Valentine's Gift for IPA Lovers at Costco


Does your Valentine love IPAs? No need to overcomplicate this, folks. Get them some IPA, and a lot of it! While shopping at Costco the other day, I saw mixed cases of IPA from Stone Brewing and Sierra Nevada. I think most hopheads would be thrilled with either:

  • Stone All IPA Mixed 24 Pack:  Pataskala Red IPA, Delicious IPA, Ruination Double IPA, Hop Revolver IPA
  • Sierra Nevada 4-Way IPA Mixed Pack:  German-Style IPA, Peach IPA, Black IPA, Torpedo Extra IPA 

If you decide to bless your loved one with a case of IPA, go the extra mile and give them a proper IPA glass. I used to think these specialized beer glasses were a marketing ploy, but they're not. Their design optimizes the hop aroma and flavors. Cheers to Valentine's beer!


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GrowlerWerks uKeg64 Unboxing


I don't buy growlers or even growlettes / grenades, for that matter. It's not that I don't like them, or am opposed to them. I just don't drink a lot of beer in one sitting. As soon as a filled growler is opened, the precious contents are ruled by a rapidly decrementing quality clock. After opening and pouring from the growler, air enters the container and the beer starts to go flat. If the beer is not consumed quickly, (within a few hours) the quality and experience intended by the brewery will not be preserved. If you drink multiple beers per session, or share with others, glass growlers are a great option. Although I write a beer blog, I don't drink a tremendous amount of beer. Just a few each week. So growlers have never been part of my routine.

There is one benefit of growler culture that I've missedthe ability to take home a beer that's served only on tap. But this is a first world problem, and I have managed to survive.

GrowlerWerks, Inc. is a business in SE Portland that appears to have a solution for my "problem". They reached out and asked if I'd like to evaluate their uKeg™64, a pressurized growler. This product dispenses beer from a tap and keeps the contents under pressure even after pouring the first drink. These features prevent the beer from going flat and enable the consumer to enjoy the contents over a period of days, rather than hours. It's an intriguing concept. I could see the benefit especially for high gravity beers that I'd want to enjoy slowly. I could also use this to carbonate and dispense my homebrew.

Intrigued, I accepted GrowlerWerks' offer, and they sent me an evaluation unit (in full disclosure, at no cost to me). It arrived a few days ago, and I thought I'd do a quick unboxing post and provide a few quick impressions. I have not used it yet, but will follow-up with an additional post after I've had a chance to test it out. But first things first, price. The uKeg 64 retails for $139 at Amazon and the Growlerwerks website. A typical glass growler is $5-10. But, as you'll see, this is no ordinary glass growler. Is it worth the high price? That depends on the utility derived by the user...

OK, let's take a look, shall we?


The uKeg 64 arrived in a box looking like this...



It was nicely protected with instructions placed on top...




Two 8 gram food grade C02 chargers were included....



After removing the top styrofoam cover, the uKeg was wrapped in a plastic bag.



This is the regulator cap. The bottom portion unscrews from the top and holds the CO2 cartridge (8g or 16g). The dial allows you to control the pressure level.



It sports an attractive handle. If you're going to carry it around,  you might as well do it in style!



The built-in pressure gauge ensures the beer is poured at your desired pressure.



It has a built-in tap handle... 



...and a sight glass that lets you to see how much beer remains.



There it is in all its glory!



So that's the rundown of my first look at the uKeg™ 64. As far as growlers go, it's visually stunningdare I say sexy? Are all of the features overkill? Probably. Are they necessary for survival? Probably not. But beer is about fun and enjoyment, and this seems to fit the bill! Anyway, I plan to put the uKeg to some good use, and I'll report back with my findings. Cheers to growlers!


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Afternoon at NW Coffee Beer Invitational


One of the great things about the Portland beer scene is the plethora of specialized beer festivals. Instead of going a mile wide by tasting a variety of styles (which is fun), these festivals enable us to delve further and explore a specific style or theme at greater depth. I did just that at two festivals on January 28th. My first stop of the day was the Goose Hollow Inn.

