Friday, March 13, 2015

Top Rung Brewing Releases Brandweer: Belgian Dark Strong Ale

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Top Rung Brewing Releases “Brandweer: Belgian Strong Ale”

On March 14th Top Rung Brewing will release their eleventh beer since opening in April 2014. Top Rung Brewing presents their first Belgian Beer:  Brandweer Belgian Dark Strong.  This is a complex yet easy drinking Belgian Dark Strong Ale.  The strong aroma will lean towards fruity notes of dark cherries, raisins and ripe plums.  The flavor is rich with sweet dark chocolate and fruit flavor.  This is a beer you need to be very careful with due as the alcohol is masked by the sweetness and easy drinking flavors. Brandweer means Fireman in Dutch.  ABV – 9.4%, IBU – 52.

Top Rung Brewing is a 10 barrel production brewery with tasting room at the brewery. Top Rung Brewing is a destination for craft beer drinkers to enjoy their beverage and view a production brewery facility.  Our tasting room is family friendly and while we will only offer snacks, we partner with local food vendors and food trucks as well as allow patrons to bring in their own food of their choice or have it delivered.  Top Rung Brewing: bringing quality craft beer to Lacey.

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Bottomcutter Imperial IPA New Year Round Beer for Bale Breaker Brewing

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Bale Breaker Brewing has added a new beer to its lineup.  Bottomcutter Imperial IPA will be available now on draft and eventually in cans as well. see information from Bale Breaker below.

This March, keep an eye out for Bottomcutter IIPA, a new year-round beer from Yakima’s Bale Breaker Brewing Company!

Double dry-hopped with homegrown Yakima hops, Bottomcutter IIPA may be light in color but is packed with citrus and pine hop character.  This Imperial IPA is brewed to finish dry, perfect for the combination of Citra®, Simcoe®, and Equinox™ hops.  As the bottomcutter is a tractor that leads the topcutter through the fields during harvest, this beer will lead to a new appreciation for our valley’s hops!

Style:                                 Imperial IPA
ABV:                                 8.2%
IBU:                                  100
Availability:                      Year-round, but currently very limited!
Release Date:                    March 6, 2015
Package Types:                 Draft (1/2 barrel & 1/6 barrel kegs), 12oz cans coming soon!

The first shipment of kegs left the brewery yesterday (March 11) for Seattle – but only 20 kegs total were sent!
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28th Annual Oregon Brewers Festival

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Oregon Brewers Festival toasts 28th year, features 90 
North American breweries plus a Kiwi contingent from New Zealand
Press Release:
PORTLAND, Ore. — March 11, 2015 — There’s been turmoil brewing in the craft beer world recently with acquisitions and ad punches, but one thing has stayed constant: the Oregon Brewers Festival will return this summer for its annual five-day celebration of craft beer. The 28th annual Oregon Brewers Festival will take place July 22 through July 26 at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland. Event hours are Noon to 9pm Wed. through Sat., and Noon to 7pm Sunday.

One of the nation's longest-running and best-loved craft beer festivals, the Oregon Brewers Festival annually draws 85,000 beer lovers from around the world. In the two main tents, the Oregon Brewers Festival will serve beers from 90 craft breweries from the U.S. and Canada; each brewery sends one beer to the event. 

From Belgians to braggots, pales to Pilsners, radlers to reds, and saisons to stouts, there’s a style for nearly every palate; two gluten-free products are offered as well (for a complete list of participating breweries and beers, visit The festival also features five days of live music, food booths, craft vendors, homebrew demonstrations and industry displays.

Continuing its foray into featuring international craft brewers, the Oregon Brewers Festival has also invited five brewers from New Zealand to come to the event along with their beer. The Kiwi contingent includes Tuatara, Yeastie Boys, Garage Project, Panhead and ParrotDog. Select styles from these breweries will be featured in the festival’s International Tent along with daily meet-the-brewer sessions. The International Tent encourages a long-term cultural exchange with brewers around the world as part of a collective celebration of great craft beer.

