Little Beast Brewing Launch Party, April 22


Charles Porter, the founding brewer of Logsdon Farmhouse Ales, and his wife Brenda Crow are preparing to launch their new venture, Little Beast Brewing! They're hosting a public launch party on Saturday, April 22 at OP Wurst. This will be the first time that samples of their beer will be available for tasting.

The number of Oregon breweries focused on mixed fermentations and barrel-aged beers has been on the rise. In recent years, De Garde Brewing, Wolves & People Farmhouse Brewery, Alesong Brewing & Blending, and others have emerged. Along with pioneers such as Cascade Brewing and Logsdon, I expect these breweries will continue to push boundaries and evolve our perception of beer. It'll be fun to watch (and taste) it unfold!

I'm looking forward to getting my first taste of Little Beast on Saturday. For more details, check out the invitation below.


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You’re invited! Little Beast Brewing Launch Party

We would be honored to have you join us Saturday, April 22nd for the launch of Little Beast Brewing, our new farmhouse-style brewery in Beaverton, OR and founded by veteran brewer, Charles Porter, and his partner and wife, Brenda Crow.

Rooted in old world technique and inspired by Oregon's abundant edible flora, Little Beast is crafting beer using diverse cultures, aging in wood barrels and bottle conditioning to create a complex and unique finished product. We are so excited to introduce you to our inaugural beers!

Because our brewery space is petite and because we are big fans of the Olympia Provisions folks, we will be hosting the occasion at the new OP Wurst, where we will have complimentary samples of our first two beers on tap. Starting that evening and running through the week, OP will offer sausage artfully paired with our beers on their menu.

Come talk and toast with us. Hope to see you there!

When: Saturday, April 22, 2017 -- 5pm-8pm

Where:  OP Wurst, 3384 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202

What:
  • Complimentary samples of Bes and Fera
  • First look at the brand, bottles, t-shirts & more
  • Sausage & beer pairing menu available
  • An all-around good time with great people!

Home Hop Garden '17: April Update

 
My hop garden in progressing, albeit at a slower pace than last year. The tallest bines are about 30” highwell behind the 65" of growth they achieved by the end of the first week last April. While this spring has been exceptionally rainy, last spring was unusually warm and sunny. It's not a big deal, as I expect growth will catch up during the hot summer months. 

Last month, I decided to add to my hop garden by planting new Cascade and Columbus rhizomes. I did that. But last week, I came across some Mt. Hood, Sterling, and Zeus rhizomes, so I planted those as well. Can you ever have too many hop plants?? I don't think so... So that puts me at 8 varieties. I’m starting to run out of space!

None of the newly planted rhizomes have sprouted yet. Hopefully that will happen during the next week or two. I’ll provide another update in mid-May to let you know how things are coming along.


Cascade & Columbus rhizomes purchased from my local homebrew shop

Mt. Hood, Sterling, and Zeus rhizomes (left to right)

2nd year Chinook

My rapidly expanding hop empire

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Pyramid Brewing Launches New Cans and Reveals Rebranding


All the cool kids are doing it—rebranding, that is. Name a brewery, and they've probably rebranded or refreshed their package designs in the past 18 months. Most recently in Portland, BridgePort Brewing Co. revealed their refreshed designs. In my humble opinion, I think BridgePort took a step backward with their new look. To be fair, design is largely a matter of personal taste. So to each, his or her own.

Yesterday, Pyramid Brewing Co, announced their rebranding, and I like what they've done. Their new labels have a clean unified look that showcases Pacific Northwest scenery. In addition, they revealed the launch of 12 oz. cans of Thunderhead IPA, Hefeweizen, Outburst Imperial IPA, and the new Outburst Citrus IPA. 

This brewery is underrated. I've been impressed by Pyramid's recent special releases. Interestingly, with the exception of Outburst Citrus IPA, Pyramid's flagship lineup has been largely unchanged for the past few years. This bucks the trend that has breweries rapidly retooling their lineups in response to consumers who are always clamoring for something new.  I may have to revisit some of Pyramid's old standbys...  For more details, check out the news release below.



