Saturday, November 7, 2015

Samuel Adams Rebel Grapefruit IPA is the newest addition to the Rebel family of IPAs

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Samuel Adams Rebel Grapefruit IPA is the newest addition to the Rebel family of IPAs, which are brewed to showcase a wide range of hop intensities and characteristics. Rebel Grapefruit is brewed with real grapefruit for a big punch of citrus that amplifies the tropical fruit and citrus notes of one of the Sam Adams brewers’ favorite West Coast hops, Mosaic. 
Rebel Grapefruit IPA’s grapefruit flavor and aroma comes from grapefruit juice and peel, as well as hops that showcase similar flavors. Grapefruit peel is added in the kettle to impart a tart, sharp character, while grapefruit juice is added right before the beer is filtered to provide a big, grapefruit juiciness. The juice rounds out the touch of bitterness from the peel and the four West Coast hop varieties to bring a refreshing finish to this bold, bright, thirst-quenching IPA.

The combination of grapefruit juice and peel delivers a distinct bright, juicy tartness that brings out complementary notes in a variety of hops carefully selected by the brewers at Sam Adams for their flavor and aroma. The brewers focused on showcasing Mosaic hops, with their great tropical fruit, citrus and berry notes.  They are relatively new to the brewing scene and when they were released in 2012 as HBC369, the Sam Adams brewers fell in love with their flavor profile and first experimented with them in Latitude 48 IPA.

While the brew features Mosaic hops, they are also complemented by a variety of hops used throughout the brewing process for additional hop flavor and aroma:

-   Mosaic (kettle & dry-hopping): Sweeter fruit notes of Mandarin orange, pineapple, and grapefruit,  with hints of eucalyptus

·   Centennial (dry-hopping): Medium citrus, intensely floral with hints of wood

·   Cascade (kettle): Citrus and grapefruit with subtle floral balance

-   Citra (kettle): Strong citrus, tropical fruit, and slightly floral

·        Pairing with Food: The tart and refreshing character of the grapefruit is perfect for balancing soft, buttery flavors like avocado, cheese, or desserts like orange pound cake to cut through their rich creaminess without overpowering them. The bitterness and bold character stand up to richer, spicier foods like dry-rub pork or strong cheeses.

Samuel Adams Rebel Grapefruit IPA Style Profile
Grapefruit IPA
Malt Varieties
Samuel Adams two-row pale malt blend and flaked oats
Hop Varieties
Mosaic, Citra, Centennial, and Cascade
Special Ingredients
Grapefruit juice and grapefruit peel
Deep Golden / 8 SRM
6.3% ABV
Samuel Adams ale yeast
First Brewed

GoodLife Brewing Hosting The 3rd Annual Central Oregon Winter Beer Festival

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BEND, OR (Thursday, November 5, 2015)  – GoodLife Brewing Company is hosting the 3rd Annual Central Oregon Winter Beer Festival in the GoodLife Biergarten on Saturday, December 12th, 2015 from 1pm-9pm. Last years festival had 22 breweries involved, and this year we are hoping to have all of the Central Oregon breweries, both new and old. This will be an annual event held the second Saturday of December at GoodLife Brewing, and we look forward to growing it in the years to come. We are happy to announce Bigfoot Beverages as our Title Sponsor for 2015.
COWBF is a fundraiser for the Central Oregon Brewers Guild, COBG, which works to bring outside awareness to Central Oregon by focusing on our local craft beer culture, with a mission to drive tourism and commerce to Central Oregon, as well as surrounding Oregon communities. COBG is composed of people working at Central Oregon breweries and was formed to give Central Oregon beer a united voice.

GoodLife Brewing’s Owner/Operator, Ty Barnett, said “It’s a great feeling to know that our small city is producing some of the best beer in the NW, and how best to celebrate our growing beer culture than to get us all together and work to give Central Oregon beer a voice. Forming a Brewers Guild in our region opens up marketing possibilities that can directly impact Central Oregon. The more people that know what is happening in Central Oregon, the more people will visit and drive commerce to the city.”

