Saturday, June 13, 2015

Fort George Brewing to Host 3-Day 3-Way Toast To Independence on July 4th

Every year I look forward to July 4th here in Washington because I moved from Oregon where you pretty much can only buy and shoot off the most boring of fireworks. In Washington, you can buy the craziest fireworks and go crazy for 1 day blowing up all sorts of awesome fireworks. But the Fort George 3-Day 3-Way Toast to Independence might make me put the fireworks down and go enjoy a great time in Astoria.  With all the 3-Way IPA's available, and other beers hand picked from 3-Way Collaborators, food, music and yes, real fireworks over the Columbia on 4th of July. Sounds like an awesome time. See the details below from Fort George.

Courtesy of Fort George Brewing
Fort George is bringing back the 4th of July 3-Day 3-Way in Astoria, but this year they’re adding a beer party on the block. It’s a courtyard celebration with hand-picked beers on tap from every 3-Way IPA collaborator: Lompoc, Gigantic, Block 15, Boneyard, Georgetown, and Pfriem. And you’ll be able to enjoy fresh batches of all three years of Fort George 3-Way IPA, assembled in one location for the first time ever.

The Low Down

Friday, July 3rd
Live music from 5pm to 10pm with The Sam Stoners, Michael Hurley, The Resolectrics, and the Quick and Easy Boys.

Buy your festival cup a day early in the Taproom - $10 for the cup and your first fill. Then prep your palate with a taster tray loaded with beers from previous 3-Way IPA collaborators.

Saturday, July 4th
Live music from 2pm to 10pm with Kelsey Mousley Band, Aaron Mark Brown and his band, James Kindle and the Eastern Oregon Playboys, The Quick and Easy Boys, and Tango Alpha Tango.

The 3-Day 3-Way IPA party begins in the courtyard (*festival cup required for these beers*). Select picks from Gigantic, Lompoc, Boneyard, Block 15, Georgetown, Pfriem, and Fort George, all chosen by the brewery owners. Plus fresh batches of 3-Way IPA 2013 (Gigantic, Lompoc, Fort George), 3-Way IPA 2014 (Block 15, Boneyard, Fort George), and 3-Way IPA 2015 (Georgetown, Pfriem, Fort George) brewed exclusively for this Independence Day celebration. Taps open at 2pm following The Star-Spangled Banner.

Fireworks over the Columbia River at dusk.

Courtsey of Fort George Brewing Co
Sunday, July 5th
Live music from 5pm to 10pm with Dedric Clark and the Social Animals, Jamie Leopold and the Short Stories, Tim Snider, and The Brownsmead Flats.

Plenty of 3-Way IPA collaborator guest taps in the Taproom, plus all three years of 3-Way IPA. Growler fills and taster trays. Brewery games in the courtyard, including a corn hole tourney.

Legal Disclaimers:
If you have 4th of July plans already booked, you may need to cancel them. Fort George is not responsible for any non-refundable deposits or cancellation charges that you may incur. Consider this the price of freedom.

All areas of Fort George Brewery - Upstairs, Downstairs, and the Taproom - will be open for business as usual. The 3-Way IPA party in the courtyard on Saturday is cash only, festival mug required for tasting. Live music is your right - never a cover.

Unlike three-way jokes (which never get old), 3-Way IPA should be as fresh as possible. The small batch, draft only re-brews of 2013 and 2014 3-Way IPA are available only on the coast, and they will go quickly. Don’t dawdle.

There are no pre-sale tickets, lanyards, badges, saved spots in line, or passes. Party cups will be available starting Friday, July 3rd in the Taproom.

Book your rooms, buy your bus tickets, or start hitchhiking now. This is an Independence Day celebration of 3-Way IPA you do not want to miss. Happy birthday to America.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Fremont Brewing Releasing Session Pale Ale On June 17th

Fremont Brewing just announced the coming release of it's Session Pale Ale next Wednesday, June 17th in the Urban Beer Garden. See details below.
Courtesy of Fremont Brewing Co
We’re excited to announce that we are releasing our Session Pale Ale next Wednesday, June 17th in our Urban Beer Garden. The Session Pale Ale is here to stay and will be brewed year-round, as often as we can.

Session Pale Ale will be on tap and available in 6-packs beginning at 11am on the 17th. At 5pm, we will tap five Session Pale Ale infusions.

