Thursday, September 22, 2016

Bridgeport Brewing Releases New Fresh Hopped Beer

Courtesy of Bridgeport Brewing Co
2016 Hop Harvest Red IPA Features Crosby Hop Farm Amarillo® Hops
Portland, Ore. – September 22, 2016BridgePort Brewing Company, Oregon’s original craft brewery, released today the newest beer in the lineup, Hop Harvest Red IPA. Taking advantage of the available hop bounty in Oregon, BridgePort Brewing partnered with Crosby Hop Farm in Woodburn, Ore. and chose their Amarillo® hop varietal. Originating from Virgil Gamach Farms in Yakima Valley, Washington, Crosby Hop Farm is the only Oregon farm licensed to grow and sell this unique hop.

On September 1, BridgePort Brewmaster Jeff Edgerton and his team of brewers took a trip out to Crosby Hop Farm and picked up 250 pounds of fresh hops. Immediately, the team returned to the brewery, located in the Pearl District of Portland, and dumped the hops into the fermenter tanks. The fermented beer was then poured over the Amarillo® hops, capturing that fresh hop flavor and aroma.

“We’re lucky to brew so close to where hops are grown as it allows us to start the fresh-hop process almost immediately after they are picked from the bines,” states Jeff Edgerton, Brewmaster of BridgePort Brewing Company. “This year we chose a very distinctive hop, the Amarillo®, which has a unique floral/citrus aroma that has helped create an exceptional fresh hopped IPA. All of us here at BridgePort are thankful to Crosby Hop Farm for growing such a phenomenal hop!” 

BridgePort’s Hop Harvest Red IPA Stats:
IBU’s: 60 ABV: 7.0%              Color: RED             OG: 16.7%

BridgePort Brewing will be pouring Hop Harvest Red IPA at the Hood River Hop Fest in Hood River this Saturday, September 24. Visit to purchase tickets and for more information on the event. Hop Harvest Red IPA is now available on-tap and in 22oz. bottles at BridgePort BrewPub (1313 NW Marshall St., Portland, Ore.) and where BridgePort is sold in the Pacific Northwest.
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About BridgePort Brewing
Oregon's original craft brewery continues to evolve from a microbrewery to a regional leader committed to producing high quality craft ales. Lead by Brewmaster Jeff Edgerton, the team of BridgePort brewers prides itself on using local hops and clear glacial water from Mount Hood. The BridgePort family of ales includes the STUMPTOWN Series, BridgePort IPA, Hop Czar Imperial IPA, Kingpin, and seasonal offerings. BridgePort Brewery is located at 1313 N.W. Marshall. For more information, call 503-241-7179 or visit             

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Deschutes Brewery and Bendistillery Release Black Butte Whiskey

Courtesy of Deschutes Brewing & Bendistillery
Collaboration of craft beverage masters creates a liquid intended to be timeless in taste and appreciation

21 September 2016 – Bend, Oregon – Deschutes Brewery and Bendistillery today announced the much anticipated launch of Black Butte Whiskey. Created over the past three years, this malt whiskey was double distilled from the wash of Deschutes Brewery’s flagship beer, Black Butte Porter. Available in very limited quantities, this sipping whiskey can be found starting today at the brewery’s two public houses, Bendistillery’s tasting room and Oregon liquor stores only.

Jim Bendis, founder of Bendistillery, said, “The origin of this project was nearly 20 years ago when I distilled and barreled a small batch of Deschutes’ Black Butte Porter beer as an experiment. We all kind of forgot about it until we ran across that original barrel when we moved the distillery. Tasting that spirit is what really inspired us to collaborate with Deschutes to produce a whiskey we could share with everybody. It brings happy tears to my eyes witnessing a 20-year-old dream come to fruition!”

Gary Fish, founder and CEO of Deschutes Brewery said, “The whiskey was more about an opportunity to innovate at a new level by elevating the beer and creating a very different product altogether. This is what can happen when you’re having fun and not bound by convention!”

Black Butte Whiskey was aged in new #4 char American oak barrels, and the resulting whiskey retains the malty, chocolatey notes of Black Butte Porter while gaining woody, earthy flavors from the oak. The body is full while the spirit drinks dry and clean. Ryan Schmiege, assistant brewmaster for Deschutes Brewery, said, “The base for this whiskey is very unusual because it is founded on a beer which is comprised of a lot of chocolate malts; not common for whiskey. I liked the challenges we had early on while learning to think, brew and ferment like distillers.”