Just completing its 4th year, the NW Coffee Beer Invitational celebrates the glory of two of Rose City's favorite beveragesbeer and coffee. 16 beer and cider makers created coffee-infused beers (and ciders) specifically for the festival.

Festival co-founders, Dave and Jean Fleming, added a few new twists to this year's event. First, they included three SW Oregon Coast breweries (7 Devils Brewing, Chetco Brewing, and Yachats Brewing) whose beers aren't typically found in the Portland area. In addition, the Flemings asked these breweries to also bring their favorite non-coffee beers. This was a great addition! After drinking 3-4 coffee beers, I found that my palate needed a quick reset, and these beers did exactly that!

Besides the beer, there was a lot to like about NW Coffee Beer Invitational. The Goose Hollow Inn is right on the MAX line, so transportation doesn't get any easier. Although the festival tents (in the parking lot) were relatively packed, the beer lines were short and moved quickly. The event had a great vibe and the live music added to the ambiance. See my video below to check it out.

I won't get into specifics about the beers, but I was impressed with how the brewers used coffee, in different ways, to enhance each beer. I added a few pics of the tasting list. Take a lookit'll whet your appetite! If you missed the 4th installment of the NW Coffee Beer Invitational, don't worry. It'll be back next year, and I expect it will be even better!


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4th Annual Beer Cider Love: February 14th


Can't decide between beer or cider for your Valentine? Do the best of both! On February 14th, Beer Belly will host the 4th Annual Beer Cider Love. At this special event, you'll be treated to five pairings of beer (from Fort George Brewery), cider (from Finrriver Farm & Cidery), and delectable bites prepared by Beer Belly.

For more details, check out the news release below.



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Beer Cider Love with Fort George + Finnriver @ Beer Belly 2/14

Celebrate Pacific Northwest craft with two of the region’s most beloved beverage producers and their ambassadors at the fourth annual Beer Cider Love event 5-9pm Tuesday, February 14th at Portland’s new downtown hot spot Beer Belly. Fort George Brewery’s Tim Ensign and Finnriver Farm & Cidery’s Jana Daisy-Ensign join forces for one incredible evening, featuring a specially curated draft list paired with fare by none other than Lardo and Grassa co-owner, Rick Gencarelli at Beer Belly. Five mouth-watering pairings match a selection of five artisan beers and ciders including an exclusive, one-off draft only collaboration. No reservations required, food pairings available until sold out. Food Pairing Flight $15, Beverage Pairing Flight $15. Beer Belly is located at 1205 SW Washington St, Portland, OR 97205.


Featured Pairings:

Fort George Beta IPA
Citrus Salad, Chicory, Fennel & Honey Goat Cheese

Finnriver Habanero Apple Cider
Hush Puppy, Habanero Jelly

Finnriver Oak & Apple Cider
Smoked Pork Loin Crostini, Apple Butter, Cheddar

Fort George Matryoshka Stout
Prosciutto Wrapped Fig, Gorgonzola Dolce

Fort Gorge Matryoshka & Finnriver Sour Cherry Collab
Black Forrest Cupcake

Additional draft offerings:
Fort Coffee Girl Stout
Fort George Vortex IPA
Finnriver Black Currant Cider
Finnriver Solstice Saffron Cider


Fort George Brewery - Established in 2007, Fort George crafts original beers distributed only in the Pacific Northwest. Whether in cans or kegs, at the pub in Astoria or on your front porch, our beer brings people together in aromatic headiness and lupulin ecstasy.