Session Pale Ale
Description: We dedicate this beer to you, Craft Beer Fan, for embracing adventure, creativity, facial hair, and the skilled craft people of our industry above all. This session pale ale is made with Citra and Simcoe hops grown in Washington’s Yakima Valley which will enlighten your mind and make you a smarter and better looking person…Because Beer Matters. “Hey, it’s better in the can.”—V.W.P.
Down & Dirty: 2-Row Pale, White Wheat, C-15, and Dextrapils malts with Citra and Simcoe hops.
ABV: 4.5%
IBU: 30
Color: Marigold yellow
Aroma: Pine, tropical, honey
Flavor: Lemon, fresh-cut grass, toasted malt
Availability: Year-round

Thursday, June 11, 2015

10th Annual Oregon Craft Beer Month Begins July 1st

Courtesy of the Oregon Brewers Guild
OCBM Makes Summer in Oregon Even Brighter with 450+ Events 
PORTLAND, Ore. (June 11, 2015) — The Oregon Brewers Guild is thrilled to celebrate craft beer in Oregon with the month-long party that is Oregon Craft Beer Month. The 31 fun-filled days of OCBM are loaded with over 450 beer-related events statewide. So go, sip new releases, sample unique pairings, and visit your local brewery — this is what July is all about.  
“There’s never been a better time to celebrate craft beer in Oregon,” says Brian Butenschoen, executive director of the Oregon Brewers Guild. “We have 230 breweries for you to visit and nearly 500 events at local breweries, pubs, restaurants and grocery stores.” 
One new highlight for 2015 is the first annual Portland Craft Beer Festival, at The Fields Park July 3-5, 2015. This new festival will showcase more than 100 craft beers from at least 57 breweries — all of which are brewed within Portland’s city limits. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind celebration of the hoppiest place on earth.  
For beer lovers and adventurers alike, the optimal summer getaway awaits with a trek down one, or all seven, of Oregon’s Ale Trails. Visit Oregon’s largest beer trail located in Bend and check out the Ale Trails in Eugene, Eastern Oregon, Breweries in the Gorge, Southern Oregon, and North Coast. 
The sudsy month wraps up in spectacular fashion with the nation’s largest craft beer festival, the 28th annual Oregon Brewers Festival, July 22-26, 2015 at Waterfront Park. Celebrate 28 years of craft beer with 90 different beers from around the U.S., as well as a dozen from New Zealand and the Netherlands! It’s the perfect ending to a month-long celebration of Oregon’s craft beverage of choice.
About Oregon Brewers Guild
The Oregon Brewers Guild is Oregon’s non-profit trade association for the state’s independent breweries. The Guild, which receives no state funding, comprises 138 brewing companies, 100 associate or supplier members and more than 3,500 enthusiast members or S.N.O.B.s (Supporters of Native Oregon Beer). For more information, see  

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Rare Keg Tapping Schedule For The Portland fruit Beer Festival

Courtesy of Portland Fruit Beer Festival
 The Portland Fruit Beer Festival starts this Friday at 4pm. The information below is the rare/rotating beer and cider list that will rotate through during all 3 days of the festival. The Portland Fruit Beer Festival will have 2-4 rare tap lines flowing at all times with occasional firkin tappings. 

Rare Keg Tapping Schedule
Friday June 12th @ 430pm

  • Crux Fermentation Project: Viognier Sour (grape sour)
  • Upright Brewing/Bushwhacker Cider 2015 Blend
    A special custom made blend of Upright's Todo Modo with Bushwhacker Cider's Akane hard cider made exclusively for the Fruit Beer Festival.
  • Cider Riot: Bogman's Cranberry Brett cider Our Burncider® cider fermented with wild brettanomycces and cranberry puree for just a hint of tartness, and earthy farmhouse notes.
Also for Friday evening: Almanac, Crooked Stave and a Fat Head's cabernet barrel-aged Tripel with Blackberries.

