Friday, October 30, 2015

Walking Man Brewing Celebrates 15 Years in Craft Beer

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 Stevenson, WA (November 2015) - Walking Man Brewing will host their 15-year anniversary party on Wednesday, November 25th from 4-10pm. To celebrate, the brewpub will feature $1 drafts and special rotating taps throughout the event. Featured beers include Nitro Bourbon Barrel Jaywalker Imperial Stout, Big Phat Homo Erectus Dry-Hopped Imperial IPA, Sour Wheat, Flip Flop Pilsner and several year-round favorites.

“We’re bringing out some heavy hitters from the cellar and with every beer just one dollar, we hope everyone can add us to their holiday plans and celebrate 15 years of craft beer in Stevenson,” said managing partner Tabatha Wiggins. 

Established in 1999 Walking Man brewed what would become known as Pale Strider Pale Ale on Thanksgiving Day of 2000. The 20-barrel brew house was designed with a single infusion mash tun, steam fired kettle and open fermenters. The process requires every batch be stirred by hand, requiring dedication and love of the craft. Holding true to their roots, Walking Man remains a small production brewery on target to produce just over 1,000 barrels in 2015.

When you look around the brewpub you find numerous awards illustrating the history of Walking Man Brewing. With a resurgence of energy and a focus on crafting quality brews from many of the original award-winning recipes, Walking Man continues to create a legacy of craft beer in the Columbia River Gorge.

The anniversary event is free for all ages. Barbeque will be available from Pork, Wind & Fire and local musicians will provide a line up of live music throughout the evening. Complimentary cupcakes will be available while supplies last. A photo booth with fun props will be set up to capture memories with friends and provide a souvenir photo for guests to take home.

“We’ve always celebrated the entire week of Thanksgiving, but this year we wanted to do something special on day one, to thank our community and friends for supporting Walking Man all these years,” said founder and brewmaster Bob Craig.
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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,
remains a destination for beer enthusiasts from near and far.

The brewery and brewpub is located at 240 SW 1st Street in Stevenson, Washington. To
learn more about Walking Man Brewing including brewpub hours, menus and
happenings, please visit or call (509) 427-5520.

Always in Celebration . . .

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Deschutes Brewery’s Denver Street Pub Raises $56,000; Brings program total to more than $300,000 in donations

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October 29, 2015 - Denver,CO- Oregon’s Deschutes Brewery set up the world’s largest pop-up pub in Denver earlier this month and raised a total of $56,000 for Bicycle Colorado. On October 17, the brewery brought its 402-foot custom made, transportable pub to downtown Denver, serving 132 kegs to approximately 8,000 people. The one-day-only event donated 100 percent of proceeds to Bicycle Colorado.
With a soft launch in Deschutes Brewery’s hometown of Bend, Oregon and national stops in Philadelphia, Cleveland, Chicago, Minneapolis and Denver so far this year, the Street Pub has raised more than $300,000 dollars for charity – far surpassing the brewery’s expectations for the year.
Street Pub’s final stop for 2015 is coming up in Sacramento on November 14. With a successful first year almost complete, Deschutes Brewery is looking forward to announcing the 2016 Street Pub schedule soon.
For more information visit or follow the conversation at #StreetPub.

New Belgium Brewing’s Tour de Fat Surpasses $4 million Raised for Bicycle Advocacy

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Sixteenth season of bikes, beer and bemusement nets more than $600K

Fort Collins, Colo., Oct. 29, 2015 – New Belgium Brewing’s Tour de Fat, a traveling tour of bicycle advocacy and hilarity in charity, raised $647,668 for local nonprofits this season, totaling more than $4 million in its 16-year stretch. This year’s total is up more than $20,000 from last year. The event is free, but all proceeds from beer and merchandise sales and donations in each city go to local nonprofit organizations focused on making communities a better place to ride a bike.

Tour de Fat celebrates bicycle culture, kicking off each festival with a costumed bike parade through city streets. After the parade, thousands gather for a day of eclectic entertainment, New Belgium beer, bike-themed festivities, live music, carnival variety tents and delicious local food trucks and more. At each stop, New Belgium works with local sustainability partners to divert waste from landfills, encouraging beer and bike fans to think twice about recycling.

Tour de Fat traveled to 10 cities between May and October this year, attracting a total of 112,000 beer and bike enthusiasts. New Belgium’s hometown of Fort Collins had the most festival-goers, totaling 25,000 people and the Tour de Fat stop in Denver, Colo. raised the most money ($113,305). To see how each city performed, a breakdown is included below.