The whiskey will be served neat or on the rocks at the Deschutes Brewery pubs in Bend and Portland starting today. Bottles are available at Bendistillery and Oregon liquor stores. Because a very limited amount is available, a future release for the next round of Black Butte Whiskey is slated for the end of 2017.
“I think the most exciting part of this project has been the public’s response. We have been able to sample and see how the whiskey develops over the years, so we know how good it is. But to see peoples’ eyes light up when they try it for the first time is the best part,” said Alan Dietrich, CEO of Bendistillery.

About BendistilleryFounded in 1996, Bendistillery is one of the nation’s first craft distilleries and is still the most awarded craft distillery in the country. Their flagship Crater Lake Spirits brand are traditional American style gins, vodkas and whiskies all produced at their distillery in Bend, Oregon.

About Deschutes BreweryNamed as OUTSIDE’s Best Places to Work for the last three years in a row and winner of the 2015 Oregon Sustainability Award, Deschutes Brewery was founded in 1988 as a brew pub in Bend, Oregon. Still family and employee owned 28 years later, the brewery is known for brewing a diverse line-up of award winning beers including the popular Fresh Squeezed IPA, Black Butte Porter, and Mirror Pond Pale Ale. From the beginning, the focus has been on crafting the best beer and food using thoughtfully curated ingredients. With a second brew pub in Portland’s Pearl District that has become a popular destination for craft beer lovers from around the world, Deschutes Brewery now ships beer to 28 states, the District of Columbia, and internationally from its main brewing facility located on the banks of the Deschutes River.  To find out more, visit

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Old Town Brewing Releases Award Winning Red Ale in Bottles

Courtesy of Old Town Brewing
 Portland brewery releases Paulie’s Not Irish Red Ale in Locations Across Portland and Southwest Washington

Portland, Ore. – (Sept 20, 2016) Old Town Brewing® (OTB®), a locally owned and operated Portland brewery, announced today the release of it’s award winning Irish-style red ale, Paulie’s Not Irish, in 22oz bottles. The new release will be available in locations across Portland and Southwest Washington, including select Safeway, New Seasons, Fred Meyer locations, and various bottle shops, among other locations.

The beer received recognition from the national brewing community after it scored the bronze medal in the 2014 World Beer Cup in the Irish Style Red Ale category, and has remained a brewery staple.  An often lesser-known style of beer, Irish-style reds are increasing in popularity and are a must add to any beer-hounds repertoire. 

Why an Irish-style red ale named after someone not being Irish? Simple, the beer name is a playful homage to a past employee of Old Town’s who had to perpetually explain to patrons that his accent was in fact Scottish, not Irish. Paulie's Not Irish is rich in caramel malt flavor and sweetness, but not overpowering due to the balance delivered by the Perle and Mt. Hood hops utilized in the brewing process.  This beer lands at 5.6 % ABV and 30 IBU.  Paulie's Not Irish is an easy drinking beer that you will definitely want to enjoy more than one.

“This beer is a wonderful reflection of our take on classic styles,” said Old Town Brewing owner, Adam Milne. “Paulie’s Not Irish has been in our portfolio for a long time now, and has been well-loved from since we started offering it, so we’re incredibly happy to be able to make it available in bottles. And for those that haven’t tried it, or haven’t joined the red ale train, this is the perfect brew to get your feet wet.”

Old Town Brewing began bottling its award winning beers in April of 2015, and is now available in retail, bottle shop, and tap house locations across Portland and Southwest Washington. Its bottled brews include gold-winning Shanghai’d IPA®, Summer of ’74 Ale, limited edition Mushroom Ale, and now, Paulie’s Not Irish.  

Courtesy of Old Town Brewing
About Old Town Brewing Co.
Old Town Brewing (OTB) opened in northeast Portland, Ore., in 2011 with an emphasis on crafting its beer to reflect the spirit, values, history and personality of Portland and the Northwest. OTB is the first brewery in the country to deliver beer and pizza by bike straight to consumers, rain or shine. Reclaimed materials were extensively incorporated into the design of the LEED Gold brewery, evoking an atmosphere of Northwest authenticity and sustainability.

