Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Block 15 Releases Early Winter Seasonal Offering - Cosmic Cold Brew, Café Borgia

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Corvallis, OR — Today Block 15 Brewing Company releases its early winter seasonal, Cosmic Cold Brew, Café Borgia, available bottled and on tap at bottle shops and beer bars around Oregon. Block 15 worked alongside their south Corvallis neighbors, Bespoken Coffee Roasters, to elevate their classic stout Nebula with additional malt and a 24-hour cold extraction on freshly roasted Ethiopia Celinga coffee. Both varietal and roast profile were selected to complement this stout with bright acidity, pie spice, and hints of caramel and citrus. For their Café Borgia variation, they also added sweet orange peel to the boil and cocoa extract to the tank— additions that layered notes of citrus and chocolate onto the base stout and coffee blend.

Grains: 2-row, Maris Otter, Chocolate Malt, C120, Chocolate Wheat, C-35, Roast, Flaked oats Hops: Columbus, Crystal
Adjunct: Ethiopian Celinga coffee beans, sweet orange peel, cocoa extract
Yeast: London Ale III
ABV: 7% FG: 1.021

Cosmic Cold Brew, Café Borgia is available in 500mL bottles featuring artwork from artist Patricia Smith.
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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 artfully crafted beers, brewed with a nod toward fresh ingredients and fresh thinking. Established in 2008, and brewer-owned from day one.

Ninkasi Brewing Brings Back Believer Double Red Ale to Benefit Three National Non-profit organizations

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EUGENE, Ore.—Dec. 13, 2016—Back by popular demand, independent Oregon craft brewer Ninkasi Brewing Company announces the return of Believer Double Red Ale to its Seasonal Release Series available Dec. 2016 through April 2017. In partnership with the brewery’s Beer is Love donations program, a portion of all Believer sales will go to three national non-profits: Conscious Alliance, Team River Runner and Women Who Code.

Established in 2012, Ninkasi’s Beer is Love program offers beer donations to registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations throughout each of the 14 states where Ninkasi beer is sold. The program supports non-profits doing work in five core categories: women, equality, recreation, the environment, and arts and music. Since inception, Beer is Love has worked with more than 800 organizations. “It is an honor to partner with great organizations throughout every community where we sell our beer,” says Emilie Hartvig, national donations manager for Ninkasi and its Beer is Love program.

Originally released as a winter seasonal in 2006, Ninkasi co-founders Jamie Floyd and Nikos Ridge brewed Believer Double Red Ale as a way to thank those who believed in their mission: to start a craft brewery dedicated to community. It is a natural fit for the brewery to commit the sales of Believer to organizations doing good work.

Believer returns to the shelf in 12 and 22-ounce bottles and on-draft later this month through April 2017. Ninkasi will donate $1 per case and $7 per keg of Believer sold to three non-profit organizations who exemplify the foundation of Beer is Love. “We are thrilled to bring back Believer and support organizations who are doing amazing work to support women in tech, recreation for veterans, and communities in crisis through arts and music,” explains Hartvig.

Conscious Alliance (www.consciousalliance.org)
Based in Boulder, Colo., Conscious Alliance is a national organization supporting communities in crisis. The organization operates through a three-tier approach: emergency food relief to communities across the United States; empowerment programs for youth in impoverished regions of the country; and nutrition, exercise and gardening education for youth in economically isolated Native American reservations. Conscious Alliance operates ongoing grassroots food collection and hunger awareness programs by organizing food drives at concerts and music events. The donations collected benefit local food pantries nationwide and economically isolated Native American reservations.

“We are thrilled to partner with Ninkasi and share Believer with Conscious Alliance’s supporters nationwide,” said Justin Levy, executive director of Conscious Alliance. “As an organization with a mission to empower communities through music, art and action, it’s a natural fit for us to collaborate on this campaign that helps give back to our communities."

Team River Runner (ww.teamriverrunner.org
Team River Runner is a volunteer-driven, national nonprofit organization offering wounded and disabled veterans an opportunity to regain independence with an adventurous, adaptive paddle sports program. Team River Runner promotes camaraderie and teamwork as veterans problem-solve and learn paddling techniques in pools, lakes and whitewater rivers.