COWBF is a showcase for seasonal and specialty beers brewed in celebration of the holiday season. Admission to COWBF will be $10.00 and attendees will receive a commemorative COWBF glass, as well as 4 drink tickets. Each additional ticket will cost $1.00. The festival will be in a heated tent, and there will be food carts available on-site.

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About GoodLife Brewing Company:
As brewers of hand crafted ales, we are outdoor enthusiasts who look forward to sharing our craft beers that are most balanced and of the highest quality. GoodLife Brewing Company has been making award-winning beer since 2011 in its home of Bend, Oregon. GoodLife’s adventurous ales are Descender IPA, Mountain Rescue Dry Hop Pale Ale, Sweet As Pacific Ale and a selection of seasonal beers. In addition to making beer, GoodLife enjoys giving back to the community by supporting many local and national non-profit organizations. Play hard, live easy and enjoy GoodBeer for GoodLife! For more information, visit, or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Ghostfish Brewing & Ground Breaker Brewing Team Up To Offer 3 Award-Winning Beers for Their Taproom Patrons

(Seattle, WA/Portland, OR) The U.S. is filled with lots of great craft beer cities with many new markets emerging each year. The Northwest is home to arguably two of the most prestigious craft beer cities this country has to offer, so it should come as no surprise that the two best dedicated gluten-free breweries call the Northwest home.

Ghostfish Brewing is a dedicated gluten-free brewery in Seattle, WA and Ground Breaker Brewing is a dedicated gluten-free brewery in Portland, OR. These two breweries swept the awards in the Gluten Free Beer category at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival®. The gold medal went to Ghostfish Brewing’s Watchstander Stout, the silver medal went to Ground Breaker’s IPA No. 5, and bronze went to Ghostfish Brewing’s Grapefruit IPA.

To commemorate their award winning beers, both breweries will be tapping the three medal- winning beers in their own taprooms during the week of November 9, 2015. “It was very exciting for us to win another medal this year,” stated James Neumeister, head of Research & Development at Ground Breaker Brewing. “We saw a unique opportunity with two Pacific Northwest breweries taking home the gluten-free GABF medals this year, we approached the guys at Ghostfish with the idea of a ‘champions flight’ and they were receptive,” Neumeister added. “We are extremely proud to be part of the great brewing culture that exists in the Northwest,” says Brian Thiel, co-founder and director of sales for Ghostfish Brewing. “This opportunity, to showcase these three great beers born in the Northwest, was too good to pass up.”

Unlike breweries that produce so-called “gluten-reduced” beers, Ghostfish Brewing and Ground Breaker Brewing are in complete alignment in the adherence of using 100% gluten-free ingredients in dedicated facilities to create their beers. “There are no ‘omitted’ risks for Celiacs drinking our beer; we are 100% committed to 0 PPM, start to finish” says Jason Yerger, brewmaster at Ghostfish Brewing. “We strive to bring the craft beer experience to the gluten- free community. Serving these three top-rated beers in our dedicated pub is in the spirit of that very mission,” remarked Neumeister.

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About Ghostfish Brewing
Ghostfish Brewing is the first and only dedicated gluten-free craft brewery located in Washington state. Since opening in February 2015, Ghostfish Brewing has been exploring the uncharted waters of never before-used brewing techniques and testing the limits of what can be created without wheat, barley, rye or oats. The production brewery and taproom are located at 2942 1st Ave. S., Seattle, WA.
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About Ground Breaker Brewing
Ground Breaker Brewing is a dedicated gluten-free craft brewery and gastropub founded in 2011. Ground Breaker Brewing’s facility is entirely gluten-free; no gluten is allowed on the premises. The gastropub is located at 2030 SE 7th Ave., Portland, OR. Ground Breaker’s beers are distributed in OR, WA, ID, and CA, as well as BC & AB in Canada.
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About The Great American Beer Festival
Presented by the Brewers Association, GABF is the largest national beer competition that recognizes the most outstanding beers produced in the United States. The top three winners in the competition’s 92 beer categories were announced September 26 at the Great American Beer Festival awards ceremony held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado. The 2015 GABF competition winners were selected by an international panel of 242 expert judges from the record number of 6,647 entries, plus 91 Pro-Am entries, (a collaboration between professional breweries and amateur home brewers), received from 1,552 U.S. breweries. GABF was founded in 1982, and has been growing and evolving along with the American craft brewing industry ever since.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Ecliptic Brewing Releases Filament Winter IPA

