Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Hopworks And New Belgium Organic B-Side EP Beer Release Party On August 19th At Revolution Hall


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Join Hopworks Urban Brewery and New Belgium Brewing as they release their second collaboration beer on August 19, from 6-10pm, on the rooftop at Revolution Hall. The beer, Organic B-Side EP, is a kettle soured peach ale and was brewed as a way to celebrate both brewery’s certifications as B Corporations.

The collaboration brew took place while the New Belgium team was in Portland for the Oregon Brewers Festival. The beer has a light tartness and hints of stone fruit while remaining bright and crisp. Also available that night at Revolution Hall is Peach IPA, the first collaboration between the two breweries, along with a number of other beers from the respective breweries.

On August 19, visitors will have the opportunity to try the limited B-Side EP for the first time while enjoying sweeping views of downtown Portland from the rooftop of Revolution Hall. The party is open to the public. Light catering is provided by Elephants Catering and in honor of the B Corp themed party, B Corporations across Portland will showcase products. Members of HUB and New Belgium’s team will be on hand to chat about beer, B Corps, bikes, or anything else that starts with B.


B-Side EP Release Party
August 19 • 6-10pm
Revolution Hall Rooftop • 1300 SE Stark St. Portland, OR
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Alaksan Brewing Releasing A New Fall Seasonal - Alaskan Pumpkin Ale

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A smooth twist on last year’s highly-regarded Pumpkin Porter


JUNEAU, Alaska (August 12, 2015) – Alaskan Brewing Company’s newest beer is Alaskan Pumpkin Ale, a Fall Seasonal that will start appearing on taps and shelves throughout the company’s 17-state distribution footprint beginning this month. Alaskan brewers have put a new spin on the Pumpkin Porter that has come out the past two years, and produced a smooth brown ale-based recipe that combines holiday spices and organic pumpkin for a perfect autumn pour.

“In Juneau, we’re acutely aware of the transition from Summer to Fall, and we like to make the absolute best of the season by bringing as much flavor as possible to our Fall Seasonal beer,” said Brent Kesey, one of the lead brewers on this beer. “So, even though the days are getting a little shorter, we have something to be happy about! We think folks are going to really like the holiday flavor and drinkability of this new beer.”

Following in the footsteps of the highly regarded Alaskan Pumpkin Porter, this Pumpkin Ale has the holiday spices of nutmeg, cinnamon, clove and brown sugar plus a pinch of Alaskan’s famous alder-smoked malt, with a base of a lighter brown ale featuring Vienna malt and Goldings hops.

“We were going for a warming spicy brew with a rich welcoming flavor that reminds me of the great flavors and aromas of pumpkin pie,” said Kesey. “Up here in Alaska we fight the cold and dark by getting together with family and friends. This time of year is when the strong community we have here is so important, and this beer is perfect for keeping those great get-togethers going strong.”

This very quaffable Fall Seasonal beer will be perfect with any holiday fare or sweeter breads, but can also work well with salted meats or pretzels to let that spicy sweetness compliment the savory saltiness. Alaskan Pumpkin Ale will be available in most markets by mid-August, as Alaskan Summer Ale begins to leave the shelves, and will run until November when Winter Ale ships out.
For more information, check out Alaskan Brewing’s website at www.alaskanbeer.com.
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Walking Man Brewing's 13th Annual Hoptoberfest

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A small town beer festival featuring BIG beers in the Columbia River Gorge

Stevenson, WA – Walking Man Brewing will host their annual Hoptoberfest on Saturday, September 12th from noon to 10pm.  This 21 and over event will take place in the field bordering the brewery in Stevenson, WA. In addition to live music, great food, lawn games and prizes throughout the day, this years festival will feature beers from the ten breweries that comprise Breweries in the Gorge (BIG). 

Breweries in the Gorge is an alliance formed in 2014 to promote the abundance of craft beer in the region.  As a collective they are “united in promoting and progressing our craft, and in helping you discover some of the Nation’s finest beer, in one of the most beautiful places on earth!”

Walking Man Brewing’s Hoptoberfest provides the perfect setting to celebrate and enjoy the end of summer with friends and beer lovers from throughout the Northwest.  The small town’s beautiful setting along the Columbia River offers a quaint, intimate feel that make this festival a highlight in the Stevenson, Washington community. 

“We’re really happy with the turnout last year and we’re excited to build on that success by including a fantastic lineup of beers by Breweries in the Gorge,” said James Landers, head brewer at Walking Man.