Finnriver Farm & Cidery - Finnriver is honored to be on the forefront of the Pacific Northwest cider revival and committed to producing both traditional and innovative ciders using premium, organic ingredients while maintaining an authentically farmcrafted and land-based operation. Finnriver is certified Salmon Safe and a certified B corporation, sourcing organic apples from across Washington state and growing their own organic orchard of over 5,500 trees, with 20 varieties of heirloom and traditional cider apple varieties. Finnriver aspires to serve the land with cider, by caring for soils, watershed and community while crafting award-winning premium ciders.

Beer Belly - From the founders of Lardo and Grassa, Beer Belly a newly opened Portland beer bar and bottle shop, rounds out this ChefStable West End hot spot with 30-taps, a focus on local brews and a menu that boasts geeky aged beers and a crowler machine, that makes it possible to fill 32 ounce cans to-go from the draft lines! The ambience is set by cassette-tape music, televisions airing select sports and the ultimate hipster vending machine selling artisan salts and salami. Housed in Southwest Washington Avenue's Indigo building at 1205 S.W. Washington St., Portland, OR. Beer Belly is open daily from 12noon to 10pm.


1st Annual SheBrew Homebrew Competition for Women


Calling all female homebrewers...  Whether you're a seasoned amateur or new to the hobby, this competition is for you! The Oregon Brew Crew, in conjunction with the annual SheBrew Festival, is holding their first homebrew competition for amateur female homebrewers.

The entry deadline is February 17th. For more details, check out the news release below or visit the event's website.


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1st Annual SheBrew Homebrew Competition
Presented by The Oregon Brew Crew
AHA/BJCP Homebrew Competition for amateur female Homebrewers, 21 and older.

In conjunction with the annual SheBrew Festival which features tastings of homebrewed beers and commercially produced beers by local breweries, the Oregon Brew Crew is pleased to announce our first homebrew competition for amateur female homebrewers.






Base Camp's 3rd Annual Collabofest, January 28th


If you follow the Portland beer scene, you know that collaboration among brewers is an integral part of Portland beer culture. It's one of the many reasons why Portland beer is special. Base Camp's 3rd Annual Collabofest is a unique (and tasty) example of this culture.

Each of the sixteen participating breweries was paired up with a different brewery. Each pair works together to create two different beers that share a certain idea or theme. Each of the beers are brewed specifically for the festival, and Collabofest is the only place where you can taste all of them in same place!

Check out the press release below for more details about the event. Base Camp's website also has nice descriptions about each of the beers. Cheers to brewery collaborations!


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PORTLAND CRAFT BREWERS UNITE!
BASE CAMP’S COLLABOFEST RETURNS SATURDAY, JANUARY 28TH


PORTLAND – Base Camp Brewing Company is bringing together 16 local breweries for their third annual Collabofest. A celebration of the collaborative spirit of Portland’s craft brewing community, Base Camp’s Collabofest give attendees the opportunity to experience a unique offering from each participating brewery that was developed exclusively for the festival.

Base Camp’s Collabofest is the only beer festival in the world that presents an all-collaborative
brew lineup. Thanks to the involvement of key sponsors Travel Portland, ADX, and the Portland
Mercury, Base Camp Brewing Company was able to keep the momentum moving forward in its
third year.

“Yeah, the brews that have been made specifically for Collabofest the past two years were filled
with creativity,” says Base Camp’s Event Manager, Morgan Tashea, “the excitement that the
brewers have for the festival really shows through when they work together to create a new brew
that truly embodies Portland’s creative and innovative spirit.”

"We're thrilled to see so many Portland breweries collaborating and giving visitors an easy way
to experience the breadth of Portland's beer scene this winter,” says Greg Newland, executive
vice president of marketing and P.R. for Travel Portland. “We love that these limited edition
beers are also available at participating breweries during February for those who aren't able to
make the festival.”