The Oregon Brewers Festival is not a ticketed event, and there is no admission charge to enter the festival grounds. In order to consume beer, the purchase of a 2015 souvenir tasting glass is required and costs $7. Beer is purchased with wooden tokens, which cost $1 apiece. Patrons pay four tokens for a full glass of beer, or one token for a taste. The purchase of glasses and tokens is made on-site, although there are a handful of local businesses that sell them up to two weeks prior to the event.
Although the festival has utilized a glass tasting vessel the past two years, the Portland Police Bureau has required the festival to return to plastic for safety reasons; attendees should be satisfied with this year’s alternative, which is a high-quality, 14-ounce polycarbonate glass made in Finland.
The Oregon Brewers Festival encourages responsible drinking and urges patrons to take the Tri-Met MAX Light Rail, which has a station just one block away from the main entrance. Attendees can also take advantage of the Hopworks Bike Corral, where volunteers from the #BC2Baja Bicycle Tour will watch over bikes for free.

The Crater Lake Soda Garden provides complimentary handcrafted root beer and soda to minors and designated drivers; minors are allowed into the event all hours when accompanied by a parent.

The Oregon Brewers Festival was founded in 1988 as an opportunity to expose the public to microbrews at a time when the craft brewing industry was just getting off the ground. Today, that industry has flourished, especially in Oregon, which currently has 185 brewing companies, operating 226 brewing facilities in 71 cities in Oregon. Portland alone has 58 breweries (84 in the Portland Metropolitan area) — more than any other city in the world. A study conducted at the 2014 Oregon Brewer Festival estimated the economic impact of the festival on the local economy to be $32.5 Million; it also showed that out-of-state and international visitors accounted for 56.8 percent of attendees. For more information about the Oregon Brewers Festival, visit 

3rd Annual Portland Farmhouse and Wild Ale Festival

Saraveza, Willamette Week and Maletis Beverage present the 3rd annual
Portland Farmhouse and Wild Ale Festival

Portland, OR - You know it’s Spring when the Portland Farmhouse and Wild Ale Festival comes around for it’s 3rd and freshest year yet with more than 70 different beers, artisan cheese, charcuterie and pickles. Taking place Saturday March 28th and Sunday March 29th at Saraveza Bottleshop & Pasty Tavern, outside along N. Michigan street and in the Bad Habit Room, this years festival has the grandest selection yet of saisons, barrel-aged, fruit, herb, spice and wild yeast inflected beers. Expect more than 30 beers on tap at one time at multiple stations with more than 70 beers total rotating in as kegs run out.

Crooked Stave, Almanac and Holy Mountain Brewing debuts
Oregon is a hotbed of Farmhouse inspired beers that will be well represented but the festival is extremely excited to introduce nationally known brewers Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project from Denver, Colorado and Almanac Beer Co. of San Francisco who will both have their own booths outside on both days of the festival. Also debuting is Holy Mountain Brewing, a white-hot new brewery from Seattle who will be introducing their beers to Oregon for the first time with a special tapping and meet-the-brewers at 11am on Saturday.

Exclusive Beer and Bottle Release from Upright Brewing
Upright Brewing, Portland’s first farmhouse brewery has kindly done an exclusive single cask wild ale with just 55 bottles and a few small kegs for the festival this year. Upright Farmhouse Festival Reserve is a single barrel-aged wheat-based saison transformed by adding several extra layers - oak spice, light minerality and metallic notes, mellow acidity, and a pinch of dark cherries. Still, with all those components to the profile, it still drinks crisp and easy while showing the hallmark of farmhouse style beers - individuality. 4.75% abv

Bottles of Upright Farmhouse Festival Reserve will be available for purchase on Sunday 3/29  for FESTIVAL ATTENDEES ONLY.  Tickets for bottles will be available at the door when we open at 11:AM.  Tickets are a limit of one per person and are $15 CASH ONLY.  You may then redeem your bottle starting at 2:PM and we'll be tapping a keg of the beer at 1:PM, so you can try the beer right away!

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Artisan Cheese, Charcuterie and Pickles
This years festival features an expanded outdoor area with booths for Cascadia Creamery, Olympia Provisions and Saraveza’s kitchen pickle plates. Festival attendees can snack and pair their beer with locally made and crafted foods as well as purchase a Cheese, Charcuterie or Pickle Plate or hot dogs. Cascade Creamery and Olympia Provisions will also offer their fine products available to-go.

Brewery Booths
The Ale Apothecary will have their own booth both days of the festival with bottle pours and the debut of a brand new hoppier beer line called “Carpe Diem MaƱana” as well as their Sahalie and other even rarer bottles.

De Garde Brewing will have a booth at the festival Saturday 3/28 only and be offering pours of “Imperial Raspberry Bue”, “Saison Deuxieme” and “Saison Troisieme”

Block 15 Brewing and Agrarian Ales will share a booth on both Saturday and Sunday pouring up to 3 different rare beers each.