Live music will kick off at noon with the Portland based Celtic group New Shilling followed by the Americana folk group, Fields of May. Sockeye Sawtooth of Portland and the Oly Mountain Boys from Olympia will get your feet stompin’ with high-energy bluegrass.  Headlining this year’s festival, Portland’s funk band Manimalhouse will groove until 10pm

Lawn chairs are welcomed.  No dogs or coolers allowed inside the festival.  21 and over event. Admission is $5 and includes re-entry throughout the day. Walking Man Brewing will be open for regular business from noon to 9pm.  Dogs and minors are welcomed at the brewpub although not permitted to enter the festival. 

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About Walking Man Brewing
Nestled in the small town of Stevenson, WA in the scenic Columbia River Gorge, Walking Man Brewing began impacting the Northwest craft beer scene in late 2000. Garnering medals and honors in some of the top beer competitions in the world, it has long since become a destination for beer enthusiasts from around the globe. 
The brewery and brewpub is located at 240 SW 1st Street in Stevenson, Washington. For more information about Walking Man Brewing including brewpub hours, menus and happenings, please visit www.walkingmanbeer.com

 

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Bridgeport Brewing & Trimet Announce Offical Beer Of Tilikum Crossing

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BRIDGEPORT BREWING AND TRIMET ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP AND OFFICIAL BEER OF TILIKUM CROSSING – TILIKUM CROSSING ORANGE LINE IPA
 
Today, on Tilikum Crossing, Congressman Blumenauer and BridgePort Brewing Cheers Over BridgePort’s Newest Beer
  
PORTLAND, Ore.August 11, 2015 —U.S. Congressman Earl Blumenauer and a brewer from BridgePort Brewing Company today proudly announced a partnership between BridgePort Brewing and TriMet. BridgePort Brewing, Oregon’s oldest craft brewery, released their newest beer, Tilikum Crossing Orange Line IPA, to celebrate the newest bridge in Portland. 

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Tilikum Crossing, Bridge of the People, is the first bridge of its kind in the U.S., carrying MAX light rail and Portland Streetcar trains, buses, bicyclists and pedestrians, but no private vehicles. Tilikum Crossing is part of TriMet’s MAX Orange Line that opens on Sept. 12, 2015 between Downtown Portland, South Waterfront, SE Portland, Milwaukie and North Clackamas County. TriMet asked BridgePort to create a special beer for the new Orange Line because it was a natural fit – they were the first craft brewery in Oregon and Tilikum Crossing is also the first of its kind.  
 
In that spirit, Tilikum Crossing Orange Line IPA is the first White IPA BridgePort has ever brewed. Dry-hopped with Lemondrop hops for aroma, this beer is made with 25% wheat, giving the beer a hazy light color. This new brew also uses Belgium yeast and is infused with orange peel, delivering a slightly sweet, lighter and more refreshing take on an IPA. The beer is available for Portlanders to enjoy on draft or in 22oz. bombers.
 
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“The whole city is excited for the opening of this bridge, so you can imagine how honored we felt when TriMet asked us to brew the official beer,” commented Jeff Edgerton, BridgePort brewmaster. “Our team thought a lot about the actual visuals of Tilikum Crossing, specifically, the white-coloring of the bridge and TriMet’s Orange Line that will cross over the Willamette. With that in mind, we also wanted to make a beer for the people, since ‘Tilikum’ means ‘of the People’.”

To celebrate the September opening of the Orange Line and of Tilikum Crossing, its official beer will be served at events starting August 19.
 
·       Tilikum Crossing Orange Line IPA Launch Party held at BridgePort Brew Pub | August 19, time TBD
·       MAX Orange Line Fireworks Spectacular held at Zidell Yards  | August 22, 5:00p – 10:00p
·       First Light held at Zidell Yards | September 10, 6:00p – 10:00p
·       Grand Opening Celebration held at Tilikum Village at Zidell Yards  | September 12, 11:00a – 6:00p
 
For more information on the events leading up to the Orange Line and Tilikum Crossing Grand Opening, please visit catchtheorange.com.