Each participating brewery was paired up via a lottery-style drawing in November 2016, and
have developed their “collabobrews” to be debuted at the festival. Pairs and brew names are:
  • Base Camp Brewing Co. & Baerlic Brewing:  Honey Chestnut Pilsner / Sir Douglas MacStouterson
  • Widmer Brothers Brewing & Culmination Brewing:  Bashō IPA / Zen Wave IPA
  • Ecliptic Brewing & Mt.Tabor Brewing:  Space Mountain Sour IPA / Space Mountain IPA
  • Alameda Brewing & Stormbreaker Brewing:  Coffee and Donutella / The Passion of the Homer
  • Hopworks Urban Brewery & Ruse Brewing:  Astral Wavelength / Astral Frequency
  • Gigantic Brewing Co. & Uptown Market Brewery: Nevørmind Oyster Stout /  The Taming of the Shroom
  • Occidental Brewing & Fat Heads Brewery: Ding, Ding! I’d Like to Dry Hop a Toast / Smuggling Dunkel
  • Ex Novo Brewing Co. & Laurelwood Brewing Co.: In With The New / Out with the Old
With Collabofest, Base Camp further develops its close ties to the Pacific Northwest’s outdoors
and stewardship of Oregon’s wild spaces. Their partnership with the Oregon Timber Trail and
SheJumps will be in full effect at the festival, where each group will be in attendance and sharing
the latest in their ongoing efforts throughout the state. Base Camp and Travel Portland are proud
to provide financial support for the good work of both Oregon Timber Trail and SheJumps, the
official nonprofit beneficiaries of Base Camp’s Collabofest.

Join in on Collabofest on Saturday, January 28th at Base Camp’s brewhouse and taproom in
southeast Portland (930 SE Oak Street). To learn more about the festival, the participating
breweries, and the event’s collaborations, check out Base Camp’s website and Facebook page, or
#collabofest and #PDXNOW on social media. Tickets are available now at
merctickets.com/go/collabo.

Additional support for Base Camp’s Collabofest and Portland craft brewing proudly provided by
sponsors Imperial Yeast, New Season’s Market, GDI Distributors, Miir, and SKOUT
Backcountry.

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The Base Camp Brewing Company family has been brewing innovative lagers and ales for the
adventurous palate since 2012. To experience the latest from the frontier of craft beer, visit Base
Camp at their brewhouse and taproom located in the heart of Portland, Oregon’s brewery district, or look for their beers on tap, in the beer cooler, and on the trail.



Widmer Brothers 2017 Beer Release Schedule


Widmer Brothers Brewing published their 2017 beer release calendar today. Some interesting tidbits:

  • PDX Pils is new to the year-round lineup. Even though this beer is in wide release for the first time, it has some good history. PDX Pils won Gold at the 2016 Oregon Beer Awards for the Pilsner/Helles/Kolsch category.
  • A new line of Hefe seasonal beers featuring fruit has been launched. I've been waiting years for this! The first of the rotating releases, Hefe Hopfruit, is made with grapefruit peel and grapefruit puree. Hefe Berry Lime and Hefe Blood Orange will be released later this year. While I wasn't a huge fan of Hefe Shandy, it showcased the tremendous potential of Hefe to serve as the anchor for its own series of beers. I can't wait to taste these! 
  • Drifter Pale Ale returns as a summer seasonal after a nearly four-year absence. It was retired in 2013 to make way for Alchemy Ale, which is no longer in the lineup. I guess Drifter gets the last laugh after all...
  • 2 sets of variety packs will be released three times per year. One pack will feature the current Hefe rotating release, the other will contain the current seasonal.

2017 is shaping up to be a good beer year for Widmer Brothers. Prost!




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Yoga + Cider @ Cider Riot!


Now here's an interesting pairingyoga and cider! Jana Daisy-Ensign will be leading an all-level yoga class from from 10:30am to noon, on Saturday January 28th at Cider Riot! Jana is both a registered yoga instructor and Finnriver Cidery's National Cider Ambassador. She's also a founding member of Pomme Boots Society, an organization for women working in the cider industry.

After the class, students will enjoy a complimentary pint of delicious cider! For more details, check out the news release below.