    

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Pyramid Brewing Co. Reveals New Brand Experience that Inspires Beer Drinkers to “Find Your Pyramid”
New look illustrates brewing philosophy that celebrates passion for adventure and craft beer

PORTLAND  – Pyramid Brewing Co. today debuted an invigorated brand aesthetic and experience encompassing an expanded line of canned brews, the addition of Outburst Citrus IPA to Pyramid’s year-round line-up, all-new packaging and revamped digital channels across its website and social media.

The new branding for each beer is pictographic and shares the story of its ingredients by paying homage to iconic Pacific Northwest (PNW) sceneries with a bold color aesthetic. For example, Outburst Imperial IPA’s new label art celebrates the iconic Mt. St. Helens near the brewery’s founding home in Kalama, Wash. and Hefeweizen celebrates classic Pacific Northwest scenery of a tree-lined mountain lake. The bottom of 6-pack carriers will have a call-out to fans to share their adventures with Pyramid. Whether exploring mountain lakes and coastal beaches, walking orchards in Hood River County Fruit Loop, smelling the aroma of hop fields in Yakima and Willamette Valleys, or sipping brews at Pyramid Alehouse before a baseball game, these scenes honor the region’s beautiful surroundings and represent Pyramid’s brand ideals of adventure, curiosity and discovery.

Pyramid Brewing Co. was founded in the PNW because of amazing resources like glacial water runoff and flavorful hop varieties produced in our two backyards of Yakima and Willamette Valleys. There is an incredible amount of inspiration to brew and enjoy craft beer, and after three decades of brewing some of the area’s favorite ales and lagers, Pyramid is a significant piece of many people’s favorite experiences.

Today, the craft beer industry is producing a lot of amazing beer, and it is harder to stand out on high-quality liquid alone. Recognizing this, Pyramid is embracing its legacy and original purpose to inspire adventure and exploration. This is evident in Pyramid’s evolving brewing philosophy and portfolio for current beer drinkers. Moreover, Pyramid is reaffirming its commitment to explore, celebrate and preserve the best of PNW ingredients and the land that produces them.

“Pyramid’s core element is celebrating life’s everyday adventures,” said General Manager Robert Rentsch. “We found that creating great beer is a given in today’s industry, but what’s next? For us, it is Pacific Northwest pride, seeking the best local ingredients and encouraging our consumers to enjoy their passions with craft beer. We are here to inspire those moments with fantastic beers worth sharing, and to introduce new styles of beer along the way.”

As part of the rebrand, Pyramid will release canned beers for Thunderhead IPA, Hefeweizen, Outburst Citrus IPA and Outburst Imperial IPA. These canned brews are ideal for PNW outdoor activites as they pack easier and chill faster. The novel Outburst Citrus IPA brewed with orange and tangerine peel debuts in 12 oz. cans and 22 oz. bottles. It’s big hop flavor is matched flawlessly by the tasty, aromatic, citrusy punch of the orange and tangerine peel.

“Inspired by the original Outburst recipe, Outburst Citrus IPA uses much of the same malts and hops to be mouth wateringly hoppy,” said Head Brewer Ryan Pappe. “We added orange and tangerine peel to augment the flavor profile with citrus fragrance. Outburst Citrus IPA is an excellent brew to get better acquainted with us when there is so much new to see, taste, smell and love about Pyramid!”  

Pyramid’s baseball favorite, Curve Ball Summer Blonde Ale, returns to the seasonal brew line-up with new label art that embeds Seattle’s skyline with classic baseball and stadium images into the design. This blonde ale is brewed with the grandstand atmosphere in mind to be bright, crisp and golden. Supremely satisfying and deeply quenching, Curve Ball is a grand slam for summer’s adventures inside and outside the stadium.

#FindYourPyramid
Adventures are planned and celebrated over great tasting beers. Pyramid Brewing Co. invites fans to share their adventures from across the Northwest by posting a photo with #FindYourPyramid. For more news and events, follow Pyramid Brewing Co. on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @pyramidbrew.

About Pyramid Brewing Co.
Born in the Pacific Northwest, Pyramid Brewing Co.’s year-round ales, seasonals and Brewer’s Reserve series are some of the PNW’s favorite brews. In 1984, Pyramid discovered a new way of crafting beer, bringing together adventure, friends and bold new flavors and innovation. Today, Pyramid shares this spirit through its craft beers, and breweries and alehouses in Seattle and Portland. To find your Pyramid, visit: www.pyramidbrew.com.

