Craft Brewers Conference '15 Commemorative Beers

  
The Craft Brewers Conference opening session was held today in Portland. Upon registering, attendees received to a goodie bag which among other things, included a Rastal Teku beer glass and a commemorative conference beer. However, since this is Oregon, just one beer won't do...

The Brewers Association worked with the Oregon Brewers Guild to develop this year’s commemorative beer. With the Beaver State home to so many breweries, the guild decided to make CBC history and produce six different commemorative beers representing the coast, central Oregon, the Willamette Valley and Portland proper, which is represented by three different beers. Each beer is a collaboration among breweries from the area and a variety of industry suppliers who provided ingredients and packaging.
Based on the luck of the draw, I received a bottle of (We Had to Do a) NW IPA when I checked in. This beer was a collaboration between Ninkasi, Caldera, Double Mountain, Falling Sky, Flat Tail, Fort George, Mazama, and Oakshire. I'm not sure exactly how they collaborated. Maybe they took turns dumping various hop additions into the brew kettle. Regardless, these breweries know a thing or two about IPAs, so I expect it will be good.
For more details about each of the six beers, check out the details below.


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As you might have suspected, that's not an IPA in the glass...

Chucklehead (Central Oregon)
5.2% ABV
“A beer for all you craft beer drinking chuckleheads. This collaboration brew takes inspiration from Berliner Weisse, but we rooted it down in Central Oregon.  We mixed up the malt bill with Great pilsner, wheat, rye, raw farro and locally grown hard red spring wheat from Mecca Grade Estate Malt in Madras, Ore. Tartness is provided from a lactobacillus fermentation, and lemony, floral and sweet hop notes come from healthy additions of Oregon Meridians and Crystals. Additionally, we infused the aroma of our landscape with juniper berries and evergreen tips.”
Breweries:
Deschutes Brewery (host)
McMenamins Old St. Francis School Brewery
Three Creeks Brewing Co.
Worthy Brewing Company



The Spirit of the 90’s (Portland Metro)
A modern Northwest amber ale.
Brewers:
Breakside Brewery
Gilgamesh Brewing
Hopworks Urban Brewery (host)
Laurelwood Brewing Co.
Portland Brewing
Standing Stone Brewing Company

(We Had to Do a) NW IPA  (Willamette Valley)
7.3% ABV
Northwest India pale ale.
Breweries:
Caldera Brewing Company
Double Mountain Brewery
Falling Sky Brewing
Flat Tail Brewing
Fort George Brewery
Mazama Brewing
Ninkasi Brewing Company (host)
Oakshire Brewing

Imperial Blitz  (Portland Metro)
6.5% ABV
“It tastes like the greatest cheap beer you’ve ever had in the 1980s. Brewed in honor of the men and women of Portland’s original brewery, Blitz Weinhard.”
Breweries:
Baerlic Brewing Co.
Base Camp Brewing Company
Burnside Brewing Co.
Ecliptic Brewing (host)
Gigantic Brewing Company
Lompoc Brewing
Old Town Brewing
Widmer Brothers Brewing

Gose  (Portland Metro)
ABV: 4.5%
“This Gose was kettle soured with Lactobacillus brevisfrom Wyeast Laboratories and then fermented with Occidental’s house Kölsch yeast strain, and and uses Oregon sea salt to mimic the water profile originally used to make this style of beer. A drinkable and refreshing beer, this collaboration captures the collective styles of the contributing breweries.”

Breweries:
Ambacht Brewing
The Commons Brewery
Occidental Brewing Co. (host)
Stickmen Brewing Company

Cascadian Dark Lager  (Oregon Coast)
6.2% ABV
“A robust, hoppy and highly drinkable dark lager.”
Breweries:
Buoy Beer Co.
Heater Allen Brewing
Two Kilts Brewing Co.
Pelican Pub & Brewery (host)


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