hardcore beer fans, lands on Feb. 14 this year — Valentine’s Day — from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 100 breweries, both big and small, are participating with meet-the-brewer events and beer samples.

    For those who are planning a special Valentine’s Day trip to a place in Oregon, visitors are invited to click on one of the seven regions of Oregon on the Zwickelmania event page to see which breweries are participating, itineraries and maps available for the Bend, Eugene, Portland, Salem and Southern Oregon areas.

    Oregon Brewers Guild executive director Brian Butenschoen says, “With more than 100 breweries open across nearly 30 cities, there are many options in Oregon perfect for a romantic beery weekend getaway, whether you head to a city with a robust concentration of breweries or to a town with just one.”

    Last year, more than 36,750 people toured 105 participating breweries statewide and the Oregon Brewers Guild is expecting that number to increase in 2015 with Valentine’s Day starting off what will be a three-day Presidents’ Day weekend.

    For more information, head to Oregoncraftbeer.org/zwickelmania, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter using the hashtag #Zwickel15.

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    About The Oregon Brewers Guild
    The Oregon Brewers Guild is Oregon’s non-profit trade association for the state’s independent breweries. The Guild, which receives no state funding, comprises 126 brewing companies, 100 associate or supplier members and more than 3,400 enthusiast members or S.N.O.B.s (Supporters of Native Oregon Beer). For more information, see http://www.oregoncraftbeer.org.


    Ecliptic Brewing Releases Phobos & Oort


    The rapid pace of seasonal and special releases shows no signs of slowing down. The good news is beer fans have plenty of options. The bad news, it's hard to chose! Look for these two new releases from Ecliptic Brewing Co.


    First up is Phobos Single Hop Red Ale:

    • Description: Hopped entirely with citrusy, tropical Azacca hops, Phobos is named after the Martian moon that circles the Red Planet. Eight types of malts were used to give this beer a deep caramel flavor and a rich red color that would make Old Man Mars proud.  Malt forward, Phobos finishes creamy and smooth.
    • Beer stats:  ABV:5.6%, IBU: 34
    • Format:  22 oz. bottles and draft
    • Availability:  Now through end of March





    Next is Oort Imperial Stout:

    • Description: Named after the mysterious region of our solar system that breeds comets. OORT is as black as the vacuum of space. Loads of roasted barley and chocolate malts combine with 3 types of caramel malts for a rich, full, roasty, mouth feel. Chinook, Cascade and Sterling hops lends a balanced bitterness and subtle hop flavor. This beer is thick and chewy.
    • Beer stats: ABV: 8.5%, IBU: 77
    • Format:  22 oz. bottles and draft
    • Availability:  One time run. Now until it's gone! 

       


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