Friday, March 20, 2015

New School Beer Presents:Class of 2014 New Portland Breweries Night

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On Friday April 3rd the Class of 2014 new Portland Breweries Night gathers at the White Owl Social Club to celebrate a successful graduating class with a unique collaboration beer spun off into five different versions. Ex Novo Brewing, Baerlic Brewing, Fat Head’s Brewing, Stormbreaker Brewing and Royale Brewing Co. all got together and decided to brew a basic Belgian/Saison style golden ale with the same yeast Wyeast 3726, Farmhouse Ale but each brewer would brew their own unique version with a special ingredient of their choice.

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The inaugural batch was brewed at Ex Novo Brewing where Joel Gregory helped spearhead the collaboration. Nearly all the brewers were able to gather for that first beer and the yeast was then cropped from that initial brew and handed down to each brewer for their beers. On Friday April 3rd from 6-10pm the White Owl Social Club will host all five breweries and all five beers pouring side-by-side on the patio with each brewer also pouring an additional beer from their respective brewery. It’s a great chance to meet the entire new class of Portland breweries at once while trying their stuff out and the unique variations of their collaboration like versions with Meyer Lemon, Jackfruit, Galangal, Tamarind, Coffee and Peppercorns.

Beer List (first beer listed from every brewery is collaboration)

Royale Brewing
the Motivator, a coffee saison brewed with Tettnanger and Meridion hops with Ethiopian Golba cold press coffee from Extracto Coffee Roasters. 5.4% abv, 20 IBUs

Royale Brewing
Tacenda Pilsner, 5.5% abv / 50% Weyermann pilsner malt, tett hops.

Baerlic Brewing
Wildcat Saison with Meyer Lemon: Fruity, tart and slightly funky, Wildcat is our take on a traditional Belgian saison. We added Meyer lemon peel and beechwood smoked malt to give this beer a rich and complex mouthfeel and finish.

Baerlic Brewing
Primeval NW Brown Ale: A NW take on an American Brown Ale. Aromas of evergreen, cocoa & sweet orange dance with biscuit, roast and malty sweetness that finishes dry with bittersweet chocolate and citrus.

Ex Novo Brewing
Jacked Up! Farmhouse: A tart farmhouse ale with 8 gallons of Jackfruit puree. Funky tropical fruit flavors. 7.5% ABV, 9 IBU.

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The Most Interesting Mexican Lager: Crisp and refreshing, this light lager was brewed with Vienna and Pilsner malts with a hint of flaked corn.  Fermented with Mexican lager yeast, Saaz hops add a delightfully balanced bitterness. 5.5% ABV,  17 IBU.

Stormbreaker & Friends
Brewed in collaboration with the class of 2014 (Ex Novo, Baerlic, Fat Heads, & Royale), this saison has aromas of citrus & big spicy ginger from the galangal. Slight sweet & sour flavors from the tamarind give way to a clean, smooth, dry finish. ABV 6.4% IBU 18

Triple Double IPA: Achieving a triple double in hoops is impressive, but achieving it in your beer is even better. With ten hop additions of three hop varietals, Mosaic, Citra, and Amarillo, this beer scores on your palate, rebounds in your nose with big aromas of grapefruit citrus and pineapple, and is assisted by the punchy, juicy citrus flavors to balance the slight upfront bitterness and big 8.5% ABV to make this a Rip City slam dunk. ABV 8.5% IBU 90

Fat Head’s
Bier De Mars: Wallonian style farmhouse ale. Brewed with 4 types of peppercorns and a bit of smoked malt, this belgian farmhouse is spicy, earthy and has a light tartness with just a hint of smoke. 7.3% abv 17 ibu

Fat Head’s
Semper FiPA
Our to all who have served in the armed forces, past and present. This IPA is piney and dank with aromas of pineapple and mango from copious amounts of Chinook and Equinox hops!
7.3% abv 80 ibu

