Oregon Beer Events: 10/13 Update


We've got a bunch of great beer events planned for the rest of October! This weekend brings us  release parties from Lompoc and McMenamins, Oktoberfests, Portland's first Kölsch Fest at GABF award-winning Zoiglhaus Brewing, and even a Local Love Fest at Everybody's Brewing! One of my favorite events, The Willamette Week's Cider and Beer Pro/Am, will also be held tomorrow. The snapshot below gives you a summary view of what's in store.

This calendar is being constantly updated, so please click on the NW Beer Festival link or to see the latest and greatest, as well as details about each event.

If you know of other events, please send details to info@notsoprofesionalbeer.com, and I'll do my best to add them. Have a great weekend. Cheers!




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McMenamins Releases Thundercone Fresh Hop Pale & Black Widow Porter in Cans


For the first time, McMenamins is releasing Thundercone Fresh Hop Pale Ale and Black Widow Porter in 16 oz cans.


Thundercone Fresh Hop Pale Ale

This year's Thundercone was brewed with fresh (or wet) Cascade hops. Five pounds were added to each barrel in three separate additions. Fresh hop beers are are unique because the hops must be used within hours of being picked from the bine. Here's more of the story from McMenamins...

"Fresh, or wet, Cascade Hops were frantically delivered straight from the hop fields to over 20 McMenamins Breweries and each batch of Thundercone was brewed within hours of the hops being picked off of the vine. This beer starts with a smooth foundation and just a slight maltiness. The real star of this show is the fresh hops that’re used for both flavoring and aroma."

The brewery sent me a sample, which I quickly opened (these beers don't improve with age). Immediately after cracking open the can, I could smell the fragrant hops. In taste and aroma, grapefruit and pine are plentiful, and are layered atop a simple biscuity malt base which allows the hop flavors to shine. It finishes with light grassy notes. While Thundercone oozes hop goodness, it's not overly bitter.

If you haven't had a fresh hop beer this season, or are looking to try another, check out Thundercone Fresh Hop Pale Ale. It's available now for a limited time, until it runs out.




Black Widow Porter

If the cool, crisp weather has you craving a dark roasty beer, you'll be glad to know that Black Widow Porter is on the way.

"Originally created at the Thompson Brewery on October 15th in 1991, Black Widow’s web now envelops the entire company every year. Each sublime deep-black goblet is packed with the robust notes afforded by generous amounts of Black and Roast Malts, and further spirited with ethereal wisps of caramel and licorice."

Black Widow Porter will be available October 15 through Halloween. The 23rd Ave. Bottle Shop is holding a release party on 10/15 where you can sample 2016 and 2017 Black Widows side by side, as well as a coffee variant.


Image courtesy of McMenamins


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Great American Beer Festival '17: Oregon Medal Winners


Oregon breweries pulled in 17 medals today at the Great American Beer Festival! Here's a roundup of the award winning Oregon breweries, beers, and style categories!

  • Alesong Brewing & Blending, Bronze, Touch of Brett: Mosaic (Brett Beer)
  • Base Camp Brewing Co., Gold, Rye Saison (Specialty Saison)
  • Breakside Brewery
    • Bronze, Breakside Rye Curious? (Rye Beer)
    • Bronze, Breakside IPA (American-Style IPA)
    • Bronze, Breakside Stay West (American-Style Strong Pale Ale)
    • Bronze, Breakside Passionfuit Sour Ale (Fruited American-Style Sour Ale)
  • Coldfire Brewing, Silver, St. James (Double Red Ale)
  • Elk Horn Brewery, Bronze, Lemon Pils (American-Style or International-Style Pilsener)
  • Full Sail Brewing, Silver, Sesión Cerveza (American-Style or International-Style Pilsener)
  • Flat Tail Brewing Co., Gold, DAM Wild: Hops and Lemon Verbena, (American-Style Sour Ale)
  • GoodLife Brewing Co., Gold, Sweet As Pacific Ale (American-Style Wheat Beer)
  • Groundbreaker Brewing, Gold, Dark Ale (Gluten-Free Beer)
  • Logsdon Farmhouse Ales, Silver, ZuurPruim (Belgian-Style Fruit Beer)
  • Sunriver Brewing
    • Gold, Fuzztail, (American-Style Wheat Beer with Yeast)
    • Gold, Cinder Beast, (Imperial Red Ale)
    • Small Brewing Company of the Year
  • Three Creeks Brewing Co., Bronze, Stonefly Session Ale (Session Beer)
  • Zoiglhaus Brewing Co., Gold, Zoigl-Pils (German-Style Pilsener)