Tour de Fat also hosted the ninth annual car-for-bike swap, where one brave role model in each city stepped on stage to trade in car keys and pledge to live car-free for one year. Each swapper received a $2,250 stipend to buy their own commuter bike in exchange for their car. Vehicles for Charity auctioned the swapped cars, with proceeds benefitting Tour De Fat’s local nonprofit partners. Each of the swappers is encouraged to blog about their adventures as a two-wheeled local rock star. To read their tales from the road, visit the car-for-bike trade blog at

“What we’ve created can be hard to describe – part alter-ego beer festival; part cycling advocacy; part amazing, but sometimes perplexing entertainment, but when you put it all together it just works,” said Paul Gruber, Tour de Fat Operations Manager. “This year we passed the $4 million mark, an incredible feat, which means great things are happening in cycling communities across the country. That’s the best part of this whole thing and we can’t wait to do it again next year!”

Tour de Fat Breakdown City-by-City

Grand Totals
  • Total Funds Raised: $647,668 (not including auctioned car proceeds; up $21,952 from 2014)
  • Attendees: 112,000 (up 8,500 people from 2014)
Washington, D.C. – May 30
  • Total Funds Raised: $65,334 (up $8,287 from 2014)
  • Attendees: 9,000 (up 2,000 people from 2014)
Durham, NC – June 20
  • Total Funds Raised: $29,559 (up $4,135 from 2014) 
  • Attendees: 4,000
Chicago, IL – July 11
  • Total Funds Raised: $51,141 (up $19,315 from 2014)
  • Attendees: 8,000 (up 3,000 people from 2014)
Minneapolis, MN – July 25
  • Total Funds Raised: $36,247
  • Attendees: 5,000 
Boise, ID – August 15
  • Total Funds Raised: $66,556
  • Attendees: 10,500 (up 500 from 2014)
Ft. Collins, Colo. – September 5 – highest attendance
  • Total Funds Raised: $94,241
  • Attendees: 25,000
Denver, CO – September 12 – most money raised
  • Total Funds Raised: $113,305 (up $12,302 from 2014)
  • Attendees: 20,000 (up 2,000 from 2014)
San Francisco, CA – September 19
  • Total Funds Raised: $42,713 (up $540 from 2014)  
  • Attendees: 8,000 (up 500 from 2014)
San Diego, CA – September 26
  • Total Funds Raised: $43,003
  • Attendees: 7,500 (up 500 from 2014)
Tempe, AZ – October 3
  • Total Funds Raised: $105,567 (up $5,567 from 2014)
  • Attendees: 15,000
Courtesy of New Belgium
About New Belgium Brewing Company
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, one of World Blu’s Most Freedom-Centered Workplaces, and a Certified B Corp. In addition to Fat Tire, New Belgium brews ten year-round beers; Ranger IPA, Rampant Imperial IPA, Shift Pale Lager, Slow Ride Session IPA, Snapshot Wheat, Sunshine Wheat, 1554 Black Lager, Blue Paddle Pilsner, Abbey Belgian Ale and Trippel. Learn more at

3rd Annual Boone’s Ferry Autumn Ale Fest

McMenamins Old Church & Pub - Wilsonville,OR - Courtesy of McMenamins/Kathleen Nyberg
 It’s not truly fall until you’ve sipped your first autumn ale of the season and there’s no better place to do it than during the 3rd Annual Boone’s Ferry Autumn Ale Fest at McMenamins Old Church & Pub on November 14.

At this year’s Autumn Ale Fest we’ll raise a glass to McMenamins’ 31 year history of churning out top-notch brews and celebrate past and present brewers with 17 fall seasonal ales – nine beers from McMenamins’ breweries and eight beers from alumni brewers at Burnside Brewing Company, Double Mountain Brewery, Two Kilts Brewing Company, Fire on the Mountain Brewing, Ecliptic Brewing, Fort George Brewery and Cascade Barrel House.
Courtesy of McMenamins/Kathleen Nyberg
Guests can mingle with brewers and enjoy live music from Beach Fire, a psychedelic indie rock group, and Life During Wartime, a Talking Heads tribute band. Attending history buffs will enjoy “What Brewers Brewed and Growers Grew,” an educational talk by the Director of the Oregon Hops and Brewing Archives from 12 – 1 p.m.