Almanac Brewing will be featured at their own booth both days of the festival featuring the debut of their new “Farmers Reserve Strawberry” along with four other saisons and sours.

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer will debut new distribution in Oregon with a booth operated both days of the festival and rotating between six different beers including their “Nightmare on Brett Port Barrel aged” as well as Cassis, Wild Sage and Noir beers.

Propolis Brewing who recently won a Gold Medal at the Great American Beer Festival will operate a booth with 3 of their beers (including the medal winner - Beltane) pouring on Sunday 3/29 with rare bottle treats

FHF Brewers Brunch
To kick-off each day of the festival, Bad Habit Room is hosting a Brewer's Brunch on Saturday, March 28th and Sunday, March 29th.

For $25 you receive a full belly (your choice - order off the menu), a sneak peak of some of the Farmhouse Festival beers from Holy Mountain Brewing on Saturday and Propolis Brewing on Sunday, tip for your server and early entry into the fest. (FHF entries sold separately.)

A brewery or two will be highlighted at each breakfast with a brewer there to discuss their beer and chat with customers.

Breakfast starts at 9:30am. This breakfast is Advanced ticket-only and has limited seating.

Rare Beer Debuts and Highlights:

  • pFriem Family Brewers will debut their first barrel-aged and sour beers, a Flanders Red and Flanders Blonde. Follow Portland Farmhouse and Wild Ale Festival on Facebook for tapping updates.

  • Ecliptic Brewing will share their first wild/brett beer “Syrah barrel aged Aries Brett Pale”

  • Crux Fermentation Project will debut an extremely rare “Brett’ed Saison aged on Pears”

  • Pelican Brewing has sent us two rare barrel-aged kegs “Nector Sectorr” a Chardonnay Barrel Aged Saison with Nectarines and “Queen of Hearts” a Gin Barrel-Aged Saison.

  • Oakshire Brewing has busted out rare wild ales “Hermanne 1882” a barrel-aged brett saison with wine grapes, “Admiral Raspberry” a sour Framboise-style beer and “Oude Bes” a Flanders Red with Strawberries and Balsamic.


Parking and Public Transportation Options
First come, first serve off-street parking is available in PCC Cascade Parking Lots C & D, on either side of the Telephone Exchange Building, located at 1011 N. Killingsworth Street, directly across from Saraveza during festival hours.

#72 & #4 bus lines run right to the Festival/Saraveza and the MAX Yellow line N. Killingsworth stop is just a few blocks away.  

WHAT: 3rd annual Portland Farmhouse and Wild Ale Festival presented by Saraveza, Willamette Week and Maletis Beverage.
WHEN: Saturday March 28th 11am - 9pm and Sunday March 29th 11am - 7pm
WHERE: Saraveza - 1004 N Killingsworth St. Portland, OR 97217
TICKETS: $25 Entry includes 10 beer tickets and a commemorative tasting glass. Choose from 70+ Rotating Farmhouse and Wild Ales. Tickets available at the door or advanced presale at