Sunriver Brewing Co. had a very impressive showing this year by earning two gold medals and the prestigious Small Brewing Company of the Year award! Breakside Brewery won the most overall medals (4 bronze). Groundbreaker Brewing won gold for the 2nd year in a row with Dark Ale. Alesong Brewing & Blending medaled for the 2nd year in a row in the Brett category with their Touch of Brett series.

For a complete list of winners, take a look at the PDF file of 2017 Great American Beer Festival award winners. For a look back at last year's GABF award winners, click here.

Congrats to all of these breweries and thanks for making world-class beer for our enjoyment! I happen to have two award winners in my beer fridge. I think I'll crack them open to toast all of our amazing Oregon breweries!


Two Oregon GABF Awards Winning Beers from my Beer Fridge





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Full Sail Releases Session EZ IPA and Blood Orange Wheat Ale


Full Sail Brewing Co. just announced the launch of Session EZ IPA, an unfiltered IPA with citrus and tropical notes. In addition, they also revealed that Blood Orange Wheat Ale will now be available year-round in 12 oz. cans.

I profiled Blood Orange Wheat Ale when it was first released in May 2016. Here are my original tasting notes:

"Golden in color, hazy, with a white head that dissipates slowly. Bright orange pops immediately in the aroma. Light herbal and grassy notes are also present. The taste starts with tangy wheat, with orange flavor emerging in the middle.  Hop bitterness, mostly herbal, is low. It's light bodied and softly carbonated. It finishes with a touch of pithy orange. Alcohol is not noticeable in aroma or taste. At 5.2% ABV, this is essentially a session beer, and a great choice for summer. I like that it has fruit aroma and flavor, but is subtle and not overwhelming."

For more details about EZ IPA and Blood Orange Wheat Ale, check out the news releases below.


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New Session EZ IPA is Everything You Always Wanted in an IPA
Life’s hard enough. Your beer should be EZ.

Hood River, Oregon – Full Sail Brewing Co. announced the release of Session EZ IPA, the newest member of the Session family of beers. It’s everything you always wanted in an IPA, only less. Wait. Less? You got that right. It’s an unfiltered IPA with all the aromatic hops, fruit notes and citrus vibe that you and your taste buds desire – minus the mouth-puckering bitterness or the high-octane ABV. After all, it’s not called EZ for nothing.

“Our IPAs are always well received, but we’re not ones to rest on our laurels, or on our hops for that matter,” says Full Sail Brewmaster Jim Kelter. “New Session EZ IPA is a well-balanced, easy-drinking beer that’s not bitter, while fully packed with tropical and citrus aromas.” 

When Full Sail launched the Session brand 12 years ago, it quickly became the hottest new craft-beer brand on the market, which has since brought home over 100 medals, including 58 golds. Session’s not a micro, a macro, or an import, but in a way it’s a little bit of each. You see, virtually everyone who likes beer likes Session. It’s a brand that’s accessible without being ordinary. Totally drinkable, but never at the expense of character. Drinking shouldn’t be hard. We’ve made it EZ. Session EZ IPA is available year-round on draft and in 6-packs and 12-packs. 4.8% ABV, 35 IBUs.



Now in Cans: Full Sail Blood Orange Wheat Ale
Blood orange provides a delicate flavor in this refreshing wheat beer with a twist

Hood River, Oregon – Meeting a demand for quality craft brew in cans, Full Sail Brewing Co. is pleased to announce that refreshing Blood Orange Wheat Ale is now available in 12 oz. aluminum cans. “Blood Orange Wheat Ale became the favorite of many when we added it to our rotating Pub Series last year, so now we’re thrilled to brew it year-round in 12 oz. cans,” says Full Sail Brewmaster Jim Kelter.