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City of Goses: A Celebration of Sour, Salted Beers


It was just a matter of time...  In Portland, we have beer festivals dedicated to single styles of beer. I'm glad to see that the Gose is finally getting its own festival! If you've never had a gose, you should try one. Here's a description of the style from Beer Advocate:

"An old German beer style from Leipzig, Gose is an unfiltered wheat beer made with 50-60% malted wheat, which creates a cloudy yellow color and provides a refreshing crispness and twang. A Gose will have a low hop bitterness and a complementary dryness and spice from the use of ground coriander seeds and a sharpness from the addition of salt. Like Berliner Weisse beers, a Gose will sometimes be laced with various flavored and colored syrups. This is to balance out the addition of lactic acid that is added to the boil."

This two-day event will be held on May 27-28 at Labrewtory.  For more details, check out the news release below. And yes, salt does work in a beer...



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FROM THE CITY OF ROSES AND THE CITY OF BEER FESTIVALS COMES “CITY OF GOSES” MAY 27 & 28
LABrewatory Hosts World’s Largest Celebration of Sour, Salted Beers

Beervana, OR – CITY of GOSES, the largest and possibly first celebration strictly dedicated to gose-style beers is also the Portland Rose Festival’s first sanctioned beer fest. The two-day event held over Memorial Day weekend will feature 30 goses from Saxony to Stumptown. From über traditional versions on this salty, sour beer including imports from its source in Leipzig, Germany to takes from around Portland and across the globe, CITY of GOSES may require returning both days to fully enjoy the gamut gose has to offer. The fest takes place three blocks from the Albina/Mississippi Max station just one stop north of the Gose Quarter, er, Rose Quarter at LABrewatory (670 N. Russell St.). The event is Saturday and Sunday, May 27-28 from 1 - 9 p.m.  Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the gate. Tickets are available now at Merctickets.com/go/CityOfGoses.

Nearly one year ago, New Zealand native and Portland staple John Lovegrove texted pun-loving event-producer Brian Yaeger. The note read, "Brace yourself...The City of Goses...That totally has a Brian Yaeger Presents feel about it." Yep. In a world where sour beers are increasingly sought after, lower-alcohol session ales have a foothold, and warmer weather always calls for the most refreshing beer, it’s no surprise today’s craft brewers are exploring gose (pronounced gose-uh). This wheat ale brewed with salt, coriander, and tart lactic acid originated between the 12th and 15th centuries in Goslar in Lower Saxony though it’s identified mostly with Leipzig in Saxony. Each participating brewery delivers a distinct spin via selected salts and additional ingredients.

Admission includes a souvenir glass and additional tasting tickets will be available for $1 each. With one exception, all beers will be one (1) ticket per four-ounce sample and four (4) tickets for a 14-ounce pour. Samples from the last keg on Earth of Cascade Brewing’s 2010 Summer Gose, will be two (2) tickets and not available as a full pour. LABrewatory will have a selection of non-gose house beers available as well.

The mostly Portland line-up includes: Baerlic, Burnside, Cascade, Coalition (featuring hemp extracted CBD), The Commons, Culmination, Deschutes-PDX, Ecliptic, Great Notion, Hopworks, Little Beast, Occidental (Germanic brewery’s first solo foray into German-style sour beer), Rogue, Stormbreaker, Widmer Bros., and Zoiglhaus (where braumeister Alan Taylor brews the original recipe from Goslar and has trained in Leipzig). Host brewery LABrewatory will have a collaboration with Cerveza Loba in Portland Sister City Guadalajara.

Some of the breweries from beyond the City of Roses include four from California—Anderson Valley, Bruery Terreux (getting into the spirit with a gose featuring rose petals, rose hips, and rose water), Modern Times, and Sierra Nevada—plus the GABF gold medal winning gose from Reuben's in Seattle, Oedipus (from Amsterdam), and naturally, Ritterguts the traditional classic imported from Leipzig.

CITY of GOSES is all-ages event. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Caldera, the Portland arts organization that serves as a catalyst for the transformation of underserved youth through art and environmental programs.

Pertinent links: Ticketing Merctickets.com/go/CityOfGoses ($15 online, $20 at the gate.)
Twitter: @The_CityOfGoses
Visit LABrewatory online at Labrewatory.com or, y’know, in person at 670 N. Russell St.