Class of 2014 new Portland Breweries Night
Friday April 3rd, 2015 6-10pm No Cover
White Owl Social Club
1305 SE 8TH Ave & Main
Portland, OR
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Thursday, March 19, 2015

pFriem Family Brewers to Release Bottles in April

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The Wait is Over: pFriem Family Brewers to Release Bottles in Early April.
Press Release:
Hood River, OR - pFriem Family Brewers announces the first-ever release of pFriem beer in bottles and associated bottle premiere events. The bottle release begins locally in Hood River, OR on Friday, April 3, 2015 at pFriem Family Brewers with Portland and Seattle premieres to follow.

pFriem is set to launch 23 bottled beers throughout 2015 including: annual, seasonal, limited and barrel-aged varieties. The Classic Series will be offered in a capped 500ml German-style bottle while the Select Line and Barrel-Aged beers are being packaged in a corked and hooded 375ml bottle. The Barrel-Aged beers will include the long-anticipated Flanders Red and Blonde.

“This is a significant moment for pFriem Family Brewers,” explains Brewmaster & Co-Founder Josh Pfriem. “Not only does releasing bottles make it easier for folks to take home our hop forward beers and lagers, but it allows us to take our Belgian-inspired and barrel-aged beers to the next level. These beers are bottle conditioned, a process where we add yeast and sugar to the beer before bottling to create a beautiful secondary fermentation. This fermentation process creates a high level of carbonation, a wonderful maturation, and an exceptionally complex beer. We are eager and excited to share these beers with you!”

On April 3, 2015, pFriem Family Brewers will offer bottles for purchase through their Hood River tasting room starting at 11:30 am. The pFriem bottles will hit Portland’s shelves the following week with a release party at Belmont Station on Wednesday, April 8th. A month later, pFriem will introduce bottles to Washington State. Bellingham’s Elizabeth Station will host a release on Tuesday, May 5th while Seattle’s premiere will be at Chuck’s Hop Shop on Wednesday, May 6th, just in time for Seattle Beer Week.

In addition, pFriem will be one of the first breweries to ship their beer directly to Oregon residents. Buyers will be able to purchase pFriem bottles by the case and can also configure their own custom cases through the online store. For a limited time, purchases of over $70 ship for free. Due to limited availability, the Barrel-Aged bottles will be made available in cases of six with a limit of one case per customer. Pre-sales are now available at for shipment on April 6th.

About pFriem Family Brewers: pFriem Brewery and its award winning tasting room is located in Hood River, OR, just south of the Washington State border and across the street from the town’s beautiful Waterfront Park. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Columbia and White Salmon rivers while savoring pFriem’s core beers and current seasonals inside or around the fire-pit on the outdoor patio. The pFriem tasting room offers a Belgian-influenced menu, made with locally-sourced ingredients; designed to pair with the pFriem family of artisanal beers. 

pFriem Family Brewers (pronounced “freem”) is a Northwest & Belgian inspired 15-barrel brewery and tasting room in Hood River, OR. pFriem artisanal beers are symphonies of flavor and balance, influenced by the great brewers of Belgium, but unmistakably true to our homegrown roots in the Pacific Northwest. Although they are served humbly, each glass is overflowing with pride and a relentless aspiration to brew the best beer in the world. We’ll let you decide.

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707 Portway Ave, STE 101
Hood River,OR 97031

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Summer Ale Release from Fremont Brewing

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Fremont Brewing will be releasing it's seasonal Summer Ale next week with two events. See specs on Summer Ale and details about the coming release events below.

Summer Ale
Description: We invented the Cotton Gin, The Muppets, and toured with Hall & Oates before starting to make beer. Fremont Summer Ale is tangerine flower in a glass — endless days distilled into sweet nectar of barley and hops. Four hundred and twenty reasons to enjoy this beer. Summer Ale is our answer to bigger is better. One grain, one hop. Simplicity…yet so much more. “Beer has food value, but food has no beer value.”—VWP
Down & Dirty: 2-Row Pale malt and Amarillo hops
ABV: 5.2%
IBU: 45
Color: Straw yellow
Aroma: Tangerine, spice, floral
Flavor: Citrus, dank, juicy
Availability: April 1-Sept 30

Wednesday, March 25th
Location: Urban Beer Garden (1050 N 34th St)
Time: 5-9pm
  • In addition to regular Summer Ale, we’ll have 5 infusions on tap
  • Fremont staff members will be around to chat with folks