If you already love Full Sail Blood Orange Wheat, you’re not alone – this brew brought home gold medals from the 2016 World Beer Awards and the 2017 World Beer Championships. Brewed with 2-Row Northwest Pale, malted and unmalted wheat, and a hint of citrus, this beer has a medium malt body with subtle orange and a crisp wheat finish.

Blood Orange Wheat Ale pairs well with mayonnaise-based salad, fruit salad, fresh seafood, smoked Gouda and soft cheeses like triple crème Brie, chèvre, and mascarpone, meringue desserts, and of course it tastes great on its own. Bring your Blood Orange Wheat Ale to the coast, the trail, and anywhere else bottles aren’t the best. Full Sail Blood Orange Wheat Ale is now available year-round in aluminum, 12 oz. cans in 6-packs and draft. 5.2% ABV, 23 IBUs.


About Full Sail Brewing Company
Perched on a bluff in Hood River, Oregon, overlooking the mighty Columbia River’s epic wind and kite surfing and the snow-capped volcanic peak of Mt. Hood, Full Sail is a true craft-brewing pioneer. Since 1987, Full Sail has been pouring pure Mt. Hood water, local ingredients and responsible processes into each and every pint. Full Sail’s brews and sustainable practices have garnered more than 300 national and international awards, including more than 200 gold medals and Beverage World’s “Craft Brewer of the Year” distinction. From Full Sail Amber and IPA to Session Lager and bourbon barrel-aged beers, Full Sail consistently strives to brew complex, balanced and ridiculously tasty beers. Learn more at www.fullsailbrewing.com.

NW Beer Festival Calendar: Take Two


In late 2017 and early 2018, I created a Beerfest Calendar page.  Once summer hit, the number of beer fests rapidly grew and my inefficient method of updating the calendar became unmanageable. So I stopped updating it. Bad me...

But fear not, I've figured out a better way! I will now use a Google calendar that is superior in several ways. First, it's easier for me to keep it updated in real-time. Second, it will allow me to share a quick summary as well as complete event details within the calendar. Finally, it will enable you to easily add items to your personal calendar with the click of a button.

To view the calendar, click on my blog's NW Beer Festival Calendar  tab. You'll then see an actual calendar instead of a list I used to use. Click on the event name to see a summary as well as a link to the event website.

Calendar view

If you click the Agenda tab, you'll see the events in list form. Again, click on the event name for more details.

Agenda option
While summer beer fests are over, you'll see that there are a lot of great events planned for fall. Check 'em out!

I hope this calendar will be helpful as plan your beer adventures. I'd really appreciate your feedback on how I can improve this calendar!

Finally, feel free to send me details (info@notsoprofessionalbeer.com) for any NW Beer Festivals, and I'll be happy to add it to the calendar. Cheers!


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Opening Day at Portland Fresh Hops Beer Fest


The Portland Fresh Hops Beer Fest opened yesterday at Oaks Park. This was the first time I attended in 7 years. When I last attended in 2010, the event was known as the Oregon Bounty Fresh Hop Beer Tastival. Besides dumping the word Tastival, the event has changed little over the years.

Prior to the fest, I downloaded and studied the detailed beer list. My intent was to cover a range of styles and different varieties of fresh hops. Here's what I sampled, in the order I tasted them:


Baerlic "Pioneer Fresh Hop ESB" featuring Mt. Hood

Montaville Brew Works "Pocketful of Goschies" (Red Ale) featuring Strata

Yachats "Fresh Hop Amarillo Sour" (Lacto Sour) featuring Amarillo 

Great Notion "Fresh Hop Juice Jr." (Hazy IPA)  featuring Mosaic

Hopworks "Total Blackout" (Imperial CDA) featuring Centennial

Little Beast "Hop Smakken" (Belgian Pale Ale) featuring Liberty

Breakside "Fresh Hop Cascade Wanderlust" (IPA) featuring Cascade, Summit, Mosaic, and Amarillo

Crux "Dr. Jack" (IPA) featuring Cascade




In total, I enjoyed the beers I selected. Great Notion's Fresh Hop Juice Jr. and Little Beast's Hop Smakken were the most memorable to me. The former because it's just chock full of juicy hops. The latter for the distinctive flavors produced by Little Beast's house blend of yeasts. While I love sour beers, I found the aroma of Yachat's to a bit off putting.