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Oregon Fruit Products Launches Pink Guava Puree for the Fermentation Industry


Oregon Fruit Products LLC announced that it will release Pink Guava Puree as part of its limited series for the fermentation market. Consumers are probably most familiar with the company's canned and pourable fruit. The company is also a leader in aseptically packaged fruit for the fermentation industry.  I visited Oregon Fruit Products a few years ago during the blueberry harvest and toured the canning facility. Check out my short video in the link.

I recently experimented with Oregon Fruit's cranberry puree in my homemade Cranberry Komboucha with Cardamom and Clove. It exceeded my expectations!

Although consumers can't directly purchase Pink Guava Puree, I'm willing to wager that we'll see an increase the the amount of Pink Guava beers that are realized by breweries in the coming months. I'd love to try this fruit in both an IPA and a wheat beer! We'll see what happens.

For more information, please see Oregon Fruit's news release below.


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Pink Guava Puree Now Available from Oregon Fruit Products’ Fruit for Fermentation Line
Tropical Fruit Flavors Continue to Grow in Popularity with Brewers, Company Says


SALEM, Ore. – Oregon Fruit Products LLC today released its next flavor in its limited series for the fermentation market: pink guava puree, adding to the company’s extensive portfolio of premium specialty fruit the products are designed for the craft beverage industry.

Like all of Oregon Fruit for Fermentation products, the fruit is carefully selected for maximum ripeness and flavor and pureed into a velvet-smooth consistency so that it is ready for incorporating into a variety fermented beverages, including beer, cider, mead, spirits, wine, and kombucha. The puree contains 100 percent pink guava juice and pulp, with no added sugar, preservatives or additives. The taste is reminiscent of similarly sweet and medium-acid fruits such as papaya, melon, and pear, with a very aromatic, rich bouquet.

“Tropical fruits continue to see strong growth across all segments of the fermented beverage world, with no signs of slowing down,” says Chris Hodge, director of sales for fermentation at Oregon Fruit Products. “In 2016 we introduced mango, passion fruit, and pineapple as limited time offerings. Our customers loved them so much that we made them a permanent part of the product line. We hope that pink guava puree will follow suit and help our partners stay on the cutting edge of innovation.”

About Fruit for Fermentation Purees
All of Oregon Specialty Fruit purees are aseptically packaged to ensure shelf-stable, clean fruit brewers can count on. The product is minimally processed to ensure the best fresh fruit flavor and color. Most of the purees have a shelf life of 18 months in ambient temperature.

Oregon Fruit’s pink guava puree is now available in 42 lb. bag-in-box.  The product is certified kosher, made in the U.S.A., non-GMO, gluten-free and vegetarian.  Oregon Fruit Products does not use, nor does it allow, any of the eight major allergens (milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, soy and wheat) in the products or processing areas.

Oregon Fruit Products LLC
Founded in 1935, Oregon Fruit Products offers a complete line of canned, frozen and shelf-stable premium fruit for consumers, foodservice operators and ingredient sales.  The company is located in Salem, Oregon and can be found on the web at www.oregonfruit.com and www.fruitforbrewing.com.


Zupan's Market Partners with The Commons Brewery for Farm-to Market Series


Today, Zupan's Markets announced the 5th beer in its Farm-to-Market series. For this release, Zupan's partnered with The Commons Brewery to bring us a Farmhouse Saison with Sage & Peppercorns. If you live in Portland and like Belgian-inspired ales, you're probably familiar with The Commons. I've long been a big fan of the brewery and expect this release will be excellent!

This beer will be available beginning tomorrow (April 7) at all Zupan's Market locations. Only 45 cases were produced, so it won't last long. For more details, check out the news release below.


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ZUPAN’S MARKETS PARTNERS WITH THE COMMONS BREWERY 
 TO INTRODUCE FIFTH BEER IN FARM-TO-MARKET SERIES


PORTLAND, Ore (April 6, 2017) – Zupan’s Markets has partnered with The Commons Brewery to release the fifth Farm-to-Market beer in its private label line. This light-bodied saison has a robust, champagne-like carbonation brewed with white peppercorn and white sage, with bright citrus and herbal notes that cleanse and refresh the palate.