Thursday, March 26th
Location: Rhein Haus (912 12TH AVE/ SEATTLE/ WA 98122)
Time: 5-9pm
  • Summer Ale plus a few select Summer Ale infusions
  • Summer Ale Bratwursts
  • Fremont’s Head Brewer & Other Staff Members present
  • Raffle
    • Grand Prize: Brew a Batch of Summer Ale with Fremont Brewing
    • Other Prizes: Fremont and Rhein Haus swag
    • $1 raffle tickets benefitting Treehouse for Kids
  • Corn Hole
  • Bocce
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19th Annual Olympic Club Brewfest

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Next month is the 19th Annual Olympic Club Brewfest, held on Saturday, April 18 at the Olympic Club in Centralia,Washington. See details below.

McMenamins storied Olympic Club has been host to hauntings, railway bootlegging and subterranean tunnels, but nowadays it’s a place for beer enthusiasts to appreciate craft brews and live music from across the Pacific Northwest. The festival will feature beers from a variety of McMenamins and guest breweries (Mt Tabor, Loowit, Heathen, Scuttlebutt, Diamond Knot, etc.) as well as live music from folk artist McDougall and the eclectic band World’s Finest.
Saturday, April 18, 2015 | 1-11pm | Free Admission | All ages in the pub; 21 & over only in the brewery and theater
Participating Breweries
Sit back, relax and enjoy the trip the way it was meant to be. McMenamins is partnering with Amtrak Cascades to offer a 25% discount off regular full adult fares. This promotion runs from now to April 28, 2015.
Reservations must be made online at
Use Discount Code: V519
Lodging Packages
Though McMenamins rooms are sold out, the nearby Holiday Inn Express & Suites has hotel packages with shuttle service to Olympic Club. This special Brewfest offer includes: two punchcards to use for Brewfest tasters, shuttle service to and from the Olympic Club, an overnight stay for two, and breakfast at Holiday Inn. The property includes a pool, hot tub and free Wi-Fi, and this package starts at $139 (use group code OCB).

Olympic Club Hotel & Theater
112 N. Tower Ave.
Centralia, WA 98531

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

New Beer and Brewers Dinners, Breakside Brewing On a Roll in 2015.

Breakside Brewing keeps rolling along in 2015 with the release of Fortunella, the second addition to the Farmhouse Funk & Fruit series. Breakside Brewing is also releasing a Guava IRA, and has two upcoming beer dinners. See info below.

Portland's Breakside Brewery isn't slowing down in 2015 with the release Fortunella, the second beer in the new Farmhouse Fruit & Funk Series and a brand new Guava IRA finished off with a series of top notch brewers dinners with some of Portland's finest. On March 24th Breakside re-teams with our favorite sushi joint Hokusei for a new izakaya inspired pairing menu and then on April 4th invite our friends at The Bent Brick to prepare dinner at our brewery in Milwaukie. Before next week though, we have two new beer release parties taking place on March 18th and 19th.

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Fortunella - Strong Witbier with Kumquats and Spices
Fortunella is the contested scientific taxonomy of the delicious Kumquat fruit, and the beer before you is a tribute to it's tart, juicy and beguiling flavors. Our brewers have crafted a Belgian-style Witbier with both oats and wheat. While many beers in this style are made with Orange peel, we've substituted in whole Kumquats instead and fermented the beer entirely on the fruit. The resultant beer is lightly tart, shows a huge aroma of fresh citrus, and has a dry and spicy finish.

This is the second release in our new Farmhouse, Fruit and Funk Series. This set of six beers--each available for two months of the year--showcases the deft and playful ways in which our brewers use non-traditional ingredients to make complex, flavorful beers. From Lychee and Yellow Chilies to Oregon-grown Peaches and California Kumquats, this line of beers stakes a claim for the "culinary beer" as an emergent, delicious and elegant new beer style.

6% ABV. 20 IBU. Malts: German Pilsner and Wheat, Flaked Oats. Hops: Opal. Also: Kumquats, Coriander and Chamomile.