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Mississippi-Area Craft Brewery Releases Filament Winter IPA for a 3rd Year

Portland, Ore. (Nov. 5, 2015) – Ecliptic Brewing, a craft brewery and restaurant in Portland’s Mississippi neighborhood, has released its Filament Winter IPA for a third year. Drawing inspiration from the winter sun, Filament Winter IPA is a welcomed bright spot to the season.

“We are really pleased to bring Filament Winter IPA out for a third year,” said John Harris, owner and brewmaster at Ecliptic. “This is our seasonal beer brewed for winter with Munich malt to lend a smooth honey-like flavor loaded with Crystal and Centennial hops.”

About Filament Winter IPA

As the winter sun hangs low in our sky - some 90 million miles away - solar filaments (giant arcs of cool, dense plasma) explode from its surface. Ecliptic’s Filament Winter IPA celebrates this cosmic wonder. Pale Munich and Caramel malts create a rich malt character with honey-like flavor. A bounty of Crystal, Chinook and Centennial hops combine to lend a spicy, citrus hop note.

  • IBU: 70
  • ABV: 7.2%
  • GRAVITY: 15.5°P 

Ecliptic beers are available in bottle and on-tap throughout the area, and distributed by: Maletis Beverage (Portland, Salem, Vancouver WA), Bigfoot Beverage (Eugene, Bend, Coast), Fort George Distributing (Northern Oregon Coast), Summit (Southern Oregon, Click Distributing (Seattle, Tacoma, Northern Idaho), Dickerson Distributing (Bellingham), Crooked Stave Artisans (Colorado), and Freedom (North Carolina).

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About Ecliptic Brewing

Ecliptic Brewing is a venture from John Harris, an Oregon beer icon whose background is steeped in the state’s rich craft brewing history. The name Ecliptic unites Harris’ two passions: brewing and astronomy, and as such, the brewery celebrates the Earth’s yearly journey around the sun through both its beer and restaurant menus. Executive chef Michael Molitor rotates his seasonally inspired menu every six weeks in accordance with the old world calendar. Harris’ signature beers include Spica Pilsner, Orbiter IPA, Phobos Single Hop Red Ale, and Capella Porter. For more information, visit:
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2015 Alaskan Smoked Porter Releases this Week

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Limited Vintage Releases with 21 GABF Medals to its Name

Juneau, Alaska (November 4, 2015)- The limited edition 2015 vintage of Alaskan Brewing Co.'s Alaskan Smoked Porter officially releases this week on draft and in 22 oz bottles throughout the 17 states where Alaskan beer is sold.

"As far as we know, Alaskan Smoked Porter has no real end to its shelf life. We are still enjoying vintages from our cellar that date back to 1993, when we started leaving some yeast in the bottle for better aging," explains Alaskan Brewing cofounder Geoff Larson.

The first release of this now vintage-dated beer was called "Alaskan Seasonal" in the late 1980s - a hearty winter seasonal brewed as a nod to the malting and brewing practices of the turn-of-the-century brewers in Alaska who had to malt their own barley using local alder wood for direct-fired heat. While the name officially changed to Alaskan Smoked Porter a couple of years later, the Alaskan Brew Crew still employs the same smokehouse used for the first batch those many years ago.

