Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The New School 5th Anniversary New Years Eve Party

One of my favorite local beer websites the New School is celebrating their 5th Anniversary on New Years Eve and will be thowing a party at Bazi Bierbrasserie. This looks to be an epic party with great food from Chef Paul Kasten and some impressive beer & ciders to be tapped. See details below.

Portland based beer and cider webmag The New School celebrates their milestone 5th anniversary this New Years Eve with a party at Bazi Bierbrasserie featuring 10 rare beers and ciders, raffle prizes and food from acclaimed beer Chef Paul Kasten (formerly of Wildwood). In typical annual fashion this years party will be a charity benefit, this year all proceeds will go to Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Tickets are on sale via Paypal for only $5 and include a buffet style dish from Chef Paul Kasten: Pork Collar braised in wort and sliced into portions, served over roasted winter veggies simmered in the pork braising liquid, and fried sage.

Raffle Tickets will be on sale for $2 with multiple chances to win everything from Double Mountain Kriek t-shirts, Allagash Brewing Hat, Portland Beer Week shirts and even the new book "Oregon Breweries" by Brian Yaeger, bottles of Barley Browns Chaos (limited to 666 bottles), the 2015 Oregon Beer Calendar, a coupon for one of the first Growler Works uKeg's and even a New Belgium Cruiser bicycle.
Beer and Cider List (so far):

Block 15: Cuvee Rouge 2013
Flanders inspired red ale matured in oak brandy barrels. Open fermented with our special blend of brewer’s yeast, two brettanomyces, and acid producing bacteria. A blend of five barrels matured 15 & 25 months in our wild cellar. Wonderfully complex malt body, aroma, and flavor with a balanced sour finish.

Burnside Brewing: Carribean Chutney
A special alternate version of Burnside's medal winning Sweet Heat. This one with Carribean spices, Lime, Cilantro and Yellow and Red Peppers in addition to Sweet Heat's Apricots and Scotch Bonnet chili's.

The Commons: Dark Czar

An Imperial Stout and Baltic Porter blend with Stumptown Guatemala Finca el Injerto coffee and vanilla beans.

Lompoc: Mon Cheri
This Belgian style golden ale was brewed with the Ardennes yeast strain giving off a mild fruitiness and finishing with a coriander spiciness.  5.5% ABV

Ninkasi Brewing/Devil's Backbone: The Devil Went Down To Oregon
Imperial Dark Rye collaboration beer with Virginia's acclaimed Devil's Backbone Brewery. 7.2% ABV.
Reverend Nat's: Applie Pie
Apple pie is a blend of mixed fermentation cider with Mexican piloncillo and bourbon barrel-aged apple wine spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg. Heavy fruit notes from the cider and subtle spice from the apple wine combine to create a unique wintery, pie-like drinking experience. 8.0% ABV
Oakshire Brewing: Hellshire IV
The breweries fourth entry into the Hellshire series is a blend of 3 different beers matured in bourbon and brandy barrels. Oakshire's Very Ill Tempered Gnome was the base beer and after aging and blending the final product is akin to an Old Ale or Barleywine. 10.3% ABV

Upright Brewing: Spollen Angel
a Belgian-style tripel – a fitting style to pay tribute to one of our favorite brewers, Chris Spollen. The crew here met him during his days at Amnesia up the street from us, but he’s played a big part in making Oregon beer great for much longer. More important than his contributions to the brewing community is Chris’ special personality that makes him a true blast to crush a couple beers with. The Spollen Angel is one we think he’d enjoy sharing – with a big spicy nose and well integrated layers of malt, hops, and yeast notes. 9.4%

Barley Browns: TBA
Hopworks: TBA

The New School 5th Anniversary New Years Eve Party
December 31st 7pm - 1am $5

The New School is one of the fastest growing web resources for craft beer and cider news in the Pacific Northwest. Based out of Portland, Oregon and founded January 1st 2010 the website reaches over 32,000 unique visitors per month and has contributors all over Oregon as well as Seattle, Washington and San Diego, California. www.NewSchoolBeer.com


The Devil Went Down to Oregon, Imperial Dark Rye Beer, Available January – April 2015

Press Release:
EUGENE, Ore.—Dec. 23, 2014In a partnership spanning Oregon’s bountiful Willamette Valley to Virginia’s heartland, Ninkasi Brewing Company and Devils Backbone Brewing Company unite to offer a collaboration beer that is crisp, complex and a nod to a traditional German beer style. The beer, The Devil Went Down to Oregon, is an Imperial Dark Rye, brewed with West Coast-style hops, Dark and Crystal rye, and fermented with an Alt yeast strain.

“This beer offers a lot of complexity from start of finish and is unlike anything we’ve brewed before,” says Jamie Floyd, founding brewer and co-founder of Ninkasi. “The Alt yeast offers a slight hint of vanilla that opens to a spicy hop aroma. A sweet, malt flavor follows which lends itself to the drying, nuttiness of the rye and then is softened in the finish by the wheat and earthy, grassy and floral hop notes.”