Oakshire Brewmaster Matt Van Wyk tapping a rare firkin in 2013 - Courtesy of Portland Fruit Beer Festival

Saturday June 13th @ Noon special Firkin Tappings:
  • Santiam Brewing: Gin Peche Lambic - This light bodied sour ale is infused with peaches and apricots and aged for 18 months in Oak Gin barrels.  This is the first and likely the only festival pouring of this amazing brew.  It is in 3 special simultaneous release parties tonight in Portland Salem and Eugene, which are the only other kegs outside of our own taproom. It is also our very first sour ale released from our sour ale operation!
  • Santiam Brewing: Tangiers Saison - This farmhouse ale is infused with tangerine rind for a citrus twist on a classic Saison recipe.  As a way to highlight the pouring we are sending a brewery rep to do a live firkin tapping and he will bring a big supply of Tangerine slices to put as a garnish on the glass.  This is also our newest Saison recipe so again it is a limited release new for this season!
Sunday June 14th @ 11am
  • Hopworks: One Tun Tomato Michelada made with Totally radler, chili powder, Worchestershire sauce, house made blood mary mix, and tabasco. OG: 11 | IBU: 12 | ABV: 2.1% ABV

    Cider Riot: Mayday Red Cherry 
  • Tart Oregon pie cherries, and house brett culture give this dry cherry cider great depth and complexity.
Sunday June 14th @ 1:30pm
  • New Belgium Brewing: Bourbon barrel-aged Salted Chocolate Stout Nitro keg poured through a Randall filled with black cherries!
Sunday June 14th @ 2pm Firkin tapping
  • Laurelwood Brewing: Gose the Gozarian firkin with Kiwi

The Rest of the Rotating/Rare Beers: 
Almanac: Farmer's Reserve Pluot
Almanac: Emperor Norton (Belgian IPA with Apricots)

Burnside Brewing Co: Lime and a Cocout
Citrusy and refreshing Lime Kolsch with the added addition of Coconut for a truly tropical experience that will have you imagining sunning yourself beside a pool after your first sip.

Crooked Stave: Petite Sour Blueberry - Primary fermented in Oak Foeder with our sour mixed culture of wild yeast and bacteria this golden sour was then aged with Blueberries -

Crooked Stave: Petite Sour Passion Fruit - Primary fermented in Oak Foeder with our sour mixed culture of wild yeast and bacteria this golden sour was then aged with Passion Fruit

Crooked Stave: Petite Sour Tart Cherry - Primary fermented in Oak Foeder with our sour mixed culture of wild yeast and bacteria this golden sour was then aged with Tart Cherries

Elysian Brewing:
Hawaiian Sunburn Pineapple Habanero Kettle Sour

Fat Head's: Cabernet barrel-aged Belgian style Tripel aged on Blackberries
Flat Tail Brewing: Wild from the Vine - 13%abv - Aged 36 months in barrel, after a spontaneous fermentation with 49% of the fermentables coming from southern oregon syrah grapes.

Hopworks: Marionberry Berlinerweiss
Our Berlinerweisss, “I Am a Jelly Donut” made with marionberry. OG: 9.7| IBU: 4 | ABV: 4.1%

Lompoc: Knott Saison
- This Belgian style farmhouse ale has boysenberries added at the end of fermentation. It is bright pink in color with a fruity aroma finishing with a slight spice. 5.1% ABV

Lompoc: Cherry Gold - Aged for 2 years in Heaven Hill distillery Bourbon barrels with 45 pounds of sour cherries. Golden in color with oak and fruit in the nose finishing tart. 5.0% ABV

Lompoc: Plumed Procession
- Our Fool’s Golden Ale was brewed in Sept 2013 and aged on 40 pounds of plums in Maryhill Winery Cabernet Franc Barrels for 14 months. This hazy, dark persimmon colored beer has a fruity nose with a touch of oak. It finishes dry and tart.  5.0% ABV

Lompoc: Cherry Bomb Smoked Red Ale - Brewed for International Women's Collaboration Brew Day. Collaborating with Lompoc on this project was Burnside Brewing, 10 Barrel and Heater Allen. This red ale is crimson in color with a strong smoked flavor and aroma. Cherry smoked malt was used in the mash and in-house smoked dried cherries were added to the bright tank. There is a mild hop profile. 3.7% ABV
Oakshire: Oude Bes
(Strawberry Balsamic Flanders Red from the 2014 Fruit Beer Fest)

Experience "Jet-Lagunitas"