 

About BridgePort Brewing Company

Oregon's oldest craft brewery continues to evolve from a microbrewery to a regional leader committed to producing high quality craft ales. Led by Brewmaster Jeff Edgerton, the team of BridgePort brewers prides itself on using hops from an hour away and clear glacial water from Mount Hood. The BridgePort family of ales includes the Conviction Pale Ale, IPA, Hop Czar Imperial IPA, Kingpin and other specialty styles. BridgePort Brewery is located at 1313 N.W. Marshall. For more information, call 503-241-7179 or visit www.bridgeportbrew.com.                                                               
 
About Tilikum Crossing, Bridge of the People
Tilikum Crossing is part of the 7.3-mile MAX Orange Line that opens on Sat., Sept. 15, 2015. The bridge is the first new bridge built over the Willamette River in the region in more than 40 years. Tilikum Crossing and the Orange Line will improve transit between Portland State University, South Waterfront, the Central Eastside and OMSI, to Milwaukie and North Clackamas County.  The Orange Line expands the MAX system to 60 miles and 97 stations.

The Beer Bible Book Signing And Tasting Event At Block 15's Tap Room This Thursday

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Announcing The Beer Bible Book Sigining at Block 15's Tap Room
Block 15 and Portland-area writer Jeff Alworth to host Q/A and tasting event on Thursday, August 13.
Craft beer lovers across the mid-Valley are invited to join Block 15 Brewing Company and Portland-area writer and beer expert Jeff Alworth to a book signing and tasting event, celebrating his newly released compendium on over 100 styles of beer from around the world—The Beer Bible. Enjoy a question and answer time with the author, tastings of Ferme de la Ville Provision (the wild farmhouse ale that earned praise in Alworth’s book), and beer and food from Block 15’s Tap Room menu.

Location
Block 15 Tap Room 3415 SW Deschutes St. Corvallis, OR 97333

Date/Time
Thursday, August 13
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Admission is free. 21+ only.
RSVP at www.facebook.com/events/1684682735095413

About The Beer Bible
The Beer Bible is the result of years of research spanning over 17,000 miles, six countries, and 52 breweries. Complete with detailed photographs, maps, infographics, and lively writing, The Beer Bible is the first truly comprehensive, style-by-style guide to the beers of the world. Spanning the globe from Germany to America, Japan to Scotland, it is a celebration of culture as much as it is a celebration of beer itself.



About the Author
Jeff Alworth has been writing about beer for more than 15 years. He is the author of The Beer Tasting Toolkit and Cider Made Simple and has also written for Draft, All About Beer, Sunset, The Oregonian, and other publications, as well as his popular site, Beervana. He lives in Portland, Oregon, in the heart of the world’s craft beer belt, the Pacific Northwest.

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 About Block 15 Brewing Company
Offering unique hop forward ales, crisp lagers, barrel-aged rarities and one of the Northwest’s most extensive wild & sour programs, Block 15 produces a range of ambitiously crafted beers, brewed with a nod toward fresh ingredients and fresh thinking. Brewer owned, established in 2008.

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Monday, August 10, 2015

7th Annual Frogs & Dogs Festival At Issaquah Brewhouse On Saturday August 15th

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Issaquah, WA - On Saturday, August 15th, 2015 from 11:00am to 7:00pm, two-legged and four-legged festival goers will leap, run, ride and hop to the 7th Annual Frogs & Dogs Festival. Frogs and Dogs is the second largest dog-beer festival in the world, and is an outdoor gathering of everything food, beer, and dogs.
 
Located at the Issaquah Brewhouse (35 W Sunset Way, Issaquah, Washington), there will be a dog parade at 11am, doggie dancing, doggie musical chairs, celebrity dog look-a-like contests, a free dog wash, frog leg eating contest, prizes and live music.
 
Dogs can treat their humans to a prime selection of microbrews, ciders, famous dog beers and Issaquah Brewhouse’s series of Frog Beers including: Menage A Frog & White Frog Ale. Dogs who want to enter the fashion show should dress their humans in their best matching outfit for a chance to be crowned best-in-the-fest.
 
There will also be fun stuff for the kids, including a frog and dog coloring contest and games. Entry is $5 (kids and dogs get in free when accompanied by an adult). All proceeds benefit Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery and Washington State Animal Response Team.
 

Wirtz Beverage Partners With Left Hand Brewing to Bring Left Hand Beers to Nevada,

Hey Nevada Beer friends. Left Hand Brewing is coming your way with its full line of beers via a partnership with Wirtz Beveragenext month. See the press release info below.
Courtesy of Left Hand Brewing Co
Wirtz Beverage Partnership to Bring Left Hand Brewing Co. Beers to Nevada
Brewery’s innovative lineup, including acclaimed Nitro series, to be available in September

Las Vegas, NV – Left Hand Brewing Company announced today a partnership with Wirtz Beverage that will bring the Colorado-based craft brewery’s portfolio of award-winning beers to Nevada next month.