Suggested Food Pairings: Coconut braised Pork loin with Habanero salsa, Kale salad with Dates and Pumpkin seeds, Eggs Florentine, Pan-seared Salmon with creamed Spinach and Nettles, Grilled shrimp in Garlic and Chile sauce.

Available now in 22oz Bottles and Limited Draft.

Fortunella Release Party
Wednesday March 18th 6-8pmBailey's Taproom
213 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205
(503) 295-1004
On Tap:
Lunch Break ISA
EuroTrash IPL
Guava IRA
Apollo & Dionysus (Gin Barrel-Aged Saison)

Guava IRA
This special release combines two things that we love to use in the brewery: Hops and Fruit. Originally a commemorative beer designed by our assistant brewers for our 4th anniversary, this is a hoppy Red Ale accentuated with the tropical notes of Guava fruit. Our head brewers were so impressed with this beer that they decided to scale up the recipe so that a wider audience could try it!

The resinous and citric notes of Simcoe hops, meld with some big juicy fruit character from Australian Galaxy hops and a rich Guava character from the fruit itself. A light use of caramel malt gives this beer some balancing sweetness to counter the hop bitterness and light acidity. Cheers!

7% ABV. 65 IBU. Malts: Two Row, British Munich, Crystal 70L. Hops: Cascade, Simcoe and Galaxy. Also: Guava.

Suggested Food Pairings: Pork or Beef Ribs Adobo, Herb-rubbed Pork shoulder, Red-cooked Pork Belly with Coconut Curry, Bison Burger with Tomato Jam, Shepherd's Pie with Curry mashed Potatoes.

Available now on Draft only.  

Guava IRA Release Party
Thursday March 19th 5-8pmBridgetown Beerhouse
915 N Shaver St, Portland, OR 97227
(503) 477-8763

On Tap:
Guava IRA
Safeword Triple IPA
Euro trash IPL
Lunch break ISA
Photographer: Andrew Thomas
Breakside Izakaya dinner at Hokusei
Tuesday March 24th 630pm $40
Hokusei Sushi
4246 SE Belmont St
Portland, OR 97215
(971) 279-2161

Executive Chef Cody Auger and Chef Dwight Rosendahl of Hokusei present: Fukami Dinner Series with Breakside Brewery for an izakaya inspired evening. Hokusei is pairing five courses around five wonderful Breakside beers using seasonal ingredients to the northwest and Japan.

Dunkel- rabbit confit crepinette, w/sansyo, shyoga and pickled mustard greens

Bavarian Hef- konbu heated shiromi sashimi w/hatcho miso salt and pickled cherry blossom

- shime saba, karashi aoli and dikon oroshi

Juggling Plums Gose- ume shiso pork skewers

Tropicalia- dessert to be announced

Make your reservations at 971-279-2161

Hops & Hops: Beer Dinner with Breakside & The Bent Brick
Saturday, April 4, 2015 6-9pm $45 Event Brite Ticket Link
Breakside Milwaukie Taproom & Brewery
5821 SE International Way
Milwaukie, OR 97222

Breakside Brewery is excited to team up with our good friends at The Bent Brick for a multi-course beer dinner at our Milwaukie Production Brewery. Breakside will be debuting four collaboration beers designed for the 2015 Craft Brewers Conference in mid April and this will be the first time they are available to the public.
Just in time for Easter, this dinner is themed around rabbit and features meat and produce from Laney Farms. The menu is designed by Chefs Scott Dolich and Ryan Mead. Dinner includes a brewery tour in addition to meal and beers for $45 a seat, available here. Gratuity not included.
Welcome Beer - Fortunella 

Passed Appetizers with Bonfire Walk With Me (Spontaneously Fermented Old Ale, Bonfire Brewing Collaboration)
Rabbit Liver Mousse
Hoppy Popcorn
Rabbit Pasty
Salads with Nice Pair (Gin Barrel-Aged Belgian Ale with Pears, Iron Goat Brewing Collaboration)
Roasted beets, candied hazelnuts and goat cheese terrine
Jerusalem artichokes, pesto, brown butter, and preserved lemon
Entree with Imperial Honey IPA (NoDa Brewing Collaboration)
Rabbit Choucroute Garni 
Dessert with Braggadocio (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial London Porter, Stone Brewing Collaboration)

