Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Coin Toss Brewing Company Gives Thanks with Inaugural Batch #1

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OREGON CITY, OR – Nov. 25, 2015 – Following a six month build-out, Coin Toss Brewing Co. will brew its inaugural batch on its Oregon City brewhouse this Friday, Nov. 27. Heads Red will be a traditional red ale brewed with Northwest Pale, Munich, Caramel, Victory and Black malts along with Hercules, Glacier, Chinook and Crystal hops.

“It’s been a long road with many eventful twists and turns,” said Coin Toss founder Tim Hohl. “We are truly thankful to reach this point in building our dream of locally-brewed craft beer in Oregon City.”

The 10-barrel brewhouse was fabricated by Practical Fusion, a stainless steel tank fabrication company based in Portland.

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About Coin Toss Brewing Co.
Coin Toss Brewing Company was founded with a nod to the region’s rich history, its pioneering spirit, and for the legendary toss of the penny that gave Portland its name (sorry, Boston). The brewery and tap room is located at 14214 Fir Street, Suite H, in Oregon City.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

2015 Oregon Brewers Festival Generates $30.2 Million for Local Economy

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PORTLAND, Ore. – Nov. 24, 2015 – A recently completed study estimates the economic impact of the 2015 Oregon Brewers Festival (OBF) at $30.2 Million.

Jeff Dense, Professor of Political Science and Craft Beer Studies at Eastern Oregon University, and a team of students administered 751 on-site interviews July 22-25, 2015.

The study utilized IMPLAN (IMpact Analysis for PLANning) data and software package to estimate the economic impact of the Oregon Brewers Festival on Multnomah County. The 2015 OBF generated an estimated $19.4 million in direct, $5.7 million in indirect (additional input purchases made by local businesses) and $5.1 million in induced (expenditures by employees from wages paid by companies in direct contact with tourists) economic impact.

“The Oregon Brewers Festival, and craft beer tourism, continues to have a significant economic impact on the Portland economy,” Dense said.

Respondents were queried on demographic factors, along with estimates of Oregon Brewers Festival expenditures in tourism-related categories, including transportation, lodging, meals, gasoline purchases, non-beer related recreation, beer purchased to take home, expenditures at the festival grounds and retail purchases.

Findings of the study include:
  • A majority (52.8%) of OBF patrons were out-of-town visitors.
  • Visitors from Washington, California and Canada comprised 28.7% of OBF patrons.
  • 35.6% of respondents were attending OBF for the first time.
  • 28.2% of OBF patrons were 50 years or older.
  • The average out-of-town visitor spent $583.
  • Lodging ($9.13 Million) accounted for the largest share of OBF expenditures.
  • State and local government received $1.72 Million in indirect business taxes.
  • 45.5% of OBF patrons utilized mass transit to attend the festival.
This was the fifth year of the study: past years’ numbers were $32.5 Million (2014); $31.2 Million (2013); $30 Million (2012); and $23.2 Million (2011). This year’s decrease was likely due to less than ideal weather.

The Oregon Brewers Festival was founded in 1988 as an opportunity to expose the public to microbrews at a time when the craft brewing industry was just getting off the ground. Today, that industry has succeeded, especially in Oregon, where (as of July 1, 2015) 194 brewing companies operate 234 brewing facilities in 72 cities in Oregon. Portland has 61 breweries — more than any other city in the world – and the Portland metropolitan area is the largest craft brewing market in the US with the most number of breweries at 91. The Oregon Brewers Festival always takes place the last full weekend in July. The 29th annual event will take place July 27 through July 31, 2016. For more information, visit

Three Magnets Brewing Company’s 1st Anniversary and Bottle Release Party

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Three Magnets Brewing Companys 1st Anniversary and Bottle Release Party, November 28, 2015 from 2pm-10pm

OLYMPIA, November 24, 2015Three Magnets Brewing Company will be celebrating the 1st Anniversary of the opening of their brewpub by releasing their 1st Anniversary Ale, a blend of bourbon and port barrel aged strong ales, and Old Skook in the Woods, their GABF Award winning barleywine Old Skook, aged in bourbon barrels. Also newly for sale in the bottle is the Big Juice IIPA and the 2015 Wreathing Havoc.