"Alder adds a traditional smoke character to our Porter that is true to the Alaskan landscape. Due to natural flavor changes in the wood and malt each year, no two vintages will taste the same when brewed, and they will not age in exactly the same way," says Alaskan Brewing Plant Manager Curtis Holmes, "That's what makes each year's release so exciting for us."

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New Belgium Brewing’s Wintertime Favorite, Accumulation White IPA, Returns With a Flurry of Hops

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Ft. Collins, Colo., November 5, 2015 – Accumulation White IPA returns to New Belgium Brewing’s winter lineup offering an alternative to traditional dark winter beers. Four bold hop varieties give Accumulation a tropical flavor with a nice, bitter balance. Nugget and Centennial hops along with a Accumulation, which pours a pale, hazy golden color with a medium body. It comes in at 6.2 percent ABV and 70 IBUs.

“Many beers out this time of year are malt bombs and going with an IPA that has some tropical flavors defies expectation,” said New Belgium’s brewer Grady Hull. “Accumulation also has a hefty dose of wheat, which provides a good counter-balance to the bitter bite of the Mosaic and Amarillo hops. The big, juicy hop flavors, combined with the smooth wheat make this a great wintertime companion.”
dry-hopping of Mosaic and Amarillo hops all combine to create
Accumulation is available now through the beginning of January. You can find it near you by using the New Belgium Libation Location tool:

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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

Oregon Beer Awards 2016 Now Accepting Submissions

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PORTLAND, ORE. November 3, 2015 – The call for beer submissions to the 2016 Oregon Beer Awards, Oregon’s only statewide craft beer competition is now live. Brewers may apply with up to eight beers in 14 categories that closely reflect the state’s current market trends, including Sessionable Hoppy Beers, Stout/Porter, Sour/Wild, Pils/Helles/Kolsch and more. 

“We recognized the need for an in-state competition to celebrate the world-class beers being brewed in Oregon,” said Martin Cizmar, Willamette Week’s arts and culture editor and OBA’s editorial director. 

“We hope to draw somewhere between 400 and 650 entries from across the state,” added Ben Edmunds, brewmaster at Breakside Brewery and OBA’s competition director. “If successful, this will be the only competition of its kind, and (in my opinion) it is the sort of competition that Oregon Beer deserves.”

Forty-eight qualified industry insiders will participate in a blind tasting judging weekend, January 16-17, 2016 in Portland, with the goal of selecting gold, silver and broze medalists in 14 beer categories. Addi- tionally, a Voting Academy of more than 200 industry experts from a wide variety of beer-related profes- sions across the state will vote on Best New Brewery, Best Beer Festival, Best Brewpub Experience, Best Beer Bar and Brewery of the Year. 

Winners will be announced, celebrated and sampled at a gala ceremony at Revolution Hall (1300 SE Stark Street, Portland) on Tuesday, February 23, 2016. The ticketed event is open to the public and tickets will be on sale in January. 

Ezra Johnson-Greenough, of The New School (, and Steph Barnhart, events and mar- keting manager at Willamette Week join Cizmar and Edmunds on the OBA Executive Committee.

For more information, contact or visit

Oregon beer awards is a statewide beer competition recognizing and celebrating Oregon’s best in 19 categories. 

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Portland Cherry Festivus - A Celebration of Cherry Beer & Cider

11/4/2015 Portland, Oregon -
Introducing Portland's new Cherry Festivus this November 20-21,2015. What simpler pleasure than nature's finest Cherry? Tart, sweet, distinctly it's own flavor, the Cherry goes well with sweet or savory as well as Beer and Cider. The Cherry may be the world's most popular fruit and there is a world of beers to showcase them. So the creators of uber-popular events like the Portland Fruit Beer Festival and the Peche Fest are pleased to announce the first annual Cherry Festivus, a showcase of 25+ beers featuring Cherries and a cider.