When: Saturday, November 14, 2015 from 11 a.m. -- 10 p.m.; live music starts at 6 p.m.; pub talk begins at 1 p.m.; brewery tours 1 – 5 p.m. every 30 minutes
Where: McMenamins Old Church & Pub, 30340 SW Boones Ferry Road, Wilsonville, OR 97070
Cost: Free to attend; cost to sample
Attendance: All welcome; 21 & over to drink the ales

McMenamins Old Church & Pub  
30340 SW Boones Ferry Road  
Wilsonville, OR 97070

Top Rung Brewing Releases My Dog Scout Stout in 22oz bottles

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October 28, 2015 -Lacy,WA- On Friday, October 30th, the long awaited release of My Dog Scout Stout in bottles will arrive.  22 oz bottles of our award winning My Dog Scout Stout will be released in the tap room and available in bottle shops around Puget Sound.  My Dog Scout Stout won the 2015 Washington Beer Awards Gold Medal for an American Stout.  Just in time for the Pacific NW Fall and Winter months.  Enjoy a bottle at home today!
My Dog Scout Stout:  ABV: 6.0 IBU: 40

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, WA.

Top Rung Brewing:
8343 Hogum Bay Ln NE
Lacey, WA 98516
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Bridgeport Brewing Releases Limited-Edition Stumptown Tart

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PORTLAND, Ore. – October 29, 2015BridgePort Brewing Company’s STUMPTOWN Tart is back for the second time in 2015 and she’s loaded with berries that have a local history. This Belgian Style Ale is brewed with marionberries from Marion County, Oregon giving the brew its signature fruit tartness with a touch of sweetness.

“STUMPTOWN Tart is an iconic beer for us at BridgePort Brewing and we all love it,” says Brewmaster Jeff Edgerton. “We came across Willamette Valley marionberries from Stahlbush Farms in Corvallis, Ore. and the selection was too good not to use in our beloved Tart. For this brew, we used a Belgian Wit yeast and Czech Saaz hops giving the beer a slight bitterness and pleasant fruity base that melds perfectly with the berry flavor.” 
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IBUs:       15.0        ABV:       7.7%       OG:          17.3        Color: Dark Pink

STUMPTOWN Tart is the second beer released under BridgePort Brewing’s STUMPTOWN brand, following CandyPeel released mid-October. Offered only in the Northwest, STUMPTOWN Tart Marionberry is a limited-edition brew available in draft and 22oz. bombers. For more information, please visit
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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Breakside Brewery Announces The Return Of La Tormenta

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Portland & Milwaukie, OR - Breakside Brewery is happy to announce the return of last years popular fall and early winter seasonal 'La Tormenta' a dry-hopped sour ale. Available now in Oregon and beginning this week in Washington, La Tormenta is packaged in beautiful watercolor label art on 22oz bottles as well as by draft. There will be limited availability of La Tormenta in British Columbia, Hawaii, and the Denver, Colorado area.

La Tormenta description:
Our final seasonal bottle for the 2015 brew year is our experimental sour ale made with a unique blend of citrusy, tropical and fruity hops. Bracing-yet-balanced sour notes combine beautifully with West Coast hop flavor in this sweet and tart ale. This beer was one of our most popular offerings last year, and we're excited to re-release it as a light and beguiling alternative to classic winter beers. Notes of blueberry, guava, grapefruit, and lemongrass are offset by a juicy acidity, medium body, and a moderate sweetness from caramel malt.

7% ABV 22 IBU
Malts: Two Row, German Acidulated and Vienna Malts, Crystal 20L
Hops: Amarillo, Equinox, Simcoe, Citra
Suggested Food Pairings:
Panna cotta with pre- served fruits and coconut; Pork belly and watercress salad; Duck chawan mushi; Carolina-style pulled pork; New Orleans- style BBQ prawns; Blackened catfish with grits

50L and 1/2 bbl Draft; 12/22 oz Bottle  

Breakside Brewery representatives are in Seattle this week with pFriem Family Brewers on Wednesday and a La Tormenta release party on Thursday:

Wednesday October 28th @ Olaf's with pFriem Family Brewers
Breakside is pouring  Wanderlust IPA and Matcha Sweet Stout. pFriem Family Brewers will feature their GABF medal winning Pilsner and tart barrel-aged Flanders Red. 

