Thursday, October 23, 2014

Old Town Brewing Co. Taps Grimm Collaboration Beer to Benefit Doernbecher

Old Town Brewing Co. Taps Grimm Collaboration Beer to Benefit Doernbecher

Portland brewery will donate $2 of every pint of “Wesen Wiezen” sold to OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital

Portland, Ore. – Old Town Brewing Co.® (OTB®), a locally owned and operated Portland brewery, will celebrate the season premiere of Grimm’s® fourth season on Oct. 24, 2014, with the tapping of its Wesen Wiezen specialty brew.  For every pint sold, OTB will donate $2 to the Grimmster Endowment at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.

No stranger to ghosts and legends with its famed haunted location in Old Town, Old Town Brewing Co. knew locally filmed and beloved Grimm would be the perfect partner for a specialty beer, and just in the time for Halloween, too. The result is a delicious reflection of Portland and the show’s character.

The Wesen Wiezen, a black Bavarian hefeweizen brewed in tribute to Portland’s own Grimm TV show, is a classic Bavarian-style hef with black malt that shifts the shape of the sessionable black ale. The specialty brew will be available at both the brewery location on Martin Luther King Blvd. and the Old Town Pizza Davis Street taproom location until it’s sold out.

“For Old Town Brewing Co., this is what it’s all about - creating beer with local partners that reflect the spirit of our city, while being able to give something back to an incredibly important local organization,” said Adam Milne, owner of Old Town Brewing Co. and Old Town Pizza. “My hope is that the community will rally around this opportunity to enjoy incredible beer and raise as much money as possible for Doernbecher.”

Old Town Brewing Co. has been busy during its first two years of inception, scooping up four major awards in the last 12 months, two from the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) and two from the World Beer Cup. Those beers include the following:

  • GABF 2014, Silver, I’d Like to Buy the World a Kölsch, German-Style Kölsch category
  • GABF 2013, Gold, Cents and Sensibility, Fresh Hop category
  • World Beer Cup 2014, Silver, I’d Like to Buy the World a Kölsch, German-Style Kölsch category
  • World Beer Cup 2014, Bronze, Paulie’s Not Irish Red, Irish Style Red Ale category

About Old Town Brewing Co./Old Town Pizza
Old Town Brewing Co. (OTB) opened in northeast Portland, Ore., in 2012. With an emphasis on crafting its beer to reflect the spirit, values, history and personality of Portland, OTB proudly uses Portland’s legendary white stag symbol as the emblem for its beers. OTB is the first Portland brewery to deliver beer and pizza by bike straight to consumers, rain or shine. Reclaimed materials were extensively incorporated into the design of the brewery, evoking an atmosphere authentic to Portland.

Owner Adam Milne opened OTB to complement his Old Town Pizza® location in Portland’s historic Old Town neighborhood. A devoted Old Town Pizza customer since celebrating his ninth birthday at the restaurant, Milne purchased Old Town Pizza from the original owners, the Accuardi family, in 2003.For more information visit and

About the Grimmster Endowment,
After visiting with patients at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, the cast of Grimm were inspired to establish the Grimmster Endowment to provide critical support to OHSU Doernbecher’s most vulnerable patients and families, including help with uncompensated care, travel, lodging and other services integral to their care and comfort.

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Kells Brew Pub

Kells Brew Pub brings new head chef on board, releases updated, rustic menu
Brewery expands beer lineup, wins Willamette Week Beer Pro/Am People’s Choice AND Judge’s Choice award 
PORTLAND, Ore. – Oct. 23, 2014 – Kells Brew Pub on NW 21st Ave is pleased to announce the addition of Travis Stark as its new head chef. Stark’s first order of business was to refresh the existing menu, adding a variety of new appetizers, salads and entrees.

Stark, a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu, has experience running the kitchen at the Pitchwood Ale House in his hometown of Raymond, Wash., as well as working at downtown Kells and other Portland restaurants over the past seven years. He grew up in the Northwest, and has a keen appreciation for its bounty. “We get to enjoy fresh seafood, oysters, vegetables, fruit and, of course, the other food staple – beer,” said Stark. “Part of the fun for me is pairing up foods that not only pay homage to the Northwest but also complement the amazing Kells’ brews.”

The updated menu starts with “Wee Plates” which includes all new items like salmon cakes with a chipotle remoulade & house made pickles; house-made falafel fritters served with tzatziki; bacon wrapped figs stuffed with goat cheese; and asparagus topped with an egg and bacon. New main entrees range from a cast-iron Wagyu top sirloin and Imperial Ranch lamb chops to wild caught salmon and a house smoked pork chop. Other new items are sprinkled throughout the menu, including a number of vegetarian and gluten-free choices. Traditional Irish favorites like shepherd’s pie, corn beef and cabbage and Dublin Chicken Curry remain. (Click here to see the complete new menu.)