Owner Adam Milne opened OTB to complement his Old Town Pizza® location in Portland’s historic Old Town neighborhood. A devoted Old Town Pizza customer since celebrating his ninth birthday at the restaurant, Milne purchased Old Town Pizza from the original owners, the Accuardi family, in 2003. For more information visit and, or check out the brewery on Facebook and Instagram.

Old Town Brewing Awards
  • GABF 2015, Gold, Shanghai’d IPA, English-style IPA category
  • GABF 2014, Silver, Sun Dazed, German-Style Kölsch category
  • GABF 2013, Gold, Cents and Sensibility, Fresh Hop category
  • World Beer Cup 2014, Silver, I’d Like to Buy the World a Kölsch, German-Style Kölsch category
  • World Beer Cup 2014, Bronze, Paulie’s Not Irish, Irish Style Red Ale category

The Little Woody Barrel-Aged Beer, Cider and Whiskey Festival Hits Eugene October 21-22, 2016

Courtesy of Lay It Out Events
Celebrate craft wood-aged beers, ciders and whiskey from across the northwest during the first annual Little Woody festival in Eugene, Ore. October 21-22 at Venue 252. More than 20 breweries and cideries will pour unique, barrel-aged brews, along with small-batch American rye whiskeys and bourbons. In attendance will be several local Eugene favorites including McKenzie Brewing, Claim 52 Brewing, Alesong Brewing and WildCraft Cider Works.
“We are excited to launch the Little Woody series in Eugene,” said Aaron Switzer, owner of Lay It Out Events, the festival’s producer. “This event is unlike any other in the region. If you love beer, you need to check out the Little Woody. The opportunity to taste so many small batch, barrel-aged brews, you just won’t find it anywhere else.”

Barrel-aged Beers & Ciders:
Wolf Tree Brewery
McKenzie Brewing
Lagunitas Brewing Company
Claim 52 Brewing
Bend Brewing Company
Pelican Brewing Company
Hop Valley Brewing Co.
Worthy Brewing
Atlas Cider Co.
Wild Ride Brewing
Full Sail Brewing Co.
Tumalo Cider Co.
Deschutes Brewery
Fort George Brewing
Mazama Brewing
Fremont Brewing
Alesong Brewing & Blending
Ninkasi Brewing
Plank Town Brewing Company
Oakshire Brewing
WildCraft Cider Works

Whiskeys & Bourbons
Crater Lake Spirits and many more! Look for announcements coming soon about our American Rye Whiskeys, all producer-made and aged 2 years or longer.

Little Woody Speaker Series Highlights, Saturday Oct. 22:
NEW! Attention beer geeks, think you know all there is to know about beer? Think again! Unique to the Eugene event will be the Little Woody Speaker Series. Bringing together taste, entertainment, and education, the Speaker Series will highlight the knowledge of several renowned experts in the field of brewing. Hear from leaders at Indie Hops, Lagunitas Brewing, Deschutes Brewery, Ninkasi Brewing, WildCraft Cider Works, and Oregon State University, as they explore interesting topics specific to barrel-aged beer.
  • 1pm: WildCraft Cider Works Owner & Founder Sean Kelly:  “Cider Craft” -Cider is so much more than a beverage. It’s a product of stewardship and community relationships. It’s also a reflection of the landscape. This ‘learn and tour’ segment – including a tour of the WildCraft Cidery - will have you craving wild fruits!
  • 2pm: TBD
  • 3pm: Deschutes Brewing Barrel Master Ryan Schmeige: “How To Put the Wood in Woody” - Bet you didn’t know that Barrel Master was a thing? It’s an art from start to finish. Learn all about the skill that is at the flavor heart of your most pleasurable beers.
  • 4pm: Oregon State University Professor Dr. Patrick Hayes: “Barley the Base of Beer from Genes to Glass” - Have you ever met a barley enthusiast? Not like this one! Dr. Hayes is the expert on barley and his love for and knowledge of the grain knows no bounds.
  • 5pm: Ninkasi Brewing Co-Founder and Brewer Jamie Floyd: “The Ninkasi Space Program” & Beer Sampling - Yeast has more power than any of us really know. Ninkasi went about proving this by launching one of the coolest beer-related experiments ever.
  • 6pm Lagunitas Brewing, Don Chartier: “Volcano Hops & Nonprofit Spaces” - Have you ever vaporized a hop? Yeah, neither have we, which is why we cannot wait to see and smell the aromas from Lagunitas’ live “Volcano Hop” demonstration. Don will also discuss the brewery’s important relationships with the community and nonprofit organizations.
  • 7pm Live music on Friday and Saturday. On stage Friday will be The Brothers Reed, a folk music duo, and on Saturday, Eugene’s Hank Shreve Band.
The Little Woody Eugene will be open on Friday, October 21 5pm (VIP entry begins at 4pm) and Saturday, October 22, from noon-10pm
Tickets are now on sale online. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the door.
Ticket & Tasting Prices
  • Basic Entry: $15 at the door ($12 in advance) includes entry and a commemorative tasting glass
  • Tasting Package: $20 ($15 in advance) includes entry, a commemorative tasting glass and 6 tasting tokens.
  • VIP Tasting Package: $35 ($30 in advance) includes a t-shirt, special VIP glass and 8 tasting tokens, plus early Friday entry (4pm on).