About The Event

During the release party, all single bottle sales will be 10% off, and all case sales will be 20% off. Special guest beers will be on tap from friends of the brewery, and the Three Magnets/Salish Sea Organic Liquors/Wingman Brewers collaboration, an Herbal Saison, will also make its Olympia debut on tap. You will also be entered in a raffle for each bottle purchased. Winner will receive a prize package of a Three Magnets shirt, hat, branded growler, two branded pint glasses, and a $100 Three Magnets gift card.

Bottles for Sale

1st Anniversary Ale
A blend of bourbon and port barrel aged strong ales - 11.2%abv
Our pub opened its doors in November of 2014. Since then, we’ve brewed over 40 unique beers, and made lots of great friends along the way. We’ve put together this special blend of barrel aged beers to celebrate our incredible journey.

Old Skook in the Woods
Our GABF Award winning Old Skook Barleywine, aged in bourbon barrels - 12.1%abv
We took our 2015 GABF Award winning Old Skook Barleywine and aged it in bourbon barrels. This strong ale starts with caramel and vanilla in the nose, followed by rich fig, chocolate, and plum flavors on the tongue, accentuated by a subtle toastiness. This beer is a small batch, hand bottled, limited release. Limit one bottle per person.

2015 Wreathing Havoc
Imperial red rye winter ale – 9.%abv, 55ibu
This Imperial Red Rye Winter Ale will keep you warm on our cold rainy winter nights. Brewed with copious amounts of rye and invert sugar, this monster teases your taste buds with hints of spiced rum and bittersweet toffee.

Big Juice
Double IPA - 9.5%abv, 100ibu
This double IPA is big and juicy. Brewed with three pounds of hops per barrel, tastes of tropical fruit and pine resonate. Clean and drinkable, this ale has just enough malt to set the stage for a pleasant alpha acid experience.

Supoorters Club Presale
Supporters Club members get first dibs on the bottles, with an exclusive presale from noon to 2pm. The presale will be catered with snacks by the Three Magnets chef.

2016 Supporters Club Signup Begins 
2016 Supporters club memberships go on sale at the pub at the 1st Anniversary and Bottle Release Party starting at 2pm. Preorder your membership on the website: and save $5. Use coupon code SCPRESALE at checkout. Supporters memberships will be initially limited to 250 members unless there is significant demand for more.

About Three Magnets Brewing Company
Three Magnets Brewing Company is a 15 barrel brewery and restaurant located in the heart of Downtown Olympia, that self-distributes all kegged product,and packaged product to the Olympia Market. Packaged product is distributed in the Seattle/Tacoma markets by Alpha Distributing. Three Magnets is owned and operated by Sara and Nathan Reilly, owners of Darby’s CafĂ©.

Brewcouver Passport Launches in Vancouver, WA

A new brewery map and passport for the growing craft beer scene in Vancouver, Washington launches this Friday. See the press release information below.

Brewcouver Passport Launches in Vancouver, Wash.
Passport will showcase nine local breweries, offer exclusive prizes and perks
Vancouver, WA  Portland might get all the love, but a craft beer scene is brewing and growing just across the Columbia River in Vancouver, Washington.
To that end, the Brewcouver Passport—Vancouver’s first-ever brewery map and passportwill introduce craft beer fans to breweries throughout Vancouver starting Nov. 27, 2015.
Nine Vancouver-based breweries are spotlighted on the passport. They are:
●     Trap Door Brewing
●     Rail Side Brewing
●     Ghost Runners Brewery
●     Fortside Brewing
●     Loowit Brewing
●     Mt. Tabor Brewing
●     Old Ivy Brewery
●     Heathen Brewing
●     Trusty Brewing, set to open in downtown Vancouver in early 2016 (The Trusty Brewing stamp is already included as a bonus on all passports)
Beer fans who collect seven of the nine possible stamps may redeem their passport for an exclusive Brewcouver beer glass; fans who collect all nine stamps receive both the beer glass and an exclusive Brewcouver growler. Prizes can be redeemed at Brickhouse Bar & Grill in downtown Vancouver.
Other prizes include discounted food and pints, as well as a free growler, at partner outlets throughout Clark County.
Passports will be available at the aforementioned Vancouver breweries, as well as taprooms and growler fill stations, including Northwest Liquid Gold, Thirsty Sasquatch and Growler Rush.