“We really wanted everything to be a bit rustic – food cooked simply, using the best local ingredients,” explained restaurant manager Garrett McAleese of the new menu. “A few of the dishes are cooked and served in cast iron to give the food a vigorous, hearty flavor.”

Kells Brewery has been busy expanding its beer lineup as well. Adding to its original offerings of an Irish Lager, Irish Red and Irish Style Pale Ale is an Irish Stout served on nitro using fresh ingredients from the Northwest; and a whiskey-barrel aged red ale that immediately sold out upon its first release and will be released again in December at the Brew Pub. The brewery also has bottling plans in the works: its popular Irish Red Ale will be packaged in 12-oz bottles that will be available in December in time for the holidays.

Kells Brewery recently won the Willamette Week Beer Pro/Am People’s Choice and Judge’s Choice award for its Boom Roasters Coffee Milk Stout, a collaboration between homebrewer Natalie Baldwin and Kells head brewer Dave Fleming.

Kells Brew Pub is open to all ages seven days a week from 11:30am to close Tuesday through Friday, 9am to close on weekends, and 4pm to close on Monday. For more information, visit or call 503-719-7175.

Serving the Northwest since 1983, Kells Irish Restaurant is a local family-run establishment that is consistently voted and ranked among the top Irish pubs in the United States. With locations in Seattle, Portland and San Francisco, it is a touchstone of each community that stays true to its roots, annually hosting the largest St. Patrick’s Day festival in the Northwest. Owners Gerard and Lucille McAleese are also recognized for their generosity to a number of nonprofits and community organizations. For more information, visit

Monday, October 20, 2014

New Stone Brewing Release:Smoked Porter With Chocolate and Orange Peel

Another Interesting beer coming out of the Stone Brewing Camp. See press release below.

Press Release:

ESCONDIDO, CA (Oct. 20, 2014) – In time for fall, Stone Brewing Co. is introducing a new, citrus-rich chocolaty iteration of the classic year-round Stone Smoked Porter. Today, Stone Smoked Porter w/Chocolate & Orange Peel begins shipping in 22-ounce bottles and on draft at retailers, bars and restaurants in select markets nationwide.

“Since 2006, we’ve done experimental cask creations with Stone Smoked Porter and discovered how well it pairs with a broad range of ingredients, from chipotle peppers to vanilla beans,” explains Stone Brewmaster Mitch Steele. “When trying out different combinations for this specific limited release, I was really impressed with how well chocolate and orange peel worked together and knew it had to be shared with our fans on a large scale.”

Orange peel was added post-fermentation to bring about a citrusy aroma and lingering, tangy flavor. The cocoa flavors come from the dark malts and addition of chocolate from Los Angeles-based ChocoVivo, which naturally augment the beer’s sweet, robust flavor. Magnum and Mt. Hood hops provide complex flavors, aromatics and a balanced bitterness that doesn’t overpower the chocolate and citrus qualities of the beer.

To fully enjoy the robust flavors present in Stone Smoked Porter w/Chocolate & Orange Peel, the beer should be enjoyed within 120 days from the “bottled on” date found on the bottle neck. 

Stone Smoked Porter w/Chocolate & Orange Peel Quick Facts
Name: Stone Smoked Porter w/Chocolate & Orange Peel  
Stats: 5.9% ABV, 53 IBUs
Availability: Limited 22-ounce bottles and draft, beginning October 20
Hops bill: Magnum and Mt. Hood
Distribution: AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, TV, WA, and Puerto Rico
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Tasting notes, provided by Stone Brewmaster Mitch Steele
Appearance: Pours deep brown with a tan head.
Aroma: Peat-smoked malt, orange peel and coffee with hints of cocoa.
Taste: First impression is the smoky flavor from the peat-smoked malt that characterizes our regular Stone Smoked Porter, followed immediately by a blast of orange peel and citrus. Cocoa and roast malt characters follow, but the orange peel is particularly prominent in the aftertaste.
Palate: Medium body with a light sweetness and citrus tang, along with balanced hop bitterness.
Overall: This is a fun beer to brew. We’ve loved this orange and chocolate flavor in beer for a long time, and our team has made several casks of this particular version that are always very popular. The orange notes blend in well with the dark-roasted malt character, and the peat-smoked malt adds layers of flavor.
Suggested pairings, provided by Stone Craft Beer Ambassador "Dr." Bill Sysak
Appetizers: Goat-cheese stuffed mushrooms, coconut shrimp, bacon-wrapped dates, pulled pork sliders, hummus, artichoke dip
Soups: Beef stew, lentil, New England-style clam chowder, French onion soup, chili con carne
Entrees: Pork tenderloin, lamb chops, filet mignon, stuffed Poblano peppers, Indian yellow curry
Desserts: Tiramisu, chocolate lava cake, oatmeal cookies, pecan pie, vanilla ice cream

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