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Ground Control, Imperial Stout Fermented With Space-Traveled Yeast Coming from Ninkasi Brewing

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Ground Control Available in 22oz. Bottles at Select Retailers April 13, 2015

Press Release:
EUGENE, Ore.—March 17, 2015Seven years after Ninkasi Brewing Company, an independent craft brewery based in Eugene, Ore., opened its doors, the brewery decided the sky was not the limit. In 2014, the brewery’s co-founders embarked on a new kind of mission – the Ninkasi Space Program (NSP), with one ultimate goal: send brewer’s yeast to space, return it to Earth and use it to brew delicious craft beer. After a successful rocket launch in October 2014 from Spaceport America, Ninkasi is proud to introduce Ground Control, an Imperial Stout brewed with Oregon hazelnuts, star anise and cocoa nibs and fermented with an Ale yeast that survived a trip to space and back. Ground Control will be available April 13, 2015, in limited edition 22-ounce bottles at select retailers across the country.

“After almost two years of research, development, lab time, and two separate rocket launches to garner space yeast, we have finally completed our mission,” says Nikos Ridge, Ninkasi CEO and co-founder. “It was a project born out of passionate people coming together to try something new and we can’t wait to share it with the world.”

In July, 2014, Mission One of NSP took flight as a rocket launched by the Civilian Space eXploration Team (CSXT) and Team Hybriddyne made its way to space, carrying 16 vials of brewer’s yeast. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the payload of yeast remained lost on the desert floor of Nevada’s Black Rock Desert for 27 days, leaving the yeast not viable for brewing. In October, 2014, a second opportunity presented itself for Mission Two with private spaceflight corporation, UP Aerospace Inc.. This time, six vials of brewer’s yeast traveled 77.3 miles in altitude aboard a rocket, and returned safely to Earth. The result: healthy, hungry and viable yeast, ready for brewing. The yeast was cold-transported back to Ninkasi’s lab in Eugene, where it was propagated and tested before being used to ferment its first beer, Ground Control.

“This is all about exploring the future of brewing,” says Jamie Floyd, Ninkasi founding-brewer and co-founder. “While these groups are working to push the boundaries of access to space, we are hoping that our missions will help propel the brewing industry forward – well into the future.”

Ninkasi worked hand-in-hand with gig poster artist, Neal Williams to create the key art that inspired the label and special edition packaging for Ground Control. The Eugene-based illustrator and screenprinter whose works include concert posters for Queens of the Stone Age, Dave Matthew Band, Interpol, and The Head & The Heart, drew from his own fascination with space, sci-fi and retrofuturism to create the art behind the beer. Williams’ artwork will be featured on Ground Control merchandise, including limited edition serigraph posters, hand numbered and signed by the artist, available for purchase online.

Ground Control Stats
Ground Control boldly combines local and out-of-this-world ingredients. This rich, complex Imperial Stout is brewed with Oregon hazelnuts, star anise and cocoa nibs, and fermented with an Ale yeast that survived a trip to space and back. Mankind will enjoy the sweet finesse of this beer that only fares better with time.

Style: Imperial Stout Brewed with Oregon Hazelnuts, Star Anise, Cocoa Nibs, and Ale Yeast Sent Into Space
Available: April 13, 2015
ABV: 10.0%
IBU: 80
OG: 1100
Malt: 2-Row Pale, Black, Chocolate, Munich, Crystal, Honey, Special Roast, Peated
Hops: Apollo, Bravo, Comet
Packaging: 22oz. Bottles
Distribution: Alaska; Alberta; Arizona; California; Colorado; Idaho; Nevada; Oregon; Washington; Vancouver, British Columbia; and select retailers across the country.

Stay informed about the release of Ground Control by visiting or following @NinkasiInSpace on Twitter.