“Zupan’s Markets is excited to be partnering with The Commons Brewery to expand our Farm-to-Market series into a new style – saison,” said Zupan’s Markets’ President and CEO Mike Zupan. “Together, we’ve created the ideal food beer, perfect to share with family and friends.”  

This Saison will be available starting Friday, April 7 at all three Zupan’s Markets locations in 750ml bottles for $15.99. With only 45 cases produced, it will be on shelves only for a limited time.

“Zupan’s Markets embodies our mission of gathering with friends and family to enjoy a beverage, meal and conversation,” said Mike Wright, Founder of The Commons Brewery. “Our shared commitment to high quality ingredients made this partnership a natural fit.”

  • Profile: ABV 6.5%
  • Malts: 100% Castle (Belgian) Pilsner Malt
  • Hops: Magnum and Emerald
  • Other Ingredients: White Sage and White Peppercorn


About Commons Brewery
The Commons Brewery opened in December 2011 crafting small batch, approachable and balanced beers inspired by European brewing tradition. The Tasting Room is located in the heart of Portland’s Central Eastside Industrial District at 630 SE Belmont Street and is open everyday from Noon to 10pm. For more information, visit www.commonsbrewery.com

About Zupan’s Markets 
Founded by John Zupan in 1975, Zupan’s Markets is a local and family-owned gourmet market that has served Portland’s food-loving community for more than 40 years. Zupan’s Markets has three locations that focus on quality, selling everything from the best meats and wines to the freshest produce, baked goods, gourmet deli products, specialty foods, flowers and more, always emphasizing locally-sourced, artisan products when possible. For more information, visit www.zupans.com.


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Gigantic Brewing's 5th Anniversary Greatest Hits Lineup


Look who's turning 5! Gigantic Brewing celebrates their half-decade anniversary on May 9th. Gigantic has always followed a very unorthodox strategy for their beer lineup. They brew one year-round offering (Gigantic IPA) and various seasonals throughout the year. These seasonals are one-offs creations that are brewed ONE TIME only, never to return. Ever. Never-ever. Well, except for now...

In honor of their 5th Anniversary, Gigantic is resurrecting 10 of their customers' all-time favorites in a 15-month long celebration. In addition, they will be holding Gigantic Beer Week from May 4 - May 11. Check out the Gigantic website and the press release below for more details.

In closing, remember that never doesn't always mean never. Most of the time, it just means eventually. The Eagles said twice they'd never tour again. They'll be back this summer...

Congrats to Gigantic Brewing on achieving this big milestone!





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Gigantic Brewing  Announces 5th Anniversary “Greatest Hits” Lineup

PORTLAND, Ore. (March 28)- We said we would never brew our seasonal beers more than once, but to celebrate our 5th anniversary we are bringing back some of the most loved brews in our catalogue of ever changing seasonal beers. We will be brewing an entire year of Gigantic “Greatest Hits” starting in April 2017 and running to June 2018 (It’s a gigantic 15 month year).

We are always being asked when we will brew “that” seasonal beer again. So at the end of last year we asked our taproom patrons, as well as those online and around the world to vote for their favorite Gigantic seasonal beer. We received hundreds of votes and after counting, and re-counting, we are happy to announce the beers selected by Gigantic drinkers.

We will start our “Greatest Hits” reissue collection where it all began, with Axes of Evil and The City Never Sleeps. Both beers were our top vote getters and we are proud to re-brew and drink these beers again. Gigantic 5th Anniversary reissue beers will be signified by a special “5 Years Greatest Hits” stamp.  The beers will also come paired with songs from local musicians.

About Axes Of Evil
Gigantic + Three Floyds unleash this weapon of mass distraction. Citrus, floral and tropical hoppyness lead to full malt flavour from proper English malt, kilned over Welsh coal. Brewed for those of us that live and die in the Timbers Army and Section 8.
ABV 6.0%  70 IBU

Axes of Evil release event at The Civic Taproom, April 2nd 3-530pm, Pre-Timbers match release event.