Michael Perozzo, founder and partner of ZZoom Media, the Vancouver-based marketing firm that started the passport as a 'passion project', is excited to launch the program after months of planning. I love this city and the brewery scene here, he said. And we're excited to showcase the brewers and beers that make it such an exciting community.
The Brewcouver passport is the third passport featuring Southwest Washington breweries to launch this year. The Breweries in the Gorge Alliance developed a passport program showcasing Columbia River Gorge breweries in February, and the Lower Columbia Hop Stop Brewery Trail began promoting breweries along the Lower Columbia River in August.

You can follow Brewcouver for up-to-date beer releases and special events from Vancouver's breweries at, and
About ZZoom Media
ZZoom Media is a Vancouver, Wash.-based marketing agency that launched in 2009. The company offers interactive marketing, strategic advertising, and creative branding to clients in 13 states, including Pelican Brewing Company, Alameda Brewing Co., Backwoods Brewing Company and Pizza Schmizza.​

Lompoc Brewing Announces Annual Holiday Beer Extravaganza

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Lompoc Brewing announces its annual Holiday Beer Extravaganza, releases
eight holiday beers including Portland’s original Hanukkah seasonal

PORTLAND, Ore. – Just as Santa has eight reindeer, so does Lompoc have eight different holiday beers, including one brewed for Hanukkah. The annual Lompoc Holiday Beer Extravaganza will celebrate the release of them all on Monday, Nov. 30 from 4 to 11PM at Sidebar, Lompoc’s barrel tasting room at 3901 N Williams Ave.

This year's lineup of holiday seasonals includes 8 Malty Nights, Blitzen, Brewdolph, C-Sons Greetings, Cherry Christmas, Jolly Bock, Old Tavern Rat and Whores & Amateurs. A detailed description of each beer is provided below.

All beers will be available at the four other Lompoc pubs beginning Dec. 2, including Lompoc Tavern on NW 23rd Ave, Oaks Bottom Public House on SE Bybee Blvd, Hedge House on SE Division St, and Fifth Quadrant on N Failing and Williams. C-sons Greetings is also available in 22 ounce bottles.

Oregon Live recently did a blind taste test of 20 Oregon-brewed winter beers, and the top pick was C-Son’s Greetings. According to the posting, the panel found the beer “reasonably hearty and able to stand up to winter’s chill without burning too hot with spruce, pine and dried fruit characteristics.” Another voter noted, “It’s like an IPA and a winter ale had a baby.” (

BEER DESCRIPTIONS8 MALTY NIGHTS: Dark brown in color and lightly hopped with English style hops, this chocolate rye beer features a roasted chocolate flavor and a sweet finish. Raise a glass and toast l’chaim to Portland’s first Hanukkah seasonal. 6.5% ABV

BLITZENA bright straw colored holiday favorite, Blitzen is dry-hopped with Centennial hops, dried lemon peel and coriander. The hops and lemon peel combine for a citrusy aroma and flavor while the coriander gives a slight spice at the back end. 4.6% ABV

BREWDOLPH: This Belgian style red ale features a malty and creamy body. Brewed with the Belgian Ardennes yeast strain, it boasts a mild fruitiness and a spicy clove character. 7.7% ABV