“We are excited to partner with Wirtz Beverage to fulfill a longtime goal of giving beer lovers throughout Nevada the opportunity to enjoy our handcrafted brews,” said Jason Ingram, national sales director for Left Hand Brewing. “It’s been amazing to see the growth of craft beer in Nevada, from a craft desert to a beer-lover’s oasis.”

The 22-year-old Left Hand Brewing Company has seen its popularity skyrocket in recent years with the boom of the craft beer industry and as a result of their reputation for well-balanced, award-winning beers. Once the Nevada partnership is launched, Left Hand will have expanded into seven new states this year alone, bringing the brewery’s total footprint to 35 states.

Wirtz Beverage Nevada will distribute Left Hand’s perennial line and famed Nitro series, including: Milk Stout and Milk Stout Nitro, which was the first bottled craft nitrogenated beer; Sawtooth Ale and Sawtooth Nitro; Introvert Session IPA; Black Jack Porter; and Polestar Pilsner. Wirtz Beverage will also distribute Left Hand’s seasonal brews, limited editions and the company’s Mountain Mixer variety pack.

“We’re honored to partner with such a highly respected brewery like Left Hand, a company widely recognized for the Nitro Milk Stout and overall innovative approach to crafting beers,” said Kent Bearden, Craft Brands Channel Manager for Wirtz Beverage Nevada. “Left Hand’s lineup of esteemed brands will be an excellent addition to the Wirtz Beverage Nevada portfolio.”

Left Hand Brewing will kick off its Nevada arrival at the Las Vegas Beer and Barrel Project on Aug. 28, with the brewery offering a limited edition version of the nationally renowned Milk Stout along with the crisp Polestar Pilsner.

About Left Hand Brewing Company
Celebrating twenty-two years of brewing a well-balanced portfolio of craft beers, Left Hand Brewing Company is located at 1265 Boston Avenue in Longmont, Colorado. Left Hand is one of the most honored and recognized breweries in the state, with over 24 Great American Beer Festival medals, 9 World Beer Cup awards, and 7 European Beer Star awards. Famous for their Nitro series, Left Hand Brewing was the first craft brewery to release a bottled nitrogenated beer.  Left Hand’s collection of perennial and seasonal beers are available in 35 states & DC. “Sometimes you’re not in the mood for what everyone else is having.”

About Wirtz Beverage Nevada
Wirtz Beverage Nevada, with offices in Las Vegas and Reno, is a statewide leader in the distribution of fine wine, spirits and beer brands. The company is a member of Wirtz Beverage Group, a leading international wholesaler and broker with operations in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nevada and throughout Canada. A family-owned business, Wirtz Beverage Group has nearly $2 billion in annual sales and 2,500 employees. To find out more, visit http://www.wirtzbev.com/nevada
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New Belgium Brewing's President & COO Christina Perich Assumes Ceo Position

Co-Founder and CEO Kim Jordan to continue as Executive Chair of Board
 
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Ft. Collins, Colo., August 10, 2015 - New Belgium Brewing’s Chief Operations Officer and President, Christine Perich, has been named CEO as Co-founder Kim Jordan transitions exclusively into the Executive Chair of the Brewery’s Board of Directors. The move will allow Perich to focus on short-term strategy, leading the executive team, industry leadership and running day-to-day operations. Jordan will focus on long-term strategy and vision while working with the Board of Directors. Perich, who was hired as New Belgium’s Controller in 2000, took on the role of COO in 2008 and most recently has been handling the roles of both COO and President. She was instrumental in transitioning the brewery into a 100% employee-owned ESOP in 2013.   

“After spending the past 15 years as a part of the New Belgium team, I am incredibly excited for this opportunity,” said Perich. “With Kim’s continued guidance as Executive Chair and the strength of our management team, I feel very confident in our ability to drive the business forward while honoring all the
fundamental elements that have made New Belgium so successful.”

The two have worked together closely over the years and there will be an emphasis on continuity going forward.

“New Belgium Brewing has been my life’s work and I plan to continue in a very active role as Executive Chair of the Board of Directors,” said Jordan. “With Christine’s years of experience as CFO, COO and President, she is abundantly qualified to step into this position allowing me to focus on long-term strategy and vision. I have complete faith in her ability. We’re excited for this next chapter in our collective history.” 

The change in roles will be effective 10/9/15.