2015 Farmhouse Festival Beer List (Subject To Change) 
Brewery Beer
Crux Brett’ed Saison aged on Pears
Crux Freakcake
Sierra Nevada Ovila Saison
Deschutes Winter Harvest
Crooked Stave Progenitor Noir
Crooked Stave Vieille
Crooked Stave Surette
Crooked Stave CO WildSage
Crooked Stave Nightmare on Brett Port Barrel aged
Crooked Stave Surette Reserva Cassis
Elysian Saison Gris
Almanac Saison Dolores
Almanac Farmers Reserve Strawberry
Almanac Valley of the Heart’s Delight
Almanac Farmer’s Reserve Citrus
Almanac Dogpatch Sour
Logsdon Cerasus
Logsdon Far West Vlaming
Logsdon Oak Aged Seizoen Bretta
Ommegang Glimmerglass
Ommegang Hop House
Ommegang Hennepin
North Coast La Merle
North Coast Puck petite saison
Firestone Walker Opal
Firestone Walker Lil’ Opal
Boulevard Tank 7
Boulevard Saison Brett
Pelican Nector Sectorr
Pelican Queen of Hearts
Ecliptic Syrah barrel aged Aries Brett Pale
Oakshire Hermanne 2013 Vintage
Oakshire Oude Bes
Oakshire Admiral Raspberry
Breakside New World Bruin
Breakside Brett Belgo Pale
Breakside Framboise
Breakside 2014 The Man Who Made Dessert
Breakside 2015 Wunder Brett
The Commons Myrtle
The Commons Buckwheat Grisette
The Commons Plum Bretta
Stillwater Rio de Sauvin
Double Mountain Experimental X
Propolis Zephyros
Propolis Granum
Propolis Beltane (GABF Gold Medal Winner)
Propolis Cedar
Hill Farmstead/Brasserie Blaugie La Vermontoise La Vermontoise
Saint Somewhere Saison Athene
Grimm Brewing Color Field Wild Ale
Saint Somewhere Cynthiana Saison
Propolis Huckleberry
Propolis Grewit
Upright Farmhouse Fest Single Cask Exclusive
pFriem Flanders Red
pFriem Flanders Blonde
pFriem Little Saison
Agrarian Oak aged Biere de Garde
Agrarian Nine Black Ryeders Saison
Agrarian Akane Saison wild oak aged Apple Ale
Block 15 ????? TBA ??????
Holy Mountain The Goat
Holy Mountain Ceremony
Holy Mountain Table Beer
Holy Mountain The Third Nail
Holy Mountain River of Ash
Solera French Tickler
Ale Apothecary Sahalie
Ale Apothecary CDM
Ale Apothecary Specialty Cases
de Garde Imperial Raspberry Bu
de Garde Saison Deuxieme
de Garde Saison Troisieme

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Coin Toss Brewing Coming to Oregon City in June.

Coin Toss Brewing is the newest brewery to settle 
in Oregon City, scheduled to open in June
Like so many pioneers before him, local radio personality 
Tim Hohl takes his homebrewing hobby to the next level

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OREGON CITY, ORE – March 10, 2015 – Oregon City’s burgeoning craft brewing scene will soon be joined by Coin Toss Brewing Co., slated to open in early June at 14210 Fir St, Suite H (off Beavercreek Rd., just west of Highway 213). The brewery is the vision of local radio personality Tim Hohl, who, like so many pioneering craft brewers before him, is taking his passion for homebrewing to the next level.

The 1,400 sq. ft. facility will house a brand new 10-barrel brewhouse, including four 10-barrel fermenters, all fabricated by Practical Fusion, stainless steel tank fabrication experts based in Portland.  The brewery will eventually include a taproom, slated to open in July, that will serve the brewery’s flagship Black Hole CDA (Hohl’s most popular homebrew), as well as an IPA, a Golden Ale and a Stout.

Perhaps most interesting will be Coin Toss’ rotating “Heritage Series” that will feature a regular selection of beers brewed using historical recipes. Hohl recently brewed a small beer based on a recipe found in a journal entry belonging to George Washington, using ingredients that closely resembled those of our founding father.

“The more time I've spent telling stories about the craft beer industry, the more I've wanted to be a part of it,” said Hohl, who has been homebrewing for 20 years. “The people, the creativity, and the collaborative spirit are an inspiration. Plus I love history and the idea of merging it with my love of craft beer. I can think of no better place to do that than historic Oregon City.”

Hohl will serve as head brewer, with input from local brew guru Dave Fleming, who has served as a mentor to Hohl since he decided to take his homebrewing to the next level. The two first brainstormed the idea of collaborating on a new brewery while brewing together at Lompoc Brewing back in 2012.

Despite his passion for brewing, Hohl has no plans of leaving his current job as News Director and host of “First Edition,” the morning news show on KPAM radio in Portland; he’ll just be a bit busier than usual. This is good news for the brewing community that enjoys his “Beer Geek” segment every Thursday morning.

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In order to develop an inventory, Hohl has already begun brewing at several area breweries and will debut two of them at the Spring Beer & Wine Festival in April at the Convention Center: Black Hole and George’s Honest Ale, the inaugural beer in the Heritage Series. His goal is to have his beers on tap at a number of area establishments in Oregon City, Lake Oswego and West Linn prior to the brewery opening.

Coin Toss Brewing Co. is named for the historic 1845 coin toss between Asa Lovejoy (from Boston) and Francis Pettygrove (from Portland, Maine) for the right to name the city that is today known as Portland, Ore. Pettygrove won, two-out-of-three. The coin toss took place at the Ermatinger House, which still stands at the corner of Sixth and John Adams in Oregon City.

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