Hey Beer fans. You have a chance to win a trip for two to Petaluma, California to visit Lagunitas Brewing Company.  If you are from Oregon, Washington, and Idaho (sorry everyone else), all you need to do is come up with the funniest caption for the BeerPlane safety graphics that Lagunitas Brewing posts here each week.  The first week is all ready over, but you still have three more chances to win.  See the details below.
Courtesy of Lagunitas Brewing Co
Fans who write the funniest caption for our BeerPlane safety graphics at will earn a Labor Day Weekend trip to experience "Jet-Lagunitas" at the brewery in Petaluma, Calif. ... they’ll get a roundtrip ticket+hotel (for you and a friend), brew a batch of Fusion Ale, take a tour & see the Coast where it all began, and even take in a music fest in the LaguMiniAmphitheaterette. 
There’s only three more chances to win before things end June 30th so head over to soon.

Week 1 Beerplane Safety Graphic - Courtesy of Lagunitas Brewing Co

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Hopworks Urban Brewery Announces The Release Of Organic Totally Radler

Courtesy of Hopworks Urban Brewery

Portland, OR (June 6,2015) - Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB) today announced the release of Organic Totally Radler in 16 oz. cans and 13.2 gallon kegs. Totally Radler is a year-round offering and is available throughout the Pacific Northwest. HUB is celebrating the release of the beer on June 22, National Radler Day, with the Radler Ride, a fun group bicycle ride that starts and ends at Hopworks BikeBar.

Totally Radler is a 50/50 blend of Hopworks’ award-winning Organic HUB Lager and organic lemon soda. The refreshing and thirst-quenching lemon soda complements HUB Lager’s delicate honey flavors and herbal hop aroma while maintaining it’s crisp malt backbone. At just 2.6% ABV, Totally Radler is a low-alcohol drink that keeps you cool.

“I first discovered Radler when I was a nineteen year old exchange student in Cologne, Germany. The Germans mix beer with everything, but it’s hard to beat lager and lemonade,” says Hopworks Brewmaster and Founder, Christian Ettinger. “I was so inspired by this experience that I filed it away for the day when I would open my own brewpub. We have hand-mixed Totally Radler in our brewpubs since opening in 2008 and now are proud to inspire our customers with 100% Organic Totally Radler in crushable, poundable and anywherable 16 oz. cans!”

The release of Organic Totally Radler in cans is celebrated with the Radler Ride on June 22nd, which is also National Radler Day. Radler Ride is a seventeen mile bike ride that begins and ends at Hopworks BikeBar, at 3947 N. Williams Ave. in Portland. Cyclists will meet at BikeBar at 5:00pm and ride away at 5:30. At 6:30 cyclists stop at the Portland International Raceway to sample Totally Radler and enjoy Short Track mountain bike racing before heading back to BikeBar for a Totally Radler party.

Courtesy of Hopworks Urban Brewery
Radler Ride
Meet at 5pm, Ride at 5:30, Party at 8pm
Start and end at Hopworks BikeBar - 3947 N. Williams Ave. Portland, OR 97206

About Hopworks Urban Brewery
Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB), a certified B Corporation, strives to revolutionize and inspire the brewing industry with practices that drive quality, protect the environment and improve the community we live in. Utilizing organic malts and a combination of locally-sourced organic, and Salmon Safe hops, the company’s 20-barrel brewery produces 16,000 barrels of beer a year for HUB’s two brewpubs and for distribution throughout the Northwest. In 2015 Hopworks expanded its range of sustainably-made offerings with HUB Hard Cider and will open its third pub at the Pine St. Market in Downtown Portland. HUB is 100% renewably powered and “cradle to gate” carbon neutral. Visit Hopworks online at and follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

McMenamins Releases Copper Moon June 12th

Courtesy of McMenamins
Summer nights just got a little more luminescent with the release of McMenamins latest seasonal: Copper Moon! This organically grown and malted pale ale is full of flavor and summery sweetness. Citra and Chinook hops intermingle to create a refreshing citrusy, flowery and slightly spicy beverage.
Make sure to grab Copper Moon while it’s still high in the sky: This seasonal is only available from June 12 through the end of August.
McMenamins is offering a great deal on growler fills of Copper Moon! On Monday, June 15, following the release date, growler fills will be available at all locations across Oregon for only $8. So what are you waiting for? Reach for the moon!