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Yoga + Cider @ Cider Riot! 
10:30am Saturday, January 28th

Exercise your commitment to health in the New Year and drink in tastes of the Pacific Northwest's thriving cider scene. 

Pomme Boots Society founding member and 200hr registered yoga teacher, Jana Daisy-Ensign leads an exploration of asanas and apples Saturday, January 28th at Portland's Cider Riot! Taproom. 

Doors open at 10am for check-in and drop-in registration. All-level yoga instruction runs 10:30am to noon. The event concludes with a complimentary pint served from the curated draft list.

This fun, dynamic flow class will offer foundational basics geared toward beginner students as well as options to add a more vigorous and complex postures geared toward the intermediate student. The class will be held in the cidery production space on finished cement floor. Fermenting cider requires a certain ambient temperature so the space is heated, but students are encouraged to dress in layers to accommodate changing body temperatures. Students are also asked bring their own mat and water bottle. A limited number of loaner mats will be available.

Space is limited - sign up today!
$23 Advanced  / $28 Drop-in 

Cider Riot is located at 807 NE Couch Street, Portland, OR 97232. 

Jana Daisy-Ensign has been exploring the ancient art of yoga for 20+ years and has been a certified instructor leading regular classes since 2010. She is also a certified cider professional who has worked in the craft beverage field for over a decade, currently representing Finnriver Cidery nationally. She loves sharing her passion for yoga with both new students and those with an existing practice.  

Pomme Boots Society an organization for women in cider is delighted to help advance the industry through networking, education and inspiration. Pomme Boots is honored to offer a series of yoga + cider classes quarterly in 2017, kicking off at Cider Riot!

Cider Riot! is an urban cidery and pub based just off East Burnside Street in the heart of Portland’s Inner East side, dedicated to the production of refreshing dry ciders from Cascadian grown apples. Cider Riot! ciders are sold throughout Cascadia, and in Alberta, Japan, and Norway.​

Samuel Adams Reformulates Rebel IPA


Samuel Adams' Rebel is reborn. Rebel IPA has a updated look and a new taste. The original Rebel IPA was launched in 2014 and I profiled it shortly after it was released. In 2015, the brewery expanded the family with the launch of Rebel Rider Session IPA and Rebel Rouser Double IPA.

Yesterday, the brewery announced that Rebel IPA has been reformulated. First, new hops were added. Mosaic, HBC 566 (Sam Adams proprietary hop), and HBC 683 (experimental hop) are all new to the mix. A total of seven hop varieties were used in this release.

While most IPA drinkers are all about the hops, I find this next change more intriguing.  The brewery tweaked Rebel's malt composition by removing Crystal malt, and utilizing only 2-Row. The change is intended to make the beer less malty, allowing the hops to shine through.

I think it would be interesting to do a side-by-side tasting (for research purposes, of course).  I'll try to track down an old bottle... For more details, check out Sam Adams' press release below.


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A REBEL REBORN: SAMUEL ADAMS FLAGSHIP IPA EVOLVES
“Project Lupulus” Reformulates Rebel IPA Recipe with a New Proprietary Hop Varietal

BOSTON -  For the first time, the brewers at Sam Adams have completely reformulated a popular flagship beer: Rebel IPA.  After more than four years, the brewers undertook what they called “Project Lupulus,” an experiment that takes advantage of hops that were not readily available or have been newly cultivated since Rebel IPA first launched in 2014. As part of this project, the brewers collaborated, starting in 2013, with a hop breeder in Yakima Valley, WA to create a new hop variety proprietary and exclusive to Sam Adams called HBC 566. After months of experimenting with dozens of trial batches at the Boston Brewery, the brewers are now ready to release the new Rebel IPA recipe which is brewed with HBC 566 and another new experimental hop variety for bittering, HBC 682.  Rebel IPA now has a more intense juicy, tropical and citrus flavor supported by a leaner body and a crisp, clean finish to optimize the hop character.