C-SONS GREETINGS: Brewed and dry-hopped with all seven “C” hops, this beer features a deep copper color with a piney, citrusy, floral and resinous aroma. A rich, caramel malt finish and an endless developing hop presence complement its full hop flavor. 8.0% ABV

CHERRY CHRISTMASThis red ale was aged for two years in Maryhill Winery Merlot barrels on 45 pounds of sour cherries. It has a malty body,  a strong oak aroma with hints of cherries, and finishes tart. 6.2% ABV

JOLLY BOCK: This lager was brewed with a generous amount of Munich malt to develop the deep amber color and rich malt flavor. The malty flavor is balanced with a spicy hop bitterness. 7.3% ABV

OLD TAVERN RAT: This dark amber-colored barleywine was aged for almost a year prior to its release. It has a strong bitterness that is balanced by the sweetness of caramel and toffee flavors. 9.4% ABV

WHORES & AMATEURS: Aged in bourbon barrels for six months, this beer is not for the faint of heart. Brownish red in color, this winter warmer has a big malt presence with notes of oak, raisins, toffee and coffee. Ladies of the night and rookies should steer clear of this awesome beer. 6.5% ABV

Courtesy of Lompoc Brewing Co

About Lompoc Brewing
A long-time Portland craft beer fixture established in 1996, Lompoc (pronounced Lom-Pock, not Lom-Poke) creates seven flavorful year-round beers, plus a ridiculous number of seasonals. You can find Lompoc in 22 oz bottles and on draft at locations in Oregon and Washington, and at its five Portland neighborhood pubs: Fifth Quadrant and Sidebar in North Portland, Hedge House and Oaks Bottom in Southeast, and the Lompoc Tavern in Northwest. For more information, call 503-288-3996 or visit
and @LompocBeer on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Drink Local, Drink Lompoc!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Stochasticity Project Grainiac Releases Today

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ESCONDIDO, CA (Nov. 23, 2015) – The latest release from the Stochasticity Project incorporates newly developed forms of grain yet to be widely used in the brewing world. Malted buckwheat and malted millet were included in the grain bill to create this deep-red, hoppy ale with a unique malt character. Making its debut beginning this week, Stochasticity Project Grainiac will start arriving in 22-ounce bottles and on draft at select retailers nationwide.

Upping the hop factor is common practice for West Coast-based craft breweries, but this beer transpired from a different search, one that eventually led to a small malting facility in Wellington, Colorado. Here, Stone Brewmaster Mitch Steele came in contact with Grouse Malting and Roasting Company.
"Earlier this year, we learned about Grouse Malting and their innovative take on these malted grains,” said Steele. “After exploring their unique offerings, we realized that the Stochasticity Project would be the perfect avenue to incorporate them into a recipe.”

With a malt bill composed of seven grains—2-row pale malt, malted buckwheat, malted millet, white wheat malt, CaraRye, flaked oats and flaked triticale—there are distinct nutty and cereal-like malt qualities in the flavor and aroma. Columbus, Chinook, Centennial and Cascade hops (aka the “4 C’s”) were added to balance out the intense malt backbone, resulting in a blend of spice, citrus and pine flavors.

After brainstorming concepts and deciding on the final recipe, what came about next for this multigrain ale was highly unexpected. But then again, that should be expected from the Stochasticity Project, a series of beers intended for exotic notions, ingredients and ideas. A daring, slightly controversial name was proposed by the brewing team that references the title of a Saturday Night Live commercial parody, “Colon Blow.” Stone CEO Greg Koch shut it down. Hard. More names were floated. For a while it was Multigrains of Truth. Then Let It Grain. Someone on the sales team spoke up: “But we LIKE the name Colon Blow. It’s…hilarious!” Since they would be the ones selling it, Greg gave in.

Ultimately, the federal government nixed the name when it was submitted for approval, citing a perceived suggestion of health benefits. Um, OK. Plan B then: Grainiac.