The Cherry Festivus will be held with a VIP session on Friday November 20th at Bazi Bierbrasserie in SE Portalnd and a general admission session on Saturday November 21st. This limited, premium event features a collection of rare artisinal beers and ciders that are hard to find or made exclusively for this event. As organizers work to confirm the full taplist they can reveal a handful of special kegs from some of Oregon and the world's best breweries and cidery: Block 15 Brewing, Crooked Stave, De Garde, Upright Brewing, Ecliptic Brewing, Hanssen's and more.

In addition to beer, the Bazi Bierbrasserie bar will be serving new cherry cocktails and a special food menu including a Cherry Flemish Stew.

Tickets are now on sale for $30 for the Friday 11/20 VIP session that opens at 5pm. In addition to being able to attend the festival a day early, attendees receive a glass and 7 drink tickets. Most items will be 1 ticket per 4oz pour.

Saturday 11/21 Noon to 11pm General Admission tickets are on sale for $20 and you receive a glass and 6 drink tickets.

Additional tickets are available for $2 each. There are only 200 glasses for the festival, there may be passes available at the door on Saturday but to assure entry we recommend purchasing in advance.

Cherry Festivus
Friday 11/20 VIP and Saturday 11/21 General Admission

Bazi Bierbrasserie
1522 SE 32nd Ave,
Portland, OR 97214 
(503) 234-8888

Beer & Cider List:

10 Barrel Brewing: Spiral Staircase
A brand new Imperial Porter with Cherries from Brewmaster Tonya Cornett.

Block 15: Kriek
Oud Bruins matured in bourbon barrels with locally grown Montmorency tart cherries.  A blend of three seasons.  7.75% ABV

Breakside: Kriek
strong cherry ale fermented with our house “wild blend” containing three types of Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus and a saison yeast. 100% keg conditioned for maximum flavor development from the Brett. 7.9% Abv.

The Commons: Brotherly Love
Brotherly Love is our Belgian Dark Strong Ale, Little Brother, aged in second-use Bourbon barrels with Northwest grown sour cherries and Ecuadorian cacao nibs roasted by Woodblock Chocolate in SE Portland.

Crooked Stave: L'Brett d'Cherry 
L’Brett d’Cherry starts as our favorite Golden sour barrels that we blend together into our large oak foeders for secondary fermentation with 4,000lbs of Colorado harvested sour cherries. 6% Abv.

Crooked Stave: Mama Bear's Sour Cherry Pie
We take our Burgundy sour base beer and age it in used Bourbon barrels before blending select barrels into our large oak foeders and additionally aging on 3,000 lbs of Colorado harvest sour cherries. 7% Abv.

Crooked Stave: Nightmare on Brett Cherry
The biggest of the three Cherry beers we made in 2015, we pack all the cherries we can into this beer aging for months in our foeders. The result yields cherry, cascara and coffee aromas and flavors with a light hint of whiskey barrel character to warm the finish. 9.666% Abv.

Culmination Brewing: Kriek
Wheat beer aged in a single Pinot barrel with Brett Brux and Oregon tart cherries. Funky brett aroma, medium red color. Mild tartness. Estimated 7.5% Abv.

De Garde: Cherry Blu Bu
Berliner-weisse style sour wheat beer brewed with Cherries and Blueberries.

Deschutes: The Dissident
The Dissident is an Oud Bruin, a distinctive Flanders-style sour brown ale, with a heavenly aroma and flavor. Our first wild yeast beer, we use Brettanomyces and local cherries to give The Dissident its characteristic sour taste. Our stiffest brewing challenge, it must be fermented in isolation from our other beers for a full 18 months, partly in pinot and cabernet barrels. The words coddled and “worth it” come to mind. 10.7% Abv.