About Rebel Reborn
So what changes? Paying homage to the original recipe, Rebel IPA is brewed with a few of the original hop varieties including Cascade, Centennial, Simcoe® and Chinook. For the 2017 release, the brewers added Mosaic hops, alongside HBC 566, a new hop proprietary to Sam Adams, and HBC 682, a new, experimental bittering hop.

Project Lupulus refers to the scientific name of a hop, Humulus lupulus, and its special lupulin glands which are the fundamental source of flavor, bitterness, and aroma in hops. For Project Lupulus, the brewers looked to optimize the flavor of each hop variety by changing up the blend and ratio of hops for the new Rebel IPA. Ultimately, seven hops were chosen for their unique character, including:

  • HBC 566: A Sam Adams proprietary hop variety, HBC 566 adds a touch of lemon/lime, orange and eucalyptus flavor that can be found with the addition of this exclusive hop variety. 
  • HBC 682: Experimental hop HBC 682 is used solely as a bittering hop in Rebel IPA to impart a pleasant bitterness with a strong and earthy aroma
  • Mosaic: New to Rebel IPA, Mosaic hops impart tropical, fruity, and pines notes. In 2011, Sam Adams was one of the first breweries to experiment with Mosaic hops in a collaboration beer with Dogfish Head called SAVOR Flowers;
  • Cascade: A leading hop in the new Rebel IPA, Cascade hops impart floral, spicy, citrus, and grapefruit character;
  • Simcoe®: A staple of IPAs, Simcoe hops impart a strong piney character as well as apricot and citrus notes;
  • Centennial: Centennial hops are intensely floral with hints of wood and a medium citrus character;
  • Chinook: Chinook hops provide a piney character and a light spice note; 

To dial up the hop impression, the newly reborn Rebel IPA removed caramel malt from the grain bill and now is brewed only with Samuel Adams special two-row malt blend.  By removing the caramel malt, Rebel IPA’s body is less malty, resulting in a cleaner, brighter IPA with more tropical, citrus, and pine-forward notes.

Founder & Brewer of Samuel Adams, Jim Koch, on Reformulating Rebel IPA:
“This is the first time we’ve significantly changed the recipe of a flagship beer.  As hop varieties evolve, we want to use the new varieties to keep brewing the best beer possible,” said Jim Koch. “Like with the original Rebel IPA recipe, this release isn’t a palate-scorching hop-bomb. Our goal was to showcase the intricate aromas and flavors of hops, especially with new, experimental hop varieties HBC 566 and HBC 682. Not that long ago, it was a challenge just to find quality, flavorful hops and now, we’re developing our own proprietary hop with unparalleled lemony-lime, orange and eucalyptus notes. It’s wild to think how far the brewing industry has come and that today, a beer can evolve.”

Nano Brewery Manager, Megan Parisi, on Rebel IPA test batches:
“Even before we started brewing Rebel IPA, we were exploring the many varieties of hops and how they affect the flavor of a beer with Project Lupulus,” said Brewer Megan Parisi, who manages the nano brewery. “We averaged at least one new test brew in the nano each week since we started tinkering with the Rebel IPA recipe and our new hop varieties. It was awesome being able to brew with a new hop variety that had never been used. After dozens of test batches of single hop brews, various blends, and of course, taste testing, it is a pleasure to finally share our new Rebel IPA recipe with drinkers.”

About the Rebel IPA Family
Rebel IPA was the first beer that originated in the Samuel Adams Nano Brewery, the epicenter of experimentation for new beers located within the Boston Brewery. When Samuel Adams launched Rebel in 2014, the brew became the most successful release of a craft beer brand. Now, IPAs are the primary driver of craft volume growth1. Since 2014, the Rebel family has expanded to include Rebel Rouser Double IPA, Rebel Grapefruit IPA, and Rebel Juiced IPA.