This one-time limited release should be enjoyed fresh in order to fully experience the generous dose of hop character. The story of Stochasticity Project Colon B…errr…Grainiac will live on inside the brewery’s halls and on the back of every bottle.  
Courtesy of Stone Brewing Co
Stochasticity Project Grainiac
Name: Stochasticity Project Grainiac
Alcohol/Volume: 8.5%
Bitterness: 60 IBUs
Hops: Columbus, Chinook, Centennial, Cascade
Malts: 2-row pale malt, malted buckwheat, malted crystal millet, malted roast millet, white wheat malt, CaraRye, flaked oats, flaked triticale
U.S. Distribution: 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; Korea; Singapore; Sweden; Thailand; and United Kingdom
Find Beer:

Tasting Notes
(by Brewmaster Mitch Steele)
Appearance: Deep amber with a light-tan head.
Aroma: Aroma starts off with a nutty, spice note from the malts, then slowly evolves into a citrus and resin hop character
Taste: Nice blend of maltiness and hoppiness. Unique nutty and cereal-like malt flavors at the start, then the hops come through with a classic American Amber Ale hop profile, with elements of citrus, pine, and hop resin.
Palate: Full bodied (not sweet) and smooth with a lingering bitterness.
Overall: This beer gave us a neat opportunity to use some grains we had never used before in brewing a beer. We recently learned of Grouse Malting and Roasting Company in Colorado, and as I explored its website and catalog of malted grains, I realized that our Stochasticity Project series would be a perfect place for experimenting with these. We combined malted millet and malted buckwheat from Grouse with barley malt, rye malt, wheat malt, oats and triticale to make a true multigrain ale. Hopped with the classic “4 C’s” this beer is reminiscent of many amber ales I have brewed over the years, but with a slight twist on the malt character.
About Stochasticity Project
There is no happenstance or coincidence. Dumb luck is a fallacy and randomness a commonly accepted mistruth. Much of what seemingly falls into place yet seems so natural is a result of Stochasticity, a concept embraced and exalted by this special and unpredictable series of beers where exotic notions, ingredients and ideas coalesce at an interesting and often unexpected endpoint.

For more information on Stochasticity Project, please visit


Diamond Knot Craft Brewing to Serve Dinner to Homeless on Thanksgiving at Two Locations

Cheers to the staff at Diamond Knott for serving dinner to the homeless on Thanksgiving. See press release info below.

Courtesy of Diamond Knot Brewing
Press Release: The staff at Diamond Knot is giving back, not only with their time, but with dinner this Thanksgiving. Both Diamond Knot locations are preparing and serving an early dinner for those in need this holiday season.

“I can’t even begin to describe how proud I am of our staff,” said Andy Eason, DK’s VP of Retail. “We have more staff volunteering than we know what to do with, but this just goes to show that being able to provide Thanksgiving dinner is in line with everything we stand for. It shows what’s important to our company as a whole.”

The Brewery & Alehouse, DK’s flagship location on the Mukilteo waterfront, is opening its doors to Esther’s Place, a day center for homeless women and children in Snohomish County.

“The ladies of Esther’s Place are so very excited to be able to have a meal with their families for Thanksgiving,” said Laurie Hardie, Esther’s Place’s director. “One of the things we always say is we don’t feed them, we eat with them and Diamond Knot is providing a wonderful opportunity for not only the ladies and their families, but for the volunteers to sit with the ladies and have a wonderful holiday dinner.”

Since opening in January, Esther’s Place has helped 30 women get off the streets.  The housing crisis in Snohomish is what the organization struggles with every day they are in operation. The organization, which is an arm of the Hoff Foundation, offers a place for women and children to come to have a meal and just relax for a little while. 

The Brewpub @ MLT, located in Mountlake Terrace, is opening its doors to the community’s homeless through several organizations. There are up to 100 dinners available between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. with staff on hand to offer a full turkey dinner, complete with the fixings. Diamond Knot is asking homeless shelters in the Lynnwood, Edmonds and Mountlake Terrace area to encourage their visitors to enjoy Thanksgiving with the staff. 