So, what makes fresh hop beer truly different? Some will argue that there are subtle differences in aroma or flavor. While I love these beers, I'm fairly confident that I would not be able to identify fresh hop from regular beersand I'm really into hops! I grow my own, and I just brewed a fresh hop IPA a few weeks ago.

For me, community is what makes these beers special. Staring with the family farmers that lovingly grow the hops, to the brewers that take care and effort to use them at their optimal freshness, to the event organizers to curate these unique beers. All of these things bring beer geeks together in anticipation to gush all over these beers! That's what makes fresh hop beers special to me.

If you haven't tasted any fresh hop beers, get yourself down to Oaks Park today and experience them for yourself. The festival opens at noon and ends at 8pm!






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Aaron Trotter Releases The Oregon Beer Trail Playing Cards

Aaron Trotter, Portland artist and creator of Illustrated Playing Cards, is releasing The Oregon Beer Trail, a new deck of playing cards that celebrates Oregon breweries. Each of the 52 playing cards features a unique hand-drawn scene from breweries in the Columbia River Gorge, Central Oregon, Oregon Coast, and Willamette Valley. The new deck joins the Portland Brewery cards that Trotter released in 2013. 

The Oregon Beer Trail cards will be released at the Portland Fresh Hops Beer Fest on September 29-30. The artwork on these cards is incredible! So be sure to check them out if you're attending the festival next weekend. The holidays are coming up and these are likely to please the beer geek in your life. For more details, check out the news release below or Aaron's website.  


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Public Coast Brewing, a scene from Aaron' Trotter's Oregon Beer Trail Deck



Acclaimed Portland artist Aaron Trotter releases new Oregon Breweries deck in Illustrated Playing Cards series


PORTLAND, Ore. – Local artist Aaron Trotter has announced the release of a new deck of Illustrated Playing Cards featuring Oregon breweries from Central Oregon, the Columbia River Gorge, the Oregon Coast, and the Willamette Valley. The first printing of 100 decks will debut at the Portland Fresh Hops Fest at Oaks Amusement Park, Sept. 29 from 5pm to 9pm and Sept. 30 from 12pm to 8pm.

Marking his seventh anniversary in the playing card business, Trotter's new deck expands on his original Portland Brewery Cards, reaching far beyond legendary Beervana to document the craft beer community and connect the dots of the Oregon Ale Trail. The 52 drawings span Central Oregon from Redmond to Bend; the Columbia River Gorge from Cascade Locks to Hood River; the Oregon Coast from Astoria to Newport; and the Willamette Valley from Hillsboro to Eugene.

Meant to inspire exploration – the deck includes a map, checklist, and Oregon beer facts – each card illustrates a different brewery, hand drawn by Trotter on site while tasting the beer. 

"Illustrated Playing Cards are made to be played, displayed, and used as a guidebook,” explained Trotter. He added, “The deck serves as a guide to discovery of the unknown, as well as a beer tour souvenir. And don’t worry: no beer was wasted in the making of these cards!"

The drawings were sketched with pen and ink on location in a succession of road trips over the last two years, then finished at Trotter's studio at 1627 NE Alberta St. The cards are digitally printed on cardstock in Portland; each box is signed and numbered by the artist. 