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, Dawn of the Red IRA, Lux Helles Lager, Oatis Oatmeal Stout, and Vanilla Oatis Oatmeal Stout—are sold throughout Alaska; Alberta; Arizona; California; Colorado; Idaho; Nevada; Oregon; Utah; 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.

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Terminal Gravity Brewing TapOut Strong Ale Released

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Press Release: Enterprise, OR
Terminal Gravity Brewing is excited to announce the seasonal release of TapOut American Strong Ale.  For the first time ever, Terminal Gravity’s TapOut will be available for a limited time in six packs and single 12 ounce bottles all across Oregon and Washington.

Coming in at 9.8%, TapOut is incredibly smooth for the high octane ABV.

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“Tap Out is one of the few beers we make that leans towards the malty side of the flavor profile,” remarked head brewer Frank Helderman, “Putting it in bottles for the first time ever allows us to share this delicious, rich, and surprisingly easy to drink beer with scads of people who have never tasted it before, and I am looking forward to spreading the wealth, as it were. 

The finely balanced blend of lightly kilned malts is no small task either, Helderman says, “We’re really pushing the envelope as far as how much grain we can get into our mash and lauter tuns. It requires a certain amount of patience and "listening" to how the mash wants to behave. It doesn't like to get pushed or rushed.”

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 Since early 2014, Terminal Gravity has been working on a lot of different one-off and seasonal draught beers (think Eagle Cap IPA and Wallowa Lake Lagerand wanted to replicate that robust strategy within the off-premise/package side of things.

“We’ve had really solid success in years past with TapOut on draught, but we also wanted folks to have an alternative vessel to enjoy this beer,” says Kevin Harlander, TG’s marketing manager.  “We’ve been in the process of adding some additional seasonal varieties to our package line up, and TapOut will be the first in 2015.

For beer locations and event information, please visit Terminal Gravity’s Facebook page at:

Founded in 1997, Terminal Gravity Brewing Company sits in the foothills of the Wallowa Mountains in Enterprise, Oregon.  TG first entered the Oregon beer market with its TG IPA.  Often referred to as the “old standard” in today’s market, TG IPA quickly changed the beer scene in Oregon in the late 90’s.  With a wide selection of bottled beers, draught varieties, and seasonal specialties, Terminal Gravity Brewing distributes its beer in Oregon, Washington and Idaho, and recently expanded its market to Hawaii.

TG’s brewers work on an 18 bbl. system and brew a humble 6,000 barrels of beer per year.  For more information please connect with us on social media!

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Spy Theamed IPA Night With Lompoc Brewing and Hollywood Theatre

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Lompoc Brewing Teams Up with Hollywood Theatre for Spy-themed IPA Night
Press Release:
PORTLAND, Ore. – Brew Masterpiece Theatre at The Hollywood Theatre is an ongoing series where brewmasters craft beers inspired by films they love. Lompoc is pleased to announce its 4th annual participation in this series, this time promoting Lompoc head brewer Bryan Keilty’s Spy Series of IPAs. On March 27, Lompoc will feature three of its spy-themed IPAs on tap at the theatre, paired with the 1967 James Bond classic “You Only Live Twice.” Happy hour starts at 6pm, the movie starts at 7pm. The following Lompoc Spy-PAs will be on tap:

The Spy Who Dry Hopped Me: This beer was dry hopped in the fermentor and the bright tank with Amarillo hops to create a beautifully fragrant IPA that tantalizes the nose. A wonderful grapefruit and grassy aroma with an alluring golden color that beams out of the glass. utilizes Mosaic hops to create a well balanced flavor of earthy pine and tropical orange zest that goes well with the caramel malt base. Don’t drink this beer before you go on your next mission. The enemy will smell you coming. 5.6% ABV

Dr. Hop: A collaboration with Richard Batchelor, head winemaker at Maryhill Winery, this sessionable, well hopped IPA has a mild malty sweetness that plays nicely with the hop profile. Lompoc employed Horizon and Cascades up front with a large addition of Hopsteiner Experimental 05256 at the end of the boil. 5.4% ABV

From Lompoc with Love: This light-bodied but full-flavored session IPA was brewed with Centennial, Crystal, Ultra, Cascade and Sterling hops and carries a well-balanced variety of bitter, citrus and floral notes, complemented by a subtle malt sweetness. 5.3% ABV

Tickets are $8 and are available at
This event typically sells out, advance tickets are recommended. The Hollywood Theatre is located at 4122 NE Sandy Blvd. in Portland.