Tokens: $1 each when purchased individually. Tastes cost 1-4 tokens each. Beer and cider tastes are 4 ounces; whiskey tastes are 1.5 ounce (smaller whiskey samples are also available).

The Little Woody Eugene is sponsored by Bigfoot Beverages, Seven Feathers Resort, World Class Rock 101.5 FM, KPNW News Radio, Crater Lake Spirits, Atlas Cider Co., and Eugene Weekly. For more information and tasting updates, visit
The Little Woody is a 21 and over event.
About The Little Woody Series
The adventure began in Bend, Oregon with the original Little Woody and continues to spread. The festival is based on the enthusiasm and excitement for small batch wood-aged beers, and the other clever concoctions that local and regional brewers dream of. Whiskey tasting and cider experiments are never far from a gnomes elbow. The event has now spread across the Northwest to Medford and Eugene delivering the cheer of great brews, spirits and of course, gnomes.

About Lay It Out Events
Lay It Out Events is Central Oregon’s premier event company, offering the best
In consultation, design and implementation. Lay It Out Events produces more than twenty festivals, races, and contract events each year, including Oregon WinterFest, the Bite of Bend, Balloons Over Bend, the Deschutes Dash, the Happy Girls Run, the Little Woody and the National Beard and Moustache Championships. Committed to giving back to the community, Lay It Out Events donates a portion of each event’s proceeds to charity. Through our beneficiaries, we raise awareness and much-needed funds for vital nonprofit groups across the Northwest. As a result, we have given well over $150,000 to local charities over the past 10 years. For more information, visit

No-Li Announces Red, White & No-Li Pale 6-Pack CAN

Courtesy of No-Li Brewhouse
SPOKANE, USA… No-Li will launch Red, White & No-Li Pale Ale in a 12 oz. 6-pack CAN on Tuesday, Nov. 8th.  No-Li Red, White & No-Li Pale 6-pack CAN recipe was born out of the Red, White & No-Li Small Batch Festival.
The recipe is a collaboration of Head Brewer Ryan Brookhart (aka RAB) and Lead Brewer Brandon Nelson.  RAB and Brandon said, “The Red, White & No-Li Pale recipe is a team effort in the Brewhouse.”

The brewers nicknamed it Fruity Pebbles because of the enormous fruity aromatics and flavors that make you smile and this recipe makes me smile. RAB and Brandon started with a Golden Ale and expanded with a bountiful Citra hopping in the kettle and dry-hopping.

Red, White & No-Li Pale 12 oz. 6-pack CANS will be available November 8th in select markets.
Red, White & No-Li Pale 6-pack cans are a year-round part of the No-Li 6-pack CAN brand family alongside Born & Raised IPA and Big Juicy IPA 6-pack CANS.
Courtesy of No-Li Brewhouse
About No-Li Brewhouse
Born & Raised in Spokane, Washington, No-Li Brewhouse is locally-owned and community-minded crafting Spokane-Style beers with No Boundaries: innovative beers brewed with locally-sourced ingredients. In addition to being named the 2016 Washington Large Brewery of the Year, NBWA 2015 National Brewer Partner of the Year, No-Li has won eighteen international awards, including a gold medal from the 2012 Great American Beer Festival.  For more information about the beers, brewery and the pub, visit, or follow them on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram @nolibrewhouse.