Dogfish Head: TBD

Double Mountain: Devil's Kriek
Cherry season is upon us once again, and that means it’s time to peer into the tanks that have been sitting in the cellar for the last year or so. When we checked in on this slumbering beauty we found her to be funky, refreshingly tart, and devilishly deep crimson. Local Bing and Van cherries from the Double Mountain Orchard from the Columbia Gorge lend the color and a juicy character. Kept at cellar temperature on whole fruit for 12 months, and served in its own glass. 9.3% ABV, 9 BU
ABV: 9.3% IBU: 9

Double Mountain: Tahoma Kriek
The Tahoma Kriek uses a strong Belgian Blonde ale for a base prior to the addition of local Rainier Cherries. Our house yeast strains and Brettanomyces Lambicus, was allowed free reign to develop its sour and complex character, resulting in a stronger, more bracingly tart and juicy ale than the more classic beers in the style. This beauty was kept at cellar temperatures on the whole fruit for 13 months. Best enjoyed with a good cheese and better company. 10.3% ABV, 10 BU
ABV: 10.3% IBU: 10

Ecliptic Brewing: Cherry Porter
A brand new single small batch beer created for and debuting at the Cherry Festivus.

Golden Valley: Cerisely Funky
Golden Valley’s first kriek (cherry beer) was aged on locally grown fruit, all of which was hand-picked by our brewmaster.  Cerisely Funky spent six months conditioning with Brettanomyces in French oak wine barrels, sharing that space over the final few months with 60 pounds of Royal Anne cherries.  Bright cherry, meet Brett funk. OG  1.044 IBU  8 ABV 5.2%

Hanssens: Scharrenbecca
Lambic brewed with wild Belgian Schaerbeek sour cherries.

New Belgium: Transatlantique Kriek
New Belgium Brewing and Old Beersel of Belgium have partnered to create Transatlantique Kriek, a spontaneously fermented lambic ale made with sour cherries. This authentic kriek beer began life in the oaken vessels at Gert en Jos Christiaens’ brewery in the Lembeek region of Belgium. After more than two years aging, Oud Beersel’s offering shipped across the Atlantic and found its way to the intuitive palate of New Belgium’s brewmaster, Peter Bouckaert. After much sampling and internal consultation, Peter and his brew staff created a full-bodied Belgian golden lager to round out the light-bodied kriek. The cherry nose gives way to a pleasingly sour flash across the palate that rolls gently into a slightly sweet finish. Crisp, effervescent carbonation keeps the mouthfeel bright and delightfully tingly. 8% Abv.

Oakshire Brewing: 8
Eight years after brewing our first batch of beer, we felt the need to celebrate our success with the small community of our most loyal supporters. To commemorate this occasion, we crafted this Belgian Ale and matured it in a handful of select pinot noir wine barrels and aged it with Northwest grown cherries . This Belgian Kreik-inspired ale has flavors of  tart fruit, oak, and just a touch of funkiness from the Brettanomyces.  Raise your glass of Oakshire's Brewers Reserve 8, and say it out loud, "Cheers to Eight Years!

Ommegang Brewery: Rosetta
Ale aged on cherries. Traditional Belgian Kriek, pleasingly tart with a touch of sweetness. Brewed exclusively for Brewery Ommegang by Liefmans, a sister brewery, in Belgium.

Pelican: Cherry Poppin Dory (Whiskey barrel-aged Doryman's Dark with Cherries)
Our award-winning Doryman’s Ale is aged for 4 months in wheat whiskey barrels with a blend of two Oregon cherry varietals.
Lose yourself in the complex aroma of ripe cherries and delicate oak while the roasted malts and Northwest hops tie everything together. The sweet cherries pair harmo- niously with the roasted malts while the sour cherries leave a subtle and pleasant
tartness on your palate. The Cascade and Mt. Hood hops provide just the right amount of their wonderfully assertive character to give this beer its clean and balanced finish.

Reverend Nats Hard Cider: Cherried Winter Abbey Spice 
This cider is a take on a very old recipe dating from early 1600s colonial America, with a modern twist of added carbonation. Raisins, unrefined cane sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg were fermented to dryness with oak. This special Cherry Fest keg has the added delight of juice from Washington-grown Montmorency and Hungarian Balaton tart cherries.