Seattle La Tormenta Release Party & Tap Takeover
Thursday October 29th 5-8pm @ Chuck's Hop Shop Central District
Taplist:   La Tormenta, Passion Fruit Sour, Breakside IPA, Wanderlust IPA, Lunchbreak ISA, Pilsner, Toro Red Ale, and Aquavit Barrel Aged Saison a Fleur

Courtesy of Breakside Brewery

About Breakside Brewery:
Opened in 2010 in the quiet Woodlawn neighborhood of Northeast Portland as a restaurant and nano-sized brewery, Breakside expanded to a 3.5 BBL brewhouse while winning their first medal at the Great American Beer Festival in 2011 where they have earned medals each year since. In late 2013 the brewery expanded operations to Milwaukie, Oregon with a 30BBL production brewery filled with 60 and 120BBL tanks, barrel rooms for wild and non-wild/sour fermentation's and a 20 tap tasting room. In 2014 Breakside was awarded with the highly coveted Gold Medal for American-style IPA at the Great American Beer Festival for their flagship IPA that was also named to Men's Journals 100 Best Beers In The World and Sip Northwest's Best IPA in the Northwest. Breakside is also known for their experimental, barrel-aged and sour beers like Bourbon Barrel-Aged Aztec a strong amber ale with chocolate and chilies that won Bronze at both Chicago's Festival of Barrel-Aged Beers and Best of Craft Beer Awards and Passionfruit Sour a berliner-weisse style beer that earned a Bronze at the 2013 GABF.
Breakside Beers are available on draft and in 22oz bottles in Oregon, Seattle-Washington area, Denver, Hawaii and British Columbia. 2015 expansion plans include introducing 6-packs of 12oz bottles and more specialty bottles and sour beers. Visit for more info.

Breakside Brewery & Taproom
5821 SE International Way, Milwaukie, OR

Breakside Brewpub
820 NE Dekum St, Portland, OR

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Lagunitas Brewing's Born Yesterday Is Back!

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Lagunitas Brewing has released Born Yesterday its version of a fresh hop beer. Born Yesterday Fresh Hop Pale Ale was bottled and kegged and shipped yesterday (10/26), and should be showing up at better bottle shops and taprooms today and consumed fresh. This years version used fresh Amarillo, Equinox, Simcoe, Citra, Mosaic, and “Indigenous Catawampus” hops picked from Yakima, Washington and from the info we were given 11 pounds of hops were used during brewing per barrel.

 Lagunitas getting fresh picked hops from Yakima,Washington

Thanks to Lagunitas, we got a bottle of 2015 Born Yesterday Fresh Hop Pale Ale to sample today. Last years version of Born Yesterday was easily a top fresh hop beer for us. Once again Lagunitas has another excellent fresh hop beer for 2015.  Born Yesterday Fresh Hop Pale Ale has aroma notes of fresh citrus, pine,and grass. While the flavor notes are similar with citrus, and pine.

Note that the 2015 Born Yesterday Fresh Hop Pale is part of the limited 2015 One Hitter Series of beers, so it will be a bit harder to find than the normal lineup of Lagunitas beers.  Please check the Lagunitas Finder Page to find out where you can find Born Yesterday.

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2015 Double Bastard Ale and Arrogant Bastard Box Unleashed Nationwide

Courtesy of Stone Brewing Co
ESCONDIDO, CA  – It’s far from every day that something of this grandeur is unleashed into the world. Few possess the capacity to appreciate the exemplary magnitude of what has become infamously known as “Liquid Arrogance.” Rather than be wasted on the tentative or weak as an everyday offering, Double Bastard Ale graces Earth’s presence for but a finite period of time each year. That glorious window begins today.

Originally birthed to sanctify the first anniversary of Arrogant Bastard Ale, Double Bastard Ale was unleashed upon the earth in November 1998 and has since returned only once a year. “Warning: This is one lacerative muther of a beer. It is unequivocally certain that your palate is grossly inadequate and thus undeserving of this liquid glory...and those around you would have little desire to listen to your resultant whimpering caused by Double Bastard Ale.”

What’s that, you say? You can handle more than one Bastard? Although doubtful, enter the Arrogant Bastard Box, as if one could ever adequately grasp such concentrated ecstasy.

While trudging through the mundane selection on store shelves, you start to experience an inner feeling of emptiness. Then, there they are… taunting you from within their immaculate box: Arrogant Bastard Ale, 2015 Double Bastard Ale, the revered OAKED Arrogant Bastard Ale, and the first-ever appearance of 2015 DEPTH-CHARGED Double Bastard Ale. They represent the highest order of possibility, hope and redemption. Or at any rate, something that is more tasteful than the lowest-common-denominator “beer” that for so long has defined America’s brewing heritage. One Bastard in particular is making a triumphant return—OAKED Arrogant Bastard Ale—spawned from the same abundant arrogance as its notorious counterpart and aged on American oak chips.