A Portland staple since 1996, Lompoc Brewing creates seven flavorful year-round beers, plus a ridiculous number of seasonals. You can find Lompoc in 22 oz bottles and on draft at locations around town, and at its five neighborhood pubs: Fifth Quadrant and Sidebar in North Portland, Hedge House and Oaks Bottom in Southeast, and the Lompoc Tavern in NW Portland. For more information, visit Drink Local, Drink Lompoc!

Craft Brewers Reach Double Digit Volume Share of the Marketplace

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Craft Brewer Volume Share of U.S. Beer Market Reaches Double Digits in 2014

Press Release:
Boulder, CO • March 16, 2015—The Brewers Association (BA), the trade association representing small and independent American craft brewers, today released 2014 data on U.S. craft brewing (1) growth. For the first-time ever, craft brewers reached double-digit (11 percent) volume share of the marketplace.

In 2014, craft brewers produced 22.2 million barrels, and saw an 18 percent rise in volume (2) and a 22 percent increase in retail dollar value (3). Retail dollar value was estimated at $19.6 billion representing 19.3 percent market share.

“With the total beer market up only 0.5 percent in 2014, craft brewers are key in keeping the overall industry innovative and growing. This steady growth shows that craft brewing is part of a profound shift in American beer culture—a shift that will help craft brewers achieve their ambitious goal of 20 percent market share by 2020,” said Bart Watson, chief economist, Brewers Association. “Small and independent brewers are deepening their connection to local beer lovers while continuing to create excitement and attract even more appreciators.”

Additionally, the number of operating breweries in the U.S. in 2014 grew 19 percent, totaling 3,464 breweries, with 3,418 considered craft broken down as follows: 1,871 microbreweries, 1,412 brewpubs and 135 regional craft breweries. Throughout the year, there were 615 new brewery openings and only 46 closings.

Combined with already existing and established breweries and brew pubs, craft brewers provided 115,469 jobs, an increase of almost 5,000 from the previous year.

“These small businesses are one of the bright spots in both our economy and culture. Craft brewers are serving their local communities, brewing up jobs and boosting tourism,” added Watson. “Craft brewers are creating high quality, differentiated beers; new brewers that match this standard will be welcomed in the market with open arms.”

Note: Numbers are preliminary. The Brewers Association will release the list of Top 50 craft brewing companies and overall brewing companies by volume sales on March 31. Additionally, a more extensive analysis will be released during the Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America® in Portland, Oregon from April 14-17. The full 2014 industry analysis will be published in the May/June 2015 issue of The New Brewer, highlighting regional trends and production by individual breweries.

1 An American craft brewer is small, independent and traditional. Small: Annual production of 6 million barrels of beer or less (approximately 3 percent of U.S. annual sales). Beer production is attributed to the rules of alternating proprietorships. Independent: Less than 25 percent of the craft brewery is owned or controlled (or equivalent economic interest) by an alcoholic beverage industry member that is not itself a craft brewer. Traditional: A brewer that has a majority of its total beverage alcohol volume in beers whose flavor derives from traditional or innovative brewing ingredients and their fermentation. Flavored malt beverages (FMBs) are not considered beers.

2 Volume by craft brewers represent total taxable production.

3 Figure derived from comparable data set based on 2014 update of craft brewer definition.

About the Brewers Association
The Brewers Association is the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, their beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts. The Brewers Association (BA) represents more than 70 percent of the brewing industry, and its members make more than 99 percent of the beer brewed in the U.S. The BA organizes events including the World Beer Cup®, Great American Beer Festival®, Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America®, SAVOR?: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience, AHA National Homebrewers Conference, National Homebrew Competition and American Craft Beer Week®. The BA publishes The New Brewer magazine and its Brewers Publications division is the largest publisher of contemporary and relevant brewing literature for today’s craft brewers and homebrewers.
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