About The City Never Sleeps
From the deep dark recesses of our minds emerges this imperial black saison. A beer shrouded in mystery and depth of flavor. A night you will never forget.
ABV 7.6%  18 IBU

The complete list of Gigantic Greatest Hits:

April-June 2016
Axes of Evil
The City Never Sleeps

July-September 2016
SOLID!
Whole in the Head

October-December 2016
Catch 23
Most Premium

January-March 2017
High Fidelity
End of Reason

April-June 2017
High Fidelity
Kiss the Goat

We will be celebrating our 5th anniversary with Gigantic Beer Week - 8 days of events from May 4-11.  Our 5th anniversary is on May 9th, 2017. More information on Gigantic Beer Week to follow in the coming days.


About Gigantic Brewing
At Gigantic we only do two things: make the best damn IPA in Portland, Oregon and produce seasonal, exciting, flavorful beers, most of which will be brewed only once. Our goal is simultaneously to create new interpretations of classic styles and to ignore those same style guidelines completely and brew whatever our creative natures produce. We hold ourselves to a simple principle – Never Give an Inch.  We vow to start small and (stubbornly) stay small, focusing our efforts on making exceptional beer, rather than a lot of beer. When you drink Gigantic, know that we didn’t just put our names on the label – our effort, imagination, and dry wit are in every bottle.


Full Sail Releases Sesión Cerveza Mexican Style Lager


Full Sail Brewing's rapid fire pace of additions continues with its Session line of beers. They kicked off the year with the release of Session Black Cherry Black. A few weeks ago, they launched Session Premium Lager in cans. Now they're headed south of the border and adding Sesión Cerveza Mexican Style Lager to their year-round lineup.

It's an intriguing move. I've only seen a handful of craft breweries release a Mexican-style lager as a limited release, but I'm not aware of any that have added one as a year-round offering.

In a departure from other Session beers, Sesión Cerveza utilizes flaked corn in the malt billFlaked corn is commonly used in the production of light lagers and produces a beer that's lighter in color and and flavor.

Full Sail sent me a sample 6-pack. I cracked open a bottle, and first noticed its pale straw color. The picture below doesn't do it justice, but it's quite pale. Grass and lemon come through in aroma. The taste starts with bread and light cereal, followed by spicy hops in the middle. It's light bodied, crisp, and finishes dry with a light note of citrus. Mexican-style lagers have never cracked my beer drinking rotation. With summer quickly approaching, I can see myself drinking a few of these... For more details, check out Full Sail's press release below.


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Light and Refreshing, New Sesión Cerveza Mexican Style Lager is Pure Gold in a Bottle
 Hecha in Hood River, Enjoyed Everywhere

Hood River, Oregon – Say “¡hola!” to Sesión Cerveza, the newest member of the Session family. At 4.5% ABV, new Sesión Cerveza Mexican Style Lager is a light, crisp, refreshing, loco-buena cerveza, brewed for a hot day, a hot date, and anything in between.

“Straw gold in color, and light in body, Sesiόn Cerveza is brewed with Pilsner malt, flaked corn, and Celeia and Northern Brewer hops,” says Full Sail Brewmaster Jim Kelter. “The pour is pure gold in a bottle.” Sesíon Cerveza offers the refreshing character of the imports in a locally crafted beer, perfect for your next fiesta. The hops impart subtle hints of lemon and spice to complement the crisp malt body.   

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 100 medals, including 40 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. And dios mío, new Sesión Cerveza is no exception. Available year-round in 11oz. stubby bottles, in 6-packs, 12-packs, on draft and in the Session summer Mashup variety 12-pack. Hecha en Hood River. Enjoyed everywhere. ¡Saludos! 4.5% ABV, 15 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 150 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.


Terminal Gravity's Roshambo Hoppy Pale Ale


Today, Terminal Gravity Brewing announced the release of its newest seasonal, Roshambo Hoppy Pale Ale. This beer showcases Denali, a new hop variety. For those of you that are totally into your hops, here's a description from Hopsteiner:

Denali (formerly known as Hopsteiner #06277) is an aroma-type hop, originated from a cross between Nugget and the son of a cross between Zeus and USDA 19058 male. Denali has a big aroma that imparts Pineapple with notes of Citrus and Pine. It is quite popular with brewers who are looking for a distinct, big flavor in their beers. Denali has an unusually high total essential oil content averaging more than 4 grams oil/100grams of raw hops.

