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

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

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

$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 décor. 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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Photo courtesy of First National Taphouse

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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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.