Alesong to Release Four New Beers

Alesong Brewing & Blending just announced details for their first release of 2019. Mocha Rhino Suit and Maestro, originally released in 2017, are returning. Two new beers, Kriek and Friend in Commons will make their debut. The latter is one of the last collaborations made by The Commons Brewery.  For more details check, out the press release below.

Alesong Mocha Rhino Suit

Alesong Maestro

Alesong Kriek

Alesong Friend in Commons

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Alesong to Release Four New Beers in First Quarterly Release of 2019

EUGENE, OR:  On Sunday, February 17th from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Alesong Brewing and Blending will release four new beers at their wine country tasting room (80848 Territorial Hwy). This is Alesong’s first quarterly release of 2019 and features the reintroduction of classics they’ve created before as well as the addition of two new recipes.

“When we first released Mocha Rhino Suit and Maestro back in 2017, they got great responses” says cofounder, Brian Coombs. “we’re super excited to bring those fan favorites back alongside Kriek and Friend in Commons which will add some light, tart balance to counter those heavier beer styles.”

  • Mocha Rhino Suit — A blend of imperial stouts aged over 10 months in Heaven Hill bourbon barrels finished on hand-selected and freshly roasted coffee and cacao beans from the local artisans at Slightly Coffee Roasters and Chocolate Alchemy, Mocha Rhino Suit is the beer to keep on hand during these cold winter months. The Velvety layers of vanilla and coconut marry with dark cocoa and roasty coffee flavors for a decadent treat any time of day.
  • Maestro —Barley wine ales have often been considered the dean of beer styles, and our Maestro is no exception. Aged in freshly emptied Heaven Hill bourbon barrels, this oak-forward leader crescendos from first sip to last. Toffee, vanilla, and spice aromas lead the band and a balanced sweet, caramel-like malt flavor rounds out this full-bodied ale.
  • Kriek — Robed in bright vermillion and with an aroma reminiscent of fresh cherry pie, our Kriek is a humble nod to Belgian Lambic brewers who craft these tart, fruity and complex beers.  Ours was matured with a blend of two Oregon-grown cherry varietals that burst from the glass to give a luscious, sweet and sour experience.
  • Friend in Commons —  Our first of two collaborations with The Commons Brewery (look for the next one in May) resulted in this tart, mixed-culture farmhouse ale matured for nearly two years then dry hopped with Citra.  Friend in Commons is a ‘beetje’ tribute to the wonderful folks at The Commons.  If you know, you know.

In conjunction with the new release, Alesong will be hosting celebrations on 2/17  at its tasting room and 2/27 Imperial Bottle Shop NE (2006 NE Alberta St., Portland). Guests at both events will receive a complimentary tasting of the new beers and small-bite pairings to go with each. The release events are accessible to Blender’s Circle members (info and sign up at and to guests who preorder a minimum of 6 bottles.  The new beers will be available for the public in the tasting room and at select restaurants and bottle shops beginning the following week.

ABOUT ALESONG BREWING AND BLENDING: Alesong Brewing and Blending is a small artisan brewery based in the heart of Southern Willamette Valley wine country that crafts unique and small-batch beers with a focus on oak aging and Belgian-inspired techniques, brewing both wild and non-wild beers, using locally grown fruits, herbs and a host of special yeasts and other microbes.  Once the beer in the barrels has matured, the team samples and selects each barrel individually to blend. Paying homage to old-world Lambic blenders and artisan winemakers, Alesong believes that the final, balanced blend of a barrel-aged beer is much more satisfying than the sum of its parts or each individual barrel by itself. For more information, visit

Cider Riot! Launches New Refillable Bottles

Cider Riot! is the first cidery to use Oregon's new refillable multi-use bottles.  To celebrate, Cider Riot! will hold a bottle release event on Friday, January 11. For more details, check out news release below.

Burncider Bottle Release Event:
Friday, January 11,  5-7 pm
 Cider Riot Pub, 807 NE Couch St. Portland, Oregon 97232
Half-litre bottles of Burncider will be on sale for $4.90 plus deposit during the event, and BottleDrop Refill staff will be on hand to answer questions about the bottles and refilling program. 

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Cider Riot! First Cidery to Use Oregon’s New Refillable Bottles

Portland’s Cider Riot! rings in the New Year with the relaunch of its Burncider Pub Draught cider in Oregon’s new sustainable multi-use bottles. The locally made bottles are intended to be washed and refilled rather than crushed and recycled and craft breweries throughout the state have begun using them for beer. Cider Riot! is the first in the state to adopt them for cider, and celebrates the bottles with a party at its pub Friday January 11th from 5-7pm.

Cider Riot! founder and cidermaker Abram Goldman-Armstrong has been advocating the use of refillable bottles for over a decade, publishing an article on the subject in American Brewer magazine in 2008.

“As an Oregonian I grew up learning to reduce, reuse, and recycle from an very early age,” he says. “When I first started homebrewing in the 1990’s I always sought out refillable glass bottles as they were heavier and better quality than the one-way glass. When we launched Cider Riot! in 2013 we chose a bottle that was rated for multiple fills, but we did not have access to a washing facility. The Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative (OBRC) has cleared this hurdle for our cider, creating the BottleDrop Refill program so brewers and cidermakers can use bottles that are built to last over and over again.”

“The refillable bottles can be used as many as 25 times, and produce only 10% of the emissions of single use cans or bottles because they eliminate the energy required to melt down and recycle the glass or aluminum,” says Joel Schoening of the OBRC.

Burncider is Cider Riot!’s best selling Pub Draught Cider made with a blend of dessert apples from Yakima and Hood River and rare cider apples grown in Goldman-Armstrong’s native Yamhill County. A true heritage style cider, it boasts rich tannins from the cider fruit to support the fruity flavors of the dessert apples. Like all Cider Riot! ciders, Burncider is a natural product and contains no artificial preservatives.  

“The great thing about the BottleDrop refill program, is that it integrates seamlessly into Oregon’s existing bottle deposit and return program,” says Schoening. “So, unlike other brand specific refillable bottle programs, the BottleDrop bottle has the same 10 cent deposit the consumer would pay on any single-use bottle, and can return it conveniently.”

About Cider Riot!
An urban cidery and pub founded in 2013 focused on the production of refreshing dry ciders, Cider Riot! is located just off East Burnside street. The pub is open seven days a week offering ten ciders on draft and 2 guest beers as well as non-alcoholic options, darts, meeting rooms, and pinball. Cider Riot ciders are sold in Oregon, Washington, California, Norway and Japan.

About BottleDrop Refill
The BottleDrop Refill program is operated by the Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative. The Refill bottles are made in Portland at the Owens Illinois plant, from 70% recycled glass content. Bottles are washed and inspected and then returned to craft beverage makers for reuse.
The Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative is the industry steward of Oregon’s nationally recognized bottle deposit and return program. Through partnerships with beverage distributors and retailers, OBRC reduces litter and helps conserve Oregon’s pristine landscape by recovering, recycling or reusing 90% of the beverage containers sold at retail in Oregon.