Sounds tasty to me! Roshambo will be available through September in 12 oz. 6-packs. For more details, check out the brewery's press release below.


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Terminal Gravity Brewing Releases Roshambo Hoppy Pale Ale

Enterprise, OR -- Old man winter is on the retreat! It’s time to trade the Bog boots for the Chaco sandles and the stouts for the summer pale ales. We’re proud to introduce a new seasonal bottled beer for the season’s enjoyment. 

Roshambo Hoppy Pale Ale is an American Pale Ale brewed with copious amounts of Denali and Eureka! hops. It begins with the aroma of fresh cut pineapple and citrus, and gives way to a light and crisp malt bill, ending with a slight bitterness (just 40 IBU’s) reminiscent of melon rind. We’ve been refreshed by this beer, and at 5.5% ABV it’ll have you reaching for another.  

Denali hops are the real story here. We picked this hop up about a year ago when it was still #06277, an experimental hop with genetic origins from Nugget and Zeus.  It wowed us with a new sort of citrus, allowing us to shed the winter blues and see July on the horizon. So shake off that winter coat and chill down a sixer of Roshambo...spring is just ‘round the corner. 

Available in 12 ounce bottles, tucked into 6-packs. You can find Roshambo at Market of Choice, New Seasons Markets, Fred Meyer Stores, Safeway, Zupans, and wherever TG is sold. 

Terminal Gravity Brewing is located in the small town of Enterprise, Oregon. Just a quick 320 miles from Portland, we’re nestled in the foothills of the Wallowa Mountains.  We cut our teeth on craft brewing twenty years ago and drove the first kegs of TG IPA to PDX in the back of a pickup truck, eight kegs at a time.  It quickly became a favorite of beer drinkers all over the PNW. 

Twenty years later we’ve kept our roots a priority all the while envisioning and executing an exploratory path among new IPA’s, Pilsners, American Lagers, and Barrel Aged Beers.  Our beers are an ode to our place, our people, and the kind of life worth living.  


11th Annual Portland Cheers to Belgian Beers


Portland Cheers to Belgian Beers returns for its 11th year on June 2-3 at The North Warehouse. This year, the 83 participating breweries will utilize the Imperial Yeast B45 Gnome yeast strain. Here's Imperial's descriptions of the strain:

Gnome is the yeast for brewing Belgian inspired beers in a hurry. This strain is extremely flocculent and drops out of the beer quickly after fermentation. Gnome produces a nice phenolic character that goes well with hops, as well as with caramel and toffee flavors. Great for Belgian ales that need to be crystal clear without filtration.

I attended PCTBB for the first time last year, and was extremely impressed by the diversity of the beers, even though they were all produced by the same strain. I expect this year will be no different. Advance tickets are now on sale at a significant discount, for a limited time and quantity. Click here to order. For more details, check out the PCTBB press release below.




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Advance MercPerk tickets on sale now for 11th annual
Cheers to Belgian Beers festival, taking place June 2 and 3
PORTLAND, Ore. – March 20, 2017 – The early bird gets the worm, or in this case, beer! Advance tickets are on sale now for Portland’s Cheers to Belgian Beers festival, which features up to 70 Belgian-style beers brewed by Oregon craft brewers using the same single yeast strain. The 11th annual event will take place June 2 and 3 at The North Warehouse at 723 N. Tillamook St. Hours are 1pm to 9pm on Friday and 12pm to 8pm on Saturday.

Drink packages at the door costs $20 for a souvenir glass and eight drink tickets. Discount tickets are on sale now at MercPerks, with two tasting glasses and 16 drink tickets for $28 ($40 value), while supplies last. The event is for ages 21 and over.

This year’s featured yeast strain is Imperial Yeast B45 Gnome, a yeast that creates crystal clear Belgian ales in a short amount of time. Gnome produces peach and apricot esters with a Belgian phenolic character that can be manipulated through temperature. It pairs well with hops, while also complementing malt and caramel characters.

To ensure the diversity of the yeast strain, as well as show off the creativity of Oregon craft brewers, the color and strength of each brewery’s beer is determined by a dart throw. More than 80 breweries took part in this year’s dart throw, held on Jan. 16 at The Evergreen, the private event space at the Loyal Legion. Depending on where the dart landed on the board, a brewer was directed to brew a Belgian-style beer that will be either light or dark in color, with amber as the midpoint; and either lower or higher in alcohol, with six percent being the baseline. Four breweries hit a bullseye, meaning they get to choose their color and strength.