ABOUT NEW BELGIUM BREWING
New Belgium Brewing, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, is recognized as one of Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work and one of the Wall Street Journal’s Best Small Businesses. The 100% employee-owned brewery is a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business as designated by the League of American Bicyclists, and one of World Blu’s most democratic U.S. businesses, and a Certified B Corp. In addition to Fat Tire, New Belgium brews ten year-round beers; Ranger IPA, Rampant Imperial IPA, Slow Ride Session IPA, Snapshot Wheat, Shift Pale Lager, Sunshine Wheat, 1554 Black Ale, Blue Paddle Pilsener, Abbey Belgian Ale and Trippel. Learn more at www.newbelgium.com.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

11th Annual North American Organic Brewers Festival Starts This Thursday

Courtesy of  NOABF
PORTLAND, ORE -The world’s only organic brewers festival, the North American Organic Brewers Festival will celebrate its 11th years this Thursday - August 13 through 16 at Overlook Park in North Portland. Event hours are Noon to 9pm Thursday through Saturday and Noon to 5pm Sunday.

The NAOBF encourages brewers and beer lovers to “Drink Organic, Save the Planet, One Beer at a Time.” Designed to raise awareness about organic beer and sustainable living, the festival serves up 50 organic beers and ciders from more than 30 different breweries. Some of the breweries are certified organic, but most brew a one-off organic batch just for the event. Styles run the gamut from Ambers to Belgians to Wild Ales, with a bit of everything in-between. (A complete list of participating breweries in included at the bottom of this release.) The event also offers live local music, organic food and sustainability-oriented vendors and non-profits in a beautiful park setting.

This year’s event will also feature an exceedingly rare opportunity to sample draft beer from Pinkus, the world’s first certified organic brewery. Along with Pinkus Ur-Pils and M√ľnster Alt on draft, the festival is introducing the Merchant du Vin Organic Bottle Garden, featuring 11 bottled beers and cider from Pinkus in Germany and Samuel Smith’s from Yorkshire, England.

“When Samuel Smith’s opened in 1758 and Pinkus in 1816, chemical fertilizers and pesticides didn’t exist – all beer was organic,” stated Tom Bowers, district manager at Merchant du Vin. “Viewing the beer world from this historic perspective, these brewers chose to become the trailblazers of organic brewing for the modern era. By including Samuel Smith’s and Pinkus in this year’s festival, NAOBF has expanded the opportunity for festival goers to not only experience amazing beers from the world’s original organic brewers, but to taste history.”

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Admission into the NAOBF is free. The purchase of a $7 reusable, compostable cornstarch cup is required for tasting beer, as are tokens, which sell for $1 apiece. A full cup of beer costs four tokens and a taste costs one token; select beers and ciders may cost double tokens. Patrons receive an extra token with a validated Tri-Met ticket or a ticket from the Hopworks Bike Corral (one discount per person).

The NAOBF is a family friendly event, and minors are welcome with parents. A kids area offers art activities, face painting and a root beer garden with complimentary Crater Lake Root Beer and Orange Cream Soda for minors (and designated drivers).

The NAOBF is known as the most earth-friendly beer festival on the planet. Festival attendees sample beer from reusable and compostable cornstarch cups made from domestically grown corn by a zero-waste, solar-powered company. Electricity needs are met with biodiesel generators. Volunteers receive organic cotton t-shirts (returning volunteers can wear past T shirts and get extra tokens instead). Food vendors are required to employ sustainable practices, and onsite composting and recycling stations are provided for festival waste and are supervised by recycling czars.

The NAOBF encourages responsible drinking and urges patrons to take advantage of the MAX Light Rail; the Yellow Line Overlook Park Station is adjacent to the festival. Attendees can also take advantage of the Hopworks Bike Corral, where volunteers watch over bikes for free (donations are appreciated and support the BC to Baja Bicycle Odyssey).

Why brew organic? Today's agriculture relies heavily on chemicals and often causes erosion and depletion of soil nutrients through loss of biomass. Organic farming is a growing industry that reduces erosion, pollution, and water shortages by using natural methods to fertilize crops and to fight pests and disease. A well-established organic farm can often produce higher yields than a conventional farm. Organic farming is typically more labor intensive and provides more agricultural jobs per acre than conventional farming. Workers on organic farms are also safe from the health hazards of working with pesticides and herbicides. Using organic ingredients to make beer produces a beer with the highest possible purity and also supports the small but growing industry of organic farming.
For more information about the NAOBF, visit naobf.org.

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