“The Team River Runner family is thrilled Ninkasi has selected us for the upcoming Believer release,” says Team River Runner executive director, Joe Mornini. “It takes the collective efforts of organizations and companies to create positive energy; we know the added support of Ninkasi will help increase awareness of our program.”

Women Who Code (www.womenwhocode.com)
Women Who Code is an international non-profit dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers. The organization is building a world where women are proportionally representative as technical leaders, executives, founders, VCs, board members and software engineers. Women Who Code has executed more than 4,200 free events around the world, garnered a membership exceeding 80,000, and has a presence in 20 countries.

"Women Who Code is proud to be partnering with Ninkasi, and we applaud them for their dedication to helping our cause of building a more diverse, inclusive, and dynamic technology industry around the world,” explains Jennifer Tacheff, Women Who Code VP of business development.

Voting Opens January 2017!
The three benefitting organizations will have the opportunity to engage their followers by asking for their vote on Ninkasi’s Facebook page and Beer is Love website. Votes will be totaled at the end of the campaign in April 2017 and will determine how the donation pool will be allocated among the three organizations. Each organization will receive a minimum donation of $5,000 with the final donation pot divided based on number of votes and total Believer sales: first place receives 50 percent, second receives 30 percent, and third receives 20 percent. To vote, visit www.facebook.com/ninkasibrewing or www.beerislove.com between Jan. 1, 2017 and April 30, 2017.

Believer Stats
Enjoy Believer. Support Beer is Love.
Unlike a typical Red Ale, Believer balances a rich malt complexity with a plentiful hop presence. Notes of caramel, toffy, fig, and date ease into earthy and floral hops, making this Double Red Ale incredibly drinkable and full-flavored.

·         Style: Double Red Ale
·         Series: Seasonal Release Series
·         Available: December 2016 – April 2017
·         ABV: 6.9%
·         IBU: 60
·         Malt: 2-Row Pale, Munich, Crystal, Carahell
·         Hops: Centennial, Summit
·         Packaging: 12oz. 6-Pack, 22oz. Bottles, Draft
·         Distribution: Alaska; Alberta; Arizona; California; D.C.; Colorado; Idaho; Maryland; Nevada; New York; Oregon; Texas; Utah; Washington; Vancouver, British Columbia
·         Tasting Notes: Multiple malts are used to create caramel, toffy, date, fig, subtle chocolate, and a hint of roasted malt complexity. The hops lend to an earthy and floral hoppiness to balance the malt. The balance of the two aspects with the alcohol content make for an incredibly drinkable and full-flavored beer.
·         Food Pairings:        Pork; Lamb; Duck; Pizza; Rich, Creamy Cheeses; Toffee; Chocolate
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About Ninkasi Brewing Company
Founded in 2006 by Jamie Floyd and Nikos Ridge, Ninkasi Brewing Company continues to grow from its first batch of Total Domination IPA, to two brewhouses, a 55-barrel and a 90-barrel brewhouse, located in Eugene, Ore. Ninkasi’s Flagship beers—Total Domination IPA, Tricerahops Double IPA, Dawn of the Red IPA, Easy Way IPA, Hop Cooler Citrus IPA, Helles Belles Helles Lager, and Vanilla Oatis Oatmeal Stout—are sold throughout Alaska; Alberta; Arizona; California; D.C.; Colorado; Idaho; Maryland; Nevada; New York; Oregon; Texas; Utah; Washington; and Vancouver, British Columbia. The brewery remains privately-owned and is committed to community support and giving. Ninkasi’s Beer Is Love program offers in-kind donations and support for organizations throughout its footprint. For more information, call 541.344.2739 or visit www.NinkasiBrewing.com.

Laurelwood Brewing Announces A Special One-Time Release of Their Flanders Red Ale

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Portland, OR –  Laurelwood Brewing Co. has announced their special one-time release of Flanders Red Ale, just in time for the holidays.

“Our Flanders Red Ale is blended and barrel aged. We use imported Belgian malt to get that deep amber hue and rich malt complexity,” says Cameron Murphy, Head Brewer at Laurelwood Brewing Co. “Each sip of Flanders is filled with floral and rich chocolaty flavors that are sure to not disappoint.”