Portland’s Cheers to Belgian Beers takes place inside The North Warehouse as well as outside in the tented parking lot. Food is available from Urban German Grill. Street parking is available, but limited. Attendees are encouraged to take public transportation — the TriMet Bus Line 35 stops one block away and the Yellow Max Line stops two blocks away — or ride their bike, with complimentary bike parking available.

The festival is seeking volunteers, who receive a glass, 8 drink tickets, a t-shirt and free admission after their shift. An OLCC servers permit is not required to participate as a volunteer server at this event. To sign up, visit  https://www.events-connect.com/ctbb/volunteer.

Cheers to Belgian Beers is produced by the Oregon Brewers Guild and sponsored by Boelter, Imperial Yeast and the Portland Mercury. Follow @OregonCraftBeer on social media on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, #ctbb17.

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 comprises 159 brewing companies, 118 associate/supplier members and more than 3,950 enthusiast members known as S.N.O.B.s (Supporters of Native Oregon Beer). To learn more, visit OregonCraftBeer.org.




4th Annual Cider Rite of Spring, March 25


Cider Rite of Spring returns on March 25! This is your chance to taste nearly 100 ciders from 30 different cidermakers. Formerly held at The Tiffany Center, the festival has moved to The Evergreen PDX.

If you're into ciders, this is a must-attend event! It's also a great opportunity to meet and learn from many of the the cidermakers. I've attended for the past two years, and plan to visit again this year. For more information, check out the news release below.


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Northwest Cider Association presents Cider Rite of Spring, named Best Northwest Cider Festival by Sip NW Magazine

PORTLAND, Ore. – This spring, everything’s coming up cider! A celebration of the blossoming Northwest cider industry, the 4th annual Cider Rite of Spring will feature nearly 100 unique ciders served by 30 different cidermakers in a beautifully renovated historic event space. Cider Rite of Spring will take place March 25 from 12pm to 6pm at the The Evergreen PDX, located at 618 SE Alder St. The event is for ages 21 and up.

Lauded as the “Best Northwest Cider Festival” by SIP Northwest in 2015, Cider Rite of Spring offers tastings from ^5 Cider, 1859 Cider Co., 2 Towns Cider House, 7Bev Corp., Alter Ego Cider, Baird & Dewar Farmhouse, Bandon Rain, Bauman's Cider, Bull Run Cider, Cider Riot!, Dragon's Head Cider, Elk Horn Brewery & Cider House, Finnriver Farm & Cidery, Locust Cider, McMenamins Edgefield, New West Cider, Pear UP, Portland Cider Co., Red Tank Cider, Reverend Nat's Hard Cider, Runcible Cider Co., Schilling Cider, Seattle Cider Co., Snowdrift Cider Co., Spire Mountain Ciders, Square Mile Cider, Steelhead Cider, Swift Cider, Tieton Cider Works, Tumalo Cider Co., and Woodbox Cider.

General Admission costs $25, which includes a tasting glass access to cider. VIP Admission cost $40 and includes a tasting glass plus access to the exclusive VIP lounge, featuring complementary cheese pairings by Whole Foods Market and one-on-one interaction with six renowned PNW cidermakers who will share special cider offerings. Tickets are available now at http://www.merctickets.com/events/40632995/cider-rite-of-spring

Wasabi Sushi will sell food on-site, including gluten free and vegan options; and a pop-up retail store will give attendees the chance to buy their favorite ciders from the event to take home. 

Cider Rite of Spring 2017 is presented by Square Mile Cider and supported by Valley Processing. For more information, visit Northwest Cider Association. 

About Northwest Cider Association
Founded in 2010, the Northwest Cider Association (NWCA) brings cideries and cider lovers together to learn, experience and enjoy the Northwest cider culture. Representing more than 80 commercial cidermakers from throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and British Columbia, the group is dedicated to supporting, promoting and growing its thriving industry. NWCA hosts cider-themed events, including Cider Rite of Spring, Summer Cider Day, and Cider Weeks in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. For more information, visit NWCider.com, or follow @nwcider on social media.    

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