Schooner Exact: Cherry Sour (more TBA)

Slaapmutkske: Flemish Old Style Kriek
A newly released sour Red ale with Cherries.

Solera: Kriek
0 IBU, 5% ABV

Upright: Heart's Beat
A barrel-fermented Saison with fresh Cherries added from Baird Family Orchards. The Hearts’ Beat pours intensely red and drinks with a huge tannic quality, showing bits of brett lambicus and orchard yeasts in the flavor.

Vanberg & Dewulf: LambicX Kriek, 2014
The first Kriek Lambic in our LAMBICKX line! Wonderful aroma of almonds, macaroon and cherry stones. Dry, elegant fruit palate. Lightly sparkling to still. Lambics are truly the "wines" of the beer world. Just as wines vary by season, soil, climate, and aging method, lambics (unlike any other type of beer) vary by season, brewery location, barrel size and wood type and length of aging. 6.5% ABV

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Deschutes Brewery Partners with Fish & Family Seafoods

Alaskan seafood company owned by the niece of Deschutes Brewery founder Gary Fish makes serving sustainable seafood at the brewery’s two pubs a family affair

November 2, 2015 – Bend, Oregon/Portland, Oregon – Deschutes Brewery has partnered with Fish and Family Seafoods to source “fresher than fresh” wild Alaskan salmon for its Bend and Portland public houses. The Alaskan fishing company is owned by Adam Hackett and Lexi Fish Hackett, the niece of Deschutes Brewery founder, Gary Fish, and it offers line-caught, frozen-at-sea fish. The Fish and Family process prevents the fish from degrading and keeps high-quality protein intact, preserving the “day of catch” fresh taste.

Executive chef Jill Ramseier, who heads up the brewery’s Portland pub, said, “This partnership allows us to serve salmon that is peak quality and flavor because of the way it is caught and preserved. Our kitchen is thawing and utilizing entire fish daily, having fun experimenting and creating delicious dishes from every part of the salmon – including collars and fins – in order to minimize waste while offering variety to our customers.”

Fish and Family is part of a small fleet of salmon trollers producing a limited supply of high quality, frozen-at-sea salmon. Soon after a fish is caught and immediately cleaned, it is blast-frozen aboard the family’s boat – usually within an hour. The fish remain in the boat’s hold – which is actually a freezer – until arriving at port. The detailed cleaning and blast-freeze process prevents the fish from degrading and keeps high-quality protein intact, preserving the “day of catch” fresh taste. In addition, Fish and Family fishing grounds are located in cold Alaskan oceanwaters, which makes for great fat content and flavor.

Not only is the new partnership a family affair, but the fish are caught sustainably with hook and line – an important factor for Deschutes Brewery. Fish and Family values align with the brewery’s culture when it comes to sustainability and environmental stewardship.

The salmon can be found on the menu at both the original downtown Bend Deschutes Brewery location at 1044 NW Bond Street and at the Pearl District location in Portland at 210 NW 11th Street.

About Fish & Family SeafoodsThis family-owned company provides artisan-quality, wild Alaskan salmon that is line caught and blast frozen at sea. This method is not only sustainable, but it preserves the quality, flavor and protein-quality of the fish. Owned by Adam Hackett and Lexi Fish Hackett, the company prides itself on stewardship of the ocean ecosystem and works to stay involved in the community, socially and environmentally. They are members of United Fishermen of AlaskaAlaska Trollers AssociationAlaska Longline Fishermen's Association, Sitka Conservation

About Deschutes BreweryNamed as OUTSIDE’s Best Places to Work in both 2013 and 2014, Deschutes Brewery was founded in 1988 as a brew pub in Bend, Oregon. Still family and employee owned 27 years later, the brewery is known for brewing a diverse line-up of award winning beers including the popular Black Butte Porter and Mirror Pond Pale Ale. From the beginning, the focus has been on crafting the best beer and food using only the finest ingredients.  In 2008, the brewery opened a second pub in Portland’s Pearl District. Deschutes Brewery now ships beer to 28 states, the District of Columbia, and around the world from its main brewing facility located on the banks of the Deschutes River.  To find out more, visit