Shelter directors in need of information should contact Sherry Jennings, DK’s Dir. of Sales & Marketing at to coordinate dinners at the Brewpub.

“The staff jumped on this opportunity to give back without blinking,” Eason said. “They have collected toiletries and other items, and are looking forward to sharing the holiday with people in the community.”

Founded in 1994, Diamond Knot Craft Brewing is a privately held company and Snohomish County’s oldest continuously-operating, independently-owned  brewery. Handcrafted Diamond Knot ales can be found in 12 states, British Columbia and Japan, both in bottles and on draft.  Additionally, Diamond Knot operates three production breweries and two full-service restaurants in Washington; the Brewery & Alehouse in Mukilteo and the Brewpub @ MLT in Mountlake Terrace. Diamond Knot prides itself in providing exceptional craft beer, food and lively experiences, as well as being charitable members of the communities in which it operates.

Breakside Brewery Announces New Brewpub In Historic Slabtown

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Portland, Oregon (November 23, 2015)Breakside Brewery,the Oregon-based award winning craft brewery, announces that it has secured a 5,000 square foot space for a new brewpub in the historic Slabtown district in Northwest Portland. Breakside has targeted early summer 2016 to open its newest location on the corner of NW 22nd and Raleigh next to the recently opened New Seasons Marketplace. Local design-build firm Green Gables has partnered with Breakside to create the new space.

Breakside’s new brewpub will create an estimated 75 new jobs and will include an outdoor patio and mezzanine with flexible meeting and entertaining space.

“We are really excited about this new project and to be a part of what’s developing in Northwest. This next evolution for Breakside will give us the opportunity to get even more creative and effective with our beers, and have a glittering premier location we can share with more friends in Portland ” said Scott Lawrence, President of Breakside Brewery.

The Block 296 Project, which includes Breakside’s new location, is a mixed-use project designed to serve as the anchor development in the Slabtown District of NW Portland. The project is being developed by Cairn Pacific LLC and Capstone Partners, and represents the first project underway in the Con-way property which is targeted to become one of Portland’s next, greenest neighborhoods.

Courtesy of Breakside Brewery.
About Breakside Brewery:
Founded in 2010 as a small brewpub in the underserved Northeast Portland Woodlawn neighborhood, Breakside Brewery has become one of the fastest rising and most acclaimed breweries in the Pacific Northwest. Breakside opened a 30bbl production facility and tasting room in 2013 in Milwaukie, Oregon and expects to produce 15,000 barrels in 2015. Multiple award winners; Breakside has won acclaim including a prestigious Gold Medal in American-style IPA at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival, been named the Best Brewery in Oregon by Thrillist, Best Beer (IPA) by The Oregonian, Top 25 Beers of the Year by Draft Magazine, Top 100 by Men’s Journal and claimed multiple medals at the World Beer Cup, North American Beer Awards and the GABF.

Breakside beers are available on draft and in 22oz bottles in Oregon, Seattle­Washington area, Denver, Hawaii and British Columbia. Visit​ for more info.

Block 15 Releases Board Shorts Tropical Pale Ale

 Block 15 is releasing a new one-off beer called Board Shorts Tropical Pale Ale. This is the first of many one-off canned beers that will be coming down the canning line in the future. Please see details below. Note that this Board Shorts Tropical Pale Ale is inspired by former Block 15 bar Manager Seth, and a portion of proceeds will go to support Seth and his family while he battles brain cancer. So please pick some up and support Seth and his family.

Courtesy of Block 15 Brewing Co

Board Shorts is a tropical pale ale inspired by our good friend and original bar manager Seth, who rocks the board shorts like a boss even in the darkest days of winter. We created this sunny taste of summer in honor of Seth as an homage to his positive spirit as he battles cancer. Board Shorts is brewed with pale malts, hopped with Mosaic, Citra, Amarillo, and Galaxy hops, and finished with passion fruit and guava. A portion of proceeds from Board Shorts will go to support Seth and his family.

Go Fund Me page for Seth

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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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