Floyd became good friends with Steve Crandall, Devils Backbone founder, almost five years ago when Crandall visited the brewery and toured with Floyd.

“I had, and continue to have, a huge amount of respect for Ninkasi,” explains Crandall. “We visited the brewery to gain some insight into how Ninkasi was successfully managing its growth; we learned a lot and have been able to use some of that knowledge as we grow our own brewery here in Virginia.”

This past year, Floyd also judged the 2014 World Beer Cup alongside Jason Oliver, Devils Backbone brewmaster. “It became clear that we shared a love for traditional brewing, especially when it comes to German styles of beer, along with a love of metal music, which is always close to my heart,” says Floyd.

“This beer was developed organically,” Oliver says. “We took an initial idea of brewing an Alt beer and eventually landed on a recipe that nods to a relatively unknown Old World German-style of beer, the German-Style Roggenbier, and brewed it with modern West Coast ingredients.”
“Collaboration in my mind should always strengthen friendships and this beer is a perfect example of how fun the process can be,” says Floyd.

The Devil Went Down to Oregon Stats
It might be a sin, but take the bet and you won’t regret this beer from start to end!

In a collaboration spanning Oregon’s bountiful Willamette Valley to Virginia’s heartland, Steve Crandall and Jason Oliver of Devils Backbone Brewing took the bet and gave the Devil his due when our founding brewer, Jamie Floyd, came ‘a-calling. What the trio first described as “a sort of West Coast, German-Style Roggenbier” turned into an Imperial Dark Rye, offering an elevated alcohol percentage and a crisp, lager-like finish from the Alt yeast fermentation. Give the Devil his due!

Imperial Dark Rye
Special Release Series
Available: January – April 2015
Starting Gravity: 1074
Malt: Bohemian Pilsner, Premium Pilsner, 2-Row Pale, Dark Wheat, Rye, Crystal Rye, Golden Naked Oats, Midnight Wheat
Hops: Chinook, Simcoe, Mt. Hood, Willamette, Tettnang
22-ounce bottles and draft (12-ounce bottles included in the Ninkasi Spring Variety Pack)
Distribution: Alaska; Alberta; Arizona; California; Colorado; Idaho; Nevada; Oregon; Washington; and Vancouver, British Columbia

About Ninkasi Brewing Company
Founded in 2006 by Jamie Floyd and Nikos Ridge, Ninkasi Brewing Company continues to grow from its first batch of Total Domination IPA, to two brewhouses, a 55-barrel and a 90-barrel brewhouse, located in Eugene, Ore.  Ninkasi’s Flagship beers—Total Domination IPA, Tricerahops Double IPA, Believer Double Red, Oatis Oatmeal Stout, and Vanilla Oatis Oatmeal Stout—are sold throughout Alaska; Alberta; Arizona; California; Colorado; Idaho; Nevada; Oregon; Washington; and Vancouver, British Columbia. The brewery remains privately-owned and is committed to community support and giving. Ninkasi’s Beer Is Love program offers in-kind donations and support for organizations throughout its footprint.

For more information, call 541-344-2739 or visit www.NinkasiBrewing.com

About Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Devils Backbone Brewing Company, the largest craft brewery in Virginia, and has won three consecutive Great American Beer Festival titles in the last three years with the Small Brew pub title in in 2012, Small Brewing Company in 2013 and the Mid-Sized Brewing Company title in 2014. The Company operates two breweries in central Virginia. Basecamp, which opened in 2008, is the company’s original brewpub and restaurant in Nelson County. The Outpost is a modern production brewery outside of Lexington. The company produces approximately twenty beer styles commercially, with many more experimental styles in production at Basecamp. Their beer is inspired by brewing traditions around the world. Vienna Lager, the company’s flagship, is one of the top craft brands in the nation, and continues to be one of the fastest growing. The company employs approximately 100 people, primarily at their breweries in Virginia. In the United States, Devils Backbone products are available only in Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC and they will move into North Carolina, East Tennessee and West Virginia this summer.

For more information, call 434-361-1001 or visit www.dbbrewingcompany.com.

Fremont Brewing release party for 77 Select

Fremont Brewing will be releasing its popular Session IPA, 77 Select on December 29th at their Urban Beer Garden. Along with the standard version at the release event they will have five infused versions of 77 Select. See details below about the release event and beer details.

Fremont Brewing will release 77 Select, its Session IPA, on Friday, December 29th in their Urban Beer Garden (1050 N 34th St, Seattle). The release event will take place from 5-9pm and will feature five infusions of 77 Select. At 7pm Fremont’s Head Brewer, James McDermet, will lead an educational discussion about the beer and be available for questions.

Beer Details:
Description: 77 Select is made with 7 choice ingredients and Fire Brewed in the pits of Fremont Brewing to achieve its rarefied Session IPA status. With this brew we respect Seattle’s old Horlucks and Sicks Brewing Companies, predecessors of Rainier Brewing, and their flagship beers 66 Select and Rainier
ABV: 4.0%
IBU: 60