Malts: Great Western Organic 2-row Malt, Great Western Organic Munich Malt, Great Western Organic 60L Crystal Malt
Hops: Horizon (bittering), Citra (flavor) & Chinook (aroma)
 Refreshing, flavorful, citrusy
OG: 1.048   TG: 1.009   ABV: 5.03%   IBU: 51    SRM: 6

Monday, June 8, 2015 and EastBurn Present the 4th Annual Rye Beer Fest

A Benefit for Dawn to Dusk & Children’s Cancer Association
Courtesy of the Rye Beer Fest

The Rye Beer Fest, a celebration of the revival of rye beers, will be held at EastBurn (1800 E. Burnside St., Portland, Oregon) during Portland Beer Week. The fest will take place on Friday June 12th, from 4 p.m. until 2 a.m. and will feature over 20 rye beers.  Profits from this year’s fest will support Dawn to Dusk Paddle Fund for the Children’s Cancer Association.

Each year the festival organizer, Kerry Finsand, likes to assist with brewing one of the beers for the fest. This year Kerry had the privilege of brewing with Lompoc Brewing’s Spencer Gotter. The collaboration beer is called Lemon Rye-zome. They used Soracha Ace hops and Lemongrass in this summer inspired brew.
Speaking of beer, see our entire tap list with descriptions here:
  • Uptown Brewing - Shepard in the Rye
  • Buoy Beer - India Rye Red Ale (IRRA)
  • Fremont Brewing - Oola Gin Barrel Aged Rye Saison
  • Sixpoint Brewery - Righteous
  • Lompoc Brewing - Lemon Rye-zome
  • Vagabond Brewing - Modern Love Rye
  • Ex Novo Brewing - Saison Lillis
  • Ninkasi Brewing - The Devil Went Down to Oregon
  • Baerlic Brewing - Rye Pale Lager
  • Hopworks Urban Brewery - Fight for your Rye’t
  • Breakside Brewery - Abby Wit
  • Short Snout Brewing - Rye-teous Dude
  • Firestone Walker Brewing - Wookey Jack
  • Barley Brown's - Rye'd It Out
  • Almanac Beer - Saison Dolores
  • Thunder Island Brewing - Rye CDA
  • Sierra Nevada Brewing - River Ryed
  • Green Flash Brewing - Road Warrior
  • Reuben's Brews - Tea Time IPA
  • Fat Head's Brewery - Blitzkrieg Bock
  • Brannon's Brewery - Barrel Aged: Deputation Imperial Red Ale
  • Brannon's Brewery - Deputation Imperial Red Ale

This year’s admission fee of $10 dollars includes a commemorative rye beer fest pint glass and eight beer tickets.  Additional tickets will be available for purchase for $1 each.  One ticket entitles you to a 4-ounce sample, while 4 tickets will get you a full pint.
In addition to rye beers, there will be rye cocktails, rye themed food and live music will start at 8pm from Weekend Assembly, a five piece, cross-genre, cross-generational musical project. Weekend Assembly blends roots rock with blues, country, folk and indie music. Kids are welcome upstairs until 9pm and there will not be an entry fee for non-beer drinkers.
We have also teamed up with Curb to get you home safely. Each entry into the fest includes $15 off your first Curb ride by entering the promo code PDXBEER in your Curb app!*
Curb (formerly Taxi Magic) connects you to safe, reliable rides from licensed, fully insured taxis in the Portland area. Simply tap the app and the closest available driver will be on the way to pick you up in minutes!
*Credits can only be redeemed on rides booked and paid for through the Curb app using a valid credit card. Valid for new Curb riders only. Expires 8/4/15.
Follow the latest news regarding the Rye Beer Fest on or on the Rye Beer Fest Facebook page.
About Dawn to Dusk: Dawn to Dusk is an endurance-paddling event where paddlers do laps for 12 hours around Ross Island in downtown Portland to raise money for the Children's Cancer Association.  Since 2011, Bridge City Paddling Club raised more than $127,000 for this vital organization.  Bridge City Paddling Club is a non-profit organization, dedicated to both community service and competition.
Taplister: ( is a beer discovery platform.  It helps consumers discover craft beers and enables bars and restaurants to promote their beers.  Bars and restaurants simply manage what beers are on tap from a web browser and the information is updated in real-time on Digital Beer Boards, Twitter, Facebook, mobile phones, the business' website and The company is located in Portland, Oregon.
Courtesy of the Rye Beer Fest