Now, we sense your interest has been sparked by the more pristine title “2015 DEPTH-CHARGED Double Bastard Ale,” perhaps because you’re really into espresso. Nothing wrong there, but we suggest getting your cinnamon mochaccino fix elsewhere. This is strictly for adult women and men who don’t require sticking out their pinky finger to rest on the culinary crutch of added sweeteners and fat. Expect a bold, brave, java-infused incarnation of Double Bastard Ale, one that’s only appearing with its Liquid Arrogance brethren in the Arrogant Bastard Box.

Those who aspire to experience 2015 Double Bastard Ale, the Arrogant Bastard Box and other of these most highly coveted ales can do so using Arrogant Bastard Beer Finder:

Courtesy of Stone Brewing Co

Quick Facts
2015 Double Bastard Ale
Name: 2015 Double Bastard Ale
Stats: 11% ABV
Availability: 22oz bottles and draft, beginning October 26
National Distribution: (The lucky states of…)
AK, AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WA and Puerto Rico
International Distribution: Australia; Alberta and British Columbia, Canada; Japan; Singapore

Courtesy of Stone Brewing Co

Quick Facts
Arrogant Bastard Box
Name: Arrogant Bastard Box
Stats: 7.2%-11% ABV
Availability: Limited 22-ounce-bottle 4-packs, beginning on October 26
National Distribution: (The lucky states of…) AK, AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WA and Puerto Rico
International Distribution: Australia; Alberta and British Columbia, Canada; Japan; Singapore; Sweden; Thailand; and United Kingdom

About Arrogant Bastard Brewing Co.
Since Arrogant Bastard Ale was first unleashed upon the unsuspecting public in 1997, the brand has been braving bold territory, and upsetting dandies, milquetoasts and fizzy yellow beer drinkers in great numbers. Massively successful, and ever full of vip and vinegar, Arrogant Bastard Ale split off from the restrictive confines of the Stone Brewing Co. in 2015. And now, the brethren of Liquid Arrogance is free to explore, cavort and roam how they damn well see fit. For those Worthy few that wish to gaze upon the musings of Arrogant Bastard Ale, Double Bastard Ale, Bourbon Barrel-Aged Arrogant Bastard or other Bastard beers, follow along via Facebook, Twitter and

Monday, October 26, 2015

Fort George Brewing Releasing Winter Seasonal "Magnamious IPA" That Blends Hops With Grand Fir Tips

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October 26th, 2015 - Fort George is only a week away from releasing this year’s winter seasonal, Magnanimous IPA brewed with a bevy of Grand Fir trimmings from Earth & Sky Farm. But this collaboration has roots going back many years. The story begins with Fort George sales manager Tim Ensign.
Fort George sales manager Tim Ensign

“I started working with Fort George in 2007 while manager of Mountain People’s Distribution,” Tim recalls. “We met Fort George owners Chris Nemlowill and Jack Harris, loved their beers, immediately hit it off, and soon began distributing Fort George draft around Oregon. Ultimately I ended up joining the brewery, eventually becoming sales manager."

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In 2009 Tim and his wife Jana purchased some land in Oregon City and named it Earth & Sky Farm. With the many Christmas trees already growing there, they immediately became part-time farmers. “When you walk through the Grand Fir forest, the smells can be wonderful and intense, much like our favorite IPAs,” Tim notes. That aroma became the inspiration for this year’s winter seasonal. A recipe was written, Grand Fir tips were gathered, and the brewery worked on test batches all summer, fine tuning each one.
Grand Fir Trimmings
"After tasting the pilot batches, we are really excited to see those cans filled,” Tim explains. “This beer has a solid backbone, coming in at 7% ABV. It would be a great IPA all on its own, but the addition of Grand Fir adds a complex pine character that complements the citrus flavor of the hops. And the aroma is phenomenal."

Fort George Brewery presents to you Magnanimous IPA. Bestowed with generous amounts of hand-harvested Grand Fir trimmings and bountiful additions of Simcoes and Chinooks, Magnanimous IPA offers a noble blend of lush piney hops and fresh evergreen aroma. Look for 16-ounce four-packs and draft arriving at northwest locations starting November 2nd. Fort George beer is distributed only in the Pacific Northwest.

Magnanimous IPA release parties:

The Hop & Vine
1914 N. Killingsworth Street
Portland, Oregon
5pm - Saturday, November 7th

Pint Defiance
2049 Mildred Street W.
Tacoma, Washington
All Day - Saturday, November 7th

Courtsey of Fort George Brewing