About Illustrated Playing Cards
First released in November 2010, Illustrated Playing Cards debuted with Landmarks of Portland, featuring famous signs and downtown icons. Other Portland-centric decks followed: Portland Breweries (2013), Secrets of Portland and Oregon Wineries (2014), and Old Portland (2016). Trotter hasn't drawn all the cities of the world yet, but that's his goal. In the last seven years he has sketched over 30 different cities (each collecting 52 drawings) from Los Angeles to New York, Paris, Tokyo and beyond. The Portland cards are available at Powell's or Made in Oregon. Other decks are available at select museums around the country including the Seattle Art Museum, Griffith Observatory (Los Angeles), Mob Museum (Las Vegas), Denver Art Museum, Guggenheim (NYC), and National Building Museum (DC). Trotter and his decks can be found at Portland Saturday Market every weekend near Skidmore Fountain or by chance at his cavernous art studio on Alberta St. Learn more at www.illustratedplayingcards.com

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Contact the artist directly:
Aaron Voronoff Trotter
aaron@illustratedplayingcards.com
503-490-5630


Featured Oregon Breweries
Central Oregon: Bend Brewing,  Boneyard, Bridge 99, Cascade Lakes, Craft Kitchen, Crux, Deschutes, Good Life, Immersion, McMenamins, Monkless, Wild Ride, Worthy
Columbia River Gorge: Big Horse, Double Mountain, Full Sail, Mt. Hood, Pfriem, Solera, Thunder Island
Oregon Coast: Astoria, Buoy, Fort George, Pelican, Public Coast, Reach Break, Rogue, Rusty Truck, Seaside
Willamette Valley: Ambacht, Block 15, Claim 52, Coldfire, Elk Horn, Falling Sky, Flat Tail, Gilgamesh, Golden Valley, Grain Station, Kaiser, Ninkasi, Oakshire, Plank Town, Salem Ale Works, Santiam, Seven Brides, Silver Falls, Sky High, Two Kilts, Vagabond, Vertigo, Waltz





Full Sail's 8 Pound Pale Fresh Hop Ale Showcases Centennial in '17


Fresh hop beer season is here! Full Sail Brewing Co. is celebrating this wonderful seasonal event with the second release of 8 Pound Pale Fresh Hop Ale. Last year, the brewery showcased Magnum hops. This year, it's all about Centennial!

This is a limited Brewmaster Reserve release, and will be available from late September until it's gone. It didn't last long last year, so don't wait too long. For more details, check out Full Sail's news release below.



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Oregon’s Hop Harvest Shines in Full Sail’s 8 Pound Pale Fresh Hop Ale
Farm to tank in three hours, 8 Pound Pale explodes with bright tropical notes

Hood River, Oregon – Full Sail Brewing Co. is excited to release this year’s Brewmaster Reserve 8 Pound Pale Fresh Hop Ale, brewed with eight pounds of local, freshly harvested Centennial hops per barrel. Full Sail brewers Chris Davis and Greg Doss drove to B&D Farms in Saint Paul, Oregon on harvest day last month to procure fresh, wet hops from the field, immediately heading back to the brewery to work their magic on this small-batch brew that goes from farm to tank in three hours.

“This year’s 8 Pound Pale Fresh Hop Ale explodes with bright tropical notes,” says Full Sail brewer Greg Doss. “A blend of pale and wheat malts created a light golden base which we packed with Willamette Valley-grown Centennial Hops, only hours off the vine. Beautiful fresh-hop aromas of tropical fruit and citrus are complemented nicely with subtle malt notes. This refreshing beer is high on hop aromatics yet well balanced.”

Brewmaster Reserve 8 Pound Pale is a hop lover’s delight. Each fall, Full Sail brewers look forward to brewing a fresh hop beer to celebrate the hop harvest, using eight pounds of fresh hops per barrel. Each hop variety reaches peak maturity at a different time during harvest, so each year’s brew is unique. Be sure to try this batch of 8 Pound Pale before it’s too late!

Full Sail’s Brewmaster Reserve series allows the brewmasters to put their creativity, innovation and passion into small, limited-release beers. These craft brews highlight the direct connection with Full Sail’s farmers, celebrate the art of barrel aging, and explore the effects of time. Over the years, Full Sail’s Brewmaster Reserve series has earned 26 gold medals. Some of our beers, like our fresh hop brews, are meant to be enjoyed just after harvest, intensely fresh from our farmers’ fields. Brewed in small batches, Brewmaster Reserve 8 Pound Pale Fresh Hop Ale is available in limited quantities from late September until it’s gone - in Brewmaster Reserve 6-packs, 12 oz. bottles and draft. 5.6% ABV, 54 IBUs.