This limited release barrel aged beer takes two years for Laurelwood to produce. This Belgian-style red ale is fermented with Laurelwood’s house ale yeast then soured in wine barrels for one year. Then the sour beer is blended with fresh beer, tank conditioned for another year, hand bottled and bottle conditioned.  “This a very rare, and very special sour beer release from Laurelwood,” says Cameron.

Flanders Red Ale can now be purchased at both Laurelwood Pub locations, a perfect holiday gift for the craft beer lover in your life. The brewery emphasizes that this is a small batch release, with a limited number of 750ml bottles, so be sure to grab them while you can.

Courtesy of Laurelwood Brewing Co

About Laurelwood Brewing Co.:
Laurelwood is a family owned brewery that creates one of the most recognized regional craft beers. Owners, Mike De Kalb and Cathy Woo-De Kalb, are dedicated to sustainable and organic practices, and first began producing certified organic beer in 2001. Laurelwood’s product line is known for its creativity and quality therefore winning many national and international beer awards. Laurelwood’s handcrafted beers can be found on draft and in bottles throughout Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Alaska, and Pennsylvania. To learn more about Laurelwood Brewing Co., visit www.laurelwoodbrewpub.com.

Lompoc Brewing Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Zwanzig Fest

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PORTLAND, Ore. – A long-time Portland craft beer fixture established in 1996, Lompoc Brewing will celebrate its 20th anniversary this month with Zwanzig Fest, a week-long lineup of special events at Lompoc’s five pubs from Dec. 13 to Dec. 16 (Zwanzig means 20 in German).
To commemorate the 20th Anniversary of Lompoc Brewing, the brewers – with the help of a number of local beer writers and past brewers – have brewed Zwanzig, a bitter Märzen ale in a nod to Lompoc’s very first brew, Erst Ale. Pale orange in color, its full, malty body and eight hop additions will make you reminisce tipping back a few pints on the New Old Lompoc patio (7.0% ABV).
Much like most of Lompoc’s beers, this one doesn’t really fit into a true style, so the brewers have dubbed it a bitter Märzen ale. Every day at 4pm during Zwanzig Fest, a different Lompoc pub will tap the beer; everyone who orders a Zwanzig or that day’s featured taster tray will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a variety of Lompoc swag. Owner Jerry Fechter and head brewer Bryan Keilty will be present at the events to share Lompoc’s history and talk about the good old days.
Schedule of events:
Tuesday, Dec. 13 @ Sidebar & Fifth Quadrant, 3901 N Williams Ave
Tapping Zwanzig at 4pm
Beer Special: Monster Mash Vertical Taster Tray featuring 2010, 2013, 2015 & 2016 (taster trays are $12)
Food Special: Monster Mash Chocolate Cake cutting at 6:30pm inside Sidebar

Wednesday, Dec. 14 @ Hedge House, 3412 SE Division St
Tapping Zwanzig at 4pm
Beer Special: Fruit & Sour Night Taster Tray featuring 2008 Bluebird, 2012 Peach Wheat, Brewdolph's Revenge & Cherry Christmas (taster trays are $12)
Food Special: Pierogies

Thursday, Dec. 15 @ Lompoc Tavern, 1620 NW 23rd Ave.
Tapping Zwanzig at 4pm
Beer Special: Barrel Aged Night Taster Tray featuring 2009 Bourbon Dark Side Porter, 2012 Bourbon Big Bang Red, 2013 Pinot Noir Forbidden Fruit & Brewdolph's Revenge  (taster trays are $12)
Food Special: Cheese Board

Friday, Dec. 16 @ Oaks Bottom Public House, 1621 SE Bybee Blvd
Tapping Zwanzig at 4pm
Beer Special: Belgian Night Taster Tray featuring 2007 Brewdolph, Just Once Think Twice...Belgian Tripel, Brewdolph's Revenge & Cherry Christmas (taster trays are $12)
Food Special: Belgian Totchos 

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About Lompoc Brewing
Lompoc (pronounced Lom-Pock) creates eight flavorful year-round beers, plus a ridiculous number of seasonals. You can find Lompoc in 12-ounce and 22-ounce 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 www.lompocbrewing.com and @LompocBeer on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Drink Local, Drink Lompoc!