Monday, November 2, 2015

Hopworks Urban Brewery Announces The Release Of Motherland Russian Imperial Stout

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PORTLAND, Ore. – Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB) today announced the release of Motherland Russian Imperial Stout. Rich and smooth, Motherland is as black as a Siberian winter night but warming enough to weather it. Bittersweet chocolate flavors mingle with deep fig and plum fruitiness and it finishes with a lingering spiciness and heat. Available November through February, this winter warmer is a fortifying tonic for the People!

Motherland is part of Hopworks’ Imperial Series, which features rotating imperial ales throughout the year and is geared for lovers of slow-sipping, big, bold, and highly complex beers. This season drinkers will appreciate Motherland’s focus on a hearty organic malt bill that will warm your heart during cold, rainy and snow-filled evenings. The beer clocks in at 9.8% alcohol by volume and 63 IBUs.
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Motherland is now available in 22 oz. bottles and on draught throughout the Pacific Northwest in bars, pubs, and stores. Motherland replaces GABF gold medal winning Organic Ace of Spades Imperial IPA in the Imperial series.

For more information, please visit Hopworks online at or follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
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About Hopworks Urban Brewery
Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB) 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. HUB is proud to be a Certified B Corporation, gold level Bike Friendly Business, and the first Salmon-Safe certified brewing site in the world. In 2015 Hopworks expanded its range of sustainably-made offerings with HUB Hard Cider, Totally Radler, and Nonstop Hef Hop

Firestone Walker Brewing Company Announces The Planned Expansion Of Its Brewhouse In Paso Robles

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Paso Robles, CA: Firestone Walker Brewing Company today announced the planned expansion of its brewhouse in Paso Robles, which will deepen the brewery’s roots on California’s Central Coast as it heads into its 20th anniversary year.

“We introduced the idea of expanding the brewhouse a couple years ago and this is the fulfillment of that dream,” said Adam Firestone. “We have watched other notable California crafts develop strategies outside the state, but we remain committed to this community.”

Added David Walker, “Eighty percent of our beer is consumed in California, which makes us perfectly located here on the Central Coast to meet demand, and demand continues to climb. It’s satisfying to reinvest in this place. This is home.”

The plan calls for an extension of the existing brewhouse along the western front of the brewery. The property footprint will not be increased. "It’s early days, but we hope to be complete some time in 2017,” Walker said.

“We upgraded our existing brewhouse in late 2012 and felt it might serve us efficiently for at least the next five to seven years,” said Brewmaster Matt Brynildson. “However, demand for our beers has been greater than expected, and we are now literally working around the clock to keep up. The new brewhouse will return us to a more normal work week, and that will give our brewers their weekends back.”

Brynildson said that he is excited about the possibilities presented by the plan, which call for state-of-the-art brewing technologies as well as new energy and water recovery systems. He said that ongoing improvement along these lines has helped the brewery continuously improve quality. Firestone Walker recently earned the title of Mid-Size Brewing Company of The Year at the Great American Beer Festival for a record fourth time in less than 10 years.

“People always wonder if quality will falter as we grow, but I feel like whenever we make one of these steps, we always improve quality,” Brynildson said. “Every time we get an opportunity to upgrade one of our departments like our brewhouse or kegging, we go with the absolute best solutions possible, and it shows in the beer.”

Brynildson noted that the brewhouse extension will also free up dedicated space for focusing on small-batch and single-lot beer production. 

Firestone Walker’s distribution remains concentrated on the West Coast, with 80 percent of the brewery’s beers still consumed in California.

“Our first choice is to make infrastructure investments right here in Paso Robles, not in other parts of the country or elsewhere in California,” Walker said. “We are right where we need to be in terms of brewing beer for the homefront.”

Courtesy of Firestone Walker Brewing Co