About Full Sail Brewing Company
Perched on a bluff in Hood River, Oregon, overlooking the mighty Columbia River’s epic wind and kite surfing and the snow-capped volcanic peak of Mt. Hood, Full Sail is a true craft-brewing pioneer. Since 1987, Full Sail has been pouring pure Mt. Hood water, local ingredients and responsible processes into each and every pint. Full Sail’s brews and sustainable practices have garnered more than 300 national and international awards, including more than 200 gold medals and Beverage World’s “Craft Brewer of the Year” distinction. From Full Sail Amber and IPA to Session Lager and bourbon barrel-aged beers, Full Sail consistently strives to brew complex, balanced and ridiculously tasty beers. Learn more at www.fullsailbrewing.com.


Altabira's Craft Beer Dinner with Ninkasi


Altabira City Tavern is teaming up with Ninkasi Brewing Company to bring us a seasonal craft beer dinner on Wednesday, September 20th. Last fall, I had the opportunity to attend a similar beer dinner at Altabira, created by Chef Luis Escorcia. You can read about it and see pictures of the beautiful (and delicious) dishes here!

There are only 25 seats available for the dinner, so take a look at the tantalizing menu below and make your reservations!





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CRAFT BEER DINNER AT ALTABIRA CITY TAVERN FEATURES NINKASI BREWING COMPANY

PORTLAND, Ore. Altabira City Tavern welcomes Ninkasi Brewing Company from Eugene, Oregon, to its first seasonal craft beer dinner on Wednesday, September 20th. Guests will enjoy a four-course menu paired with craft beers from Ninkasi and prepared by chef de cuisine Luis Escorcia and pastry chef Natalie Harkness.

Reception at 6:30 PM
Four-course dinner 7:00-9:00 PM
25 seats available
$50 per person includes beer and food. Gratuity not included.

Reservations available by calling Altabira at (503) 963-3600.

Craft Beer Dinner Menu with Pairings from Ninkasi Brewing Company

Passed Appetizers
Andouille deviled eggs
Sour cream and onion chicharones
Explorateur cheese tarts with blackberries
Paired with Helles Belles Lager, a light, flavorful lager that strikes a balance between satisfyingly crisp and deliciously crafted.

Starter Course
Corn and summer squash, Aleppo chili, cheddar and beer biscuit
Paired with Dawn of the Red, bursting with tropical notes with the bright complexity of El Dorado and Mosaic hops. An assertive hop presence is carried by a subtle caramel backbone, creating a flavorful, juicy beer.

Second Course
Soft shell crab French toast, tomatoes, basil oil and microgreens
Paired with Pacific Rain, a fiercely flavorful and refreshingly drinkable beer crafted with water from Oregon’s McKenzie River and a band of four distinguished hops. This Northwest Pale is citrusy, crisp and tailor-made for easy drinking.

Main Course
Beer-braised short rib, purple potatoes, roasted cherry tomatoes, Maitake mushrooms
Paired with Oktoberfest, crafted with Oregon-grown hops married to Northwest ingredients with a traditional German style. This light-bodied beer celebrates the harvest with a toasty malt bouquet and a touch of hop bitterness. Prost!

Dessert
Peach tarte tatin with vanilla oatmeal stout ice cream and huckleberry syrup
Paired with Vanilla Oatis, a divine blend of vanilla, coffee, chocolate and roasted malt notes swirled together to create a crisp finish. The true signature of this beer comes from adding whole vanilla beans to the final stage of conditioning – the process used to dry hop a beer. This oatmeal stout is slightly sweet with a rich complexity and is decadent and delicious.