In January 2017, Samuel Adams Rebel Juiced IPA, a West Coast IPA infused with mango, will be now available in cans and bottles. At 55 IBUs, the brewers selected the hop varieties based on their tropical aromas and juicy flavors rather than for their bitterness. Zeus hops were used in the kettle and Mosaic and Mandarina hops were used to dry hop. The result is a medium-bodied beer with a slightly veiled golden color that brings a big tropical aroma of guava, passionfruit and mango.

Rebel IPA Availability
Samuel Adams Rebel IPA and Rebel Juiced IPA will be available nationwide in early 2017 on draft, in six-packs for a suggested retail price of $7.99-$9.99, and both brews will be in the Pack of Rebels variety pack (bottles and cans) which also includes Rebel Grapefruit IPA and Rebel White Citra IPA for a suggested retail price of $14.99-$17.99. Rebel IPA will be available in 12-packs (bottles and cans) for a suggested retail price of $14.99-$17.99. Price for each package varies by market. Drinkers should look for new Rebel Reborn packaging hitting shelves in coordination with the release of the new Rebel IPA recipe.

To find where Samuel Adams beers are sold near you, visit www.samueladams.com/find-a-sam.



Lompoc's 5th Annual Black Out Beer Fest


Hankering from some dark beer? If you're in the mood for porters, stouts, coffee beers, and black IPAs, reserve February 25th on your calendar for Lompoc's 5th Annual Black Out Beer Fest.

For the first time, the festival is expanding to a full-day of dark beer revelry. You can even fill your stomach with a pre-fest Brunch at Fifth Quadrant, from 9am to 1pm. This year's taplist will feature 25 rotating dark beers from Lompoc and 20 guest breweries from across the Northwest. For more details, including pricing, check out the press release below.  To learn more about other great beer festivals, check out my Beer Festival schedule page.



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Lompoc’s Chowder Challenge takes a hiatus; Black Out Beer Fest expands to an all-day event

PORTLAND, Ore. – Lompoc Brewing has announced that its annual Chowder Challenge will take a hiatus this year to address venue and space issues. In its place, the brewery has expanded its popular Black Out Beer Fest to an all-day event.

The 5th annual Black Out Beer Fest will take place on Saturday, Feb. 25 from Noon to 10pm at Sidebar, located at 3901 N Williams Ave, and in the heated & tented parking lot in front of the Fifth Quadrant restaurant (around the corner at the same address). The event will feature 25 rotating dark beers – including porters, stouts, coffee beers and black IPAs – from Lompoc and more than 20 guest breweries from around the Northwest.

Admission into the event is free; tasting packages are required to taste the beers and cost $20, which includes a souvenir 15.5 oz glass mug and eight beer tickets. Additional beer tickets are available for $1 apiece. It costs four tickets for a full mug of beer or one ticket for a taste. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Community Transitional School.

The event will kick off the morning of Feb. 25 with a pre-fest Brunch at Fifth Quadrant from 9am to 1pm, featuring an exclusive brunch menu paired with specialty dark beers.

Black Out Beer Fest ticket sales will take place at the door in Sidebar; advance tickets are not available. The beers will be served in both Sidebar and in the tented and heated parking lot adjacent to the Fifth Quadrant pub. The event is for ages 21 and over, although minors and attendees are welcome inside the Fifth Quadrant pub.

Follow LompocBrewing.com or @LompocBeer on social media for updates to the beer list.

About Lompoc Brewing
Lompoc (pronounced Lom-Pock, much to the chagrin of Californians) creates eight flavorful year-round beers, plus a ridiculous number of seasonals. You can find Lompoc in 12-ounce and 22-ounce bottles and on draft at locations in Oregon and Washington, and at its five Portland neighborhood pubs: Fifth Quadrant and Sidebar in North Portland, Hedge House and Oaks Bottom in Southeast, and the Lompoc Tavern in Northwest. For more information, call 503-288-3996 or visit www.lompocbrewing.com and @LompocBeer on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Drink Local, Drink Lompoc!

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