Luis Escorcia, Chef de Cuisine
Natalie Harkness, Pastry Chef



About Altabira City Tavern
Altabira City Tavern offers regional American cuisine focused on updated classic dishes with 16 taps of local craft beers, select Northwest wines and locally distilled spirits. The restaurant and bar is open for lunch and dinner in a modern setting with large floor-to-ceiling windows with sweeping views of Portland’s downtown skyline and inner eastside. For more information and menu, please visit www.altabira.com.

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 the 33rd largest craft brewery in the United States. Independently owned and operated in Eugene, Ore., Ninkasi’s Flagship beers include Total Domination IPA, Tricerahops Double IPA, Dawn of the Red IPA, Hop Cooler Citrus IPA, Pacific Rain Northwest Pale, Helles Belles Helles Lager, and Vanilla Oatis Oatmeal Stout. Ninkasi beers are sold throughout Alaska; Alberta; Arizona; California; Colorado; Idaho; Maryland; Nevada; New York; Oregon; Utah; Washington; Virginia; and Vancouver, British Columbia. Committed to community support and giving, Ninkasi’s Beer Is Love program offers donations to 501(c)(3) organizations throughout its footprint. For more information, call 541.344.2739 or visit www.NinkasiBrewing.com.

Portland Fresh Hops Beer Fest: September 29-30


It's hop harvest time in the Northwest! That means brewers across the state are busy brewing fresh hop beers. Also known as wet hops, due to their high water content, fresh hops are unique because they not kiln dried. As a result, these hops are extremely perishable and must be used within hours of being plucked from the bine.

What's all the fuss about?  First, these beers can be brewed only at harvest time. Second, the delicate hop aromas and flavors are very volatile and beers using them are best consumed fresh. Most fresh hop beers never make it to bottles and cans, so you'll need to seek them out on draft. Or better yet, head to the Portland Fresh Hops Beer Fest, where you can sample from five-dozen fresh hop beers! For more details, check out the news release below.

Fresh hops are coming...


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Portland Fresh Hops Fest tickets now available
14th annual event returns to Oaks Amusement Park Sept. 29 and 30

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Fresh Hops Fest, a celebration of the Oregon hop harvest that annually takes place between mid-August and mid-September, features more than 60 Oregon craft beers made with hops freshly picked off the vine and used within hours of harvesting. The 14th annual event will take place Sept. 29 through 30 at Oaks Amusement Park, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way. Hours are 5pm to 9pm on Friday and 12pm to 8pm on Saturday.

Admission to the Portland Fresh Hops Fest is free. Drinking packages cost $20 for a souvenir tasting glass and eight drink tickets. Advance discount tickets are on sale now at MercPerks (www.portland.altperks.com), offering two tasting glasses and 16 drink tickets for $28 ($40 value). General admission tickets will go on sale in September at www.oregoncraftbeer.org/freshhopsfest. Additional tasting tickets are sold on-site for $2 each or four for $5. Event parking is free.

The festival annually features around five-dozen Oregon brewed fresh hop beers; the beer list will be announced in mid-September. As only one beer from each brewery is available, attendees are encouraged to arrive on Friday or early on Saturday for the greatest selection. The festival will also feature homebrew demonstrations of beer, kombucha and root beer from Portland U-Brew; a number of commercial vendors; and on-site food from Urban German Grill.

Minors are not allowed on Friday, but are permitted on Saturday until 5pm (Oaks Amusement Park is closed that day, but the train will be running from 12pm to 5pm for kids accompanied by adults). Well-behaved dogs on leashes are welcome.

The Portland Fresh Hops Fest is organized by the Oregon Brewers Guild. Learn more at www.oregoncraftbeer.org; follow the Oregon Brewers Guild on Twitter, Facebook and the Portland Fresh Hops Fest Facebook Event (#freshhops and #oregoncraftbeer).

About the Oregon Brewers Guild
The Oregon Brewers Guild is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the state’s craft brewing industry and the common interests of its members. Founded in 1992, the Oregon Brewers Guild is one of the nation’s oldest craft brewers associations. The Guild, which receives no state funding, comprises 160 brewing companies, 130 associate or supplier members and more than 4,000 enthusiast members or S.N.O.B.s (Supporters of Native Oregon Beer).

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